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Kid band does killer punk version of Neil Diamond’s ‘Cherry Cherry’
01.24.2013
02:44 am

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Happy birthday Neil Diamond!

Eleven-year-old Dante Vessio and his 15-year-old sister Misia cover Neil Diamond’s “Cherry Cherry” proving that great songs never die, they live on in all kinds of interesting permutations. I’m sure Neil would approve.

The two Vessios, band name Vessio, attribute their style to the musical influences of Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins and The Troggs, among others. No shit. Cool.

Turn it the fuck up!
 

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Robots play The Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’
01.23.2013
08:06 pm

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Fingers.
 
Here’s a new video from one Dangerous Minds’ favorite robot bands (after Lana Del Ray).

Compressorhead perform The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

Stickboy, Fingers and Bones may play with the dispassion of the robots they are, but you can still dance to them. Into the cyber-moshpit.

Check out the band’s website for more mechanical mayhem.
 

 
Thanks Leg McNeil.

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Black Keys sue casino in Louisiana for stealing their music
01.23.2013
06:25 pm

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The Black Keys when they were still touring by van.
 
We’ve discussed this here on DM in the past—corporations, big and small, ripping off rock and roll bands’ music without asking for or paying the groups for the rights to said music. The companies doing the thievery figure they can glom onto the band’s hip factor without having to pay for it… and this is how it’s done:

Take a song, slightly alter it and hope no one notices, particularly the band. In this case, the band did notice. The Black Keys are suing L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge for using the riff from “Howlin’ for You” in their TV commercial without the band’s permission. The Keys claim the music in the ad is “substantially similar” to their tune. A spokesperson for the casino says they purchased “a licensed track inspired by “Howlin’ For You” by the Black Keys.”

“Inspired”? Ain’t that inspiration worth something? The casino clearly wanted people to associate their product with a very popular and fashionably cool band.

News sources say the casino’s ad was pulled from YouTube, but I found this. If ain’t the exact one, it must be close.

I’ve said it before kids, hold onto your publishing rights and don’t let anybody steal your music.

And for those who would argue that music isn’t identical, keep in mind that the casino wanted something that sounded like The Black Keys. That is what they paid for. But it’s not just about copping the riffage from The Black Keys’ music, their intent is to ride the band’s fame. They want to be associated with something cool and contemporary. Is that against the law? Probably not. But I do think the Keys have a strong argument based on what the casino claims they were paying for - they wanted to buy The Black Keys without having to pay Black Key prices.

Update 1/24: After reading more reports on the Keys’ suit, serious doubt has been raised in my mind as to whether the YouTube video that I had linked to is the same one that provoked the suit. While the riff in the commercial is similar to the Keys’ “Howlin’ For You,” the fact that new sources are claiming the video was removed from YouTube makes me believe I may have the wrong one. I’ve fired off a message to the Keys for more info. I’ll let you know if I hear back and will update regarding the video.

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The Man Who Sold the World: When Bowie met Lulu
01.23.2013
06:25 pm

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By the time she was just 25, irrepressible Scottish songstress Lulu was already a firmly established member of the British “light entertainment” pantheon, having come to fame in the early 60s with her cover of “Shout!” and presenting many a “family friendly” TV variety series.

A 1974 chance meeting with David Bowie—then the most “far out” rock star the world had ever seen—at a party in Paris saw her take the (for her) unusual step of recording two of his songs for a single, the tunes being “The Man Who Sold The World” and for the flip-side, “Watch That Man.” The idea was to sort of update her cozy image for a new decade, and who better to employ for this task than David Bowie, who told her he wanted to record a “motherfucker” of a song for her (They also had a brief fling, as recounted in her book).

The numbers were produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson, and Bowie played guitar and sax as well as doing backing vocals. “The Man Who Sold The World” was re-imagined as a cold, sleazy cabaret vamp. Bowie had Lulu smoke cigarette after cigarette to get her voice sounding as scratchy as possible. Bolstered by several Top of the Pops appearances, the single went top 10 hit in Britain—her first in five years—and was a hit in several other European countries in 1974.
 

 

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Paul McCartney spoofs Ron Mael of Sparks, 1980
01.23.2013
06:05 pm

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I never knew this existed until now, and I wonder what Ron Mael thinks of it?

I assume McCartney is a Sparks fan if he is willing to spoof Mael in his own video, or maybe it was just an easy impression, even if he does it well. He also does Hank Marvin, but not so well, and I assume some of the other “band” members—they’re called The Plastic Macs, geddit?—are spoofs of other musicians from the period, too.

I’m not a McCartney fan really, but this IS a cracking tune:

Paul McCartney “Coming Up” (1980)
 

 
H/t too Wallace Wylie.

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A surrealistic video for ‘Brain Police’ directed by Zappa collaborator Ed Seeman
01.23.2013
04:23 pm

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Animator and experimental film maker Ed Seeman worked closely with Frank Zappa in the late ‘60s on a film called Uncle Meat. Over 14 hours of footage was shot for the project but it never came to completion. Zappa purchased Seeman’s share of the film and basically shelved it. A documentary about the making of Uncle Meat was released by Zappa on VHS in 1987 and is highly collectible. It has never been released on DVD.

Zappa once described the film thusly:

It deals with the conflicts that face an average middle-class sort of person who works for the government and does a bunch of things for the government that he’s not proud of and can’t tell his family what he’s doing. See. Because he’s doing a top secret project for the government. See. It gets quite complicated.

Seeman has taken parts of Uncle Meat and edited them into a 40 minute impressionistic collage. Here’s an excerpt set to The Mothers Of Invention’s “Who Are The Brain Police.” If you’re interested in seeing more, you can purchase a DVD at Seeman’s website.

Of all of Zappa’s songs this may be my favorite. It melds Zappa’s cynical world view (perhaps prophetic) with a spookily psychedelic sound that creates a perfect paranoid whole.
 

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Kind of Spicy: Miles Davis’ recipe for ‘South Side Chicago Chili Mack’
01.23.2013
01:12 pm

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From John Szwed’s Miles Davis biography, So What: The Life of Miles Davis. Page 145:

Miles Davis’s South Side Chicago Chili Mack

1 tablespoon bacon grease
2 pounds ground lean chuck
salt and pepper
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
3 large cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 can tomatoes
1 can beef broth
1/2 jar of mustard
1/2 shot glass of vinegar
pinto or kidney beans

Apparenlty there were no instructions in the book on how to prepare Miles’ Chili Mack. But I did find the method here, you know, if you’re curious or want to test it out for yourself.

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Reggie Watts covers Van Halen’s ‘Panama’ like you’ve never heard it before…
01.23.2013
11:16 am

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Let it be no secret that I love Reggie Watts! I truly adore this man! There is no one else like him in the world.

Anyway, here’s Reggie reworking Van Halen’s “Panama.” It starts around the 1:29 mark.
 

 
Via Nerdcore

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James Taylor’s daringly experimental version of ‘America The Beautiful’ at the inauguration
01.22.2013
06:55 pm

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Does it not fill your heart with patriotic pride ?
 

 
Thanks to Richard Devine !

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‘Light My Fire’: Is the very best Doors cover, ever, by Shirley Bassey?
01.22.2013
06:10 pm

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Well, I think it is.

When my wife and I got together and our record collections were merged, I was pleased to see that I was marrying a fellow Shirley Bassey fan. We were in firm agreement on the Welsh songbird’s cover of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” from her 1970 comeback album, Shirly Bassey is Really Something. Both of us had used it DJing. I don’t know about Tara, but it was something I played all the time. As in every time I DJ’d. Every single time.

Shirly Bassey is Really Something was, and still is, an album that you can find for between 25 cents and a dollar in virtually any used record store. It’s amazing, an A+ album, in my opinion. Considering that nearly all of the songs are cover versions—albeit skillfully selected ones—it’s a pretty cohesive listening experience. Aside from “Light My Fire,” she does the best version of George Harrison’s “Something” this side of Frank Sinatra, as well as incredible takes on “Easy to Be Hard” (from the musical Hair), Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel” and what is probably the definite performance of Michel Legrand’s “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life,” one of the most powerful love songs ever written, and made all the better with that amazing voice of hers. (The only other version that’s anywhere near as good as Bassey’s comes from a similarly powerful “belter,” Scott Walker).

“Easy to Be Hard”:
 

 
Below, Shirley Bassey performs “Light My Fire,” backed by a large orchestra, on her 1973 All About Shirley TV special and just kills it:
 

 
More Shirley Bassey after the jump…

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