Remembering David Peel

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.

 

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Interesting Covers – Oops!… I Did It Again

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.

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Random Songs From My Phone – Stevie Ray Vaughn – Little Wing

English: Stevie Ray Vaughan Photograph © Scott...

English: Stevie Ray Vaughan Photograph © Scott Newton Weselex Depository Rights Reserved. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good evening all.  Lots happened in the last month, and I’ll expand on that all over the next few days.  In the meantime, I just needed to drop in and let you know I am still kicking.  That trip to Alaska in a short while is going to be very therapeutic.  My song of the day is a random shuffle off my phone and boy, did I hit  it big time.  Love this song  Little Wing, the classic Hendrix tune as interpreted by one the great Texas blues-men of all time, Stevie ray Vaughn.  As an added bonus, I have added a Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer renditions of the tune. Enjoy, and we shall talk soon.

Stevie Ray Vaughn‘s cover

John Mayer’s cover

And the original

Remembering Clarence Burke Jr

Clarence Burke

Clarence Burke Jr passed away on May 25th, he was 62.  He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist with 1970’s family band “The Five Stairsteps“.  The band was best known for it’s hit “O-o-h Child“, a song rated at 392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 of All time.  The video below is the band on “Soul Train“.