Song of the Day – “Jesus Is Just Alright” – The Byrds

The Doobie Brothers made a hit of this song, and I wasn’t aware it was a cover of the Byrds until I got their box set. The Doobies didn’t change the sound much.


Song of the Day – “Superman” – The Clique

As I’ve said before, R.E.M. did very few covers. They did include one on 1986’s Life’s Rich Pageant, however – this obscure tune from the 1960s by The Clique.

This band’s one hit, “Sugar on Sunday”, is another favorite of mine and will probably be heard down the line sometime. “Superman” was the B-side of that hit.

Song of the Day – “Alison” – Elvis Costello

Brian Ibbot over at Coverville (a podcast you should be listening to) will occasionally switch things up and play the original versions of songs that were more famous covered by other people. He calls it “Originalville”. The next five songs I’ll be featuring are songs that were more famous when made by other artists.

Linda Ronstadt does very little writing herself, so most of her output is covers. Here’s a song she included on 1978’s Living in the USA, a year after Elvis Costello’s debut album, My Aim Is True.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Your Girlfriend’s Face”

Magnetic Fields

A little ditty about revenge from the Magnetic Fields, brainchild of Stephin Merritt. Their new album is called Love at the Bottom of the Sea, and I’ll be going to see them at the Variety Playhouse next month. Can’t wait!

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

Fleetwood Mac

There was a time when the teen beat was the new rockin’ sound – surf guitars and a big booming drum. Our second song today is of that era.

The first, however, is a more mature Lindsay Buckingham noodling around on his guitar. From The Chain, Fleetwood Mac’s box set.


The Ventures

The Ventures knew all about the teen beat. They helped invent it, even though they were mainly covering the songs of others. This is a Sandy Nelson cover.

Song of the Day – “Devil Take My Soul” – Son of Dave

OK. If you’d told me that I would be playing a song by the former guitar and mandolin player for Crash Test Dummies (Benjamin Darvill), and that his new project was a one-man band playing harmonica and singing blues over a looped human beat-box groove and a stomp board…

Well, I like it anyway.

Song of the Day – “Ribbon in the Sky” – Stevie Wonder

In 1982, Mr. Wonder released the Original Musiquarium, a two-disc greatest hits package that contained four new songs: “Front Line”, “Do I Do”, “That Girl”, and this beautiful song. These songs pre-date what I consider to be the unlistenable part of his career, which “bottomed out” with “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.

For some reason, the videos of this song posted on YouTube are choppy. But the sound is fine.