Looking For The Right “C” Note?
I am looking at songs and musical Artists one letter at a time, and these “Songs For Sunday” are all about the C’s…let’s get started with a band from my home town of Seattle – and their brilliant 90’s grunge anthem, “Come As You Are”:
Nirvana was at the forefront of the 90’s grunge sound, which dominated music in the beginning of that decade…along with “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” this song also captured the angst well…here is the video:
“Come as you are, as you were
As I want you to be
As a friend, as a friend
As an known enemy…”
Kurt Cobain shared every aspect of his “angst” with listeners, and sadly took his own life…he left behind an amazing collection of music in a short period of time.
In that era, many articles were written about the rivalry between Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but it wasn’t really the case – they were all friends…and Pearl Jam also captured that sound well:
Their song “Black” is hauntingly beautiful, and you can see the video and more here:
Nirvana blazed a short trail across the music sky, but next up, a classic trio who still make music together and separately – included here thanks to David Crosby getting first billing!
Crosby, Stills & Nash!
This legendary group was also +Young once in awhile, but one of their later hits showcases the amazing harmonies of just CSN:
This classic early 80’s album included a great song about sailing, love, and longing…
“Think about how many times I have fallen
Spirits are using me larger voices callin’
What Heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten
(Around the world) I have been around the world
(Lookin’) Lookin’ for that woman girl
(Who knows she knows) Who knows love can endure
And you know it will…”
A terrific song with beautiful harmonies…here they are performing it live:
It’s from a great album called “Daylight Again” – see more music videos here, including their great hit “Wasted On The Way”:
Next up, an incredible song from the height of Oasis-mania:
“Champagne Supernova” by Oasis…
This “C” song starts quietly but then build with all of that “wall of sound” that Oasis was known for in the 90’s…
“Someday you will find me
Caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne supernova in the sky
Someday you will find me
Caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne supernova
A champagne supernova in the sky”
Here is the music video:
Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher created some great music in the 90’s – timeless classics like “Supersonic”, “Live Forever” and “What’s The Story? (Morning Glory)”, but their spectacular implosion a few years later seemed to ensure that these two brothers would never perform together again…
Now, time for some classic power pop from a band that always seemed to have a firm “tongue in cheek”:
The Cars – “My Best Friend’s Girl”
The Cars were Ric Ocasek’s invention, and he wrote catchy pop hits with interesting, quirky lyrics. Sadly, the Singer died last year, but their catchy 80’s vibe lives on!
Their debut album launched them into stardom with their first power pop hit, “My Best Friend’s Girl”:
“When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky
Ooh, she’ll make you flip
(Here she comes again)
When she’s dancing ‘neath the starry sky
I kinda like the way she dips
She’s my best friend’s girl
She’s my best friend’s girl
But she used to be mine”
Here is a great live version from 1978:
Next on my “C” list is a classic Beatles song – or in this case, a Beatles song that Paul McCartney wrote and gave to another band to record!
“Come And Get It!” by Badfinger / Paul McCartney!
When Apple signed Badfinger, Paul gave them a hit song – and when the Beatles Anthology was released, we got to hear that Paul recorded it exactly the way he wanted them to record it…he still performs it today – here is a great live version from 2011:
It was the theme song to a movie starring his bandmate Ringo Starr and the legendary Peter Sellers – a very funny comedy that also included members of Monty Python!
Did I mention this is the film where Raquel Welch plays a Dominatrix? Click here to see the trailer and more – check out the madness of “The Magic Christian” here:
Next up, a song inspired by one of the greatest anti-war films ever!
How can you have a list of “C” bands and not include these guys?
The Clash is one of my favorite bands, and while there are so many songs to choose from, such as “I’m So Bored With The USA”, “Train In Vain Stand By Me)”, “Rock The Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”, I will go with a terrific song off of their sprawling, messy three-record masterpiece known as “Sandinista!”
In a nod to one of my favorite films of all time, “Apocalypse Now”, The Clash delivered a smooth, sultry take on Robert Duvall’s classic line from the film:
The Clash “Charlie Don’t Surf!”
“Charlie don’t surf and we think he should
Charlie don’t surf and you know that it ain’t no good
Charlie don’t surf for his hamburger Momma
Charlie’s gonna be a napalm star”
Here is the band performing the song live in 1982:
I got the chance to see the band live – and now you can too!
This movie “Rude Boy” is available on DVD, and it is the fictional story of a “roadie” for the “real” Clash, so you get lots of real live performance material of some of their greatest early songs like “I’m So Bored (With The USA)”!
You can see the trailer for the film here:
Next up, timeless music from one of the most popular bands of the 70’s:
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Lead singer/Songwriter John Fogerty still tours today, playing such timeless hits as “Proud Mary”, “Traveling’ Band” and “Down On The Corner”.
“Born On The Bayou” and “Bad Moon Rising” were both pure “swamp rock”, a southern vibe that felt very authentic – even though they were from San Francisco’s bay area!
Here is the band performing “Bad Moon Rising” on TV in the late 60’s:
“Proud Mary”, “Fortunate Son” and their 11-minute version of “Heard It Through The Grapevine” were also huge hits, but by the end of their run, they were world-weary, as evidenced by one of their last hits:
“Have You Ever Seen The Rain?”
The party boogie was long gone, replaced by a band that had written about the war in Vietnam, the student protest in the US, and other deeply political songs:
“Someone told me long ago
There’s a calm before the storm
I know it’s been comin’ for some time
When it’s over so they say
It’ll rain a sunny day
I know shinin’ down like water
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain?
I want to know
Have you ever seen the rain
Comin’ down on a sunny day?”
Here is a live performance from 2011 by John Fogerty, his voice still terrific:
Finally, Parrotheads can rejoice that Jimmy Buffett wrote one of the greatest songs ever about food!
Cheeseburger In Paradise
A song that celebrates America’s greatest hand-held food!
Cheeseburger in paradise
Medium rare with mustard’d be nice
Heaven on Earth with an onion slice
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.
I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer
Well, good god almighty, which way do I steer…
Jimmy Buffett has created a huge business out of his Margaritaville restaurants, because his songs are fun, upbeat and a good time – here he is with a classic live performance of “Cheeseburger In Paradise:
There you go, now I’m hungry! If you are hungry for more great music, how about this guy from the 80’s – and the “A” list?
Yes, “Antmusic” is just one great song from the letter “A” – here are more:
And if you love to surf, then you’ll love the music from the “B” list:
Timeless classics from The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Bowie of course – all right here:
There are SO many great “songs with a C” – Bowie’s “Changes”, The Mamas & The Papas “California Dreaming'” and many many more – share yours!
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