as you might be able to tell, i’m a fan of recurring blog series. for example, “music you should know”, “what’s in my [proverbial] 6-disc changer” and so on. as you also might be able to tell, i don’t always follow through very well on these series. my good intentions and good ideas tend to fizzle out.
2. fleetwood mac. bleed to love her. (the dance. 1997.) oddly, i feel more or less indifferent about fleetwood mac in general, but i’m a big fan of their live reunion album the dance. obviously, a lot of people know fleetwod mac and certainly, a lot of people know this song, but it certainly wasn’t a single or a hit from this album.
3. barenaked ladies. brian wilson. (disc one: all their greatest hits. 2001. [song is from 1990].) certainly, a lot of people first met the barenaked ladies with their 1997 hit one week (you know, “the chickety china, the chinese chicken…”), but they were on the scene much longer before that with songs that were very, very different than one week. i love brian wilson. it’s a great song with a great story.
4. squirrel nut zippers. the ghost of stephen foster. (perennial favorites. 1998.) some people might possibly know the zippers’ 1996 semi-hit hell—which is a great song in its own right—but even that is a somewhat obscure reference for the masses. even more obscure—but even a more amazing song—is the ghost of stephen foster with its haunting lead and frenetic lyrics.
5. sheryl crow. the book. (sheryl crow. 1996.) everybody knows sheryl crow. further, everybody knows several tracks from her incredible (and, by far, best) self-titled album. but, beyond loyal fans, few people probably know this haunting and mysterious track. while crow’s singles are great, if you want to find the real gems, look deeper into her albums and you’ll find more tracks like the book.
6. everclear. why i don’t believe in god. (so much for the afterglow. 1997.) there’s a good chance you know i will buy you a new life or father of mine, but there’s an even better chance you don’t know this track explaining why art alexakis is an atheist. it’s catchy track about a chilling childhood that leaves alexakis with an inability to believe in something higher.
so there ya go. there’s my first pick six. i hope you have enjoyed it. hopefully i’ll be back soon with another 6 for you.