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28 Songs That May Or May Not But Probably May Be Better Than Songs on the New Album, Mannish Boys

Folks, Catfish does his best to be a realist. Could this debut album Mannish Boys contain fifteen of the greatest songs ever recorded? The short answer is absolutely! The long answer I’m not touching with a ten-foot pole. Are you crazy? I’m trying to raise money for an album here. Anyway, just for fun and relentless self-promotion I’ve complied a list of twenty-eight songs I feel may or may not but probably may be better than songs on the upcoming debut album, Mannish Boys.

This was a lot of fun to do. I’d love to read your thoughts. Below in no particular order are the first seven. Check in again soon for songs 7 through 14 and don’t forget to visit www.GoFundMe.com/BrooksLong. I really do think this album is going to be special and it will happen because of you!

Peace and Love,

Brooks





Cody Chesnutt - Six Seconds

Pristine production can be great. But then what makes those old scratchy Bessie Smith and Son House sides so good? Conventionally, this sounds not unlike crap. But it’s gorgeous. From Wikipedia: "Chesnutt shopped the album around to record companies, but they mistook it for a demo and rejected it. They encouraged him to reproduce it smoothly, rearrange the drums, and rerecord his vocals. He said in an interview for Vibe at the time, "I refuse to re-record it-that defeats the purpose. What about the experience I had in my bedroom? To go back to the studio, I'd be chasing something. If you're listening to it and you love it, then it's already done what it's supposed to do." It’s the final song on The Headphone Masterpiece, an album that was crucial in the musical development of 15 yr old Catfish. So crucial that I recently realized I unconsciously borrowed some lyrical themes and approaches for the new album Mannish Boys. “Boys don’t cry. It’s a lie because I do. I got a truth that I don’t show. I’m a whole lotta ego.”

Sly & The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime

This is a perfect song. Music is melody, harmony and rhythm. Add words and you’ve got a song. This is a perfect song. A groove of persistent, yet laid back momentum laying under a golden melody displayed by The Family Stone’s best use of passing around the lead vocal. You just hope everybody has had a summer this good at least once.

Randy Newman - Sail Away

A slave trader selling the American Dream to future slaves. It makes you cringe, it makes you angry, it offends you, and though it’s definitely not funny, it makes you laugh. And once you do that, you have to look at it from inside yourself and deal with it from whichever angle you come from. The beauty of the melody and orchestration shame an entire national history. Maybe my favorite songwriter.

Prince - Adore

Perhaps the most complete music artist of his era and certainly among the most sexually explicit finally decides to make a real love song. Might be the greatest ever. Yeah, I’m sayin’ it. Definitely has the most (intentionally) hilarious line in a love song ever. When you hear it, you’ll know. Which you can't right now because The Purple One doesn't do the whole Youtube thing. Shame. I think a whole generation is missing out on him.


At this point, I'd like to say a word about a great American brand, Pepsi. No, Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good hasn't sold out yet. But we'd like the people at Pepsi-Cola to know we are very interested in doing so. What a tasty beverage! I think it's clear, Pepsi is a great soda. Handsome soda. Sometimes on a sunny day, I'll buy a can, smile and pretend I'm walking in slow motion just like in the Pepsi commercials. So many musical greats have had Pepsi commercials. Michael did Pepsi commercials. Beyoncé did Pepsi commercials. Ray did Diet Pepsi commercials. Oooh, Diet Pepsi. The sexiest of the Pepsies. You ever notice Pepsi rhymes with Sexy? #Sexy Pepsi.

Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

Miles Davis' version of this is dope and there are some great live versions of his out there, but the original record? Oooh wee. I could go on forever about how people gotta pour the 80s Haterade down the drain, but that would distract from what I’m learning right now about my favorite love songs. The best ones find beautiful, unique and usually non-creepy ways to say the same thing: I’ll be there. [See Adore]

Boyz II Men - End Of The Road

Don’t even get me started on 90s music. The masterpiece from the songwriting team of Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons, who had more than a few good ones. (Though tell the truth, y'all swiped the intro to that Spinners songyoutu.be/EkDrnauXhRA) And with over-the-top-done-right vocals ("spinn'nin-nin around"), this could be the greatest single performance by a male R&B group (Drifters, Dells, Temptations, O Jay’s, Dru Hill, please don’t hate me) ever. Big ole hit. People alive in 1992, did you ever think you would escape this song? I know you and I can get cynical about pop, but when a lot of people want to hear it, that’s because somehow, someway it reached a lot of different people. That's a special thing. I remember being little and telling my mom this song reminded me of how much I missed my friends in Pre-K. This one’s for you, Stephanie!

Muddy Waters - Standin' Round Crying

In the mid-1950s, Muddy had a great run of Willie Dixon-penned bragging hits like “Hoochie Choochie Man” (the template for Muddy's “Mannish Boy,”) and “I’m Ready.” But before all that thrilling machismo, Muddy used that big booming voice and stabbing slide guitar to sing his own songs and they were usually about pain. And Little Walter ain’t doin’ nothin’ but cryin’ into his harp on this one. What a band. Song after song sounding like they are one haunted entity, chasing after something they know good and well they ain’t never gonna get. That’s some blues for yo’ ass.
 


Alright, folks. Let's see what your thinking in the comments. Stay tuned for the next batch and don't forget to visit www.GoFundMe.com/BrooksLong! #Sexy Pepsi.

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