Posts Tagged ‘ Crime Song Wednesday ’

Crime Song Wednesday: Femme Fatale by Aloe Blacc

May 18, 2011
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Thanks to Aaron Phillip Clark for this week’s Crime Song Wednesday Aloe Blacc’s “Femme Fatale” has less of a narrative arc then past songs we’ve featured on Crime Song Wednesday but it has to be included because it’s an ode to femme fatales. After the jump you’ll find the lyrics Brian LindenmuthBrian is the...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Good Man by Raphael Saadiq

May 11, 2011
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Thanks to Anthony Neil Smith for this one. The lyrics of Good Man by Raphael Saadiq are vague but the video for it fleshes the story out to full fledged crime fiction with a great femme fatle character and Cutty from The Wire. After the jump you can check out the lyrics… Brian LindenmuthBrian...

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Crime Song Wednesday: The Carroll County Accident

July 14, 2010
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I’ve always been more familiar with the version done by Tom T Hall, but Porter works for me too, as he’s a face I remember from when I was at the Opry. This was the kind of song that would be on the stereo at night when I was supposed to be sleeping. It’s...

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Crime Song Wednesday – Black River Killer by Blitzen Trapper

June 23, 2010
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There are at least two readings in this brilliantly written Cormac McCarthy inspired song. The first is simply that we are hearing a song about this guy who’s got a dark heart and just can’t stop doing what he’s doing. Sociopath, psychopath, whatever this guy is a stone cold killer and it makes for...

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Crime Song Wednesday: The Murder Trilogy by The Killers

June 9, 2010
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Let’s go with a crime song suite this week. The so called “Murder” trilogy by The Killers which consists of Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf, Midnight Show and Jenny Was a Friend of Mine. The three parts at their most basic consists of 1) A guy lone getting drunk after getting dumped for...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Children’s Story by Slick Rick

June 2, 2010
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With his eye patch, gold tooth and huge jewelry Slick Rick’s image is emblematic of its time. Those early cuts of his stand tall as classics and are some of the most influential of the earlier rap records. In a genre that feeds off of the next and new thing Children’s Story has had...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Stagger Lee

May 26, 2010
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Two weeks ago when I wrote about Hey Joe I said that there were at least two songs entered into the crime song hall of fame. The other besides “Hey Joe” is “Stagger Lee”. In terms of song Stagger Lee (and all of various names) is the baddest of the bad. The song “Stagger...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Hey Joe

May 12, 2010
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To the extent there is a hall of fame for crime songs then there are two songs that have arguably been there the longest, “Hey Joe” is the first one and the second we’ll talk about next week. “Hey Joe” is a true classic of this made up of genre. Like a great folk...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Sport by Lightnin’ Rod

May 5, 2010
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Crime Song Wednesday: Sport by Lightnin’ Rod

We’re going to reach far back in the crate this week. In 1969 Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, Umar Bin Hassan, and Abiodun Oyewole would form a group called The Last Poets. The Last Poets along with The Watts Prophets and Gil Scott Heron would form the blueprint for rap and hip hop. In 1973 Nuriddin...

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Crime Song Wednesday: 38 Years Old by The Tragically Hip

April 28, 2010
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By John McFetridge The song “38 Years Old” by Canadian band The Tragically Hip tells the story of a prison break in 1973. The first seven lines of the song are true, in 1973 twelve men did break out of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison in Kingston, the hometown of the Tragically Hip. Millhaven is...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Independence Day by Martina McBride

April 21, 2010
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My first exposure to this song was a few years back when I had an exceptionally long commute and discovered that talk radio kept me more alert for the drive then the music stations. I may not have agreed with what they were saying but they sure kept me awake. For years Sean Hannity...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Five Dollar Bill by Corb Lund

April 14, 2010
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Prohibition, bootleggers and illegal booze: the perfect recipe for a scruffy country crime song You see you couldn’t buy liquor in the States back then, So we saddled up the ponies and we loaded up the gin, Rode underneath the shadow of the grande Old Chief, To git some northern Rocky Mountain kinda tax...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Meeting Across the River by Bruce Springsteen

April 7, 2010
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This is a song of subtleties, because Springsteen is that good. For example look at the shift from where the narrator just needs a ride to linking Eddie’s fortunes with his own. The narrator is totally spitting game and trying to get Eddie to go along with it. I wonder what Eddie’s perspective in...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Never Going Back to Memphis by Shemekia Copeland

March 31, 2010
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This is the first installment of what will be a weekly column that focuses on crime songs. It’s simple really. Regardless of genre there are a lot of songs about crime. And a lot of these songs are great crime fiction in their own right. So what I want to do is take a...

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