“Baltimore” – Randy Newman


One of Newman’s best … from 1977’s “Little Criminals.” A beautiful, but despairing look at a city in crisis, very similar in tone to Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Also highly recommended (thought I can’t find it on YouTube) is Mink Stole’s recent cover from her album “Do Re Mink”.

“Female Trouble” – Mink Stole


Actress Mink Stole … who has starred in several John Waters films over the years … tries her hand at singing and the results are terrific! “Female Trouble” is her take on the theme song from Waters’ 1974 film of the same name and her slow, sultry take goes down well with a fine bourbon. I posted another song from Mink at the start of the year, “Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun,” which is similarly stunning.


Now, both songs, along with several others are available on Mink’s first (and hopefully, not last) CD, “Do Re Mink” which is available for download on iTunes or on Mink’s website:


A really wonderful selection of tunes for when you’re feeling especially bad … but in a good way.

“Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun” – Mink Stole

Here’s a real surprise!  John Waters superstar Mink Stole lends her pipes to this sultry cover of “Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun.”  All I can say is “Wow!”  No offense to her hilarious turns in Waters’ anti-masterpieces, but Stole should have pursued a singing career.  From the compilation “A Date with John Waters.”