This week, I thought I'd kick off the Friday Genius Ten with a band that's given me a lot of practice in the art of walking (admiring someone's professional work) and chewing gum (grasping that they are a total misogynist and I would not like to be their friend). I was thinking of picking their song "Turd on the Run" for the humor value, but realized then half my day would be eaten up by the tone deaf and the humorless getting pissy with me. So, instead I'll pick a song that demonstrates the art of thinking a song is awesome while being appalled at some of its lyrics.


Open thread. Leave your own song selections or comment about whatever you like.

Original song: "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones

1) "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed

2) "I'm Not Down" by The Clash

3) "A Quick One, While He's Away" by The Who

4) "Victoria" by The Kinks

5) "Gimme Danger" by The Stooges

6) "Ooh La La" by The Faces

7) "Gloria" by Patti Smith

8) "Thirteen" by Big Star

9) "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by The Ramones

10) "Run Run Run" by The Velvet Underground

Remember, kids, Johnny Ramone was a Republican. But he was also a pop music genius and apparently a very nice guy. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. Cat picture below the fold, with videos.

I got one of those iPhone apps that puts cool filters on your pictures. Witness.