Friday, 14 May 2010

News, Views and Music Issue 62 (Top Five) Songs To Celebrate Rock Sunday




at all – it’s the traditional day when rock pies are eaten in Lincolnshire where they were allegedly a local deloicacy (they’re made from baby rooks apparently. Once tried – nevermore. OK so that Poe-faced joke sounded better in our heads than it does in print). Now, we like preserving traditions here at the AAA so we thought we’d revive this quaint old custom and – unable to come up with five songs about rooks - give you our top six (for this week only) rock songs celebrating all things Sunday. Loved or loathed, sneered at or celebrated, the 7th day of the week has been all things to all men over the centuries, though only since Tony Hancock’s groundbreaking radio series has it begun to seem a dull day. Not so our top five/six, read at your peril!

5) John Lennon ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ (‘Sometime In New York City’ 1972): Sunday as fighting political landmark day/Paul McCartney ‘Heaven On A Sunday’ (‘Flaming Pie’ 1997): Sunday as restful peaceful Sabbath.

Now, we’re often stuck trying to cut our top five down and this week we just couldn’t decide between two very different takes from two very different Beatles, so we thought we’d put them both here for you to make your minds up about them. Lennon’s most ranting song from his most ranting album finds the Beatle remembering his Irish heritage after landing in New York City and speaking out against the atrocities carried out by English troops against protestors in 1972. Yoko’s off-key caterwauling aside, this song has real menace and finds Lennon at his mischievous best, reviving the Beatles Track ‘Come Together’ in his plea to set the Irish free. McCartney’s take on Sundays is much quieter, with him imagining the most peaceful, restful, empty time in his always-hectic schedule, ‘like heaven on a Sunday’. And if he only had one day of the week, this seems to be the one he’d choose.

4) Jefferson Airplane ‘Young Girl Sunday Blues’ (‘After Bathing At Baxters’ 1967): Sunday as troubled and tempting.

Jefferson Airplane often used days of the week as code for their intentions to infiltrate Western civilisation and turn everyone into hippies (see every other Jefferson review on this site!) This track is an early one, with the business-minded narrator torn between the pull of the working week with it’s regimented rules and comfortability and the glorious weekend promises that take him out of himself every Sunday. One side of me is filled with brightness, no matter what I might say, (I work at the AAA).

3) Oasis ‘Sunday Morning Call’ (‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ 2000): Sunday as tired and lonely.

One of Noel Gallagher’s prettier songs, this track finds him resenting the fact that his busy schedule drags him out of bed on a day of rest and the hangover the night before, both literal and metaphorical, probably doesn’t help. And this Sunday morning, waiting for the alarm, he’s lonely and afraid of the future, unsure if it’ll ever ever ever work out right.

2) The Monkees ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ (‘Pisces, Aqaurius, Capricorn and Jones LTD’ 1968): Sunday as your chance to keep up with the Joneses’ and improve your suburban paradise.

The Monkees’ last hit single of their all-conquering year of 1967 is a classic Goffin/King cover about young yuppies putting too much belief in material goods on their one day off from work when they could be resting and catching up with the family. Creature comfort goals, they only own my soul, making it hard for them to see, they need a change of scenery.

1) The Small Faces ‘Lazy Sunday’ (‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’ 1968): Sunday as your chance to take it easy – and annoy the hell out of your neighbours!

This classy single finds Steve Marriott and co having fun on their celebrated day off and not doing much at all, although this restful sentiment is married to an incessant rock beat that sounds more like a work song. What a shame the neighbours ‘stop me from grooving and bang on me wall’ – otherwise things would be perfect.

Well, that’s it for another week or the neighbours will be banging on our wall. See you next issue!

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