I have lots of actual remunerative labor in my sights for the next few days and we’re headed out of town later in the week, so I won’t have much time to post here. But here’s a chance for the readership (all two dozen of you) to talk amongst yourselves, based on a couple of things that came up in last Friday’s post:
First up: I mentioned that “Fire” by Arthur Brown and “A Hard Day’s Night” are two of the most attention-grabbing openings in rock history. Our pal whiteray threw “Layla” into the hopper. So now let’s see if there are any more. Which songs grab the hardest from the first second? I can think of a couple additional candidates, “Go All the Way” by the Raspberries and “Start Me Up” by the Stones, but there are certainly others. Add your suggestions in the comments.
If that topic doesn’t appeal to you, try this one: In the same Friday post, I mentioned that the Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 cover of “Fool on the Hill” is one of the few Beatles covers that stomps the original. Another reader, bean, has two more: Elton John’s “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “Savoy Truffle” by Terry Manning. What say you? Are there other cover versions of Beatles tunes that improve on the originals? Click “Comments” and tell the whole class.
If you read this blog but have never commented, now’s the time to lose your virginity. (If you’re going to download either track below, the least you can do is bring something to the party.) And if you’re a regular commenter, get busy. I appreciate the help this week.
One More Thing: Here’s the rundown of my recent posts at WNEW.com:
This Week in Rock History: Takeoffs
Rock 101: Chicago
Founding Father: Cosimo Matassa and the New Orleans Sound
This Week in Rock History: Play it Again, Ringo
Rock 101: Punk
Founding Father: Buddy Holly
Rock history runs Wednesdays, Rock 101 on Thursdays, and Founding Fathers on Saturdays at WNEW.com.
“Go All the Way” (live)/Raspberries (from a 1973 Armed Forces Radio concert in Germany; buy it here)
“Savoy Truffle”/Terry Manning (the leadoff track on Manning’s lone album, 1970′s Home Sweet Home, and like the rest of the album, it is both ridiculous and awesome; buy it here)