The Best Song Ever (This Week)

Scott Frampton
A quick dive into a song and what makes it special. Different genres, different eras -- old, new (but mostly old).
Created 09 Jul 2021
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  • "Totally Wired" by THE FALL
    30 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 11 1
    You don’t have to be weird to be weird Mark E. Smith sang with the voice of a drunk who’s been 86ed from a bar, braying his remonstrations from down the street. The Fall were for 40 prolific years as ...
  • "She's Got You" by PATSY CLINE
    23 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 7 0
    It's signed with love, just like it used to be There’s a catch in Patsy Cline’s throat a minute and 14 seconds into the song. “She’s Got You” doesn’t quite make the podium when it comes to her iconic ...
  • "Caldonia" By LOUIS JORDAN & HIS TYMPANY FIVE
    16 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    I’ll always love you baby ‘cause Caldonia is your name Louis Jordan was a lot of things — “The King of the Jukebox,” “The King of the Bobbysoxer Brigade,” “The Father of R&B,” The Grandfather of Rock ...
  • "Protection" by MASSIVE ATTACK
    09 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 4 3
    And you can't change the way she feels, but you could put your arms around her Trip-hop was an apt soundtrack for the last decade of the millennium. Emerging from Bristol, UK, the bass-heavy sound abs...
  • “Rumble” by LINK WRAY & THE WRAYMEN
    02 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 6 1
    It was the D Chord heard around the world. Snarling, guttural — the opening of the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” instantly expanded the guitar’s vocabulary. The half Shawnee son of husband-and-wife backw...
  • “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
    26 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    “Can you dig it, can you dig it?” Norman Whitfield was never shy about reworking a song. His production of “Heard It Through the Grapevine” for Gladys Knight & the Pips was Motown’s biggest-selling si...
  • “Manhattan” By BLOSSOM DEARIE
    19 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Blossom Dearie taught a generation to unpack their adjectives. For the Schoolhouse Rock! series of animated shorts that aired between Saturday morning cartoons, she sang “Mother Necessity” and the bea...
  • "Israelites" by DESMOND DEKKER
    12 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    “After a calm, there must be a storm” “Wake up every morning slaving for bread, sir,” Desmond Dekker’s glistening high-tenor calls out over the single strike of a guitar chord. A second swipe across t...
  • "Starry Eyes" by THE RECORDS
    05 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    “Get me out of your starry eyes and be on your way” A power pop band simply needs all the tunefulness of the British Invasion and the right amount of rock oomph -- just enough, say, to keep them from ...
  • "The First Cut Is the Deepest" by P.P. ARNOLD
    29 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    ”But if you want, I'll try to love again” P.P. Arnold had an offer from Ike Turner. It was after her husband hit her that she took it. She had only gone to the audition as a favor to a friend who need...
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