Thank Frank it’s Friday.
With all eyes on the election in America, the question this week is: What’s your favourite song whose title features an American state?
Reply below to be in with a chance of winning a star-spangled €25 Golden Discs voucher.
The winner will be chosen by my gun-totin’ Trump-votin’ Yankee cousin.
Please include video links if possible.
Lines MUST close at Saturday 10am.
Nick says: Good luck, y’all!
CSNY – “Ohio”
one of Neil Young’s greatest songs and still hits a nerve with the current goings-on in the US
You beat me to it. But I’ll go with one of the Loner’s song too.
Same title, different song.
Here’s a masterpiece in narrative songwriting.
Damien Jurado – Ohio
The Last Great Washington State
The Cult:- New York City from Sonic Temple
I feel safe in New York City AC/DC
Sufjan Stevens – Come on! Feel the Illinoise!
I love him SO MUCH. I saw him during the Age of Adz tour. Completely bananas but phenomenally talented and lovely.
Public Enemy – By the time I get to Arizona
Green Day – American Idiot
Ha very good
The Beach Boys – California Girls
Because those so tanned French bikini dolls were a million miles away from the baggy jumpers and long skirts of the girls from Loreto.
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Dang good call.
One of my highlights of 2010 was seeing them and then later in the year Willie Nelson in the O2
B-52s – Private Idaho
Criminally underrated band imo
You beat me to it. Tuuuuune.
I lobbied a couple of smaller festivals to get these as headliners if anyway possible. Castlepalooza was one
Perry Como Delaware (and some others)
Agreed. Brilliant tune
It Never Rains In Southern California – Albert Hammond
Tim Hardin – Lady Came From Baltimore
Fabulous songwriter, wonderful voice, tragic life and now largely forgotten.
Died aged only 39 of a heroin overdose.
This perfect song, less than two minutes long, was covered by Bob Dylan,Johnny Cash,Scott Walker.
Beautiful in its simplicity.
Baltimore is not a state.
Neither are American Idiot,Boston or Chicago three other titles already included on here.
But if it makes you feel happy award yourself a biscuit.
Whataboutery even in the song post? Jeez, you’re a cheap little man.
Given the time of year that’s in it, it will have to Ireland’s favourite adopted son and his ode to a drunken Christmas:
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
Dropkick Murphys – Shipping up to Boston
Like most people, I don’t really like the song… unless I’m locked, then I LOVE it
+1 :) without the locked though hah!
George Strait, All my exes live in Texas, the purest kind of country song.
South Park, California Love
#California… is very nice to the homeless#
Neil Young -Alabama-
Off the marvelous Harvest, Alabama is the second jab at the South from the Loner(after Southern man on After the Gold rush), it will trigger a response from fellow musicians Lynyrd Skynyrd who will have a clear shot at Neil in Sweet home Alabama (nominated in this very list). One of the most famous rock’n roll feud in history.
Neil then re-responded with “Walk On”
Here is Going to California by Led Zeppelin. Reminds me of working in a summer job during a heatwave in San Francisco.
Bruce Springsteen — Nebraska
Kinda seems appropriate on the day that Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe dies in hospital !
A song that today both Trump and Biden will be singing I suspect!!!!
The brilliant Mr Ray Charles – Georgia on my mind.
California Uber Alles – Dead Kennedys signature tune nicely appropriate in this time of US elections. And it’s a killer tune.
Godammit, forgot video link… https://youtu.be/QVcNfiRWS6U
Great tune :)
How does he do those notes with that quavering vocal, always fascinated me… could never do it :)
And another that Biden will also be singing in hope!
One for the homegrown talent,
Something Happens- Forget Georgia
This is a cover that these amazing sisters made their own, brilliant harmonies.
The Staves – Chicago
Has to be Olivia Newton John
Down by the banks of the oul Ohio
It features in dat buke I’ve talked about, and done nothing with
I’ve always thought of it as a Wheela Wheela Whail’Ya for the Export Market
anyway Johnny Cash has a version, but I prefer Olivia’s and that’s what I had in mind when I stitched it into that buke
besides, JC’s one sounds like loads of other JC tracks, see for yerselves
I prefer this one with June & Co https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSTEKNAOAYw
Joan Baez did in down d’Pairc that time as well
but it was less campfire side than this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uL4SVdN9Pw
Its a song for a Willie,
Women do it better
Hon de Mná
The Bee Gees
Wrote this and planned it for Judy Durham / the Seekers – as a San Fransisco Flowers in the Hair vibe
Maybe t’was when they were living in Australia
Anyway they couldn’t get the Seekers people to take the song – Seekers were big stars at the time
So the brothers ran with it themselves
Judy / The Seekers recorded later tho’
As a tribute to Maurice Gibb
Only one of them left now
But that track
By the Pussycat’s
And like the Bee Gees
They weren’t Yanks either
The harmonies sit on top of an early disco bank and weave like warm wax in a lava lamp with the Studio Orchestra arrangements in the link there
45 years old btw
Think it’s done alright for itself,
But it had better lyrics – I think anyway
And like the Bee Gees
The trio on vocals are siblings
From the brilliant We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Every song a belter. Modest Mouse and Florida. “Even as I left Florida,
Far enough, far enough,
Wasn’t far enough.” https://youtu.be/7bTjjS_palc
Omaha – Counting Crows
Always loved this long…. Proper Americana
Live = https://youtu.be/K2_72UswPaA
Original = https://youtu.be/bsdcZhfgo90
Moving on to the freak states:
The Ventures “Hawaii Five-O”
Damn, you beat me to it!!
good song/bad band dichotomy alert! It’s “Dakota” by the Stereophonics
Carry Me, Ohio – Sun Kil Moon
Can’t count to
All the lovers I’ve burned through
So why do I still burn for you?
I cannot say
Red House Painters – New Jersey
Indeed. Love that too.
awesome band. I have a lovely vinyl album of theirs. Beautiful music. beautiful artwork on the album.
Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska .
– recorded on a Teac Tascam 144 Portastudio,in his living room,its a simple tape recorder,instead the studio,he then ran these recording through a Gibson Echoolex to add reverb and echo,sent the tapes in.
-its an essential record in the history of home recording.
-he wrote the songs,put them down on a demo, that demo became the record
– It didn’t sell particularly well and got no airplay
-the magic or genius was,with the right amount of reverb and echo, a cheap speaker in a car sounds lush and dreamy.
-great driving album,quite dark,Nebraska is the retelling of Terrence Malick’s Badlands, a film based on the 1957–58 killing spree of Charlie Starkweather. The Starkweather murders were meaningless, and the randomness of that violence and inability to explain it,is the album.
as thats ‘taken’-St Vincent,New York
–you are the only MF in the city that can handle me…
Pixies – U Mass[achusetts]
Great track from the somewhat unfairly maligned Trompe le Monde
Good shout. Possibly my favourite Pixies album.
Talking of Ohio, a song that just gets better with every listen,
The National- Bloodbuzz Ohio
Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam”
not exactly a glowing recommendation of the Magnolia state
The slow-building ode to gentrification that is;
New York I love you but you’re bringing me down – LCD Soundsystem
The criminally underrated Presidents of the United States of America (topical) sang “Cleveland Rocks” which was the theme tune of the criminally unfunny Drew Carey show.
Not underrated by ME!
Millions of peaches, peaches for me
That whole album is fab.
The Stones at their Exile peak…Sweet Virginia https://youtu.be/CvpMeq_4BPM
Reno, Dakota – Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs is a hell of a collection of impeccable songs, running the full emotional gamut.
Would be great to see them back in Dublin.
Reno Dakota, there’s not an iota of kindness in you
You know you enthral me and yet you don’t call me
It’s making me blue, Pantone 292
great choice, SG
and – bending the rules a little, i know – i’d add this one from the same album:
Come back from San Francisco
It can’t be all that pretty
When all of New York City misses you
Should pretty boys in discos
Distract you from your novel
Remember I’m awful in love with you
Yes! If we are bending the rules, I’d throw their Washington DC in as well.
Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton
Lots of songs about Ohio, which is usually a swing state that predicts who’ll be next President of the USA, but this time voted for The Donald, who will miss out overall to Joe Biden. Here’s Gillian Welsh with David Rawlings, Look At Miss Ohio:
The Four of Us. Washington Down.
Not about the state or the capital but instead referencing a young Englishman of the same name.
Can’t have too much The Four of Us.
One of my favourite Irish bands.
Correct link below
Bee Gees Massachusetts
Memories of East Texas – Michelle Shocked
Its a shame she seems to have taken quite the turn in recent years, but her early work remains powerful and resonant.
This song is full of evocative moments, but this sums it up:
You know, their lives ran in circles so small
They thought they’d seen it all
Yet they could not make a place for a girl who’d seen the ocean
She would appear to be ‘cancelled’ now, so no links available I’m afraid.
Gil Scott Heron
New York is Killing Me
Any excuse to get Gil played anywhere. The Man, The Myth, The Legend.
This is probably my favourite by a country mile,
As ever Happy Friday
Even more Ohio!
Ohio Riverboat Song – Palace Brothers
Covered separately by Palace Bro Will Oldham solo as Bonnie Prince Billy, but either way a wonderful piece.
I absolutely adore that song.
Definitely one for later with a nice glass of wine or whatever your favourite tipple is, this lady is just brilliant, how she never made it big is a mystery, absolutely gorgeous vocals and brilliant songwriting,
Rosie Thomas – All The Way To New York City
RHCP: Dani California
Not only does it reference Mississippi and Alabama as well but the video is great fun. Everyone from Elvis, the Beatles, Nirvana and more are paid tribute. Enjoy.
Apologies: correct link below.
That video gave me chuckles :)
The all singing, all kicking at 2 in the morning at the disco just before Sweet Caroline to see the couple out the door… New York New York by Frank Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEjq8ZoyXuQ
‘Illinois’ by the Everly Brothers is pleasing to mine ear
Hello – New York Groove
Michigan – Mark Kozelek
Cannot praise this man too often or too highly…
Just in case you’ve never seen it, here he is, backed by The Roots, live on the Jimmy Fallon Show performing Mistress.
Odyssey, native new yorker
ZZ Top, my head’s in Mississippi
Gotta have me some God.
Mainline Florida is from one of Eric Clapton’s best albums, 461 Ocean Boulevard which also features an iconic rock album cover.
Rather than the album version I chose a live recording with his old mate Peter Townshend but sadly no video.
Two axemen at their absolute peak.
Set volume to 11.
A 10 minute belter.
Shaggy – Oh Carloina
My ignorance of American geography is not helping me win any vouchers here today.
Tony Joe White, rainy night in Georgia
Tony Joe White, up in Arkansas
Allman Brothers, Louisiana Lou & Three Card Monty John
From the outlaw Josey Wales, rose of Alabama
For all the withnail & I fans – hang out the stars in Indiana
Neil Young Philadelphia
lesser known follow-up release by The Sultan’s of Ping – Here’s Me New Jersey
Dominic Cummings has just sodded off.
In other non-voucher related news, China has congratulated Biden on his win.
And in other non US state related news I’m having aged filet steak and chips with fried onions and a few petit pois for dinner.
Trying to think of a banging choon to go with the news.
Here ya go lad
Tame Impala – Is It True (Four Tet Remix)
-enjoy the match and your chips:)
“California All The Way” by Luna, from the 1994 sophomore album “Bewitched”. A slice of dream pop heaven.
Fun fact: main man Dean Wareham was firmly an East Coast kinda guy, after moving from his New Zealand birthplace he spent most of his life in New York (plus a spell in Boston). But a few years ago re relocated to Los Angeles as his son was in college there. So he made it…. All the Way… to California eventually.
R Dean Taylor, Indiana Wants Me.
OK. Two for the price of 1.
Sting recorded Englishman in New York in the 80s.
Shinehead gave us Jamaican in New York in the 90s.
I love them both.
Alabama Song – David Bowie
A cover I know, but this is the definitive version
The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
I’m surprised he had time, what with being on Chris DeBurgh’s Spanish Train at the same time
Virginia Plain – Roxy Music
Mr Ferry showing how to strut ones stuff
New York, New York – Ryan Adams
The best singer called Adams, sings the best song called New York, New York
My pick is some 80s awesomeness.
First we take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen.
A popular state today is Georgia and here’s another, the brilliant John Mayer with Why Georgia
I only just remembered this one, it wasn’t till I started listening that I realised just what a great song it is.
The Boss – Streets Of Philadelphia
Not one of the popular states so far, so here’s my vote for the state of Virginia,
Bryan and Co doing what they do best .
Roxy Music – Virginia Plain
The deeper you dig the bigger the nuggets
Staying in the sunshine …..
I heard a whisper Weller has some fans here about?
his take on Ohio
Kings of Leon – Arizona
John Linnell – Montana
(One half of They Might Be Giants, from the album ‘State Songs’)
John Linnell – Iowa
Bon Iver – Wisconsin
California Stars – Wilco & Billy Bragg
Bee Gees – Massachusetts
Or as Kenny Everett once observed, Mass of Chew Sets
Ryan Adams – Oh My Sweet Carolina
Silver Jews – Tennessee
Half of America – Tech N9ne – Red Kingdom
…from the great wordsmith, pianist, composer, arranger..Randy Newman
Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Anna McGarrigle | Mendocino
Just woke up with this running through my head , although not an official state unless there is a state called ‘Whatever’?, it’s lived in the back of my mind for more years then I care too remember!
Thanks again too everyone who contributes every week and too Golden Discs for their continued support!!!
Right I’m off too do some hovering
Haha, I could hoover to that too
Lukas Nelson and The Promise of Real. What about Georgia. Lukas is the son of the legendary Willie Nelson.
The state that’s untouchable, like Elliott Ness
California love – Tupac and Dr Dre
No Alaska yet?
Not in the title but Joe Dolan gets through a couple of the lesser states like Alaska, Nebraska and Montana in the 1975 banger the Most Wanted Man in the USA.
Another lesser State here
Doris Day Black Hills of Dakota
Never Been to Texas – Power of Dreams
I will never forget the excitement, energy and swagger these guys brought to gloomy and grim Dublin back in the late 80s, early 90s. Their gigs were pure frenzy. They deserved to have been much bigger than they were.
Colorado Girl – Townes Van Zandt
The promise in her smile
Shames the mountains tall
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia
A clinger all the same
Probably never have a slow dance again
We were asked for our favorite song. This one is among my favourites when the tear ducts need a good oul irrigation.
Tom Waits – Kentucky Avenue
Many of the song’s lyrics relate to real people in Waits’ childhood. “Mrs. Storm” was a neighbour who would sit with a twelve-gauge shotgun protruding from her kitchen window. Perhaps the strongest autobiographical influence was Waits’ childhood friend, a boy named Kipper, who suffered from polio and used a wheelchair. In 1981, Waits elaborated on these memories:
I didn’t understand what polio was. I just knew it took him longer to get to the bus stop than me … Sometimes I think kids know more than anybody. I rode a train once to Santa Barbara with this kid and it almost seemed like he lived a life somewhere before he was born and he brought what he knew with him into this world and so … it’s what you don’t know that’s usually more interesting. Things you wonder about, things you have yet to make up your mind about. There’s more to deal with than just your fundamental street wisdom. Dreams. Nightmares.