Over the weekend, it was reported that Jason David Frank, best known for playing Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise, passed away. He was an idol to a generation of kids (including mine) and he will be missed.
Winona Ryder is back with a new movie, and in New York City two theaters are marking the occasion with events. The Quad is presenting a 16 film retrospective and Alamo Drafthouse is having a 4 film marathon. It seemed fitting to make this the Song Of The Day. Winona is a track from Matthew Sweet‘s 3rd studio album, Girlfriend. The performance presented here was recorded at City Winery in NYC in July, 2014.
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ONE ON ONE: Matthew Sweet – Winona July 18, 2014 City Winery New York at YouTube.
My Song Of The Day subscribers may have inadvertently been sent one of my recent MoviePass posts because it was tagged incorrectly. Here’s a song to apologize.
Though Nerf Herder is probably best known for providing the theme music for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer television series, this was the song that initially blew them up (at least in California) and most likely got them the Buffy gig. This shit was all over the radio when I was on the West Coast back in late ’96 – early ’97, and it always stuck with me, because it’s genuinely funny. Happy Thanksgiving (if you’re in America, otherwise, Happy Thursday)!
I’ve been having time management issues lately, which made the opening lyric of this classic by the Steve Miller Band pop into my head. Not to say that I’ve been wasting my time tripping balls, which seems to have been a prerequisite for any activity back in the old days. It’s like the opening of Boardwalk Empire, “Nah, I’m just innocently smoking this cigarette that I dipped in a solution of ether and opium earlier. Man, the sunrise looks awesome. It looks like it’s gonna rain, though. It might not rain, because that seagull is flying in slow motion… but the waves are at normal speed. Fuck, I should’ve brought an umbrella. No, wait! There’s the sun… behind me?!? How long have I been standing here?!? Holy shit! It’s like 3 in the afternoon, I gotta get to work!” Some of the more astute among you may have noticed that the video runs 4:20, and if you didn’t, I just pointed it out for you.
Kind of half assed today; the main reason I posted this song is because it was the first one I thought of with Friday in the name. I like it, it’s a silly pop song with a wacky video, but it’s catchy as hell. Robert Smith doesn’t even consider it a real Cure song, and he may be on to something because according to the bass drum, it’s actually by The Cures.
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 is from ZZ Top’s latest album, which dropped earlier this week. I love ZZ Top, and I’m happy they’re still around, because this band is older than I am. I don’t mean just the members of the band; I mean, they were grown ass men who formed the band before I was even born. One thing is for sure, this shit is definitely not auto-tuned or t-pained or whatever the fuck they do to make it sound like Glee. In fact, the only way I can ever imagine this song would be on Glee is if Kurt sings it after getting throat fucked by two dozen guys so he can get the lead in the New York City premiere of Rocky: Das Musical. That’s actually not a bad premise, I should pitch it to Ryan Murphy. Tweet him a link to this if you agree.
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.