12 Songs for 12/12/12
Well, shit--JUST when we'd finally recovered from 11/11/11, here comes the titanic saturnalia we like to call 12/12/12! So hey, here's 12 songs with "12"/"twelve" in the title, because what the fuck else.
Not on the list.
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"
'Cause everybody must get stoned, especially if 12/12/12 marks the end of the Mayan calendar and thus THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT.
Some people regard Styx's "Prelude 12" as merely the shrimp cocktail to the prime rib feast that is "Suite Madame Blue." But we think this minute-twenty-one of 12-string (more 12s!) guitar grandeur ranks as one of the most splendiferous slices of music in the history of music. This instrumental is equally suited for quiet reflection, sexy times, and topping off the mood in your Wiccan candle shop. Plus, anything that keeps Dennis DeYoung's ghastly voice at bay, even for just a brief shining moment, is all right by us.
Here's a long, lame, "lost" Beatles tune from 1965 (recorded for the Rubber Soul sessions and wisely scrapped) that should never have been found, but was, and slapped onto 1996's Anthology 2 cash grab. Just think, if Noel Gallagher had heard this circa 1992, Oasis might have just been a shitty instrumental blues band instead.
The Mamas & the Papas
"Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)"
"I used to live in New York City/Everything there was dark and dirty/Outside my window was a steeple/With a clock that always said twelve-thirty." Yeah, Laurel Canyon--so much better. Especially when Charles Manson was your neighbor. (Actually, the less we think about creepy John Phillips sub-titling this tune "Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon," the better.)
"Twixt Twelve and Twenty"
Remember when Pat Boone did that metal album? That was awesome.