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Friday random ten – Come, come now, part 2

Keep it coming. 1. Come Go With Me – Georgetown Chimes 2. Come In, Sit Down – Jiggernaut 3. Come On (Part III) – Stevie Ray Vaughan 4. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners 5. Come On With Me – The Mollys 6. Come Out Ye Black And Tans – Larkin 7. Come Saturday […]

Friday random ten – Come, come now, part 1

Another multi-part list! And we’re still in January! Woo hoo! 1. Come & Get It – Selena Gomez 2. Come A Day – Nils Lofgren 3. Come A Little Bit Closer – Jay & The Americans 4. Come And I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles) – Great Big Sea 5. Come As You Are […]

Saturday video break: Soon

Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers? Here they are with a song called “Soon”: I really liked SNZ, as I have always been a fan of that style of music. I wish they’d stayed together longer and made more records, but that’s the way it goes. Now here’s Yes: The video is from 2001. They may […]

Friday random ten: Can’t even, part 2

Because “can’t” is a key part of anyone’s vocabulary. 1. Can’t Stop Dancin’ – Becky G 2. Can’t Stop Killing You – Kirsty MacColl 3. Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You – Aaron Neville 4. Can’t Stop Rockin’ – ZZ Top 5. Can’t Stop Singing – Ross Lynch & Maia Mitchell 6. Can’t Stop […]

Saturday video break: Something So Right

Here’s Paul Simon performing one of his solo hits: Simon was a top-notch songwriter for over 20 years, and if you look at the trajectory of most artists, that’s a long time. Here’s Annie Lennox, in a recording someone took from a performance she gave on morning TC show, doing her rendition of this song: […]

Friday random ten: Can’t even, part 1

I just can’t, you know? 1. Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles 2. Can’t Even Get The Blues – Reba McEntire 3. Can’t Find My Keys – Mojo Nixon 4. Can’t Get There From Here – R.E.M. 5. Can’t Go Back There – The Bellyachers 6. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley […]

Friday random ten: California dreaming

I had no idea I had this many California songs. 1. California – The Aislers Set 2. California – Delta Spirit 3. California – Joni Mitchell 4. California (There Is No End To Love) – U2 5. California Christmas – Brooke White 6. California Girls – The Beach Boys 7. California Gurls – Katy Perry […]

Saturday video break: Somebody Loves Me

I feel like we could use a little sax music, so here are Al Cohn and Zoot Sims: I’m pretty sure it’s the law that you have to be a musician to be nicknamed “Zoot”. Where there’s jazz there’s western swing, and where there’s western swing there’s the Hot Club of Cowtown: Sadly, there was […]

Friday random ten: Bring it

It has been brought. 1. Bring Back That Leroy Brown – Queen 2. Bring ‘Em Home – Bruce Springsteen 3. Bring It Back Again – Stray Cats 4. Bring It On Down To My House – Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel 5. Bring It On Home To Me – The Commitments 6. Bring […]

Friday random ten: Break it up

You can shake it, but please don’t break it. 1. Break It To Me Gently – Brenda Lee 2. Break My Heart – La Sera 3. Break Your Heart – Natalie Merchant 4. Breakin’ Me – Jonny Lang 5. Breaking – Anberlin 6. Breaking Bells (Take Me To The Mardi Gras) – Crash Crew 7. […]

Saturday video break: Solsbury Hill

An all time classic from Peter Gabriel: No, I have no idea what the lettuce this is about. Apparently, the video was done much later, so who knows. Now here’s Jiggernaut: There’s a live version here but the audio quality is so-so. I personally like bagpipes and think it adds something to this rendition, but […]

Friday random ten: Born to be wild

Where it all begins for everyone. 1. Born At The Right Time – Paul Simon 2. Born Blonde – Wild Moccasins 3. Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen 4. Born In Time – Bob Dylan 5. Born This Way – Lady GaGa 6. Born To Be Bad – George Thorogood & The Destroyers 7. […]

Saturday video break: So Far Away

Here’s Carole King performing one of her many hits from Tapestry: I’m always entertained to see James Taylor with long hair, because by the 80s he had become such a short-haired clean-cut type. According to the comments on this video, the show at which this was recorded was before Tapestry was released; Carole King opened […]

Friday random ten: Blue bayou, part 3

One more for the holidays. 1. Blue Sky – The Allman Brothers Band 2. Blue State Girl – Michael Clem 3. Blue Uniforms – Yung 4. Bluebird – Tufts Bellzebubs 5. Bluebonnets – Clandestine 6. Blues For A Graying Walrus – Trinity University Jazz Band 7. Blues Music – G. Love & Special Sauce 8. […]

Saturday video break: Snakedance

Here’s the terrific Texas trio of Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, and Lou Ann Barton: There’s live footage of one televised concert they did off this album, but none I could find featuring this song. Here’s a live version of Marcia Ball singing it solo, which is good because Marcia Ball is never not good, but […]

Friday random ten: Blue bayou, part 2

Oh God, is it Friday already? Thankfully I’m in the middle of a multi-list theme. 1. Blue Lou – Benny Carter 2. Blue Moon – The Marcels 3. Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys 4. Blue Moon Revisited – Cowboy Junkies 5. Blue Morning, Blue Day – Foreigner 6. Blue […]

Friday random ten: Blue bayou, part 1

Do we have the blues? We have them enough for multiple lists. 1. Blue Always Finds Me – Hotel Lights 2. Blue Baiao – Susanna Sharpe and Samba Police 3. Blue Christmas – Collective Soul 4. Blue Comet Blues – Bill Haley & The Comets 5. Blue Dream Lover – Elke 6. Blue In Green […]

Saturday video break: Sledgehammer

Here’s Fifth Harmony: As you may surmise, they’re one of those artists I know about thanks to my kids. They have several songs I like, this one included, so that’s a win. Those of you who aren’t millennials or proximate to kids are probably more familiar with Peter Gabriel’s song of the same name: A […]

Friday random ten: All hail the Astros

I break the pattern once again in honor of the Astros’ World Series win. 1. Born To Win – Hurray For The Riff Raff 2. Playing To Win – Shalamar 3. The Winner Takes It All – ABBA 4. You Win Again – Mary-Chapin Carpenter 5. We Are The Champions – Queen 6. Sittin’ On […]

Saturday video break: The Altuve Polka

We interrupt the procession of cover/same name songs to bring you this, the most important video of 2017: If the Astros don’t adopt that as their official team song, they are badly mistaken. This is easily the best Houston-centric sports song since It’s a Ming Thing.

Friday random ten: Black and blue, part 2

My odds are stacked/I’ll go back to black 1. Black Horse And The Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall 2. Black Is The Color – SixMileBridge 3. Black Lipstick – Chicano Batman 4. Black Magic – Little Mix 5. Black Night – Deep Purple 6. Black Rain – Fastball 7. Black Water – The Doobie Brothers […]

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 […]