Monthly Archives: September 2019

Ten songs about Paris that could help the French celebrate the World Cup

The World Cup was the dominant theme in the world of sports last week, but since I wasn’t even a lukewarm football fan, I only saw about ten minutes of the action. The only reason I saw that limited segment is because a game ran for the estimated time, which was ahead of the Judge Judy episode that I intended to watch.

However, a fragment of the post-championship game caught my attention and, more importantly, my ear. While the video showed the Croats, after a heartbreaking loss in the final round it was heard singing a song that I recognized immediately.

It was the success of Oasis “Don’t Look Back In Anger” from the most popular album of the British band What’s the Story Morning Glory. It is the second most famous song on that album, which follows only the classic single “Wonder Wall”.

I thought it was a strange tune for the runner-up of the World Cup, but it made me think what song his victorious opponents would choose. Those in the circle of winners could celebrate by playing a well-known song that mentions the capitol of their country, the European nation of France.

Here are ten songs that mention that same city in their titles.

Let’s Tango In Paris by the Stranglers

This is one of Feline’s acoustic numbers, the 1980 album that marked the definitive transformation of the punk rock band into a more accessible sound.

Free man in Paris by Joni Mitchell

“Help Me” and “Chelsea Morning” combined with this classic to make Court and Spark the most successful commercial album of the folk singer.

Paris crimes by Elvis Costello

French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower are mentioned in this excellent song from the production of Nick Lowe Blood and Chocolate.

Join Nuit A Paris for 10cc

A three-part musical epic, this opener sets the stage for the group’s revolutionary album The Original Soundtrack.

Paris 1919 by John Cale

After leaving Velvet Underground, Cale made many solo albums, none better than where this main song came from.

I’m throwing my arms around Paris by Morrissey

The city of love does not seem to be a likely destination for the often melancholic singer of the Smiths, but figuratively hugs her here.

Dreaming of Paris by Van Dyke Parks

In addition to producing great albums by Phil Ochs, Harry Nilsson and Biff Rose, Parks demonstrated here and on other tracks of Songs Cycled that he could make his own albums.

Go to Paris for the Waterboys

It was not a hit as big as “The Whole of the Moon”, but it is more representative of the typical British alternative band sound.

I love Paris by Frank Sinatra

Ella Fitzgerald turned the song into a standard, but Old Blue Eyes is responsible for my favorite performance.

Leaving for Paris by Rufus Wainwright

Loudon’s son and Martha’s sister have made many good albums, as this track shows.

Ten song titles that could serve as brief weather forecasts

For the people of the Midwest like me, no part of the local news is as anticipated as the weather forecast, but it is generally also the most unsatisfactory segment. Although they always greet us with smiling faces, meteorologists rarely offer us mild temperatures with clear skies.

Instead of smiling weather experts, the forecast would be more pleasant if news stations chose music to represent weather conditions. There are a multitude of songs that represent different types of climates, such as “Mr. Blue Sky” of the Electric Light Orchestra for the beautiful days that are so rare in the Midwest.

Here are ten other popular songs that could be used to represent the weather forecasts.

Cloudy by Simon and Garfunkel

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the album that generated this relaxed classic, leaving one with the feeling that Paul Simon wrote it while lying on his back in the middle of a large green field.

Stormy by the classics IV

Its beautiful melody contradicts the adjective that serves as a title, without a doubt the most recognizable in the pop band’s catalog.

Sunny by Bobby Hebb

In 1966, this success was omnipresent, and at that tumultuous moment probably his message of gratitude and joy was very welcome.

Cold as ice by foreigner

One of the many gems of the self-titled debut album, this monstrous success describes a girl, but it could work for a January weather forecast.

Martha and Van Dells heat wave

Passion is the cause of the temperature rise in this doo-wop song, which could also be the name of a mid-August trend in the atmosphere.

Misty by Johnny Mathis

Most likely, this pop standard will be used for a morning edition of local news.

Windy by the Association

This blow could be enough for a breezy afternoon, but it could also leave you wanting a double cheeseburger and a thick chocolate milkshake.

Rain of the Beatles

John Lennon wrote this success at the time of Revolver, just to see it in the compilation album called Hey Jude.

Snow by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The alternate rockers achieved a success with this winter track of the Stadium Arcadium.

Bleaching conditions for new pornographers

A.C. Newman and Neko Case share the vocals in this main song from the last album of the independent band.

Ten great albums that turn twenty-five this year

Toronto can celebrate this season the twenty-fifth anniversary of its last World Series Championship, the second of its consecutive titles in the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. That 1993 event was very important because of what happened the following season, when Major League Baseball officials canceled the World Series due to work stoppage.

That 1994 fiasco related to the national pastime is only one of the reasons why the previous year was better, even beyond the field of sports. In 1993, good music came out, including dozens of influential albums from various rock genres.

Here are ten of those records that should be celebrated on their twenty-fifth anniversary this year.

Come on, feel the lemon heads

Evan Dando and his group peaked with this album, which included gems like “Into Your Arms” and “Great Big No.”

Modern life is garbage by blur

Followed by Parklife and The Great Escape, this album was the first of the trio of life albums that showed Britpop at its peak, aided by singles like “Sunday Sunday” and “Chemical World.”

Unplugged by Neil Young

Most of the acoustic episodes organized by MTV were forgettable, but Young was so sharp that he helped rejuvenate his career.

Anodyne by Uncle Tupelo

As always, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar divided the songs into the third album of the alternative country band, but it is the “New Madrid” of the first that has endured as the best song.

Thirteen by Teenage Fan Club

These Scottish alternative rockers were getting their way on this record, highlighted by the Gerard Love tribute to the legendary composer Gene Clark.

Alapalooza by Weird Al Yankovic

Instead of visiting the place where Richard Harris called MacArthur where the cake was in the rain, Weird Al changed it to “Jurassic Park” here and even threw a tribute to the Flintstones hometown in “Bedrock Anthem.”

Dreamland of the Aztec chamber

Fans who want to hear Toddy Frame return to the sound of the debut album had to be happy when their ears saw “Spanish Horses”, “Black Lucia” and “Vertigo” on this album.

Transmissions from the heart of the satellite through the flaming lips

After five of the main releases, Wayne Coyne somehow got a single with “She Don’t Use Jelly” from this album.

Where have you been for Dinosaur Jr.

As soon as J Mascis told us to start itching, he caught his band’s first great success.