The great Charlie Watts, the almost-bored-looking drummer for the Rolling Stones from 1963 onward, died yesterday at the age of 80. He was one of the absolute greats, and will be sorely missed.
Probably his most iconic drum riff is from the opening to “Sympathy for the Devil.” Here is the original, as well as a live version from 2006.
Here’s some more Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, jammin’……….
My dear friend ToniAnn Marini introduced me to the Royal Crown Revue by sending me this YouTube link. They’re an old-fashioned swing band in the same mode as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and I love ’em. Check it out….
Here’s another one from my former bandmate Steven Rosenhaus, in this case the title track from his 2002 CD A Man Like Me.
Five members of a French juggling troupe called Les Objects Volants got together to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude #1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier entirely using boomwhackers. It’s an impressive accomplishment of movement, music, choreography, and coordination. Bravo to the performers Jonathan Lardillier, Olli Vuorinen, Thomas Aknine, Malte Peter, and Jonas Beauvais.
Thanks to ToniAnn for the link!
Of all the many Muppet videos that have shown up on the Tube of You over the years, this lovely reinterpretation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” from 2009 remains my favorite. The best part is that during the guitar solo, Janice is playing a guitar that is a left-handed replica of Brian May of Queen’s actual guitar. (All the Muppets are left-handed, which is something I’ve always loved for some reason.)
I have no idea why I’m thinking about this Arlo Guthrie song about President Nixon’s Watergate scandal on this particular day. None whatsoever…………………
As we approach one presidential inauguration, here’s a song that was inspired by the first month in office of President George H.W. Bush, Neil Young’s “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World.” We get both the original studio version and a barn-burning live version by Young and Pearl Jam at the 1993 MTV Music Awards.
It seems very fitting in 2020 to post a particularly cynical Christmas song, and so I present Tom Lehrer’s “A Christmas Carol.” It’s also amusing to see that people were bitching about how commercial the holidays were becoming in 1965. Nothing changes…..
The Who By Numbers may be the most cynically lyrical album in rock and roll history, and “Success Story” may be the most cynical song on it. Part of me thinks that the whole idea of how awful it is to make large sums of money is patently absurd, but still, there are downsides to fame and fortune. Anyhow, here’s The Who’s “Success Story.”