“Don’t Wake Me” by the Cinderellas (1964)
“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1978)
“Death or Glory” by The Clash (1979)
“Baby, I Love You” by The Ramones (1980)
“The Last Song” by Sleater-Kinney (1995)
3 thoughts on “Friday Five: this and that”
Wow, this is one of my favorite ever Friday Fives. Four of them are right up my alley, and you’ve included some deep tracks, which is always nice. And then to lead off with a great girl group song I’d never heard was the cherry on the cake.
I knew you’d like some of them at least. I wasn’t sure how you felt about the Ramones covering the Ronnettes. I hadn’t heard the Cinderallas until this week. I have Sirius radio to thank for that. It struck me as punkish in its sound, or proto punk in the rough recording of a nice soul and R&B sound. When I heard the Ramones song a day later, it got me thinking more about the connections. Then the rest fell into place as I tried to build out some loose connections. I almost put Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” in there as a kind of punk homage, but the sound was too clean.
End of the Century was the beginning of a long decline for me, but we loved the first four albums, saw them a couple of times, watched Rock and Roll High School in the theater more than once. The first time we saw them was at a small club in Davis. Robin was right up against the stage, so she got to look at Joey the way PJ Soles does in the movie. Anyway, I always thought of them as a great pop group in the tradition of The Beach Boys, so covering the Ronettes was great … best song on the album, IMO.
Billy Joel would have thrown me out of my bliss. Thanks for leaving him out. 🙂