Friday, October 15, 2010

LENNON-esque: All-Star Homage Playlists To His BEATLES And SOLO Styles!



To honor JOHN LENNON's unending impact on music, here are two music players of famous artists imitating him. One playlist tributes his many his BEATLES styles and the other homages his SOLO styles.


T H E
B E A T L E S
Tribute



Here are 200 artists from every era and genre, lovingly imitating John's styles with THE BEATLES. The songs are arranged in "sonic order", meaning each of John's Beatles styles in order sonically from 1962 to 1970; the early MerseyBeat, the Folk Pop, the Psychedelia and Baroque Pop, and finally the fuzzy Rawk and piano Anthem sounds.

There are favored guests and many surprises along the way.

You would expect THE RUTLES, BADFINGER, CHEAP TRICK, OASIS, LENNY KRAVITZ, and ELLIOTT SMITH.

But how about PIXIES, HUSKER DU, NIRVANA, YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA, THE DAMNED, CIBO MATTO, and LUSH?

Because THE BEATLES' sounds and fashions were so fluid, they are a nexus point for every possible angle of Rock music. Without boundaries and only possibilities, they have influenced every kind of band in their wake. This takes us to the current wave of youth who wear Beatles T-shirts and listen to acolytes like RADIOHEAD, FIONA APPLE, LOCKSLEY, KAISER CHIEFS, NIC ARMSTRONG, FRANZ FERDINAND, SAM PHILLIPS, GURUS, BECK, and BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, all here.

Welcome to an alternate universe of BEATLES music you've never heard!


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J O H N
L E N N O N
Tribute



Here are 200 artists from every era and genre, lovingly imitating John's solo styles. The songs are arranged in "sonic order', meaning each of John's styles and albums in order from 1970 to 1980; the primal Grunge Blues, the elegaic Piano hymns, some of his avant Collage, the stark Confessionals, the political Anthems, the Retrobilly, and finally the mature Pop comeback.

Again there are favored guests and many surprises along the way.

John's influence has no boundaries. His raw honesty, expressed though grungy blues, church piano, folk strumming, ethereal harmonies and abrasive noize, speaks to everyone.

Here are acolytes from every era and angle:
From the 70's and BIG STAR, THE MOVE, ELO, CHEAP TRICK, DAVID BOWIE, NILSSON, and OZZY OSBOURNE.

To the 80's and JOHNNY THUNDERS, ELVIS COSTELLO, GENERATION X, THE PRETENDERS, KEITH LEVENE, TACKHEAD, JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, and LOVE AND ROCKETS.

To the 90's and SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, PEARL JAM, PJ HARVEY, TRACY BONHAM, LENNY KRAVITZ, WEEN, NEGATIVLAND, FASTBALL, and THE BREEDERS.

To now with COLDPLAY, JET, EARLIMART, DEVANDRA BANHART, GREEN DAY, MICHAEL FRANTI, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, and LADY GAGA.


At the end are songs about John by his family, friends, and fans.

Welcome to an alternate universe of LENNON music you've never heard!


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You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll gasp, you'll remember how wonderful life is and how lucky we are. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!





See Also:

BEATLE-esque: 200 Albums That Homage Specific BEATLES Albums, with 2 Music Players.

McCARTNEYesque: Artists imitating Paul McCartney's BEATLES and Solo styles.

WILSONesque: Artists imitating Brian Wilson's BEACH BOYS and Solo styles.

SLICE TONES: Artists imitating Sly Stone's SLY & THE FAMILY STONE styles.


TWIN PEAKS: Its influence on 25 years of Film, TV, and Music, with 5 Music Players.

MORRICONE-esque: The influence of the Spaghetti Western sound on 50 years of Rock and Soul, with 3 Music Players.



JOHN LENNON: Playlists Of His BEATLES And SOLO Songs!


To honor JOHN LENNON for his timeless work, here are two music players of his BEATLES and SOLO songs!


T H E
B E A T L E S


Here are songs with THE BEATLES in order from 1959 to 1970.

Spotify playlist title=
LENNON 1: The Beatles songs 1959-1970


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J O H N L E N N O N
& Yoko Ono


Here are solo songs from 1968 to 1980.

Spotify playlist title=
LENNON 2: Solo Career 1968-1980


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To honor John you honor his partner. It's impossible to understand and appreciate the real John in his maturity without his love and inspiration from Yoko Ono, so there is an interplay of some of their or her songs to tell the true, sweet story.




See also:

PAUL McCARTNEY: Playlists Of His BEATLES And SOLO Songs!, with 2 Music Players


McCARTNEY-esque: All-Star Homage Playlists To His BEATLES And SOLO Styles!, with 2 Music Players

LENNON-esque: All-Star Homage Playlists To John Lennon's BEATLES And SOLO Styles!, with 2 Music Players



Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy 70th Birthday To JOHN LENNON!



THE QUARRYMEN -"That'll Be The Day" (1958)



THE BEATLES -"Bad Boy" (1965)



THE BEATLES -"Tomorrow Never Knows" (1966)



THE BEATLES -"Julia" (1968)



THE BEATLES -"Revolution" (1968)






JOHN LENNON -"Love" (1970)



JOHN LENNON -"Well Well Well" (1970)



YOKO ONO -"Greenfield Morning (I Pushed A Baby Carriage All Over The City") (1970)



JOHN LENNON -"Gimme Some Truth" (1971)



JOHN LENNON -"You Are Here" (1973)



JOHN LENNON -"Meat City" (1973)



JOHN LENNON -"#9 Dream"



JOHN LENNON -"Steel And Glass" (1974)



JOHN LENNON -"Beautiful Boy" (1980)






CHUCK BERRY+ JULIAN LENNON -"Johnny B. Goode" (live, 1986)



SEAN LENNON -"Julia"



JULIAN LENNON -"I Don't Want To Know" (1999)



SEAN LENNON -"Parachute" (2008)






JOHN LENNON -"Imagine" (acoustic)



Quality is timeless and Love is eternal.

Friday, October 8, 2010

'If You Want Me To Stay': Sly Stone> Chili Peppers> Nikka Costa



SLY STONE influenced everybody and here's more proof.


Today's relay baton is "If You Want Me To Stay". Besides its pulsing bassline, this Funk classic is known for the sped-up pitch of its vocal.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE -"If You Want Me To Stay" (1973)



Here's New Wave cabaret chanteuse RONNY putting her own bend to it.

RONNY -"If You Want Me To Stay" (1981)



GEORGE CLINTON obviously loves Sly and has done the song a couple different ways. On the song "Under The Influence (Of A Groove)" by bass-monster BOOTSY COLLINS, the melody comes into the finale as a vocal chant of "doot-doot-da-doot-doo"s.

A few years later that chorale was used again when George produced an actual cover by THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, which featured Maceo Parker himself on sax.

RHCP -"If You Want Me To Stay" (1985)






Sly, 1973*; Prince, 1986


At the same time, PRINCE was alluding to Sly a lot in various songs and fashions, and on the B-side LOVE OR MONEY he used the sped-up pitch trick.

The song was designed so that you could play it 'normal' on the 45rpm, but it also worked slowed down at 33 1/3 to a slunky funk mode.
(Ahhh, turntables. Let's see your MP3 player do that!)




NIKKA COSTA grew up at Sly's knee, literally. As a child she remembers Sly visiting her father, famed producer Don Costa, and sitting with her at the piano playing away. This breakthrough song of hers is a clear homage of love to "If You Want Me To Stay"...

NIKKA COSTA -"Everybody Got Their Something" (2000)



Seems like everybody wants the song to stay because it has been covered by
MERCURY REV
KOBAYASHI KAORI
MOS DEF
MICA PARIS
MAROON 5
FANTASIA
RAFF
and grand dame ETTA JAMES.




*Sly's pose is from 1973. The compilation album ANTHOLOGY is from 1981.

Monday, October 4, 2010

LADIES FIRST: 'Porpoise Song'; Carole King>Monkees>Lola Dutronic



LADIES FIRST spotlights classic songs that 'she did first'.


"A face, a voice, an overdub has no choice..."

"The Porpoise Song" is one of the coolest psychedelic songs ever made. Made brilliantly by THE MONKEES, it has been covered many times by neo-psych, doom metal, and electro bands.

CAROLE KING wrote the original in the last days of her storied songwriting partnership with Gerry Goffin. Here is her original demo. Note the Lennon/ "Sgt. Pepper" hallmarks all over it in the piano march, wavey harmonies, and phased voices.

CAROLE KING -"Porpoise Song" (1968)



The song was written for the opening sequence of "HEAD", the glorious career suicide film made by The Monkees. Here's the first ten minutes, which set up the song (2:15) and the freewheeling chaos that follows.

(Hint: rent the movie.)

"HEAD"/ "The Porpoise Song" (1968)



"HEAD" became a cult hit in the 80's when released on video, and the song was discovered again when included in "VANILLA SKY" (2001). Many artists have covered it like
BONGWATER w/ Ann Magnuson (1988),
TROUBLE (1995)
THE CHURCH (1999)
THE PILLBUGS
DJ NOBODY (2008)
AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD (2004)

Here's a typically radiant version by Brian Wilson's touring buddies, THE WONDERMINTS, which someone has matched up with the film footage.

THE WONDERMINTS -"Porpoise Song" (1996)



And a lovely Electro-delic version by Canada's LOLA DUTRONIC, in a fan video that homages the underwater film sequence with some twists.

LOLA DUTRONIC -"The Porpoise Song" (2004)



"The porpoise is laughing/ goodbye, goodbye..."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

SAY WHAT?!: 'Good Girls Don't', THE KNACK



Answering the musical question, "Wait, what did they just say?"


THE KNACK of course had a massive hit with "My Sharona". The Power Pop band were like a hyper-sexualized early Beatles, and their lyrics were full of entendres and brash come-ons.

A clear example of that is their follow-up hit, "Good Girls Don't". A few of the lines were too strong for radio and were softened on the single release. But here on the original they cheerfully sing, "An in-between age madness that you know you can't erase/ till she's sitting on your face" (1:27).


THE KNACK- "Good Girls Don't" (1979)


Some critics considered their lust misogynistic, but they must have missed the debut album of NIKKI AND THE CORVETTES at the same time. But THE PANDORAS and THE DONNAS didn't.