365 Day Song Challenge: Day 153 – “32 Footsteps”

Day 153: A favorite weird song (with strange, nonsense, or non-sequitur lyrics).

“32 Footsteps” – They Might Be Giants

They Might Be GiantsI took some liberties with the order here. (As I’ve been known to do. Don’t tell.) Why? Because I have got a deal for you! No, it is not a bridge, or a set of Ginsu knives. It’s not even a pyramid scheme (oh, pardon me: multi-level marketing program).

No, it’s something for free. Like, really free. No strings attached. I received an email today from They Might Be Giants containing a special offer. And it relates to today’s song.

Now, narrowing down this post to one song was interesting, because if you’re familiar with the They Might Be Giants album (often referred to by fans as The Pink Album for its album cover) you’ll know that the entire album is pretty much all made up of “strange, nonsense, or non-sequitur lyrics.” Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 152 – “Duke’s Intro (Behind The Lines)”

Day 152: A song by your favorite band/artist whose name begins with “G”.

“Duke’s Intro (Behind The Lines)” – Genesis

Genesis Encore BostonI waited many years to see Genesis live. Many, many years. Many, many, many years.

In 1986 for the Invisible Touch tour I barely knew who they were. By the time 1992 rolled around for the We Can’t Dance tour, I was a much bigger fan, but I was actually on my student exchange when they played Foxboro Stadium (Back when it was still “Foxboro Stadium”).

And then Phil Collins left. Things looked grim. But Mike and Tony decided to forge ahead with the Genesis name.

By 1997 when they announced the Calling All Stations tour with new lead singer Ray Wilson, I was a huge fan of the entire catalog. It wouldn’t be the same without Phil, but I was still excited to go. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 151 – “Born To Be Wild”

Day 151: A song that you like but for some reason don’t own.

“Born To Be Wild” – Steppenwolf

Born To Be WildI grew up with Classic Rock. Now, when I was growing up, “Classic Rock” meant stuff from the 60s and 70s. Not stuff like “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” or “It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me” or even worse “Alive.” (It still pains me to hear these songs on “Classic Rock” stations, or worse Oldies stations. But then, I refuse to face the reality of age.)

No, when I was growing up, (in addition to having to use an outhouse, churning our own butter and walking in waist-high snow, uphill, both ways to learn in unheated one-room schoolhouses), “Born To Be Wild” was the epitome of classic rock.

And yet, I don’t own it. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 150 – “Fool In Love”

Day 150: A song with great vocal harmonies.

“Fool In Love” – Farrenheit

FarrenheitI could have gone a lot of ways with this. There are many a capella groups out there who can probably blow Farrenheit out of the water. And then there’s The Beach Boys and Huey Lewis & The News and many, many more. But in the end I wanted to give a tip of the cap to a Boston-based band that never really got is due.

The band consisted of Charlie Farren, Dave Hull (Both formerly of the Joe Perry (of Aerosmith) Project), and John “Muzz” Muzzy (who also was in The Fools for a while) formed a band. Hull changed his name to “Heit” and from there, you get the strangely spelled “Farrenheit.” (“Muzzyhull” and “Farrenmuzz” were never candidates.) Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 149 – “James K. Polk”

Day 149: A song that features an unusual instrument.

“James K. Polk” – They Might Be Giants

James K. PolkI have an affinity for American History. I like history in general, and—get this—I’m American. I know, it’s way out there, but there you go. And, can you believe this? I’m also interested in Presidential history!

That said, pretty much everything I know about James K. Polk I learned from this They Might Be Giants song. Which is sad, really. But true. There’s this gap in the early- to mid-1800s where things just get fuzzy in terms of the presidency, at least for me. James K. Polk falls into the “fuzzy zone.” Continue Reading