To follow up yesterday’s review of Nick Tosches’ rollicking good time, Save the Last Dance for Satan, we present a selection of songs mentioned in the book. Hold tight, because the first one’s a doozie.
“Gila Monster” – Joe Johnson
“Sally, Go ‘Round the Roses” – The Jaynetts
“All Right, OK, You Win” – Ella Johnson
“Big Mary’s House” – The Solitaires
“All in My Mind” – Maxine Brown
When I first read Nick Tosches, I had no idea who the guy was. I was on a big Dean Martin kick, and picked up Tosches’ hefty biography of the man in my quest to know all things Dino. Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams was like no other celebrity biography I had come across, with a vast scope that put Martin’s whole world in perspective. And, to be honest, I was a little annoyed by it at first. Who was this guy, and why did he keep talking about things other than Martin himself? But I kept reading, all the way to the end, and it left an impression.
Now Nick Tosches is an example to me, an influence, a bit of an idol, and one hell of a beautiful writer. So, when I learned of Tosches’ latest book, Save the Last Dance for Satan, I jumped at the chance to review it for NTSIB (and rope my great friend Rick Saunders into the process).
Satan is published under the auspices of Kicks Books. The book publishing branch of Norton Records (which, in turn, began life … Continue reading