I GOT A PAIR OF BRAND NEW ROLLER SKATES (BRAND NEW KEY) by MELANIE
"Brand New Key" is a pop song written by folk singer Melanie (Melanie Safka), which became a novelty hit in 1971-72. Taken from Melanie’s album Gather Me, it was also known as “The Rollerskate Song”. It was her biggest hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 1971 and January 1972. It reached #1 in Canada and Australia, and #4 in the UK charts.
The song has been covered by numerous artist including Janis Joplin.
Melanie’s version of “Brand New Key” was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.
MR. SANDMAN by POMPLAMOOSE
Pomplamoose is an American indie music and indie jazz duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn. The band was formed in the summer of 2008. One of the band’s most noted songs is a cover of Mr. Sandman, by The Chordettes.
The Chordettes were a female popular singing quartet, usually singing a cappella, and specializing in traditional popular music. The Chordettes were one of the longest lived vocal groups with beginnings in the mainstream pop and vocal harmonies of the 1940s and early 1950s.
Although the arrangements owed more to The Andrews Sisters than doo-wop, they did, unlike many of their peers, prove fairly adaptable to the rock and roll era. First establishing themselves with the huge hit record, “Mr. Sandman” in 1954, they continued to chart in the last half of the 1950s and the early 1960s, often with cover versions of rock and R&B songs.
A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON by LOUIS ARMSTRONG
(Because this is what type of mood I’m in today…)
Louis Daniel Armstrong—(1901 – 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong’s influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general.
SEX BEAT by THE GUN CLUB
The Gun Club was an American punk blues band from Los Angeles, California that existed from 1980 to 1996. Led by flamboyant singer and guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce, The Gun Club merged the contemporary genre of punk rock with the more traditional genres of blues, rock-a-billy and country music.
Along with X, The Flesh Eaters and The Blasters, they helped set the tone of the Hollywood rock scene of the 1980s and are cited as a “tribal psychobilly blues” band.
Being among the first bands to combine punk and blues, The Gun Club has had a lasting influence on many artists. They were probably the most important influence on what is now known as “alt-country”.
NEW YORK’S ALRIGHT (IF YOU LIKE SAXOPHONES) by FEAR
Fear was formed in 1977 by vocalist/guitarist Lee Ving and bassist Derf Scratch while living in Los Angeles, California. They recruited guitarist Burt Good, and drummer Johnny Backbeat to fill out the original lineup. In 1977, Fear released the single “I Love Living in the City”. Shortly after this Good and Backbeat left the band and were replaced by Philo Cramer and Spit Stix.
Credited for helping to shape the sound and style of American hardcore punk, the band started out as part of the early California punk rock scene, and gained national prominence after an infamous 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live.
The band’s SNL appearance included a group of moshers, among them John Belushi, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat,Tesco Vee of The Meatmen, Harley Flanagan and John Joseph of The Cro-mags, and John Brannon of Negative Approach. The shows director originally wanted to prevent the dancers from participating, so Belushi offered to be in the episode if the dancers were allowed to stay. The end result was the shortening of Fear’s appearance on TV. They started their second performance by saying, “It’s great to be in New Jersey,” drawing boos from SNL’s New York live audience. Fear played “Beef Bologna,” “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones,” and started to play “Let’s Have a War” when the audio and video of the telecast faded into commercial. During the performance the slamdancers left ripe pumpkin remains on the set and stage speakers.
Shortly after the 1981 Halloween SNL appearance, which resulted in $20,000 in damages, a New York Post article later reported the figure to be $500,000. This is believed to have originated from a phone call from the New York Post to Ving, in which Ving responded to the claim of causing $20,000 worth of damage by saying “Hold it, hold it! No way, pal. That’s a bald-faced lie! We caused $500,000 worth of damage, a cool half a million dollars worth of damage, ‘cause we’re professionals, and I counted the damage myself!”
Although Lee Ving is the only original remaining member, others were recruited and Fear still performs today.
MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) by PETER SCHILLING
Peter Schilling is a German synthpop musician whose songs often feature science-fiction themes (aliens, astronauts, nuclear holocausts, etc.).
His 1983 album, Error in the System, generated his only international hit single, “Major Tom (Coming Home)”, a retelling of David Bowie’s classic 1969 song “Space Oddity”. Although the song was originally recorded in German, the international hit version was sung in English.
The band, Shiny Toy Guns, did a cover of “Major Tom” in early 2009. The cover was well-received and later appeared in a Lincoln car commercial.
THE BALLAD OF LOVE & HATE by THE AVETT BROTHERS
The Avett Brothers is a folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett and Seth Avett, who play the banjo and guitar respectively, and Bob Crawford who plays the stand-up bass.
They are often joined on tour by cellist Joe Kwon. Following on from Seth and Scott’s former rock band Nemo, the Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a sound described as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones.”
HIT EM UP STYLE by THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina, Formed in November 2005 following the members’ attendance at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, the group is one of the few remaining African American string bands. There are three members: Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, and Justin Robinson, who were all in their twenties when the group formed.
All of the musicians sing and trade instruments including banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, snare drum, bones, jug, and kazoo. The group learned much of their repertoire, which is based on the traditional music of the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina, from the eminent African American old-time fiddler Joe Thompson, although they also perform old-time versions of some modern songs such as Blu Cantrell’s R&B hit “Hit ‘em Up Style.”
Like most of the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ work, the album, a mixture of traditional folk songs and recent pieces, is part of the Chocolate Drops’ effort to celebrate the string band music of the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina, and the influence of African-Americans on this music
CHERRY BOMB by THE RUNAWAYS
The Runaways were an American all-girl teenage rock band that recorded and performed in the second half of the 1970s.
The band released two studio albums carrying their best known songs “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens of Noise”, “Neon Angels (On the Road to Ruin)”, “Born to Be Bad” and the cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock n Roll”. The Runaways were later a sensation in Japan where “Cherry Bomb” was a hit single.
The Runaways were formed in late 1975 by drummer Sandy West and rhythm guitarist Joan Jett after they had both introduced themselves to producer Kim Fowley, who gave Jett’s phone number to West. The two met on their own at West’s home and later called Fowley to let him hear the outcome. Fowley then helped the girls find other members.
The Runaways began the party and club circuit around Los Angeles. They soon added lead guitarist Lita Ford who had originally auditioned for the bass spot. Local bassist Peggy Foster took over on bass but left after a month. Lead singer Cherie Currie was found and recruited in a local teen nightclub called the Sugar Shack, followed by Jackie Fox (who had originally auditioned for the lead guitar spot) on bass.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD by CHARLIE RICH
Charles Rich (Charlie) (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer and musician. A Grammy Award winner, his eclectic-style of music was often hard to classify in a single genre, playing in the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and gospel genres.
In the latter part of his life, Rich acquired the nickname The Silver Fox. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl”. “The Most Beautiful Girl” topped the U.S. country singles charts, as well as the pop singles charts.
He died in his sleep on July 25, 1995, in a Hammond, Louisiana motel. He was 62 years old. The cause of death was a blood clot in his lung. He was buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN by MC 900 FOOT JESUS
MC 900 Ft. Jesus is the stage name of Mark Griffin, a classically-trained musician turned rapper and experimental musician born in Dallas, Texas.
Griffin’s stage name came from a sermon by Oral Roberts, in which the televangelist claimed that he had received a vision of a 900-foot-tall Jesus, who commanded him to build a hospital on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
Griffin’s first album, Hell With The Lid Off (1989) was released under the name “MC 900 Ft. Jesus With DJ Zero”, but the MC has sole billing on Welcome To My Dream (1991) and One Step Ahead of The Spider (1994).
AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED by CAGE THE ELEPHANT
Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in mid-2006. Since their formation, the band has gained a large following in the US as well as the UK and Canada for their sound and their high-energy live performances.
The band signed with Relentless Records after showcasing at the 2007 South by Southwest music festival, and then moved to London, England. They released their eponymous debut album, Cage the Elephant, on 23 June 2008 in the UK and April 21, 2009 in the US/Japan/Australia/Canada.
The album obtained mostly favorable reviews. Their single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” reached number 32 on the UK Singles Chart and was featured in the Gearbox Software video game Borderlands.
THE ONLY TIME by NINE INCH NAILS (NIN)
Nine Inch Nails (also known by the acronym “NIN”) is an American industrial rock project, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction.
NIN’s music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live setting. On stage, NIN often employs visual elements to accompany performances, which frequently include light shows.
ON A SIDE NOTE: I can’t believe that this album is 22 years old! Man, I’m feelin’ old.
Since we’re plugging THE BOTTLE BABIES today, here’s a FREE mp3 off their first album—-appropriately entitled “WHISKEY TALKIN’”.
FEFU by THE DWARVES
The Dwarves is an American punk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, as The Suburban Nightmare, in the mid-1980s. They are currently based in San Francisco, California. Formed as a garage punk band, their career subsequently saw them move in a hardcore direction before settling into an eclectic punk rock sound. They have been described as “one of the last true bastions of punk rock ideology in the contemporary musical age”.
The band became notorious for self-mutilation, on-stage sex, and taking hard drugs, and their live shows would often only last around fifteen minutes, occasionally cut short due to injury caused by spectators. They are known for their simple, loud, yet nuanced punk repertoire, and controversial lyrics. Since the garage punk sound of their early days, they developed a more direct hardcore punk sound, often identified as “scum punk” due to the intentional perversity of the lyrics. Around the turn of millennium, the Dwarves developed more of a manic pop punk influence. Bits of hardcore, surf rock, pop, hip-hop, and rock & roll all factor into the band’s current punk rock sound.
Their shows have been notable for some aggressive fights on stage (with the audience and even a cop), and because HeWhoCannotBeNamed performs either in nothing but a jockstrap or totally nude, apart from his trademark wrestling mask.