March 29th saw 2 birthdays. First a big happy birthday to Terry Jacks who turned 75. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Terry is most noted for his monster hit, “Concrete Sea”. He also had a major international hit as a member of the Poppy Family with the tune “Which Way You Goin’ Billy’.
Our second birthday wishes go out to Sue Foley, a fine blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario 53 years ago. A prolific artist, she has released 15 albums since her debut in 1992. The attached video is an excellent introduction to her work, if you are not acquainted.
Listened and shazamed this tune in September 2015. Great funk from the Godfather Of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown. Funky President (People It’s Bad) was released as a single in 1974 and appeared on his 1974 album Reality. Apparently this track is one of his most sampled and the wah wah guitar has been used on dozens of hip hop tracks. Enjoy!!!
April 6, 2017 saw the passing of David Peel, founder of David Peel and the Lower East Side. He and the band were early proponents of “street rock” and embraced the hippie/marijuana culture of the 60’s and 70’s. One could also say that he was an early punk pioneer as well. His recording career spanned 6 decades, and his last album was released in 2015. The clip below is notable as it has some special guests, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and is a live performance on the David Frost Show in 1971.
Interesting Covers takes a trip into the surreal by looking at Britney Spears “classic” Oops – I Did It Again. I realize I may face some mocking over this one, but one must take a chance now and then and reach for a straw? Remember, this song is used by the US Navy to drive off pirates near Somalia.
The song itself was released on her second album in 2000 and written by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. It reached number 9 on Billboard and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. While there is little debate that she can sing, I am just not a big fan of the style of music. I do however, love to see what other people have done with the song.
Let’s begin with a version by Richard Thompson. he chose to do it in a medieval style and even renamed it as “Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt”.
This version is rather disturbing. The Children of Bodom a Finnish death metal bands version.
And a final cover, a big band swing version by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.