Friday, April 8, 2011

Song of the week #137

One of my favourite artists, Steve Earle, has a free download available of a new track. This comes via a link on his facebook page. And it sounds like a good way to get some new music out there to the public. But when you click on the link, you’re asked to approve that the company involved get access to your personal information and your list of friends. That’s no good. I’ll find another way to get the tune.

Racing last weekend was in Batemans Bay. The weather was perfect and I raced well, probably one of the best ones I’ve had. The bike course was really tough though with plenty of hills. But that suited me just fine! It was great to see about 700 people racing throughout the day.

I guess the big news for me personally was Angus getting top marks for a letter to the editor he had to write at school. The really neat thing about this, apart from the mark, is that he has decided that he can succeed in that particular subject. Pretty cool for a kid that Primary School failed to engage really.

A while ago DJ Dongles gave me an iTunes voucher which was very nice of him. I spent some time choosing tracks to buy and I’ll play a couple now.

First up is a song from a UK band I saw live here in Canberra in the 90’s. Jesus Jones blended pop with some electronica and were also a bit trippy. I remember their keyboard player was insane. I also remember that they were MUCH better live than on record. One of the few non-rock concerts I have seen that exceeded expectations.

Jesus Jones – Right Here Right Now

I also got some tracks from the Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown. The issue here was that there were so many albums to choose from that I really didn’t know where to start. And I’m not sure the one I got was the best. However, it is full of energy – even if ZoĆ« thought that dancing to it at 7am was a bit early!

James Brown – Say It Loud

That was the missing track from the soundtrack to “The Commitments”. Someone out there will get that reference I hope.

I also managed to get a hold of an old Black Sabbath tribute album that I’d only had a cassette copy of. There are some excellent interpretations of classic tunes on there and hardly a dud in earshot.

And I know that I’ve played this next song sometime in the past but I got a great live version of it from iTunes. I can’t quite find the same version but this is close. My vote for a new national anthem perhaps…if we needed one.

Warumpi Band – Blackfella Whitefella (live)

My students always seem to get a laugh out of the fact that I’m an Elvis fan. Apparently I’m not old enough. I’ll take that compliment every day! But I do like The King. You can think what you like about his hips, sideburns and lifestyle choices but there’s no doubt that he had a great voice. This one is almost as good as the one that Cartman sings on South Park!

Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto (live)

I think I’ll write a book sone day called, “I was a teenage metalhead”. That’s if I ever grow out of it! Some time on the net lead me to an acoustic version of a classic tune. I wouldn’t have thought it would work but I was pleasantly surprised. And as DJ FatBoy pointed out, look closely and you’ll see Def Leppard’s one armed drummer playing a standard acoustic kit. Yet another band from the Queen school of backing vocals – awesome.

Def Leppard – Armageddon It (acoustic and live)

If you listen carefully you might agree that the backbeat in that track was from any number of T-Rex songs.

On the way home from the coast, DJ Feltlaw and I stopped in Braidwood. In the park there was a man playing a guitar and singing up a storm. He used an excellent lyric which I hadn’t realised was a Hendrix quote:

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”. I like it. That’s a good place to stop this week.

Remember, dogs are people too!

DJ Rob

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