23 Songs

February 2008 -remembering George Harrison, my favorite Beatle. Plus a few songs I really liked from the late 80s and other odds and ends.

1)HUNTING HIGH AND LOW(A-ha): They were seen as a bit teenybop but there was a lot of depth, especially in songs like this that show their 60s melodic pop influence.
2) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS (Beatles): First George Harrison song, listen to the new version on Love and you realise it's more about the melody than the guitar.
3) TELL ME WHEN MY LIGHT TURNS GREEN (Dexy's Midnight Runners): A favorite from the mid 80s (early 80s actually but that's when I first heard it.
4) LONESOME FOR A PLACE I KNOW (Everything But The Girl): Pretty song from the late 80s, great tribute to England.
5) I'D HAVE YOU ANYTIME (George Harrison): Beuatiful opener of the best Beatles solo album. Co-written with Bob Dylan.
6) WHAT IS LIFE? (George Harrison): Well known track from the same album.
7) LET IT DOWN (George Harrison): Another song written in the Beatles era that went on George's first solo album.
8) I LIVE FOR YOU (George Harrison): An outtake from All Things Must Pass that was completed for the 2000 remastering, showing the overall quality of George's songwriting then.
9) BEWARE OF DARKNESS (George Harrison): Probably my favorite George song. The message on how thoughts can control you and take you to a dark place is incredibly powerful and universal.
10)LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE (George Harrison): My favorite latter day George song from the 1979 eponymous album.
11)DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING (Gerry And The Pacemakers): A simple and beautiful message from the early Liverpool rival to the Beatles.
12) THE LIGHT IS ALWAYS GREEN (Housemartins): Another mid-80s fave- shares the "green light" with Dexy's above.
13) BOTH SIDES NOW (Joni Mitchell): You all know this one - and you should have lived it as well.
14) PERFECT BLUE(Lloyd Cole And The Commotions): More 80s memories from the great Scottish bard.
15) MAYBE THE PEOPLE WERE THE TIMES OR BETWEEN CLARK AND HILLDALE (Love): Ignore the title, but this is one of the great grooves ever. I'm glad I was able to see Arthur Lee before he passed away.
16) OLYMPIA (Lush): Nice melodic changes of pace from a 90s group with some 60s soul.
17) THE GUNMAN (Prefab Sprout): Weird fact- Cher covered this song. And she thought the song was strange. Paddy McAloon was known for his odd metaphors for love, but listen to the lyrics, and see if you don't think they ring true.
18) HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE (Queen Anne's Lace): Another sunshine pop gem unearthed by Saint Etienn on one of their compilations.
20) SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN (Style Council)
21) THE PICADILLY TRAIL (Style Council)
22) SPIN DRIFTING (Style Council): These are four B-sides from the Style Council that eventually came out on a special EP. All are brilliantly introspective, and show the depth of what Paul Weller could do.
23) LIFETIME PILING UP (Talking Heads): A great final single for this group.

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