Sunday, January 2, 2011

Reelin' in the Years

Having spent the last day and a half or so celebrating the arrival of a year for which I suspect they'll write no songs, I thought it might be a good time to compile a list of years that were in fact found worthy of such an honor, ironical or no (and I'm looking at you Dayglo Abortions).

The Stooges Funhouse CD cover The Clash Super Black Market Clash CD cover
 "1959" - Patti Smith
"1963" - Jonathan Richman
"1967" - Dayglo Abortions
"1969" - The Stooges
"1970" - The Stooges
"1974" - Ryan Adams
"1976" - Redd Kross
"1977" - The Clash
"1979" - Smashing Pumpkins
"1983" - The Soft Machine
"1984" - David Bowie
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" - Paul McCartney & Wings
"1989" - Less Than Jake
"1992" - Blur
"1999" - Prince
David Bowie Diamond Dogs CD cover Blur 13 CD cover

Honorable mention (although not inclusion) should go to Donald Fagen's "I.G.Y." (which was 1957).

As well, I kind of wish The Afghan Whigs had included a song called "1965" in their album of the same name. It would also have been nice if Van Halen's "1984" from that decidedly non-dystopic album of theirs had been a better song. Fortunately, the Thin White Duke's got us covered.

Good news I suppose is it's only 101 more years 'til 2112.

The list as an iMix at Itunes, you can quickly preview and/or buy all songs


Anonymous said...

1972 by Josh Rouse, good stuff !


TAD said...

R: Spirit's gotta song called "1984" that's pretty spooky, & it rocks pretty good 2. The police-state Big-Brother's-watching-you slant of the lyrics supposedly got it banned from radio play.... It leads-off Spirit's BEST OF, if yr intrested....
Would Ringo's "Early 1970" qualify 4 this list? It's a charming, modest letter from the world's biggest Beatles fan.
There's also Bowling for Soup's hilarious "1985" -- & Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69," but some people might not call either of these music....
Cool list. Wings' "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" has long been one of my favorites. Happy New Ear & etc.... -- TAD.