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

The Guess Who

Canadian band The Guess Who were the ones who introduced me to the phrase “put a hurt” on something. Years later, a seedy gentleman assured me that he could get me a lady who would “put a hurting on” me. I wasn’t laughing.

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R.E.M.

So young – so very, very young. This particular performance of a song from their first full-length album was months before Murmur was released.

The comments say that Let’s Active opened for them in Raleigh, which makes sense since that’s where Mitch Easter’s band was based.

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Song of the Day – “I Know a Secret” – The Mosquitos

The Mosquitos were a New York band that only released one 5-song EP back in 1985. Their harmonies are certainly reminiscent of an obscure little band from Liverpool.

The title song of the EP was later appropriated by the re-formed Monkees and made into a national hit: “That Was Then, This Is Now”.

The video is very low-tech, but you can still tell that these guys were pretty good.

Song of the Day – “Agile N.” – Leo Kottke

I’ve seen him play this live. I still don’t understand how he can do it.

Song of the Day – “Get Together” – The Youngbloods

C’mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Ev’rybody get together
Try and love one another right now

Yeah, it’s a “hippie song” – maybe the quintessential hippie song. So subversive – “everybody’s pretty much the same, so try and get along with each other”.

Actually, it’s not that subversive. So why do I keep hearing, 40 years later, that humanist ideals of society working together is what’s wrong with the world? That poor people are poor because they want to be, and are too lazy to be counted as part of society? That gays are this, that blacks are that, that atheists are worse than rapists?

We are but a moment’s sunlight
fading in the grass

Life is short, and we should do everything we can to ease each others’ journey.

Song of the Day – “The Politics of Dancing” – Re-Flex

In a presidential election year, it seems like every other conversation is about politics. If you want to discuss the politics of dancing, it’s fine with me!

Re-Flex was a one-hit wonder band from the far-off land of 1983.

Song of the Day – “Luka” – Suzanne Vega

Tonight is opening night for “Where’s Julie?” at the Dancing Goat Theater in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta. It’s a comedy that explores some adult themes like sex, drugs and religion, using blunt language.

In a subplot it also touches on the same theme as today’s song, my favorite song about child abuse. (Perhaps favorite is the wrong word to use for such a horrific subject. Let’s just say the song moves me.)

Suzanne Vega continues to make great music a quarter-century after this ground-breaking work.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Little Lie”

Lindi Ortega

Canadian singer Lindi Ortega has been compared to a “smoky” Dolly Parton or Emmylou Harris, but I’m not really hearing that. But I am hearing someone, and I’d appreciate input from my listeners. Who does she sound like to you?

From 2011’s Little Red Boots.