Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

Truck Driving Woman – Norma Jean (The Best of) (1)
Sail on Sailor – The Beach Boys (30 Years Box Set) (2)
I Thought You Loved Me – Tractor Kings (Sunday Night) (3)
Serengetti – Grateful Dead (Shakedown Street) (4)
Ringling, Ringling – Jimmy Buffett (Living and Dying in 3/4 Time) (5)
Brady’s Leap – Moonshine Willy (Bold Displays of Imperfection) (6)
Do You Fancy Me – Tarnation (Gentle Creatures) (7)
Snowblind Friend – Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf 7) (8)
King of Birds – REM (Document) (9)
The Moon is Down – John Prine (Fair & Square) (10)

(1) Porter Wagoner’s early duet partner never got the credit she deserved, but she made a lot of good, traditional country records. This is a good, old fashioned country song.

(2) Everyone has at least a few Beach Boys records. They made some amazing music. This is a mighty fine song.

(3) Good alt-country, neo-psychedelia song off of their first record.

(4) I shouldn’t admit this since I had two brief stints as a drummer, but I’m just not all that crazy about drum solos- sorry. But as they go, this is a good one. I really like this album.

(5) One of the best songs on his great 1974 record. Come Monday gets all the run, but there are 7 or so better songs on this record, including my all-time favorite- Spider John (a great cover of a Willis Alan Ramsey song).

(6) Alt. Country with a bit of a punk/bluegrass vibe. I like the band OK. This is not one of the better songs on the record.

(7) Paula Frazier has one of the best voices I have ever heard. Period. This is a great song (the strings really add to the sad vibe) on a great album.

(8) I have been a Steppenwolf fan since the first time I heard them. Unlike many of its comtemporaries, the cuts on Steppenwolf albums are almost always universally strong. This is about as country as Steppenwolf gets.

(9) REM is a great band and this song is one of my favorite REM songs. I have no idea what it is about, but like many REM songs I hear messages in it every time I listen to it. A 10+ on anyone’s scale.

(10) I like this new record a lot- it’s classic John Prine, plugged in a little. This is a classic, wistful, grey Prine song.

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