Thirty-second clips of every song on Bob Dylan’s Modern Times leaked last week. A single MP3 of the snippets can be found here, in case you missed the link while we were under construction.
You may have read that on one tune, ol’ Bob gives a bizarre shoutout to R&B songbird Alicia Keys.
“I was thinking about Alicia Keys, couldn’t help from crying/When she was born in Hell’s Kitchen, I was living down the line/I’m wondering where in the world Alicia Keys could be/I been looking for her even clean through Tennessee.”
Early reports indicated the lyric would appear on the title track. But Times has no title track. So I was dubious.
Well, the MP3 (sort of) confirms it. Assuming the samples are correctly sequenced, the song’s actually called “Thunder On The Mountain.” Hurrah! It’s Dylan’s weirdest move since those Victoria’s Secret commercials.
I always thought it would be fun (in a terribly dorky High Fidelity way) to make a mix on which each song references the artist who performs the subsequent song. Hey, I said it was dorky! But I was so sure it would get published in whatever magazine printed reader mixes. (Was it CMJ?)
Anyway, never did make that mix. The flow would be horrendous. And I would inevitably hit a wall…
Terrorvision – “Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt”
Veruca Salt – “David Bowie”
David Bowie – “Song For Bob Dylan”
Bob Dylan – “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie”
… so just tell us your favorite rock ‘n roll shoutouts (can be in a lyric, a la “Thunder On The Mountain,” not necessarily the song title) and collectively we’ll make the most clever, worst mix of all time.