Happy Music Monday! Some of you may have never heard of Lord Kitchener, and that's sort of understandable. First, he was recording right after World War II, which was a way back. Second, he was mostly in England, which is pretty far away for a pop song to travel. And third, he was singing about the experience of emigrating from the West Indies to London, which is not something of which many Americans would not expect to care. But Scott's never met a person who couldn't get into the joyful sound of calypso, so if you've never heard of Kitch, go ahead and give him a shot. You might just be pleased with what you find. We'll get back to the RIPs next week, but for now, let's have some fun!
The hard part about Lord Kitchener is that he sort of seems to come out of a vacuum. It's not true, of course, he had some success in Trinidad and Jamaica before heading to England to be a big star, but YouTube doesn't seem to think so. You'll have to just trust me: by the time Lord Kitchener improvised this song about the joy of finding a new home, he was practiced and ready to play. And his calypso style was going to shake the British music scene greatly.
More smooth stuff to come after the jump.
Happy Music Monday! I was literally just finishing a tribute to the late Gato Barbieri when Merle Haggard passed away. So get ready for Gato's tribute down the road. This week's death recap goes to Merle.
Merle Haggard was born in a boxcar. Merle Haggard lost his father when he was still in single digits. Merle Haggard taught himself to play guitar by listening to records. Merle Haggard was in prison, where he saw Johnny Cash perform, and Merle Haggard decided he wanted to do that to. Merle Haggard was basically the character you'd expect a Hollywood writer to create as a caricature of a country star, except Merle Haggard earned every damn bit of it with his own two hands. Merle Haggard was a bad-ass. Today's all about him. This song here was his first top ten hit which is why we're starting with it. He didn't write it himself, but he made it famous.
More Merle ahead. Be ready.
Happy Music Monday! Even though there are some other tributes in the way, today's March 23rd, and we've just learned about the passing of A Tribe Called Quest rapped Phife Dawg. So today's a slightly-belated tribute to him. Enjoy.
Q-Tip was always the most visible member of the Tribe, but Phife Dawg was right there beside him from the start. He's the second rapper on this particular track and his raps are just as playful and infectious as his partner's. Like many young men, I listened to a lot of hip hop in the '80s and '90s, and I was always happy when a Tribe Called Quest song came on the radio. Phife Dawg was a part of why.
More good music coming up after the jump.
The rumors are true. Woot's thrown aside the shackles of normalism and slapped down firmly onto the veritable seat of the gods. Today we're Bidet.Woot. And we're not going back. Not ever.
And, as always, you can click through below to visit the official Bidet.Woot thread and talk about how great the changes will be for the community over the long-term! Because they really are long-term changes, you know. We're never going back. NEVER. LONG LIVE BIDET.WOOT
Happy Music Monday! On February 4th, the great and wonderful Maurice White passed away, and somehow Scott just didn't hear about it until right now. He's a big Earth Wind & Fire fan so he's going to make up for his mistakes right now! Let's pay tribute to a musical juggernaut together.
This is the first Earth, Wind & Fire song I ever heard. It was on the stereo in our downstairs room, it was summer, the back door was open and there was a light breeze. I had nothing to do and most of the day to not do it in. I was still a kid, and I didn't know the band's name, but I felt like it was the most perfect song for that moment and I still do. I didn't know anything about the history of the band or what they were trying to do or really anything at all, I just knew that it was an amazing song that felt like a nice summer's day. And that was really enough for me.
More coming up, as you'd expect.
Happy Music Monday! At this point it's pretty clear that it's NOT a good year to be a '70s rock star from the UK. The legendary keyboard warrior Keith Emerson passed away about two weeks ago, and only got time-shifted because the George Martin tribute was already done. But Keith was all about cool effects, right? He'd probably be fine with a little time-shifting. And prog rock wouldn't be prog rock without ol' Keith.
If we're being honest with ourselves, there's a real chance the Insane Clown Posse starts the first time two Detroit kids hear this song. But no matter if that's true or not, this bizarre mix of classic rock and future synth slips in and out of tomorrow funk and pre-rock classical. And don't forget the Giger album cover! If you're a prog head, you've had a beat up copy of this in your collection at one time or another. And it's not even the coolest thing Keith Emerson was involved with.
Unless you're a die-hard fan, you're gonna be surprised what Scott found. And if you are a die-hard fan, you're just gonna want to pay tribute. Come join us as we RIP a prog god.