The Jam: Going Underground
Michael Green, co-author Philanthrocapitalism, The Road From Ruin and In Gold We Trust? contributes a list including songs from Otis Redding, Miriam Makeba and the Jam's appropriate Going Underground.
He scores a first, and probably only, with a Polish punk band, and finishes with a wonderful song from Oh, Brother Where Art Thou.
Going Underground: The Jam
Not because of the terrible pun but because it was the first record I bought. Sadly I can't find a video of their Top of the Pops appearance with Paul Weller wearing a Heinz Tomato Soup pinny the wrong way round.
Jikele Maweni: Miriam Makeba
My Mum's from South Africa so I grew up listening to 'Mama Africa' and love this song, also known as 'The Retreat Song'.
Komu Dzwonia: Szwagierkolaska
I lived in Poland in the early 1990s. Most of the Polish pop music was rubbish...until Szwagierkolaska revived a bunch of old Varsovian ballads with a punky feel. Think of them as the Polish Pogues. Seeing them covering 'If I should fall from grace with God', in Polish, at a gig in Warsaw in 1995 was awesome.
Shake: Otis Redding
The greatest soul singer ever. No one else comes close to the energy and charisma of Otis singing live. Not my favourite Otis song but I just love this Ready, Steady, Go special where he blows away British wannabees Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe. RIP Otis.
Constant Sorrow: Dan Tyminski (aka The Soggy Bottom Boys)
God bless America for country music and the Coen Brothers.
- Al Green: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
- Boston: More Than A Feeling
- Aretha Franklin: Spanish Harlem
- Otis Redding: I've Been Loving You Too Long
- Janelle Monae: Cold War
- The Bangles: Eternal Flame
- The Doors: Light MyFire
- Marvin Gaye: Mercy Mercy Me
- Etta James: At Last
- Bobby Womack: California Dreamin'
- Rolling Stones: Ruby Tuesday
- Annette Hanshaw: Get Out And Get Under The Moon