They point the cannon at you

I knew my “Top 5 Rock Songs” list would lead to its share of second-guessing, and count me among the second-guessers.

The list was written without an appearance by The Beatles, and I felt guilty about that even as I wrote it. Certainly, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was under consideration because of the influence it had on the genre and the thousands upon thousands of bands that were formed in the wake of its performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

But in my opinion, there’s a difference between a list of the greatest songs and a list of the most influential songs. That latter list — which, for the record, is much more difficult to concoct — might look something like this:

1. “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley
2. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
3. “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan
4. “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones
5. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

That’s an impossible list, though. You can make a strong argument for the inclusion of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” among many others. I mean, there’s no way to make that list and make it accurate.

Now, as far as the list of greatest songs is concerned, my hope was to pick out five that best illustrated some of rock’s most archetypal themes. I went with the desperate push for escape in “Born to Run,” the biting vitriol of “Like A Rolling Stone,” the sexual tension of “Satisfaction,” the visions of grandeur in “Johnny B. Goode” and the social consciousness of “Pride (In the Name of Love).”

But here’s where I whiffed. “Pride” was not the right choice for No. 5. Heck, it wasn’t even the right U2 selection for that theme. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” would have been a better selection. But the song that really belongs in that spot (and, actually, a notch higher) is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” It is three minutes of raw, passionate rebellion and anti-war venom, and it deserves my meager recognition. My apologies to John Fogerty and his entire family.

So, the list has been edited below. I feel much better about it now.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled baseball season.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Track the First-Year Player Draft here. Today’s action will consist of three rounds. The Indians have the 15th, 63rd and 94th selections overall. MLB.com and Indians.com will be your source for more Draft info than you can handle.
  • Eric Wedge said Joe Smith will probably work the sixth and seventh innings, initially. It is the Indians’ belief that they haven’t really seen the real Joe Smith yet this season, because of all the medical drama he’s endured since early in Spring Training camp.
  • As mentioned below, Jhonny Peralta’s out of the lineup tonight because of his poor numbers against Bannister. But the Indians knew Bannister was coming before today. Peralta, 0-for-his-last-11, is getting his second multiple-game benching of the season.
  • Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff will update the media on the Indians’ various medical issues on Wednesday. That’s expected to include an update as to whether or not Anthony Reyes will have the season-ending ulnar transposition surgery the Indians are recommending.
  • Soloff’s update will also include mention of the status of Grady Sizemore, who continues to get treatment while staying away from any and all baseball activities, with the hope that his elbow inflammation will calm down. Sizemore has another week of inactivity to go before the Indians decide if he’ll need arthroscopic surgery that would cost him another four to six weeks of the season.
  • Wedge said Sizemore is feeling better, but… “We’re not going to know anything until he picks up a ball and starts swinging a bat.”
  • The Indians’ 40 players used at the big league level this season are the most in the Majors, according to STATS LLC. The Nationals are second, with 39. The 22 pitchers used are also first, and the nine starting pitchers used ranks tied for fourth.
  • Jake Westbrook was in the clubhouse today. He said he’s progressing well in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. His next start for Double-A Akron will take place Thursday. He’s scheduled to go four innings.
  • The South Atlantic League announced its All-Star selections, and a pair of Captains made the list. Left-hander Alexander Perez (4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts) and infielder Karexon Sanchez (.274 with seven homers, seven doubles and 31 RBIs in 52 games) made the cut. They are both products of the club’s Latin American operations.

~AC

17 Comments

AC, you’ve done it, you’ve pleased me to a reasonable amount with your Top 5 selection of greatest rock songs, now that U2 is out and CCR is in. It’s not my top 5 per se, but I can get behind it.

And if you haven’t, you should really check out Bob Seger’s live cover of Foturnate Son which is a bonus track on Like A Rock. He does it some justice.

Not to split hairs, but Hound Dog was written by a songwriting duo that churned out quite a few hits in the ’50s, and was originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton. You can’t really give Elvis credit for the song, but giving him credit for the performance or recording would seem more accurate.

housesitter, I must say that regardless of who wrote it performance matters a lot. Just look at the number of bad covers that don’t even hold a candle to the original. While I understand that someone else wrote the song, Elvis and his performance made this song what it was. I like AC will give him credit for the song.

Also, I stayed logged out for a while just lurking, but what is this newfangled rating system and recommended other articles. I like it, but do they matter in any way? To AC maybe? IDK. This blog is 5 stars in my book.

Wow.
Okay, let’s just pray Sowers/Huff/Ohka can get us some good starts over the next three weeks, because I’d kind of hate to lose Mark DeRosa to get a pitcher.
Honestly, I’ve never WANTED to part with DeRosa, but always figured we had to. Now I’m kind of willing to try anything to keep him around.
Perhaps we can put together a Garko/Shoppach/prospect package for an arm.

Here’s what gets to me about the DeRosa trade talks. Is it a good idea? I know we’re still seven out but if you trade him then we’re giving up our top home run hitter and RBI dude. We better get some insane value for him. Then again perhaps keeping him won’t delay the inevitable…a third place finish in a mediocre division.

Go Tribe! Let’s just hope we can get three series victories here at home.

man, you’re the oldest 28-year-old in the mlblogosphere. let’s some current songs. Like the aforementioned Nirvana song or anything by Sir Mix-a-lot.

Also, stop making music lists and make sure you get that second-day draft preview done!

Ohka is an unknown and the most likely to be banished from the rotation once our reinforcements return. Sowers has been lights out for 5 innings and inexplicably loses it in the 6th. Huff has gotten better every time out which is encouraging for a young SP. Over the next 3 weeks, if we are to make some serious headway in this division not to mention getting back to .500, the back end of our rotation has to come up with some outings that give us a chance to win ballgames. In a given week we need 2 of those 3 guys to succeed. A tall order to ask but necessary.

I still maintain that trading DeRosa, despite the positional flexibility we have on our roster, is a lose-lose situation. If we were to deal him tomorrow I cannot see the SP we receive in return to be more than a 3-week stopgap to Westbrook and Laffey. However, if over the month of June our bullpen reverts back to the form from April then it is conceivable that we roll with the likes of Garko, Peralta, Valbuena, and Carroll/Barfield (not to mention Cabrera upon his return) for a quality RP. I have never been on this backwagon but acknowledged that it trading him made the most amount of sense for the long term.

I like your song list – CCR is a great inclusion though I do like U2 also.

Julia
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Thanks for the heads up about Westbrook’s next rehab start. I appreciate the effort.

I just want to get AC’s thought on this sitting players against opposing pitchers. Are you going to go through your whole career pegged as being owned by a certain pitcher? With the lack of run support that Cliff has been getting, that line-up last night was anemic at best.

WHAT!?!? No way in this world or any other that your top five favs doesn’t include at least one song from U1.414213562373095 squared. I feel like I do not even know you anymoe.

Are we going to break down the top 5 songs by decade next? Like, who are AC’s Top 5 Rock Songs of the 2000s?

How about the worst “sports” songs – like the ones that were cool on the original Jock Jams CD, but now when I hear them, my ear drums liquify. Or your favorite at-bat song for a player (fitting or not fitting)…

Card-carrying U2 fan too…

And with last night’s win, we take our first step out of the cellar.
Baby steps.

Influencial songs – that’s tough
what about Words of Love- Buddy Holly (first rock song to use over-dubbing)
and anything off the “Pet Sounds” album

Good call on the Aretha

The problem is that what we need most right now IS a three week stop gap, because after that we’ll be in better shape (although it’s still a big assumption to make that both Westbrook and Laffey will return to form right away). I think trying to move some of the “extra” pieces for some help is our only choice, but we have a lot of those, all with some potential. For better or for worse, I see Choo, Sizemore, Francisco, Peralta, Cabrera, Valbuena, DeRosa, Martinez as being our 8 in the field, and all others are expendable.

I also imagine that, if things continue how they do, Sowers will get the nod for the #5 spot next month and Huff and Ohka will be sent back down. I think if this season becomes a wash, you try to keep Huff up for regular ML starts. If not, he should go back down to get a full season of AAA under his belt.

I don’t think any influential rock song list is complete without some Jimi Hendrix – but that’s just me.

We shouldn’t trade anybody just yet. “Major league ready pitching” is not something I would expect in return for DeRosa anyway. Wait for the market to develop a little more and assess the team as we go.

I think that’s the problem, nm: waiting will either see us drop out of contention or no longer NEED to make a trade.
However, at this point, I’m willing to see if we can roll the hard six and make it to July with what we have.

Hey, AC, why is Ohka getting the start on Friday? Doesn’t that make it so that he’ll get more starts the remainder of this month than Huff?
I understand wanting to stick him between Sowers and Huff, but does that actually matter when it’s the first game of a series? He doesn’t break up the lefties if he’s first — in fact, he DOES break up the lefties if he pitches Saturday, after Huff and before Lee. And with the days off they can work him back in to break up Sowers and Huff, I would imagine.
Just wondering.

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