Short but Sweet & Craig Finn Review

Short but Sweet – Proving that great things do come in small packages, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot run down some of rock and roll’s best under 2 minute tunes.

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Short but Sweet

Today’s episode highlights the short, but sweet. Jim and Greg have chosen their favorite tiny tunes that clock in at two minutes or under. There are some musicians and fans that believe that the longer the composition, the more important (Prog rockers we’re talking to you), but it is possible to pack all the elements of a successful song-verse, chorus, bridge, even a solo-into a petite punch. So here are the best Short But Sweet tracks. But don’t blink or you’ll miss ‘em.

Greg

  • The White Stripes, Fell in Love with a Girl
  • Maurice and the Zodiacs, Stay
  • Aimee Mann, Just Like Anyone
  • Eddie Cochran, Summertime Blues
  • Janis Joplin, Mercedes Benz

Jim

  • Wire, Three Girl Rhumba
  • Nick Drake, Road
  • The Rock-a-Teens, Woo-Hoo
  • Leadbelly, Black Betty
  • The Bongos, Glow in the Dark

Clear Heart Full Eyes Craig Finn

Clear Heart Full Eyes

Craig Finn has achieved a fair amount of mainstream success with his indie band The Hold Steady. So why would he venture out on his own at this point? According to Jim and Greg, Finn wanted to go a little less rock, a little more country on his solo debut Clear Heart Full Eyes, inspired, of course, by Friday Night Lights. He also went for less bombast and more mature lyrics. Those lyrics deserve an A+, says Greg, but the music falls flat. He says Burn It. Jim doesn’t understand why Finn is stepping outside of The Hold Steady, which is a perfect vehicle for his songs. The lyrics are strong when they are funny, but otherwise this is a Trash It record.

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