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 154
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Don’t Take Me Alive” written and first recorded by the American rock duo Steely Dan. It first appeared on their studio LP The Royal Scam which hit the record racks in 1976. The album went gold and reached number 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Our “something new” for this edition is this recently released music video by the band First To Eleven. In this video the Erie, Pennsylvania-based rock band covers the song “Bad Romance” co-written by producer Nadir Khayat and songstress Lady Gaga for her 2009 EP, The Fame Monster. This dedicated cover features Audra Miller on vocals, Matt Yost on guitar, Ryan Krysiak on bass, and Sam Gilman on drums.
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “Saturday In The Park.” Written by Robert Lamm, it was first recorded by the band Chicago for their 1972 vinyl Chicago V. This fun, energetic audio adaptation is by the music project The Vegetarians. It’s off the act’s 2011 disc aptly titled Remustered & Remixed Salad.
Finally, our “something blue” this time is the jazz-blues bit “It’s Too Big Poppa” recorded by the Claude Hopkins Quartet. Co-written by Hopkins and Johnson, it was first released as a 10-inch single on the Rainbow label in 1947. Rena Collins sings lead vocals. More recently it appears on the 2013 album titled The Copulatin’ Blues Volume 2 and is credited to the John Hopkins Orchestra.