Tres songs – (mini-set)

Wherein I play disc jockey, featuring a couple of randomly selected tunes for your dining and drinking  pleasure. 

Florence Welch (pictured ab0ve) and the Machine are a British band who have been around since 2007. Their debut album, Lungs, was a smash, first in the UK, then everywhere.

Since I am always the last to know anything about any song more recent than a decade ago, I totally missed the song “Dog Days Are Over,” which was apparently inspired by an art installment Florence used to see. This song reminds me of Sinead O’Connor’s “Mandinka.” Not in the sound of it but in the “belt-it-to-the-back-rows” female energy:

Jakob Dylan proved that he picked up some of his father’s songwriting gifts with the album Bringing Down the Horse. The song “One Headlight” has got a great, loping beat, a cool bottleneck that sneaks in late, and some very sad lyrics. Sometimes – on one of my Willy Loman days –  I know exactly how the narrator feels:

This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I’d like to watch it burn
I’m so alone and I feel just like somebody else

Man, I ain’t changed, but I know I ain’t the same
But somewhere here in between the city walls of dyin’ dreams
I think of death, it must be killin’ me

Ok, well that was depressing. Let’s pick it up a little bit here on our way out. Brian Setzer first hit the airwaves in the early ’80’s with the Stray Cats. They were a full-on rockabilly band, a real throwback to the Fifties and the days of Sun records. And Setzer is another in a long line of great guitarists.

Setzer went back and forth to the Stray Cats, did some rock stuff and then eventually formed the Brian Setzer Orchestra. That outfit played a big band jump blues style when that was a craze for about two minutes back in the late ’90’s. Personally I love this stuff and wish I had the time, initiative, etc. to learn how to swing dance.

Here’s Setzer and company doing a 1956 tune written by bandleader Louis Prima, “Jump, Jive ‘n Wail.” Setzer got a Grammy for this performance in 1999.

“A woman is a woman and a man ain’t nothin’ but a man.” One can hardly argue:

 

10 thoughts on “Tres songs – (mini-set)

    1. Funny you should say that. Apparently it’s the second video. The first was some cheapo version she made with her dad. Videos are expensive and so I guess the budget got a little better once she had a hit. My daughter went to see this band, thought they were great.

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  1. Oh, excellent choices. Florence is one of the few current artists out there who’s really grabbed me, and if you have never seen Brian Setzer and get a chance to, take it. Congrats on your 100th post!

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  2. You just reminded me how much I love Florence and the Machine. Now I have to go listen to them. Amazed to See Setzer is still active. Good for him. Have you seen the clip of Springsteen performing with The Wallflowers? It’s not half bad. Good post my friend.

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