Five Songs, Part 33 (The Mother of All Five Songs)

Well, this was supposed to have gone up in time for my 50th birthday last weekend. But here you go, a week late — The Mother of All Five Songs, if you will. After all, you only turn 50 once. (Any surprise I gravitated toward radio and music journalism after seeing this jukebox?)

And befitting how many years I’ve been here, this is a loooong list, weeks’ worth of jukebox listening — starting with the first ones, when I was 2 1/2 years old and living in an apartment in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn:


I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You — The Beatles

Downtown — Petula Clark

Hello Dolly — Louis Armstrong

Big Bad John — Jimmy Dean

Do Wah Diddy Diddy — Manfred Mann

You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night — The Kinks

King of the Road — Roger Miller

Ramblin’ Rose — Nat “King” Cole

Winchester Cathedral — The New Vaudeville Band

Georgy Girl — The Seekers

A Boy Named Sue — Johnny Cash

Almost Good, The Bird on My Head and The Chipmunk Song — David Seville

Lonely Island — Sam Cooke

From a Jack to a King — Ned Miller

Your Cheatin’ Heart — Hank Williams

The Banana Boat Song and Star-O — Harry Belafonte

Love My Lady — Bobby Helms

The Worryin’ Kind — Tommy Sands

Flim Flam Man (Hands off the Man) — Barbra Streisand

I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die, Sixteen Tons, Cry of the Wild Goose and That Lucky Old Sun — Frankie Laine

Woodstock — Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

She’s a Lady — Tom Jones

Joy to the World — Three Dog Night

Draggin’ the Line — Tommy James

What’s Going On — Marvin Gaye

I Want You Back — The Jackson 5

Yo-Yo — The Osmonds

Hot Pants — James Brown

Spanish Harlem — Aretha Franklin

It’s Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move and So Far Away — Carole King

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey — Paul & Linda McCartney

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep — Mac & Katie Kissoon

Maggie May — Rod Stewart

Theme From “Shaft” — Isaac Hayes

American Pie — Don McLean

Pillow Talk — Sylvia

Brother Louie — Stories

Until You Come Back to Me — Aretha Franklin


Hooked on a Feeling — Blue Swede

Love Train — The O’Jays

The Show Must Go On — Three Dog Night

Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) — Reunion

Everlasting Love — Carl Carlton

409,  This Car of Mine, Hawaii, Don’t Back Down, The Trader, I Can Hear Music and Surf’s Up — The Beach Boys

Jungleland — Bruce Springsteen

Lady Blue — Leon Russell

Big Joe and Phantom 309 — Tom Waits

Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow/Father O’Blivion, Evelyn a Modified Dog, San Ber’dino, Montana, Cheap Thrills, I’m the Slime, Dancin’ Fool, Jewish Princess and Bobby Brown Goes Down — Frank Zappa

Ridin’ in My Car — NRBQ

Hand Clapping — Red Prysock

Detroit Breakdown and Surrender — The J. Geils Band

I Wonder Why — Dion & the Belmonts

He’s a Rebel — The Crystals

Tell Me — Dirty Angels

Revival and Jessica — The Allman Brothers Band

Desert Skies — The Marshall Tucker Band

Old Judge Jones — Les Dudek

She Didn’t Lie and Wild in the Streets — Garland Jeffreys

Ariel — Dean Friedman

Indian Summer and Find Out in Time — Poco

Sweet Jamaica — Cat Stevens

Juke Box Music, Sleepwalker, Live Life, Superman, Around the Dial, Better Things and Come Dancing — The Kinks

Bertha and Eyes of the World — Grateful Dead

Cretin Hop, Rockaway Beach and Do You Wanna Dance — Ramones

There’s No Surf in Cleveland — Euclid Beach Band

Hold the Line — Toto

Because the Night and Frederick — Patti Smith Group

Red Hot and Flying Saucers Rock and Roll — Robert Gordon with Link Wray

(The Angels Want to Wear My) Red Shoes, Alison, Mystery Dance and Radio, Radio — Elvis Costello

Cruel to Be Kind and American Squirm — Nick Lowe

It’s My Life — The Animals

Slip Away — Ian Lloyd

Wouldn’t It Be Nice, You Still Believe in Me, I Know There’s an Answer, God Only Knows, Let’s Go Away for Awhile and I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times — The Beach Boys

Hanging on the Telephone, Heart of Glass and Slow Motion — Blondie

Rappers Delight — The Sugarhill Gang

Holiday in Cambodia — Dead Kennedys

One More Time, Got the Time, On Your Radio and Beat Crazy — Joe Jackson

London Calling, Brand New Cadillac, Train in Vain, Clash City Rockers, Janie Jones, Police on My Back, Hitsville UK, The Magnificent Seven, Know Your Rights and Rock the Casbah — The Clash

Teacher Teacher, If Sugar Was as Sweet as You and Heart — Rockpile

Love and Loneliness — The Motors

Kitchen Motors — Crash Course in Science

Wild Summer Nights (original 45, pre-“Eddie and the Cruisers” version) — Beaver Brown

Hungry Heart, The Ties That Bind, Out in the Street and I’m a Rocker — Bruce Springsteen

(Just Like) Starting Over — John Lennon

I Will Follow, Gloria, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Refugee, Pride (In the Name of Love), When Love Comes to Town and Angel of Harlem — U2

Love Will Tear Us Apart — Joy Division

Genius of Love — Tom Tom Club

Rock This Town and Rumble in Brighton — Stray Cats

Marie Marie and I’m Shakin’ — The Blasters

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) –Darlene Love

Tainted Love — Soft Cell

In the City, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, The Bitterest Pill, Beat Surrender, Move on Up and Stoned out of My Mind — The Jam

Rainy Day, Shoot You Down and One Day — APB

Don’t Talk to Me About Love — Altered Images

1,000,000 and Wolves, Lower — R.E.M.

The Message — Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

Someday Someway, Girls, Rockin’ Around in NYC, Cynical Girl, Not for Me, Mary Anne and Our Town — Marshall Crenshaw

Butcher Baby — The Plasmatics

The Height of the Fighting — Heaven 17

Play at Your Own Risk — Planet Patrol

Candy Girl — New Edition

Try Jah Love — Third World

The House That Jack Built — Tracie Young

This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)  — Talking Heads

Open Up Your Door — Richard & the Young Lions

Run Me Down — The Higsons

Jack the Ripper — The Raybeats

Speak Like a Child, Long Hot Summer, Mick’s Up, The Paris Match, The Big Boss Groove, My Ever Changing Moods, Walls Come Tumbling Down and Shout to the Top — The Style Council

I Think I Love You — Ism

Holiday and Into the Groove — Madonna

Cath — The Bluebells

Age of Consent, The Perfect Kiss, Thieves Like Us and 1963 — New Order

Cooky Puss — Beastie Boys

With a Cantaloupe Girlfriend — The Three O’Clock

London’s a Lonely Town — Dave Edmunds

Living on Video –Trans-X

The Cutter — Echo & the Bunnymen

In a Big Country — Big Country

American Beat ’84, Ride Your Pony, Hexbreaker and Roman Gods — The Fleshtones

Don’t Give It Up Now, I’m Telling You Girl, She Pays the Rent and Not Looking Back — The Lyres

Nothing’s From Today, Now I Remember and Who Dat — The Vipers

I Will Dare, Favorite Thing, Hold My Life, Kiss Me on the Bus and Alex Chilton — The Replacements

Don’t Worry Baby and I Got Loaded — Los Lobos

It’s About Time and Hot Generation — The Pandoras

And I Know and In and Out — The Brood

Something I Learned Today, Eight Miles High, New Day Rising, Ticket to Ride, Love Is All Around, Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill, Books About UFOs and Friend, You’ve Got to Fall — Husker Du

Darn Well, I Know a Secret and That Was Then, This Is Now — The Mosquitos

What’s Going On — The Secret Service

Survive — ADX

The Backyard — Miracle Legion

V Is for Victory — Valley of Kings

Roadrunner — The Modern Lovers

That Summer Feeling, The Neighbors, Vincent Van Gogh, The UFO Man, The Baltimores, Down in Bermuda, Walter Johnson and Double Chocolate Malted — Jonathan Richman

I Can’t Stand It, Foggy Notion and Rock and Roll — The Velvet Undeground

Time Ain’t Nothing — Green on Red

Looking for Lewis and Clark — The Long Ryders

Strangers When We Meet and Girl Don’t Tell Me — The Smithereens

Summer’s Cauldron, Grass, Big Day, Earn Enough for Us and Mermaid Smiled — XTC

Boy (Go), Omaha, Clustering Train and The Animal Speaks — The Golden Palominos

Ramblin’ Rose and Kick Out the Jams — MC5

She Told Me Lies — The Chesterfield Kings

I Got the Power — The Masqueraders

Dalai Lama — Alex Chilton

Baby, It Can’t Fall — Iggy Pop

I Was in Your Life — Bleached Black

In the Street, I’m in Love With a Girl, The Ballad of El Goodo and ST 100/6 — Big Star

Starry Eyes and Don’t Slander Me — Roky Erickson

Elvis Is Everywhere — Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper

Baby Don’t You Do It — Full Time Men

Anna Karina and Funny Way — The Hello Strangers

Stop Twisting My Arm and The Girl From Outer Space — Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

Let’s Go, Out of Step and Fistfight at the Beach — The Reducers

Baby What’s Wrong — The Cynics

Surfin’ School, Little Dead Surfer Girl, Yukkum Yukkum and Chances Are — King Uszniewicz & the Uszniewicztones

Nitroglycerine — The Gories

I Fought the Law, Pamela, Shakedown, The Magic Touch, It’s Love Come What May and Never to Be Forgotten — The Bobby Fuller Four

Falling Away, Call Out the Military and Civil War Buff — Richard X. Heyman

Valerie Loves Me and Chance of a Lifetime — Material Issue

Steel Trap — Jesse “Wild Bill” Austin

Funky Ceili, Banks of the Hudson, Rockin’ the Bronx, 40 Shades of Blue, Losin’ It, James Connolly, The Reels, The Big Fellah, Who Killed Bobby Fuller? and I Got Laid on James Joyce’s Grave — Black 47

You, Same All Over the World, Little Pink Medicine, I Live for Buzz and Bama Lama Bama Loo — The Swingin’ Neckbreakers

Bad Word for a Good Thing — The Friggs

Stronger Than Dirt — The Mummies

Nitro and Scalped — Dick Dale

Seether — Veruca Salt

Sick of Myself — Matthew Sweet

Hold Me Up and My Blank Pages — Velvet Crush

Don’t Back Down, Janelle Janelle and Punk Rock Girls — The Queers

A Girl Like You — Edwyn Collins

Ladykillers and I’ve Been Here Before — Lush

Global Village — Laika & the Cosmonauts

Walkin’ on the Sun and Then the Morning Comes — Smash Mouth

This Is the Day, The Best Thing and I Get the Message — Ivy

Monk Time, Oh How to Do Now, Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy, We Do Wie Du and Monk Chant — the monks

Do You Wanna Be Like Them and Soul Kiss — The Botswanas

Why Do I Cry and Don’t Look Back — The Remains

Give Him Cornbread and Beau Jocque Run — Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Funnel of Love (2003 version) — Wanda Jackson with The Cramps

Ross Used to Play Us His Frank Zappa Records (Cold Pepsi and Croutons), The Underground Garden and Sun Up — Blake Jones & the Trike Shop

Quigley Park, I’d Fall Down and Miss Universe — Poplord

Ted Fucking Williams — The Baseball Project

The Day We Met and Stop and Think It Over — Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles

100 Days 100 Nights, This Land Is Your Land, Tell Me and I Learned the Hard Way — Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Keeping Time — Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents

The Train From Kansas City and This Tornado Loves You — Neko Case

Mykonos — Fleet Foxes

Moves, Crash Years and If You Can’t See My Mirrors — The New Pornographers

Thieves and Don’t Look Back — She & Him


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