The James Brown biopic "Get On Up" opens this weekend, and by all means go if you are so inclined, but if I had my choice you should all instead see a documentary called "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" along with his performance from the TAMI Show in 1965... that is the starmaking spot that made him a legend overnight, and from that point on everyone from Mick Jagger to Bruce Springsteen worshipped at the feet of Soul Brother #1.
James Brown- Please, Please, Please
As they used to say on Monty Python's Flying Circus, "and now for something completely different." I got a hilarious suggestion from Hockey Sue (@suzyg20 on Twitter) who reminded me of this one-hit wonder from 1972. With the sound turned down the video looks like Abba meets the love child of Macho Man Randy Savage and Hank Williams Jr. in a singles bar.
Mouth and MacNeal- How Do You Do
After that The Monkees will look absolutely sublime. This comes from The Johnny Cash Show in 1969 (turns out Johnny was fan). This is during the period when The Monkees sitcom was done, Peter Tork had left the group for a solo career, and the other three were soldiering on. I love this Michael Nesmith original... a beautiful song that showcases Mike's country-rock leanings. Nesmith eventually released his own solo version, but the harmonies supplied by Mickey and Davy are lovely.
The Monkees- Nine Times Blue
Staying within the Americana genre, an excellent tune from Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers from his cd "Unida Cantina". Susan once translated the Spanish parts of this ballad for me... I don't remember what it means anymore, but know that I thought it was really cool (she's way smarter than me... I can barely speak English, which you already know if you listen to The Wease Show).
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers- Marie
I gotta a request for a couple covers that I used to play on the radio all the time, but I don't think I've put them here yet.
First up, Hootie and the Blowfish doing a Bill Withers hit (with a little vocal help from Edwin McCain, if I remember correctly). For some reason this video has the song on it twice, so if you like it so much the first time you want to hear it again, there ya go. Otherwise stop it after the first time and move on.
I read somewhere that Darius Rucker is reuniting with the rest of the Blowfish for a new project. I'm really looking forward to that.
Hootie and the Blowfish- Use Me
Following up with John Cougar Mellencamp's version of the Animal House soundtrack classic "Shama Lama Ding Dong", originally done by Otis Day and the Nights. "Mind if we dance with your dates?" "Why, noooo"