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Wednesday 6 November 2019

State of the Union - California

George writes (a wee bit):

Today it’s somewhere with a bit of a drought problem, and is prone to earthquakes. No, it’s not Portugal, it’s California.

Here’s a few songs that you might know, and if you don’t you can thank me after listening to them all for bringing them to your attention. So what you have this week is “The state of California, an ICA” to steal the idea from JC of vinylvillain fame.

And here’s the obvious song with some fine twangy guitar playing:

If you only play one of those make it the Phil Ochs’ track, it is majestic.


  1. No comments yet George.
    Folk must be busy working their way through all these splendid tracks!

    1. we shall be at the very least whelmed with comments later in the day no doubt

  2. Replies
    1. ..anything would be better than us boosting comment numbers by having this sad conversation

  3. Good morning, fellas. Even though you have taken at least three of my favorites (Johnny, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Jayhawks), I'll play...

    X- Los Angeles
    The Lucksmiths - Chapter in My Life Entitled San Francisco
    Jay Bennett and Edward Burch - California
    Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
    Roy Orbison - California Blue
    Frank Black - Los Angeles
    Tom Waits - San Diego Serenade
    Heavenly - Sacramento (a great instrumental but not very Sacramento)
    Cheap Trick - California Man
    Vampire Weekend - California English
    Ramones - California Sun
    Robert Forster - Frisco Depot (Waylon Jennings cover)

    I'm out.

    1. Replying to myself... This knocked me over the head in the car this morning. I bet Waylon was writing about Frisco, Texas, not San Francisco. For some reason ever considered that before.

  4. Ramones - California Sun
    The Move - California Man
    Howlin' Wolf - California Blues
    The Sweet - California Nights
    Red River Dave - California Hippy Murders
    The Runaways - California Paradise
    Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin'
    Carrie - California Screamin'
    Bonny Doon - Never Been to California
    Long Ryders - California State Line
    Liz Phair - California
    Beat Farmers - California Kid
    Childhood - Californian Light

  5. A 4cd box set ICA, splendid.

  6. A good few years ago now I saw this artist as a support act and this is the one and only song of his that I remember!
    Jeff Klein - California

    This is fast turning into a box set ICA.

    1. Haha, George, I just missed your comment above!

  7. Blimey! Is it rutting stags week? Must have missed the memo! Some killer songs there that'll take me way into next week to process. Neko gets my vote so far

  8. So few words this week as so many songs - No other state will have as many.

  9. Excuse me. I don't normally take umbrage like this, but I have scanned both the post and the comments repeatedly and somehow can't find even a passing mention for the Beach Boys. Surely some mistake!