1. You're Going to Need Somebody/Richard and Linda Thompson
2. Shatter/Liz Phair
3. 6/The Neats
4. Sick of Myself/Matthew Sweet
5. Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)/Linton Kwesi Johnson
6. Hold What You Got/Joe Tex
7. Coyote/Joni Mitchell
8. 16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six/Tom Waits
9. Jealous Guy/John Lennon
10. Don't Make Me Over/Dionne Warwick
Yeah, that's right: Dionne Warwick. 5 is a song I've considered posting about for some time; maybe I will soon. I enjoy it, though it's not in a style I usually like, but also find fault with it on a few levels. 8 is a cliche, but so's his whole career, the pleasures either afford notwithstanding. 7 is the best song on the record it's from, and still pretty weak compared to what she'd been doing earlier in her career; on the other hand, it's better than a lot of what was to come. Nothing to link to with 4--what can you say about Matthew Sweet? Not untalented? Another instance of the best song on the record--in this case, one that ought to have been titled 12% Fun.
Anyway: 4th of July weekend! I won't disappear entirely, but, you know. Anyone wanting a cranky rumination on the state of the Republic, as timely now as when it was written, can click here. In the meantime, like every good patriot, I'm going to get better acquainted with the catalog for Americans in Paris, 1860-1900, grill meats, watch things get blown up, and enjoy the extended weekend.