To celebrate the first anniversary of my shameless appropriation of the Friday Random Ten, I thought I'd skip the usual selection from the Hall of Album Cover Horrors and instead present one of my favorite doctored photos of all time.
Lee Harvey, you are a madman. When you stole that cow? And your friend tried to make it with the cow? I want to party with you, cowboy. The two of us together, forget it.
Alright, time for the random ten. Bring. It. On.
1. Bobby Bland, "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" -- A nice slow-burning bit of soul. I never understood why Bobby kept the Bland surname, since his music is far from it. Maybe he was just trying to be all ironical. 7/10
2. Beck, "Emergency Exit" -- As sad as it is that Beck has succumbed to the Church of Scientology and vowed to do war with the subatomic Thetan aliens living inside all of us, the man can still churn out some outstanding tunes. I thought the Guero album was one of his best yet, and this is a solid song off it. 7/10
3. Cal Tjader, "Soul Sauce (Fila Brazillia Remix)" -- I tend to enjoy the songs churned out by the Verve Remixed project, but this take on Tjader's vibes-laden jam gets a little too synthy at times. Still, the original song is quite good, and no amount of remixing can ruin it. 6/10
4. Hard 'n' Phirm, "Rodeohead" -- Just a typical, tongue-in-cheek bluegrass medley of Radiohead songs here. Nothing unusual at all. Move along. 6/10
5. The Allman Brothers, "Jessica" -- I know this is a classic bit of classic rock, but the opening piano rumble always reminds me of the Charlie Brown theme music. Don't know why, but it does. Add that to the fact that we're looking at a seven-minute guitar ramble, and well, you've lost me. 5/10
6. San Francisco Seals, "Baby Blue" -- As both of our regular readers know, I have a soft spot for interesting covers of rock standards. And Barbara Manning's take on this Badfinger classic surely fits the bill. Well played. 8/10
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "I Was Made to Love Her" -- Well, like I said above, cover songs are my secret shame. This is a live recording from the BBC sessions, a nicely controlled but quite rocking rendition of the Stevie Wonder hit. Sadly, it's just an instrumental, but a damn hell good one. 7/10
8. Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good" -- Hot damn. Chaka Khan delivering sultry lyrics over a wah-wah guitar that came straight from a porn flick. It really doesn't get much cooler than this. 10/10
9. The 6ths, "In The City In The Rain" -- The 6ths are one of Stephin Merritt's many many many side projects, the one where he brings in outside vocalists to sing his tunes. This one features Lou Barlow, and he slides right into the melancholy pop vibe of Merritt's music really well. 9/10
10. John Lee Hooker, "Think Twice Before You Go" -- Now that's a damn nice finish. This song's just a bit over two minutes long, and yet it's so action-packed with sharp bits of Chicago guitar and harmonica that you'd swear it was two and a half minutes. At least. 9/10
After a weak opening, I finished out strong with a whopping 7.4 average. That may very well be the highest I've scored in a while. I'd check on the past scores but, well, I'm a lazy, lazy man.
Let's see what you've got. Open up your iWhatever, set it on random, and give us the first ten songs that stumble forth. If you're feeling judgmental, go ahead and render a Coolness Self-Audit as well.
(Thanks to a Perfectly Cromulent Blog for rerunning the Oswald photo. Damn, Jack Ruby is a killer on guitar!)