It seemed appropriate to throw this song up after I realized my mistake regarding my missing Tori Amos CDs. This 1958 tune written by Leiber & Stoller and originally recorded by The Coasters (aka The Robins) may seem familiar as it has been covered by myriad artists including Ritchie Valens, Jerry Reed and Cheech & Chong.
This 1971 classic by Johnny Cash is straightforward and to the point, pretty much expressing his views on life. Enjoy the weekend, people; I should be back on the regular schedule in the next couple of days.
Hey, people. It’s been a couple of days, I know. Kind of slacked off for a bit, but I did some maintenance on the blog; fixed a lot of the broken embeds on the older posts. Still have a few to go, but I’m getting there. Anyway, in honor of those of you all returning to school this week, enjoy Chuck Berry‘s classic ode to academia.
This song is from The Ramones final studio album, ¡Adios Amigos! It’s a pretty laid back number for the band, better known for their frenetic high octane playing; if The Ramones did a cover of In A Gadda Da Vida, it would probably be two minutes long. It’s one of their more popular later songs, even though it didn’t chart. Ronnie Spector did a cover that was produced by none other than the song’s composer, Joey Ramone.
This Simon & Garfunkel song was originally released in late 1966, hitting the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. It’s a relatively hard track for the duo, better known for a gentler, more hippieish, folky sound. It’s a brilliantly arranged piece of music, the driving beat perfectly complements Paul Simon‘s stellar guitar work. Lyrically, the song is a metaphor for growing older and coping with being unable to fulfill the dreams of youth. About 20 years after its release, it became a signature tune for The Bangles when they covered it for the soundtrack to the film Less Than Zero. It’s also been covered by artists ranging from film composer Hugo Montenegro to goth punk band She Wants Revenge.
I need a pick me up, and this is great song for that. It’s also a great way to start the week. I haven’t listened to this song in years, because I have it on cassette, but I don’t have a tape deck readily available. This track is often attributed to Oingo Boingo, but it’s actually a solo effort by Danny Elfman, who also composed the score for the film the song is from, Summer School. The version used in the opening credits of that movie is slightly different from this one, which comes off of the soundtrack album.