Jerry Lee Lewis
Can I safely say all of them?
It’s all about staying in a safe place, on a safe subject
The John Hughes edition
thrash metal sounds tame, the Stooges sound constrained, hardcore punk seems neutered, and the Sex Pistols sound like wimps
the control and ease of a complete master
Thanksgiving week means fewer shows than usual
a short set, tight, capable, the singing was not very good, the piano playing was fine, the Memphis mafia backing band excellent and the vision of Jerry Lee banging his walking stick on the keys was worth the hefty $125 price of admission. We won’t see his likes again
we patiently await the inevitable passing of time so we can get our hands on, er, the Beck Song Reader? well, certainly Van Dyke Parks who we can assume will not be streaming his next album on Spotify, Spider Bags out August 5th (can’t wait for that one, their last was my fave album of 2012), Jenny Lewis and Blake Mills (though not together) and Jerry Lee Lewis
“Love Train,” The O’Jays. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the kings of the Philly soul sound, wrote and produced this #1 hit. The O’Jays formed in the late 1950s, but had no success until 1972, when Gamble and Huff produced “Back Stabbers” for the group. The O’Jays smartly stayed with G&H for the rest of the decade. For the love of money, if nothing else.
The Board of Directors at rock nyc typically restricts these lists to 25 songs, but I pushed this list to thirty so I wouldn’t have to artificially limit the number of Hank Williams entries. I have enough to explain to St. Peter without adding that oversight to my resume. OK, let’s start drinking and cheating, 1950s style.