Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. nightclub on a rare solo outing, yours truly found himself standing alone at the bar preparing to review the upcoming act. Before he had taken more than a few notes, however, he was bookended by a pair of vivacious vixens who insisted on engaging your rockin’ writer in cozy conversation. Strangely, the subject of “marriage” arose.
One of the young ladies noted that when a gal is about to get hitched she needs “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Your provocative penman was immediately inspired. After all, those very same terms could be applied to music too: “Something old” or classic, “something new” or recently released, “something borrowed”, a cover, and “something blue”, a blues song or a song with “blue” in the title. The rest is history.
‘Something’ in Music 141
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Back in Black” by the Aussie rock band AC/DC. It was the lead single off the group’s 1980 platter of the same name. The track has a famous opening guitar riff and was written as a tribute to their ex-lead singer Bon Scott who died earlier that year.
Our “something new” this edition is the new music video “That Fool” by the Los Angeles-based band Kelly’s Lot. The song was co-written by lead singer Kelly Zirbes and rhythm guitarist Perry Robertson. The song is off their most recent release Where and When (reviewed by your rockin’ writer right here). It features Zirbes on vocals, Robertson on rhythm guitar, Doug Pettibone on lead guitar, and David Grover on upright bass.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Still I’m Sad” written and first recorded by the English rock group the Yardbirds for their 1966 platter Roger the Engineer. This cool cover is by the Los Angeles, California-based alt-pop band The Jigsaw Seen. Here they remain true to the essence of the original but make it their own via the use of e-bow guitars, a mellotron, and chimes. It’s off their 2003 disc titled Songs Mama Used to Sing.
Finally, our “something blue” this time around is the song “My Ding-a-ling.” Perhaps made famous via Chuck Berry’s 1972 hit cover version, it was written by American musician, songwriter, and record producer Dave Bartholomew. Bartholomew recorded this novelty song in 1952. It was covered by several other artists as well.