Friday, May 18, 2007

Erik's Random 10

Does anyone under the age of 50 listen to Fats Waller anymore? And if not, why? This post could just repeat what I said about Dizzy Gillespie a couple of weeks ago. Again, for younger people, Waller is not really what they listen to. Not to be fair, Waller's music is something of a period piece. He was very much a man of his time. Some of the things he did probably wouldn't work today. But Waller was an amazing entertainer, a shockingly good piano player, and a first rate lyricist. Not to mention that "You're A Viper" is one of the great drug songs of all time.

1. Fats Waller, The Joint is Jumpin'
2. Butch Hancock, Neon Wind
3. Wilco, Another Man's Done Gone
4. Townes Van Zandt, BW Railroad Blues
5. Dizzy Gillespie, You Stole My Wife, You Horse Thief
6. Pink Floyd, In the Flesh
7. Jello Biafra & Mojo Nixon, Plastic Jesus
8. Dock Walsh, Bulldog Down in Sunny Tennessee
9. Rosalie Sorrels, Lonesome Georgia Brown
10. Johnny Cash, Sweet Betsy from Pike