Sunday, November 2, 2014

WTSCF Episode 12--"She Thinks I Still Care"

New podcast episode is up!

A cry-in-your-beer classic told with a healthy dose of irony, "She Thinks I Still Care" has been covered in a wide range of styles since its initial release in 1962, has gender-role-flipped a few times, but never fails to deliver a sentiment that most of us has felt at one time or another. Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WTSCF Podcast Episode 11--Harry Nilsson's "Without Her"

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From Harry Nilsson's RCA debut LP, Pandemonium Shadow Show (1967), "Without Her" is a perfectly written, perfectly sung and perfectly arranged and produced (by Rick Jarrard) song that perfectly evokes the empty, lonely feeling in the wake of a breakup. Did I mention how perfect it is? Several of the cover versions you'll hear aren't too shabby either. Enjoy the show! 

Episode 11: "Without Her".

Sunday, August 3, 2014

WTSCF Podcast Episode # 10!!!! (And the First Anniversary!) "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

It's the TENTH episode of WTSCF, the first of the summer, and the first one to feature a song by Bob Dylan. And thus, it's by far the longest and most self-indulgent. But what amazing versions you'll be turned on to! Marianne Faithfull! Echo and the Bunnymen!! Falco!!! 
Dylan is known for his verbose songs, and so I thought it only appropriate to make this a long-winded episode. And so I will completely understand if you listen to it in a couple/three installments. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WTSCF Ep.9--I Saw Her Standing There

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A bit late to cash in on the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles arriving in the USA, but better late than never. "I Saw Her Standing There" is unquestionably a timeless classic pop-rocker, and unquestionably much more McCartney than Lennon. Lennon even chose to cover it at what would be his final big concert appearance. You can hear that version, and the story behind it, as well as many other versions and the stories behind those (by everyone from Bob Welch to Mary Wells to Daniel Johnson...) Enjoy!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WTSCF Podcast Episode # 8--Dirty Old Town

A folk song written by an Englishman for a play about his hometown (Salford), but which has become most popular in the hands of a couple of Irish artists. And yet, all the featured versions from the last decade or so come from American acts. This underscores the song's timeless, universal appeal, especially at the end of winter, as many of us look out the window at our own dirty old towns.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Podcast Episode # 7: "Searchin'"


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 Here's the WTSCF Podcast Episode #7!

Not the most impressive song in the Leiber and Stoller oeuvre, but a very impressive list of artists have covered it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

RePost: Podcast Episode # 3--Dancing in the Street

It is indeed nice to be reminded of summer in the dark depths of winter, but that's not why I'm reposting this episode (originally from July 11). I was doing some housekeeping and realized that some of these episodes start playing automatically upon visiting the blog, and that's kind of annoying. Sorry. So I'm undoing that on this one and any other ones that start playing automatically.
See, I'm considerate, I'm just oblivious--maddeningly so at times. So here we go.

As promised, a summer theme. This is one song to which I don't feel any improvements are needed. The original is perfect, and only a few of the covers featured do I feel succeed in doing something new and exciting. I think the Everly Brothers and Van Halen win the cup this time. See what you think.
In researching this episode, I discovered something interesting, which became the sub-theme of this episode: That both The Who and the Grateful Dead both began covering this song in a straight ahead form in each of the band's early days. Both retired the tune, only to each rework it in the late 70's. So I bookend this episode with those bands' versions. Yes, I might spend a few extra minutes on the Dead's version(s), but that's just because their musical references are so rich, that it's hard for me to resist diving in. I also wish I cut the Little Richard version a minute or two earlier--I started out loving it, but grew to dislike it after repeated listening.
Otherwise, you will hear some prime examples of how music changed between the 60's and 80's. I can't really say that things have changed half as much in the last 20 years.