In fact, until I read about today’s SOTD, the album’s final track, I didn’t know that Hounds of Love was conceived as two individual suites: Side One, ‘Hounds of Love,’ contains five songs, while Side Two, ‘The Ninth Wave,’ contains seven. The album’s four hits (‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God),’ ‘Cloudbusting,’ ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘The Big Sky’) all appear on Side One, along with a favorite of mine, ‘Mother Stands For Comfort.’ I guess that explains why I know that half of the album so well.
Those songs, along with eight tracks he recorded for Leeds Music, were released in 2010 as the ninth volume of Dylan’s Bootleg Series. The collection features some of the earliest versions of beloved classics along with lesser-known and previously unheard tracks.
There’s a scene in Pixar’s Inside Out where a couple of maintenance workers inside a characters brain are vacuuming up long-term memories for permanent deletion. Sometimes I feel like that’s what happened to my memories of certain albums and songs.
Amy Rigby’s Diary of Mod Housewife is a 1996 album that received a ton of critical acclaim and had a steady rotation in my CD player. But 24 years later, I had completely forgotten about its existence until I stumbled across a mention of Rigby somewhere on the internet.
Regardless, this is a wonderful example of driving a message through art. The song is about a long-distance relationship, but one lyric (“you’re still waiting for your papers, been feelin’ like the government wants to break us up”) reveals that it’s not just distance but immigration status keeping these lovers apart.
Eleven and a half years ago, I posted a video clip of two English sisters performing ‘I Am the Walrus.’
The younger was named Fiona and the older Emily, so they combined their names and posted YouTube performance videos under the moniker fiomily. The clip linked above was posted when they were 14 and 16 years old, though I’m certain it was filmed when they were several years younger (unless children mature much slower in England).