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Saturday video break: Don’t Stop Believin’

You’re not too cool to sing along. Admit it. That was recorded in Houston, as you could tell from the pandering lyrics edit. The copyright says 2005, but that’s got to be at least 20 years off. My guess this was in the venue formerly known as the Summit, then the home of the Rockets, […]

Friday random ten: Numerology

After the letters come the numbers. 1. Eat For Two – 10,000 Maniacs 2. Somebody’s Been Sleeping – 100 Proof 3. Land of the Laced – 100s 4. Sex – The 1975 5. S.I.M.P (Squirrels In My Pants) – 2 Guys N The Parque 6. Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited 7. Scarlet – […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Look Back

It’s a “same name, different song” fourplay. First, Boston: If you’ve ever listened to a classic rock station, you’ve probably heard that song. Now here’s one you probably haven’t heard, from Bruce Springsteen: That’s a live version of a tune from his “Tracks” collection of B-sides and other miscellania. Next up, Texas guitar prodigy Charlie […]

Friday random ten: Catch some Zs

Who knew I had ten artists in my collection with Z names? 1. Mellowmas 2010 – Zach Curd 2. Goodbye Girld – Zapruder Point 3. Dream Machine – Zen Archer 4. Too Much – Zendaya 5. Dragonfly – Ziggy Marley 6. If It’s Love – zOE’S iMAGINARY fRIED 7. Seekir – Zola Jesus 8. She’s […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

British Invasion time with Eric Burden and The Animals: I’m guessing a lot of people are familiar with the Elvis Costello version. Here’s a somewhat stripped down live recording of it: The version with which I am most familiar is the one I heard first, by Santa Esmerelda: The 70s, man. It’s like a whole […]

Friday random ten: Y not?

Sure, why not? 1. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2. Oh Yeah – Yello 3. Yours Is No Disgrace – Yes 4. The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Ylvis 5. I Wonder – Yma Sumac 6. How ‘Bout You? – Yonder Mountain String Band 7. Nightswimming – You Say Party! We Say Die! […]

Saturday video break: Dimples

The great John Lee Hooker, y’all: And the Spencer Davis Group, featuring a very young but still completely recognizable Steve Winwood: The recording I have is by Winwood as a solo act, but I couldn’t find a video for that. Happy Dia de los Muertos, y’all.

Friday random ten: It must be Halloween

I know I’m in the late stages of a recurring theme for Friday Random Tens, but how can I not break out of it when Halloween falls on a Friday? 1. Creepy Doll – Jonathan Coulton 2. Scarecrow – Steeleye Span 3. Frightened – Easter Island 4. Monster – Lady GaGa 5. Skeleton Man – […]

Friday random ten: W for the win

Almost done with the alphabet, at which point I’ll have to come up with a new gimmick to get me through a few weeks. But until then, the W names. 1. Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung 2. Casey Jones – Warren Zevon 3. I Can’t Turn You Loose – Was (Not Was) 4. Rainy […]

Classic hip-hop

I got a good chuckle out of this. News 92 FM, which until last week was the home of veteran newscasters J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes, is now Boom 92.1 FM, home of Geto Boys, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg and Run-D.M.C. Radio One, which owns three FM stations in Houston, at 5 p.m. Monday launched […]

Saturday video break: Desperado

A live performance by the Eagles during one of their reunion tours. Can someone explain to me why music writers seem to all hate these guys? I don’t get it. Anyway, the country roots of this song are easy to see, and it was featured on a collection of Eagles covers by country artists called […]

Friday random ten: V for Victory

I’m never sure with these higher-scoring Scrabble letters if I can get ten artist or band names out of them, but V presented no problems. 1. Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love – Van Halen 2. And It Stoned Me – Van Morrison 3. Turning Japanese – The Vapors 4. White Boots – Vaughan Brothers 5. Rock […]

Saturday video break: Danny Boy

I have no idea who might have done this originally, so I nominate the King’s Singers for the canonical version: The main problem with this song is that it’s so easy to do an over the top schmaltzy version of it. If there’s one person who can put the feels into it without the schmaltz, […]

Friday random six: U too?

Sorry, six songs by U-named bands is all I got: 1. The Electric Co. – U2 2. Still…You Turn Me On – Uncle Seth 3. I’m In Heaven – Universal Funk 4. Ffuny Ffriends – Unknown Mortal Orchestra 5. Stay With Me – The Urges 6. Easy Livin’ – Uriah Heep I have lots of […]

Saturday video break: Daniel

A little classic Elton John: Wilson Phillips did the honors on the “Two Rooms” tribute CD: That song wasn’t written for them, of course, but it sure sounds like it could have been.

Friday random ten: T for two

Or for ten, as the case may be. 1. Puttin’ On The Ritz – Taco 2. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Taken By Trees 3. Slippery People – Talking Heads 4. Kingdom of Rain – The The 5. In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk 6. Oy Chanukkah – Theodore Bikel 7. See The Constellation – […]

Saturday video break: Dancing Queen

All hail ABBA: Did they know how to craft pop music or what? It’s not a surprise that the concept of a jukebox musical, where all the songs are taken from a single artist, has had its best success with “Mamma Mia” and its killer mix of ABBA tunes. My daughters have seen this movie […]

Friday random ten: Call me Steve

Just not Steve Jobs. I mean seriously, just try to do a Google search of “Steve” without tripping over a zillion Steve Jobs links. 1. Nothin’ To Do But Today – Stephen Stills 2. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle 3. Dumbledore – Steve Goodie 4. It’s All Too Much – Steve Hillage 5. The Joker […]

Saturday video break: Dancing In The Dark

You know this one: Gotta say, I’ve seen Springsteen in concert a couple of times, but I’ve never seen him dance like that, with or without Courtney Cox. Clarence Clemons, sure, but not The Boss. Ah, well, it was the 80s. You had to be there. And now for something a little different: Yeah, I’m […]

Friday random ten: R You Ready?

Ready or not, here come the Rs. 1. Cry Me A River – Ray Brown Trio 2. One Mint Julep – Ray Charles 3. Cruella De Ville – The Replacements 4. Time To Ring Some Changes – Richard Thompson 5. One Of Us – Rivers Cuomo & Rainn Wilson 6. God Loves The Irish – […]

Saturday video break: Dance This Mess Around

The B-52′s, who are not easily imitated: And the Asylum Street Spankers, who are up to the challenge: I had the privilege of seeing the Spankers many times before they sadly broke up a couple of years ago. I had the privilege of seeing the B-52′s play at the Houston Zoo for their annual fundraiser […]

Friday random ten – Mind your Ps, but not your Qs

Your Qs can do whatever they want, there aren’t enough of them to worry about. 1. Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline 2. Big Bottom – Paul and Storm 3. Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon 4. Gonna Be An Engineer – Peggy Seeger 5. Brilliant Blues – Pete Townshend 6. Big […]

Saturday video break: Crocodile Rock

You know what you need? A video of Elton John on “The Muppet Show”, singing “Crocodile Rock” backed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and a chorus of crocodiles, that’s what. The singing begins at about 1:46: How awesome was that? There are some celebrities that were just born to perform with the Muppets. […]

Friday random ten – O rly?

Names that start with vowels are more interesting than names that start with consonants. I believe they had a lively debate on that topic on one of William F. Buckley’s shows. 1. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis 2. Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men 3. Instant Karma – of Montreal 4. Fire […]

Saturday video break: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

A lovely little tune from Queen: Oh, Freddy. You left us way too soon. Now here’s a version you may remember from a Gap commercial, by Dwight Yoakum: A straight-up countrified version, a little up tempo, and it works quite well as a two-step, even if everyone in the video is line dancing.

Friday random ten – In N Out

Starting the second half of the alphabet, though we’re more than halfway through thanks to letters like Q, X, and Z. 1. Take Me Away – Napoleon XIV 2. Break My Heart – Natalie Merchant 3. The Needle And The Damage Done – Neil Young 4. People Got A Lotta Nerve – Neko Case 5. […]

Saturday video break: Crazy

I believe this is the mother of all “Same Name, Different Song” songs in my collection. First up, the immortal Patsy Cline: If that doesn’t get you right in the feels, then you must not have any. Now here’s Gnarls Barkley: That was recorded on the David Letterman show. Took me awhile to find a […]

Friday random ten – M’s the word

Another letter with a lot of names that go with it. 1. It’s Hard To Be Humble – Mac Davis 2. Galway Farmer – Maggie Drennon 3. Oxygen – Maia Mitchell 4. Fixer Upper – Maia Wilson (from “Frozen”) 5. For You – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band 6. Blue Moon – The Marcels 7. How […]

Saturday video break: Cool For Cats

Is it really a cover when the lead singer of a band re-does one of that band’s songs as a solo artist? Here’s Squeeze, with Chris Difford at the wheel, doing “Cool For Cats”: Sometimes solo artists completely change the song of their former band when they record it on their own. Phil Collins’ “Behind […]

Friday random ten – The L I will

Almost halfway through the alphabet now. 1. Self Control – Laura Branigan 2. Irene – Leadbelly 3. Rock And Roll Is Dead – Lenny Kravitz 4. Lady Blue – Leon Russell 5. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Les Brown & His Band Of Renown 6. Penitentiary Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins 7. […]

Saturday video break: Come Together

I think we’re all familiar with the original version of this one, so since I just have cover versions of it, let’s go straight to those. First, here’s Aerosmith: Steven Tyler was two years younger than I am right now when that was done. I should look so good without a shirt. On that note, […]

Moving out of Fitzgerald’s

Big music news in Houston. The successful concert promotion group behind Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival has secured land just north of downtown Houston to build a three-stage music venue complex with two indoor stages and an outdoor stage. Pegstar Concerts head Jagi Katial said Monday the project has been two years in gestation. Plans […]

Friday random ten – Kiss me, Kate

Another all-in-one-name list for the letter K. 1. Pull Me Out Alive – Kaki King 2. Differently – Kat Parsons 3. Rocket Man – Kate Bush 4. Village Green Preservation Society – Kate Rusby 5. Best Song Ever – Katie Armiger 6. By My Side – Katie Hanley & Company (from “Godspell”) 7. Jumping Trains […]

Saturday video break: Come Down In Time

Not one of Elton John’s biggest hits, but a lovely tune nonetheless: And a very good cover of it by Sting, from the “Two Rooms” tribute to Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin: Sting’s voice just works on that song, doesn’t it? That naturally led to the two of them performing it together: And there you […]