Monday, 2 September 2013

My Top Ten Hurricane Songs

Hold onto your hats... there's ten hurricanes coming.

10. Catherine Feeny - Hurricane Glass

Much consternation on youtube over the way Catherine treats her guitars in this video. I'm amazed people have the time.

9. Athlete - Hurricane

Impending doom for the Athlete lads as a hurricane threatens to strip them of all they hold dear.

8. Florence & The Machine - Hurricane Drunk

In which Florence gets self-destructive... she's gonna drink herself to death.

7. Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
It's Friday night and I ain't got nobody.
Oh, what's the use of making a bed?

6. Alice Cooper - Hurricane Years

Mr. Cooper: legend.

5. The Hold Steady - Hurricane J

Jessie's like a hurricane... but Craig might not be the one to save her from herself.
I know you're gonna say what I know you're gonna say
I know you'll look at the ground, I know you'll probably cry
You're a beautiful girl and you're a pretty good waitress
But Jessie, I don't think I'm the guy
4. The Auteurs - Johnny & The Hurricanes

Luke Haines' tribute to forgotten fifties rock 'n' rollers, gets extra points for mentioning Spider-Man in the lyrics.

3. The Horrible Crowes - Behold The Hurricane

Gaslight Anthem mainman Brian Fallon's side-project, this was the Horrible Crowes' debut single, and it may well be the best thing they've done. From an album called Elsie, so extra points for that.

2. Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.
At 8 minutes 36 in length, Bob beats our Number One today by just 13 seconds. It's a wonderfully noirish, novelistic piece of storytelling... yet not quite strong enough to knock this one off the top spot...

1. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Like A Hurricane

The trick of making an epic 8 minute plus rock song is to make it still seem too short.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

So... which hurricane blows you away?


  1. Let me be the first to suggest Jumpin' Jack Flash, since he was "born in a crossfire hurricane", after all...

  2. possibly my favourite Dylan it.

    But I don't have any other suggestions...

    1. That's OK, Deano, I'll allow you the day off.

  3. Honourable mention to Hurricane Smith, and a nod to another Smith...Patti for Pumping 'And free the hurricane'

    1. Wasn't familiar with that Patti Smith song, but I love it now - thanks.

  4. "The Word Hurricane" - Air.

    Other than that all I could think of was Earth, Wind & Fire.

    1. And, amazingly, he resists the fart gag.

    2. Fart gag?

      Wouldn't it technically be a bung? Or a stopper?

    3. I tried not to think about it in that much detail.


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