In the gutless womaniser Rod Stewart’s words “Wake up Maggie, I think I’ve gotta new blog thread for you”. After enjoying various charming ditties alluding to the fairer gender form I stumbled across an idea of a topic that I then discovered had already been played out across multiple nefarious blogsite forums. Nevertheless it carries timeless appeal and so 3 or 5 of every animal, sorry letter in the lovely lady alphabet will be chosen at weekly intervals. The same name may not be used twice which means wallowing through a mire of Barbaras, Bettys, Marys, Mary Janes (sweet or otherwise), Plain Janes, Mollys, Sallys and, disturbingly enough, Fannys? (Prior to its British adoption as a rude lady’s part). Thus I had to grapple between several fine numbers each dedicated to these namesakes over many laborious hours in my melon man.
Wherever possible I have only included songs I enjoy & would actually listen to in my non-list obsessive-alphabetised day-to-day life. A few names are repeated i.e. so good they named them twice such as Mary Mary or Maria Maria & certain letters would be impossible to have ANY inclusions unless I became a little forgiving with the looseness of the letters Q, U, X & Z.
I would also like to thank albums with named themes such as A Perfect Circle’s Mer de Noms & Cocteau Twin’s Treasure – both of which happen to be ethereal & magisterial masterpieces.
Back cover to Cocteau’s ’84 immersible classic
Blues for Alice – Charlie Parker
Rapid bluesy bebop-style almost definitely NOT written for Alice Coltrane, John’s wife
Amelia – Cocteau Twins
They also have a song called Aloysius from the same album but this would be an extremely rare name that is more commonly fictitious such as that of Lady Penelope’s chauffeur in Thunderbirds)
Angela – Toto
The last track from their stonking debut written by the most enduring member, the portly, tiny & shiny Steve Lukather
Angeline – Faithless
“You’ve been out on the tiles, winning the smiles of men of low persuasion…”
Angie – Rolling Stones
Written by Keith Richards about one or any number of the following; his daughter Dandelion Angela, Bowie’s first wife, Angie Dickinson or going cold turkey in Switzerland where there ain’t much heroin around but there IS endlessly massive piles of snow! Mostly covered horrendously badly other than by Womack & Womack or Tori Amos. Angela Merkel also used the song in her party’s election campaign in 2005!
Here is the cover of the German release;
The most worrying aspect of this song’s cover is that we can’t be entirely sure that isn’t Mick Jagger’s body
Other options would’ve been Allison by either Elvis Costello or The Pixies or Elton John’s Amy.
See all o yo squareheads next week for the ‘B’ installment!