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Saturday video break: I Will Survive

The all-time disco and karaoke classic, by Gloria Gaynor: How do I know this is a classic? It came up on the car player, and Olivia made me repeat it because she liked it. That’s how I know. Such a song deserves a great cover, and CAKE delivers: I love this version for a lot […]

Saturday video break: I Wanna Be With You

Feel the 70s goodness with the Raspberries: Somewhat forgotten 70s goodness, I suppose. I got that song from a collection CD, and I can’t say I’d ever heard it before. Not even from a K-Tel commercial. I may not have been familiar with it, but you know who is? Bruce Springsteen, that’s who: That can […]

Saturday video break: I Wanna Be Like You

A Disney classic, sung by “King Louie” Prima in The Jungle Book, here’s Los Lobos: That’s from a live morning-show TV appearance; skip ahead to about 1:30 to get past the talk. This is a different rendition than what they did on the seminal Stay Awake album of diverse Disney covers – you can hear […]

Saturday video break: I Put A Spell On You

A song made for the voice of John Fogerty, with Creedence Clearwater Revival: Easily one of the most iconic voices in rock and roll. How can we make this any more enjoyable? By hearing Pete Townshend sing it at the Deep End: I love how Townshend takes the song in a completely different direction. The […]

Saturday video break: I Knew The Bride

From the prolific and often covered Nick Lowe: That song will either elicit a conspiratory laugh by people enjoying a private joke, or it’s an exercise in passive aggression by someone who needs to get over an ex-girlfriend. All depends on the context, I suppose. Now here’s Dave Edmunds: The “Pop Up Video” captions in […]

Saturday video break: I Idolize You

Back to the Ike and Tina songbook: It’s always interesting listening to these songs and thinking about what their relationship was like. It doesn’t detract from the music because you can’t do that when Tina Turner is singing, but it does add some layers of complexity. Now here are Texas blues icons Marcia Ball, Lou […]

Saturday video break: I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Here’s an awesome live version of Marvin Gaye doing one of his signature tunes: What an amazing voice. What a tragedy his death was. Here’s Creedence Clearwater Revival with their almost-as-iconic version: Once again I can say, what a voice. This isn’t their 11-minute radio epic, but I think it works. I don’t have a […]

Friday random ten: The music of “Fargo”

I’m in kind of an in-between place in putting these together right now, so imagine my pleasant surprise to read this story of how the excellent music for Season 2 of Fargo was sourced. Even better, it has ten songs in it, with videos: 1. Children of the Sun – Billy Thorpe 2. One Hour […]

Saturday video break: I Can’t Turn You Loose

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues: I couldn’t find the clip from the movie for that, but we can all picture it, I’m sure. That was an Otis Redding song. Have you ever heard his original version of it? Who knew that had words, right? I don’t have Redding’s original version, […]

Saturday video break: I Can’t Stop Loving You

Ready for a standard? Here’s the Chairman of the Board himself: I feel like that would have been an appropriately ironic background song for a whacking on The Sopranos. Ah well, hindsight is 20/20. Now here’s Ray Charles: Like all right-thinking people, I adore Ray Charles, but I feel like that arrangement could have done […]

Saturday video break: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Reaching back to the 1920s and the legendary Duke Ellington: I love me some Glenn Miller, but of all the big band leaders of that era, I think Ellington had the best overall body of work. The movie The Cotton Club is a mess in many ways, but its Ellington-infused soundtrack can’t be beat. Naturally, […]

Saturday video break: How High The Moon

Didn’t get my act together in time to post a video last week – sorry about that. This Saturday we get a little jazzy with the great Charlie Parker: If you’re a sax player, then Charlie Parker is one of your gods. Wish I could have seen him perform live. As with many jazz songs, […]

Saturday video break: Honey, Honey

Behold the majesty of ABBA at its peak: If they aren’t the greatest English-language band that didn’t actually speak English, I don’t know who is. They also gave us the musical/movie “Mamma Mia”, from which we get this version: My daughters know all the lyrics to all these songs – they’ve seen the movie a […]

Saturday video break: Hold Back The Night

Here’s The Trammps with a little soul for your soul: The Trammps were probably best known for the 70s classic “Disco Inferno”, for which I can’t recommend The Bobs’ a capella cover enough, though sadly it doesn’t exist on YouTube. A cover of this song that does exist is by Graham Parker and The Rumor, […]

Saturday video break: Hesitation Blues

From their very first album, the Asylum Street Spankers doing this traditional classic: From the late great Dave Van Ronk: And finally, a version that’s both more modern and even more old school, from Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel: I don’t know what took Willie Nelson and Ray Benson so long to work […]

Saturday video break: Here Comes The Flood

Here comes a very young Peter Gabriel, doing a very acoustic piano version of “Here Comes The Flood”: That was from a 1979 Kate Bush Christmas special. Who knew Kate Bush had a Christmas special? Who knew that was a Christmas song? All I know is that I’m glad this was a thing that happened. […]

Saturday video break: Helter Skelter

The Beatles classic gets a funky a capella treatment from The Bobs: I missed an opportunity to see The Bobs at a small club here (the Mucky Duck) some years ago, and I’ve regretted it ever since. A group that I did get to see more recently, and I’m very glad I did, is U2. […]

Saturday video break: Heigh Ho

Two very different takes on a Disney classic. First up, Tom Waits: That’s from the great album Stay Awake. Sure puts another spin on the Dwarfs’ day, doesn’t it? I didn’t really like this version when I first heard it – I think that’s because Stay Awake is full of more alternative artists, and if […]

Saturday video break: Hearts of Stone

A deep cut from Bruce Springsteen: That’s on his four-CD “Tracks” collection of B-sides and other unreleased or miscellaneous tunes. The man was a nonstop songwriting machine. Most of what’s on “Tracks” is stuff you probably don’t know unless you’re a hardcore Bruce fan. Or alternately, a Southside Johnny and the Jukes fan, since recording […]

Saturday video break: Heart of Gold

Neil Young sings what was then his new song, once he finds the right harmonica. That was from 1971. I’m getting old, too. Now here’s Johnny Cash and his cover version: I so wish he were still around to do more of these. Rest in peace, Johnny.

Saturday video break: The Harder They Come

From the movie of the same name, here’s Jimmy Cliff: An underrated classic from the 70s if you ask me. Here’s cover version by another underrated artist, Joe Jackson: Love Joe Jackson. I guess I’m just a sucker for someone who can rock out on a piano.

Saturday video break: Hallelujah

I know, this song has been covered forty jillion times. But you know what I’d never heard before now? Leonard Cohen’s original version. Here it is: Different from what you’re used to, right? Here’s a live version that’s a bit more like what you’ve heard before. There was a great article on the interwebs a […]

Saturday video break: Groove Me

One of the great cover bands of our time, the Blues Brothers: It’s been over 33 years since John Belushi died. Every now and then I wonder what kind of career he would have had if he had managed to tame his demons enough to survive them. He was amazingly talented, but he’d entered that […]

Saturday video break: The Rainbow Connection

Going out of order, inspired by a Facebook post by my friend Andy, here’s a classic song with a particular resonance for this week: From the original “Muppet Movie” of 1979, which I need to find on DVD and make my kids watch. I do have this song in my library, though I don’t have […]

Saturday video break: The Great Gig In The Sky

That Pink Floyd song from Dark Side of the Moon whose name you can never remember: That wasn’t the first video I watched for this. I looked at this one first, by The Australia Pink Floyd Show. It was so faithful to the original it nearly fooled me: Wow. As I recall from the one […]

Saturday video break: Gotta Serve Somebody

One of the gospel songs of Bob Dylan: Couldn’t find a decent live version of that, sorry. Anyway, because this is a Dylan song there are covers aplenty. The one I have is by blues diva Etta James: I’m convinced. How about you?

Saturday video break: Got My Mojo Working

Here’s one of the great voices of American blues, Muddy Waters: As our subtitled narrator notes, Muddy Waters was a huge influence of many other blues artists, as well as on rock musicians. ZZ Top is a prime example of the latter – they tip their hats to the man in their early classic “Jesus […]

Saturday video break: God Only Knows

An all-time classic from an iconic band: Remember when James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s idiot Secretary of the Interior, denied the Beach Boys a permit to play a Fourth of July concert on the Washington Mall? He’d never even heard of them. Sometimes it’s useful to remember that today’s craziness didn’t come out of nowhere. For […]

Saturday video break: God Bless The Child

Possibly Billie Holliday’s best-known song: Yeah, that song has no relevance to today’s society at all. Billie Holliday would have been 100 years old in April. Coverville had a nice tribute to her last week. “God Bless the Child” was also a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears: So the Bible says, and I’ve got […]

Saturday video break: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

In a world where music videos had plot lines, there was Cyndi Lauper’s 80s classic: Lauper went on to do several remakes and remixes of this song, which stands up pretty well 30 years later. While this is absolutely Lauper’s song, it was written by Robert Hazard five years before Lauper recorded it. She changed […]

Saturday video break: Gloria

Settle in, kids, this is going to be a long one. We start with the original version of this classic, performed by Them, a “Northern Irih rock band featuring Van Morrison”, who are not to be confused with Them!, a 1954 sci-fi classic featuring giant ants. Anyway, here’s Gloria by Them: I should interject at […]

Saturday video break: Girl From Ipanema

Easily the most famous bossa nova song ever, and possibly the most recognizable saxophone melody, here’s Stan Getz with Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto doing their signature hit, “Girl From Ipanema”: I remember reading a “Peanuts” cartoon from a paperback collection when I was a kid in which Linus said he was the only student […]

Saturday video break: Georgia On My Mind

Legendary big band drummer Gene Krupa leads his troupe and an unnamed female vocalist in this classic: Of course, the version we all know is by Ray Charles: Some years ago I was visiting a school friend in Atlanta, and she took me to Stone Mountain to see the laser show. This number got a […]

Saturday video break: Friend Of The Devil

A vintage clip of a classic Grateful Dead song: That video is about three times as long as the studio version of the song, but hey, the Dead were a jam band. Anything less wouldn’t feel right. It’s also interesting that they slowed the tempo down for that performance. That’s the same approach Lyle Lovett […]