Everybody must get stoned
As the drizzle has started here in NYC, I was pondering rain-related songs as I sit here killing time before I open my first beer of the day. There are some of the obvious ones I guess. There’s Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women” which Dave Marsh aptly (in my view) described as “godawful”. Although it would be hard to compare it to awful rain songs like Eddie Rabbitt’s truly bad “I Love A Rainy Night” or, God forbid, “Fire & Rain.” And don’t you even dare mention Dan Fogelberg to me.
So what is there on the positive side? There are a bunch. “Purple Rain” leaps to mind. The Ronettes did an excellent “Walking In The Rain.” Elvis’s “Kentucky Rain” is a classic. And, call me trashy, but Milli Vanilli’s “Blame It On The Rain” totally holds up (why did people give a shit that they were lip-syncing again?).
But here are my two finalists (for now — I reserve the right to add or amend later based on all the stuff I forgot).
First, the Eurythmics. Totally underrated band and song.
Second, and our winner, Ann Peebles of the classic Hi Records, singing “I Can’t Stand The Rain.” Fantastic. Again, Dave Marsh sums it up better than I could, calling it “probably the most ravaged vocal ever to hit the Top 40.” Good shit.