Sunday, April 8, 2018

Ty Tuesday in Detroit

    Just giving those in the Detroit Area a heads-up.  On Tuesday Ty Segall is playing the Majestic Theatre in Detroit.  I won't be able to attend because I'm scheduled to work that night and I live 240 miles from there.

From his 2010 LP Melted 

From the 2011 LP Goodbye Bread
I Can't Feel It

 The prolific Mr. Segall has put out an album of original material each year since 2008, except in 2015 when he released an album of Marc Bolan covers aptly titled Ty Rex.

  Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart

Ty Rex album cover

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bad(?) Covers

  These three songs came from a list of the 35 worst covers in Rock-n-roll history according to an article in the August 1990 issue of Spin magazine. That issue celebrated the 35th  anniversary of the music genre and included several top 35 lists. I actually have the first two of these songs in my collection.  

   The first is a stripped down acoustic version of the spandex-driven culmination of 1980's excess......Van Halen's  Jump.
Aztec Camera- Jump

   Next Nick Cave pays tribute to Elvis with his take on a Mac Davis penned song that is way more Nick Cave than Elvis.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - In the Ghetto

  Then there's this
Sex Pistols - Roadrunner

   Here is a link to the Spin -August 1990 issue.  I stumbled across it as a result of a suggested YouTube documentary about unsung rock pioneer Sister Rosetta.  Which set off a free association that had me looking up the Sister Rosa mentioned in the Big Audio Dynamite song Esquerita .  Turns out that issue of Spin had an article on S.Q. Reeder (pg39)and I found the list of bad(?) covers deeper in the issue (pg 62).

Monday, January 29, 2018

Earth Angels From Montgomery Wanna Wear My Red Shoes

Clinic - Earth Angel

   Next is the song that inspired this post.  Last night I was listening to a Marc Maron WTF podcast interview with Don Was.  Halfway through the interview Don starts reminiscing about working with Bonnie Raitt. At that point Marc mentions what he aptly describes as Bonnie's heartbreaking cover of John Prine's Angel From Montgomery. I was familiar with the song but not her version. The cover that I knew by Toronto natives the Leslie Spit Treeo received moderate airplay on CIMX in the 90's.  I would describe their version as less heartbreaking and more 'I'm going to stab you in the throat before I cut your balls off so I won't have to listen to you scream'. 

Leslie Spit Treeo - Angel From Montgomery

 Fun Facts :
           1) Although the band hails from Toronto most of the video was shot outside a pizza place in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
Google street view of video location 
           2) The vocalist is Laura Hubert not Leslie Spit. The Leslie Street Spit is the spit of land created with fill dirt that contained the park where the band practiced under the direction of their four-legged manager Tag (seen in the video)  The spit is also a birding hotspot.

           3)  The band broke up in 2000 when Tag died.

Elvis Costello - The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goodbye 2017

Souixsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them for Me

Kills - Kissy Kissy

Garageland - Kiss it All Goodbye

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Songs for the Pagan Holiday by the Raveonettes

  Last night as the TV played in the background, it grabbed my attention as I heard MSNBC's Brian Williams refer to a situation as Mostly but not Always. My legal team is looking into whether that constitutes a trademark infringement.  Anyway, as Mr Williams wrapped up his last show before Christmas, he asked his audience to honor his staff by watching the closing credits as a holiday tribute to his dedicated team behind the scenes.

  As the names rolled a catchy song played...............

...The Christmas Song

Further research revealed several more Christmas songs by Denmark's greatest Everly Brothers tribute band that only ever covered one of the brothers' songs.

Come on Santa
Christmas Ghosts

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Under Over Sideways Down pt 2

Alice Cooper - Under my Wheels

Ty Segall - It's Over

Doughboys (US) - Under Over Sideways Down

James - Sit Down