Monday, November 30, 2009

Bo Diddley

He's a man. Clips from "The Big TNT Show" (1966) and Ed Sullivan (1955). That's a very unusual dance the gals are doing in the second number from the Big TNT Show.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Kinks

Here they are performing my favorite Kinks song "See My Friends".

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bill Haley

There doesn't seem to be too many clips of Bill Haley and the Comets playing live in circulation. Too bad, they were a hot neo-rock-a-billy band. Here's one though, courtesy of good ol' Ed Sullivan.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Talking Heads

Here's Dave and the gang playing the old chestnut "Psycho Killer".

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sam and Dave

Ca. 1967. Listen to their great version of "Soothe Me" from the Stax-Volt Scandanavian tour in '67. Booker T and the MGs and the Mar-Keys are the back-up musicians.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Chuck Berry

Everybody has a favorite Chuck Berry song. Mine is "Promised Land".
"The 'Hound broke down and left us all stranded in downtown Birmingham". That's poetry!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Yardbirds

Ca. 1967-8 line-up consisted of (l-r): Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith. Here's the group doing a rip-snorting version of "Over, Under, Sideways, Down".

Friday, November 06, 2009

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Seeds

This clip of their appearance on "The Mothers-in-Law" TV show may be the greatest rock video of all time. From 1966.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Walker Bothers

Scott (left) and Gary (right) Walker weren't really brothers. They were friends from California who decided to go to England in the early '60s and try to jump on the Brit-Pop bandwagon. They succeeded, and Scott Walker has since become a cult fave. Their early songs were standard-issue covers, but they later scored with songs featuring Scott's gorgeous baritone vocals.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Otis Blackwell

Composer of "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up", "Great Balls of Fire" and many others, I can't find any performances by Blackwell out on the Internets, but here's a version of his song "Return to Sender".

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Kate Bush

"Hounds of Love" is a great album. I never realized that she was inspired by the 1957 film "Night of the Demon", even though I knew there was some old movie dialog in the HoL track. Here's a pretty nice mash-up.

Halloween 2009

Halloween is always a busy time around here. Carving pumpkins (my favorite part), giving out treats to the neighborhood kids (after sampling the candy for purity), and watching some Halloween classics (The Exorcist and The Ghost Goes Gear). Happy Halloween!