Friday, April 9, 2010

Chicago pre-trip #5 - Great Chicago musicians

Everything you need to know about a city you can find out from its musicians.

Which is why, in Winnipeg, we look to Burton Cummings, the Crash Test Dummies, Neil Young, Randy Bachman, and - er - Chantal Kreviazuk to come to us during times of trouble, like so many Mother Marys.

In Chicago, they have a whole waft of musicians to choose from, but here's a good cross section to show what we're dealing with (the exhaustive list on Wikipedia):

1. Liz Phair

Phair sings of her beloved homeland.

2. Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight

When will the bald man finally get a fair shake?

3. Buddy Guy

Guy can play. Taught him everything he knows.

4. Steve Miller

Abracadabra rhymes with "grab ya," I'm told.

5. Urge Overkill

Folks like me have to go it alone. Cos, baby, I'm a rollin' stone. Cheque please.

6. Sam Cooke

What a wonderful world it would be if ifs and buts were candies and nuts.

7. Warren Zevon

Lawyers. Check. Guns. Check. Money. D'oh!

8. The Byrds

The best Dylan cover band ever.

9. Felix da Housecat

Run, Ronnie, Run!

10. Muddy Waters

My two favorite ways to spend the holidays.

1 comment:

  1. I'd take Herbie Hancock or even Wesley Willis over Corgan's band personally.

    And does Cheap Trick count?


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