The problem with most Rock bands is they don't really appreciate Lesley Gore and Petula Clark yanno? .......and if I post The Replacements too much well that's ok...I mean it's almost a guarantee someone out there hasn't heard every one of their many amazing covers.
Wayne Kramer takes the lead vocals here and somehow evokes Elvis, Lou Reed, Pete Townshend, and suggests the still to come Julian Casablancas crossed with Jack White and he is cooler than them all. He's high as a kite during this performance wearing a green jacket and purple shirt and pants - he's a total, absolute star.
As far as I know, this song was never released on anything (?) - not even the Sorry Ma reissue and not even mentioned in their bio Trouble Boys (?) either. They used to play it live because, well it was one of their earliest songs and very typical how they could be boisterous and unbearably sad at the same time right from the start.
You'll miss 'em when they're dead....so here it is.......live.
This little gem finds The Only Ones doing one of their best and trickiest songs - "Programme" - a song which showed how they could rewrite and twist new songs about the exact same topic: drugs, alienation, removal from loved ones. The band in this setting - live and unrestrained by production or studio looks and sounds great and Peter Perrett spits out the words with a seething venom here - he looks like a frightened animal.
You could hear this song a million times and never get the drug references or the lyrics - the last verse - often misprinted - starts with "A celestial being trapped by life" - which itself is so poetically odd and curiously strange that you might not even be able to figure THAT out.
The Faces (or more accurately Faces, no "The") show up all the time in our "great covers" thread but they are quite simply, a great live band too. Here they are in peak form, effortlessly marvelous naturally.
The song itself is the least disturbing aspect of this performance which is really saying something - when Iggy says "I go crazy" you imagine it's not far to go........and he's got the scars to prove it.
The single strangest and arguably most important hit song ever.
Merle Haggard was a thief, convict, alcoholic, drug user who got out of prison and wrote this song which basically is a manifesto against anyone different from his audience - ie hippies, war protesting weirdos, the other. The thing is, Haggard didn't much like his audience either and he resembled the people he was criticizing far more in some ways - which maybe made you think the song was a put on - it wasn't that simple and he did love America, the flag and hey fnck you.
AND the people being criticized admired that too or thought it funny - so they found common ground - everybody can get this song and if you can't on some level you don't get how fncked up America is in the first place do you?
Haggard performing it live and in effect laughing at some of his own song here - watch his reactions! - not laughing at his audience, or the subject matter, but himself - neat trick.
From May 1968 and the Jumpin Jack Flash/Child of the Moon single through May 1972 and the amazing Exile on Main Street - the greatest 4 album run ever - the Stones didn't release anything less than great. Four albums, A-side singles and their B-sides - they ascended to a point where they topped every one of their peers and every one who came after in this amazing run.
Chuck Berry's "Let it Rock" was a B-side highlight but I prefer this version with the horns. Like I said from May '68-May '72 you can't go wrong with them and anything.
Hey is anyone tired of hearing about Kim Shattuck - ah well - here she is at her goofy best making faces at the camera letting out her trademark yell at the end and wearing a dress because she never, ever wore pants that I can recall.......pants are for boys I'd reckon she'd say.
The ExBats live (very) recently in a record store in their hometown.....at 2:50 when dad goes into his guitar noodling look at his daughter on drums trying not to fall asleep while mocking papa - utterly charming and amateurish Monkees/White Stripes mash-up.......still number 1 in the pacinoyes top 10 after 5 looooooooooong months......your move in about 3 weeks Dylan
To some people "The Replacements" is a Gene Hackman/Keanu Reeves movie.......to some people Exene Cervenka was married to that Viggo actor guy ..........to some people Iggy Pop was a guy who knew David Bowie...... but to desperate people.....well.........whole different POV isn't it?