Mix Six: “Girls! Girls! Girls!”


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I have to thank Melissa at work for this mix. The two of us were talking about songs featuring female names and she said something like: “Sounds like a Mix Six to me.” Well, I knew I had one song locked in because of Melissa’s suggestion. After that, things started to fall into place very quickly. But it wasn’t until I finished the mix that I realized I happen to know women with all of these names.

“Julie”(Live), Marshall Crenshaw

This song is for my wife. I don’t know if you’ve ever done a song search for “Julie,” but most of the choices are pretty lame. Back in the day when there was a Jefitoblog, he posted this song on one of his Mixtapes (I believe). I had never heard Marshall’s song before, but was surprised to hear that it didn’t suck — you know, given the track record of songs entitled “Julie.” (“Julie” was, of course, originally performed by Bobby Fuller — referred to here by Crenshaw as “my favorite singer ever to have been murdered by gangsters.” –Ed.)

“Mary’s Prayer,” Danny Wilson

I dated a girl in my senior year of high school named Mary. She treated me horribly at times and never returned my calls (but bitterly complained when I didn’t call her). Then I got my revenge. A year later, I saw her at the college I attended. She was all flirty and happy to see me again. I, however, remembered what a terror she was to me. I coolly sat in the quad painting a sign for a midnight showing of Pink Floyd: The Wall . I had long hair (God, how I miss that hair!), dark glasses, and attitude. I was kind of friendly when I first saw her, but said at one point, “Well, I have to get back to painting this poster … call me if you want.” She looked at me in semi-shock and said: “Oh, uh, um, okay.” Ha! that’ll learn ya for not returning my calls!

“Veronica” (Demo Version), Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney

I work with a woman named Veronica, but she’s not an old crazy woman who sailed on the “Empress of India.” Nor is she Elvis Costello’s grandmother. This version of “Veronica,” however, is the demo Elvis and Paul McCartney did prior to recording the song in the studio. Oh, and it was another gift from Jefitoblog.

“Melissa,” The Allman Brothers Band

I think you can guess where the idea to include this song came from. I’m not a big Allman Brothers fan, but this song has a nice vibe to it. It’s such a perennial part of FM rock radio, that if you haven’t heard this song, you don’t listen to FM rock radio much.

“Meet Virginia,” Train

My wife’s grandmother’s name is Virginia. Her family name is Herndon, and they come from (wait for it!) Herndon, Virginia. Oh, and her grandmother loves to sit at home and “Rip on the president.” Go Grandma!

“Carolyn’s Fingers,” Cocteau Twins

I worked with woman named Carolyn when I co-hosted a morning radio show over a year ago. She left for a better paying job, and I moved to the afternoon shift. So, there’s the biographical connection to this song — you know, if you need one. One little trivia bit about this album: the band’s website says that this was the only album by the Cocteau Twins released in DAT format. That had me stratching my head because I don’t remember any band releasing albums on DAT. Maybe they did in the UK and Europe, but in the U.S. there was a whole flap about DATs and copying CDs and LPs. So I wonder if anyone in the U.S. legally bought a DAT copy of a commercial release.

  • http://jellyjules.com J

    Yay for a good 'Julie' song! I remember one particularly horrid Julie song, as sung by Barry Manilow. And my 8th grade teacher used to break out in, “Julie, Julie, Julie, do you love me” when I would appear. Good times. Finally, a Julie song that doesn't have me wishing my name were 'Julia' instead.

    I always liked the Elvis song, Veronica. Good stuff. Sad, but good.

    And Virginia, yay Grandma, Rip him a new one!

  • JonCummings

    I adore “Mary's Prayer” all out of proportion to its actual quality. Don't know why.

    When you wrote “rip on the president” I immediately thought, “She farts on the president?” Where's the brain today? (I dunno, though–that could work for me–he should be bound and forced to feel the fury of America's bean-induced wrath.)

    You could do a Mix Six just with name songs Marshall Crenshaw has recorded…”Mary Ann,” “Mary Jean,” “Yvonne,” “Valerie,” “Delilah” are five more, and that's not even counting “I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee).” Plus, of course, “Girls” from the first album…

  • http://avarana.blogspot.com MarlboroTestMonkey7

    Good mix; I had a Toto's she-named songs mix tape song somewhere.. : Anna, Pamela, Carmen, Leah… plus Allman's Jessica (wife unit complains about not having here name sung).

  • http://avarana.blogspot.com MarlboroTestMonkey7

    Edye's Tune also from the great Marshall C.

  • http://www.popdose.com 1Py_Korry1

    Until I got to work, I kept thinking the Jessie Colter song, “I'm not Lisa” was actually called “My Name is Julie.” Google, Google, Google and then, well, I got my answer.

    The song your 8th grade teacher sang was actually done by Bobby Sherman in 1970. The title? “Julie, Do You Love Me.” :-)

  • http://www.popdose.com 1Py_Korry1

    Yeah, where IS your brain! :-) I too really like Mary's Prayer. But the Mary I think of when I hear this song … well, I don't really adore all that much.

  • http://www.popdose.com 1Py_Korry1

    Yeah, I could have done an entire mix of Toto “she-named” song, but that's way too much Adult Contemporary for me.

  • WHarrisBullzEye

    Crenshaw, Costello, and Danny Wilson…? That's a near-perfect trifecta in my world. I've been following the career of Gary Clark, lead singer for Danny Wilson, since back in the day, and he's put out some great stuff both by himself as well as with bands called King L and Transister.

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