‘J’ already? Don’t forget to play along. Any singer, song, group, or album. As long as the name begins with ‘J’.
I’m not going to miss the chance of starting off with a double ‘J’. Who else, but Janis Joplin? She died young, but still left a great body of work behind her. My choice is from her solo album, ‘Pearl’. It has been on this blog before, but it can never be heard enough, in my opinion. It really doesn’t get much better than this, believe me. Pass that spliff, and the bottle of Jack Daniels. Please.
I recently mentioned Jackie Wilson, and the tribute song from Van Morrison, ‘Jackie Wilson Said’. That song was later covered by Dexy’s Midnight runners, and was actually just as good. So, here are both versions. The song is that good, it’s worth it. Honest.
Jackie Wilson Said
I always liked the British band, The Jam. Paul Weller was a real talent, and has remained so to this day. His retro ‘Mod’ style appealed to the ‘me’ of my younger days, and his hard-edged political songs caught the imagination of the public in the 1980s. There are many to choose from, but this will do.
Jackson Browne is actually older than me. That’s hard to believe, as his voice and youthful looks are stuck in my past memories. I didn’t buy a lot of his records, I admit. But I really loved this one. And still do.
Doctor My Eyes
Given that this is my blog, ‘J’ wouldn’t be ‘J’ without Jamiroquai now, would it? So many to think about, and a wonderful back catalogue to peruse. Because I have written about this British band so much, I should perhaps have given them a miss. But I couldn’t. It would not have been right. So, here we go again. Jazz-funk at its best. Never equalled. Go for it, Jay Kay.
The Return of The Space Cowboy.
Janet Jackson lives in the shadow of her brother, Michael. Here’s a shocking revelation, I actually prefer her records! And she is a double ‘J’ to boot! Whatever you think about the Jacksons, they produced a massive body of work in the Tamla/Soul genre. To be honest, I got fed up of Michael becoming too precious, and unnecessarily ‘white’. But his sister grabbed the baton, and produced some wonderful stuff indeed. From ‘The Velvet Rope’ album, this sublime track. Ever been lonely? I have.
Magical stuff, and she looks hot too.
I Get So Lonely
The top pick for today was cast in stone from the start. Corinne Bailey Rae is a wonderful British soul singer. Her sad life is reflected in her heartbreaking songs, and there is nothing better than this one, which speaks to everyone who has ever loved anyone. If someone else has a better tone to their voice, or sings with more feeling, then let me know. I doubt I will have to eat my hat.
Just Like A Star