The Song In My Head


Christmas Is Coming!!! (Rare Disney #4)
December 5, 2008, 4:48 pm
Filed under: 1, America, Disney, Music, soundtrack | Tags: , , , ,

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Merry Christmas everyone!  Here is some winter fun!

I got tired of the typical “hey.. lets put on the Peanuts Christmas Soundtrack and be like Wes Anderson” type posts.  So instead, here are 3 songs from the classic Disney short, Once Upon A Wintertime. As an added bonus I am also putting up Christmas with the Chipmunks.  I know it’s not Disney, but hey.. I am in the giving mood :)

Once Upon A Wintertime Download Here

Christmas With The Chipmunks Download Here

Once Upon A Wintertime

The Chipmunk Song



Rare Disney Music #2 (Song Of The South)
October 23, 2008, 10:22 pm
Filed under: America, Disney, Music | Tags: , , , ,

Round in these here parts of Texas, a good ol’ bootleg DVD of Disney’s Song Of The South is pretty easy to find (if you knows where to look).  I actually stumbled upon a man who had a whole trade booth dedicated to just this movie!  If you are a Southy nut like I am, head on over to this site for everything SOTS

I really wanted to put this soundtrack out there for FREE, since nobody else will.  As Uncle Remus always said “bootleggins should nun cost you more den ya boots, nor ya leggins!”

Once again there are 11 tracks in a Zip file.  All tracks are AIFF.  I left off two instrumentals “Ginny and Johnny” and “Uncle Remus Leaves”.  All other songs are included.  I even did a special edit of “All I Want” removing all the talking that was over the song.  Enjoy!

Download Song Of The South Soundtrack Here!

Sooner Or Later

All I Want



Deep Fried Presley
October 6, 2008, 3:33 am
Filed under: America, Music, rocknroll, singer | Tags: , ,

Ingredients:

Nilla wafers
Banana slices
Peanut Butter

Creat a little sandwich by spreading peanut butter on the wafers.. then put banana slice in between. Dip it in batter and deep fry it following these instructions.

There are really only 2 periods I love of Elvis. 54′-56′ Elvis and 68 comeback special Elvis. The rest is just fluff or deep fried fat with bad sunglasses.

’68 Comeback Elvis

’68 Elvis formed the basis for how I wanted my backing group to be. It was loosey goosey, colored with inside jokes, and filled with plenty of fun. When I first started playing shows in Dallas, I played acoustic guitar with one drummer, forcing him to only use a snare with brushes.. no drumkit allowed! Eventually I added more members to the group resulting in The All-Nighters. If you have ever been to my live shows.. you can see that we try our best to capture the essence of the ’68 comeback special.



Nilsson Does Popeye
September 29, 2008, 8:02 pm
Filed under: America, Music | Tags: , , , , , ,

Hands down.. Harry Nilsson is on my top ten list as a direct musical influence. And as far as childhood movies go, Popeye (Robin Williams 1st film) leads the pack in greatness. So obviously I was more than pleased to learn that these two were connected together via some strange, sea-shanty cold fusion. I dug into teh internets to find out just how this came to be. Here’s what I unearthed:

“For Robert Altman’s 1980 film Popeye, he recruited Harry Nilsson to do the songs and Van Dyke Parks to do the film score. The songs were sung in the film by the characters, a la any musical, but the original demos of Harry singing them still exist.

Apparently Harry was not the clear cut choice to do the songs according to Altman, “Nobody wanted him at first except Robin Williams. Everyone said ‘You’ll get in trouble with him — he’ll get drunk; he won’t do it; he’s all washed up.’ As a matter of fact I said all of those things about Harry to Robin myself one day. Then I went home and thought about it and said to myself, ‘Jesus, that’s what some people are saying about me!’ So I called Harry Nilsson, because I had never met him in my life, and we got along terrifically.”

If you don’t know much about Harry Nilsson, just do yourself a favor and click here or here and I promise you will be dazzled. Plus you can laugh at how I shamelessly rip him off!  There is a reason the Beatles said Nilsson was their favorite “group”.. and favorite solo artist :)

Sweet Pea’s Lullaby (demo)

Sweet Pea’s Lullaby

He Needs Me

Everything Is Food (demo)



May or may not… and my absence…
June 30, 2008, 5:33 pm
Filed under: America, britain, britpop, britpop songs, indie, Music, polara, pop, rialto, rocknroll, space, supernaturals

First things first…SORRY, SORRY, SORRY! I know I have neglected this blog for a over a month. I was out on tour and the blog itself had some technical issues I had to fix. But all of these things have been resolved and we are back on track! yay!

I just wanted to post today on a few bands that you may or may not have heard of from the hey day of the mid-90’s britpop era. 97′ was the great and final year of britpop before it really died, and there were many bands that snuck in and said goodbye before you really knew who they were. While the U.S was busy with watered down versions of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam bands, the Uk was busy with watered down versions of Oasis, Blur, and Pulp.

The first of these was Rialto. They completely sound like if Oasis and Pulp were mashed together to make James Bond theme music. The next is The Supernaturals (For some reason it seems like there were a million “super” bands in the 90’s). This band in particular was written off by the british press but they really write some amazing pop tunes and had quite a few hits. Then there is Space.. you probably remember them from the Austin Powers soundtrack. And finally, the band Polara isn’t british but I feel their sound fit well enough in that genre. Surprisingly all of these groups are still around in one way or another. Just go to wikipedia to find out what they are up to. I am too lazy today for links.. haha.

Rialto “When We’re Together”

Space “You And Me Against The World”

The Supernaturals “The Day Before Yesterdays Man”

Polara “Pantomime”



Apples and…. well, apples.
March 2, 2008, 9:57 pm
Filed under: 1, 90's, America, apples in stereo, indie, pop, rocknroll

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Prior to the internet era, The Apples (In Stereo)  seemed like mythic pop Gods to many aspiring musicians.  What you knew about the band was completely built around Fanzine articles and college radio play. I used to lay awake in my dorm room dreaming about riding a bus out to Colorado to join the Elephant Six and have Rob of the apples produce my albums.  This was the first band that made me realize what record production was all about. 

Their first album Fun Trick Noisemaker was a startling debut of Velvet Underground heroin guitars mixed with Beach Boys melodies and themes.  What was really amazing was that this band recorded it all on a four track.  Now a days, do-it-yourself albums are the norm with computers making everyone think they are the next Rick Rubin.. but back in the early 90’s, no band I ever heard of was doing this.  They owned their own studio, produced all their own records, ran their own label, and played on their friends albums.  The best part was.. they actually sold lots of albums!

As the nineties were coming to a close, and the new millenium began, the Apples topped the college charts with every album that they released.  They still have some of their early dirty psych sound, but they have become more polished, using advanced recording gear, and writing songs that are more sophisticated and precise.

Here in order of the first four albums they put out, are my favorite tunes:

Green Machine Haley (b-side demo)About Your Fame The Bird That You Can’t See 



Oh Rufus.. you magnificent man!
February 26, 2008, 3:42 am
Filed under: 98, America, pop, Rufus, singer, trl

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First off, I wanted to apologize for being inattentive to all my readers here at  The Song In My Head.  I have been away since New Years and I have had technical difficulties with the site and the music not playing.  This has all been fixed. I will have all the old songs working soon and I will have all new posts as well! YAY! 

 Anyhoo,

In the fall of 1998 the greatest horror ever known to man fell to earth in the form of a TV show called “total request live”.  Eventually this mindless pop fest for 12 year olds became the king of the castle over at MTV.  I understood the shows appeal but I was completely thrown off guard when a young, fresh, piano master named Rufus Wainwright somehow sneaked his way onto TRL’s poop plate list of artists.  I really wasn’t sad at all when he ended up losing to Britney or Christina or whoever it was, because I knew that he was amazing and that “April Fools” was one of the best pop singles of the year.   “Oh well” I cried, “at least I know better than 12 year olds”.  My musical love affair with Rufus has only grown over the years although I tend to always fall back on his singles and more straightforward “pop” tunes.  

 Here are some of my personal favorites of Wainwright’s collection:  

April Fools California Going To A Town  One Man Guy