Not a bad list this week. Definitely taken from the iTunes collection of an old person, but still not bad. Ten out of eleven from The You Tubes, with only Rickie Lee Jones missing the cut. There are plenty of versions of The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men around, but I like Rickie Lee's the most. Very nice and sparse.
The videos include live versions from Professor Longhair, XTC, Jimi Hendrix and Bernadette Peters. The Temptations are "live" but they don't have microphones, so all you get is the Tempts dancing. Personally, I love the Tempts dancing.
Side note I: Hall and Oates loved the Temptations, and their last show was at the Apollo Theater as part of the Temptations on stage, doing the dance moves and everything. They decided to break up the band after that, on the theory that they might sell a whole lot more records, but it wasn't going to get any better than that. They had a point.
Side note II: XTC is one of the few bands other than The Beatles who decided to stop touring but keep recording. If you watch the performance, you'll see they were really good live. No Thugs is a tricky song and they rip it up.
Side note III: The songs by Queen and Stephen Sondheim just happened to be on the list at random, but I dedicate this list to Our President who has decided to end the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the military. It's about damn time.