Play This More Often is a series of essays meant to highlight songs that deserve more attention and appreciation, all in the humble opinion of this music listener of course. Some of them may be neglected by the public at large, some not taken seriously enough by music writers or some plainly overlooked because of their obscurity. Whatever the case, suggestions via the comments from you are always welcomed.
1) Queen – Stone Cold Crazy
Queen’s genre-hopping character was simultaneously the worst and best aspect about them. On one hand, there is no way one could go in a million directions and still remain consistent. Every Queen album is flawed and that sometimes can be quite frustrating. But on the other hand, it’s that very quality that gave birth to things like Stone Cold Crazy, which has been described as “thrash metal before the term was invented”. It sounds like the band stumbled upon this innovative idea, stayed in that zone for like 2 minutes, and then moved on to completely different matters, never to return again. A couple of decades later, the song would be covered by Metallica making the link even more clear.
2) New York Dolls – Puss ‘n’ Boots
Too Much Too Soon as an album suffers from what I like to call the ‘second album syndrome’, meaning that it could never have replicated the impact of the band’s debut. But with the best songs from it the New York Dolls showed that while they were not set to revolutionize things anymore, they still haven’t dropped the bar a notch when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll energy, punk speed, pop catchiness and tongue-in-cheek attitude. The best aspect of Puss ‘n’ Boots? Its Thunders-Sylvain guitar assault on the ears.
3) The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket
If the title track of London Calling is the album’s representative anthem, Koka Kola its fun little ditty and Revolution Rock its obligatory excursion into reggae, then Lost in the Supermarket is definitely the emotional spot. Mick Jones reminisces a confused, scared childhood that later translated into a lack of personality and inefficient attempts at filling the gap with being part of the consumerism culture.
4) The Stooges – Ann
The Stooges’ love ballad may not match anybody’s description of a love ballad, but then that’s what makes them The Stooges. My best guess is that real life Ann, if there actually was an Ann, was rather sent off running instead of being charmed by Iggy’s sounds-as-if-having-a-heart-attack vocals. But then we as impartial rock ‘n’ roll listeners have no reason to ever do anything other than embrace the song in all of its weird glory.
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