Thursday, October 8, 2015

WTSCF Podcast Episode 15: "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game"

Q: When is stalking a person not creepy? A: When the the stalker's stalkee is simultaneously stalking his or her stalker. Does that make sense?
It's like in that scene in Duran Duran's video for "Hungry Like the Wolf" when Simon LeBon and his jungle-dwelling love interest are both chasing and hiding from each other until they come face to face.
Smokey Robinson's "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game" describes this scenario (without all the heavy breathing featured in the D2 song) perfectly. It's a rare, but happy scenario when you find out that your crush is simultaneously crushing on you. Saves a lot of hassle, but then again, some people love the hunt more than the kill.
In any case, this little pocket masterpiece, first recorded in late 1966 by The Marvelettes, hasn't been covered by a ton of artists, but it has been covered by a broad spectrum of artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to Massive Attack.
And guess what? In this instance, the awards for the longest and noodliest guitar solos (if such awards existed) do not go to Jerry Garcia by any stretch. His solo is short and on point--so take that, stereotypers. It's in fact a couple of new wavers that take home those awards.

The embedding feature is being weird, so here's the direct link to the episode....

Monday, May 11, 2015

WTSCF Podcast #14-"Morning Dew"

A barely-known Canadian folk singer wrote this cautionary post-apocalyptic song (her first song) in 1962. In 1967 a somewhat obscure folk rocker rearranged it, wrote an additional verse and sneakily claimed co-authorship; an injustice that often goes unnoticed in the history books. Cruelly, most covers are based on this arrangement. The same year, the leader of a not-yet legendary band more radically rearranged it on his band's debut album, and added a key final line, but knew enough to claim no credit. This episode sorts out the song's meaning, its origins, its various paths and twists and turns and the many cover versions that range from folk to disco to industrial/goth. Enjoy!! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

WTSCF Podcast Episode 13--Moon River

Sorry for the long time between episodes, but in the interim, I became a father. Audrey Ruth was born Dec 15, and so I wanted to celebrate by featuring a song first made famous by another lovely Audrey. I skipped over many of the biggest versions of this song and went right for the most interesting (for the most part). Enjoy!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WTSCF Episode 12--"She Thinks I Still Care"

New podcast episode is up!

A cry-in-your-beer classic told with a healthy dose of irony, "She Thinks I Still Care" has been covered in a wide range of styles since its initial release in 1962, has gender-role-flipped a few times, but never fails to deliver a sentiment that most of us has felt at one time or another. Enjoy! 

Listen to it here, or, subscribe on iTunes

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WTSCF Podcast Episode 11--Harry Nilsson's "Without Her"

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From Harry Nilsson's RCA debut LP, Pandemonium Shadow Show (1967), "Without Her" is a perfectly written, perfectly sung and perfectly arranged and produced (by Rick Jarrard) song that perfectly evokes the empty, lonely feeling in the wake of a breakup. Did I mention how perfect it is? Several of the cover versions you'll hear aren't too shabby either. Enjoy the show! 

Episode 11: "Without Her".

Sunday, August 3, 2014

WTSCF Podcast Episode # 10!!!! (And the First Anniversary!) "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

It's the TENTH episode of WTSCF, the first of the summer, and the first one to feature a song by Bob Dylan. And thus, it's by far the longest and most self-indulgent. But what amazing versions you'll be turned on to! Marianne Faithfull! Echo and the Bunnymen!! Falco!!! 
Dylan is known for his verbose songs, and so I thought it only appropriate to make this a long-winded episode. And so I will completely understand if you listen to it in a couple/three installments. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WTSCF Ep.9--I Saw Her Standing There

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A bit late to cash in on the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles arriving in the USA, but better late than never. "I Saw Her Standing There" is unquestionably a timeless classic pop-rocker, and unquestionably much more McCartney than Lennon. Lennon even chose to cover it at what would be his final big concert appearance. You can hear that version, and the story behind it, as well as many other versions and the stories behind those (by everyone from Bob Welch to Mary Wells to Daniel Johnson...) Enjoy!