Over at emaw’s place, he posted on a subject hijacked from another blog: the greatest rock song of all time. emaw posted a lengthy critique of why Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ isn’t the greatest rock song of all time. I agree wholeheartedly. That song is brilliant, but it doesn’t rock. In fact, Pink Floyd does not rock at all. Now before you start throwing your vinyl copies of Atom Heart Mother at me know that I am probably a much bigger Pink Floyd fan than most of you. I even owned (and wish I still did) the Orb remixes of entire Pink Floyd albums and David Gilmour’s solo albums. But I remain steadfast in saying that Pink Floyd does not rock hard enough to have the rockingest song of all time. I think ‘One of These Days’ is rockin’ and ‘Dirty Woman’ is too. Not ‘Comfortably Numb’. ‘CN’ doesn’t make you wanna move, make you sweat, make you fuck. It does make you wanna hit the open road with pack of Lucky Strikes and a fifth of Old Crow so it’s got that going for it.
So what’s the most rockingest of rock songs ever?
I don’t know. But I know who performs it.
It ain’t The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, T-Rex, The Ramones, The Boss, Huey Lewis, Motley Crue, Jane’s Addiction, GnR or Skynyrd.
X is the greatest rock and roll band ever, therefore one of their songs wins the title of greatest rock song of all time. I don’t know which one. ‘Universal Corner’? ‘The World’s a Mess; It’s in My Kiss’? ‘Poor Girl’? ‘Sex and Dying in High Society’? ‘We’re Desperate’? Goddamn, how can you pick just one?
From The Decline of Western Civilization (kinda shite quality):
X on Letterman ’83: