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 233
Our “something old” this edition is the classic cut “Wild Thing” written by American songwriter and singer Chip Taylor. It was originally released by the American rock group the Wild Ones in 1965 but didn’t chart. In 1966, the Brit band, the Troggs released it as a single and it hit number one.
Our “something new” this edition is the new song “Grenada (Live)” by the Southern California-based power pop band known as Loser Parade. Written by band member Andrew Holmes, it was recorded live at Kulak’s Woodshed in Hollywood, California. The current band roster includes Andrew Holmes (vox), Aria Hurtado (lead guitar and vox), Miguel Gudino (bass), Terah Landy (drums), and Charlotte Avery (synth).
Our “something borrowed” this time is the song “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” The song was first recorded by the English rock group the Beatles and written by Paul McCartney. It first appeared on their 1965 platter Help! Except in the US where it first appeared on the 1965 vinyl Rubber Soul.
This unique cover version is by American folk musician Lucy Kaplansky who leads the way on guitar and vocals. The cut is off the 2005 re-release of her disc titled The Tide which was originally released in 1994. Kaplansky is backed by Larry Campbell on acoustic and electric guitar, Zev Katz on bass, and Frank Vilardi on percussion.
If you’d like to see Kaplansky perform live, you’re in luck. She’s on tour right now! Check this schedule!
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blue, Red, and Grey” written by Pete Townshend of the Who, and covered by American singer-songwriter and guitarist Manda Mosher. Mosher is also a founding member of the Americana country group known as CALICO the band. It was the sole cover cut included on her otherwise all original 2009 disc Everything You Need.
Did we mention your favorite “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? If not, let us know. Don’t forget to send us your bride photos too!