Archive for the ‘rock music’ Category

Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 20, 2015

“Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder andClaude Demetrius, performed in this 1957 recording by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires.

The tune has been recorded by many other artists including Mae West and The Smithereens:

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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 17, 2015

“Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, performed in this 1957 recording by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires.

The tune has been recorded by many other artists including Mae West and The Smithereens:

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Sleigh Ride

December 13, 2015

“Sleigh Ride” was an orchestral piece by Leroy Anderson until Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics that turned it into a pop hit. It’s not specifically a Christmas piece, but it dashes through holiday music mixes each winter. This 1963 recording is by The Ronettes, produced by Phil Spector.

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Can’t Find My Way Home

June 9, 2015

Steve Winwood performing his song “Can’t Find My Way Home” in front of a snapping fireplace. He originally performed it with the “supergroup” Blind Faith in 1969. Notable versions have been recorded by Joe Cocker, SwansBobby McFerrin, and Alison Krause.

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Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent to Play Concert in Waco a Week After Shootout Kills 9

May 18, 2015

Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent to Play Concert in Waco a Week After Shootout Kills 9
Next week rock guitarist and gun-happy NRA Board Member Ted Nugent will play a concert in Waco, a few blocks from the site of the biker gang gunfight that killed nine people and injured 18 on Sunday. Mr. Nugent lives nearby. The shootout started at the Twin Peaks Restaurant, where Thursday is Bike Night.

192 people were arrested and their bail set at $1 million each.  The biker gangs have allegedly sanctioned executions of Waco police.

More:

“Rocker Ted Nugent to play solo show at Waco Hippodrome,” Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune

“A former undercover agent explains what’s behind the Waco biker gang shootout,” Libby Nelson, Vox

“How the Bandidos became one of the world’s most feared biker gangs, Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

“Texas Lawmakers Talk About Expanding Gun Rights Day After Mass Shooting,” Ahiza Garcia, TPM Livewire

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Geriatric Brits to Invade North America

April 2, 2015

Geriatric Brits to Invade North America

The British pensioners known as the Rolling Stones will visit sports arenas in the United States and Canada this summer. The elderly musicians are reissuing their classic 20th century gramophone recording, Arthritic Sticky Fingers. It’s the one with the cover by Andy Warhol (see the model here).

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Don’t Believe in Christmas

December 29, 2014

“Don’t Believe in Christmas” written by Gerald Roslie and recorded by his Takoma band, The Sonics, in 1965. There’s a more recent version by Pearl Jam:

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Space Christmas

December 28, 2014

“Space Christmas,” written by Naoko Yamano and performed by her with her group, Shonen Knife (“Boy Knife”).

“I wanna go to Pluto
I wanna go with you
Oh, I bring space food
They are marshmallow and ice cream”

— – “Space Christmas” lyrics

Christmas is a very different holiday in Japan, more about romance, gifts for pets, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and sweets:

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Hey Santa Claus

December 28, 2014

“Hey Santa Claus,” written by Harvey Fuqua and recorded in 1953 by his group, The Moonglows. Their manager, DJ Alan Freed, is given co-writer credit on the label, as was the practice. The sax soloist is Red Holloway.

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Christmas is Cancelled

December 28, 2014

“Christmas is Cancelled,” by The Long Blondes (vocalist: Kate Jackson). The lyrics (possibly by guitarist Dorian Cox) are here.

The band distributed free recordings of the song soon after they broke up in December 2008.

Related:

“Why music will miss the Long Blondes,” Priya Elan, The Guardian

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