I don't know if it's the Champale talking, but I think I could just get lost in Jim Post's eyes for days. He's just so damn dreamy.
What with the water-sculpted physique,the carefully-cultivated porn mustache, and the patented puppy-dog staredown from the Alan Alda School for Sensitive Men, he's the poster boy for the plague of singer-songwriters who ravaged this country's music charts and suburban Turtle Records throughout the late 1970s. At the time, it just seemed like harmless fun. We didn't know this was going to lead to the Christopher Cross tragedy of 1980. In retrospect, it seems like a tragic folly. But who could resist that 'stache?
If I can tear myself away from Jim's watery come-hither stare, it's time for the Friday Random Ten. Here goes:
1. King Floyd, "Woman Don't Go Astray" -- A fairly standard R&B tune from the man who's best known for "Groove Me." This isn't quite as good, but not exactly bad. Eh. 5/10
2. Moby, "Porcelain" -- While I liked the tracks on the Play album that made use of the old Alan Lomax field recordings of folk songs in the South, the more standard Mobyish stuff like this song never really did it for me. 6/10
3. Common featuring Laetitia Sadier, "New Wave" -- I never would've dreamed of pairing the Stereolab vocalist with Common, but this works extremely well. The hiphop verses are standard, but the chorus that Sadier builds is phenomenal. 10/10
4. Clarence Reid, "Master Piece" -- A nice bit of soul strutting from Oliver Wang's Soul Sides compilation. If you're into soul and aren't checking out his blog on a regular basis, you're missing out on goodies like this one. Go. 8/10
5. Junior Varisty KM, "You're Fabulous!" -- Brilliant drum 'n' bass work from San Francisco's Kenric McDowell. Catchy as hell. 10/10
6. Earth, Wind and Fire, "Mighty Mighty" -- A mediocre tune from the '70s supergroup. In recognition of that, and in honor of Jim Post, I'm going to give his radio rivals a middling grade. 7/10
7. Radiohead, "Motion Picture Soundtrack" -- I know some fans were iffy about the mellow electronica of Kid A, but I love that album. A nice, slow, lush one here. 8/10
8. Link Wray and the Wraymen, "Rumble Mambo" -- The original "Rumble" was Link's biggest and most notorious hit, an instrumental that somehow managed to get banned in some American cities because its title supposedly referred to gang violence. While that song's great, the mambo variation isn't. 4/10
9. The Replacements, "Androgynous" -- This is the one 'Mats song that I can always remember clearly from the concerts of theirs I've seen. It's not that it's my favorite, but this was always the time where the crowd calmed down and drunkenly sang along. Never a disappointment. 8/10
10. The Stonecutters, "We Do!" -- The Simpsons' classic tribute to the Freemasons. "Who keeps down the electric car? Who made Steve Guttenberg a star? We do, we do!" This song and more, all available for your listening and downloading pleasure from this site. Have fun. 6/10
Alright, that gives me a perfect 7.0 score on the coolness scales. Apparently, I'm just barely passing. I can't remember if that's cool or not.
Let's see what you've got. Drop your own FRTs, with or without a coolness audit, in the comments below.