One of my favorite things but something I’m usually out of. The have been more than a few songs about that condition, so I guess I’m not alone. Here are a few I really like.
Originally written and recorded by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford in 1959 for their new enterprise Motown. It was Motown’s first hit. The Beatles’ 1963 cover became a megahit.
Christopher Isherwood was a young gay writer who moved to Berlin to participate in the hedonistic, anything goes life that was the Berlin of the 1930s. He moved in with Jean Ross, a cabaret singer. The play, Cabaret, was based on his experiences as the depression left most people in grinding poverty, inflation turned the Deutschmark into toilet paper, and the Nazis began to gain power. This song describes the desperation the poor felt and how it didn’t seem to affect the well-off.
This was part of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time. I was a teenager when I listened to it with another boy, also the first time I ever got stoned. And there was another first you probably don’t want explained in any detail.
Money Money Money was Abba’s follow-up to their ultra-giga-hit Dancing Queen. Parts of the video are inspired by the movie version of Cabaret.
To finish it off, there’s a modern cover of the Beatles classic by the Flying Lizards.