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Friday, April 25, 2008

Almost Missed It:: Some Rock for Friday Afternoon

Here are the Bangles in a reunion show doing Big Star's classic "September Gurls". The Bangles bassist Michelle Steele sings it here at the House of Blues in Hollywood, in a great version of a great song.

Quiz, from which EEP is disqualified, what band preceded Big Star in the Memphis rock and roll scene around about 1967, with much the same lineup, but much bigger hits, including one of the biggest #1's of all time? Name the band, the lead singer and the #1 Record.

Bonus: Matthew Sweet (looking great, probably started in the business a little young) and Susannah Hoffs doing "Different Drum" (2 points for the author of "Different Drum")

21 comments:

North of Wapella said...

Quiz answer: the Box Tops, with lead singer Alex Chilton, had a #1 record with "The Letter."

Anonymous said...

Art is in the ear of the beholder, but I take issue with the characterization of "great version of a great song." I am agnostic on the song itself, but here The Bangles struck me as tepid and tired. I am certain that Wapella's own trio of vocally talented 80s rockers, Jodi Borland, Holly Weinheimer, and Tracey Ryan, to say nothing of the Joy Notes, could pump out of version of this and most other songs which would leave The Bangles in the dust.

HG

EEP said...

Nice job, North of Wapella.

***Bonus points: Another of America's greatest rock'n'roll bands paid homage to Alex Chilton in a song named after him. Name the band, name the songwriter**** (Mod is disqualified from answering)

Gato,
Apparently you've never heard The Bangles do "Going Down to Liverpool" or any of their other earlier tunes. Actually, most of their recorded output was pretty damn tight.

Susanna Hoffs is a good songwriter who loves power pop. Check out the album she and Matthew Sweet did of all 60's covers for an example of where her influences are at.

The Bangles get unfairly overlooked due to "Walk Like an Egyptian."

Up The Bangles!

JB Powers said...

HG,

You produce the videos of the Joy Notes, or any other Wildcats doing "Walk Like an Egyptian" and I will publish it.

JBP

Anonymous said...

EEP,

You may or may not be right. I'm just calling 'em as I see 'em, and my rating on this particular video is anemic rock. Anyone got any bootleg tapes of the Joynotes?

HG

Anonymous said...

To answer EEP's query: The Replacements. EEP, have you finished the biography?

I feel that you could provide book reviews relevant to Wapella and the interests of those that live/have lived in Wapella. It would be a worthwhile endeavor.
Peace,
Kansas Cat

Anonymous said...

Sorry, EEP. I didn't finish your question: Westerberg, Tommy Stinson and Mars. At least that is what the liner notes state.

I think inviting the above noted to appear at the Wapella Development Council's Shannon Tweed film festival is a good idea.

Kansas Cat

Anonymous said...

Sorry, EEP. I didn't finish your question: Westerberg, Tommy Stinson and Mars. At least that is what the liner notes state.

I think inviting the above noted to appear at the Wapella Development Council's Shannon Tweed film festival is a good idea.

Kansas Cat

Anonymous said...

Is that Sweet or Phillip Seymour Hoffman? He has really taken care of himself.

Hey, Mod: Where did Sweet grow up?

Finally, "Different Drum" was composed by Mike, my Mom created white-out, Nesmith.

Kansas Cat

Anonymous said...

Gato is on point re Bangles observation (read his exact words Mike Brady) - Bangles were very solid overall and did an ok job (not sold on lead singing there) with a great song here....and I do think that Big Star's version is truly great - great geetar work.

Now I think that SH Different Drum is quite a find....that is even better than the LR version and that was a great version/song.

Matthew Sweet looks a lot like Wapella great Chuck Hunt. bbd

Anonymous said...

bbd, you do a good close reading of posts. Now I am ignorant of the virtues of Mr. Matthew Sweet, but I can recommend as an alternative to this Bangles rehash, a 70's original: Sweet (aka The Sweet). Yes, they rocked with

1) Ballroom Blitz, and

2) Fox on the Run

Ready Steve, Andy, Mick,....

They may even outdo the Joynotes.

HG

EEP said...

Nice job, KC! You are correct on all fronts! I did finish that new biography. I thought it was pretty good. Paints a nice picture of Minneapolis circa early-to-mid 80's. Wish I could have seen it.

I think there is talk of a Replacements reunion. Hopefully we can grab them for 1st Annual STFF.

Apologies, HG, if I mis-read your Bangles evaluation. As BBD noted (paraphrasing a great Mike Brady lesson) I should have read your "exact" words.

I do maintain The Bangles are alot better than what their "radio" persona dictates, though. But nowhere near Big Star, of course.

SWEET do rule. "The 6-Teens" is another fave by them.

Anonymous said...

No apologies necessary EEP, just part of an online discussion/clarification.

One cannot mention (The) Sweet without consideration of their bubble-gum phase (see Little Willie), and their collective bios, which are remarkably like S. Tap (see their Wikipedia entry). This band went through some contortions.

HG

Anonymous said...

I believe Sweet grew up a Cornhusker. Susanna Hoffs still looks good.

IRBW

Anonymous said...

Which Wapella grad looks the most like Susanna Hoffs?

Anonymous said...

Well,

Matthew Sweet looks a lot like Randy Hoke. Not sure about Hoffs.

sempleman said...

Double bonus: Can you name the "all-star roots rock band" that included ex-Bangle Vicki Peterson and also a member of the family band from the Sixties, The Cowsills?

JB Powers said...

Ha, good one Sempleman.

Double bonus clue, Steve Wynn was in the band with Vicki Peterson. And no, not the Steve Wynn from Wapella.

JBP

North Of Wapella said...

Ah, you guys are talking about the Continental Drifters (all star roots rock band).

If we're talking about the Cowsills, have you ever heard Barry Cowsill's music? He passed away a couple of years ago, but for his last couple of decades he was a good country music singer/songwriter based in Calgary, Alberta. Nothing like the Cowsills pop band of the '60s.

sempleman said...

Let no one ever underestimate the musical knowledge spouting from Hog City!! Their CD "Vermillion" is a good one if you're curious.

Anonymous said...

Sweet= excellent 70's band. I believe Lee Morris had Fox on The Run and Ballroom Blitz on "45" records. (Marti can verify) They rank up there with Derek/Dominos, Wings, Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds, Raspberries.... Have downloaded many hits from these groups. Time for some 70's this Fri. Clancy. RJT

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