Jimi Hendrix Experience. “All Along the Watchtower.” On Smash Hits. (Reprise 1968/1969)10
Nick Hornby. High Fidelity. (Riverhead Books, 1995.)11
The Human Beinz. “Nobody But Me.” On Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. (Rhino Records, 1967/1998.)12
Iggy and the Stooges. Raw Power. (Columbia, 1973.)13
The Jackson 5. “ABC.” On Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5. (Motown, 1970/1983.)14
The Jayhawks. “Blue.” On Tomorrow the Green Grass. (American, 1995.)
The Kingsmen. “Louie Louie.” On Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. (Rhino Records, 1963/1998.)
10 A) “there are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.” B) I bought Smash Hits as a junior in high school and listened to it a bunch of times before I noticed that Bob Dylan wrote this one.
11 “Is it so wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? ... There’s a whole world in here, a nicer, dirtier, more violent, more peaceful, more colorful, sleazier, more dangerous, more loving world than the world I live in...”
12 Nobody can do the Wyman like I do.
13 My favorite song-titles line-up: “Search and Destroy,” “Gimme Danger,” “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell,” “Penetration,” “Raw Power,” “I Need Somebody,” “Shake Appeal,” “Death Trip.”
14 My mom cut this cardboard single off of the back of an Alpha-Bits box and taped it to an Eddy Arnold album. It was my first (and sometimes still is) favorite song.