Whenever I would tell an Italian friend that I was heading over to Pisa, the response I most often got was incredulity with the question, “Ma perché Pisa?” Certainly, after having visited the cultural richness of Florence, little Pisa, known primarily to the world for a building malfunction, seemed an odd place to spend several days. My friend living there assured me that there was more to Pisa than its iconic tower; she was right.
Few bands exhibit the robust and bittersweet sounds of Americana better than The Wallflowers. Fronted by Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan’s son (though he often disconnects himself from the lineage), their melodies of overdriven guitars and lush vintage keyboards really draw up images of the heart of America, from wheat fields and highways to Hollywood and Vine.
The Wallflowers always set off something pleasant in my soul when I hear them, and they are one of few bands where I actually own all the albums (physical albums – remember those?). With the upcoming release of their greatest hits album, The Wallflowers, Collected: 1996-2005, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the best songs from one of my all-time favorite bands.
Here are my favorite songs in dramatic descending order:
10.) From The Bottom of My Heart – Rebel, Sweetheart
9.) Sixth Avenue Heartache – Bringing Down The Horse
8.) Sleepwalker – Breach
7.) We’re Already There – Rebel, Sweetheart
6.) Used to Be Lucky – No Boundaries: A Benefit For The Kosovar Refugees
5.) Invisible City – Bringing Down the Horse
4.) How Good It Can Get – Red Letter Days
3.) The Beautiful Side of Somewhere – Rebel, Sweetheart
2.) Josephine – Bringing Down The Horse
1.) One Headlight – Bringing Down The Horse
I remember sitting by the radio, waiting for this song to come on. I can’t recall the last time I liked a song enough to do that. Or maybe I should say, I can’t remember the last time I liked the radio enough…