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February 01, 2008

It's Time For Some Music!

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Paying too much attention to politics makes me kompletely krazy. It makes me feel the need to ... to ... Well, goshdarnit, to do some semi-random YouTube music-linkage.

First up, The Marvelettes, who are the easy winners of today's Cute, Sweet, and Sexy Award:

The Marvelettes started out life in rural Inkster, Michigan. America: land of the best place-names ever! Read more about the Marvelettes here.

Although The Clash sometimes leave me thinking that they're striving a little harder for "passionate and committed" than they need to, this live performance of "I Fought the Law" has real sizzle:

It's 1977 forever, baby! Plus, 2:21 seconds is such a nice length for a rock song, isn't it?

And doesn't Eddie Cochran show a lot of easygoing cocky charisma in this version of "C'mon Everybody"?

Sing it together, people: "Whoo! C'mon everybody: We gotta keep the politics in perspective ..."



posted by Michael at February 1, 2008


Yeah, it's always 1959 and 1961, too.

If politics is sort of like taking part in the Bataan Death March, art is like having somebody share their canteen with you.

Well, certain types of art, anyway.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on February 2, 2008 3:16 AM

Thanks, Michael. You really ought to do this more often since you always come across such good stuff. I fiddle around on YouTube myself but I'd never have come across any of these except MAYBE the one by the Clash.

Posted by: Michael P on February 2, 2008 11:01 AM

Among the groups I'm playing with, one is what is called a Classic Rock group. We play a lot of these old chestnuts from the 50s and 60s. They are just plain fun, and they have no agenda.

We'll be playing city parks this summer. Easy gigs. Good money.

The girl group... Wow! Wish I had a group like that to sing backup. We're going to have to make more money to pay them.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on February 2, 2008 1:54 PM

I love the Clash. Firstwave punk was one of the great moments. I am glad I was kinda/sorta there for it. The Clash did try too hard. But they were always sincere. No irony. Just the ROCK. Punk rock that it: but still the ROCK.

I listened to the green album, actually the second US release, over and over until I knew every word and every note. "This is Joe public, speaking! I'm controlled in the body, I'm controlled in the mind! This is the punk ROCKERS! [indistinguishable!]" What were the punk rockers going to do, to rescue Joe Public? It was not clear, but they were out to do something big and loud, and I wanted to be in the room when it happened. Joe Strummer, RIP.

Posted by: Lexington Green on February 3, 2008 11:25 PM

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