Something in music: origin
One evening at a hot, trendy L.A. night club 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 old” this time is “God Save The Queen” by Brit punk band the Sex Pistols. (Your rockin’ writer was in England when the banned single was released and scored a copy of it at an indie record store prior to the US discovering the band.) The song is off the 1977 platter Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.
Our “something new” here is “This Is The Sound”. It’s the title track off a new album by singer/songwriter and musician Mawk Phoenix. It features Raphael Zweifel on cello. On social media, Phoenix describes the origins of this audio offering.
“One day I was wondering what it might sound like to be rendered speechless? Maybe something shocking happened. Maybe you heard some disconcerting news or witnessed an act of seeming injustice. Maybe you got your heartbroken.”
He adds: “We know that we can’t always rationalize our reactions or grasp them with logic or reason. If we’re patient and let the grace of time offer some context, then we may become expanded beings through this experience.” Phoenix concludes: “This is the sound of transformation. These are the cycles of life.”
Our “something borrowed” is “Needles And Pins” performed by the American group The Ramones. Their version is off the 1978 album Road To Ruin. It was the first Ramones LP your randy writer ever reviewed (back in high school). The song was written by Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) and Jack Nitzsche. It was first recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963.
Today’s “something blue” is “Code Blue” by the American hardcore punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty). It was recorded in Redondo Beach and first released on their 1981 release Dance with Me through Frontier Records. The song contains a theme about necrophilia. This is reportedly the group’s most famous song.
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 sexy or funny bride photos too!