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Saturday video break: Cherry Bomb

It’s time for another edition of Same Name, Different Song. Today’s song “Cherry Bomb” is fairly well known in either rendition, though I’d venture to guess that the John Mellencamp version has been on the radio a lot more. I had Mellencamp’s album “Scarecrow” on vinyl (still have it, I believe), and “Lonesome Jubilee”, from […]

Friday random ten: What the H?

I love how a single letter can represent a swear word. 1. Philadelphia Freedom – Hall and Oates 2. Stompin’ At The Savoy – Harry Connick, Jr 3. Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock 4. Jump Into The Fire – Harry Nilsson 5. My Best Friend’s Girl – Hayseed Dixie 6. Well You Needn’t […]

Saturday video break: Centerfold

I’m sure you’re familiar with the original, by the J. Geils Band: J. Geils was one part quality classic rock band, one part novelty act. This was probably their biggest hit, and it seems somehow fitting that my favorite cover of it was done by a novelty band, Hayseed Dixie. Like cheesy lounge versions, corny […]

Friday random ten: G whiz

Back to the alphabet… 1. Blues Music – G. Love & Special Sauce 2. Behind The Lines – Genesis 3. Cloud 9 – George Harrison 4. Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood & The Destroyers 5. Rose Room – Gerry Mulligan 6. Little Brown Jug – Glenn Miller 7. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley 8. […]

Saturday video break: Casey Jones

And we go back even farther, to the early 70s and one of the enduring hits of the Grateful Dead: I figure with all the bootlegs out there, there are probably more live recordings of songs like “Casey Jones” than almost anything else. Here’s a version by Warren Zevon and David Lindley from the great […]

Friday random ten: F that

No single name dominates the Fs like it did the Ds and Es, but there are plenty of interesting names. 1. One’s Too Many – Fabulous Thunderbirds 2. Love Is Expensive And Free – Fastball 3. Man On The Moon – Ferraby Lionheart 4. Suspicious Minds – Fine Young Cannibals 5. Criminal – Fiona Apple […]

Saturday video break: Careless Whisper

Back to the 80s, a time and place we’ve visited more than a few times, and one of the biggest hits by Wham!. I wasn’t a big fan of Wham! back in the day, but this was the song of theirs I liked the most. I was amused when it made Dave Barry’s “Book of […]

Friday random ten: Lockjaw and The Chief

Names that start with E often come with nicknames. That’s the lesson we learn this week. 1. Mighty Mighty – Earth Wind & Fire 2. All Because of You Days – Echo and the Bunnymen 3. Leapin’ On Lenox – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis 4. Keep On Truckin’ – Eddie Kendricks 5. Two Tickets To Paradise […]

Saturday video break: Car Wash

Time for another episode of Same Name, Different Song. Here’s Bruce Springsteen singing “Car Wash” in Germany: This was off of his “Tracks” multi-CD set of B-sides and previously unreleased material, which is why you’ve probably never heard of it. The song called “Car Wash” you’re likely more familiar with is the Rose Royce disco […]

Friday random ten: Dave’s not here, man

Four or five songs into the D list, I said to myself “You know, I can probably do this entirely with singers named Dave or David”. And lo, so it was. 1. Three To Get Ready – Dave Brubeck Quartet 2. I Knew The Bride – Dave Edmunds 3. Garden State Stomp – Dave Van […]

Saturday video break: Bridge Over Troubled Water

One of the best songs Paul Simon ever wrote, and he wrote it for Art Garfunkel’s voice. Hard to top that, but you can approach it with your own sense of style. That’s what Johnny Cash did. I’ll say again, when The Man In Black sings “When times are tough, and pain is all around/Like […]

Friday random ten: C U Later

This list is brought to you by artists whose names begin with the letter C. 1. Never Gonna Give You Up – CAKE 2. Pictures of Matchstick Men – Camper Van Beethoven 3. Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille 4. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon 5. I Feel The Earth Move […]

Saturday video break: Brain Damage

An iconic song from an iconic album: Two iconic songs, really, since “Brain Damage” leads inexorably to “Eclipse”; I’d say 90% of the time the former is played on the radio, the latter comes along as well. By the way, the notes on the video says this is an “Early 1972 mix”, so if it […]

Friday random ten: B sides

Continuing the Name Of The Artist Game with the letter B: 1. Telephone Song – B.B. King 2. Dance This Mess Around – The B-52′s 3. Venus – Bananarama 4. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles 5. Alternative Girlfriend – Barenaked Ladies 6. Daniel – Bat For Lashes 7. Human Thing – The Be […]

Saturday video break: Born To Add

I’ve already done the videos for Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Born To Run”. Now here’s a classic of a different kind: Clearly, some people at the Children’s Television Workshop really get The Boss.

Friday random ten – A my name is Aaron

Remember how I did that list last week of artists whose names began with the letter I, and I mused that it might be a good idea to go through the alphabet like that? Yeah, so that’s a thing now. 1. Don’t Take Away My Heaven – Aaron Neville 2. Winner Takes It All – […]

Saturday video break: Blue Moon

“Blue Moon” is a Rodgers and Hart song with a complicated history and a number of iconic versions. The first time it was a hit was when it was recorded by the Velvet Fog himself, Mel Torme: Gotta love the voice, but the arrangement is a product of its time, and not really my cup […]

Friday random ten – The I’s have it

Tiffany and I went to see Ingrid Michaelson last night, courtesy of my cousin Christopher who is touring with her and her band. That’s as good a reason as any for this Random Ten to be about artists and bands whose names start with the letter I: 1. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll […]

Saturday video break: Birdland

Time for some jazz, which in the 70′s was often married with funk. Here’s the standard of that type and that era, “Birdland”, originally by The Weather Report: Was there a high school jazz band in the 80s that didn’t play this song? Mine sure did. Hand me my sax right now, put me down […]

Friday random ten: Blame Canada

Another Friday random ten list inspired by another list on the Internet I stumbled across. Here are ten of Canada’s favorite songs, by Canadian artists, from that list. 1. If I Had $1000000 – Barenaked Ladies 2. Heart of Gold – Johnny Cash (orig. Neil Young) 3. American Woman – Flying Fish Sailors (orig. The […]

Saturday video break: Barefootin’

I’ve sung the praises of Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live concert before, and here’s another awesome cut from it, “Barefootin’”: Back in the day when mixtapes were a thing, I’d make party music mixes, and this would be my go-to song to lead things off and get the festivities started. I mean, come on, how […]

Friday random ten – Baby, You Can Drive My Car Part 3

Part 1 was specific cars, part 2 was cars in general, and this is other things you can drive. 1. Another One Rides The Bus – Weird Al Yankovic 2. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street? – Bruce Springsteen 3. Magic Bus – The Who 4. Slow Bus Movin’ – Fishbone 5. The Number […]

Saturday video break: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The good thing about drafting a couple of these in advance is I don’t get caught late in the week needing to put a post together for Saturday. The downside is that I might forget where I am alphabetically. Oopsie. So, this song. Let’s start with a classic version, from when it was composed, featuring […]

Friday random ten – Baby, You Can Drive My Car Part 2

Last week was about specific types of cars. This week is about cars in the generic sense. 1. Baby’s Got The Car Keys – Trout Fishing In America 2. The Car Hank Died In – Austin Lounge Lizards 3. Car Wash – Rose Royce 4. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol 5. Electric Car – They […]

Saturday video break: Beautiful

Another installment of Same Name, Different Song. The song is “Beautiful”, and our first contestants are G. Love & Special Sauce, featuring Tristan Prettyman: I do love me a good duet. G. Love has a new album out that you can download from Noisetrade if you like what you heard. For a different Beautiful song, […]

Friday random ten – Baby, You Can Drive My Car Part 1

There are lots of songs about different kinds of cars. Here are ten of them. 1. Cadillac Ranch – Bruce Springsteen 2. Elvis Rolls Royce – Was (Not Was) 3. Hey, Little Minivan – Austin Lounge Lizards 4. Jaguar – Cities Aviv 5. Jeepster – T. Rex 6. Little Red Corvette – Big Daddy 7. […]

Saturday video break: Baby Got Back

I trust this needs no introduction: Have you read the oral history of that video yet? Go ahead, I’ll wait. Besides, you know what’s coming next, right? You’re probably also aware of the Latin translation of the lyrics, which qualifies as an Internet classic these days. But perhaps you haven’t seen this: Yeah, I’d say […]

Friday random thirteen: Presidenting is hard work, part 2

Finishing the job I started last week: 1. We’ve Only Just Begun – Grant Lee Buffalo 2. Buns O’Plenty – Isaac Hayes 3. Mary Ann – Ben Arthur 4. Devil’s Radio – George Harrison 5. Sweet Old Chicago – Roosevelt Sykes 6. Ballad Of The Pines – Jonathan Wilson 7. Come Together – Ike & […]

Saturday video break: Baby Come Back To Me

Time for some vocal harmonies, and a great place to start with that is The Manhattan Transfer. Here’s their oft-covered version of “Baby, Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love)”: If you’re around my age, you probably saw them perform that on a PBS special or something like that. Possibly you knew or […]

Friday random ten: Presidenting is hard work, part 1

For no particular reason, I got it in my head to see what kind of song lists I could make by using artists with the same name as the Presidents. Turns out I could make two lists’ worth. Here’s the first one: 1. Mad About The Boy – Dinah Washington 2. Don’t Let The Sun […]

Saturday video break: America

Has there ever been a better free concert than the one Simon and Garfunkel did in Central Park in 1981? Here they are doing “America”: I love Simon’s joke about “the guys who are selling loose joints” donating half their profits to the city. And here, for the second week in a row, is Yes, […]

Friday random ten: All in the family

We had family in town last week, and we went and visited more family in New Braunfels while they were here. So here are some family-oriented songs. 1. Aunt Avis – Widespread Panix 2. Uncle Dave – Leah White 3. Uncle John – Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick 4. Cousin Dupree – Steely Dan 5. […]

Saturday video break: Amazing Grace

This may be the most covered song of all time. Here’s a traditional rendition from The Rogues: I once said on Facebook that all bagpipes come with three songs preinstalled: Scotland The Brave, The Minstrel Boy, and Amazing Grace. Hearing this tune on the pipes always gives me a chill. For a slightly less traditional […]

Friday random ten: I’m an old cowhand

We went off to see the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo yesterday, so here are ten songs about cowboys and horses. 1. The Cowboy Song – SixMileBridge 2. Bring On the Dancing Horses – The Picture 3. Cowboys Are My Weakness – Chris Difford 4. Horse – Eddie From Ohio 5. I Want To Be […]