Archive for the ‘rock music’ Category

Merry Christmas, I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” by The Ramones

Related:

“Why is Christmas one of the deadliest days of the year?” Chris Gayomali, The Week

“How to ruin Christmas: A holiday guide to arguing with conservative relatives,” Alex Pareene, Salon

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Weezer’s Christmas Song

December 25, 2014

“The Christmas Song,” written and sung by its composer, Weezer guitarist Rivers Cuomo. It was recorded by the band, remixed by Ric Ocasek, and released in 2000. The guitar fuzzbox is not identified.

A dismal waltz. Nicely done.

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Sleigh Ride

December 25, 2014

“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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Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

December 25, 2014

“Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights),” written and performed by JD McPherson.

JD McPherson website

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Christmas is Coming

December 25, 2014

“Christmas is Coming,” written by Paul Hyde and Bob Rock, performed by their Vancouver group, The Payola$.

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Please Come Home For Christmas

December 24, 2014

“Please Come Home For Christmas,” written by Charles Brown and Gene Redd. Performed by Pat Benatar.

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Father Christmas

December 24, 2014

“Father Christmas” by Ray Davies, recorded by him with his group The Kinks in 1977. This video by Rick Rogan follows the lyrics, and Devotchka Duste’s video interpretation is also a good fit.

“Father Christmas, give us some money
Don’t mess around with those silly toys.
We’ll beat you up if you don’t hand it over
We want your bread so don’t make us annoyed
Give all the toys to the little rich boys.”

Note to Yanks: “Father Christmas” = Santa Claus.

Related:

“A $57,670 Dollhouse, Other Christmas Gifts Rich Kids Opened This Morning,” Susanna Kim, ABC News

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Joe Cocker, 1944 — 2014

December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker, 1944 – 2014

Singer Joe Cocker (John Robert Cocker OBE) died today at age 70. Know for soulful, distinctive interpretations of  Rock, Soul, and R&B classics, his career spanned 50 years.

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Jim Morrison, Fat

November 10, 2014

Jim Morrison, Fat
Jim Morrison, interviewed by Howard Smith in November 1968, animated by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital):

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Johnny Winter, 1944 – 2014

July 18, 2014

Johnny Winter, 1944 – 2014

Blues guitarist, singer, and producer Johnny Winter (John Dawson Winter III) died Wednesday while on tour in Europe.

 More:

“The Lion in Johnny Winter: A Tribute to the Guitar Icon,” David Marchese, Rolling Stone

“Texas guitar great Johnny Winter dies,” Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle

“Johnny Winter, Virtuosic Blues Guitarist, Dies at 70,” Ben Sisario, New York Times

“Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70,” Bill Chappell, NPR

“Johnny Winter remembered: Blues guitarist struck a chord with rock fans,” Jim Farber, New York Daily News

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