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Saturday video break: Smells Like Teen Spirit

I have two covers of the grunge classic. First, the Meat Puppets: Boy, they really leaned in on their name, didn’t they? That’s from “Newermind”, a tribute to Nirvana on the 20th anniversary of the album release, put out by SPIN magazine. Next up is Tori Amos: That’s probably the best-known cover of the song. […]

Friday random ten: Black and blue, part 1

Once again, a topic too big to cover in one go. 1. Black And White – The DB’s 2. Black Annis – Solas 3. Black Blade – Blue Oyster Cult 4. Black Boys On Mopeds – Sinead O’Connor 5. Black Coffee In Bed – Squeeze 6. Black Crows – honeyhoney 7. Black Eye Blues – […]

Saturday video break: Slow Ride

Here’s Bonnie Raitt: That’s from her hit album Luck of the Draw and it’s a good song, because Bonnie Raitt only makes good songs. But I can’t say it’s one I was greatly familiar with. I am greatly familiar, as I suspect are you, with Foghat: That’s the long version of the song. It has […]

Friday random ten: Big talker, part 3

Time for a big finish. 1. Big Rio Grande River – Austin Lounge Lizards 2. Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock 3. Big Round World – Trout Fishing In America 4. Big Girls Cry – Sia 5. Big Noise – Eddie From Ohio 6. Big Shot – Billy Joel 7. Big Sky Country – […]

Saturday video break: Shout

Here’s a song called Shout you probably don’t know, from Miles Davis: That’s from the Fluxblog 1981 list. I always thought of Miles Davis as a musician of the 60s, so it was a pleasant surprise to see that he was still making great music at that time. A song you are familiar with, also […]

Friday random ten: Big talker, part 2

Big list, no kidding. 1. Big Hat, No Cattle – Randy Newman 2. Big Legs, Tight Skirt – John Lee Hooker 3. Big Love – Matthew E. White 4. Big Love – Fleetwood Mac 5. Big Man On Mulberry Street – Billy Joel 6. Big Mess – Devo 7. The Big Muddy – Bruce Springsteen […]

Saturday video break: Ship of Fools

I give you Bob Seger and his amazing 70’s-era hair: If we must have a musician from Michigan run for the US Senate, shouldn’t it by right be Bob Seger? I’m pretty sure it should. A different song by this name is a Grateful Dead standard, and while I don’t have that in my library, […]

Friday random ten: Big talker, part 1

This list is so big it will take three weeks to get through it. 1. Big Balls – AC/DC 2. Big Bang Theory Theme – Barenaked Ladies 3. Big Bangs, Black Holes, Meteorites – Love Is All 4. Big Blue Sky – Sandra McCracken 5. Big Bottom – Hayseed Dixie 6. The Big Country – […]

Saturday video break: She’s No Lady

Here’s national treasure Lyle Lovett: You’ll have to ask him if he wrote that about Julia Roberts. In the meantime, here’s Lou Rawls: Also a national treasure. You might be able to get away with having this song dedicated to your wife if she hears Lou Rawls singing it.

Friday random ten: Better than that

Because “better” comes after “best” in the dictionary. 1. Better – Kim Carnes 2. Better Be Good To Me – Tina Tuner 3. Better Days – Bruce Springsteen 4. Better In Stereo – Dove Cameron 5. Better Love – Robert Johnson 6. A Better Man I’ll Be – Larkin 7. Better Off Dub – Rupert […]

Saturday video break: Shenandoah

Here’s Bruce Springsteen performing this classic American folk song: That’s from his Seeger Sessions album, which was basically aimed right at my sweet spot. For an every more growly-voiced take, here’s Tom Waits with Keith Richards: Hitch the horses to the wagons, I’m ready to ride.

Friday random ten: Best of the best

This could be my best list ever. 1. Best Damn Fool – Buddy Guy 2. Best Friend – Dent May 3. The Best Is Yet To Come – Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & His Orchetsra 4. Best Lil’ Whorehouse Medley – The MOB 5. Best o’ The Barley – Jiggernaut 6. The Best Of […]

Saturday video break: Shame On You

Continuing with the shame theme, here’s the Indigo Girls: They should have had more success on mainstream rock radio. Maybe I’m just a sucker for vocal harmonies, but they were and are excellent at what they do. Now here’s Willie Nelson in tandem with Asleep At The Wheel: God bless ya, Willie. May you outlive […]

Friday random eleven – Be all that you can be

Going to eleven this week because I felt like it. 1. Be Good Johnny – Men At Work 2. Be Like The Man – Mieka Pauley 3. Be Like You – Asylum Street Spankers 4. Be My Baby – The Ronettes 5. Be My Daddy – Trish & Darin 6. Be Nice To Me – […]

Saturday video break: Shame On The Moon

Here’s Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band with a deep cut: Gotta say, in thirty years of listening to AOR and classic rock radio, I don’t think I’d heard that song before. I know, the playlists are shallow, but still. Now here’s Rodney Crowell: I’ve mentioned the Fluxblog 80s mixes before. Turns out the […]

Friday random ten: Bad, and also drawn that way

Anyone else up for a little distraction from the news? 1. Bad – U2 2. Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas – Beach Slang 3. Bad Blood – Taylor Swift 4. Bad Businessman – Squirrel Nut Zippers 5. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival 6. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 7. Bad […]

Saturday video break: Shame

Here are the Avett Brothers, at a music festival in Jackson Hole: I’ve collected music from a lot of different sources over the years. Both of today’s songs come from different CD samplers, this one on Americana music and the next one from a collection of 70s AM radio hits. Here’s Evelyn Champagne King: If […]

Friday random ten – Back to back, part two

Back for more… 1. Back In Your Arms – Bruce Springsteen 2. Back In Your Own Backyard – Hot Club of Cowtown 3. Back It Up – Caro Emerald 4. Back On The Chain Gang – The Pretenders 5. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse 6. Back To Chico – Clandestine 7. Back To Tyrone […]

Saturday video break: Shake Your Booty

Fluff up your hair, put on your dancing shoes, turn your HiFi up to max volume, and get down to KC and the Sunshine Band: Now that, my friends, is what I’m talking about. It’s too much awesomeness for any one person, and it can all be yours for $12.99 plus shipping and handling on […]

Friday random ten – Back to back, part one

I’m baaaaaaaaaack… 1. Back Door Santa – Bon Jovi 2. Back Home Again In Indiana – Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins & Stan Getz 3. Back In Baby’s Arms – Patsy Cline 4. Back In Love Again – LTD 5. Back In My Arms Again – The Supremes 6. Back In The Day – Blues Traveler […]

Saturday video break: Shake It Up

Here are The Cars: What exactly is “the move with the quirky jerk”, anyway? Ric Ocasek has a lot to answer for if you ask me. Now here’s Selena Gomez: That’s the theme song to the former Disney Channel show of the same name, which was a thing when my kids were still into programming […]

Friday random ten – Baby, baby

So many songs that start with the word “Baby”. 1. Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman 2. Baby Come Back To Me – The Manhattan Transfer 3. Baby Don’t Cry – INXS 4. Baby Don’t You Do It – Marvin Gaye 5. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot 6. Baby Love – The […]

Saturday video break: Sex

Let’s get right down to it, shall we? Here’s The 1975: Gotta say, as much as I love the extravagance of 1970s and 1980s videos, I really appreciate ones where we just see the band or singer in a natural setting doing their thing, with no effects or artsiness or other frippery. Just musicians making […]

Friday random ten – Are you sure about this?

I don’t know, are you? 1. Are We The Waiting – Green Day 2. Are We There Yet? – Trout Fishing In America 3. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – JET 4. Are You Gonna Move It For Me? – The Donnas 5. Are You Kidding Around? – Samantha Shelton 6. Are You Lonely […]

Saturday video break: September

The only thing that can rival the 80s for video awesomeness is the 70s, and when you think of the 70s, you should think of Earth, Wind & Fire: The glitter, the dashikis, the groovy video effects – it’s all there, in one spectacular package. The vocals and the horns are pretty great, too. A […]

Friday random ten – Another one

Hey, it’s another list! 1. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 – Pink Floyd 2. Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert 3. Another Day – Sting 4. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins 5. Another Man’s Cause – SixMileBridge 6. Another Nail For My Heart – Squeeze 7. Another One Bites The Dust […]

Friday random ten – All American

I know it’s past the Fourth of July, but how about some American music? 1. The American And Florence/Nobody’s Side – from “Chess” 2. American Girl – Roger McGuinn 3. American Idiot – Green Day 4. American Land – Bruce Springsteen 5. American Names – Sebastien Grainger 6. American Patrol – Glenn Miller 7. American […]

Saturday video break: Secret

We’re all about the 80s here, and very few things say “the 80s” like Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. It’s the hair, the synthesizers, the usage of black and white footage to tell a story about…well, I don’t know exactly, but that’s not the point. The point is, this is what the 80s was all […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 4

All good things must come to an end. 1. All The Voices – INXS 2. All The Way To Memphis – Mott the Hoople 3. All The Young Dudes – Billy Bragg 4. All These Years – Solas 5. All Things Dull And Ugly – Lager Rhythms 6. All Through The Night – Peter, Paul […]

Saturday video break: Saved

Here’s Bob Dylan during his Christian phase: Gotta say, that meets my criteria for a good gospel song: It’s not doctrinally objectionable, and it has an excellent beat that you can dance to. Thumbs up. Now here with a similar these are The Commitments: That’s from Volume 2 of the soundtrack, which is why it’s […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 3

All we are is all we are. 1. All Of My Life – Phil Collins 2. All Or Nothin’ At All – Bruce Springsteen 3. All Revved Up – Jermaine Jackson 4. All Revved Up With No Place To Go – Meat Loaf 5. All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley 6. […]

Saturday video break: Save It For Later

Let’s start with The English Beat: Some day, when my kids ask me “Dad, what was it really like in the 80s?”, I’m going to show them that video. That, and maybe an episode of LA Law. Now for one of the best cover-doers out there, the pairing of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Do […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 2

All there is is more songs that start with “All”. 1. All God’s Children Got Rhythm – Stan Getz 2. All I Ask – Adele 3. All I Ever – GEMS 4. All I Wanna Do – The Chesterfield Kings 5. All I Want – Susanna Hoffs 6. All In Love Is Fair – Mel […]

Saturday video break: Saturday Night

Hey, it’s Saturday! And here’s a song all about Saturday Night! It’s perfect! That was the Bay City Rollers, and the entire 1970s boiled down into a three-minute video. And for a slightly different view of the 70’s, here are the Eagles: Well, you can answer the question of whatever happened to Saturday night yourself, […]