Baby Don’t Go

May 15, 2016

“Baby Don’t Go,” written by Sonny Bono, recorded here by Dwight Yoakam and Cheryl Crow. In 1964, before entering politics, Congressman Bono recorded the song with his second wife, Cherilyn Sarkisian, as Sonny & Cher.

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All My Loving

May 15, 2016

“All My Loving,”written by Paul McCartney, recorded by Prince Buster (Cecil Bustamente Campbell) in 1968. The Beatles recorded the tune in 1963; here it is with pikapeppa sauce.

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Bent El Chalabiya

May 15, 2016

“Bent El Chalabiya (Girl from Sevilla)” performed as an instrumental by the Chehade Brothers.  Rami Chehade plays the oud, Farid Chehade the buzuq.

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Aug(De)Mented Reality

May 15, 2016

Aug(De)Mented Reality, by animator Marty Cooper (aka Hombre McSteez).

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Don’t Start Loving Me (If You’re Gonna Stop)

May 14, 2016

“Don’t Start Loving Me (If You’re Gonna Stop),” written by Carl Smith, performed by Veda Brown in 1974.

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Not Your War

May 14, 2016

“Not Your War'” performed by Okean Elzy (Океан Ельзи), written by the Ukrainian band’s lead vocalist Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, protests the proxy wars fought on that country’s soil over the centuries. Mr. Vakarchuk, trained as a theoretical physicist, is currently a Yale World Fellow.

Video Director: Howard Greenhalgh

Related:

“Sending an Entire Country Back to School,” Nick Fouriezos, OZY

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I Want Candy

May 14, 2016

“I Want Candy,” written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer and recorded by them as The Strangleloves, pretending to be three Australian brothers raised on a sheep farm. The novelty record became a hit, and the trio put together a touring band of studio musicians to back them in concert.

The tune was reprised by the UK’s Bow Wow Wow in 1982, produced by Malcolm McLaren.

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Nothin’ But A Tramp

May 14, 2016

“(I Call You Lover But) You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Tramp,” written by Bonnie Mack Rice and performed by Margie Hendrix (sometimes spelled Hendricks). Ms. Hendrix, a powerful singer, was a member of The Cookies, later known as The Raelettes, and responds to Ray Charles on the record “Hit the Road Jack.” Mr. Hendrix and Mr. Charles were lovers, and had a child before separating. She died in tragic circumstances in 1973.

More:

“Margie Hendrix,” Tom de Jong, Sir Shambling’s Deep Soul Heaven

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Ya Tira Tiri Ya Hamama

May 14, 2016

“Ya Tira Tiri Ya Hamama,” sung by Rouwaida Attieh.

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Tajik Bread

May 14, 2016

Bread baking at Shamsullo Dustov’s house in Kumsangir, Tajikistan, near the Afghan border. A film by John Wendle, selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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