Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Ghost Songs

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Songs are ghosts. They are the ghosts of moments, ages, lost loves, and forgotten friends. If I play Tegan & Sara’s “Walking With A Ghost” for my kids, they will tell me stories from their elementary school playground, that long lost place not even ten years gone for them. If you play the Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You” for me, you’ll get an earful of true tales of liquor, lust, and primer gray Camaros circa 1984.

Sometimes they are dark ghosts. “We’ll Meet Again” will always evoke my dying mother, for example, but mostly they are happy ghosts. Every one of this week’s “deep cuts” comes from my personal playlist, and each one evokes a memory. That’s why it matters, people.

Anyway, ghost songs:

“Ghost Town,” Specials.

“Wise Up Ghost,” Elvis Costello & the Roots.

“Ghosts,” Japan.

“Ghosts of Princes In Towers,” Rich Kids.

“The Ghosts of Cable Street,” The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

“Ghost Hop,” The Surfmen.

“Ghost Riders In the Sky,” R.E.M.

Ghosts of the Multiple Feature,” Love and Rockets.

There you have it: Eight deep ghosts of music past. What did I miss? I’m listening.

7 replies »

  1. “This House is Haunted” – Alice Cooper
    “The Ride” – David Allan Coe
    “Little Ghost” – The White Stripes
    “Ghosts of Cape Horn” – Gordon Lightfoot
    “Joan Crawford” – Blue Öyster Cult
    “Ghost of a Dog” – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
    “Ghost In This House” – Alison Krauss
    “Ghost Behind My Eyes” – Ozzy Osbourne
    “The Apparition” – Iron Maiden
    “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.

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