Frankie’s favourite songs of all time


Happy New Year everyone. As you can see some kids paid 2016 tribute to me on a wall in Freo – ahh kids – you’ve gotta love em don’t you? Do you?


I’ve noticed that at this time of year people love to write down lists of their favourite this and that so I thought, being a good writer, I would write down my favourite ten songs of all time. This is for your education….

1. Frankie Fell In Love by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

As you know Bruce is a friend of mine. Some people don’t reckon this song is about me. Do you? Want proof? Well it was the first song he ever played in Perth. Case closed.

“News is out all over town, Frankie fell in love…” Yeah, thanks Bruce. And how did it get all over town? And who says it’s true anyway?

Frankie Fell in Love

2. Frankie Please by Rodney Crowell

Unlike the previous song I can’t prove this is about me. Sounds like it is but…

“You’re some kind of woman Frankie

Stand up and take a bow…”

3. Frankie by Sister Sledge

In dog years I was around in the eighties but not in human years. Eighties girls would love this. I do too.

“Frankie – do you remember me?”

Frankie by Sister Sledge

4. If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan

This song makes me think of South Beach and Geographe Bay

“It can cure the soul, it can make it whole

If dogs run free…”

If Dogs Run Free

5. Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest by Bob Dylan

Another rare song where Frankie is actually a boy. I like the Frankie character cos he could easily have been modelled on me (I love stairs).

“Well up the stairs ran Franke Lee

With a soulful bounding leap…”

Frankie Lee & Judas Priest

6. Frankie, Frankie & Johnny, Frankie & Albert

This is a very old song and it’s played in lots of ways. I like it how Mississippi John Hurt starts with “Frankie was a good girl”. I like this song even though Frankie usually ends up on the electric chair or being hanged depending on who you’re listening to. Check out Frankie & Albert by Bob Dylan too.

7. Frankie by Bruce Springsteen

Sometimes you’ve gotta ask yourself who came first Frankie or Bruce. Anyway this is a song Bruce couldn’t find a home for – I love it. Hey, have you ever thought of giving a loving home to a rescue dog?

8. Hair of the Dog by Nazareth

Sometimes a little girl’s just gotta rock.

“Now you’re messin’ with a son-of-a-bitch…”

Hair of the Dog

9. Walkin’ the dog by Rufus Thomas

Even when you’re an elite AFL standard dog you’ve still got to walk twice a day. This is an inspirational song and Rufus does my favourite version. There’s also a nice version by Rory Gallagher and Frankie Miller you might like to look up. And by the Rolling Stones…

“Walkin’ the dog,

Just walkin’ the dog.

If you don’t know how to do it,

I’ll show you how to walk the dog.”

Rufus Thomas

10. Highway Patrolman by Bruce Springsteen

I find it hard to sing along to the line “Frankie ain’t no good” but it’s a great song.

Highway Patrolman

BONUS: I suppose you thought I forgot this one. No, I just didn’t want to be self indulgent.

Hope you enjoyed listening to these songs. Let me know your favourites and any you think I might like. Not sayin I’ll take any notice of you.

At the end of our last training session I spoke to Micky Barlow.

“Hey Micky,” I said, “while you’re on holidays I want you to make a list of your ten favourite books of all time for my website”

“Ten?” Micky said.

I don’t think I’ll be getting a list. I’ll have to think up something else.

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