Song of the Day – “Frankenstein” – Edgar Winter Group

Happy Halloween! (Jesusween?)

It may be called “Frankenstein”, but the really scary thing about this song is the memory it brings up for me. I can remember being in shop class in eighth grade in Huntington, Indiana, and the teacher allowing us to have the radio on to listen to the Indy 500 time trials. (yes, radio coverage of single cars going around a track to establish their order at the start of the race. It was Indiana.) There must have been a rain delay, because I can remember hearing this song being played as I attempted to use the drill press and the lathe.

I am so ancient.

By the way, my favorite part of the song is the saxophone/guitar duet.


Song of the Day – “Touch of Grey” – The Grateful Dead

The Dead, known for their live shows, perform a “dead” show here with skeletons standing in for them.

Sometimes it’s easier, rather than doing any research on a video or song, to post a video with the research already embedded. Thus, here’s a Pop-Up video.

Song of the Day – “Deadbeat Club” – The B-52’s

This is about as mellow as Cindy, Kate, Fred and Keith get. (Not very.) Listen for the Athens references (Allen’s, Normaltown) and look for a glimpse of Michael Stipe. Everybody looks great and happy in this video, and the song is a personal favorite.

Song of the Day – “Breakdown Dead Ahead” – Box Scaggs

He’s so smooth…

This song hit #15 on the Billboard charts back in 1980. I would truly love to see him live sometime, since he obviously can still play/sing and has an awesome backing band on this recording. But the only gigs he plays in Atlanta are the summer outdoor venues, and the combination of the heat and the audiences that would rather converse than listen make that a no-win situation for people like me.

Song of the Day – “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – Dead or Alive

Pete Burns and his band Dead or Alive had a monster dance-club hit in 1985 with this song. While I have many friends who have danced to this song, it’s dedicated to Lisa Sherouse Riley, recent director of “Noises Off”, who spent many a youthful night gyrating to tunes like this.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “I Will Never Be Through With You”

Are the jangly days over for The Bangles? They may well be – I can’t think of any bands that, as they mature, keep that jangly sound. REM sure didn’t.

So their new album, Sweetheart of the Sun, is missing bassist Michael Steele and a little bit of their edge. That doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Closing Time”

Lyle Lovett

Who cares about his hair? Lyle Lovett is a great singer/songwriter, always standing on the outside of the mainstream.

This is from his debut, ‘way back in ’86.


Tom Waits

This instrumental shows off Tom Waits’ melodic invention. In the video, it’s played over the closing credits of a 1979 BBC show called “Tonight: In Person”.