Prince- does”Creep”at Coachella 2008

Prince gives the Coachella 2008 audience a treat and does a special cover of Creep, by Radiohead.  He definitely makes this version his own and like great cover songs, it isn’t simply him singing/playing the original, it is beautiful in a new, artistic way.

One of the most beautiful “covers” ever!  It stands on its own as a masterpiece!

I shared this with a friend and after listening to it, he said, “I have heard many musicians cover that song, but none did it that well.”

Prince didn’t cover a song, he possessed it. He took over its limbs and made it do things it had never done before—dance wildly down the aisles, scream, shout, and fall to the ground. When he covered a song, it got religion the way people only do in the movies.  http://www.openculture.com/2016/04/princes-extraordinarily-poignant-cover-of-radioheads-creep.html

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Adam Levine does everything right!

Normally, my insecurities, ingrained into my DNA, and giving me an excuse to hate those guys who seem perfect, would not allow me to show any respect or give any praise to the extremely talented and super-nice-guy, Adam Levine.

He is just too cool and seems to be nice to everyone he meets.  He covers Prince’s Purple Rain for Howard’s birthday bash and the performance may be his best ever!

Adam Levine, Purple Rain  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w2lNpixqOc

Adam Levine Performs  Purple Rain  At The Howard Stern Birthday Bash on SiriusXM   YouTube

 

 

Prince does “Creep” at 2008 Coachella- Beautiful!

One of the most beautiful “covers” ever!  It stands on its own as a masterpiece!

-Creep    Prince at Coachella 2008  Uploaded via Permission from Radiohead   NPG Music Publishing    YouTube

“Creep” – Prince at Coachella 2008 (Uploaded via Permission from Radiohead & NPG Music Publishing):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFXZNt4oLkE

 

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Sounds Like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson

After the song became an enormous hit, many others pointed out that the main riff did indeed sound like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling,” even though they’re in different keys. They probably weren’t similar enough for Boston’s Tom Scholz to file any sort of legal action, but he said he didn’t mind at all.

“I take it as a major compliment,” he said in 1994, “even if it was completely accidental.”

The group made fun of the whole thing in the summer of 1992 when they played the Reading Festival in England. After the opening bars of the song, Kirst Novoselic and Dave Grohl sang the chorus of “More Than a Feeling” while Bivouac drummer Antony “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson danced around wildly. After about 18 goofy seconds, Novoselic launches into the “I see Marianne walk away” part, but Kurt interrupts him by beginning the song for real. It’s a great moment…

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/flashback-nirvana-play-a-bit-of-bostons-more-than-a-feeling-20150129#ixzz3fioA45jE

Dancing Tony?

But maybe you wondered about the dancer after reading the excerpt above and if you watched the video, you noticed the dancer for sure.  Who was he?  What was the story on THAT dude?  It was Bivouac drummer Antony “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson.  Read an interview below, he has fascinating comments on a show at Leeds University, giving readers a glimpse of the attitudes, the crowds and the overall scene at that time.

“I think it was a Leeds University show we did. It was a Nirvana, L7, and Victims Family show. It was quite a hairy show, really. Quite violent. It was just a stream of stage-divers – just a queue – really people trying to punch you out and whatever. I don’t know. You used to get a bit of a weird reaction, but that’s their fucking problem at the end of the day and not mine. So I did that and they were into it, so I did it again. And they used to just call me up when they were in the UK. It was just being at the right place at the wrong time, or the right place at the right time, you know? Did you ever see them live?” 

From “An Interview With Antony Hodgkinson, The Guy Who Danced Onstage With Nirvana”: http://rickish.tumblr.com/post/674022755/an-interview-with-antony-hodgkinson-the-guy-who

Blowing in the Bottle, and Chops!

I knew Mungo Jerry did “In the Summertime,” but until I saw this video I was not aware of the influence of the bottle in this song.  Check it out, and don’t miss the chops!

Just One Night!

Get a vintage stereo, or use anything you have and kick back, relax, and listen to Eric Clapton’s, Just One Night.  It is a live album recorded in Tokyo, in 1980.  It speaks for itself, a classic!

Early in the Morning

Worried life Blues

Double Trouble

Willie Nelson does Coldplay!

The commercial features a charming rendition of Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” covered by Willie Nelson. 

Some said Willie was doing Coldplay better than Coldplay. I’m not sure that is fair, even if I do see what they mean.  Willie does indeed do a great job with this one.

Performed by Coldplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlUG5VuCzC0   Reading the comments on  Youtube, I was amazed how many people had powerful, personal stories connected to this song.

Interesting background info on the song:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scientist

(Coldplay) Vocalist Chris Martin wrote the original after listening to George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass.” 

Michael Jackson

It has been a strange week, with the passing of Michael Jackson.   Why did society beat him up so badly, and yet morn so intensely when he died?  Since we all grew up with him, we can relate to his mortality.

He appears to have been a great dad and friend, and what else is important in life?

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2009/07/07/sot.paris.jackson.aeglive

Brooke Shields was more than impressive, as was Michael’s daughter, Paris.

I was never a huge Michael Jackson fan, but was always moved by “Will you be There?”  from the soundtrack of Free Willy.  I had a hunch it would be in the memorial service.  Jennifer Hudson hit it straight-on with an A+!

Very cool website

http://www.pandora.com/

Set up a simple account, pick an atist and off you go.  You can make your own channels and the site fine-tunes what you like and don’t like, you give a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to to particular songs.  The site figures out what you like and don’t like.  This site rocks!

Billie Jean

I guess Quicy Jones did not want him to include this in Thriller.

The song’s lyrics refer to a real-life experience, in which a mentally ill female fan claimed that Jackson fathered one of her twins.

The pop star faced numerous disagreements with the song’s producer. Quincy Jones did not want “Billie Jean” to appear on Thriller; he felt that the song was too weak to be part of the collection.[5] The producer disliked the demo and did not care for the song’s bass line.[8] Jones wanted to cut Jackson’s 29 second introduction, which Jackson insisted be kept. “I said, ‘Michael we’ve got to cut that intro'”, Jones later recalled. “He said, ‘But that’s the jelly!’…’That’s what makes me want to dance’. And when Michael Jackson tells you, ‘That’s what makes me want to dance’, well, the rest of us just have to shut up.”[7]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Jean