West Coast Offense

25 songs about California. A couple of them may be tenuous, but they all work in my mind. The title is a nod to the great San Francisco 49ers teams of the 1980s. My buddy Dave had season tickets and I went along to a shitload of games with him. We even got to go to the Super Bowl against the Miami Dolphins. Pretty cool stuff.

You can listen here through the 8tracks media player, just click the giant play button down there. Click on to check the tracklist, or stay right here and let it come to you, one by one.

1. The Kinks - Celluloid Heroes (Live)
2. Public Enemy - Burn Hollywood Burn
3. Tool - Ænema
4. R.E.M. - I Remember California
5. Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars
6. Beulah - Gene Autry
7. The Ramones - California Sun
8. Death Cab For Cutie - Why You'd Want To Live Here
9. The Magnetic Fields - California Girls
10. Old 97's - Just Like California
11. Albert Hammond - It Never Rains in California
12. American Music Club - All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco
13. Cracker - Big Dipper
14. The Decemberists - Grace Cathedral Hill
15. Neko Case - In California
16. Red House Painters - Grace Cathedral Park
17. Michael Penn - Bunker Hill
18. Tom Waits - Goin' Out West
19. Camera Obscura - San Francisco Song
20. X - Los Angeles
21. Everclear - Santa Monica
22. Fleeting Joys - Luminous LA
23. Radiohead - Palo Alto
24. Belle & Sebastian - Piazza, New York Catcher
25. The Lucksmiths - The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco

1 comment:

robot hero said...

One comment about the Albert Hammond song. I used to love this one as a kid, but back then I always misheard the line, "it pours, man, it pours" as "of course, matador"...which makes no sense at all.

But when you're 10 years old and singing along while listening to a little AM transistor radio, nobody really cares. Lyrics are what they are, but sometimes they're open to interpretation. And the misheard lyrics can be very amusing, as well. All in good fun.