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If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You, Vol. 5

Sorry it's been a while since I've done one of these. But now it's time for another entry. I think this one will come as no surprise. Elvis Costello's first few albums in the late '70s and early '80s are absolutely amazing, and this song, a single released in 1978 (also on the US version of This Year's Model from that same year), is one of his best. Even thirty years ago there were protest songs about the commercialization of radio and the power of record companies. And one of the best moments of my life is when I sang this song at Live Band Karaoke in Chicago. But I've embedded the original version, not my cover. So here's Elvis Costello & The Attractions doing "Radio Radio".




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If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You, Vol. 4

Sorry for the lack of entries lately. I've been busy with work (boo!) and social life (yay!).

But in any case, here's another edition of If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You. This time it's blue singer/harmonicist Howlin' Wolf, one of my favorite blues singers. The song is "Killing Floor" from 1964, and features a blistering guitar part by Hubert Sumlin. The song has been covered many times, and of course Led Zeppelin lifted the guitar part for "The Lemon Song" only five years later. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... Howlin' Wolf





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If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You, Vol. 3

Last night I went out to a karaoke bar with a bunch of people I don't know too well. It was okay; a lot of cheesy songs performed. But my song was never called. I was going to duet on "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League. The Human League are of course a synth-pop band from the '80s, and this song may be the greatest pop song of that decade. The song is from their 1981 album, Dare, an album from which I don't believe I've heard a single other song (I have heard a few other Human League songs). But, no matter what the rest of their discography sounds like, this is a great song that I wish I had gotten a chance to sing last night.

The Human League - Don't You Want Me

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If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You, Vol. 2

Welcome back to If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You! This time we'll go a bit more modern. The song is "Lazy Line Painter Jane" from Belle & Sebastian's 1997 EP of the same name. The female vocalist is someone named Monica Queen. I've been in love with this song for a long time, but my fondest memory of it is from when I saw the band live back in 2006 at Chicago's Riviera Theatre. Stuart Murdoch said how a fan had written to say that his wife (the fan's wife, that is) should sing with them when they're next in town, and asked if that fan and his wife were there. And they were, so they brought the woman on stage to sing the female part. She was a bit tentative at first, but once we all started cheering for her she was great. I suppose it could've been a setup, but I doubt and I don't see the purpose of one anyway.

Here's the embedded file, though I'm afraid the computer speakers just don't have the same oomph as my stereo.

EDIT: The embedding didn't seem to work, so here's the link:

Belle & Sebastian (ft. Monica Queen) - Lazy Line Painter Jane

 
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If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You, Vol. 1

Hello, and welcome to my new series, If You Don't Like This Song, I Don't Like You. While the title of the series is a bit sarcastic (a bit) , the idea is to highlight an individual song that I really like. I'm going to attempt to post a song about every two weeks, and mix it up as far as time period, genre, and maybe even nationality (though my music collection has an English-language bias).

For the inaugural edition, I'm going with a classic from side 4 of Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life album. The song is "As". I was first introduced to this song via a mix CD a while back, and it probably was instrumental in turning me on to Wonder's music. It begins as a romantic ode with Stevie's amazingly clear voice, before descending into growls (as far as I can tell, that's still Stevie singing). Also, Herbie Hancock plays keyboards and provides hand claps.

It's a bit of a long one (7 minutes), so brace yourselves. Here's a link:

Stevie Wonder - As

(thanks to SeeqPod for help finding the mp3 online)