20th Century Hits according to Stephin Merritt

1961 The Paris Sisters: “I Love How You Love Me”
1963 The Ronettes: “Be My Baby”
1979 Gary Numan: “Cars”
1980 Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth
1983 New Order: “Blue Monday”
1989 Chris Knox: “Not Given Lightly”
1994 Saint Etienne: “Like a Motorway”
1995 Pulp: Different Class
1997 White Town: “Your Woman”

Full list

Great to see Mr. Knox on the list, among others.

Tom Waits Goes Retro with 78RPM Record Release

One of my favorite people on the planet, Tom Waits, is releasing a limited edition, hand-numbered 78 RPM record to benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band. Waits has collaborated with the aforementioned, elaborately named jazz ensemble to record “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield,” which were originally recorded in 1947 by Danny Barker. The songs also happen to be the earliest recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants. Since not so many of us have victrolas just lying around, Preservation Hall is also releasing a 78 player to go with the record on November 19, 2010. There will be only 504 copies of the 78 and the record player made, so start stocking your PayPal account now because this stuff will invariably end up on eBay for exorbitant prices.