29 Nov 2011

Old-ish Songs That Should Enter More Earholes

You know how you sometimes have to play a tune a couple times before it will snag onto you? I feel like each of these are love at first listen. How is it these songs weren't hugely popular? They're so hit-worthy it hurts!

So let's correct that, shall we?

I'm a bit biased on this one as I pretty much love everything Buddy Holly ever did. For some weirdo reason, "Heartbeat" only reached #82 in the charts in 1958:

I've been crapping my pants about this song since I heard it four years ago, telling pretty much everyone I meet that they should listen to it. It was recorded in 1968 and never made it on the charts. A little while ago I heard it in that weird Seth Rogen mall cop movie and felt like I should have gotten credit for it somehow. The song, not the movie. Totally not the movie:

This song did alright - reaching #5 in 1968 - but seems to have been rather forgotten unless you're already a Donovan fan. My poor old roommate Will would barf if he found out I still listen to this one as I used to put this song on every.single.day when we lived together. And speaking of crazy, is it just me or does young Donovan kind of remind you of Kristen Stewart?:

I love Terry Callier's voice. It's kind of Hendrix-y, no? This track didn't make a blip on the charts when it was released in 1973. Pity.

I think this is one of the best We're-Probably-Going-To-Break-Up songs ever. It reached #9 in 1985, which is great, but it was dwarfed by The Boss's other better-known hits:

Share your favourite underappreciated songs!


father of the monkey,  3:49 pm, November 29, 2011  

Almost everything by Warren Zevon (except Werewolves of London - which everyone knows). Especially "Don't let Us Get Sick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOkAU9gOm0w
and "Desparados Under the Eaves" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0J3ossUzhU
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Wasted on the Way did OK but you never hear it anymore. Any time I do hear it I just stop whatever I'm doing to listen (good thing they don't play it on my car radio, huh) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4E1HKbvg50

Anonymous,  6:04 pm, November 29, 2011  

Nice finds. Really like that Brain song. ANd hellzyes to the commenter above on Warren Zevon. I listen to Excitable Boy start to finish. Not a single lousy track on the whole disc.

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