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 157 a.k.a. ‘Something’ for Christmas
(Note: In case the title wasn’t enough to clue you in, this video might not be safe for work. You’re supposed to be working anyway! That’s why it’s called “work.”)
Our “something old” this edition is the classic Christmas cut “I Got a Boner for Christmas” written and recorded by the American geek rock band from Santa Barbara, California, Nerf Herder. This festive fan fave first appeared on their self-released 2002 modern punk-style platter titled Hi-Voltage Christmas Rock.
Our “something new” for this edition is the song “Come Some Christmas Eve (Holiday Mix)” by the new Los Angeles, California-based band Tall Poppy Syndrome
“Come Some Christmas Eve (Holiday Mix)” is a rock ‘n’ roll seasonal single by the new Los Angeles, California-based band named Tall Poppy Syndrome. According to a recent e-missive, the alt-rock act’s initial audio offering is actually an “obscure number” written by Robin Gibb and “and reimagined here in a Mod-era Who performing The Zombies’ ‘Odessey And Oracle’-style. [Lea] added sleigh bells and Mellotron flute to the track to create this new ‘Holiday Mix’ version.”
It features Paul Kopf (Strangers In A Strange Land, The Seeds), on lead vocals, Vince Melouney (“psych-era” Bee Gees) on electric guitars, co-producer Jonathan Lea (The Jigsaw Seen) on electric guitars, mellotron and percussion, co-producer Alec Palao (Strangers In A Strange Land, The Seeds) on bass, and Clem Burke (Blondie) on drums. This holiday hit will add a refreshing, tuneful touch to your otherwise ordinary seasonal soundtrack.
Our seasonal “something borrowed” this time is the song “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” first recorded by former child star and singer Gayla Peevey under the name Jamie Horton and written by John Rox. This audio adaptation from 2019 is by the musical collective Postmodern Jukebox and features songstress Lauren Tyler Scott. According to a post on social media, the group noted that the song was recorded “[i]n honor of our first-ever Christmas tour. We recorded the most famous holiday classic of all time with the fabulous Lauren Tyler Scott.” The track includes Scott (vocals), Jacob Scesney (saxophone), Mike Cottone (trumpet), JP Floyd (trombone), Adam Kubota (bass), Martin Diller (drums), and Scott Bradlee (piano).
Finally, our “something blue” this edition is the song “Blue Christmas” performed by the band First To Eleven. In this video, the Erie, Pennsylvania-based rock band covers the song made famous by Elvis Presley. It is featured on their seasonal CD titled A Very First To Eleven Christmas EP 2020. This Christmas cover features Audra Miller on vocals, Matt Yost on guitar, Ryan Krysiak on bass, and Sam Gilman on drums.