Song of the Day: Talking Heads - Don’t Worry About the Government. Wrapping up CBGB week with one of my favorite bands. Unlike the rest of the bands this week, Talking Heads don’t have a direct link to Television that I know of (though Jerry Harrison was in The Modern Lovers, featured last week). But they did get their start at CBGB, and it’s hard to believe 1977 spawned this album, Marquee Moon, Blank Generation, Damned Damned Damned, (I’m) Stranded, Pink Flag…and that’s just some of 1977’s punk albums.
RIYL The Feelies, XTC, Violent Femmes
Song of the Day: Patti Smith - Redondo Beach. CBGB week continues with Patti Smith, who dated Tom Verlaine of Television for a few yeas, a fact I did not know prior to reading the 33 1/3 book about Marquee Moon. I didn’t care much for Horses when I heard it as a teen, but now I see why it’s lauded as one of the best albums of the pre-punk (or some might say, any) era.
RIYL Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, Pretenders
Song of the Day: Blondie - One Way or Another. Like Richard Hell, Blondie was not only on the CBGB scene but also holds a direct link to Television - bassist Fred Smith was in the pre-Blondie band The Stilettos, then left them to replace Hell in Television.
RIYL The B-52s, X, The Cars
(photo: not era appropriate, just awesome shit)
1. Fire Engine 2. Hard On Love 3. Poor Circulation 4. Friction 5. Marquee Moon 6. Breakin’ In My Heart 7. Venus 8. Prove It 9. Careful 10. Little Johnny Jewel 11. Foxhole 12. Kingdom Come
Yes yes yes. More Television
Song of the Day: Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation. As I wrote yesterday, Marquee Moon has inspired me to post a week of bands who were part of the early CBGB scene. Richard Hell was not only a significant part of that scene, but he was a member of Television prior to them recording Marquee Moon. He left and released the Blank Generation LP the same year as MM.
RIYL Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith
Song of the Day: Television - See No Evil. I’m about halfway through reading the excellent 33 1/3 book about Marquee Moon, so this week is going to be all about CBGB bands. Since I’ve already shared the title track from this LP (one of the greatest guitar jams of all time), let’s kick things off with the song that kicks off the album.
RIYL Richard Hell, The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads
Song of the Day: Cymande - The Message. Not to be confused with the Grandmaster Flash classic, this song kicks off Cymande’s eponymous debut album. Hopefully it kicks off your weekend in style.
RIYL The Meters, Love, Curtis Mayfield
Song of the Day: The Modern Lovers - She Cracked. I can’t get enough raw, punk rock ‘n roll right lately (see exhibits A, B and C). The Modern Lovers’ eponymous debut album is one of the first and one of the best.
RIYL The Feelies, Lyres, Parquet Courts
Song of the Day: Sonic Youth - Chapel Hill. Dirty was my intro to Sonic Youth, so it remains one of my favorite albums of theirs. Today I’m wearing a shirt with the pink bunny on it from Mike Kelley’s photos that adorn Dirty's artwork (check 'em out here), and in a month or so I’m heading back home, where I hope to keep the Cradle rockin’.
RIYL Pavement, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr
Song of the Day: Sun Kil Moon - Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes [live]. I’m a pretty big Mark Kozelek fan, but I’m just now absorbing Benji enough that I have a favorite song. And as good as the album version is, this live performance blows it out of the water.
RIYL Modest Mouse, Marissa Nadler, Magnolia Electric Co.