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Stuck In My Ear: Jim Steinman – Bad For Good

Stuck In My Ear: Jim Steinman – Bad For Good

I…. ummmm… well I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. All I can say is that I heard this song long before I knew this, ahhh, video for it existed. Just listen to it with your eyes closed.
For seven minutes.

Chock full ‘o shirtless boys, with short shorts, and waaaay too much eye liner.

And featuring a man teeming with musical talent, and yet seemingly has no rhythm.

Stuck In My Ear: Jim Steinman- Love, Death, And An American Guitar

Stuck In My Ear: Jim Steinman- Love, Death, And An American Guitar

Well, you try waking up to this on the radio when you’re fourteen, sleeping off a kegger, and have no idea where you’re at. At least I didn’t have to suffer through the visuals.

But it does sort of explain the way I turned out…

And, yeah, I know – it’s not a Fender in the video, it’s either a Firebird or an Explorer.

Stuck In My Ear: Jim Steinman / Meat Loaf – Rock And Roll Dreams Come True

Stuck In My Ear: Jim Steinman / Meat Loaf – Rock And Roll Dreams Come True

Two versions of the same song. Both produced by Steinman.

Consider:

“Once upon a time was a backbeat, Once upon a time all the poets came to life. And the Angels had guitars even before they had wings. If you hold on to a chorus you can get through the night”

Or:

“You’re never alone, ’cause you can put on the ‘phones, and let the drummer tell your heart what to do.”

I like the Steinman version better. Better drums, better piano. The voice, (while it’s not Steinman, it’s Rory Dodd) not better. Must be played loud.

Very loud.

The interpretive dance, is straight out of an episode of Fame! from 1983.

A very BAD episode.

The Meat Loaf version: Better vocals, better video production. A somewhat famous actress. Don’t forget that both Meat Loaf and Steinman have a Musical Theater background. Maybe some show tunes would be in order!

Or not.

Stuck In My Ear: Extra Jolly Christmas Eve Edition – The Kinks: Father Christmas

Stuck In My Ear: Extra Jolly Christmas Eve Edition – The Kinks: Father Christmas

I love this song and I hate this song. The queer dichotomy of Me.

This video, as well as every other version of it I could find is Teh Suq. But this is probably the ‘best’ available, so here you go.

The drums really drive this charming little ode to Seasonal Spirit. The rest of the performance is simple brilliant Garage Band. Thick and viscous. Yum.

The Kinks

Stuck In My Ear: Anton Barbeau – Xmas Song

Stuck In My Ear: Anton Barbeau – Xmas Song

Palette Cleanser after a few weeks of the seasonal bludgeondry of Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and all of the other classic songs of joy and mirth (which I enjoy, but, meh, enough).

My old Christian Brothers High School classmate Anton Barbeau with a sweet, and pretty, song.

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Stuck In My Ear: Toy Matinee – Last Plane Out

Stuck In My Ear: Toy Matinee – Last Plane Out

I remember Toy Matinee, well, Kevin Gilbert really, performing this acoustically at a Sacramento Rawk station (station shall stay nameless because it was mis-managed by a succession of jackholes) back in 1990. Sadly while the song itself was somewhat popular, no record company support, and collaborator disinterest, put the kibosh on any meaningful Toy Matinee follow up efforts.

Kevin, Sacramento born, was a member of the Pasadena based Tuesday Music Club, and started bringing his girlfriend Sheryl Crow along. The result: Kevin co-wrote many of the songs on Crow’s breakout Tuesday Night Music Club.

Kevin passed away in 1996 just as he was being considered as a replacement for Phil Collins in Genesis. His death wasn’t tragic, it was stupid. If you care to learn more about it, check out his listing on Wikipedia.

I’d prefer to just enjoy the music he left behind.

Here, then, The Last Plane Out