Video of the Week: Don’t Use Sweaty Boob Money to Pay for Merch

Video of the Week: Chicago–Full Tanglewood Concert 1970

For fans of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago who are too young to remember what a true Rock band they once were, and what a major role original lead guitarist Terry Kath was, here’s the full Tanglewood concert from 1970. The band’s mix of jazz and rock styles was truly innovative, and Kath’s guitar work astonishing.

Thanks, Renee Gray!

Video of the Week: Story Behind the Song–‘Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)’

Songs You May Have Missed #614

Steven Wilson: “The Day Before You Came” (2014)

Steven Wilson doesn’t exactly specialize in the straight-ahead love song.┬áThe Porcupine Tree mastermind and frontman is not┬átypically prone to a tendency to deal in anything so treacly as a lyric that extolls a lover’s positive influence on one’s life.

So it makes sense it would appeal to him to tell the love story in a more emotionally subtle and artistically subversive way–in this case by painting a picture of the dreary routine of life prior to “the day before you came”.

Yep, it suits the melancholy Wilson to a T. Except he didn’t write the song. It’s from his 2014 album of cover tunes. So who is responsible for this devastating examination of an empty existence?

Why, ABBA of course. And it’s not as inconsistent as one may at first think. With hits like “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “S.O.S.” and especially album track “My Love, My Life”, those lovable bejumpsuited Swedes routinely created dichotomous musical clashes of emotional turmoil and musical glee, something Elvis Costello celebrated as he paid unlikely tribute with “Oliver’s Army” in 1979.

Wilson’s reading of the minor key meditation takes it into darker territory indeed.

Video of the Week: ‘Every Major’s Terrible’

Performed by Ben Miller. Lyric from Randall Munroe’s comic xkcd.

Original melody from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Major General’s Song”, also parodied by Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”.

Video of the Week: Who’s on Stage?

On a Lighter Note…

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