The Two-Minute Man, Episode 8: Plenty of Petty (What Else Is New?) Edition
I was all set to hear U2's "New Year's Day" on Tuesday but not only did I not hear it during my brief morning jaunt, but according to the Globe's playlist log it didn't make it onto the airwaves at all. What gives? The alternating good/bad weeks continue, this being a good one with debuts from Dylan, Echo & the Bunnymen, R.E.M. and plenty of Petty.
1. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" - Bob Dylan
Why is it that you can hear a dozen different Zeppelin, Petty or U2 songs on the radio but when it comes to Dylan - only the greatest songwriter ever, of course - it's either this one, "Like a Rolling Stone" or maybe "Lay Lady Lay"? Like people would change the station if they heard "Queen Jane Approximately" or "Maggie's Farm"?
2. "Wonderwall" - Oasis
I'll admit that I have a bit of Oasis nostalgia. The Gallagher brothers' brawling antics grew to be a bit tiresome, but weren't nearly as constant or crazy as those of Pete Doherty of Amy Winehouse. And they whipped up some absolutely perfect singles in those early years, too. (Six by my count - this one, "Live Forever," "Champagne Supernova," "Rock and Roll Star," "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Supersonic.")
3. "Lips Like Sugar" - Echo & the Bunnymen
The Bunnymen were a touch past their prime by this point - and it was a hell of a prime, as they ran circles around worthy contemporaries like the Mighty Lemon Drops, Chameleons UK, Comsat Angels and Psychedelic Furs - but still came through with one last soaring single before singer Ian McCulloch left. Notice that echo/repetition of the word "sugar" in this chorus is pretty similar to "maybe" in the song above.
4. "Nightswimming" - R.E.M.
Who didn't have a tear in his or her eye when this song played in the background of Brandon Walsh's final scene on "Beverly Hills, 90210"? It was leaps and bounds better than Imogen Heap's very bad, very vocodery version of "Hallelujah" that played when Marissa Cooper kicked it. I'm predicting Jenny Lewis covering Neutral Milk Hotel for Serena's death/departure on "Gossip Girl."
5. "I Won't Back Down" - Tom Petty
Petty will be playing the Super Bowl halftime show in a month or so. As any Globe listener knows, he has plenty of hits to choose from. So which four will make the cut? I doubt this will be one. I have to think that "American Girl" and "Running Down a Dream" will be in there. Maybe "Learning to Fly"? Feel free to offer guesses in the comments and we'll surely follow up closer to game time.
6. "One Thing Leads to Another" - The Fixx
Originally this was going to be an all-'80s music blog called The Fixx. But Cillizza wouldn't let us. So I said he looked like the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. Take that, Cillizza!
7. "Daughter" - Pearl Jam
Do you remember what an event it was when "Vs." came out back in 1993? I was in eighth grade and let me tell you, it was huge. Parents and older siblings were on call to drive us young grungers to Tower or Kemp Mill right after school was over that Tuesday. And it's hard to envision a similar scenario ever happening again.
8. "Pink Houses" - John Mellencamp
Every "this is our country" joke/comment has already been made (a few hundred times too many), but this song should serve as a good reminder that the Coug was writing songs for car commercials more than 20 years ago.
9. "You Got Lucky" - Tom Petty
One of the great things about hearing Petty on the Globe is that it's always a different song. Unfortunately, this is one of them. Bonus points for the bizarre video, though.
By David Malitz |
January 4, 2008; 2:02 PM ET
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