Being in a New York state of mind, after the fashion of American poet William Joel, I was moved to make this mix tape of New York songs. No William Joel appears on it, of course.  But, there’s something here to move and offend everyone.

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1. Billie Holiday – Autumn in New York
2. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
3. Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Scooby Snacks
4. Rolling Stones – Shattered
5. The Strokes – New York City Cops
6. Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC (leo nevilo remix)
7. Ryan Adams – New York, New York
8. NORAH JONES – New York City
9. Simon & Garfunkel – Bleecker Street
10. Lou Reed – Perfect Day


4 thoughts on “New York Songs – A Mix Tape

  1. Songs about New York? Oh man, you just opened a hole in the space-time continuum!

    Personally, I would have included Mr. Joel. I think that’s a wonderful song, and has aged as well as anything in his catalog.

    If you won’t take Mr. Joel, you’ll probably hate this recommendation: Bee Gees – New York Mining Disaster 1941.

    Your selection of Billie Holiday is excellent. She was likely slugging vodka straight from the bottle by then, but, wow, what a voice.

    Everyone will have their suggestions, here are a few more from me:

    – Bob Dylan – Trouble in New York Town
    – Steely Dan – Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More
    – Lou Reed – Dirty Blvd.
    – Simon and Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy in New York

    Oh, forget it. Like you said, “so many songs, so little time”. 🙂

  2. Hey Tom,

    That song by Joel is clearly an attempt to write a Ray Charles piece. Now, I’ve got nothing against songwriters who ‘write in the style of…’. I’m a McCartney fan! But, that one is a bit too obvious for my liking. I like others of his, but not that one so much.

    I’m pro-Bee Gees, actually. I have their early work on my radar, but haven’t quite taken the plunge in terms of out and out investigation. I even like their SNF stuff; ‘How Deep is Your Love’ is one of my favourite songs, something for which I may never be forgiven by many a fellow music geek (but not all).

    I love Billie Holiday’s latter period – so wonderfully wasted, soaked in tragedy; she had a singular style. And that song is so romantic, so bright and sunny. The fact that she’s singing it in her way adds so much dimension to it.

    I would have loved to have included Lou Reed’s ‘Dirty Blvd’! I couldn’t find it! The New York album is essential listening. Actually, here it is.

    Thanks as always for stopping by, Tom!

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