It’s one of those I remember Where I was moments. Roy Orbison passed away on this day in 1988, and I remember telling coworkers at the time about it. This was in my Pre Radio Days, so no one really seemed to give it the time and concern I was. Well, their loss really. In January of 1988 Cinemax broadcast Black And White Night: Roy and The TCB Band, and guests like Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and more. It was filmed entirely in black and white, and It is a great show if you have not seen the entire thing. As a tribute to a music great, I give you from Black And White Night, Oh, Pretty Woman
Usually when I get a video link from David In Nashville I look forward to watching what ever obscure video he has sent. That all changed when I got the link to this one. On the surface it looked fine: Neil Young and Devo doing My My Hey Hey. While the music itself I am OK with, the video is a little…….well, you decide. For some reason it’s a little to weird for me. Maybe it’s me. But maybe more strange thane the video, is the fact that the link goes to the AARP page. Seems appropriate for some reason.
Amy Lee can belt out a song….doesn’t matter what song. So when I saw that Evanescence is covering The Chain for Gears Of War 5 I was interested…and it’s being released as a single Friday. I’ll have to wait till then to hear the whole thing, but to get me there, this clip will have to do…..
The year, 1969. Hard to believe that this song was number one for eight weeks, making it the longest running number one by a one hit wonder. It’s also the first number one performed by cartoon characters, so that probably gives it away. i did find a video done by real live humans, and it is so, well, maybe interesting is the right word, that I had to share. The Archies, and Sugar Sugar!
The Playing For Change videos are a fascinating rabbit hole to dive into. I have spent a lot of time watching them, and love seeing artists I am familiar with, and artists I’ve never heard of. And it’s fin to start seeing repeat performers, This one is a particular favorite, not only because the song is one of my favorites, but these performers all do such an incredible job. If you are not familiar with Playing For Change you can learn about them here, and you can enjoy All Along The Watchtower below!
I first posted about Playing For Change when I saw the video for The Weight. I didn’t look much further after that…..until last week. I saw this one, and then spent an hour or so watching other videos and being impressed with the musicianship and overall quality of the production. This video is timely: For the first time since they became eligible (1996), The Doobie Brothers are nominated to go into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. I won’t rant here, I’ve done that before and quite frankly even I’m tired of hearing myself talk about it, but it is a good time to present this video to you.Tom Johnston of course leads it off, with appearances from Patrick Simmons and John McFee as well. Go ahead, Listen To The Music!
I have always been a fan of Science Fiction, and Orson Wells radio version of HG Wells War Of The Worlds is high on my list of favorites, as is the 1953 film version. Yes, I saw the 2005 version with Tom Cruise, and I liked it for what is was….but to me it wasn’t War Of The Worlds. So when I saw the trailer for the miniseries BBC1 is doing, I was thrilled! It is more true the HG Wells book (yes, I have read it), but with some artistic licence. The trailer has me hoping I can somehow see the show! Oh, and for the record, yes, I do have Jeff Wayne’s musical version!
Taylor Hawkins has a new album with the The Coattail Riders coming out called Get The Money to be released November 8th. Some of the special guests along with Dave are Roger Taylor from Queen, Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Nancy Wilson, Leanne Rimes, and more. And the first song from the album has been released…Crossed The Line featuring Dave Grohl and Jon Davison from Yes. Give it a listen…
I love listening to whole albums. Start to finish, songs I love and songs I don’t, not skipping one track, listening to the entire thing. These days that’s usually in the car, and the album is a CD. It’s the only “Quiet Time” I have to enjoy. There is even a new study out that suggests listening to a whole album is good for your well being! Not for THAT reason, I have recently put a few CD’s in the car to listen to on the commute. In the CD player now….”Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs.” It’s a bit embarrassing, but I had forgotten just how good that album is! Pick a song and jam. In particular……Keep On Growing-Side One Song 3, written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock. Oh my, six minutes and twenty two minutes of just incredible guitar work. Take a break and listen…..and turn it up! I found myself going a little too fast when this came on!
We learned not long ago that Ginger Baker was critically ill, and earlier today his family announced his passing, Whatever else Ginger was, he was a drummer. He considered himself a jazz drummer, not a rock drummer. Doesn’t matter what area of music it was, he was a drummer. Cream, Blind Faith are probably the bands he’s most associated with, but don’t forget about Ginger Baker’s Air Force. To remember the genius that was Ginger Baker, enjoy 13 minutes of Ginger Baker’s Air Force performing Sunshine Of Your Love and Toad. This video contains ’70’s everything, making it that much better.
I have to admit, there are Huey Lewis And The News songs I really like, so I was excited to hear there is new HL&TN music now, and a new album coming in 2020. They have not had new music since 2001’s Plan B, and that has some good stuff on it like “We’re Not Here For A Long TIme” and my fav on the album “let Her Go And Start Over”. So new stuff is welcome! Enjoy the New Huey Lewis & The News tune “Her Love Is Killing Me”
I have know about rock songs being made into lullabies for a while now, but I stumbled on this interview last night, and it reignited my curiosity. I would fall asleep lightening to the radio, and if the song rocked, like Kashmir, then so be it. But in lullaby form, I’m sure an album of Zep songs would have me out quickly. The lullaby version of Kashmir is only 2:23, but on a whole album of songs, it would be perfect. Rick it putting you to sleep and give it a listen!
It’s called Playing For Change, “Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World.” I’ve never seen one of their videos before, and if you haven’t either, then this is a great one to start with. Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr are the anchors of this performance of The Band’s “The Weight”, a song that is perfect in it’s original form, but this…or should I say these…performances bring it to a much bigger level. As you watch the video, imagine just walking sown the street and seeing the artist performing right there…I’m sure I’d have to stop and watch…out of view of the camera of course….I’m not a fan of cameras.
Today, Sunday September 15, Ric Ocasek was found unresponsive in his New York apartment by, according to source, his estranged wife Paulina Porizkova. He was, depending on your source, 70 or 75, and at this point it is reported he died of natural causes. How important were The Cars? Well, they won the first ever Video Of The Year at the first MTV Music Awards, and that was 8 years after they’re first album. Great lyrics, great hooks, and great vocals, whether sung by Benjamin Orr or Ric. Not to sound corny (but I’m going to), if there is a Rock & Roll Heaven, the band just got a whole lot better.
Usually when I get an email from The Boss, I open it right away. I didn’t do that yesterday…not sure why….so when The Boss said “Hey, did you get that email I sent?” I said “yes, but i haven’t had a chance to open it yet, I’ll get right back to you!” “Come in and shut the door.” Gulp. What followed was laughter so loud and out of control, the Big Boss came down to find you what was so damn funny. I hope you laugh as hard as we did…..and you may want to loop everyone in so they’re not wondering want in the heck is going on.
I don’t usually go looking for new music, so this came as a pleasant surprise. Dirty Honey. Yep, the band is called Dirty Honey. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of them….I just found them today…but they have impressed some people. Like they opened for The Who in Grand Rapids May 9th. So give your ears to this “When I’m Gone”
Foo Fighters released Concrete and Gold two years ago September 15. I still listen to it occasionally, but when I need a really loud, really big Dave Grohl scream…like when I’m stuck in traffic on the Connector going home and nothing else will do…..I crank La Dee Da. One comment in the video below says “That bass is plugged into Satan”. It is a wicked bass line, and if you for whatever reason have not heard La Dee Da, then click. There are actually two songs being performed in the video….The Line, also form Concrete and Gold is the first. If you must skip ahead, La Dee Da will start at 3:47. Loud is the only way to listen by the way…
I was sent a link the other day to Apocalyptica covering Metallica’s One. I had no idea what I was on for, but I can tell you, they take the cello to a whole new level. very talented to say the least, and more than worth the watch. So if you have five and a half minutes, watch this cover of Metallica’s One, on cellos!
Yes, Joe is in another band. And it’s been 5 years since they did anything, but October 11 will see the new album called This Is How We Roll. It was recorded over the past 5 years, Joe say’s of the album: “Boy, has this has been a long time coming?!” Elliott said in a press release. “Recorded in infrequent bursts of activity over a five-year period whenever our respective motherships allowed, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved with this album. I’m blessed to have worked with such a superb bunch of musicians on this collection of songs. To a man, and woman (!), they completely got my vision of what I wanted us to convey on this record & as usual, working with a world class producer/engineer in Ronan McHugh has guaranteed the sound of the record to be top notch! I couldn’t be more proud.” First song released is the title track, and it deserves a listen!
Last night my phone chirped a me that I had a text. All it said was “The Highwaywomen – The Chain”. No ling was provided, so I had to go look myself. You think, “how could anyone cover that song and have it be any good?” Then you watch the video and you say, “THAT.. That is how you cover that song and have it be any good!”. The video is form the Howard Stern Show…give it a go….
I was in a friends car the other day, and he had his satellite radio going to the 70’s rewind channel. A Rolling Stones song came on, one I remember, but I thought to myself I thought….”Um, that’s an 80’s song”. So I looked it up and sure enough, 1986 was the year. It’s on the Dirty Work album. It’s also the first Stones song to have a Ron Wood co writing credit with Mick and Keith. And watching the video solidifies it as a 80’s tune. Wardrobe is the giveaway.
Sure, Robert Plant is moving forward with his music, and has since the Led Zeppelin days ended. But he has not forgotten about those tunes and does perform some of the old songs with his band The Sensational Shape Shifters. One of the songs is Black Dog, a great song in its original form to be sure, but the version with TSSS is also something to behold. Looks to me like he is having fun as well…..and there is a bonus fiddle about 4 minutes 35 seconds in. If you have not heard it, give it a try!
I came across this new cover of Life In The Fast Lane by Hinder. I listened to it and really have no thoughts one way or the other. But then I read some of the comments. Wow. So I guess some people really don’t like it!
You can watch the video here and read the comments….Comments are disabled on the YouTube video below. To me, doesn’t matter if I like it or not, the band put their spin on it and I don’t ever have to listen to it again if I don’t like it. Give it a try….
If you’re a fan of Monty Python, this is one of the sketches that you may know the best. It’s one of my favorite John Cleese bits, and I’ve been know to, for reason at all, to just break into something from it. “This parrot is no more!” “Bereft of life it rests in peace!” “This……is an ex parrot!” Perfect for a Friday!
Sometimes you just need a laugh. For that, I usually Turn to Monty Python, and when it’s got to really give me a laugh, it’s the following sketch. Every time, even though I know it by heart, it makes me laugh. “No more buttered scones for me mater, I’m off to play the grand piano.” That is all.
Stay with me here. I was looking at a playlist for one of our stations in Wilkes-Barre PA, just for fun. They play some heaver rock than we do, so when I saw a song called Blow, by Ed Sheeran, with Chris Stapleton ad Bruno Mars, I was very confused. So, as anyone this day and age would do, I went to YouTube. Not gonna spoil it for you, and really it may not be your cup of coffee, but the video is worth the watch.
I was going through what’s left of my vinyl collection the other day. I’ve only got about 100 left, and I’d love to get some more. One caught my eye; The Best OF The Doobie Brothers, from 1976. 11 of their best up to that point. No matter how many times I hear those songs, they still rock. Including the ones that technically don’t rock, like the ballad South City Midnight Lady, a Patrick Simmons masterpiece. And to prove how ell the song stands up, a live version from the bands Wolf Trap from 2004. The sax solo really adds something to the song as well.
Covering Toto’s Africa was all the rage not long ago, and I thought I had seen all I needed to see video wise of those covers. I was wrong. David from Nashville told me to look this one up, and quite frankly it’s really cool. It’s the Angle City Chorale performing Africa in a unique way. Take a moment to enjoy!
As I was reading about Mick Jagger getting back on stage after his heart surgery, and listening to The Beatles “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”, it got me thinking about one of my favorite Stones songs. and how amazing it is that, even after heart surgery, Mick can still get on stage and be Mick Jagger. And yet, it is a monkey song. This is form 2003, a live version of “Monkey Man” by the Rolling Stones. I’mean, who can argue with lyrics like these? “Well I hope we’re not to messianic/Or a trifle too satanic”!
As I was giving the whole White Album a listen, from start to finish-which is easier to do now that you don’t have to turn the record over-a song caught my ear that I have heard numerous times. For some reason, it stood out more that before, so I listened to it a few more times. Written by John, it’s about him and Yoko, and John actually played lead guitar on the track, not George. And it’s a long title for a Beatles tune…”Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”
Yes, I am a Beach Boys fan. IN fact my first concert was The Beach Boys, in Seattle at The Hec Ed Pavillion on the UW Campus. They also performed a few years in a row at the great Puyallup Fair, and I saw them every time. 8 Tracks, vinyl, and now digital, I dig the Beach Boys. I’m doing something I haven’t done before with my music library on my phone. I’m going through everything alphabetically by artist, and letting the albums play. I’m on the B’s, and this song just came through the ear buds, almost like I’ve never heard it before….even though I’ve heard it HUNDREDS of times. No backing vocals, Carl Wilson on lead vocals, and can be compared to Ticket To Ride, this tune is fantastic. It’s from the Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) album, “Girl Don’t Tell Me”.
My wife did it again. She said “Have you seen the new commercial for the new VW Bus?” She knows I have a thing (no pun intended) for the VW Bus. I’ve never owned one, hope to someday, and this is one I would want. True, the version on the commercial is only a concept, but what a concept! Oh, and it’s actually a really good ad. Kudos to whomever came up with it. Now I just need to see the bus in person, And drive one. And own one.
“Ford v Ferrari” is coming to theaters November 15th. I had no idea this movie was even being made. Till my wife told me. Yep. She knew about this before me. But to be fair, she did grow up the daughter of a racing fan. No one in my house got into that, so I’m not as close to it as she is. However, after having watched the trailer, I’m going to be seeing this movie!
If you have’t heard of Deadland Ritual yet, it’s a band made up of a few people you may have heard of….Matt Sorem, drummer, played with Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Underground; Steve Stevens, plays guitar and writes with Billy Idol, and played the lead guitar on the Top Gun Theme; vocalist Franky Perez, who has worked with Slash and been in a few bands himself; and Geezer Butler, bass player, and was in a little bend called Black Sabbath. The band has released their second song “Broken And Bruised”, and if you like Black Sabbath, GnR and Velvet Underground, you just might like this as well. Give it a listen…..
I’ve had the great opportunity to see Stephen Stills twice, Graham Nash once, and Crosby Stills Nash And Young live. Unbelievable harmonies when the three of four of them get together. One of my favorites is from the their 5th album CSN and really highlights their ability to harmonize. All they needed was a guitar ans their voices. “See The Changes” ……
One of my favorite Beatles tunes is “Blackbird”. The song stands as one of the finest ever written by (technically Lennon/McCartney) Paul, and it plays as well today as it did when written. So when three men that harmonize like no others, and a song as great as Blackbird, the result is incredible! Crosby Stills and Nash, performing Blackbird Live…..3 voices one guitar.
Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult and Ian Hunter from Mott The Hoople are friends. And, as it turns out, they wrote a song together. Well, according to Eric, Ian wrote 70% of it, but they get equal credit. It was written in Eric’s basement. He had a guitar lick he played for Ian, and Ian took it and ran. It’s on my favorite Blue Öyster Cult album Spectres from 1977. And, now that I know Ian pretty much wrote it, it makes sense to me, as it’s kind of a poppy sounding song. Still one of my favorites for the album though. Here’s “Goin’ Through The Motions”, a Bloom/Hunter song!
It’s a Duane Allman masterpiece, a song many guitar players wish they had written. I can remember years ago Mac McAnally on the Bob & Tom Show playing it. A fine guitar player, Mac. But Duane, well, none compare.
Got a favorite instrumental? So many to choose from, even though not many can be considered hits. The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein” seems to always be one of the first people think of, it did get a lot of airplay. I have a long list, but at (or near) the top for me, is “Jessica”, by The Allman Brothers Band. Dickey Bett’s wrote it. The Jessica is his daughter, a year old at the time. It didn’t do well on the carts, but it’s such a great jam. THe studio version is seven and a half minutes long, but obviously live they could go longer. Which is one of the reasons I chose this version. At nine minutes and 50 some odd seconds, it’s great not only for the performance, but the fact that the video is in black and white, the camera work really show off the precision of the duel lead guitars, but also for the smoking on stage! So take the almost 10 minutes and enjoy The Allman Brothers and Jessica, from April 20, 1979!
Now to be fair, I only really like Cracked Rear View, so I guess you could say I’m not REALLY a fan. But I do like Cracked Rear View. And I also like some of Darius Rucker’s country stuff….he has a country career in case you didn’t know. Hootie hitting the road for a tour and there should be new music this year as well. A few days ago they performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and they sound just as good…if not better than they ever have. So if you missed it….”Hold My Hand”, Hootie And The Blowfish!
I’ve seen Rodney a couple of times over the years, and have heard him a lot on the Bob & Tom Show as well. Very funny guy, and a better singing voice than I think he gets credit for. If you’ve been listening to the Bob & Tom Show long enough, you may remember Live Day….a day they would move the show to The Shack, the recording studio where they did a lot of…..well…..recording. This particular Live Day I remember well. So in anticipation of Rodney Carrington Saturday night at the Fod Idaho center, enjoy “Fred” from a Bob & Tom Live Day Event! Bonus: Tom facial hair!
The other night I got a text from a former coworker we’ll call David. Because that’s his name. During his time at the station, we spend many an hour talking music. We”re the same age, so the discussions were centered on the same time in music history. While he like the heavier/punkier stuff, and I am more of a prog rock guy, we did share common ground on quite a few bands/musicians. As he is currently living in Nashville, the conversations have decreased in number, bu there are text conversations every once in a while. Like this one. The text was this: “Dude! I don’t know if we’ve ever discussed it, but Mark Knopfler is a great f*^%@ing song writer”. As the conversation lasted into the next day, I’ll boil it down to the highlights. We had discussed the great music of Dire Straits, but not necessarily Mark’s songwriting. It came down to choose your favorite Dire Straits album: Love Over Gold or Making Movies. We both chose Making Movies. We both agree both are good, but Making Movies is a better album. The definition of album according to the internet is A collection of recordings issued as a single item on CD, record or another medium. Love Over Gold has great songs, but Making Movies is a better collection. The defining song for me: “Skateaway”. The song is great and the video….pure genius!
Triumph formed in Toronto in 1975. Allied Forces was released in September of 1981 and had only 3 singles: “Fight The Good Fight”, “Say Goodbye”, and “Magic Power”. “Magic Power” is the one I like the most…for some reason it really works for me. Triumph is one of the bands I wish I had seen live…I don’t know that I even had the possibility…but thanks to the internet I can at least see a live performance of “Magic Power”!
I don’t even remember what the video was I wanted to watch, but the ad before it was for a Joe Bonamassa song-“Redemption”. I didn’t think anything of it, wasn’t really paying attention. After about a minute i realized it wasn’t just an ad…it was the entire song. And I wasn’t’ clicking away. I’m not necessarily a Joe Bonamassa fan, and I’m not NOT a Joe Bonamassa fan. But this song, for whatever reason, I had to hear multiple times. It’s the title track from an album he released last year, and really, the whole thing is really good. Give Redemption a listen for your self, see what you think.
Got a text from my wife today…nothing unusual at all. Something about the kids, other family members, or even a video I can expect on a daily….maybe hourly…basis. She sent me this one, and it stopped me in my tracks. Again-it’s fan shot from a cell phone, but it captures the performers and the performance perfectly. And I had to watch it twice. Chris Cornell joined Cat Stevens for a rendition of Wild World. Worth ti so much.
It started as a nod to The Beatles. The original opening line was “I remember it was ’65 when I saw the band”. After the band in question was hired to perform at a pot festival, the song was rewritten. Have you guessed yet? It’s on the Equinox album. Does that help? Watch Styx perform Light Up Live below!
I was going through some of the older music I have in my collection in all formats…cassette, vinyl CD and digital (iTunes), and came across Low Spark O High Healed Boys by Traffic. Both Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi had a hand in writing all the songs but one, and I had all but forgotten about the songs on that album save the title track. When I saw Steve Winwood live in Seattle in the mid ’80’s, he opened the show with half of the song Low Spark, and the wrapped up with the second half. Brilliant. I listened to the whole album, and man, it’s so easy to forget how good the guys in Traffic were. How well they played together. How they jammed. Then to find on the internet a video of Traffic from 1972 playing in Santa Monica. It’s a great way to spend almost 7 minutes. So Light Up Or Leave Me Alone!