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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Laundry List

Whole lotta firepower on that stage with Arthur Conley. Stax/Volt was the shizzle.



When we used to play this song out in clubs, we referred to it as a "laundry list." It means the song doesn't really have any lyrics, it's just a sort of shipping manifest with a beat. What's your favorite laundry list song? How about Kung-fu Fighting?

17 comments:

misterarthur said...

I don't know if these make the list (maybe too many lyrics) but I like them simply because of the grooves. "For the love of Money" O'Jays. "Love and Happiness" Al Green. "What is hip?" Tower of Power.

misterarthur said...

Forgot "Cut the Cake" - Average White Band.

Sixty Grit said...

Creeque Alley by the Mamas and the Papas is sort of a laundry list - kind of a list of inside jokes and adventures.

I seem to remember some dance songs that were lists of various dances popular among the youth of the time. Just can't remember the names of them right this minute.

Gagdad Bob said...

Humbly submitted: the Monkees' Goin' Down.

Gagdad Bob said...

Very cool laundry list. It don't make any sense, 'cept it does.

Gagdad Bob said...

How about a prog laundry list in alphabetical order.

SippicanCottage said...

Low-hanging fruit: LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Sixty Grit said...

Thanks for reminding me - Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire.

Thanks, I think...

Sixty Grit said...

Man, I wish I hadn't started thinkin' about this - Johnny Cash, I've Been Everywhere.

I am sure Gilbert and Sullivan wrote a laundry list or two, but with luck, I will leave this topic alone for a while.

Sixty Grit said...

I had no luck whatsoever.

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.

Rarely performed by rock bands, however.

Gagdad Bob said...

Two can play this game: the lowest hanging fruit.

SippicanCottage said...

G Bob- There's bad, and then there's that.

It's like hitting a man in the head with a shovel and then forcing him to read an encyclopedia aloud.

Gagdad Bob said...

A reminder not to do one's ditty laundry in public....

Scooby said...

"Do Your Thing" and "Express Yourself,"
-both by
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
(unique in that the band's name had more words then both of their hits combined)

SippicanCottage said...

Scooby- That's a bitchin' bass line right there.

Merry Christmas!

Johnny Glendale said...

Sir Duke.

Took two days for that to rattle out of my recently concussed head.

Merry Christmas!

SippicanCottage said...

Johnny G- Oh, that's excellent.

How about:

Just slip out the back, jack,
Make a new plan, Stan,
No need to be coy, Roy...