Friday, July 20, 2012

Song of the Week #204

Wow, not one person guessed last week's theme. Maybe it should've been less obscure but I didn't think it was that difficult.

If you say the artists in the order I had them then you might get it…

"Frankie Lymon, Bobby Fuller, Mitch Ryder"…."Jackie Wilson, Shangri-las, Young Rascals…"

Or you could just listen to this song and pay attention at about 3 minutes into the clip…

John Mellencamp – ROCK in the USA -

If you haven't listened to the "Scarecrow" album by John Mellencamp which came out in 1985 then you're missing out on some essential tunes. Dig it.

So, there's no theme this week, maybe in a few weeks when I come up with something not too hard to guess.

Some bands attempt acoustic versions of their songs with almost calamitous results. Luke Yeoward, who sings for Melbourne band "King Cannons" got it right on this version of their latest single. I sent it around to a few people this week and the reaction was pretty good.

King Cannons – The Brightest Light (acoustic/live) -

The studio version has an excellent harmonica solo as well – maybe I'll see if the boys in the band are interested in playing it one day.

Luke's playing a big, beautiful, blonde Gibson guitar in that clip. I've looked at guitars like that quite a few times but the price tag is just too scary. Here's another one of my favourites playing a similar guitar… (clip from my favourite music DVD) – and I think it's better than the Springsteen version.

Steve Earle – State Trooper – live 1986 -

Last week I think it was I played some ELO. During the week that took me back to listening to some Traveling Wilburys. Their albums are great fun – here's my fave track (you can feel the ELO rhythm influence!)

Traveling Wilburys – Tweeter & The Monkey Man -

The Black Crowes started up in 1989 and their debut album, "Shake Your Moneymaker", had a fair influence on me. Later in their career they wandered a bit and I lost interest. But, this beautiful and haunting track gets a very regular airing from me to this day.

The Black Crowes – She Talks To Angels -

DJ KelC invited one and all to see this next band. Unfortunately she's in Canada and I can't quite make it for the show. Shame really, this band sounds pretty damned cool.

Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger -

I'll finish this week with a song I'd forgotten all about. I heard it on some video game that the kids were playing and was quickly tapping my foot along. This is a cover by a very fine band – loads of fun!

Presidents Of The USA – Video Killed The Radio Star (live) -

I'm back at work on Monday which is hilarious as I feel I haven't been away. Next holidays I'm getting on my bike and heading elsewhere. The kids can feed themselves!

DJ Rob


  1. I love (selectively) the Black Crowes. Fave tracks are "Remedy", "Non-fiction", "Lickin'" and "Descending". Chris Robinson had the most awesome voice through the 90s. By Lions, I was a little less enamoured with it a bit more naselly ..too much coke? Superb musician though. Plays everything I think.

  2. High Head Blues is one I really like. The first time I heard Hard To Handle just blew me away.