Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's Later Than You Think

1. Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)- The Specials 
2. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?-CCR
3. Instant Karma- John Lennon
4. You Never Give Me Yer Money- Los Beatles
5. Little Church- Miles Davis
6. Children of the Grave- Black Sabbath
7. Going Mobile- The Who
8. Shakin' Street- MC5
9. Cool It Down- Velvet Underground
10. Right On- Marvin Gaye
11. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More- Brian Eno
12. Blues Run The Game- Simon & Garfunkel
13. Cortez The Killer- Neil Young (one day gonna do a mix of all of Neil's American Indian tunes)
14. The Sun King- The Beatles
15. Another Appendage Casts A Spell (rough mix)- William
16. When I Write The Book- Nick Lowe (with Rockpile)
17. Sway- The Rolling Stones
18. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)- The Specials
19. Battle Hymn of the Republic- Herbie Mann

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bonjour Mon Ami!

Elvis Costello apparently had some nasty things to say about Wreckless Eric in his autobiography- this earns Costello no points in my book, as Eric seemed to me the heart of good naturedness, a lovable imp, if a little wasted. I guess Eric called Costello overly ambitious in his own book, but who could argue with that? He may not be nearly as prolific as Elvis, but I'll put his best up with just about anybody from the period.  "Reconnez Cherie" is my favorite (3 versions below), though "Whole Wide World", "Take The Cash" and "Someone Must Have Nailed Us Together" all rank up there. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Strike Another Match - 1971

Marianne Faithfull as Lilith in Kennth Anger's Lucifer Rising

From the deep breath she audibly takes at the start all the way to the abrupt cold ending some 3:50 later, Marianne Faithfull's version of "It's All All Over Now Baby Blue" gives me chills every time I hear it.  This and other tracks compiled on Rich Kid Blues cover an interesting transitional period in her life- the early 70's- post-Jagger, post-O.D. post-fame -as her voice was starting to change due to drug abuse and hard living but hadn't made the complete transformation you would hear on late 70's albums like Broken English.  It's a period I'm quite fond of and I recommend the compilation  highly.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Southern Girls-In Color And Black & White-1977

Sissy Spacek in B&W
If I had to pick my favorite record by the perennially underrated Cheap Trick it would be their second album In Color, a real power pop masterpiece from late 1977.  I further plead my case with my two favorite tracks from the album, "Southern Girls" and "Downed".

Spacek in Color
Robert Altman's 3 Women -1977

Friday, September 23, 2016

Absolute Tale of Woe-1965

"It's always very difficult to say what prompts anyone to do anything."

Clips from Not Only But Also below.
 And with subtitles

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hillbilly Bop- 1958

Gene Vincent with the Johnny Burnette Trio

One of the high points of 20th Century American Culture- Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps at the Town Hall Party- Compton California. That's smiling Johnny Meeks on lead guitar and Grady Owen with the incredibly long bangs hanging in his face on bass.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

People Like You!

In another world this was a number one hit song.