The final letter of this musical journey down the alphabet. It’s been fun, and I have really enjoyed having everyone playing along with their choices and suggestions, as well as revisiting many of the favourite sounds from a lifetime of enjoying music. ‘Z’ has some options, so please do your best to play along in the last of this series. Any song, album, band, or artist, as long as the name begins with ‘Z’.
I will start off with more from the marvellous David Bowie. I really couldn’t leave out this classic song from his brilliant career.
Not usually my type of thing, but the success of the Irish rock band The Cranberries is undeniable. The lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, has a great tone, and an amazingly powerful voice. As a bonus, she also sings with an Irish accent, instead of an American one. Not only that, they had a big hit with a song that starts with ‘Z’!
Two men with huge beards, and a third who is clean shaven. Fun videos, and guitar rock. Yes, I am talking about ZZ Top, and this is the only song of theirs I ever really liked. Mainly because of the video, to be honest.
Gimme All Your Lovin’
As promised, the original version of the song ‘Valerie’, from The Zutons. I still prefer Mark Ronson and Amy’s cover, but you knew that. This is very good though.
The rest of this post is dedicated to one of my favourite recording artists of all time, and fortunately, one whose surname begins with a ‘Z’. Consider these next songs to be an amalgamated top pick for today, and for those of you who do not like Frank Zappa, look away now. Consummate musician, insanely clever lyricist, and all-round funny man too, I could write a whole series of posts on his work. But I won’t, so don’t worry. To start off, here is the the song about a dental floss bush, and that pygmy pony.
I never thought I would hear the words ‘rancid poncho’ in a song. But I did, and I loved it.
I will end on a short one, and a real personal favourite. Now I’m off, to knock all the jockeys off the rich people’s lawns.
Thanks again for all your efforts, I will be publishing an appraisal of these alphabet challenges after this.