Couple of weeks ago I went to see Jenny Lewis at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian in Korea Town to watch her preform the record “Rabbit Fur Coat” with the Watson Twins. During her first set, I was reminded of the powerful images of Los Angeles that have echoed through her and much of popular music. As I sat listening I began making a mental list of my favorite LA songs. Here they are in no particular order. What are yours?
The song that prompted this list
Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins “Rabbit Fur Coat” from 2006 album of the same name
The Decemberists “Los Angeles I’m Your’s”
X “Los Angeles” A quintessential LA song and probably a bit cliche
The Negro Problem “MacArthur Park” from their 1997 album “Post Minstrel Syndrome”
Rage Against the Machine “Rolling Down Rodeo”
Ariel Pink, “Life in LA”
Dave Alvin (from X and the Blasters) “Fourth of July”
Rilo Kiley (I know Jenny Lewis twice) “Let Me Back In”
Ryan Adams “Good Night, Hollywood Blvd.”
One of my favorite hip hop bands Jurassic 5 “LAUSD”
Motorhead RIP Lemme “Angel City”
One from my misspent youth The Circle Jerks “Beverly Hills”
Because I mentioned them in class The Surf Punks, “I’m a Valley” a song ridiculing those from the SF Valley.
Fountains of Wayne, “California Sex Lawyer”
10,000 Maniacs “City of Angels”
Back to this century, Kendrick Lamar with Dre “Compton”
Breaking it down old school Tone Loc, “Funky Westside”
Speaking of the 80s, Missing Persons, “Walking in LA”
I’ll end with one of my favorite Death Cab for Cutie songs “Tiny Vessels”
Really that’s just the tip of the iceberg and those that popped into my head. If I think about it long enough there are literally hundreds more I could post.