Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Break on Through to the End of Some Book

Jimmy Fallon channels Jim Morrison, and much much more.

Unfortunately, the clip where he actually fronts The Doors on the Ed Sullivan Show seems to have been removed from YouTube.

[h/t Joe Benoit]

Monday, December 17, 2018

Your Monday Moment of Words Fail Me

Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon and...oh, just see for yourself.

To quote from the old Mighty Thor theme song -- you behold in breathless wonder.

[h/t Joe Benoit]

Friday, December 14, 2018

Your Friday Moment of Why Didn't Somebody Think of This Before?

From 2010, in a dank Australian basement, please enjoy JONESEZ and one of the funniest videos ever made.

I mean, yeah, it's a cute song, but the visual gimmick is such sheer genius that I want to kill myself for not having come up with it on my own.

Have a great weekend, everybody!!!

[h/t Peter Scott]

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa (A Slacker's Prayer)

Lost the song I was gonna post today.

Fortunately, the one I am gonna post tomorrow by a certain Friend of PowerPop is ready to go.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Your Wednesday Moment of Clarke-Hicks-Nash

From the just released Teensville Records compilation WISHYOUAWISH: The Hollies' Compositions by Others 1965-1968...

...please enjoy The Searchers and their quite fetching cover of "Have You Ever Loved Somebody."

The original of that one is from the Hollies wonderful 1967 album Evolution, which is sort of their Revolver, but the Searchers cover dates from late 1966. I don't think it's as good as the version its composers did, but it was sprightly enough to go Top 50 in England. It got some airplay in America too, if memory serves, at least in the New York City area. In any case, a terrific song.

BTW, that new comp has some real doozies that I had never heard before; Amazon has it, but you can also order a copy from the fine folks at Teensville over HERE.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Your Tuesday Moment of Why Didn't I Get the Memo?

So yesterday I was listening to an intertube radio station out of the U.K. called KOR, which is always pretty cool, but more specifically because I got word that they were gonna be playing a song by one of my gazillion old bands (in this case, Gerry Devine and the Hi-Beams).

Anyway, right before our song was scheduled, they played this track by a band previously unknown to me called The Speedways...

...and it blew my tiny mind. Let's just say that it's the kind of thing that's so damned good it makes me even angrier than usual about the crappy musical guests on Saturday Night Live.

In any event, those guys are on Facebook, and you can also find out more about them -- and more important, buy their music -- over HERE. And tell 'em PowerPop sent you.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Closed for Really Old People Monkey Business

My back is freaking killing me. To the point I just couldn't sit in front of the computer for any length of time.

Regular posting -- including a rave for some new music by a friend of PowerPop -- resumes on the morrow.

Have I mentioned my back is freaking killing me?

Friday, December 07, 2018

Daryll Zanuck, Eat Your Heart Out!

From the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack, Brian May and Roger Taylor do the 20th Century Fox fanfare.

Seriously, the minute this came over the speakers at our local Hell Octaplex, I just knew I was gonna enjoy the movie.

I'll have more to say about the film on Tuesday, but in the meantime -- have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Your Thursday Moment of Simels’ Folly

Yes, I'm actually releasing a solo single next year.

And kudos to a certain beautiful and brilliant Shady Dame, who did the picture sleeve art direction and who, frankly, is working way too cheap.

This is not a joke, BTW. The A-side of this thing is gonna be a cover of the absolutely gorgeous anti-war classic by The Byrds (from 5D)...

...which we haven't recorded yet. But will be doing in early January.

The B-side, however, is a cover of a wonderful song by my pal from my 80s days in Greenwich Village Peter Spencer, which is done....


...and which I think sounds great.

Hey, what can I tell you guys -- a boy needs a hobby.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Kosher Queen

Finally saw Bohemian Rhapsody; short version, to my surprise, I liked it a lot.

I'll have more to say about it on Friday, but in the meantime, to help you all celebrate the Festival of Lights, here's the Jewish version.

In the immortal words of CeeLo Green -- ain't that some shit?

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Swingin’ Tuesday

From who knows when -- and frankly, who cares about time? -- please enjoy Metallica's smooth jazz version of "Enter Sandman."

Okay, obviously that isn't real -- and frankly, who cares about reality? -- but kudos to whatever wiseguys faked it. Good job!

I should also add that I don't quite understand the concept of smooth jazz. Does that mean there's something called bumpy jazz?

Monday, December 03, 2018

Your Monday Essay Question: Is This Complete Crap or What?

First -- read this thumbsucker from Sunday's NY Times about the guy from Migos....

... over HERE.

And then watch this song by him...

...and then tell me that he has anything more than, at best, a teaspoon of talent.

I've said this before, but the big problem with taking pop culture seriously is that if you do, you've got to take ALL of it seriously. Including this transparent horse hockey.