This song is from The Ramones final studio album, ¡Adios Amigos! It’s a pretty laid back number for the band, better known for their frenetic high octane playing; if The Ramones did a cover of In A Gadda Da Vida, it would probably be two minutes long. It’s one of their more popular later songs, even though it didn’t chart. Ronnie Spector did a cover that was produced by none other than the song’s composer, Joey Ramone.
This Simon & Garfunkel song was originally released in late 1966, hitting the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. It’s a relatively hard track for the duo, better known for a gentler, more hippieish, folky sound. It’s a brilliantly arranged piece of music, the driving beat perfectly complements Paul Simon‘s stellar guitar work. Lyrically, the song is a metaphor for growing older and coping with being unable to fulfill the dreams of youth. About 20 years after its release, it became a signature tune for The Bangles when they covered it for the soundtrack to the film Less Than Zero. It’s also been covered by artists ranging from film composer Hugo Montenegro to goth punk band She Wants Revenge.
I need a pick me up, and this is great song for that. It’s also a great way to start the week. I haven’t listened to this song in years, because I have it on cassette, but I don’t have a tape deck readily available. This track is often attributed to Oingo Boingo, but it’s actually a solo effort by Danny Elfman, who also composed the score for the film the song is from, Summer School. The version used in the opening credits of that movie is slightly different from this one, which comes off of the soundtrack album.
Three Dog Night scored their first Gold record with this 1969 tune from their self titled album. I put it up because it reflects how I’ve been feeling the last couple of weeks, sort of like a fucking pariah. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to do the self pity thing, because that’s really counter productive. This song is sort of comforting to me, because I know when I feel this way, that there are other people out there who can relate, and whether we’re aware of it or not, it kind of binds us so that we’re never really alone. I hope your week has treated you well, people, and that your weekend continues to do so.
I really don’t know much about this song but my niece, Gabrielle, loves it.
Pierce The Veil – Chemical Kids and Mechanical Brides at YouTube.