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 “We’re An American Band.” It’s a song by the Grand Funk Railroad. The song was written by drummer and vocalist Don Brewer. The song was produced by Todd Rundgren. It’s the title track and lead-in off their 1973 platter and their first huge hit.
Our “something new” this week is the new single and music video from the American Los Angeles-based hyperpunk band known as Qbomb. According to the band, this song is “the official anthem of 2020” and was written by the entire group. Their current roster includes Izzy Deluxe (vocals), Rem (guitar and vocals), Ari Ari (guitar), Jordie Lala (bass and vocals), Jake Easy (synths), and Sam Gamma (drums). The music video was directed by Atticus Kiser and Deluxe.
Our “something borrowed” this edition is “Eleanor Rigby.” This is a 2018 cover of the classic cut by The Beatles. The song was first released in 1966. This exceptional adaptation is performed by Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter/pianist Maggie McClure. McClure along with musician Shane Henry currently comprises the performing pair known as The Imaginaries.
This edition’s “something blue” is “Studio Apartment Blues” by the California-based alt-country act John Surge and the Haymakers. The track is off their 2019 platter Your Wonderful Life. It was written by frontman Surge. You can practically hear his sense of solitude in this black humor-tinged tune. (Read about the entire album here.)
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!