Over the next few weeks, to mark the release of our volumes in Continuum’s 33 1/3 series, we are featuring a series of guest playlists from friends, critics, and fellow music lovers. Given that both our books focus on New York in the 70s, we’ve asked contributors to curate lists along the lines of a loose theme: “favorite NYC records.” What constitutes a “NYC record” is left to their discretion.
This morning’s playlist comes from our friend Caryn Rose, a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer who documents rock-and-roll, baseball and urban life. Her first novel, B-Sides and Broken Hearts, will be released in Summer 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @clr & @metsgrrl.
CARYN’S “IF YOU COMBINE SOME GIRLS AND MARQUEE MOON IN MY MUSICAL MEMORY BANK, THIS IS WHAT YOU COME UP WITH” PLAYLIST
Dance, Pt. 1 – Rolling Stones
Few albums say “New York City in the Summer” like Emotional Rescue does. They were my guilty pleasure back then, I didn’t know how to reconcile the Studio 54-ness of this record with the rest of the things that I loved but I just knew that I loved it. I heard it in my head as I walked around the city that year.
New York, New York – Dictators
Everyone has a love/hate relationship with the Dictators, but this is classic, and live from Coney Island High in 1997.
Down At Max’s – Jayne County
When I first heard this song out at a club somewhere, it was like the keys to the kingdom. All the bands I read about in Rock Scene. Bonus points since this footage is Jayne County with the Fast (who I was never a huge fan of, but people were) onstage at Max’s.
Rock N Roll – Velvet Underground
Her life was saved by rock and roll.
New York City Serenade – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
I never really saw my love of Bruce and my love of punk rock as disconnected in anyway – to me he was always one of us, and this was before we knew he’d written “Hungry Heart” after seeing the Ramones or drank vodka in the Record Plant bathroom with Alan Vega. This version from 1975.
It’s not a song about New York, but the Speedies will indelibly be part of my early New York memories, and the video is an amazing period piece, filmed on the Brooklyn Heights promenade. (Take that, Ryan Adams)
The Speedies – Let Me Take Your Photo
What’s on your New York playlist?