Ten Great Songs You (Probably) Don’t Know

Clockwise from top left: Myer, Duo Live, Bad Ronald, Warren, Hoon and Public Enemy's Chuck D

Clockwise from top left: Myer, Duo Live, Bad Ronald, Warren, Hoon and Public Enemy’s Chuck D

This is random, and there’s no real rhyme or reason. But I wanted to share 10 songs I absolutely love—that you probably have never heard. So, here I go (PS: If you have suggestions, lemme know please) …

1. Soup, Blind MelonThis was on the band’s third album, “Nico,” which was released after the death of Shannon Hoon, the extraordinary lead singer. It was not on the album “Soup”—even though it was intended as the title track. That’s pretty weird shit, no? Another weird fact: It’s my all-time favorite tune.

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2. Taxi, Duo LiveTrue story: Back in 2003 I’m walking through Times Square when I’m approached by some guys handing out copies of their CD. It’s the members of Duo Live. They find out I’m a writer and beg me to listen. This song—the sad plight of a taxi driver who decides to commit a crime—jumps off the disc. I’ve only listened 435,543 times since.

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3. Amoreena, Elton JohnI never knew this song until I met my wife, who’s a die-hard Elton fan. Absolutely love everything about it, starting with the purity of a young voice.

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4. A Letter to the New York Post, Public EnemyThis one came a couple of years after PE’s prime, but I’ve never understood how such a powerful, on-point jam got sorta lost.

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5. Hotel Song, Travis T. WarrenInterestingly, Warren became the Blind Melon lead singer more than a decade after Hoon passed. This is a solo tune that I just friggin’ love 1,000 times over.

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6. Had I Known You Better Then, Hall & OatesJohn Oates never got the credit he deserved, but this song is just beyond lovely. And it’s entirely his.

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7. Delivery, Bad RonaldA 34-second song about ordering Chinese food from a hip-hop group that released one album, in 2001, then vanished. Your kids will love it.

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8. Board Games, MutluSix or seven years ago we saw John Oates in concert. He was meh. His opening act, a guy named Mutlu, was not. I have no idea how more people don’t know this one …

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9. One and Only, Larry MyerIn 1994 I was an awful music writer at The Tennessean in Nashville. Random CDs would arrive in the mail, usually from artists coming to town. I’d never heard of Myer, but I started listening and—21 years later—haven’t stopped. God, I love this song.

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10. Sun Goes Down, Eric HutchinsonAlbum dropped about two years ago. Feel like people missed something big with this one.

3 thoughts on “Ten Great Songs You (Probably) Don’t Know”

  1. The entire From the Inside Album by Alice Cooper. Most don’t even know one song and they are all fabulous. He wrote each song about a patient he met while he spent some time in an insane asylum.

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