May 18, 2009 – “One Love” – Bob Marley
Michelle reminded me of this song, one of my favorites by Bob Marley, who passed away 28 years ago last Monday.
May 19, 2009 – “Raise the Roof” – Tracey Thorn
Tracey is one half of the duo Everything But the Girl, who put out a number of terrific albums. This is from Tracey’s 2007 CD, Out of the Woods, which inexplicably was not part of my collection until recently. Cute video, too.
May 20, 2009 – “Pocket Calculator” – Kraftwerk
Now is the time on “Sprockets” when we dance.
Kraftwerk didn’t invent electronic music, they just pushed the boundaries of electronic music. To the average listener in the ‘70s, this was off the charts on the weird scale.
This is the German version. The English lyrics include the deathless prose:
“I’m the operator with my pocket calculator
I am adding and subtracting
I’m controlling and composing
By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody.”
May 21, 2009 – “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
This is such a great band. Their lead singer (and only songwriter worth mentioning), John Fogerty, really knows how to write a hit single. It’s a travesty that they were only able to last a few years and that business wrangling kept Fogerty from any work for more than a decade after that.
This particular song gave rise to one of the most famous mondegreens, or misheard lyrics: “There’s a bathroom on the right.”
May 22, 2009 – “Turn Your Pretty Name Around” – Olson/Louris
This is a low-key performance by the songwriting/vocal team behind the Jayhawks, a band I featured earlier this year. This song is from their (relatively) new album, “Ready for the Flood”.
May 23, 2009 – “Once in a Lifetime” – Talking Heads
Same as it ever was…
A little clip from a brilliant concert movie, “Stop Making Sense”.
“You may ask yourself, how do I work this?”
May 24, 2009 – “Good Intentions” – Toad the Wet Sprocket
A ‘90s folk-pop band named after a Monty Python sketch? Sounds like the ingredients for mainstream success, right?
Glenn Phillips and the band did have a few Top-40 hits – and this song was included on the “Friends” soundtrack, although I can’t remember where it was actually used (Courtney’s in the video) – but broke up in the late ‘90s. They have re-formed for touring and play the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta tonight.