July 23, 2015

152 France-formers

My boy made up this joke:
Q: What do you call a giant robot in Paris?
A: A France-former!
I first saw this homage to Magritte's The Son Of Man
20 years ago and I've been obsessed with it ever since.
If I could buy an poster print of this image I would hang it
in my home. I LOVE IT.
  1. "This Night" by Billy Joel, which borrows the melody of its chorus from Beethoven, was my earworm for a week!
  2. "Dear Future Husband" Meghan Trainor is totally growing on me- she's so adorable!
  3. "All That She Wants" Ace Of Base throwback to the (sigh) 1990s
  4. "Just The Way You Are" Bruno Mars knows how to wear a hat!
  5. "Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)" If you gave me a week or a year, I would never remember the name of this one-hit wonder band from 2000. The band was called Nine Days and that's how long their fame lasted.
  6. "Angels" by David Byrne always reminds me of my tenure as intern at WFNX in 1993-94.
  7. "Fragile" Sting - heard on the radio while having my teeth cleaned in May. I thought to myself (between plaque scrapes) that I might be ready to welcome Sting back into my life after listening to him far too much in the 20th century.
  8. "Crazy On You" I am in the middle of a 1970s Rock Re-appreciation, where I try to open my ears (and Heart) to music that's antithetical to my Power-Pop, New Wave core.
  9. "A Night Like This" I think this Cure song popped up on a Amazon Radio playlist? I don't remember.
  10. Since the first episode of Glee aired, every radio station plays Journey's "Don't Stop Believin", so by that standard, "Who's Crying Now" feels like a deep cut when in reality it was a big hit.
  11. "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)" by the Shangri-Las (great group name, btw) popped up at random in my iTunes - I ripped it from the GoodFellas soundtrack CD, although I don't remember where it appears in the movie?
  12. "Want to Want Me" I had this Jason Derulo hit stuck in my head for weeks, only because the chorus steals the riff from Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody". It took me a long time wondering before I did some digging to figure out whose song it was.
  13. "Got Me Under Pressure" A minor hit from ZZ Top.
  14. "Gumboots" I was a hit singles monster in the 1980s- there were plenty of cassettes I would fast-forward through just to hear the his, but this album was an exception- I must have listened to my Paul Simon Graceland tape a thousand times all the way through. This is one of the tracks I never knew the title to- does he even sing "Gumboots" in the song?
  15. "Solace Of You" Deepest of deep cuts from the late great Living Colour
  16. "Last Child" from Aerosmith is one of those hit songs from the Greatest Hits collection that I never hear on the radio.
  17. "That Was Yesterday" Foreigner - just like Heart (see above) I am making room for hoary old 1970s bands on my playlists (Based on the synths, I suspect this song is from the 1980s, though). Wow Lou Gramm has a good voice!
  18. "Brave" Speaking of great voices, Sara Bareilles really nails this song live at the Variety Playhouse
    The Shangri-Las

  19. "Sinner" Neil Finn solo acoustic on 107.1 KGSR
  20. "Lady Madonna" The Beatles, from LOVE
  21. "I Feel Fine" [Studio Outtake] The Beatles Live At The BBC