Top 5 for Today, 5/2/2015

5) Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman – “Stumblin’ In”

This was posted to a Facebook group I belong to – NHA, No-Hipsters Allowed. Great group. I remember the song fairly well from its time on the charts in 1979. Back then, I only knew Quatro as Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days, so it was something of a surprise to hear her in this cheesy context. According to Wikipedia, “Stumblin’ In” went to No. 4 on the Billboard charts – her lone Top 40 hit in the U.S. Obviously, she and Norman are having a blast lip-syncing to it, which adds to the flavor of what is, was and will always be a fluffy gem.

4) Paul McCartney & Wings – “Letting Go”

We picked up McCartney tickets this week – decent first-level seats at an exorbitant price. Which got me to thinking of the songs I hope he does when we see him. This Venus & Mars track is one.

3) The Staves – “I’m on Fire”

I’d never heard of the Staves until earlier this year, when I read a review of their new If I Was album in Mojo. I looked them up on YouTube, liked what I heard and bought it. It’s very good – they’re akin to a distaff CSN. And this cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” is a pure, harmony-laden delight.

2) Diane Birch – “Heavy Cross”

Diane Birch tweeted this week that she’d like to release an album of Bible Belt “demos and rejects.” I’d love to see it happen. I’d love, even more, for this to be included – her take on Gossip’s “Heavy Cross” (with a little bit of Screaming’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” thrown in for good measure).

1) Paul Simon – “American Tune”

One of my favorite Paul Simon songs. A timeless metaphor for the American experience. (It’s also a song that I think Rumer should cover, as she’d do wonders with it.)

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