Thursday, June 28, 2012

Video Diary: Q65 - The Life I Live

Video of the Dutch masters playing around on the beach, stabilized to cancel out existing shake.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Song of the Week: The Small Faces - Understanding

From one of all my all time favorite bands comes one of my all time favorite songs of the band. The Small Faces, newly inducted in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, released Understanding as the flip-side to the equally stellar All Or Nothing in 1966 on Decca Records. This is perhaps their best single ever. They were the only band to ever rival The Who for the affection of the Mods and they were certainly one of the most talented to hit the stages in their day. Not much happened for them Stateside until they scored a hit when Itchycoo Park hit number 16 in the late Summer of '67.

Click here to listen to the A-Side, All Or Nothing. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Video Diary: Alan Price Set - I Put A Spell On You

Alan Price didn't last all that long as the Animals organist, arranger and lead composer. Anxiety over traveling, exhaustion and, as is shown in the Bob Dylan documentary, Don't Look Back, Price's search for a few answers inside a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale led to his exit from the chart topping Animals. He went out on his own in the Spring of 1965. He didn't sell too many records, and, to be honest, his output was spotty. But when he was on, as he was here, it was a remarkable thing to hear. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Song of the Week: Ronnie Self - Ain't I'm A Dog

Singer and songwriter Ronnie Self had what it took to be a star in the nascent days of Rock-n-Roll. The looks, the voice, the songs. But a reputation of unreliability and poor personal choices kept Ronnie Self locked into the role of a regional performer. He hailed from the Ozarks of Missouri and his records never strayed far from that area. From 1957, we present Self's second single, the curiously phrased, Ain't I'm A Dog