The 50 States: California
So we continue our journey across the great 50. Today the rockin' arrives at California. Will we ever leave?
Oh California, you glutton for publicity. You bastian of public relations and sunshine. The golden rays always cast you in a favorable light. You are honey colored in perpetuem on every map ever made. Until you make that great swan dive into the pacific you will remain the west of which there is no wester. You are always the destination, never the departed. You can shake people, suffocate them, burn them, leave them in the dark, and yet you are still at the top of every kids wish list. In fact, out of every song ever written about you -- only Death Cab for Cutie wanted to get away from your evil clutches.
California was dubbed a state in September 1850. California gives us such great things as really big trees, turkeys, avocados, the Hollywood Bowl, The Walk of Fame, movies, porno, one out of every eight US residents, five-hundred-thousand earthquakes, raisons, grapes, wine, the most beautiful sunset ever witnessed, and the highest and lowest points in north america. Oh, and every major celebrity ever. Aaaaaand the coolest state moto: EUREKA!
No doubt about it, we love you California.
- Billy Bragg and Wilco - California Stars
- Low - California
- 2Pac and Dr Dre - California Love
- The Decemberists - Los Angeles, I'm Yours
- Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco
- Tom Waits - California Here I Come
- Beulah - Gene Autry
- Arlo Guthrie - Coming into Los Angeles
- Neko Case - In California
- Mason Jennings - California Pt 2
- The Magnetic Fields - Come Back from San Francisco
- Elliott Smith - Angeles
- Death Cab for Cutie - Gridlock Caravans
- Death Cab for Cutie - Why You'd Want to Live Here
- Atmosphere - Los Angeles
- Gypsy Kings - Hotel California
- Led Zeppelin - Going to California
- Bad Religion - Los Angeles is Burning
- Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles
- Frank Black - Los Angeles
- John Lennon - San Francisco Bay Blues
- Kings of Leon - California Waiting
- Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
- Roy Orbison - California Blue
- Rufus Wainwright - California
- Ryan Adams - My California Love
- Ryan Adams - California