Monday, November 27, 2006

Arts: Best Five Songs: For Other People

By Josh Kurp
5- “Jello Biafra” - Wesley Willis - Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Ever wonder what a 350-pound schizophrenic singing about the ex-lead singer of the Dead Kennedys sounds like? Well, he sounds like a crazy person you’d meet on the subway.
4- “Howlin’ Wolf” - Muddy Waters - In Concert
A tribute from one great bluesman to another, Muddy sings, “I get so bad sometime/ I be jumping from limb to limb.”
3- “Bob” - Weird Al Yankovic - Poodle Hat
Weird Al, while parodying Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” finally settles the long-standing debate if a whole song can be done in palindromes (example lyric: “Go hang a salami/ I’m a lasagna hog.”)
2- “Oh Yoko” - John Lennon - Imagine
We here at 5 Best only consider Yoko an “artist” in the most technical definition of the word, but this song almost makes you see what John saw in her.
1- “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)” - Van Morrison - Saint Dominic’s Preview
Van The Man proving once and for all that white people can get funky.

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