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One of the Jones Boys

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John Lennon with the Rolling Stones  Yer Blues (Rock and Roll Circus version)  buy on itunes
Bob Dylan with the Band  Ballad of a Thin Man  buy on itunes
The BeeGees  New York Mining Disaster, 1941  buy on itunes
Counting Crows  Mr. Jones (acoustic version)  buy on itunes
NoFx  Mr. Jones  buy on itunes
Talking Heads  Mr. Jones  buy on itunes
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson  Lover Jones  buy on itunes
Ocean Color Scene  Mrs. Jones  buy on itunes
Coolio  A Thing Goin' On  buy on itunes
HTlFne STgara  Mrs. Jones  buy on itunes
Billy Paul  Me and Mrs. Jones  buy on itunes
Hole  Mrs. Jones  buy on itunes
Art Tatum with Ben Webster  Have you met Miss Jones?  buy on itunes
The Rolling Stones  Miss Amanda Jones  buy on itunes
Clientele  Oh, Miss Jones  buy on itunes
Mike Ness  The Devil in Miss Jones  buy on itunes
Kool and the Gang  Jones vs. Jones  buy on itunes
The Temptations  Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down  buy on itunes
The Temptations  The Joneses  buy on itunes


Long before the Osbournes, the Jacksons or the Osmonds, the Jones family paved the way in rock and roll squalor and disorderly behavior. No matter where you moved, the Joneses always seemed to be living next door. They knew the important people, they went to the exclusive parties. They had better things than you had, tempting you to try to keep up. But somewhere, in the back of your head, you knew they weren't quite right. There was the much bruited cluelessness of Mr. Jones. There were Mrs. Jones' poorly concealed whoredoms in suburbia. And there were the epic antics of the recently nubile and socially mobile Miss Jones.

Such is the stuff of rock and roll lyrics. You could say Dylan started it, but it goes back a ways.

Although several of these have similar or identical titles, they are all different songs, with the possible exception of Coolio's A Thing Goin' On, which, being an hommage to Billy Paul's, is allowed a little latitude. Twenty years separate the last two songs, and though the idiom moves from funk to post-disco, the Temptations' message remains the same: you don't want to be like these people.

(Those who are familiar with J. Wellington Wimpy probably remember his catchphrase, "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," but Wimpy had several such at his beck, including my favorite, "My name is Jones -- I'm one of the Jones Boys.")
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Date: 12/19/2003
VERY nice.
Date: 12/19/2003
Great theme, great songs.
Date: 12/19/2003
Way cool. Could add one of the versions of "Basketball Jones." I assume that leaving off "Mrs. Jones You've Got a Lovely Daughter" was intentional.
Date: 12/19/2003
Come to think of it, that was Mrs. Brown. Anyway, cool mix.
Date: 1/13/2004
More excellence. How about a trade?

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