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Saturday video break: Spanish Eyes



Sorry I’ve been remiss in posting these. Life, ya know? I’ll try to be better going forward.

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 be older, but there’s no mistaking Jon Anderson’s voice. Playing in front of a full symphony orchestra is pretty much peak Yes, wouldn’t you say?

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 for James Taylor, then joined his band for his set. That would have been a fine show. Now here’s Dire Straits:

Man, Brothers In Arms was a great album. I feel like it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Thinking about it, I don’t believe I ever had the chance to see Dire Straits live. I can’t recall a time when they were on tour and played a gig where I was living. If that ever changes, I will be sure to do something about it.

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 it’s not the same as what I’ve got. Now here are the Rainmakers:

My God. That video is so 80s I probably attended a keg party with it back in college. I couldn’t tell you a single thing about this band, but watching that video makes me love them.

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 true MTV classic, which I figure had to be a pain to make. Also, sex metaphors are sexy. And metaphorical.

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 27 million views on YouTube. The short vesion, which is half as long and is what you’ve probably heard all these years on the radio, has 4.7 million views. Make of that what you will.

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 from the 80s, is by Tears for Fears:

Unlike some other 80s acts, I liked Tears for Fears back in the day, though I probably heard them a bit too much. As one critic noted at the time, they are kind of repetitive. I have a greater appreciation for them now, helped by the fact that the Sirius First Wave station plays more than this and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” from them.

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, I do have Elvis Costello’s cover of it:

I found a video of him doing this live at Radio City Music Hall that was great, but annoyingly it cut off about halfway through. So this is the best I can do.

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 us all.

Saturday video break: Shame

Here are the Avett Brothers, at a music festival in Jackson Hole:

I’ve collected music from a lot of different sources over the years. Both of today’s songs come from different CD samplers, this one on Americana music and the next one from a collection of 70s AM radio hits. Here’s Evelyn Champagne King:

If there’s such a thing as musical opposites, I’d put those two in that category. I like them both, though obviously for different reasons. I suppose that’s one way of claiming to have broad musical tastes.

Saturday video break: Shake It Up

Here are The Cars:

What exactly is “the move with the quirky jerk”, anyway? Ric Ocasek has a lot to answer for if you ask me. Now here’s Selena Gomez:

That’s the theme song to the former Disney Channel show of the same name, which was a thing when my kids were still into programming for the younger set. There are several results in YouTube that claim to be the “official video”, but this was the only one I found that wasn’t just music on top of still images. Weird. Anyway, now you know Zendaya’s origin story. You’re welcome.

Saturday video break: Sex

Let’s get right down to it, shall we? Here’s The 1975:

Gotta say, as much as I love the extravagance of 1970s and 1980s videos, I really appreciate ones where we just see the band or singer in a natural setting doing their thing, with no effects or artsiness or other frippery. Just musicians making music, as God intended it. Helps if the song is good too, but just that form is worth watching.

And just to prove my affection for the other form, here’s Berlin:

The full title of that song is “Sex (I’m A)”, so technically they’re not the same name. But it was worth it to see roast beef sliced in such a sensuous fashion, wasn’t it? Of course it was.

Saturday video break: Secret

We’re all about the 80s here, and very few things say “the 80s” like Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.

It’s the hair, the synthesizers, the usage of black and white footage to tell a story about…well, I don’t know exactly, but that’s not the point. The point is, this is what the 80s was all about. Move it forward two decades and here we have Mieke Pauley:

Not 80s at all, but someday when it’s time to create a radio station that caters to the tastes of people who were the same age in the Aughts as I was in the 80s, this song might make the playlist. Assuming there are still such things as radio stations by then.

Saturday video break: Saved

Here’s Bob Dylan during his Christian phase:

Gotta say, that meets my criteria for a good gospel song: It’s not doctrinally objectionable, and it has an excellent beat that you can dance to. Thumbs up. Now here with a similar these are The Commitments:

That’s from Volume 2 of the soundtrack, which is why it’s less familiar. It’s also not the Dylan song, but it too meets my standards. And for a third take on the concept, here’s Khalid:

That’s an Olivia song, and it shows a different meaning of the word “saved”. It also has over 14 million plays on YouTube, so make of that what you will. Not something that I would have come across, much less downloaded, on my own, but still pretty good.

Saturday video break: Saturday Night

Hey, it’s Saturday! And here’s a song all about Saturday Night! It’s perfect!

That was the Bay City Rollers, and the entire 1970s boiled down into a three-minute video. And for a slightly different view of the 70’s, here are the Eagles:

Well, you can answer the question of whatever happened to Saturday night yourself, at your convenience later today. Have fun!

Saturday video break: Rescue Me

Here’s the Doc Thomas Group:

I have no idea how I got this CD. Maybe it was Tiffany’s, maybe someone gave it to me, whatever the origin was it has been lost to the mists of time. It’s a pretty good cover of the Fontella Bass original, and yes I had to look up who did the original.

I do know that the Madonna song of this name came from one of Tiffany’s CDs:

Must be post-80s Madonna. Still Madonna, just not quite peak Madonna.

Saturday video break: Reason To Believe

Here he is, in all his cheesy glory, Rod Stewart:

As much as I love 70s music, I’ve never much cared for Rod Stewart. It’s just too much, you know? I know, we were never meant to take any of it seriously, but I’m still left cold by Rod Stewart. That said, this is one of his tunes that I like, and it’s a nice version of it. Now here also in acoustic mode, is Bruce Springsteen:

That song is from his dark, moody, mostly acoustic Nebraska album, also known as “the one before Born In The USA“. It may be the lightest song on that album, which tells you all you need to know about the rest of it, which is really good but not something you’d put on at a party.

Saturday video break: The Power Of Love

One of Texas’ treasures, the fantastic Marcia Ball:

That video is from 1990, which is around when I first saw her play at a dive bar on Washington Avenue. I’ve been a fan ever since. She’s a virtuoso on the keyboards, has a great soulful voice, and her writing is full of humor and playfulness, even in the blues context. It’s an unbeatable combination.

The song of this name you’ve probably heard of comes from Huey Lewis and The News:

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but this song stands out from other Huey Lewis works of that era in just being much more 80’s-infused power pop than anything else. Go back and listen to what’s on “Sports” or “Fore!” and you’ll see how much this tune stands out. He has some songs after those albums that are more of a fit for this, but if it hadn’t been for the “Back To The Future” movies, you wonder if it or anything like it would have existed at all.

Saturday video break: Paradise

Let’s start with the Bee Gees:

Not one of their better-known songs, I suppose, but you can never go wrong with those vocal harmonies. The Bee Gees’ disco era was so big, it tends to overshadow how good they were overall. Not that their disco stuff wasn’t good, of course, just that they were more than that. Now here’s Bruce Springsteen:

That’s from “The Rising”, which is why you probably don’t know it. Lots of acts from the 70s and 80s are still actively touring thirty-some years later, but not many are still recording quality new music that much later. Which reminds me that I need to buy some of those more recent albums, as if I didn’t already have more Springsteen music than anything else in my library. You gotta do what you gotta do, though.

Saturday video break: Over You

For the second week in a row, here’s Roxy Music:

Sorry, couldn’t find a good live version, so I have no idea if there’s an oboe player on this one. Add Bryan Ferry to your list – OK, my list – of musicians you knew more about that you thought. Now here’s Ingrid Michaelson:

Lots of covers of this one out there, but again no good live version. Among other things, Ingrid Michaelson is an artist the girls and I both like. I keep trying to expand that list, but that tends to happen mostly when I decide I like one of their faves. Which, thankfully, does happen. I wouldn’t mind if it happened a bit more often in the other direction, but I take what I can get.

Saturday video break: Out Of The Blue

Here’s Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour playing a tune from his 1984 solo album About Face:

I love finding concert footage like this on YouTube. The sound quality isn’t always this good, but seeing musicians like Gilmour in their prime just thrills me. I love how good his live version of this song is. Some acts are best off never leaving the studio, if you know what I mean. Gilmour knows how to bring it. Do yourself a favor and check out all of About Face, it’s one of my faves. Now here’s another live video, featuring Roxy Music:

When was the last time you saw someone play an oboe in a rock band? And a translucent electric violin, too. Gotta love 70s art rock.

Saturday video break: Ordinary Day

This is Alva Leigh, with a song from 2012:

That’s from a Nashville Film Festival mixtape I got on Noisetrade. Mellow, but I like it. Now here’s Great Big Sea:

Bodhrans and rugby – what more could you want?

Saturday video break: Only You Know And I Know

Here’s the versatile Dave Mason doing an acoustic version of one of his better known songs:

Mason was an original member of Traffic and went on to have a long solo career, often collaborating with other artists. He’s one of those guys you don’t realize you know that much about. Now here’s a guy you do realize you know a lot about, Phil Collins:

Boy, No Jacket Required was a very different album than Face Value and Hello, I Must Be Going, wasn’t it? I remember being kind of disappointed by it back in the day, because I really loved the first two albums and didn’t care for the more pop-infused direction Collins went. Looking back on it now, I like it more than I did then, but a part of me still wishes he’d continued exploring the turf he covered previously. I guess you have to go where the muse takes you.

Saturday video break: One Day

Here’s one of my favorite underrated bands from the 80s, Fishbone:

I guess I’d describe Fishbone as being a ska band, but I feel like they have more blues and funk in them than a typical ska band. Be that as it may, here’s a different One Day by Susanna Hoffs, who is performing solo here but came from another underrated 80s band, The Bangles.

Hoffs has carved out a pretty good solo career, but you should also check out the work she has done with Matthew Sweet, covering bucketloads of popular and deep-cut songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Lots of good stuff in there. I don’t know if they have plans to take on the 90s, but I hope they will.

Saturday video break: Oh, (You) Pretty Woman

Technically, these are two different and differently-named songs, but I think you’ll forgive me. First, here’s the one and only Roy Orbison, with a backing band of semi-famous people, crooning “Oh, Pretty Woman”:

Yeah, you might recognize one or two of those folks. According to the video page, this was from a concert in 1987, and there may be a 30-year anniversary re-release of it coming out on CD. Take whatever action you deem appropriate.

Now here’s another bunch of Texas legends – Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, doing “Oh, You Pretty Woman”:

That’s from a collaboration called “Willie And The Wheel”, which as I’m sure you can guess I recommend. Happy weekend, y’all.

Saturday video break: No Questions Asked

A song I recently acquired, from the Flesh Eaters:

I got that from the 1980 collection of the Fluxblog 1980s Survey Mixes, which you absolutely need to get if you like 80s music in all its ugly beauty. It’s a lot of music, and Fluxblog also has annual mixes beginning in 2002. I haven’t gotten those yet – hell, I haven’t loaded the 80s stuff into my iTunes yet. But it’s there and you should check it out.

Moving on, here’s Fleetwood Mac with a different No Questions Asked:

Good song, but not one that comes to mind when one thinks of Fleetwood Mac music.

Saturday video break: Never Gonna Give You Up

Yes, you just got rickrolled:

I suppose it doesn’t count if you know it’s coming. All that I can say is that if there’s a more 80s video than that, I don’t know what it is. Now for the song title that makes you think you’re about to be rickrolled but you’re not, from CAKE:

Technically, there’s another “Never” in that title, but this is my blog and I can overlook that sort of thing. Plus, I like CAKE songs.

Saturday video break: My Hometown

Tom Lehrer sings of the joys of his place of origin:

Clearly, Danish people don’t believe in reacting during a performance. You have to admire the self-control. Now here’s Bruce Springsteen with a different perspective:

I have some complicated feelings about my own hometown, but I still have it on my to do list to bring my girls there and show them around it. The houses I lived in, the schools I attended, the places my friends and I played. I’m getting all verklempt now, so let’s move on to the Battlefield Band:

Sorry for the video quality, but that was the only one I could find. And on that note, I’m going to wallow in nostalgia for awhile.

Saturday video break: Money

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Miss Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings:

I found a couple of live versions of this, but they were all apparently done by audience members, and Sharon Jones has too good a voice for that kind of crappy audio.

Now here’s Yes with one of its lesser-known songs:

Does that sound like Yes to you? It doesn’t quite sound like Yes to me. But I like it.

You know what song you thought of when you heard the title “Money”, right? Here it is:

Gotta love that 7/4 time. All hail Allan Parsons for his production skills.

Saturday video break: Mockingbird

Peter, Paul & Mary sing a well-known lullaby:

That’s from an album of children’s songs called “Peter, Paul & Mommy”. iTunes calls it “Mockingbird”, YouTube calls it “Hush, Little Baby”. I embed, you decide. Eminem borrows from that song for this song of the same name:

I’m kind of meh on this, but it’s one of Olivia’s favorites, so I have heard it A LOT. I figure you’re either an Eminem fan or you’re not, but he does make effective use of the lullaby here.

Saturday video break: Mine

How about a little old school Taylor Swift?

We were so young and innocent then, weren’t we? I confess, I like Taylor Swift (*), and I doubt I’d have ever listened to any of her music if it weren’t for my kids.

For music that I have introduced to my kids, there’s Trout Fishing In America:

That one has an exclamation point on it, befitting the kid-song nature of it. TFIA was a regular folk-rock duo that released a children’s album in the early 90s, That’s been the main milieu since, though they still do non-kids shows. Our girls have mostly outgrown kids’ music now, but we took them to see a couple of TFIA shows at the Mucky Duck when they were younger, and they loved them. If you have young ‘uns and they’re touring in your vicinity, you should definitely check them out.

(*) – Olivia has expressly forbidden me from referring to her as “T-Swift”. I haven’t asked, but I’m pretty sure that “Tay Tay” would be right out as well.

Saturday video break: Mighty Mouse

Did you watch “Mighty Mouse” cartoons when you were a kid? If you did, and you’re around my age, you probably remember this opening sequence and theme song:

And if you are around my age, you may not have realized that there was a “New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, and it had a different theme song:

I do prefer the first one, as it is what I grew up with and all. But the second one is a fine homage to it. Which one is your choice?

Saturday video break: Meant To Be

Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers?

I remember them well, and I wish they had made more CDs. I’ve been a fan of various forms of swing/jazz/ragtime music since my earliest exposure to jazz band in school. Of the bands that rode the swing revival wave of the 90s, the SNZs were my favorites. Turns out some form of the Zippers played a free outdoors concert in Houston last night, but I was unable to make it.

That song is of course called “Meant To Be”. A song by that same name provided a critical plot point in Disney’s Teen Beach Movie, a more-fun-than-it-had-any-right-to-be mashup of West Side Story, Back To The Future, Grease, and, well, teen beach movies.

Long story short, the girl with pigtails and the blond boy need the girl in the red polka dot dress and the boy with the guitar to be the “meant to be” in question. Watch the movie for yourself if you want to know more – it ain’t Shakespeare, but I’ve watched way worse. There was of course a Teen Beach Movie 2, which believe it or not generated some controversy in how it ended. It also generated this reprise of that song:

No word yet if Teen Beach Movie 3 will be a thing that happens or not.

Saturday video break: Little Things

Here’s Colbie Caillat, whose version of this song has a definite article on it:

Did you know that Colbie Caillat’s father Ken co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Tusk? Well, now you do. Did you know that YouTube offers suggestions for other songs while you watch that video? One of the songs they suggested for me was that MILF song by Fergie. Make of that what you will.

Lacking a definite article for their Little Things is Ladyfinger:

I got that off an Amazon label sampler album a few years ago. YouTube did not offer me any song suggestion while I was watching it. Make of that what you will as well.