But they do shine…and did.
The Man With All the Toys by The Beach Boys (from Christmas Harmonies, Capitol, 2009)
Yuletide in July! And it's only 102 degrees. Visions of sweaty elves danced in their heads.
Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend by Marilyn Monroe (from The Diamond Collection, Varese Sarabande, 2001)
Let's see…Carol Channing, or Marilyn Monroe? Carol or Marilyn? Carol…or…Marilyn? Carol…or…
I'm goin' with Marilyn.
Driving Me Backwards by Brian Eno (from Here Come the Warm Jets, Island, 1974)
I saw Brian Eno lecture at the ICA over 20 years ago. He was talking about some of the wild new digital technology, like CD's…which are now going the way of the Dodo.
But this Eno song sounds just as great now as it did when it was released.
Power Shift by Gary Usher (from Surf and Drag, Vol. 1, Sundazed, 1989)
From the man who co-authored the Beach Boys classics The Lonely Sea and In My Room.
There was more than the car song in him, though he did write some memorable odes to the auto, like 409 and this one.
This segment aired on July 23, 2011. The audio for this segment is not available.