It’s a funny thing that songs about another person resonate with us on such a personal level. Even if it’s not our name or the name of our specific beloved, we can still develop an intimate relationship with Lovely Rita, Dr. Wu, and scores of others – just another cool aspect of music’s enduring, hard-to-pin-down power. For the next few weeks the Impound will be sharing some of our favorite “name” songs. It’s a rich well and we’ll do our best to bring up some nifty moniker based gems for you.
True story relating to this mix: Right before a campsite performance of “Danny’s Song,” DI once witnessed John Hofer of The Mother Hips say to Nicki Bluhm and her duet partner on this cover hubby Tim Bluhm, “Nothing too unicorn-y! The honeymoon is over!” Whiskey – perhaps furnished by the Impound – may have been a factor in Hofer’s remarks, but it was kinda delightful that the Bluhms then sang a song that’s as unicorn-y – an adjective that deserves far wider usage – as anything the 70s produced. Don’t try and tell a Bluhm what to do is perhaps the lesson here.
Listen to this mix HERE. Track listing below.
What’s In A Name (Vol. 1) Track Listing
- Chelsea Rodgers – Prince
- Mama Coco – Gino Vannelli
- Along Came Mary – The Association
- Lovely Rita – Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
- Junkyard Julie – The Rosewood Thieves
- Sara – Dorian Small
- Maggie May – Rod Stewart
- Danny’s Song – Nicki Bluhm
- Raymond Chandler Evening – Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
- Goldie Hawn – Butane Variations
- Magdalena – Danny O’Keefe
- Doctor Wu – Steely Dan
- Where Next, Columbus? – Jeffrey Lewis
- Doctor Robert – Luke Temple
- Cruel Jim – Christine Fellows
- Kid Curry, 1904 – Bob Frank & John Murry
- Doris Day – The Felice Brothers
- Dear Dorothy – Jesse Harris
- Steve’s Hammer (For Pete) – Steve Earle
- Liza Jane – Veda Hille