The Napping Wizard Sessions


One Song: Lust for Riff

Season 3, Ep. 4

In this session I go back to the ONE SONG format with a flip. I still take a deep dive into one, well, riff, it just happens to be repeated in several songs. This one song has consistently found its place on top of the pop music charts for over four decades crossing genres and under different guises. Young musicians looking for a breakout hit and seasoned musicians looking to make a comeback need to listen to this show. One song can make all the difference, and this one is tested and – usually – always wins.

(Lou Reed, Negativland) You Can’t Hurry Love, The Supremes, 1966; I’m Ready For Love, Martha and the Vandellas, 1966; C’Mon Marianne, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 1967; Touch Me, The Doors, 1968; ((You Can’t Hurry God) He’s Right On Time, Dorothy Love Coates, 1953); (I'm Ready for Love, Temptations, 1967); C’mon Marianne, Donny Osmond, 1976; Lust for Life, Iggy Pop, 1977; Heart, Rockpile, 1980; A Town Called Malice, The Jam, 1982; You Can’t Hurry Love, Phil Collins, 1982; Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves, 1983/1985; You Can’t Hurry Love, Dixie Chicks, 1999; Are You Gonna Be My Girl?, Jet, 2003; Selfish Jean, Travis, 2007; What is Happening? Alphabeat, 2007/2018; Valerie, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, 2007; Lust for Life, J2 and Nicole Atkins, c2014.

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