Hot Singles, from Slim Harpo to Cyndi Lauper

By | January 26th, 2012 | No Comments

Our next DJ is Jared McKay, co-founder of Coral Morphologic and Discosoma Records. McKay wrote all of the song blurbs on this page.

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (PORTRAIT, 1983)


“In Dreams” by Roy Orbison (MONUMENT, 1963)

My copy is in pretty bad shape, but that makes it sound better.

“Cruel To Be Kind” by Nick Lowe (COLUMBIA, 1979)

A favorite since childhood. As I was starting to get into punk in the ’90s, it was neat to learn that Nick Lowe was a seminal punk producer.

“Baby Don’t You Do It” by Marvin Gaye (TAMLA, 1964)

A song well-known as done live by The Band, this is the original version.

“Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House (CAPITOL, 1986)

Like being stranded on a life raft in the middle of the ocean with a stranger that you basically have to fall in love with, AKA an Australian teenage boy learning how to play the electric guitar in the 1970s.

“What Is Truth” by Johnny Cash (COLUMBIA, 1970)


“Take Me With U” by Prince & The Revolution (WB, 1985)


“For Your Love” by The Yardbirds (EPIC, 1965)

Written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman, and nearly became a Beatles song. Eric Clapton was so pissed off at having to play guitar on this song that he quit the band.

“Alabama Song” by David Bowie (RCA, 1980)

Japanese Import. Maybe the creepiest thing David Bowie has ever recorded. B-Side to “Crystal Japan”.

Keep going! There are more singles on the next page.

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