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 184
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Heard It On The X” written and recorded by the American blues-rock band ZZ Top. It originally appeared on their 1975 platter titled Fandango! (A live version is included on the remastered and expanded edition which dropped on February 28, 2006.)
Our “something new” here is this music video by the band First To Eleven. In this video, the Erie, Pennsylvania-based rock band covers the “I Knew You Were Trouble” recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It’s off her 2012 disc Red and was co-written with the song’s producers, Max Martin and Shellback.
Released just days ago, this cover version features Audra Miller on vocals, Matt Yost on guitar, Ryan Krysiak on bass, and Sam Gilman on drums. If you’d like to hear them play live, the band reports: “We’re playing live in Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland with Andie Case and Brooke Surgener on April 23rd, 25th, and 26th! Tickets and VIP packages are available here: linktree.com/firsttoeleven.”
Our “something borrowed” this time is the rock standard “Hey Joe.” While its authorship is debatable, it was made famous by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966. This hard, rockin’ rendition is by the American punk rock band Love Canal.
It originally appeared on their 1985 platter It’s a Dog’s Life So Blow It Out Yer Ass on the National Trust Records label. The band roster at the time included Eric “Arab” Groff on guitar, Kerry Anderson on vocals, Louie Garcia on bass, and Bobby Bop on drums. If you’d like to hear more from Love Canal and are going to be in the neighborhood, the current incarnation of the band will be playing at a record release party for The Grim at Dr. Strange Records in Alta Loma, California on Saturday, April 4, 2022.
The Big Takeover and (of course) The Grim will also be performing. The show starts at 3:00 p.m. This is an all-ages show. Admission is free.
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “We’re Gonna Make It” performed by Little Milton. The song was co-written by Gene Barge, Billy Davis, Raynard Miner & Carl William Smith. It was originally released as a single in 1965. It was his only single to break the Top 40.