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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 […]

Friday random ten: You don’t mess around with Jim

For a letter worth 8 points in Scrabble because it doesn’t appear very frequently in English language words, there sure are a lot of names that beging with J. 1. Last One – James “Blood” Ulmer 2. I’ll Go Crazy – James Brown 3. Bayou Tortous – James McMurtry 4. Carolina In My Mind – […]

Saturday video break: Cold Shot

The one and only Stevie Ray Vaughan, ladies and gentlemen: I had no idea SRV even did MTV-style music videos. That one was amusing, if somewhat disturbing. I like how he has an endless supply of guitars at his fingertips. And speaking of fingertips, here’s Doctor John tickling the ivories for his cover of “Cold […]

Friday randon ten: I of the tiger

The letter I was the first one in this series that I was worried about. Turned out to be no big thing. 1. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Iam Dury & The Blockheads 2. Vehicle – Ides of March 3. Honky Tonk Woman – Ike & Tina Turner 4. Sweet Georgia Brown […]

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 […]