The body is good business...
Check the time at the end of this post. I just got home from work, and I've been up since 7 yesterday.
That is why there are no words this morning. Only songs.
"Natural's Not in It" by GANG OF FOUR: These are the guys that Franz Ferdinand wish they were. Punk, funk and politics all in one angry, angular package.
"Not Even Stevie Nicks", live 2003, by CALEXICO: Summer is coming, and that means that - at least for Chicagoans - the street festivals are on their way. Calexico have been a staple at these Chicago fests over the past few years, and they always prove themselves to be a stellar live act.
"Dear God" by XTC: This one's for the new pope. This single kind of shocked me as a kid, especially that kid singing the opening and closing. I guess I was sheltered and hadn't heard such intense conviction as that whole "If there's one thing I don't believe in... It's you." As Homer Simpson says, "Mmmm, sacrelicious." And while I'm thinking of XTC, here's a live take (Australia, 1980) of "Life Begins at the Hop." Take this, Franz.
"Crazy" by R.E.M.: This R.E.M. cover comes from the pretty damned good b-sides collection DEAD LETTER OFFICE (which also contains all of the band's debut EP, "Chronic Town," in its entirety).