Friday, May 26, 2006

Songs You Can't Scream in a Crowded Theater

[disclaimer: this post was typed while listening to the Black Crowes, my love for whom has been rekindled by their recent reunion]

I'm almost finished with my promised treatment of Exodus 3:1-14, but I'll have to wait to write some more until Adam goes down for his afternoon nap. In the meantime, a question from rock history, with no correct answer:

What is the best rock song about fire?

Early nominees:

Mrs. O'Leary's Cow (formerly titled Fire, in an earlier incarnation as part of Brian Wilson's Elements suite), by, of course, the venerable Brian Wilson

Burning Down the House by the Talking Heads

Fire by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Light My Fire by the Doors

Any additional nominees?

Finally, a bonus question:

Should James Taylor's Fire and Rain make the list, even though technically

a.) it isn't a rock song (James Taylor may rock, but he doesn't exactly rock), and

b.) it isn't really about fire?

Discuss.

6 comments:

Brian Cubbage said...

Dude, you HAVE to include the 1968 song "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown:

"I am the God of Hellfire! And I bring you...
FIRE!!! I want you to burn!!!"

Brian Cubbage said...

P.S. Not only am I nominating Arthur Brown's song, I'm also voting for it.

Tyler Simons said...

I'd nominate "Fire on the Mountain" by the Dead, but I wouldn't necessarily vote for it.

"This Fire" is a good song off a rather recent Franz Ferdinand album, and it rocks. The kids love FF.

There's a few reggae songs I'd mention if this weren't restricted to rock.

Sandalstraps said...

Reggae might be acceptable, since we studied it in my History and Sociology of Rock and Roll class in college (though, come to think of it, we also studied rap in that class).

Tyler Simons said...

Sodom and Gomorrow by the Congos and Downpressor Man by Peter Tosh deserve attention, then. They don't have fire in the title, but there's biblical fire in the lyrics, and that's the best kind. There's probably a Marley song with a lot of fire in it, too. I can't think of one, though.

Fire on the Bayou by the Meters is pretty good.

Squirrelly said...

"Smoke on Water." Yes, it counts. Because I said so. Especially the cover Aretha Franklin did of it, with a big band in the background. I've never heard anything so cool in my life.

Also, "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head," by Gorillaz. Nominated pretty much because it's one long, weird monologue by Dennis Hopper.