Bobby Womack, dead at 70. “Across 110th Street” is one of my all-time R&B faves.
I hope you guys got “Hotel California” out of your system, but in case you didn’t, here’s Marah’s “Round-Eye Blues”, from their wonderful Kids in Philly album, to help.
That is such a brilliant mash-up of alt-country/roots rock (Steve Earle helped with the album), Springsteen sentiment and R&B references. Not to mention the Phil Specter tribute that wraps the song – that forty-second lead in is sublime. Topped with great lyrics about Vietnam, like this:
But late at night I could still hear the cries
Of three black guys I seen, take it in the face
I think about them, sweet Motown girls, they left behind
And the assholes that took their place
In honor of the news that preseason camp opens July 31, here’s the Fab Four with “It Won’t Be Long”:
Sam Phillips’ “I Need Love”, from her album Martinis and Bikinis, popped up on my iPod this weekend and I cannot get the chorus out of my head. Maybe it’ll earworm its way into yours. Here’s a great live version she performed with her then-husband, T Bone Burnett:
And, yes, she is one and the same as this:
Kind of ironic they cast her as a mute in the movie.
Cosmic Dawg got me with the “Red Dawg’s under illegal legs” comment yesterday, so here’s Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives”.
Hard to believe that song is almost forty years old.
On the wings of news that Eric Dickerson – Eric Dickerson! – has lent his public support to the O’Bannon plaintiffs, I thought this was an appropriate choice:
I read an interview the other day with Nils Lofgren about the E Street Band finally getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that made me reflect a little upon his career. He’s had an impressive run, not only playing with Springsteen, but also being an integral part of Neil Young’s early solo work. Lofgren played on Crazy Horse’s first (and excellent) album and started his first group, Grin, as a teenager.
I’ve seen him live on several occasions (he’s from the DC area and played Charlottesville often when I was in college). He used to feature a trampoline as part of his act back then.
His name was in the mix as a replacement when Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones. He didn’t get the gig, but maybe the process left an impression. From 1976 and his first solo album, this is one of my favorite songs of his, “Keith Don’t Go (Ode to the Glimmer Twin)”.