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Stuck In My Ear: Robbie Robertson “Showdown At Big Sky”

Stuck In My Ear: Robbie Robertson “Showdown At Big Sky”

Not really a huge fan of The Band. They always seemed so pretentious, and as far as their politics, well, Canada, you know, eh?

However, Robbie Robertson solo from The Band, is a different performer.

This song in particular sticks in my head. Lavishly produced, and as high quality as anything that Robertson has done. Reputedly about the looming Nuclear confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union (remember this was released in 1987!).

I heard Robertson on Rockline (I think!) when the album was released, and he said that he got the idea for the title from an episode of Bonanza where Hoss loses his virginity. I cannot find any such episode of Bonanza, however mark my words, that indeed, would have been “A Very Special Episode…” Whether that is true or not, I like the backstory.

And yes! Backing vocals by The BoDeans!

Stuck In My Ear: Jon Butcher Wishes

Stuck In My Ear: Jon Butcher Wishes

A song I haven’t heard since maybe 1990. But it pops into my head from time to time. Sadly, the album’s out of print, and while I haven’t checked, it would probably be impossible to find the original CD.

Jon Butcher has a Hendrix-esque quality to his sound. Doesn’t hurt that his band’s name was the Jon Butcher Axis (Bold as love, perchance?)

Not really a music video, but its embeddable here. I just like to hear the song.

More Jon Butcher later.

Down That Highway

Down That Highway

This is a song from the old Shaw Blades album Hallucination from 1995. Started listening to it again recently, and my 8 and 5 year old girls can hit the harmony pretty well. This live version does absolutely no justice to the recorded version.

Me likey.

Little baby crying for attention
Let me tell you I could use some too.
Little late for an ounce of prevention
Better think of something else to do

What happened to the days of summer
They came, and they went too fast
Should have known it wouldn’t last forever
Now it’s all just part of the past
Memories, down that highway
Whoa yesterday

Sittin’ in with the boys and a six string
Singing’ every Beatles song we knew
Gettin’ lucky with with a girl at the drive in
Keep me happy for a month or two

School year dragged by so slowly
Seemed like it would never end
Summer flew by out of control and
Left me here again with the memories
Down that highway
Whoa yesterday

Now Jimmy got lost somewhere in LA
Paco’s in trouble with the DEA
RJ took the easy way out
Little Debbie never knew just what it was all about
She still don’t know today

So much for the easy answers
So much for the simple cure
So easy when you start with nothin’
Feels good when you get a little more

‘Bout time I oughta get happy
‘Bout time I oughta feel good
Never know when they call your number
St. Peter don’t lock that gate, anyway
Down that highway
With those memories
All those wild days
Oh yesterday
I remember you
Whoa yesterday
Whoa yesterday.

A new entry in the Pantheon of all time great Cartoon theme songs:

A new entry in the Pantheon of all time great Cartoon theme songs:

Having a four year old and an eight year old means we’ve endured a bunch of PBS, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network. Our kids have been watching this show on the Disney Channel for the past several months, and I am now considering¬† nominating it’s theme song to The Pantheon Of All Time Great Cartoon Theme Songs. Really, its pretty good.

Ray Davies we need you!

Ray Davies we need you!

Another song that popped into my head and won’t go away. The Kinks! With the Wurlitzer and all old timey-sounding, it certainly never sounded like the Kinks as we knew them, but still a lovely little song. The video features the √úber Acting! of Ray Davies. We could use a few more performers like him today.