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Friday, November 14, 2008
Random 10, Friday 11/15
You’ve Changed Etta James
My Old Man Ian Dury
Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd Len Cariou and cast
Success Iggy Pop
Glamour Boys Living Colour
Big Tears Elvis Costello & the Atttractions
El Cuarto de Tula Buena Vista Social Club
Clint Eastwood Gorillaz
Hold on I’m Coming Sam & Dave
Easter Oratorio, Sinfonia #1 in D (J.S. Bach) Ludwig Güttler, Max Pommer and the Neues Bachishes Collegium Musicum
You never know what songs will be available on the You Tubes. Etta James and Elvis Costello are far from obscure, but their songs on the list this week are not available. Classical music on the You Tubes is a little spotty, so not having one particular Bach composition is disappointing but not surprising.
I like the Ian Dury song a lot, with its combination of sentimentality and matter of fact recital of the particulars of his dad's life.
The recording of Sweeney Todd is an unauthorized videotaping from an audience member.
I'm always taken with the cheerful smile on Iggy Pop's face from the album cover for Lust for Life, where the song Success is taken from. He went through a lot and it is gratifying to see he made it through somehow.
Living Colour billed themselves as black heavy metal, but they were pretty funky.
Sam & Dave play their big hit live, with the Stax house band, Booker T and the MGs behind them, featuring the horn section of the Bar-Kays. Yes, that is Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper in the background behind Sam & Dave.
But I'm going to give the featured spot on the Random 10 to Gorillaz, the virtual band from earlier this century whose biggest hit was this song, Clint Eastwood. All the bands' videos are cartoons, and the band members Russel, Noodle, 2D and Murdoc are featured both playing the song and getting involved in an adventure fighting zombie gorillas who steal dance moves from Michael Jackson's Thriller. It has to be watched to be believed. The rapper featured in the song is Oakland's own Del tha Funkee Homosapien, which is still my favorite name in rap music.