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Re: America state by state

Postby Charlie O. » 29 May 2024, 19:31

Iowa - "The Iowa Waltz" (Greg Brown). A bit soppy, but I love it.

Montana - "Montana" (Zappa/Mothers) (C, how could you??)


For Colorado (my home state), may I suggest "Colorado" from the National Lampoon's Lemmings album (a great John Denver parody performed by a not-yet-famous Chevy Chase).

Mississippi - so many good songs, but I'd go for "Mississippi Delta" by Bobbie Gentry.

Rhode Island - Much as I like the Ike & Tina, I'd go for "Rhode Island Is Famous For You" by Blossom Dearie.
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Re: America state by state

Postby mudshark » 29 May 2024, 19:56

C mentioned Montana; it was thrown out of court.
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Re: America state by state

Postby NMB » 29 May 2024, 20:01

When Electricity Came to Arkansas by Black Oak Arkansas.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Charlie O. » 29 May 2024, 20:31

mudshark wrote:C mentioned Montana; it was thrown out of court.

Oh, TWFNO did. I missed that. Apologies.
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Re: America state by state

Postby C » 29 May 2024, 20:48

Charlie O. wrote:Montana - "Montana" (Zappa/Mothers) (C, how could you??).


Tom Waits For got in front of me (and you Chas!)



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Re: America state by state

Postby C » 29 May 2024, 20:49

SNAP!

That’ll teach me not to scroll down the page!


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NMB wrote:I much prefer tuneless twaddle to tuneful twaddle.

Jazz generally does have a tune but they don’t necessarily play it to you.

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Re: America state by state

Postby LMG » 29 May 2024, 22:51

Missouri Waltz - Johnny Cash

Or

Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison, Beatles

Or

(perhaps the best, describes Missouri as narrator relates his predicament of being lost there)

The Eternal Kansas City - Van Morrison

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Re: America state by state

Postby Neige » 30 May 2024, 07:07

Didn't know Kerala Dust at all - I like it, very hypnotic, but as the state is never mentioned, how about this?



or the original by Mimi & Richard Fariña
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 07:40

Oof. It's going to take a while to get through all of these. One step at a time ...

Charlie O. wrote:Iowa - "The Iowa Waltz" (Greg Brown). A bit soppy, but I love it.


Yes. It's sweet. I shall add it.

Charlie O. wrote:For Colorado (my home state), may I suggest "Colorado" from the National Lampoon's Lemmings album (a great John Denver parody performed by a not-yet-famous Chevy Chase).


I'd have preferred a studio version but it is about the state and not just a city so I'll have that too.

Charlie O. wrote:Mississippi - so many good songs, but I'd go for "Mississippi Delta" by Bobbie Gentry.


Thank you! I had this in mind but I couldn't remember the title.
I don't know if you know about this, bit in the late 60s the BBC gave her a 6-week show. From Wikipedia:

In 1968, after appearing on In Concert, Gentry became the first female songwriter to front a TV series on the BBC network. Impressed with Gentry's performances on- and off-screen, the head of the BBC invited her, in 1968, to host a variety show on BBC 2, making her the first female songwriter to host a series on the network. The Bobbie Gentry series was a 6-week special, broadcast weekly from July 13 to August 17, 1968. It featured musicians from the Mississippi countryside, as well as guests such as Donovan, the Hollies, Glen Campbell, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Elton John, Alan Price, Billy Preston, and Pan's People.


I remember loving it at the time but I reeeeeeealy want to see it now I see what an incredible bunch of artists she had on it. I hadn't remembered that.

Anyway, Mississippi Delta was the theme tune and I always assumed that's all it was and wouldn't be on Spotify. But it is!
(of course...)

Charlie O. wrote:Rhode Island - Much as I like the Ike & Tina, I'd go for "Rhode Island Is Famous For You" by Blossom Dearie.


Hmm. I think I'll stick with Ike & Tina.
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Re: America state by state

Postby C » 30 May 2024, 10:02

Mississippi Queen is more robust

Replete with cowbell

I like a drop of cowbell me



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Re: America state by state

Postby Darkness_Fish » 30 May 2024, 11:03

Can I suggest Devendra Banhart's "Michigan" in place of Bowie's city-specific "Panic in Detroit". It's a wonderful song with startlingly bad lyrics, which should be approved of.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 11:19

C wrote:Mississippi Queen is more robust

Replete with cowbell

I like a drop of cowbell me.


As do I, but this is the sort of song that shows how incomprehensible musical taste is. For you it's robust and for me it's a good example of really-bad-in-every-department rock music. On the other hand, I love Bobbie Gentry; I love her songs and her voice; and this song holds memories for me. No competition.

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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 11:34

Hugh wrote:Could could consider Jackson by Johnny and June or Nancy and Lee for Mississippi.


Thanks for the suggestion but I've got my perfect Mississippi song now.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Neige » 30 May 2024, 11:48

My favoutite song about Delaware

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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 11:49

C wrote:“Delaware Slide” By George Thorogood And The Destroyers

Some delightful slide guitar.


That'll do!

Tom Waits For No One wrote:Delaware by Perry Como slides all over the place.


Fucking hell. He was rich and successful from singing toss like this.

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Walk In My Shadow wrote:Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman

Dayton, Ohio 1903 - Randy Newman


Both excellent suggestions and I may yet use one or both of them. Trouble is, I love Randy Newman and he has written a LOT of songs about states. I could end up with half the list being his songs and that's not quite what I'm after.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 11:52

Rorschach wrote:
C wrote:“Delaware Slide” By George Thorogood And The Destroyers

Some delightful slide guitar.


That'll do!


Oh. But hang on ...

Neige wrote:My favoutite song about Delaware



I do like this. Hmmm...
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 12:08

mudshark wrote:Look For Me in Butte by Utah Philips (Butte, Montana that is)


Sounds like Ewan MacColl with a banjo. Is that a good thing? Hmm...

mudshark wrote:Picking a Roxy song to represent Texas just makes me cringe. Not that I don't like Roxy, it just ain't right.


I don't disagree. I'm surprised no-one has complained about using The Move to represent California.

mudshark wrote:Gotta be Texas Tornado by The Doug Sahm Band. Very on pointe for the weather we're having down here.


It's a bit bit boring, isn't it? It sounds a lot more 'Texas' than Roxy but there must be a more exciting one, surely. Loads of great music has come out of Texas.
I'm considering Texas Girl At The Funeral of Her Father but it's yet another Randy Newman song, and I think maybe Texas should be represented by something with a little more oomph. And I play it all the time anyway.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 12:13

NMB wrote:When Electricity Came to Arkansas by Black Oak Arkansas.


I guess it has a certain primitive joie de vivre about it. Cheers.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 12:25

LMG wrote:Missouri Waltz - Johnny Cash

Or

Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison, Beatles

Or

(perhaps the best, describes Missouri as narrator relates his predicament of being lost there)

The Eternal Kansas City - Van Morrison


Thanks. I'm going with the Johnny Cash because I think he should be on the list somewhere, and it is about the state.
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Re: America state by state

Postby Rorschach » 30 May 2024, 12:30

Neige wrote:Didn't know Kerala Dust at all - I like it, very hypnotic, but as the state is never mentioned, how about this?



or the original by Mimi & Richard Fariña


Cheers. I would have gone with the original but Mimi's wooing all over the place annoys me.
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