I’ve been listening to music for a long time. And like you, there are songs I love and songs I don’t love. But as these things go, there is another category which I call:
“Songs Which I Loved Once Upon a Time But Now Can No Longer Listen To.”
Why? Dunno. Just sick of them. For one reason or another they haven’t held up well for me and I can’t turn the radio off fast enough when they come on the radio.
Now it’s entirely possible you may find on the list below your favorite song of all time, the one you got married to or got laid to the first time. Before you get your knickers in a knot – (“But, but.. that’s my favorite song of all time!”) – let me emphasize this fact:
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU SO DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY I don’t even know you. It’s not even about the song as such. It’s about me and my relationship to the song. We fell in love once, then we fell out of love. Then we became just friends. And then the cute little things the song did became irritating. And then, alas, to quote Dylan:
I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment, I could be you
Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is to see you
Yeah I know we all like to keep it positive on the blogosphere, yadda, yadda, yadda. But every once in a while ya just gotta let it rip. Plus, these are, IMHO, all good songs. Just can’t do it anymore.
So with all that bullshit out of the way, here’s my Top Ten songs with whom maybe one day I can rekindle a relationship over a nice bottle of merlot and a pre-rolled joint from a pot store:
“Piano Man” – Billy Joel. I saw an interview with him once on 60 Minutes. He said there are times when he plays this song at a show and he’s thinking about what he might get from room service. Even he’s sick of it. That said, it’s a great song with insightful lyrics. Just can’t listen to it for a while Mr. Long Island.
“Light My Fire” – The Doors. I’m just bored to tears with it. I really am. Nothing much else to say. Although that said, I do sometimes get a kick out of hearing the Jose Feliciano version where he sings “light my fire” about 12,000 times.
“Statesboro Blues” – The Allman Brothers Band. Anybody who has read this blog for more than a week knows how I feel about this band. But these motherfuckers drove this song into the ground. I mean they played it every time I saw them, they put it on every album. Hey it’s not THAT great guys.
“Penny Lane” – Beatles. BOR-ing.
“Maggie May” – Rod Stewart. Another guy I’ve been a big fan of over the years and who I still defend even though he now blows. This is just too sing-songy and actually gets on my last nerve
“My Sweet Lord”- George Harrison. At this point, given the choice, I’d rather listen to “He’s So Fine.”
“Fly Like An Eagle” – Steve Miller. Geez, give it a rest Classic Rock Radio. He’s got a lot of other great stuff.
“Lay Down Sally;” -Eric Clapton. He had a nice run of pure shite there for a while. “Wonderful Tonight” doesn’t fit here because I was never a big fan of it in the first place. But if I ever hear it again I may actually be tempted to stick my head in the oven.
“Rhiannon” – Fleetwood Mac. I like the Nicks/Buckingham era of Mac quite a bit. I just can’t tolerate this one anymore. I don’t even want to sleep with Stevie Nicks anymore. Well, maybe. But she is not singing this song to me.
“Magic Man” = Heart. I still want to write about this band one day but I’ll pass on this tune.
There it is. I could easily come up with more but why go down that rathole? Feel free to share your un-favorites. You know you have them.