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.
When we were young, radio was a blessing, something one turned on to find a smile, a comforting shoulder, or just a nifty tune that made the world shine a bit brighter for a few minutes. Those days – very sadly – are largely past with the commercial radio programming of today, but we at Dirty Impound like to conjecture what a better radio world might sound like. Our fifth installment in this daydream offers Beatles covers, Richard Thompson tackling a Squeeze hit, fresh new talent right at the top, and more with ample nods to the 70s AM radio magnificence of our youth.
A little soundtrack for folks getting groped in U.S. airports (or perhaps by relatives at Thanksgiving gatherings – Howdy, Uncle Ernie!) during this busiest of travel weekends. We begin in a literal vein and then move into metaphor after we reach a nice cruising altitude.
This weekend we’ll offer a selection of train songs for those kickin’ it old school on the rails.
If you experience playback problems, pop over to the 8tracks mix page and it should play fine.