August 31, 2009 – “Do You Love Me?” – The Explorers Club
I just heard these guys for the first time last week. They’re a band from South Carolina that is HEAVILY influenced by the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. Their album, Freedom Wind, is fantastic.
Although they’ve got an official video for “Do You Love Me?” I wanted you to hear this “unplugged” version so you’ll know their perfect harmonies are not the result of AutoTune.
September 1, 2009 – “You Don’t Know” – Ellie Greenwich
RIP Ellie Greenwich, who died last week at the age of 68.
Ellie, with her husband Jeff Barry and Phil Spector, penned songs that defined the girl group sound of the ‘60s. “Chapel of Love”, “Be My Baby”, “Then He Kissed Me”, “Hanky Panky”, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Baby I Love You” and “River Deep, Mountain High” were among the songs she wrote. There was even a musical about her named after another famous tune, “Leader of the Pack”.
She could sing, also, as proved by this song from 1965. It should have been a hit.
September 2, 2009 – “Black Man Ray” – China Crisis
One of my desert island discs would be Flaunt the Imperfection by China Crisis. The whole album is classy and mellow and beautiful, with songs like “King in a Catholic Style”, ”You Did Cut Me” and this song. The album (it came out on vinyl first) was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan.
September 3, 2009 – “Avalon” – Roxy Music
Yesterday’s China Crisis track got me in a mellow mood, so let’s continue with Avalon. Roxy Music was primarily known for dance-oriented tracks such as “Love Is the Drug”, and this album marked a major transformation for the group. As a matter of fact, Roxy Music broke up shortly afterward, and Bryan Ferry continued in this same vein in future albums.
September 4, 2009 – “LaGrange” – ZZ Top
OK, enough with the mellow. Let’s kick into Labor Day weekend with a little number about that shack outside LaGrange.
September 5, 2009 – “Ragtop Day” – Jimmy Buffett
Got any Parrotheads out there? It’s Labor Day weekend, and it’s definitely a Ragtop Day.
September 6, 2009 – “Vacation” – Go-Go’s
More sun and fun with Belinda, Charlotte, Jane, Kathy and Gina – the Go-Go’s! (I hate the unnecessary apostrophe, but I love the whole tandem water-skiing thing!)