Cultural Tourism Showdown - Joni Mitchell's 'Furry Sings the Blues' vs. Marc Cohn's 'Walking in Memphis'

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Furry Sings the Blues 8
Walking in Memphis 1


dichtgekitte discman (unregistered), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:55 (five years ago) link

I vote Elvis Presley's Hound Dog

walid foster dulles (man alive), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:23 (five years ago) link

this are the 2 best songs ever so i fp#d you anyway just in case

f***kin good lookin for a knacker (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:26 (five years ago) link

Beach Boys - Kokomo

walid foster dulles (man alive), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:28 (five years ago) link

the lion sleeps tonight ftw

describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:32 (five years ago) link

The two songs are only superficially similar IMO - really "Furry Sings The Blues" is about how the "message" of "Walking in Memphis" is BS.

Tim F, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:46 (five years ago) link

well, they're both about tourism. mitchell's much (much) more pointedly bitter about the unbridgeable gap, but cohn at least seems to admit that it exists.

describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:00 (five years ago) link

does Cohn really sing "I was walkin' with my feet and feet off a beer" in the chorus

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:11 (five years ago) link

well, they're both about tourism. mitchell's much (much) more pointedly bitter about the unbridgeable gap, but cohn at least seems to admit that it exists.

― describing a scene in which the Hulk gets a boner (contenderizer), Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:00 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Perhaps that's implied by the question in the chorus. Otherwise it's all "Yeah I got a first class ticket / But I'm as blue as a boy could be".

Whereas I think Joni really skewers her own tourism as being part of the problem - her limo shining on Furry's shanty street, the way that even Furry's open dislike of his audience gets co-opted into part of the spectacle.

It's weird to me that both songs invoke WC Handy at the precise point where the singer acknowledges their own wealth: it's almost as if Joni is reaching into the future to ironically reference the Cohn lyric - at any rate I hear her line "WC Handy / I'm rich, and I'm fey / and I'm not familiar with what you played, but...I get such strong impressions of your heyday" as being in quotation marks, something her character says which is both dubious and sincerely-felt.

Tim F, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:33 (five years ago) link

I really want to hear Old Furry right now. Walking In Memphis is such a big hoary karaoke staple (my MOR-loving singer friend can really belt this one), so ingrained in my history of music listening, that I never clocked it as anything more than an Elvis tribute, which I now realise is a common misconception. Have grown to love 'Tell me are you a Christian child?/I said MA'AM I AM TONIGHT'.

Broth Viking (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:00 (five years ago) link

I associate "Walking in Memphis" with that period in spring '91 when other songs with choirs grazed the top 15: Rick Astley's "Cry For Help," Gloria Estefan's "Coming Out of the Dark," Luther Vandross' "Power of Love/Love Power."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:06 (five years ago) link

Also, I remember WiM being played on the radio in the UK in '91 but had assumed it was an older song that had been reissued for some reason as there had been lots of successful reissues around that time.

Broth Viking (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:12 (five years ago) link

i associate it with raving

daed bod (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:12 (five years ago) link

Raving I'm Raving did a LOT better in the charts than WiM did. Number 2 vs number 22.

Broth Viking (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:16 (five years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 1 March 2015 00:01 (five years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 2 March 2015 00:01 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

she said "tell me are you a Christian child" and I said "no I am Jewish singer-songwriter Marc Cohn"

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Thursday, 30 July 2015 20:45 (five years ago) link

"isn't W.C. Handy the 'Thrill is Gone' guy? I'm pretty sure I have one of his CDs"

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Thursday, 30 July 2015 20:46 (five years ago) link

"no, Mr. Cohn, this is actually tilapia"

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Thursday, 30 July 2015 20:47 (five years ago) link

"God, you people are so soulful!"

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Thursday, 30 July 2015 20:48 (five years ago) link

HOOS, was it you who once described the song "Walking in Memphis" as "a love song to black people"? if so, thanks :)

― Remember! The cormorant is a big brrd. It has got a long neck. (unregistered), Saturday, July 13, 2013 4:56 PM (5 months ago)

i am pretty sure i once said something like this, yes

― i like HOOS but this took the cake off my table (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:04 AM (1 year ago)

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Thursday, 30 July 2015 20:49 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

So Marc Cohn was the industry idea in a pre-Nirvana landscape, eh? VH-1 loved this guy and this album; he had sensitive cred, liked black people, served the need for a Winwood replacement pronto.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 01:25 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

i hate this song so much

dyl, Monday, 14 September 2020 07:27 (one week ago) link

"walking in memphis" that is

dyl, Monday, 14 September 2020 07:27 (one week ago) link


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