Friday, November 04, 2005

Friday Random Ten

Hippie Music Edition

1. "I Didn't Know What Time it Was," Billie Holiday
2. "Cry One More Time," Gram Parsons
3. "Hey Grandma," Moby Grape
4. "The Ballad of Helenkeller and Rip Van Winkle," The Moldy Peaches
5. "I Used to Love Him," Lauryn Hill
6. "Imagination Is a Powerful Deceiver," Elvis Costello
7. "I Love You More than You'll Ever Know," Blood, Sweat and Tears
8. "Hotel Arizona," Wilco
9. "First Light," Bela Fleck
10. "All Neon Like," Bjork

We have representation from two of the three best hippie music albums of all time:
-Moby Grape by Moby Grape
-Child Is the Father to the Man by Blood, Sweat and Tears

The other being Forever Changes by Love.

I don't know how it is that hippie singers sound like hippie singers, but they do/did. Whether on the predominantly blues-based Moby Grape, the R&B Child or pop Forever Changes, hippie singers just have an unmistakable quality from that place and time. Compare and contrast, for example, the updated acoustic hippie music from the Shins or ne0-psycedelia of the Flaming Lips. A hippie tinge to the vocals, but simply not the same.