Friday, June 24, 2011

1000 SONGS - DAY 76: SONG # 106

DAY 76: Another song about the rain

"Songs about rain": this deserves to be a category on its own in popular music. Some examples: "Rain" by the Beatles, "Have you ever seen the rain" and "Who'll stop the rain" by CCR (J.C. Fogerty), " A hard rain's a gonna fall" and "Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35" (the opening track of Blonde on Blonde, there is not a single hint on rain in the lyrics...) by Robert Zimmerman, "Seems it never rains in Southern California" by Albert Hammond, "Why does it always rain on me" (because you're from Scotland, baby) by Travis, "Rain" by Christian Vedder (Creed), "Red Rain" by Peter Gabriel, "Rain" by Madonna Louise Ciccone and "She brings the rain" by Can, to name but a few. As so often, CRACKER have done (one of) the best jobs in the genre by naming a song "Another song about the rain"; from their self-titled first album (read on Cracker hp: "Self Titled. Some people persist in calling this album 'Brand'"), here it is, a fine song:

A live-version by the Cracker "Acoustic" Duo, marvelous performance by the talented, the wonderful, the extraordinary, the great Johnny Hickman, the one who looks sober on the picture above. Whenever Cracker comes back to give a gig in Vienna, I will be there.

And, as a bonus track, "She brings the rain" by the Krautrockers Can:

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