Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

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I remember as a kids being fascinated with the video, it was ahead of its time using computer graphics and glowing animation. Even without the video the song holds its own, the bass is so funky with the heavy guitar over it one cannot help to nod. What really makes the track unique is Sting’s beautiful falsetto in the background, what this does is make an already good song into legendary. “Money for nothing and the chicks for free“, oh hell yea! HHTT APPROVED

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello

“Watching the Detectives” by Elvis Costello is considered by Rolling Stone magazine to be #354 on their all-time list of the 500 greatest songs of all-time.  This record was first released by Elvis in 1977 on his “My Aim is True” album, which also features “Allison”  which is where he got the name for the album itself.  The song is not traditional Costello in that it has a heavy Reggae/Dub influence fused into it.  My favorite part of the song is in the third verse when Costello sings “it only took my little fingers to blow you away” gangsta…

Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young

Only Love Can Break Your Heart is taken from Neil Young’s classic third solo album After the Gold Rush back in 1970.  After The Gold Rush has appeared in countless magazines top 100 albums and the song itself turned out to be Young’s first top 40 Hit as a solo artist.

Tell Me – Rolling Stones

Growing up The Rolling Stones were always my parents favorite group, I was into the Beatles myself, but now that I’m wiser, I fuck with the stones.  “Tell Me” is actually off of the groups first LP and was the only song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on that album.  Here is a live version of the kids performing Tell Me in front of a bunch of screaming fans as they were famous for in their early “pop” years. 

I was first put on to this song watching Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets” when it appears in one of the countless Bar scenes, Scorsese is famous for using Rolling Stones songs in just about all of his pictures, but he really revolutionized all together the way music is used in Films as a whole.  Here is the actual scene Tell Me was used in Mean Streets with the great Harvey Keitel, enjoy. 

Waiting for the Sun – The Doors

Yes, The River Knows and Five To One are both taken from The Doors third album Waiting for the Sun which was released in 1968.  Both are classic doors songs yet sound nothing alike.  Kanye West jacked Five to One for Jay-z’s The Takeover 33 years later on the Blueprint album which was a diss track to Nas and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.  But that’s beside the point, peep Jim Morrison do his thing on both tracks and oh yea nuff respect due to Ray Manzarek for revolutionizing the organ game.