Friday, June 21, 2013

Baby That is Rock 'n' Roll: Eddie Cochran Was God, But These Guys Aren't Bad Either

From 1969, and their eponymous debut album, please enjoy the incomparable NRBQ and their high octane revival of Eddie Cochran's 1958 classic "C'mon Everybody."

That song is so simple, infectious and beautifully put together that it can almost make you giddy, which I guess is what a lot of great rock-and-roll does (or should). But what I particularly like about this version -- which, obviously, ups the energy level considerably from Cochran's original -- is the way it seems to be falling apart (but ultimately doesn't) in the long intro section. It's a trick the Q did a lot, come to think of it.

In any event, just a great, actually kind of perfect record.

And hey, you know -- this is fun. I think we'll do the whole Rock 'n' Roll thing for all of next week.


FD13NYC said...

That's a good thing, I love Rock and Roll and NRBQ!

Elroy said...

Excellent, great series!

Anonymous said...

Awesome band, awesome song, awesome version. Just realized it's different than the album version.

Billy B said...

I've never heard NRBQ's version of the tune. I'll have to check it out when I get home. Always liked Humble Pie's cover.

Anonymous said...

This too is a great track! Keep 'em coming bro.

Allan R.

pete said...

You could do a MONTH of nothing but great records by Uncle Q. "A Girl Like That," "Wild Weekend," "12 Bar Blues," "Here Comes Terry," "Housekeeping." The list goes on and on. It's the kind of stuff you can dance to with little children without shortchanging you or patronizing them. And I know he's not playing on this track, but Tom Ardolino's death really hit me hard. God bless us all!

Dave said...

Big thumbs up for NRBQ and this cover.

It is not foolproof, but one of my rules of thumb is that songs with noticeable hand claps are coolamundo.

Anonymous said...

Second best version, behind Cochran's. All good rock should be on the verge of falling apart and spinning out of control.

Sid is pretty cool too.

This would have been a natural for Blue Cheer. Imagine that. UFO tried capturing that vibe with their original studio version, but it falls short.

MC5 should have done it on the Landau LP. But Ramblin' Rose kinda...

Led Zepp's version is pretty punk, for them. But it's no "Communication Breakdown."

BTW, the first few notes of NRBQ's version into the scream are very similar to the beginning of the Grateful Dead's (Bob Weir's) "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

Here's some stuff you probably have seen before, so, sorry in advance.

Vickie Rock