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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. […]

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, […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saturday video break: Sara

Here’s Fleetwood Mac with one of their bigger post-Rumours hits: There isn’t a Fleetwood Mac video channel as far as I could tell, so that was the best-looking video I could find. Other than the lips not always synching with the music, it’s not too bad. Now here’s Camper Van Beethoven’s take on this: That […]

Saturday video break: Safety Dance

Hey, I just realized that I’ve never seen the video of the Men Without Hats classic “Safety Dance”. Let’s watch, shall we? Well, that was…um, yeah, I got nothing. Let’s just go to the Literal Video version, because there just had to be a literal video version of that: Now it all makes sense. With […]

Saturday video break: Royals

Here’s Lorde’s global hit: She’s going to be in Houston for the 2017 Free Press Summerfest, which I will be unable to attend. One presume she isn’t coming all this way just to play a couple of days in Houston, but her tour schedule doesn’t actually include many American appearances, so check her out while […]

Saturday video break: Rock This Town

A big hit from the Stray Cats: Am I the only one who thinks that the “real square cat” who “looks so 1974” kinds sorta resembles Weird Al Yankovic with a short haircut? It’s the mustache and the smirk, I guess. Now here’s lead singer Brian Setzer with his Orchestra nearly 20 years later: That’s […]

Saturday video break: Pulling Mussels From A Shell

Squeeze, circa 1980: Such an underrated band. I don’t think I heard any of their music on the radio back in the day – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it on a “classic rock” station either, though I can’t swear to this. I discovered them the old-fashioned way, by raiding my roommate’s record and […]

Saturday video break: Pressure Drop

Here’s Toots and the Maytalls: I have a live acoustic version of this from the KCBO in-studio series. Any way they do it sounds good. Now here are The Specials: That’s from the soundtrack to the movie Grosse Point Blank, which came out in 1997 and which I’d say was the leading edge of the […]

Saturday video break: Our Lips Are Sealed

It’s peak 80’s with the Go-Gos: I’m so old, I’m watching them drive around in that convertible and all I can think is “PUT YOUR SEAT BELTS ON! ARE YOU CRAZY?” Different times, they were. Now here are favored cover artists Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs: As one of the commenters said, a double bill […]

Saturday video break: Operator

The classic gospel song by the great jazz/a capella group The Manhattan Transfer: Oh, those outfits. I confess, I don’t actually have a ManTran version of this song in my library right now, though I have owned this on cassette in the past. I’ll get around to fixing that one of these days. I do […]

Saturday video break: Once In A Lifetime

One of the more iconic songs by the Talking Heads: Who hasn’t asked himself these questions? Nobody does musical paranoia like David Byrne. This song was also used to great effect in the movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills. And nobody does mashed-up covers of popular songs like Big Daddy: Because of course this […]

Saturday video break: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only John Lee Hooker: We should all achieve that level of coolness at least once in our lifetimes. Now here’s George Thorogood with the version you’ve probably heard: So, did Jersey party as good as they did in Philly? I love the narrative he adds to the song. The […]

Saturday video break: Nowhere To Run

Let’s throw it back with Martha and the Vandellas: I love that music videos were being made in the 60s. MTV was a decade and a half away, something like this might get shown once on an “American Bandstand”-type show, and yet here we are fifty years later watching it on Youtube. What a serendipitous […]

Saturday video break: New Year’s Eve

Since today is actually New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be appropriate to break the pattern for this classic torch song. Here’s Kacey Musgraves asking you what are you doing New Year’s Eve: Props for the clarinet solo. there aren’t nearly enough clarinet solos in popular music, if you ask me. And because there […]

Saturday video break: My Best Friend’s Girl

A classic from The Cars: Gotta love those period-era live videos, at least when the sound quality and production are reasonably good. Sometimes I wonder what the people who shot the video thought would happen to it. Getting uploaded to the Internet some 30 years later probably wasn’t a possibility they contemplated.Now here’s Hayseed Dixie: […]

Saturday video break: Mrs Robinson

Let’s all sing along with Simon and Garfunkel: Here’s a video of the song playing over scenes from the movie with which it is closely identified, The Graduate. The audio is a little weird or I’d have used it instead, but there it is if you want to watch it. The story of how that […]

Saturday video break: Mr Blue Sky

Here’s Lily Allen covering a classic rocker: I kind of love this version. She has the perfect voice for a song that always makes me happy to hear. Now here’s the Electric light Orchestra original: It’s good, and you have to love the trippy 70’s animation, but honestly I say Allen does it better. It’s […]

Saturday video break: Minnie The Moocher

From the movie The Cotton Club, it’s Cab Calloway’s greatest hit: I saw that movie in the theater back in the day – it was kind of mediocre, but the soundtrack is killer. I’ve owned it on vinyl and on CD, and of course now it’s been ripped to MP3. I suppose I should watch […]

Saturday video break – Merry Christmas, Baby

The Boss and friends bring you greetings of the season: This was recorded in 2002. Seeing Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici again – it’s all the feels, you know? Here’s a much shorter version of this song from Otis Redding: Merry October, y’all.

Saturday video break: Mele Kalikimaka

We’re going to have a little Christmas in September these next couple of weeks, starting with this oldie from Bing Crosby: I believe that’s the Andrews Sisters joining him as well. This is one of those songs, which were fairly prevalent in this era, that has one long verse, with no refrain, that gets sung […]

Saturday video break: Me and Bobby McGee

I have an acoustic Kris Kristofferson version of this classic that breaks my heart every time I hear it, and a version by the Modern barbershop Quartet that I can’t find on YouTube, so I’m just going to put a few videos for this out there. Here’s an acoustic version by Pink, who shows up […]

Saturday video break: The Man In Me

Yet another Bob Dylan song to be covered: Pretty good song, but that’s just like, my opinion, man. Now here are The Persuasions: It’s not just my opinion but solid, objective fact that Jerry Lawson has an excellent voice.

Saturday video break: Mah Na Mah Na

There are many ways to spell that, but we all know the words. Sing along with the Asylum Street Spankers: Very sad there’s no live video recording of that, it was always a blast to watch them perform it. With the title rendered as two words and not four, here’s CAKE: Yes, I know, the […]

Saturday video break: Magic Bus

Get on the bus with The Who, y’all. And as I threatened promised last week, here’s Pete Townshend doing this solo, at The Deep End: Who needs backup vocalists when the whole audience sings along? Also, too: windmilling. I swear, I’ll have a non-Pete Townshend song next week.

Saturday video break: Love On The Air

I’m going to indulge my Pete Townshend fixation for the next two weeks. First, here’s former Pink Floyd guitarist and friend of Townshend David Gilmour with a single from his 1984 CD “About Face”: And here he is performing the same song live, with Pete Townshend, at the latter’s legendary Deep End Live show: Gilmour […]

Saturday video break: The Long Black Veil

Here’s Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris paying tribute to Johnny Cash with a cover of a classic country tune: You’d be forgiven if you thought that was an old folk song, but it’s actually a 1959 Lefty Frizzell song, covered by many artists including the Man in Black. It also has what is surely the […]

Saturday video break: Little Saint Nick

Hey, how about a little Christmas music? Here are the Beach Boys with “Little Saint Nick”: Videos of bands where they all wear the same outfit – especially when they all also have the same haircut – will never get old for me. I don’t always include Christmas songs in these video posts because I […]

Saturday video break: Lithium

The brightest light of the grunge era, Nirvana and one of their big hits, “Lithium”: Kurt Cobain was exactly a year and a day younger than I am, so he’d have been 50 years old next February. Hard to believe, isn’t it? One can only wonder what he would have accomplished if he were still […]