Find Out Who Your Friends Are: Green Day, (Rare) The Cure, Tracy Lawrence with Tim McGraw & Kenny Chesney

“FIND OUT WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE”     TRACY LAWRENCE with TIM McGRAW and KENNY CHESNEY
truly great friendsTracy Lawrence set a dubious record with this song. It was released in August 2006, finally made the Country Top 40 six months later, and didn’t hit #1 on the charts until June 2007. A ten month chart journey! They describe some songs as “#1 with a bullet”, this one took the long way around the world to get there. The reason for the slow chart success was the song was released as a solo Tracy track. Tracy Lawrence is an old-school, traditional country artist who didn’t crossover over when most of the popular artists were taking that approach. When radio stations starting playing a remixed version with Kenny and Tim (the hottest artists at the time), Find Out Who Your Friends Are became a summer jam. Ironically, radio stations were later told to cease and desist playing the collaboration version after hitting #1 since it wasn’t the authorized studio recording.

“MORE THAN THIS” THE CURE
For a second of your life
Tell me that it’s true
Waiting for a sign
It’s all I want of you
Your heart hides a secret
A promise of what is
Of something more than this

cure more than thisOriginally released on the soundtrack to Fox’s X Files, The Cure set a dreamy atmosphere with swirling guitars and keyboards before Robert Smith takes over. Like many of The Cure songs, it’s all in your perspective how this song moves you. It’s either a strikingly beautiful, longing love song or a desperate appeal for someone who sadly just disappeared from your life. The Cure later released the song on their compilation box set, Join The Dots.

“I’M MISSING YOU”     GREEN DAY

green day missing youUno, Dos, Tre! The trio of albums released this past year by Green Day had typical results. Strong material, 3 good CD’s, but if Green Day tightened up their selection process, they could have had a killer single CD. I find it ironic that Green Day is a band known for irreverence and 3 minute pop punk records would have been so intricate and detailed with the 3 CD bloated compilation. Tre! (a nod to their drummer) was the most reflective and lyrically deep set of material. The Following was the lead single and used in the Twilight finale. I’m Missing You recaptures old school Dookie style Green Day. Love the simple but accurate lyrics!

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