Thursday, October 06, 2016

It May Have Only Three Chords, But They're the RIGHT Three Chords!

From 1999, please enjoy The Mavericks (with great lead singer Raul Malo) and their all but perfect cover of Cat Stevens' transplendent "Here Comes My Baby."

I don't think I've ever mentioned this to anybody, but if you put a gun to my head this just might be my favorite song of all time. If you accept that the definition of rock-and-roll is "fun songs about sad stuff" (and I do, often) this one pretty much goes to 11.

I should add that the Floor Models used to do a live version of it, and I never enjoyed my time on-stage more than when we were performing it. Alas, no really good recording of our take on it has survived, although there's a rehearsal tape from a later incarnation of the band somewhere in my archives. Depending on how self-indulgent I feel, perhaps I'll post it on Friday.

In the meantime, that Mavericks video just kills me. I am totally in love with the drummer.


Unknown said...

Love It..was a favorite back in 67

pete said...

great point about the 3 chords, I remember the Flomes doing this...

Anonymous said...

Re: FloMo "There Goes My Baby"- Indulge us.

Capt. Al

Anonymous said...

The Trems version is the shit. They, like the Mavericks, had the good sense to leave Cat's last verse out.

I remember the first time I heard the Trems version on the radio. I was with Sandy and her older brother Vic smokin' a joint in the parking lot of Gazzarri's. We had just seen pre-record deal Iron Butterfly and the Enemys. Me and Sandy had a major crush on IB guitarist Danny Weis. The overnight DJ put "Here Comes My Baby" in the the middle of a set between "Little Games" and "Happy Jack". It was obviously memorable, as was the entire spring of '67.


Drama4u said...

Love forever !!