Good morning, hope this week’s Earworms get you off on the right track with songs about footwear. And a bonus track from Star the Moonlight, for all you jazz fans out there. If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send it to [email protected] – next week’s theme will be washing, (cleansing, bathing, showering, scrubbing, purification – interpret it how you will). Many thanks to all contributors.
John Lee Hooker – No Shoes – AliM: Hard times for John Lee Hooker.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – My Walking Shoes – Ravi Raman: Picking up last week’s bluegrass baton. It’s from their Will The Circle Be Unbroken album.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Vacuum Boots – vanwolf: Initially put off by the reported antics of Anton Newcombe, I’ve come to massively appreciate him over the course of many years, and not surprisingly given some of the brilliant tracks he’s written.
Charlie Parker – My Little Suede Shoes – severin: One of his most catchy and accessible tunes. No words but I’m sure there was a reason for the title. Perhaps he was wearing them when he wrote it.
Edgar Winter- Good Ol’ Shoe – Ravi Raman: From his Winter Blues album, featuring Leon Russell, Rick Derringer and Dr John among others. This song also comes in the movie Wag The Dog.
Stanley Holloway – Brahn Boots – severin: Not really a song but there are words and music! Another sad tale of somebody wearing the wrong footwear. I do love the ending although it may be too sentimental for some.
Lucinda Belle Orchestra – Jimmy Choo’s – severin: I have certainly been in the situation of having to walk for miles after missing the last bus home. My footwear was definitely more suitable though. I understand that “street pastors” nowadays carry a supply of one-use flip flops for handing out to female clubbers etc. Anyway, a very sad song and a small amount of her trademark harp-playing.
Sarah McLachlan – In Your Shoes – AliM: “Time for you to walk out, walk in your own shoes / Lay down your footprints wherever you choose / Leave it all behind and move on, you are your own woman.” Quite. Canadian singer-songwriter, I suspect this came via tincanman, originally.
Bob Dylan – Boots Of Spanish Leather – tincanman: One of Dylan’s best songs and hands down (er, feet down?) the best footwear-themed song I know. Leaving On A Jet Plane and Four Strong Winds rolled into one.
This week’s bonus earworm has nothing to do with footwear, it’s from “a new future soul band”, Star the Moonlight. They’ve collaborated with Grammy award-winning producer and mix engineer Fernando Lodeiro (Lauryn Hill, Esperanza Spalding) on their upcoming EP to create an infectious funky/groovy sound. This is “Don’t You Think You Wanna”.
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