Not a lot to say here really. Five of my favourite songs dealing (one way or another) with five actresses. If this is your first time, with any of these great women or songs, I envy you.
#5. Peter Murphy – “Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem”
Despicably, have only watched Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil. This is monumental from Murphy.
#4. Eels – “Grace Kelly Blues”
First saw her in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Eels? The song has virtually nothing to do with Grace Kelly but so what.
#3. The Go-Betweens – “Lee Remick”
Loved her in Blake Edwards’ Days Of Wine And Roses. “She comes from Ireland, she’s very beautiful – I come from Brisbane, and I’m quite plain”. Classic!
#2. Nick Lowe – “Marie Provost”
Oh that poor poor Marie Provost… As for Nick Lowe’s tune, pop music doesn’t get any better than this. “She was a winner who became the doggie’s dinner”. Hopefully, that’s not entirely correct.
#1. Ashtray Boy – “Shirley MacLaine”
The Apartment. Speaking of Ashtray Boy, they just shouldn’t be this obscure. They are/were among Australia’s finest. Randall Lee’s lyrics never fail to fascinate me. And the melody is inspirational.