Songs You May Have Missed #567

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The Lemonheads: “The Outdoor Type” (1996)

Evan Dando’s warm voice and simple, accessible, and slightly subversive songwriting is on display in this easy country-rock-via-Gram Parsons gem.

From a few years after his band’s period of greatest success, which Dando’s struggles with addiction helped derail. Car Button Cloth was recorded while Dando was in the process of working toward sobriety.

Lyrical highlight:

I can’t go away with you on a rock climbing weekend/

What if something’s on TV and it’s never shown again?

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Video of the Week: Boothby Graffoe’s ‘England’

“England, land of beauty, wondrous birds and weird mammalia
Endless sun-kissed beaches–ooh, no hang on, that’s Australia”

Guster’s Groundhog Day Concert Prank

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From Guster’s email newsletter:

Right before our show tonight in Kansas City, we had an idea.

Since it was Groundhog Day, we decided we’d take the stage using “I’ve Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher as our walk-on music. That’s the song that was playing on Bill Murray’s alarm clock every morning in the Groundhog Day movie. A pretty clever reference. We could have let the idea end there.

But we didn’t. We decided we would remember the exact gestures we made when we took the stage (for instance, Ryan took off his sweater, threw it to our monitor guy, and said “Good Evening” twice into the microphone) and then started playing the first song on the set list, “Diane.”

After the last song in the set, “This Could All Be Yours,” we walked off stage, only to return for an encore a minute later, with “I’ve Got You Babe” playing again. Ryan’s sweater was back on. We all behaved exactly as we did at the top of the show. Ryan threw his sweater to the monitor guy and said his Good Evenings. Then we launched into “Diane” again. We thought we were so damn clever. Ryan explained the joke to the crowd because the crowd needed the joke explained to them.

This probably feels like a strange way to start one of our email newsletters. I haven’t even said the word Gusterrhoids yet. But this is the kind of esoteric joke that keeps us going in our twenty fifth year as a band. Esoteric jokes and dumpster sets. Let the record show that when the Foo Fighters do the same gag next year, we did it first.

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See also: http://edcyphers.com/2016/01/24/guster-turns-snowed-out-philly-show-into-impromptu-dumpster-set-in-pittsburgh/

Happy 87th to Session Drummer Extraordinaire Hal Blaine

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(via The College of Rock and Roll Knowledge)

Remember that one song from years ago that you just loved…. well he probably played the drums on it.

Kind of a very vague statement isn’t it. But maybe not as vague as you might think……

Today, legendary studio session drummer Hal Blaine is celebrating his 87th birthday.

Never heard of him? Ok, that’s possible. Never heard him? Not likely. Here is a list of the #1 songs Hal played drums on:

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (12/18/61)
“He’s a Rebel” – The Crystals (10/06/62)
“Surf City” – Jan & Dean (06/22/63)
“Everybody Loves Somebody” – Dean Martin (07/11/64)
“Ringo” – Lorne Greene (11/07/64)
“This Diamond Ring” – Gary Lewis & the Playboys (01/23/65)
“Help Me, Rhonda” – The Beach Boys (05/01/65)
“Mr Tambourine Man” – The Byrds (06/05/65)
“I Got You Babe” – Sonny & Cher (07/31/65)[8][9]
“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire (08/28/65)
“My Love” – Petula Clark (01/15/66)
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” – Nancy Sinatra (02/05/66)
“Monday Monday” – The Mamas & the Papas (04/16/66)
“Strangers in the Night” – Frank Sinatra (07/02/66)
“Poor Side of Town” – Johnny Rivers (10/08/66)
“Good Vibrations” – The Beach Boys (10/29/66)
“Somethin’ Stupid” – Frank & Nancy Sinatra (03/25/67)
“The Happening” – The Supremes (04/15/67)[10][11]
“Windy” – The Association (06/03/67)
“Mrs. Robinson” – Simon & Garfunkel (05/04/68)
“Dizzy” – Tommy Roe (03/15/69)
“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” – The 5th Dimension (04/12/69)
“Theme – Romeo & Juliet” – Henry Mancini (05/24/69)
“Wedding Bell Blues” – The 5th Dimension (10/04/69)
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel (02/14/70)
“(They Long to Be) Close to You” – The Carpenters (06/27/70)
“Cracklin’ Rosie” – Neil Diamond (08/29/70)
“I Think I Love You” – The Partridge Family (10/31/70)
“Indian Reservation” – Paul Revere & the Raiders (05/29/71)
“Song Sung Blue” – Neil Diamond (05/13/72)
“Half Breed” – Cher (09/01/73)
“Annie’s Song” – John Denver (06/15/74)
“Top of the World” – The Carpenters (10/20/74)
“The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand (12/22/74)
“Thank God I’m a Country Boy” – John Denver (04/05/75)
“Love Will Keep Us Together” – Captain & Tennille (05/24/75)
“I’m Sorry”/”Calypso” – John Denver (08/30/75)
“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” – Diana Ross(01/24/76)

Now remember, these were just the #1 songs he played on.

Hal has recorded with, well just about everybody. (We would post a list here, but, he has over 35,000 sessions to his credit. You get the picture. He was / is the perfect studio drummer, perfect time and perfect creativity.

Happy Birthday Mr. Blaine!! Thank You for so much!!

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Radio Station Pranks Listeners By Repeating Its Playlist for Groundhog Day

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(via mental floss)

by Nick Keppler

“I haven’t heard ‘Mr. [Wendal]’ two days in a row since the 1990s,” Shannon Norman tweeted at Pittsburgh-based radio station WYEP on Tuesday.

Norman, an apparent fan of the hip-hop act Arrested Development, isn’t the only Pittsburgher feeling a sense of déjà vu. The noncommercial station pranked listeners by broadcasting the same playlist from 6 A.M. to 5 P.M. on February 1 and 2, in an unannounced homage to the 1993 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day. Every song that aired on the first day aired on the second day, too, and in the exact same order…

Read more: http://mentalfloss.com/article/74829/radio-station-pranks-listeners-repeating-its-playlist-groundhog-day

Cool Dad Raising Daughter On Media That Will Put Her Entirely Out Of Touch With Her Generation

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(via The Onion)

RENTON, WA—Local man Paul Campbell confirmed Saturday he was raising his daughter Emma on a variety of media carefully selected to help her cultivate an appreciation for artistic quality, a move that will reportedly put the 12-year-old girl hopelessly out of touch with her generation.

Perusing his music and film collections and showing reporters distinctive, well-regarded works that will thoroughly alienate Emma from her sixth-grade classmates, Campbell said he wanted to make sure his daughter enjoyed the benefits of a cultural education he never received at her age…

Read more: http://www.theonion.com/article/cool-dad-raising-daughter-on-media-that-will-put-h-26132

Remembering The Sony D-88: The Smallest Discman Ever Made

Check out Techmoan’s look back at one of the more impractical products of the CD era.

Somehow the clunkier technologies (like the 8-track tape) have an irresistible charm all their own.

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