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Songs About City Life

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Shakin-Slim, Aug 24, 2012.


  1. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Hey guys. I do a radio show on my university's station. Before it was solely a jazz/hip hop show, but I'm branching out into all the other types of music I listen to by having a theme for each week.

    This week, I'm planning on doing songs about city life. I'm having a hard time coming up with enough songs to fill up the 2 hours. I'm not necessarily looking for songs about a particular city, but just about life in the city (good and bad sides).

    So you know the direction I'm headed in, I'll post the songs I've got so far:

    Concrete Jungle - Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
    Ain't no Love in the Heart of the City - Al Brown
    Kansas City - Muddy Waters
    The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
    Transit Ride - Guru
    New York is Killing Me - Gil Scott-Heron
    Dirty Old Town - Luke Kelly
    Hard Times in New York Town - Bob Dylan

    Any other suggestions?

    Thank you
     
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  3. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Thanks for these suggestions! Stevie Wonder is definitely getting added to the list.
     
  4. This too:
     
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  6. Bassmanmike1

    Bassmanmike1 Sittin' In Limbo Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2011
    Marysville, CA
  7. SamJPow

    SamJPow

    Apr 14, 2012
    Foghat - fool for the city
    And more obscure, but Rush - The Camera Eye would work too
     
  8. echoSE7EN

    echoSE7EN

    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    Summer in the City - Lovin Spoonful

     
  9. NOT

    NOT

    Jul 15, 2011
    Move to the City - Guns N' Roses
     
  10. HighParkLow

    HighParkLow

    Aug 24, 2012
    Toronto, Ont.
    Some good here:

    (I Wanna Go To) New York City - The Demics
    Concrete Heart - Great Lake Swimmers

    Int'l:
    Trenchtown Rock - Bob Marley & the Wailers
    London, My Town - Fine Arts Showcase

    Brits:
    Strange Town, Town Called Malice - The Jam
    Glasgow Jubilee - Bill Wells & Aidan Moffit
    (White Man in) Hammersmith Palais - The Clash
    Dirty Old Town - The Pogues
    N.Y., Some Cities, Black & White Town - Doves
     
  11. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  12. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    The only one I can think of right now would be Fear's "I love living in the city", but that's pretty explicit.
     
  13. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Sin city - AC/DC.
     
  14. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  15. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

  16. Not too straight forward, but maybe City Of Blinding Lights by U2.
     
  17. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    "The Streets of Baltimore" - Bobby Bare
    "Up On the Roof" - The Drifters
    "The Message" - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
    "Native New Yorker" - Odyssey
    "My Kind of Town" - Frank Sinatra
     
  18. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Bright lights bigger bigger city?
     
  19. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    "Downtown" - Petula Clark
    "Theme from New York, New York" - Frank Sinatra
    "The Apple Stretching" - Grace Jones
    "The City Sleeps" - MC 900-ft Jesus
    "Detroit City" - Mel Tillis (and others)
     

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