(guest blogged by Nate from GetInTheirFace.com )
I remember this great song from the 70's that I loved dancing to when I was a kid. It faded away for a while and I could never remember the name of it but I always used to hum it, or at least what I remembered it to be (usually in the shower since I try not to punish too many people with my lack of musical talent). Then several years back, a commercial came out starring what had to be the hippest, happeningest office delivery guy ever and it brought the tune rushing back for a while.
I recently got a chance to be behind the scenes watching a cool executive producer run a huge show. He was having a great time. As the build-up grew to introduce the key speaker, he cranked this song up, danced his own little two step and orchestrated the entrance of that night's star, Al Gore. (Like me, he is a big fan of the man)
The Spinners--Rubberband Man
It was a fun moment and it made me realize the sheer star power Al has. Now with him coordinating and hosting the greatest summer concert series since Live Aid, something tells me his popular status will only continue to grow. Talk about the Rubberband Man. What a change from how the world used to perceive him. Now I just have to figure out which of these awesome concerts I'm going to.
Spinner Biography: http://www.soultracks.com/spinners.htm
Congrats on your Grammy Michael, we'll miss you dearly.
One of the most beautiful ballads ever written, "Naima"
pic from Peter Case
(Guest blogged by Howie Klein)
Tonight's LNMC song is a Crooks & Liars exclusive, a brand new song, not even mastered yet, by Peter Case. It will be released on his next album later in the year. This song, "Underneath The Stars" was written after visits to a local park in Santa Monica. The song just tells the story of what was happening there. It's about the plight of "discarded people," older homeless people, not drug addicts or alcoholics, but just people who've gone over the edge of life for various other reasons.
Peter told us that he's felt concerned about the lives of homeless people after he himself lived without a home in San Francisco for a couple of years in the early 70s. "I climbed out of it, because I was young and strong. Some can't, due to age and other factors." The other voice on the song is Carlos Guitarlos, an incredibly talented musician and a former homeless person who gained some fame after playing with Tom Waits in Swordfishtrombones. This is one of my favorite Peter Case songs in years.
It's Valentine's Day, that ultimate in created holidays. While I'm not a big fan of fake holidays as a rule, I want to break that tonight to dedicate tonight's LNMC to my husband, who has been extraordinarily supportive and patient with all my added hours helping my friend, John Amato here that could have gone to spending time with him.
So for my best friend, my sweetheart, the love of my life, here are the Beatles: In My Life, which was the song we selected to play at our wedding.
So tonight's challenge shouldn't be too much of a challenge. Set aside the cynicism, the bitterness, the frustration of six years of the Bush administration and simply dedicate a song to the person you love.
Like A Star from her self-titled album
John Amato: I just love this tune. She's a wonderful artist.
(blogged by Howie Klein) Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12--he would be 197 today if John Wilkes Booth hadn't shot him in 1865. The Doors' keyboard player, Ray Manzarek, was born on this day in 1939. The dude's gonna be 70! WOW! Happy damn birthday-- loved those albums you produced by Echo & the Bunnymen and X. A bunch of other classic rock musicians celebrate their birthdays today too: Steve Hacket (Genesis), Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy-- and Motorhead). And an old pal of mine was born on this day in 1970, Jim Creegan, bass player of the Barenaked Ladies. But today is also the day the great Screamin' Jay Hawkins (born in 1929) passed away-- in 2000. He was a one of a kind-- and one of the greatest showmen in rock'n'roll. He didn't always have that bone in his nose but he almost always popped out of a coffin onstage-- a schitk suggested to him by Alan Freed. He had some good songs over his 50 year career but this was the big one, "I Put A Spell On You:"
Tonight's contest: Tell us your favorite rock'n'roll gimmick (you know, like popping out of a coffin). The 5 best entries get The Essential Donovan (his 14 biggest hits). Send your answer to email@example.com
(guest blogged by Nonny Mouse)
I lived in France for a long time, and one chilly Parisian afternoon, while waiting for a bus, I listened to a couple of schoolgirls in their early teens embroiled in a heated argument. ‘Non, non, non!' one of the girls insisted. ‘Cela ne s'est pas comme ça! Écoutez...! Then she launched into: ‘Oh Daddy, dear, you know you're still Number One, but girls just wanna have fuh-hunnn!' Amusing, yes, but it made me think: About the most French that schoolkids in America might ever pick up from music is limited to ‘Michelle, ma belle, voulez-vous coucher avec moi?'
So when Nicole Belle offered me the chance to choose tonight's Late Night Music, I knew it had to be something French. I thought about my favourite classical stuff like Bizet or Debussy or Saint-Saëns. Or maybe something intellectually snobby, like jazz manouche and Django Reinhardt. Or maybe something fun and bizarre like trobamuffin and the Massilia Sound System. But the thing is, none of those are ever likely to break into the mainstream American consciousness.
Then I remembered the first time I heard 36-year-old Québécois Pierre Garand (otherwise known as ‘Garou') sing ‘Seul'. He's got a voice like Gallois smoke and thirty-year-old Armagnac, and eyes so arctic blue they could almost solve global warming. He's played the hunchback in Luc Palmondon's musical, ‘Notre-Dame de Paris', and his ‘Lis Dans Mes Yeux' could rip your heart out. And I'll bet very few of you have ever heard of him. Here he is, in ‘L'injustice' :
(And if you liked that, check out the Sliding Doors type ending of this video clip in his ‘Je Suis le Même'). Tonight's challenge is to link to songs NOT in English that deserve more airplay on mainstream American radio.