Earworm Wednesday: Sloop John B~Relient K


Off their 1966 album Pet Sounds Sloop John B was a West Indies folk song called the John B. Sails.   It was the Kingston Trio’s version of the song The Wreck of the John B that influenced Brian Wilson’s version.  Wilson modified the chord structures and turned it into the version that made it one of the Beach Boy’s most memorable hits.

Relient K staying true to Brian Wilson’s vision of the song does an excellent cover of this classic song.  Enjoy.

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Earworm Wednesday: Love Me Again – John Newman (official The Score & Tamara Joy cover)


So everywhere I go this song assaults my senses so it’s no wonder that it is today’s Earworm Wednesday.  And of all the covers of that I have seen the Score does the best so far and Tamara Joy adds that certain je ne sais quoi that sends this right over the edge into wonderful.  Enjoy.

Earworm Wednesday: Burnwylde – “Nights In White Satin”


So two conversations this week.  One was where someone asked me why do I post covers instead of the original?  I pointed out that if there was no “good” cover that I would post the original.  Which prompted again the same question: so why covers at all?  And here is the why: because some time the band who is covering the song puts their own unique twist that is as good or sometimes better than the original.

So, second conversation a friend of mine on a social site posted these lines:

Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day’s useless energy spent.

Now anyone who has listened to Nights in White Satin has heard those lines.  However, those lyrics aren’t from Nights in White Satin, no they are from Late Lament which occurs at the end of Nights in White Satin on some recordings.  And I pointed that out which resulted in a fifteen minute discussion that led to nowhere other than having that song stuck in my head.  Enjoy.

Frenetic Friday


You’re running the ground falls away from you’ve left mundane behind and are now flying into Frenetic Friday.

Do you remember Charlotte Church? The Welsh born singer recently wrote an article for Digital Music News entitled “I’m Charlotte Church. And this is how women are routinely demoralized by the music industry..

“Thank you for coming to my lecture this evening.

I’d like you to imagine a world in which male musicians are routinely expected to act as submissive sex objects.  Picture Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z stripped down to a T-back bikini thong, sex kittin’ his way through a boulevard of suited-and-booted women for their pleasure.  Or Britney Spears’ ex, Justin Timberlake, in buttocks-clenching hot pants writhing on top of a pink Chevy, explaining to an audience how he’d like to be their ‘Teenage Dream’.

Before we all get a little too hot beneath the gusset, of course these scenarios are not likely to become reality, unless for comedy’s sake.  The reason for this is that these are roles the music industry has carved out specifically for womenRead more here

This is an interesting article from an insiders perspective that points out how the music industry forces women singers into three molds, and how that increasingly this means that women are pushed to flaunt their bodies more and more in revealing clothing.

And all of this is very interesting until you read this article from in Salon:

Meet the sex-obsessed Christian group trying to launch a crusade against television

As anyone familiar with the Christian right can attest, there are a great many sayings Christians spout that are less charitable than it would seem. “I’ll pray for you” is a passive-aggressive way to tell someone to shove off. “It’s in the Lord’s hands” means that the speaker cannot be bothered to actually do something about a problem. And “we’re doing this for the children” means that adults and teenagers are doing something the Christian conservative thinks is ungodly, and children will be invoked to excuse attempts to control the choices of older people.  Read more here

 

Seems it is all those nasty Christians fault.  Yes we are sex obsessed puritans that only want to spoil your fun and keep Beyonce from performing.  You know maybe, just maybe the two of these writers (Church, Marcotte) should get together.

Speaking of England turns out that Stonehenge is giving up it’s secrets and what is the interesting part is that the secrets are coming from underneath.  It seems that what is on top isn’t as interesting as what is underneath the stones.  Read more here.

I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:29-30

Here is an article from Cracked by an anonymous writer that talks about the time he was faith healer and the six ways he scammed people out of their money, but not only their money, he scammed them out of their faith.  And that is what is worse.

And that is it, please fasten your seat belts I know it seems like we just got flying but some trips are more like hops than leaps see you again next Friday.

 

 

 

 

Earworm Wednesday: Chairlift ~ Party (Beyonce Cover)


As you know I am on the look out for people or bands that cover songs that are as good if not better than the original, although I will admit that last statement is hard to find.  So when I saw this list at Pigeons and Planes (30 cover songs that are better than the original) I was intrigued and they did pick some good one without a doubt.  Then I listened to Chairlift and there is something about that voice and I said this was the song for Wednesday’s earworm.. So Chairlift singing Party.

Earworm Wednesday: Bittersweet Symphony~Danny Jones


I know, I may have done the ultimate here, a cover of a cover of cover.  How so you may ask?  Well first Andrew Oldham Orchestra covered the Rolling  Stones song The Last Time converting it to a orchestral version. (First Cover)  The Verve sampled the main theme and sang over it their unique lyrics. (Second Cover) Then we have here Danny Jones of McFly giving it his own treatment. (Third Cover) Enjoy.