If you’ve ever wondered what Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel” might sound like if 1,000 folks got together to perform it in a stadium, well… wonder no more. (h/t)
Damn, if that doesn’t put a smile on your face this morning, I’m doing something wrong. I know the logistics would make it near impossible to pull off, but I have this fantasy that it would make for the greatest college football halftime show evah.
BTW, Rockin’1000 has a website, if you’re interested.
When it comes to music, I’m pretty broad-minded about different opinions than mine. But one argument I can’t accept is that “River Deep, Mountain High” isn’t the greatest achievement of Phil Spector’s career. It marries his production to an incredible performance by Tina Turner.
The song’s backstory is fascinating.
Written by Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, “River Deep – Mountain High” was among the first recordings that Ike & Tina Turner did for Phil Spector’s Philles Records. Spector was well aware of Ike Turner‘s controlling attitude in the studio, and therefore he drafted an unusual contract: the River Deep – Mountain High album and single would be credited to “Ike & Tina Turner”, but Ike was paid $20,000 to stay away from the studio, and only Tina Turner‘s vocals would be used on the record.
The track was recorded using Spector’s “Wall of Sound” production technique, cost a then-unheard-of $22,000, and required 21 session musicians and 21 background vocalists. Due to Spector’s perfectionism in the studio, he made Turner sing the song over and over for several hours until he felt he had the perfect vocal take for the song. Turner recalled, “I must have sung that 500,000 times. I was drenched with sweat. I had to take my shirt off and stand there in my bra to sing.”
If you’ve never seen the official promo for the song, it’s awesome. (And, yes, Ike is in it.)
Wow. Just wow.
Today, it’s the daddy of rock and roll car tunes, Chuck Berry.
My problem is that there are two Berry songs that qualify for a MPC. Only solution is to clip them both here.
First, here’s “Maybelline” live, from 1955.
And from a few years later, here he is performing “No Particular Place To Go”.
The man had an… um, interesting stage presence, to say the least.
Feel free to add on any musical driving selections you may have in the comments.
Here’s a song that’ll make you want to drive – from his El Rayo-X album, David Lindley’s cover of “Mercury Blues”.
Those are some meaty guitar chops, my friends.
Update the Beach Boys by a decade, filter it through some smart ass New Yorker sentiment, and voilà!
Here’s The Dictators’ classic anthem, “(I Live For) Cars and Girls”, off their ’75 release Go Girl Crazy!.
There’s nothin’ else in this crazy world…
I would be committing MPC malpractice if I didn’t include a Beach Boys tune about driving. This one’s live from 1964.
Polite audience, though.
Okay, so I got a new car last week, my first in well over a decade. Color me a little excited.
In honor of the occasion, I’m posting a week of musical palate cleansers with a driving theme to them. Kicking off the festivities is a song I played the hell out off when I was on the radio in college, The Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner”.
I know Jonathan Richman is something of an acquired taste, but The Modern Lovers is a stone cold classic, quintessential American rock and roll. You could say the same thing about driving, which makes this song a perfect start to the week.
(By the way, if you don’t mind, please hold off on your driving tunes suggestions until Friday. I’ve already got the week’s other four videos ready to go and you can load up then. Feel free to comment about Richman and the Lovers now, though.)