This is from George Harrison’s posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, where Harrison’s artistic peers performed some of his songs. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is not only my favorite Harrison song, but my favorite Beatles song of all-time. While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne share the vocal duties, the standout is Prince’s blistering guitar work towards the latter half of this performance. I realize that calling Prince underrated may seem silly, but how often do people mention what an outstanding guitarist the man is? Prince steals the show here and aside his mind-blowing work on “Let’s Go Crazy” and his Super Bowl performance of “Purple Rain,” this is my People’s Exhibit A as to why Prince should rank as one of the greatest guitarists of all-time. If you’ve never seen this, you must check this out.
One of the funniest anti-drug songs ever recorded, this song with the f-bomb in the title actually made the Top 40 in Great Britain in 1981. When British radio announcers were forced to acknowledge the song, they referred to it as “a record by the Dead Kennedys” like it was a piece of dog poop that inadvertently wound up on their hands.
The DK’s supplied a sticker to record stores that could be placed over the single that read: “Caution: You are the victim of yet another stodgy retailer afraid to warp your mind by revealing the title of this record so peel slowly and see…” However, much to the band’s amusement, some of those stickers wound up on Tom Petty’s “Damn the Torpedoes” albums instead.
The song can now be found on the compilation “Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death,” which achieved Gold status by the RIAA in 2007.
Another gem of a song thrown away on a movie soundtrack. This was a minor hit around 1996, but is almost never played anywhere anymore. That’s Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham on background vocals.
Most people these days know the very good Tom Petty cover, but the original is terrific in its own right. My favorite Byrds song.