But all that got me thinking — may be it's time to update the honky-tonk canon. For the most part, it's the same songs every time, with the same sentiments and a relatively small segment of recorded music's history being represented. But awesome things happen when you expand the repertoire! Like that time I saw Heath Haynes make a crowd of wasted SEC basketball fans freak the fuck out over "I Wanna be Your Dog." And let's face it, at this point in history punk rock is pretty much a non-stop nostalgia trip — which makes it a perfect fit for Lower Broad!
Maybe if we rejigger the canon, tensions won't run so high at the end of the night, or maybe tensions will run so high that we bring the beach to Lower Broad. Either way, it's better than another shitty version of "Margaritaville." So let's delve into my suggestions for updating the playlists on Lower Broad. Feel free to drop your own in the comments section.
So it's Jerry Garcia's birthday, and I haven't taken a shower yet — seems like the perfect time to post about the Dead! While I am not a hardcore Deadhead, I've got to say that this band was fucking great in a sloppy, spacy, "Where the fuck is this song going?!" sort of way. And no, it's not just the drugs talking — unless you consider Dunkin' Donuts a drug. (And in that case, the effects are more gastrointestinal than psychotropic.) Sure, I'll lose punk points for this post, and if my 16-year-old self ever gets a time machine he's going to kill me in my sleep, but whatever. It's Jerry's birthday, let's wade in the murky water.
So, let's open it up to the floor: What's your favorite Dead song? Mine is "Dark Star" (the single version), but I'm also a big fan of the over-the-top jams this song inspires. Especially this meandering 33-minute version from Winterland on December 11, 1972. Then again, this version from Jerry's birthday in '73 is pretty awesome, too. (And if you're wondering why I posted "Tennessee Jed," it's a ruse to trick my editor into think there's a local angle on this post.) So now I want to hear what y'all have got to say — favorite songs, favorite versions, favorite versions of versions, and all of that nerdy Dead shit.
What I like about the idea of era-defining songs is there is no way you can get esoteric with it. Universality is a requirement. You can define your own life through Captain Beefheart or Belle and Sebastian, but that shit won’t play in an exercise designed to be as broad as possible. Below are songs that I think help define the decade/era with which they are associated, thanks to ubiquity of play or the magic of film montages or just my own vague thoughts and feelings about times in which I never lived. This is the only time I’ll ever say this, but: These are just my opinions rather than stone-cold facts.
*Don't worry, you don't have to pay me for these rad ideas. I just want to see them happen.
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