Filed under: 60's, britain, Music, rocknroll, singer | Tags: 60's, Beatles, British Invasion, Mccartney, Songs
I wish I had songs I could give away…. unfortunately I can’t churn them out like the Beatles factory did. Some of the songs they wrote for others were pretty craptastic.. but suprisingly many of these tunes became huge hits! Then there are the songs that maybe the Beatles shouldn’t have given away. I obviously love the Mccartney tracks more, but his are definitely the stronger songs.
Funny Beatles factoid; when Paul would play World Without Love, as he sang the lyric “please lock me away”, John would always be quick to respond “ok”. Classic John.
World Without Love (Peter & Gordon)
Step Inside Love (demo w/cilla black)
Come And Get It (Badfinger)
SUPER ADDED BONUS!
Paul wanted to give this song to Frank Sinatra but ol’ Blue eyes thought that the song was a joke and reportedly said “Is this guy trying to have me?”. Frank is pretty dumb cus this song could have been a Sinatra classic.
Filed under: 50's, 60's, America, dylan, folk, Music, seeger, singer, woody
At 14 years old, while the other kids in high school were out partying and living it up, I was busy dorking it up at home watching music documentaries on PBS. At the time, the thought had never occured to me that I would eventually become a songwriter. I was just a kid who was really, really into music and singing. Buying CD’s and raiding my sister’s music collection was a daily occurance, and much of my youth was spent lost in a daze of stereo components and mixed tapes. However, I clearly remember the night that the folk singer Pete Seeger appeared on my TV. I thought to myself “don’t forget his name… pete seeger….pete seeger…pete seeger”. By the weeks end his albums found their way to my cd player, and I retreated into a dusty world that seemed like the perfect musical backdrop to a Steinbeck novel.
Mentioning Pete Seeger’s name usually brings out lame conversations like the following:
lame ass -“isn’t that the guy who sings Like A Rock?”
me -“no, that would be Bob Seeger, the biggest retard in music history”
lame ass -“oh”
Rattle off a few of ol Petey’s greats, and then you get a smile and a nod of recognition: Turn, Turn, Turn. Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Wimoweh. Guantanamera. If I Had A Hammer. We Shall Overcome.These are all folk classics, yet why is it that people don’t know the name Pete Seeger? It’s a hard thing to explain, but I think it has to do with the fact that Seeger’s career fell smack dab in between two giants known as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Acting as a bridge between them, his own legacy became overshadowed.
Being a best friend of Woody and a mentor to Bob (he personally took young Bobby under his wing to help him tour) Pete’s namesake remains firmly fixed as that of a union/protest singer and not much else. Guthrie’s best songs had a more universal appeal and tone, and Dylan ascribed to being no one’s political pet, eventually abandoning the protest movement altogether. Pete chose to remain behind, and unfortunately songs about unions and scabs and big boss men don’t resonate as well with the kids now a days. On top of that, Pete was more of a banjo man, which also may have hindered his chance with a mainstream audience.
All of that said, I think Pete Seeger is one of the best singer/songwriters that has ever lived. His melodies are made to be sung, his stories are full and rich, and his technique is flawless. Having seen a huge resurgence in the indie-folk scene, I point my finger with scorn to all the wannabe Beardo Mcgee’s that think they are folk artists and say “learn from this master”.
Turn, Turn, Turn
If I had to chop off my manhood and become any female singer for a day, I think it would have to be either Julie Andrews or Karen Carpenter. They easily have the cleanest and the purest vocals of anyone in the music biz. I have never heard any woman out-sing these two. They are the kind of singers that can lay it down in one take.. and if they have to do another take, they make the speakers go out of phase cus their vocals are pretty much perfect every time. There ain’t no computers fixing bad notes here, baby! What I also love about each of them is not only are they GREAT singers, but they are so unique that you can instantly recognize them as soon as they hit their first notes.
I decided to put on here my all-time favorite Julie Andrews song “Feed The Birds” from Marry Poppins. What I love about this tune is not only her voice, but the actual song construction itself. It starts out minor, but somehow has a light quality to it with Julie singing. When it finally reaches the chorus the whole song drops down a key and goes major! Normally a song going from minor to major would go UP a key giving it lift and becoming “happy”. This does the opposite but still retains the same effect. The other song I put on is the Carpenters “For All We Know”. Karen has a very “alto” voice and her range dips into almost male tenor from time to time. She can still sing quite high, but she never really needs to. Karen was known to be overly perfectionist about how she sounded, and that suits me just fine.
Feed The BirdsFor All We Know
I love British Music. Britain is quite possibly the last country that truly gets what it means to Rock and or Roll. America is lost…very lost. I can’t even spend time writing about why cus I will just get upset. So instead I will write about the good coming from across the pond. I think what disturbs me is that most Americans really don’t know anything about music overseas.
Kasabian is a classic example of why British music rules. America needs to wake up and pay attention. Just watch this video and be amazed. Then go buy the album “Empire”. You can thank me later. (Warning! Shadowy, almost nude figures. Actually, you can thank me for that too.)
After the Pretty Things were kicked out of the original Rolling Stones lineup, they spent the next 4 decades ripping off everyone from ELO to Pink Floyd to the Beatles. Despite being a knockoff band, they did have some notable moments:
#1. They invented the first rock opera long before the Who’s “Tommy”. The album “S.F. Sorrow” is a typical 60’s psych-out album but has a much broader scope than many other artists could pull off at the time. The track that got my attention the most was “Baron Saturday”. It has a great heavy vibe and reminds me alot of what Kasabian just did on their last album.
#2. “Parachute” was named album of the year by Rolling Stone in 1970. I found it to be more of a mixed bag and not really worthy of such praise. But then there are moments that outshine anything off Abbey Road or Dark Side Of The Moon. “She’s A Lover” stands out as something to introduce to people so they can get a real taste of what the Pretty Things are all about. The main melody has a Zombies feel but the pickup from the middle 8 to the verse is what does it for me.The Pretty Things greatest asset (sounding just like or better than their contemporaries) ends up being their downfall, but what a fall it is. Listen to “Over The Moon”, pretend its ELO, and then you will see what I mean.
She’s A Lover Over The Moon