For this Week’s Daily Top 5 Music Obsessions we are Featuring a Theme of the Week that each day’s Best 5 Songs of the Day will be based on. If all goes well there may be a Theme for each Week’s Music Obsessions Feature. This Week’s Theme is “The Name Game”. All Obsessed over Songs will include a Person’s Name in the Title.
Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for August 14, 2017
Up first is The Jam’s Song “Liza Radley”, one of my Favorite Jam Songs of all-time. Following is a Song by The Who that Song 1 seems to have been inspired by. “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand is originally from The Who’s Album The Who Sell Out, though this version is Acoustic and from the Compilation Album, Thirty Years of Maximum R&B. Song 3 is a Lesser Known Track that I stumbled on today, Porno For Pyros’ “Kimberly Austin”. That Song showed up on my Spotify “Discovery” Playlist and is what inspired this Week’s Theme. “Roxy” by Concrete Blonde is Track 4, a Song that is definitely in my Top 10 Favorite Concrete Blonde Songs. Today’s Top 5 ends with a Cover Version of Rod Stewart’s Quintessential Song, “Maggie May”. I really dig hearing Susanna Hoff’s Sing the Lead in this Cover Duet Project she did with Matthew Sweet – it adds an interesting twist.
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY:
1. “Liz Radley” by The Jam
see her jump through loneliness.
take me when you go.”
Is Liza Radley a Manic Pixie Dream Girl? There is something about her that reminds me of Summer in 500 Days of Summer. She also reminds me some of Margo in the Novel “Paper Towns”. Looking around the web for information about the Song I came across a comment from someone who wrote: “Every girl I’ve ever been in love with has been Liza Radley (Just with different hair).”
2. “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand” by The Who
“Mary is so pretty,
the prettiest in the land.
Guys come from every city,
just to shake her shaky hands.”
“Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand” was written by Pete Townshend and first released on The Who’s 1967 Album, The Who Sell Out. The best-known version of the Song is the acoustic above. The Song has an acoustic guitar and an arrangement using percussion instruments.
The song has ambiguous lyrics that have been subject to a variety of interpretations. Four different recordings of the song have been released by The Who. It was later performed by a number of other artists.
The Song has also been performed by a number of other artists.
Unlike many other Who songs from the 1960’s, “Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand” recalls the typical pop song convention of praising a pretty girl, but does not provide any description of her appearance, focusing instead on Mary Anne’s hand tremor.
The reason for the shaking is not clear: Mary Anne may have some affliction, or else the song may be, as Chris Charlesworth describes it, The Who’s “second great song about masturbation” (after the band’s 1967 single “Pictures of Lily”): Steve Grantley and Alan Parker suggest that the reason can be inferred from the line “What they’ve done to a man, those shaky hands.” However, some versions of the song use the lyrics: “What they’ve done to her, man, those shaky hands.”
Rolling Stone praised the “barely-beneath-the-surface humor of the lyric”.
What do you think makes Mary Anne’s hand shake? And why only 1 hand?
I don’t know about Mary Anne’s hands, but I do know that “Liza Radley” feels cut from the same cloth, at least musically. I can’t help but think Mary Anne must have inspired Liza Radley.
3. “Kimberly Austin” by Porno For Pyros
“I like to watch her sway.
She’s luck before I’m going away.
I wonder what she thinks about herself?
She is mine and no one else’s.”
And this Song….it so feels like it was inspired by both Mary Anne and Liza.
Do you hear it, too?
4. “Roxy” by Concrete Blonde
you’re my Maggie May.
More beautiful tonight,
than you ever were back in the day.”
Lyrically, “Roxy” is so vivid I can see her perfectly. I picture her looking a little like Rosanna Arquette when she was young. And now, older, but still beautiful, she is fading to everyone except this person who loves her more than when she was in her so-called prime.
I like to picture more of her story, writing it in my head as the Song plays.
5. “Maggie May” by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
I wish I’d
never seen your face.”
I am a Fan of all the Covers on the Duet Project, Under the Covers Volume 1 and 2, by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. This one is definitely in my Top 5 Favorites. Maybe it’s the twist of hearing Susanna sing the lead or the way the Song lends itself perfectly to a very 90’s Jangly Power Pop sound. It could also be that I adore both Sweet and Hoffs. They both sound great together.
I hope you enjoy Today’s Top 5 featuring The Jam, The Who, Porno For Pyros, Concrete Blonde and Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs.
Be sure to Tune in tomorrow for the next round of Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.