Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Max!

I pray now child that you sleep tonight 
When you hear this lullaby 
May the wind that blows from haunted graves 
Never bring you misery 
May the angels bright 
Watch you tonight 
And keep you while you sleep

The Pogues - Lullaby of London (If I Should Fall From Grace With God, 1988)

And, of course, happy birthday to D. as well!  This next one's for you & N.  - shared with much love

 Andy Stewart & Manus Lunny - Take Her In Your Arms  (Dublin Lady, 1987)

Monday, March 14, 2011

I am NOT a Tri-stater vol 1

First in what may be a continuing series featuring Connecticut-based bands that Brushback hasn't yet discussed.  Why? Why not!  I need a schtick.

First up, the Five Satins, hailing from New Haven.  Everyone knows the classic  In the Still Of The Night, but my favorite song by the Five Satins is the following much more soulful & upbeat number, released by Roulette in 1964. I love this song. LOVE it.  Almost as much as I love the best pizza in America, also from New Haven.  But I digress.

The Five Satins - You Can Count On Me (Roulette, 1964)

And another song I love, also from 1964.  These songs are meant to be placed together on as many feel-good mixtapes as possible.  This goes out especially for Rockin' Jeff, who recently posted a later cover version from his amazing collection of 45s.

The Tams - What Kind of Fool [Do You Think I Am] (ABC, 1964)

The Tams are not from Connecticut. The Tams are from Georgia, but are best known as  mainstays of the Carolina beach music scene. Did you know that they took their name from the Tam o'shanter style of hat that the group chooses to wear on stage? Neither did I. Thanks, Wiki!  Anyway, that opening flute reminds me of a third song that needs to be included in this imaginary mix.  ALSO from 1964 (honestly, this was not planned). Taken from one of the best box sets ever:

this is a picture of the reissue, not the original box set

Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers - Oh Mary Don't You Weep (SAR, 1964)

 That "drownded" gets me every time.

Sam Cooke was not from Connecticut, nor was his brother L.C.  But L.C. did put out a fantastic song that completes this evolving set nicely -and guess what - it's from 1964. Spooky!

L.C. Cook(e) - Put Me Down Easy (SAR, 1964)

Don't you feel all warm & fuzzy now?  The only thing better than listening to these songs would be listening to these songs while eating the meal of my dreams, below:
Pepe's White Clam Pie
If anyone's ever traveling from New Haven to Durham and wants to make a girl's dreams come true, please let me know!

Y'all have a nice day.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Revenge is a dish best!

Duke 75 - UNC 58

Cold Crush Brothers vs. Fantastic Freaks - Basketball Throwdown (Dixie: Razorcut Mix)
 Wild Style OST, 25th anniversary edition

Thursday, March 3, 2011

All the cool kids are doing it...