Tag Archives: Tuneage

Musical palate cleanser, from Athens, Georgia edition

From 1983, here’s R.E.M.’s first nationally televised appearance, on Letterman.

So much to love here, from Letterman waving the vinyl around, to the lo-fi look (twin Rickenbackers rule!), to Stipe’s full head of hair.  Oh, yeah, and the music, of course.

Man, those guys could rock.  (Also, don’t miss the Herschel Walker reference.)

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Musical palate cleanser, re-channeling the Seventies edition

If I had a dollar for every time I heard Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in college, I’d have been well off at an early age.

Here’s The Highwaywomen’s Highwomen’s “Steve Nicks approved” version of the tune:

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Musical palate cleanser, abbreviated but very cool edition

Happy birthday, Mick.

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Musical palate cleanser, right on edition

Truth:  it is impossible to watch this live version of “Shaft” without a shit-eating grin on your face.

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Musical palate cleanser, getting (what’s left of) the band back together

So, imagine you’re somebody enjoying a Paul McCartney concert at Dodger Stadium when this happens:

I don’t know about you, but I would’ve gone nuts.  A bit ragged, to be sure, but for all that, still totally awesome.

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Musical palate cleanser, a little Texas guitar edition

I hadn’t seen this clip with Stevie Ray Vaughn before, but it’s a pretty neat look at him explaining technique.

Or, you could just watch him play “Tin Pan Alley”.

Ain’t much to say after that…

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Musical palate cleanser, keep on truckin’ edition

How about some Little Feat this morning?  From their criminally ignored first album (back when they saw themselves as an American version of the Stones) comes one of my favorite Lowell George tunes, “Truck Stop Girl”.

They recorded “Willin” for the first album, too, but George’s hand was hurt, so they brought Ry Cooder in to handle slide guitar.  George really wanted to put his own stamp on the song, so they recorded it again for Sailin’ Shoes.

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