One of the best moments in any Star Trek episode is when Uhura serenades a nonplussed Spock in “Charlie X.” In honor of Ms. Nichols’s passing, here it is….
The Boogie Knights were formed in 1982, a silly parody band that did fantasy, horror, or historical takes on popular songs — kind of the Weird Al of the RenFest set. I joined the group on percussion in 2006. This past weekend at Shore Leave was the band’s 40th anniversary (their first gig was Shore Leave in ’82), and in honor of the occasion, Dave Keefer wrote new verses for one of the band’s first-ever songs. Herewith, the 40th anniversary edition of “Polymorph Your Mother.”
(Click here for the entire set we did Saturday morning at SL…..)
Here’s a particularly cool version of the Dire Straits song from their 1980 album Making Movies, this from a concert they did at Wembley Stadium in 1985 where they were joined by the great Nils Lofgren of both the E Street Band and Crazy Horse.
One of the most danceable songs you’ll ever hear, Ricky Martin’s 1999 hit, “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”
One of my favorite a cappella groups is the Canadian band the Nylons. They’ve gone through a number of members of the years, and only one of the four founding members is still alive (one died of AIDS in 1991, sadly, while still active with the band; the other three retired from the band and died more recently), but they’ve remained a great group throughout their run from 1978 until their farewell tour in 2016. Here’s their stupendous cover of “Duke of Earl.”
Here’s a great Queen song, which I’m posting today at least in part because it’s Meredith’s favorite song. Here’s both the original studio version on 1978’s Jazz, as well as a nifty live version during a Christmas concert at Hammersmith Odeon in 1979.
Here’s another one of Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, this the 1997 iteration, which included Peter Frampton and Jack Bruce duetting on a simply stellar version of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” The guitar-and-bass solo at the end is simply one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen or heard. It will blow you away…..
One can never go wrong with Warren Zevon, and here’s a great song from his penultimate album, My Ride’s Here, “Sacrificial Lambs.”
Here’s another from Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in 1989: a lovely version of “The Weight.” Besides Levon Helm and Rick Danko doing their vocals, just like on The Band’s original, we’ve got Dr. John playing fabulous piano (and also singing a verse) and a beautiful guitar intro by Nils Lofgren. Oh, and for this particular concert, another former Band member, Garth Hudson, plays the accordion!
Every time I hear this song, I’m nine years old again, as this song was released as a single in 1978. It was in huge rotation that year, and I remember hearing it all the time and absolutely loving the saxophone riff. Here’s Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.”