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.