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Saturday video break: Downtown

A classic from Petula Clark: Remember how they used that song on Lost to introduce Desmond living in the hatch? Now here’s a typically offbeat cover of it by the B-52s: I can’t even think of a band that reminds me of the B-52s. Truly one of a kind. And to change things up again, […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Stop Believin’

You’re not too cool to sing along. Admit it. That was recorded in Houston, as you could tell from the pandering lyrics edit. The copyright says 2005, but that’s got to be at least 20 years off. My guess this was in the venue formerly known as the Summit, then the home of the Rockets, […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

British Invasion time with Eric Burden and The Animals: I’m guessing a lot of people are familiar with the Elvis Costello version. Here’s a somewhat stripped down live recording of it: The version with which I am most familiar is the one I heard first, by Santa Esmerelda: The 70s, man. It’s like a whole […]

Saturday video break: Dimples

The great John Lee Hooker, y’all: And the Spencer Davis Group, featuring a very young but still completely recognizable Steve Winwood: The recording I have is by Winwood as a solo act, but I couldn’t find a video for that. Happy Dia de los Muertos, y’all.

Saturday video break: Desperado

A live performance by the Eagles during one of their reunion tours. Can someone explain to me why music writers seem to all hate these guys? I don’t get it. Anyway, the country roots of this song are easy to see, and it was featured on a collection of Eagles covers by country artists called […]

Saturday video break: Danny Boy

I have no idea who might have done this originally, so I nominate the King’s Singers for the canonical version: The main problem with this song is that it’s so easy to do an over the top schmaltzy version of it. If there’s one person who can put the feels into it without the schmaltz, […]

Saturday video break: Daniel

A little classic Elton John: Wilson Phillips did the honors on the “Two Rooms” tribute CD: That song wasn’t written for them, of course, but it sure sounds like it could have been.

Saturday video break: Dancing Queen

All hail ABBA: Did they know how to craft pop music or what? It’s not a surprise that the concept of a jukebox musical, where all the songs are taken from a single artist, has had its best success with “Mamma Mia” and its killer mix of ABBA tunes. My daughters have seen this movie […]

Saturday video break: Dancing In The Dark

You know this one: Gotta say, I’ve seen Springsteen in concert a couple of times, but I’ve never seen him dance like that, with or without Courtney Cox. Clarence Clemons, sure, but not The Boss. Ah, well, it was the 80s. You had to be there. And now for something a little different: Yeah, I’m […]

Saturday video break: Dance This Mess Around

The B-52’s, who are not easily imitated: And the Asylum Street Spankers, who are up to the challenge: I had the privilege of seeing the Spankers many times before they sadly broke up a couple of years ago. I had the privilege of seeing the B-52’s play at the Houston Zoo for their annual fundraiser […]

Saturday video break: Crocodile Rock

You know what you need? A video of Elton John on “The Muppet Show”, singing “Crocodile Rock” backed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and a chorus of crocodiles, that’s what. The singing begins at about 1:46: How awesome was that? There are some celebrities that were just born to perform with the Muppets. […]

Saturday video break: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

A lovely little tune from Queen: Oh, Freddy. You left us way too soon. Now here’s a version you may remember from a Gap commercial, by Dwight Yoakum: A straight-up countrified version, a little up tempo, and it works quite well as a two-step, even if everyone in the video is line dancing.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saturday video break: Beautiful

Another installment of Same Name, Different Song. The song is “Beautiful”, and our first contestants are G. Love & Special Sauce, featuring Tristan Prettyman: I do love me a good duet. G. Love has a new album out that you can download from Noisetrade if you like what you heard. For a different Beautiful song, […]

Saturday video break: Baby Got Back

I trust this needs no introduction: Have you read the oral history of that video yet? Go ahead, I’ll wait. Besides, you know what’s coming next, right? You’re probably also aware of the Latin translation of the lyrics, which qualifies as an Internet classic these days. But perhaps you haven’t seen this: Yeah, I’d say […]

Saturday video break: Baby Come Back To Me

Time for some vocal harmonies, and a great place to start with that is The Manhattan Transfer. Here’s their oft-covered version of “Baby, Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love)”: If you’re around my age, you probably saw them perform that on a PBS special or something like that. Possibly you knew or […]

Saturday video break: America

Has there ever been a better free concert than the one Simon and Garfunkel did in Central Park in 1981? Here they are doing “America”: I love Simon’s joke about “the guys who are selling loose joints” donating half their profits to the city. And here, for the second week in a row, is Yes, […]

Saturday video break: Amazing Grace

This may be the most covered song of all time. Here’s a traditional rendition from The Rogues: I once said on Facebook that all bagpipes come with three songs preinstalled: Scotland The Brave, The Minstrel Boy, and Amazing Grace. Hearing this tune on the pipes always gives me a chill. For a slightly less traditional […]

Saturday video break: All Around My Hat

Songs from the folks tradition are by definition covers, since there obviously is no original recording. One of my favorites is All Around My Hat. It was a hit for Steeleye Span in the 70s: Later, Status Quo covered Steeleye’s version, with Steeleye lead singer Maddy Prior on harmony vocals: The thing about folks music […]

Friday random ten: We’re not an American band

So after reading about Bruce Springsteen’s tour down under, I went looking for songs by non-American artists in my collection. 1. Dancing Queen – ABBA (Sweden) 2. Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC (Australia) 3. Full Force Gale – Van Morrison (Ireland) 4. Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus? – Charo (Spain) 5. Distant Early Warning – […]

Saturday video break: After You’ve Gone

This song is almost 100 years old, and it qualifies as a standard. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, here’s the original version, by Marion Harris: I’m impressed there’s still a recording around of that. The first place I encountered this song was in the movie “All That Jazz”, but unfortunately I can’t find […]