The rules: name five songs that you love, but that you can’t recall hearing even once in the last three years.
This is trickier than it seems because it requires dusting out the neural pathways in your brain. Here are my choices.
1. “A Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)” – Icicle Works. This one-not-quite-hit-wonder sounds very much like the ’80s to me, yet it never attained the nostalgic favoritism that was shown to lesser songs by bands like Flock of Seagulls or Big Country.
2. “Stop Your Sobbing” – The Kinks. Certainly in the running for one of the greatest British Invasion bands, even if they never saw the success on this side of the pond that The Beatles, The Stones or the Who saw. From their early period, it seems like all you ever hear is “All Day and All of the Night” and “You Really Got Me,” but I really like this one. Tough love in the form of a pop song.
3. “Watch That Girl Destroy Me” – Possum Dixon. I saw this band twice in the same year, once opening up for The Lemonheads and once for the Violent Femmes. They were better than the former, and as good as the latter. Lots of energy and just a whole lot of fun.
4. “Bearing Witness” – Dream So Real. I had this song on Cassette-single. (Remember those?) About the only thing I knew about Dream So Real was that they were from Athens, Georgia, home of REM, the band I was most obsessed about at the time.
5. “Rise” – Public Image Limited. Probably my favorite song from John Lydon(aka Rotten)’s post-punk outfit.