I used to write a Friday Random 10, where I just grabbed 10 CDs from my collection and ripped the most interestng tracks. I don't really have the time to do ten, but how about we do six?
Richard Thompson - "From Galway to Graceland" (Watching The Dark (disc B) : Watching The Dark is a three disc collection of Thompson's greatest hits. This one is probably my least favorite of the three, but it still has some great songs on it. He is such an amazing storyteller. This song describes a woman who chucks it all to get "married" to Elvis, hanging out at his gravesite. A tragi-comic tale, this is his second best story (52 Vincent Black Lightning is his best - strangely enough, not in this collection). (Note - man, the third CD in two days I've come across with massive skips in it - damn!)
The Smiths - "Girlfriend in a Coma" (Strangeways, Here We Come ) : Hard to pick one from this great album, that's for sure. I never was much of a Smiths fan, but this CD is another one that gets ripped from first to last track. This song carries on a great tradition, one that The Smiths (and Morrisey in particular) excel in - cheery lyrics tied to a downbeat subject. Good way to wrap up a career for The Smiths.
Dresden Dolls - "Backstabber" (Yes, Virginia ) : Again, so many great choices from this CD. You can go creepy lonely (First Orgasm), poking fun at friends (My Alcoholic Friends), great character portraits (Mrs. O) or this one, where Amanda goes right to the bitch of it all.
Single Gun Theory - "Take Me Back" ( Millions Like Stars in My Hands, Daggers in My Heart, Wage War ) : I have several CDs from this Aussie group, featuring the ethereal voice of Jacqui Hunt. This is a good one and this is a very nice song, which includes a snippet from Natalie Wood in "Splendour in the Grass".
Lui Collins - "Wildflower Song" (Baptism of Fire ) : A popular local folk singer, I even have her autograph on this CD. Plenty of great bouncy folk songs, including this one. About half the songs are written by her, while the others are done by some real "names" in folk, including Stan Rogers, Greg Brown and Jack Hardy.
The Cure - "Pictures of You" (Disintegration ) : I was a huge Cure fan, right up to this album. For whatever reason, while I have virtually all the ones before this, I never felt the urge to buy anything after this. Disintegration is a solid example of Robert Smith's goth rock, with plenty of dreamy, dark songs.