Songs You Should Listen To Part Five

The Doobie Brothers, "What a Fool Believes"

The Doobie Brothers were just another rock/vocal band that wrote good songs before Michael McDonald joined in 1975 and extended the life of the band by fusing The Doobies signature funk and rock with disco and soaring harmonies. Their biggest hits of the late 70's were all McDonald penned and lead from Takin it to the Streets to Long Train Runnin' to this one, What a Fool Believes ; my personal Doobie favorite. Co-written with Kenny Loggins and released on 1978's Minute by Minute (Warner Brothers), Believes has one of the catchiest choruses ever written (Go ahead. try not to hum or sing this after listening to it). It was also one of the few non disco songs to reach number one on the Billboard Charts in 1978. From the twinkling piano to the falsetto harmonies which blend in perfect synchronicity with McDonald's smooth baritone, Believes is the perfect blend of funk, disco and rock. One of the masterpieces of the late 70's.


"She had a place in his life /He never made her think twice /As he rises to her apology /Anybody else would surely know /He's watching her go."

The late Shannon Hoon, frontman for Blind Melon
The late Shannon Hoon, frontman for Blind Melon

Blind Melon, "Tones of Home"

Most people know Blind Melon from their kitschy debut single, No Rain , featuring the plump little bee girl on the cover of their self titled debut record (EMI, 1993). But, the best, most angst ridden track off that album is this one, Tones of Home . Shannon Hoon, who died of a heart attack caused by a cocaine overdose while on tour in New Orleans at age 28 in 1995, screams and whines at the top of his range and the 60's influenced r & b grunge vibe is at it's peak in this tune. The song seems schizophrenic, with a laid back, stopping and starting and somewhat mellow verse, that explodes into an angsty and intense chorus. Blind Melon is a band who's full potential was never reached after the early success of this album (selling over 4 million units) but this record, and this song, show this quirky band at the top of it's form. It touches on feeling out of place and homesick and the song has an urgent sense of longing that appealed to their largely teenage audience.

"What do you think they would say/If I stood up and I walked away/Nobody here really understand me/and so I'll wave goodbye/ I'm fine"

Billy Joel, "Captain Jack"

What could I say about New York's Billy Joel that hasn't already been said? Nothing. You all know who he is, you should all love and know his music. You all should already know that he's a great songwriter and storyteller. This isn't my favorite song of his, but it's one I really like and the story is great. I could have chosen Piano Man, We Didn't Start the Fire, Uptown Girl, She's Always a Woman, but I didn't. You know those ones. You may not know this one.The song tells the story of a real drug dealer and with the use of the word "Masturbate" and references to marijuana, it didn't get much radio play, being banned from most stations. That's a shame. It's a great song and I'm honoring it here.

"So you go to the village in your tie dyed jeans/And you stare at the junkies and the closet queens/It's like some pornographic magazine/And you smile."

Seal, "Crazy"

I feel like I shouldn't like Paddington,London's Seal but when he writes such brilliant and timeless songs as this one (it was released in twenty years ago, off his self titled album [ZTT records, produced by Trevor Horn of Yes fame] and still sounds as if it could have been released yesterday.) you have to like him. (I know I've been bossy in this hub, but it's for your own good!) Apparently I'm not the only one. He's been bedding super models (He and wife Heidi Klum have three kids)and selling millions of records for three decades now. Sure, he's had terrific mega hits like Kiss From a Rose but, to me, Crazy is his signature song. This song and video are great and remind of sixth grade. It's dance, it's pop, it's r&b, it's brilliant. The hook is incredible and catchy, the groove is infectious and Seal's hoarse, soulful voice create an air of beauty and mystery around this song. A brilliant song from a brilliant artist.

"In a church by the face/He talks about the people going under/Only child know/A man decides after seventy years/That what he goes there for/Is to unlock the door."

Sublime, "Santeria"

It would be impossible to know if the success of Sublime's self titled record (their third, but first on a major label, released on RCA in 1996) came about because of the death of singer Bradley Nowell from a heroin overdose on May 25th, 1996, shortly before the album's release or because of the great songs on the record. Perhaps both? Quite frankly, it doesn't matter. Santeria tells the story of a jilted lover looking to shoot his competitor and offers Sublime's typical ska/reggae/punk sensibilities played over a driving bass line with a sweet melody that belies the dark message of the song. the video is haunting in part because vocalist Nowell is shown as a ghost. His famous dalmatian, Lou Dog (RIP) also stars in the video. Great song to kick back and drink a 40 oz. too!

"Tell Sanchito that if he knows/What is good for him/He best go run an' hide/Daddy's got a new forty-five/And I won't think twice to stick that barrel/Straight down Sancho's throat/Believe me when I say that/I got something for his punk ass"

Stone Temple Pilots, "Plush"

California's Stone Temple Pilots were in no way unique. Musically, they basically ripped off the Screaming Trees, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and other heavy grunge bands and vocally, Scott Weiland sounded almost exactly like Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam). But, what they lacked in originality, they made up for with great songs. Plush, off of 1992's Core (Atlantic) spawned a wealth of hits from Sex Type Thing , to Creep ( a common theme in the 90's, with Radiohead also spawning a hit of the same name), to Wicked Garden , Plush is the one that stands out. It's got the right amount of grunge balladry that slowly builds to a crescendo of angst with the chorus and an ending that comes too soon (that's what she said!). It's a great song that is one of the top twenty grunge songs ever recorded.

"And I feel, so much depends on the weather/So is it raining in your bedroom?/And I see, that these are the eyes of disarray/Would you even care?"

Bread, "Make it With You"

David Gates was the primary song writer for Bread, one of the premier Adult Oriented Rock, jazzy rock bands of the 70's. He penned soothing love ballads that become dark and ironic when you look into the life of David Gates. This song is not about makin' love, but about literally making a relationship work. It's still baby makin' music. Soothing vocals, pleasant guitars. Everything about this song screams mushy, gooey love. It's a guilty pleasure and certainly a departure from their most famous hit, Guitar Man. Make it With You was released in 1970 on On the Waters (Elekra) and since then has gone on to be responsible for approximately 2,000,000 love making sessions, 75,000 70's style mustaches, 50,000 perms and 30,000 white people Afros. Those are impressive numbers and a commentary to the staying power of this song! Pure 70's cheesy yumminess.

"Hey have you ever tried/Really reaching out for the other side?/I may be climbing on rainbows/But baby here goes."



The Choir, "Love Your Mind"

The Choir has been around forever, writing amazing songs primarily in the Christian art rock/adult alternative arena. I generally don't like using the term "Christian" when describing a band, but with the Choir, it is very appropriate. They write about their beliefs without being cheesy or preachy.. Their lyrics are poetic without being obtuse and the music, especially the vocals or Derri Daughtery, has a totally calming effect on me. Love Your Mind, from 1994's Speckled Bird (R.E.X.) was produced by drummer Steve Hindalong, who is one of the premier producers of alternative rock around today, regardless of religious affiliation. If you go to their website (http://www.thechoir.net/), you can hear the original version of this track, and others as well. The version below is adequate and interesting from their recent acoustic tour. Check it out!

"And if I pull over/So you can have a turn/Will you take us both into oblivion/Do you really think the sun/Is gonna melt us, everyone/Do you blame the moon for hyper-tension."

Unfortunately, it's really hard to find a studio version in a video format that Hub Pages supports, but here's a good acoustic one

Metallica, "Welcome Home: Sanitarium"

Boy, back in the mid 80's, Metallica was an amazing thrash/speed metal band and no album better represented the genre then 1986's Master of Puppets (Elektra). Metallica has always had stupid lyrics; no one listens to them for the lyrics. Instead, we listen to the searing and fast guitars, and, until his death in a car accident while on tour supporting this record in 1986, Cliff Burton's incredible bass lines. By the far the best bassist of his era, he shines on this album, and on this song specifically. In their 30 year career, they've never come close to topping the brilliance of this song, which tells the horrifying tale of life in an insane asylum. It's brilliant, and, true to mid 80's Metallica form, has three guitar solos and they're all super fun to play.

"Welcome to where time stands still/No one leaves and no one will/Moon is full, never seems to change/Just labeled mentally deranged"

Michael Jackson, "Billy Jean"

How do you pick just one Michael Jackson song? You don't! That's why I do so many installments. but, Billy Jean has always been my favorite of Michaels and the album it appears on, Thriller (1982, Epic) is still one of the best selling albums of all time. His unsurprising yet tragic death in 2009 has only served to solidify his title as the King of Pop. Even though Michael's voice and hook is hard to get out of your head, this song is driven by the bass, which carries this r&b dance pop song. Producer Quincy Jones originally thought this song was too weak to appear on the record, but Michael insisted and the rest is, as they say, history. it was, of course, during a performance of this song that Michael Jackson introduced the now infamous Moonwalk to a stunned crowd on national television.


"People always told me, "Be careful of what you do/And don't go around breaking young girls hearts"/And mother always told me, "Be careful of who you love/And be careful of what you do /cause the lie becomes the truth"

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Till. I appreciate your comments and your insights. I hope you're having a fantastic year!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Well, without admitting I'm older than most ;) many of these songs and groups are unfamiliar to me. I do however like the way you approached the entire hub and picked unique enough songs to make the entire thing interesting.

Yes, I know Billy Joel and Captain Jack and through my kids listened to Metallica. I know Stone Temple Pilots is a favorite right now and I haven't been under a rock so I'm very familiar with Michael Jackson and all of his songs.

Nice job PD.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

audra, it's certainly one of the best, and most underrated, billy joel tunes!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I knew 7 on this one! My Ipod is filling up! "Captain Jack" ...I used to sing this over and over in my car...love it!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Lapse. I enjoy doing these because I enjoy introducing people to new music and reintroducing them to old music. Thanks for stopping by!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Good stuff. 10 songs people should know well if they fall in the genre you love. These are part of the foundation of anyone's musical knowledge.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

sunshine, this was one of my more "commercial" music hubs. It is hard to wrong with the Doobie Brothers and Michael Jackson. Thanks for reading. I'm readying part six now!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Justin I like how you started your article with the Doobie Brothers and ended it with Michael Jackson...two of my favorites! Excellent hub!! Looking forward to your next creation!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

credence, thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this list!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Damn, PDX, my hair is standing on end, you have hit a nerve here. My kind of music! I have a copy of the Essential billy Joel. Billy Joel, what an extrodinary talent. I see now that we are going to get along great. You got the 1970's and 1980's on tap. There is so much to cover. I have tried to touch on some of this stuff in the Baby Boomer Chronicles that I have as hubs to try to capture all this magic, but I have no chance. I am speechless. Thanks a lot, Cred2


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

rosemay, thank u. I try to get a good variety!


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love the 'mushy, gooey 'Make it With You' in fact I like all of Bread's songs.

Billy Joel too is a favourite of mine

I like Metallica, but hadn't heard this one.

You had a really good selection


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Mathira!


mathira 5 years ago

Micheal Johnson has always been my favorite and good collection too.Thank you, PDXkoraokeGuy.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Glen, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed this and were able to take this stroll down memory lane.

Alecia, he is truly unique and talented. Thanks again for reading and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I love Michael McDonald's voice, he's so soulful. Great list!


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

This was a good review. I know what you meant about David Gates of Bread. His some of his love ballads showed a dark side for that matter. An example is Bread's song "Everything I Own" which I always thought was about a lover who had died.

Thanks for putting all this together and writing about it. I found it refreshing to listen to these old songs.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Tune! Appreciate the read, comment and follow. Alastar, thanks for the info!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Ooops! Make that "Make it With You."


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Oh yeah. You want to hear a song ahead of its time check-out "She's My Girl" by the Turtles.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Checked wiki PDX- Bread had one number one hit and that was they're first single "Baby I'm a Want You." hahahah! Seriously though, they were okay for pop top forty:)


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia

Great selection.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy, You tube is amazing. I discovered Bread a couple years ago when I needed to learn Make it With YOU for a concert at the Elk's Lodge I was doing


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Super! Reminded me of some old favorites especially Bread who I haven't heard in ages. Time to revisit. Good for YouTube.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Epi, I'm glad I gave you some tunes to keep you company! No sense driving alone! Thanks for the comment and the share. these hubs take a long time to put together, especially if my computer is being wonky. Glad you enjoy them!

Sage, thanks so much for stopping by.

Alastar, What do you mean. Bread is great, in all their cheesy AOR glory!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Sweet PDX. You've done well my son. But what is Bread doin here?


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sagecarter 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Great article!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well this is what every great list should have for any reader - some songs that we're familiar with and some songs that we should check out - because music like life like food should be explored in all of its varieties and discovered with an open mind - love your series here because it's a true labor of love and a worthy presentation of a posting to my Facebook page with a direct link back here ...... fitting too this is my last hub before I go out the door and off to night shift - some of these tunes will be stuck in my head on my hour's drive into work - hubbravo to you my friend for your efforts here and of course making my night with your wonderful comments to me

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