366TAS: 4:09 – The Damnwells – New Delhi

The list of songs I’ve posted referencing cities has a new member today as “New Delhi” joins “Washington, DC” and “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead” (not to mention the several tracks about New York City). Why not make a quick playlist of songs with cities in the title?

1. Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.
2. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
3. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
4. Couer D’Alene – The Head and the Heart
5. Allentown – Billy Joel
6. Moving to L.A. – Art Brut
7. Detroit Rock City – Kiss
8. Memphis Train – Rufus Thomas
9. São Paulo – Morcheeba
10. East St. Louis Toodle-oo – Steely Dan
11. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants
12. Woman From Tokyo – Deep Purple
13. Oslo Skyline – Jaga Jazzist
14. Alone In Kyoto – Air
15. Paris Blue – Lykke Li
16. Omaha – Counting Crows
17. Youngstown – Bruce Springsteen
18. Katmandu – Bob Seger
19. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
20. The Battle of Hampton Roads – Titus Andronicus

Nothing from Antarctica… no surprise there. Nothing from Africa either, that’s a little more surprising. Are there Cairo, Nairobi, or Ouagadougou songs I’m missing? I could have thrown Bon Iver’s “Perth” in there to get Oceania, but I don’t really like Bon Iver, so there’s that too…

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4 Responses to 366TAS: 4:09 – The Damnwells – New Delhi

  1. Sean says:

    I guess Toto’s Africa is too general since the title doesn’t include a specific city. Even though Memphis is already listed, Walking in Memphis deserves some consideration.

    • Captain Easychord says:

      right… there are a few songs that reference African cities (“Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” references Mombassa, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa, the Beastie Boys’ “Dedication” calls out Cairo and the Marine Hymn cites Tripoli, Libya), but none that I’ve thought of contain the city in the title…

      although now that you juxtapose those two, the ancient city of Memphis is an important place in Egyptian history… I doubt Rufus Thomas or Marc Cohn (or Chuck Berry or anyone else writing about Memphis) had it in mind when they were making their music, however… Steely Dan’s “The Fez” likewise has nothing to do with the Moroccan city of the same name…

  2. John says:

    1. “Panic In Detroit,” David Bowie
    2. “The Battle Of New Orleans,” Johnny Horton
    3. “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” Isaac Hayes
    4. “Via Chicago,” Wilco
    5. “I’m Not Dead (I’m In Pittsburgh),” Frank Black
    6. “Ni**gas In Paris,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
    7. “Sevilla Nights,” Santa Esmeralda
    8. “Shanghai’d In Shanghai,” Nazareth
    9. “The Boston Rag,” Steely Dan
    10. “Kansas City,” Willbert Harrison
    11. “San Franciscan Nights,” The Animals
    12. “30 Seconds Over Tokyo,” Pere Ubu
    13. “All The Critics Love U In New York,” Prince
    14. “What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me),” Jerry Lee Louis
    15. “Heaven, Hell or Houston,” ZZ Top
    16. “Stuck Inside Of Mobile (With The Memphis Blues Again),” Bob Dylan
    17. “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia),” MFSB
    18. “Hackensack,” Fountains Of Wayne
    19. “London Boys,” Johnny Thunders
    20. “Walking In L.A.,” Missing Persons

  3. John says:

    My 4:09 (not to be confused with the Beach Boys’ 2:00 long “409” or Electric Six’s 3:43 “Formula 409”) is INXS’ Smokey Robinson-esque “Disappear”:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_0CXLV9uiE&w=420&h=315%5D

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