Songs from the folks tradition are by definition covers, since there obviously is no original recording. One of my favorites is All Around My Hat. It was a hit for Steeleye Span in the 70s: Later, Status Quo covered Steeleye’s version, with Steeleye lead singer Maddy Prior on harmony vocals: The thing about folks music […]
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So after reading about Bruce Springsteen’s tour down under, I went looking for songs by non-American artists in my collection. 1. Dancing Queen – ABBA (Sweden) 2. Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC (Australia) 3. Full Force Gale – Van Morrison (Ireland) 4. Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus? – Charo (Spain) 5. Distant Early Warning – […]
Just because two songs have the same name, it doesn’t mean they’re the same song. In theory, there’s an unlimited number of song titles; in practice, there are a lot of repeats. We’ll be looking at some examples of those as well as we proceed, starting with today’s example. Here’s The Kinks with a lesser […]
In honor of Wednesday’s epic ruling invalidating Texas’ Double Secret Illegal Anti-Gay Marriage law, here’s a supersized list celebrating the LGBTQ artists in my collection: 1. We Are The Champions – Queen 2. The Consequences of Falling – k.d. lang 3. I Don’t Know What It Is – Rufus Wainwright 4. Take Me To The […]
This song is almost 100 years old, and it qualifies as a standard. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, here’s the original version, by Marion Harris: I’m impressed there’s still a recording around of that. The first place I encountered this song was in the movie “All That Jazz”, but unfortunately I can’t find […]
Another birthday this week. God, I’m old. 1. The Old Black Rum – Great Big Sea 2. Old Blevins – Austin Lounge Lizards 3. Old Dan Tucker – Bruce Springsteen 4. The Old Dope Peddler – Tom Lehrer 5. Old Folks’ Boogie – Little Feat 6. Old Friends – Simon and Garfunkel 7. Old Joe […]
I didn’t mean to start this series out with two Pete Townshend songs in a row, but I’m going alphabetically and this is what came next. It’s also one of my favorite songs, from one of my desert island CDs: Love the song, and totally love the CD, “Deep End Live!”; you can see the […]
The Captain and Tennille. Ron and Hermione. It’s been a heartbreaking couple of weeks, hasn’t it? And today is Valentine’s Day, too. Here’s an appropriate soundtrack for some love gone wrong. 1. Break My Heart – La Sera 2. Break Your Heart – Natalie Merchant 3. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Neil Sedaka […]
Not many rock groups could pull off the “concept album” without it descending into a morass of self-indulgence and wretched excess. The Who was one of the bands that could get away with it, because Pete Townshend was such a genius. Here’s The Acid Queen, from their rock opera “Tommy”: Did I mention that adding […]
I managed to miss the anniversary of Molly Ivins’ death last week. For my penance, here are ten of my favorite Texas songs. I know she would have approved. 1. Stupid Texas Song – Austin Lounge Lizards 2. Deep Ellum Blues – Asylum Street Spankers 3. That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas) – Lyle Lovett […]
How is it that I’d never actually seen the video for “99 Red Balloons” before? One of life’s little mysteries, I suppose. And may I just say…leather pants. God, I miss the 80s sometimes. I also got to wondering if there were any decent cover versions of this. Here’s Goldfinger: That’s pretty good. Here’s another, […]
Paste had a list awhile back of the “Fifty Sexiest Songs Of All Time”. Here’s how they described it: “Our picks span a variety of eras, genres and styles—and while some are more overtly sexual than others, they all make us weak in the knees. To keep this from being a list of Prince and […]
Cup-stacking is a thing with the kids these days, and this song from “Pitch Perfect” is the soundtrack for it (music starts about 1:28). David Letterman was quite impressed by Anna Kendrick’s cup percussion ability: As someone who finds it hard enough to do one musical thing at a time, color me impressed as well.
I’m pretty sure we’ll all be happy to never hear the words “polar vortex” again. 1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – The Priestess And The Fool 2. Cold – Annie Lennox 3. Cold Chicago – Humming House 4. Cold Irons Bound – Bob Dylan 5. Cold Shot – Stevie Ray Vaughan 6. Cold Wait – […]
I know I posted an Austin Lounge Lizards video last week, but this was the official theme song of our now-broken minivan, so how could I not? One way or another, we will be a minivan family again. It is what we are.
Or you could, if it hadn’t been clobbered by a pickup truck coming the other direction and drifting into my lane while I was waiting at a stoplight last weekend. So in memory of my old minivan, whose fate is still in the hands of the insurance adjusters, here are ten car songs. 1. Car […]
The Austin Lounge Lizards sum up our political discourse in one song: I mean seriously, is there anything they missed in that recitation?
In honor of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, ten songs about bridges. 1. The Bridge – Eddie From Ohio 2. Bridge of Sighs – Robin Trower 3. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin 4. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Johnny Cash 5. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel 6. Brothers Under The […]
Have you ever wondered what the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne” mean? Well, wonder no more: More than one verse, too. Hope 2014 is off to great start for you.
I’m pretty sure I’ve done a list of “New” songs for the new year, but it’s another new year and I’ve got no better ideas, so. 1. New Blood – Robert Cray 2. New Blues – Joe Satriani 3. New Constellation – Toad the Wet Spocket 4. New Dreams – Stanley Smith 5. New Jazz […]
One less rock station on the air in Houston. So instead of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy on 93.7, from now on you will probably hear Holy Grail by Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake. Just whatever you do, don’t let Timberlake get near Reliant Stadium and Janet Jackson again! That’s because after 20 years, 93.7 […]
Olivia’s now been an iPod owner for more than a year, and last year she got a bunch of iTunes money that she still hasn’t fully spent. Here’s a sample of the songs she has added to her collection in 2013. 1. Applause – Lady GaGa 2. Come & Get It – Selena Gomez 3. […]
Not love, but that other thing. 1. Easy Money – Billy Joel 2. Gimme Some Money – Brian Grosz 3. I Need Some Money – John Lee Hooker 4. Money – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings 5. Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles 6. Money Can’t Buy It – Annie Lennoz 7. […]
In honor of Megyn Kelly: If you listen closely, you can hear the heads exploding. Via The Slacktivist.
How about novelty songs, along the lines of Existential Blues? Just silly songs like what Dr. Demento used to feature, occosionally parodies or filk but mostly original works of whimsy. Here are ten of mine: 1. Shaving Cream – Benny Bell 2. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants 3. Mah Na Mah Na […]
Just because, that’s why. I’ve actually been to Butte, Montana. It was back in 1996, while in the Copper State for my brother’s wedding, which was held in Missoula. Much of the extended family was there for several days, and I think two days before the actual wedding, some of us piled into a couple […]
So tomorrow the Rice Owls will play the Marshall Thundering Herd at Historic Rice Stadium in the Conference USA championship game (noon EST, 11 AM CST, ESPN2, check local listings), and I’ll be there in the stands with the Rice MOB, freezing my embouchure off. In any event, to honor the occasion and to hopefully […]
I have three things to say about this. Alvin Community College’s little radio station that could is a welcome bright spot in an increasingly bleak terrestrial radio landscape. With only 5,600 watts of power and a staff made up almost exclusively of students, 89.7 FM KACC plays an eclectic mix of rock ‘n’ roll that […]
Because Arlo Guthrie did in fact do more than one song: I’ve even heard that one played on the radio a time or two. Like the Thursday video, this was recorded at Farm Aid, though in a different year. Hope you’re having a good weekend, Arlo Guthrie, wherever you are.
In the spirit of the weekend, ten songs about food. 1. Hotdogs and Hamburgers – John Mellencamp 2. Watermelon Time – Marcia Ball 3. Col. Josh’s Homestyle Barbecue – Asylum Street Spankers 4. Ode To The Lima Bean – Flying Fish Sailors 5. Corn Dogs – The Bobs 6. Tastes Like Chicken – Austin Lounge […]
Needs no introduction, does it? That was at Farm Aid 2005. Still sounds great, too. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, here is Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, performed in 1991 by the Philadephia Orchestra, and narrated by Dr. J, Julius Erving: One of my favorite pieces of music. I had the good fortune to take part in a performance of this myself, with the Trinity University […]
I was born after the assassination of JFK, so I have nothing to add to the nostalgia and remembrances of this week. But the least I can do is contribute a list of songs performed by various Johns in commemoration of today’s anniversary. 1. Again Tonight – John Mellencamp 2. Angel From Montgomery – John […]
Surely you know Tom Lehrer’s song “The Elements”: But seeing that video, you can also see that there have in fact been many more that have since been discovered. So what we need now is an updated elements song that includes all the subsequently discovered elements. And it should also be in atomic number order, […]