When they’re not talking about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s furniture on this episode of A Tiny Sense Of Accomplishment, Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter enthusiastically discuss their three favorite songs. In this service-oriented blog post, I’m posting these songs, as well as another fantastic song by the artists if you want to further explore their work. (You should already be familiar with Prince, but maybe you’re 13 and just getting out of your 5 Seconds of Summer phase. No need to thank me, it’s my job.)
Sherman: “When Doves Cry,” Prince
FOR FURTHER LISTENING:
“When You Were Mine”
“I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man”
I couldn’t pick between these two. I refuse to pick between these two. There are, at minimum, 50 songs I could have used with a clear conscience. “Controversy” was robbed, if I’m going to be honest. Anyway: Listen to Prince.
Jess: “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got,” William DeVaughn
FOR FURTHER LISTENING: “Blood Is Thicker Than Water”
DeVaughn sold a million copies of “Be Thankful…,” released an album, and then just kinda got bored with the whole record industry.
Sherman: “To Bring You My Love,” P.J. Harvey
FOR FURTHER LISTENING: “Man-Size”
When the guitars crash in here, it is the pinnacle of the “softLOUDsoft” trick that Pixies and Nirvana both served up in my formative years.
Jess: “Waltz #2,” Elliott Smith
FOR FURTHER LISTENING: “Baby Britain”
I miss Elliott Smith.
Sherman: “This Tornado Loves You,” Neko Case
FOR FURTHER LISTENING: “Guided By Wire”
“Letter From An Occupant”
Neko Case can do straight-up Patsy Cline country as a solo artist or achieve rarefied new wave/power-pop glory with The New Pornographers. Sherman’s love is justified.
Jess: “Please Be Patient With Me,” Wilco
FOR FURTHER LISTENING: “Handshake Drugs”
Nels Cline’s guitar and a set of good headphones. There you go.