I decided to add in all of my songs with ‘Black’ in the title, which only got me seven more. Some great stuff in here from some of my favorite albums. No U2, Pink Floyd or Marillion, strangely enough.
“Black & White” is my favorite Sarah McLachlan song. Surfacing came out at a very interesting time in my life, and the lyrics have stuck with me ever since. “Black Blade” is one of my favorites by BÖC, and was written by author Michael Moorcock (who also wrote my all-time favorite BÖC song, “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”). My first introduction to Moorcock was a roundabout way, coming from the anthology “Tales of the White Wolf,” a collection of stories about Moorcock’s iconic character Elric of Melnibone by a host of authors. I was attracted to the book mainly because of the cover art, by Gerald Brom, one of my favorite artists. Brom did a lot of D&D covers, and I was quite the D&D geek. Wait, did I say ‘was’?
Once I found the collection of Elric stories, I was hooked. Everyone loves an anti-hero. The real fun is understanding all of the various homages to Elric in other fantasy. There are plenty.
Other songs high on my list are “Black Lodge” (and the creepy video starring Jenna Elfman) and “The Lady Wore Black,” from a time when Queensrÿche was still awesome – the time before Chris Degarmo was still in the band.
“Black” – The Birthday Massacre
“Black” – Pearl Jam
“Black & White” – Sarah McLachlan
“Black Blade” – Blue Öyster Cult
“Black-Dove (January)” – Tori Amos
“Black-Eyed” – Placebo
“Black Friday Rule” – Flogging Molly
“Black Gold” – Soul Asylum
“Black Lodge” – Anthrax
“Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” – Santana
“Black Milk” – Massive Attack
“Black Poison Blood” – Kill Hannah
“Black Velvet Band” – Dropkick Murphys
“Black Velvet Band” – The Dubliners
“Bleed Black” – AFI
“Buried in Your Black Heart” – Burden Brothers
“The Cold Black Key” – Azam Ali
“Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver” – Blue Öyster Cult
“The Lady Wore Black” – Queensrÿche
“The Red and the Black” – Blue Öyster Cult
“See You In Black” – Blue Öyster Cult
Next week, I go blue! Wait, not that kind of blue. I mean songs with Blue in the title.