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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 […]

Saturday video break: Let’s Get Married

I give you the great Rev. Al Green: Makes you want to rush out and buy a ring, doesn’t it? Now for a Scottish twist on that, here’s The Proclaimers: If someone in that audience didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to pop the question, then I just don’t know what we’re even doing here.

Saturday video break: Just A Little Lovin’

How about a little throwback country/pop from Dusty Springfield? Such a great voice. I need to find more of her stuff. For a more modern take on that song, here’s Adrian Lynne: Very nice, though I kind of like the fact that Springfield does that in about half the time. And for a different song […]

Saturday video break: Jump

It was the year 1984, the year Van Halen gave us this: Albums like 1984 hghlight a problem with our streaming-and-downloads music market these days. Back then, when men with hair like David Lee Roth strutted on the earth, bands made albums whose songs some sometimes interconnected. You can play “Jump” without first playing “1984” […]

Saturday video break: I’ve Seen All Good People/Your Move

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs take on a typically tricky Yes staple: I love Susanna Hoffs’ voice, and I love her interpretation of this song. You should definitely check out her various collections of covers with Sweet, called “Under The Covers”, volumes one through (I believe) three, with each focusing on a specific decade, starting […]

Saturday video break: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

It’s one of my favorite Celtic bands doing their thing with this REM classic: The was Great Big Sea, the finest band from Newfoundland. Hard to believe you could take that song up-tempo, but there you have it. For comparison purposes, here’s the original: I do, in fact, feel fine. How about you? (Yes, I […]

Saturday video break: It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie

Combining two of my favorite things in this post, beginning with the Asylum Street Spankers: Man, I miss these guys. I caught every show they did in Houston for several years running, including some in the most smoke-filled room in town, a dive called Rudyard’s, back before the city’s no-smoking ordinance was extended to bars […]

Saturday video break: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) revisited

I posted three videos of the classic “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a few years back, including a video of the original, by The Four Lads. Now here’s a video of the They Might Be Giants version, done over a montage of “Pink Panther” cartoons: And here are four rats from the short-lived “Muppets Tonight” doing a […]

Saturday video break: In The Mood

Still one of my favorite songs, from one of my favorite bands: As a sax player who was in jazz band in high school, Glenn Miller was my first musical love. And let me tell you, the sax part for that song is a killer. But it feels amazing when you get it right. That […]

Saturday video break: In The Air Tonight

A classic of the 80s, from a pre-bald Phil Collins: Collins gets a lot of guff for hist stylized, very-80s albums, but I thought “Face Value” and “Hello, I Must Be Going!” were great. I loved his re-take on Genesis’ “Behind the Lines”, and I’m always a sucker for a good horn riff. I wore […]

Saturday video break: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

The Cowboy Junkies take on Hank Williams: I love the ethereal quality of Margo Timmins’ voice. Her singing just floats over the music. Not everyone can make that work, but she does. And for the opposite end of the vocal spectrum, here’s Johnny Cash: Cash is joined by Nick Cave, which is eminently suitable for […]

Saturday video break: I’m Beginning To See The Light

A classic and a standard, performed by Bobby Darin: The version I have is from the soundtrack to the movie Swingers, and I feel like Darin enunciates differently in that one. I can’t find a video for that, however, so you’ll have to take my word for it. When you hear “standard”, that usually means […]

Saturday video break: If I Had A Hammer

Here’s national treasure Pete Seeger, with an introduction by John Mellencamp: The recording I have of this comes from a Smithsonian collection, with Seeger leading and being backed up by a church choir, with him doing it singalong style, as a song like this was meant to be done. Of course, it can also be […]

Saturday video break: If I Had A Boat

Lyle Lovett sings one of his best songs in a stunningly beautiful concert hall while sitting next to John Hiatt and Joe Ely swoon. Gorgeous, and the verse about Tonto telling the Lone Ranger to kiss his ass gets me every time. The cover version I have is by Eddie From Ohio, a cut from […]

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 […]