Today isn't New Year's Day here at Top Ten Towers. It's a very special birthday for a very special person. And in celebration... here's ten songs that mention her name...
10. Jona Lewie - Louise (We Get It Right)
See, Jona didn't just stop the cavalry and spend all his time in the kitchen at parties. He was also a whiz on a pair of rollerskates. And, judging from his vocals in the chorus, he was also occasionally possessed by Beelzebub.
9. Bonnie Tyler - Louise
Ah, yes, our Bonnie - a voice that could sink a thousand battleships... as this video ably demonstrates. This isn't her finest hour (it wasn't written by Jim Steinman), but it did knock Neil Diamond - Hey Louise out of my countdown, so you may be grateful for that.
8. Joni Mitchell - Cherokee Louise
Classic Joni storytelling, though the subject matter's a little grim for a birthday party.
7. Ryan Adams - Thank You, Louise
As is this one from Ryan. Lovely song - but really, you guys know how to kill a mood, don't you?
6. Dean Martin - Louise
Now this is more like it!
Every little breeze seems to whisper 'Louise'...At last, one I feel comfortable dedicating to my special lady...
5. Grandaddy - Jeez, Louise
Jason Lytle falls foul of Louise's mother - she always hated him. Fortunately not something I have to worry about as my "mother-in-law" (the law never really got involved) is lovely.
4. Scott Walker - Big Louise
Nobody does heartbreak and loneliness like Big Scott.
3. Orange Juice - Louise Louise
Back to the 80s for my Top Three, kicking off with Edwyn Collins and an appropriate birthday wish...
Have a wonderful birthday, dearAnd I promise, I will try not to do that.
Such a wonderful birthday, dear
It only comes but once a year
I'll spoil your party with a punky sneer
2. The Human League - Louise
Phil Oakey rides around on a barge, singing into a remote control, bemoaning the loss of Louise. Why did she leave him? The clue's in the mullet, Phil. (I should talk - you should see my hair at the moment.)
This is the best song in my collection with Louise in the title. So why isn't it Number One...?
1. Lloyd Cole - Perfect Skin
I choose my friends only far too well...Ha - got you! I never said it had to have Louise in the title. (See also Visions of Johanna by Bob Dylan.) Here's one of Lloyd's finest, and the line "academia blues" seems a pretty accurate description for his songwriting in general. It's about the girl with "cheekbones like geometry and eyes like sin". A lethal combination, but at least she keeps up to date by reading Cosmo. This is a song of contradictions...
Up eight flights of stairs to her basement flatBut if you're looking for a moral... strikes me there never has been one.
Pretty confused huh?
Thank you for everything, Lou. I love you, hon'. Have a great birthday.