Bran Van 3000 (with Youssou N'Dour) -- MontrealPlease feel free to list or link your random ten in the comments.
Shuffling rhythm, angry Muppet references, and a guest appearance by a favorite globopopper. What else does a pop song need?
Snakefinger -- Beatnik party
Is it possible for the influence of Nino Rota on wiggly guitar styles to be too strong?
The Kinks -- Waterloo sunset
Early adventures in stereo, or an involuntary nod to classicism?
The Replacements -- Androgynous
Words to live by. They may have been a bit of a hit-or-miss group, but this was hit. This and "Mr Whirly."
Azra -- Gracija
I only have vague memories of the video in which Džoni Štulić sings the song behind the counter of a fish market. Does anyone have a copy?
Eszter Balint -- Un poison violent c'est ça l'amour
It remains impossible to decide whether this cover is better than Serge Gainsbourg's original or not.
Carmen Consoli -- Bambina impertinente
Can anybody explain to me why this person is not the hugest international star?
Eva Braun -- Aljaska
Few things are more enjoyable than cover versions that vastly improve on the originals.
Dinah Washington and Brooke Benton -- Baby you've got what it takes
These two should have recorded many more duets.
Üstmamò e Giovanni Lindo Ferretti -- Io sto bene
I dream of a world in which this tune is some country's national anthem.
The nonweekly Friday Random Ten
I haven't followed this blog folk custom for a while, in which people are invited to open their computer audio players, set them to "random play," and list the first ten songs that come up. This is partly because I have been blogging less in general, and partly because I haven't been shopping much for new music, so the same things keep popping up. But for now, it's better than grading papers, so here it goes annotated: