Your suggestions for ‘the most innovative songs in the world’
So far I’ve had the following responses:
“Amen Brother” by The Winstons for including one of the first and most awesome breaks.
Just about anything on ESG’s “South Bronx Story” for being about 20 years ahead of it’s time.
Goldie “Inner city life”
Femi Kuti “I wanna be free”,
Many possible tracks from early Detriot – how about “Knights of the Jaguar” (an old favorite)
FSOL “Papua New Guinea”
Bjork – many choices here but how about “All is full of love” for the video too, if you can pick for a video then why can’t I 😉
“Money for nothing” by Dire Straits for being one of the first MTV hits
Soviet composers had a couple of mentions for their creativity in defying strict controls with Shostakovich’s banned 8th symphony and Prokofiev’s ‘children’s’ story Peter and the Wolf, arguably an analogy of socialist oppression.
For lyrical innovation we’ve had “Folsom prison blues”
Bringing rapping (admittedly not very well) into the mainstream, Blondie’s “Rapture”
The punk revolution heros the Sex Pistols’ “God save the Queen”
One jazz afficionado laid down the gauntlet with our first jazz request, heralding Art Tatum as the most innovative jazz musician, picking “Tatum pole boogie woogie” as a great example of his skills
This was countered immediately with a Thelonius Monk slapdown, “Hornin’ it”
I suspect the great big jazz innovators debate could go on for some time…….
All added to the playlist, keep them coming