This should be a fairly short post as it’s solely on the letter ‘V’ (one of the most excellent of letters, I’m sure you’ll agree…) and I only have seven ‘V’ songs in total.
Slightly randomly I feel though, three of them begin with the word ‘Velvet’. It’s not really a material you would think would come up a lot in songs – I suppose it has a luxurious and sort of, almost seedy, smoothness connotation that can be a metaphor for other ideas and notions. I wonder if any other material comes up more? I would imagine denim and leather are fairly popular… there’s the band White Denim, but I can’t really think of any famous songs that begin with either of those two fabrics actually. Maybe I’m wrong then? Maybe velvet is the most popular of materials with artists. There is Cotton Fields by the Beach Boys, and jeans come up quite a bit (Blue Jeans and Same Jeans), but do they count? Anyway, enough of the musical material talk (hey, Material Girl by Madonna too).
I’m gonna flick you my ‘V’s:
Vagabond - Wolfmother (I remember there being a big fuss over Wolfmother – some saying how they were the next big thing, others saying they were overrated. I didn’t really pay them any attention, but I heard this in (500) Days of Summer - great film, great soundtrack (although use of Sweet Disposition was a bit tired) – and really liked it so downloaded it. Haven’t heard any of their other stuff)
VCR – The xx (quite like their other singles, haven’t got the album and not that bothered about getting it, but this is very good and the only song of theirs I own)
Velvet - The Big Pink (good, if not a bit overused though)
Velvet Elvis – Alex Winston (bought her album King Con (from HMV, obviously) recently so that’s where this song is from. I think she released it as a single/part of an EP before though. Pretty decent I’d say)
Velvet Snow - Kings of Leon
Vienna - Ultravox (sing with me: “This means nothing to meeeeeeeeeee… Oooooooh Viennaaaaaaa!” Can’t deny the brilliance)
Voulez-vous – ABBA (Again, can’t deny the brilliance…)
So, there you have it: three ‘Velvets’, a ‘Vagabond’, ‘VCR’, ‘Vienna’ and a ‘Voulez-vous’. Fabulous.
Better leave you with some ‘Velvet’ as it is the theme of the post. The Big Pink song is better, but I think Alex Winston needs to be heard more than them or KoL.
See you at the W.
(Bit of an annoyingly kooky video, but the song is fun)