Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Clash in Tokyo

I saw this article, and the video in it, over on my news feed.

The Clash Storm Tokyo in 1982

A couple of my favorite things together - The Clash, and Japan.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Superchunk doing Devo's "Girl U Want"

I love this cover of Devo's "Girl U Want" by Superchunk:

It's not as good, in my mind, as the original - but it's still excellent.

Friday, May 15, 2015

I Like the Cover Better: Summertime Blues

I like the original song, "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran.

I even like the Rush cover from Feedback. And this excellent Kyoushirou version in Japanese. And The Who. And The Stray Cats. The Beach Boys (one my hands-down favorite bands). Even Marc Bolan and TRex! It's a can't-miss song.

But nothing compares, in my mind, to Blue Cheer:

It's oddly a cover that doesn't work as well without your brain knowing the original, but it takes that meta-song knowledge and spins it somewhere amazing. It's Quentin Tarantino-like in its ability to show you what's awesome about the original by going someone the original never, ever, could.

If you know any Summertime Blues covers I didn't mention, please add them in the comments.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fun, Fun, Fun (Single Version)

The other day, I was out around lunchtime. 75 degrees. Windows rolled down. And The Beach Boy's Fun, Fun Fun - the Single Version - blasting from my radio.

It's a simple joy, but it's joy. Joy does not demand complexity.

My favorite lines?

"Well the girls can't stand her because she walks, looks, and drive like an ace, now.
She makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race now."

I had fun, fun, fun for 2:21.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Motorhead on The Young Ones

Without a doubt, the finest musical moment on The Young Ones.

Except, perhaps, the non-singing bits done by Madness.

That's from Bambi, probably the finest episode.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Alone Again, Or

I keep hearing this song on the radio that reminds me of Love, especially of "Alone Again Or."

A great track, and if you're a fan of the movie Bottle Rocket, a song with multiple layers of memories.

This is the song - Calexico, Falling From The Sky.

Turns out they did a cover of Alone Again Or.

Looking into covers of Alone Again Or, The Damnned - yes, The Damnned - did a cover of Alone Again Or. That Captain Sensible, he's a wanker, but he's got taste. Or so I say. Maybe Dave Vanian picked that one.

I'm about as shocked as if I'd found Motorhead covered this song. Which they haven't, unless my Google Fu has failed me.

Love was quite the influential band.