Every now and then we will share 4 songs from the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s that we feel are vastly important to the world of music or deserve more credit.
1960’s – Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love by The Ronettes (1964)
Queens of pop music. Embracers or Phil Spector’s “wall of sound.” Reminiscent of diners and the dating phrase, “going with.” It doesn’t get catchier than this.
1970’s – Heroes by David Bowie (1977)
He’s a household name. This song isn’t necessarily his biggest hit, but by no means unknown. My favorite of his and one of the most inspiring songs out there. A complete epiphany.
1980’s – Blue Thunder by Galaxie 500 (1989)
Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman fans. Lo-fi slow core mixed with tinges of dream pop. Critical darlings. Listen to this whole song, the end evolves into a beautiful crescendo. On Fire is without a doubt one of the best albums of the 1980’s.
1990’s – Random Rules by Silver Jews (1998)
David Berman’s beloved indie-rock outfit that Stephen Malkmus of Pavement helped build. This song is full of wonderful and enchanting lyrical couplets, most notably the opening lines. Sounds like Pavement and Bill Callahan. If you like fascinating wordplay, you’ll love Silver Jews.