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 148
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Get Out Of Denver” written and recorded by the American rock singer-songwriter Bob Seger. The song was the album-opener on his 1974 vinyl Seven. It was the first recording to feature The Silver Bullet Band. While the LP did not chart, the single reached number 80 and is considered by some critics to be “a lost classic.”
Our “something new” for this edition is the new song “Come Some Christmas Eve (Or Halloween).” It’s the debut single by the new Los Angeles, California-based band Tall Poppy Syndrome and actually not about Christmas or Halloween. According to a recent e-missive, the alt-rock act’s initial audio offering is actually an “obscure number” written by Robin Gibb and “and reimagined here in a Mod-era Who performing The Zombies’ ‘Odessey And Oracle’-style.”
It features Paul Kopf (Strangers In A Strange Land, The Seeds), on lead vocals, Vince Melouney (“psych-era” Bee Gees) on electric guitars, co-producer Jonathan Lea (The Jigsaw Seen) on electric guitars, mellotron and percussion, co-producer Alec Palao (Strangers In A Strange Land, The Seeds) on bass, and Clem Burke (Blondie) on drums.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Where’s My Yoko?” which was written and first recorded by American singer-songwriter Susan DeVita. It is included on her 2010 album Something Good. This exceptional audio adaptation is by the music project The Vegetarians.
It’s off their new disc titled Bill Haley. The track features the head Vegetarian, Swedish composer, musician, and programmer Hans Annellsson. It also includes Eddie Nystrom on lead guitar and singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and graphic artist John Tabacco on lead vocals. The male perspective makes the song more obviously meaningful than the original.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the “dirty blues” song “I Like My Baby’s Pudding.” This ribald recording was written and first recorded by American rhythm-and-blues singer and blues shouter Wynonie Harris. Released as a single in 1950, Harris had 15 Top 10 hits between 1946 and 1952.