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Simon & Garfunkel - My Little Town (from Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After all These Years, 1975)
Ok, it’s not technically Simon and & Garfunkel. And yet it is. But I don’t think i’ve ever heard a song of theirs that’s so clearly….. Artie. It’s somewhat nostalgic and yet still manages to be kinda dark - what a feat.
Aretha Franklin - Oh Mary Don’t You Weep (from Amazing Grace, 1972)
I’m quite ashamed as an Aretha fan that I only heard this album a few months ago. Especially considering it’s not particularly obscure - according to Wikipedia it’s the biggest selling Gospel album OF ALL TIME. (Wikipedia also told me that David Bowie survived on nothing but milk, peppers and cocaine for a year in the 80’s, amazing.)
John Martyn - Spencer the Rover (Live at the Hippodrome, 1977)
I originally misunderstood some of the lyrics and thought it was about a dog for a while. I felt rather silly when i had a proper listen and realised what a lovely lyric it has - very moving
Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding (from Punch the Clock, 1983)
Something about his rhyming choices reminds me of Cole Porter. It’s clever. The Chet Baker solo doesn’t exactly hurt its chances either. I like this song very much.
Two things about this song genuinely make me laugh - the way his voice cracks on the high notes and the single snare on the 1 - I like to visualise the drummer while I listen to it.
Hope you like my choices! I’m still looking for guest submissions though (see last ‘five songs’ entry) I only have one track currently so i’m looking for 4 more so that I can put them all in a five songs ‘guest entry’. Send me a song of your choice and a sentence or two about why you like it, caaammm on do it.