We don’t do as many discussions as we used to at CU, and it’s possible that we already did this one. But seeing the title of this week’s #1 country album, I couldn’t resist:
Jerrod Niemann, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury
I’d call it juvenile, but I don’t think I would’ve laughed as a kid, either. But I’m sure some people found it funny.
Here are a few others that make me wince:
Pam Tillis, Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey
I. Don’t. Get. It. “(You Just Want to Be) Weird”, indeed.
Cross Canadian Ragweed, Soul Gravy
Oh, yeah? But where are the lumps? Ha ha! Oh, no…
Patty Loveless, Mountain Soul II
Though it would go from worst to first if she’d called it Mountain Soul II: Bluegrass Boogaloo.
Carlene Carter, Blue Nun
Why is the nun so sad? Or choking? Or a smurf?
Those are some of my favorite bad album titles. What are some of yours?
I was listening to The Band’s album Music From Big Pink earlier this week, and something struck me about the song “The Weight.” Trust me, you know the song. It goes a little like this: “I pulled into Nazareth / Was feelin’ about half past dead / I just need some place / where I can lay my head.” Ring a bell yet? No? Try this:
In the song, The Band, originally consisting of Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, draws from a familiar cast of characters and American mythology to tell a universal story set in the town of Nazareth, PA. First released in 1968, “The Weight” only reached #63 on the U.S. charts, but has since achieved iconic status. It has become an American standard in a way few songs have accomplished. Indeed, Rolling Stone lists it as the 41st greatest song of all time.
Further cementing its iconic status, check out a very small sample of the artists – across genres, of all ages – who have covered the song:
- Van Morrison
- Bob Dylan
- The Black Crowes
- Little Feat
- Grateful Dead
- Old Crow Medicine Show
- Gillian Welch
- The Staple Singers
- Joan Osborne
- John Denver
- Deana Carter
- Lee Ann Womack
- Cross Canadian Ragweed
- Diana Ross, the Temptations and the Supremes
- The Allman Brothers Band
- The Marshall Tucker Band
- Panic at the Disco
- Aaron Pritchett
Songs with enduring power like “The Weight” are few and far between, and seem to be even more so nowadays. So tonight’s discussion asks:
What songs of the past decade have enduring power? What songs will we be listening to and hear covers of in the next 50 years?