Song of the Week – Future Me Hates Me, The Beths

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This week marks the 11th anniversary of the Song of the Week.  Thank you all for reading and commenting.

Each December my kids and their cousins assemble a playlist of their favorite music of the year.  I really liked one selection on the 2018 list, “Future Me Hates Me” from The Beths album of the same name, and was surprised I missed it during the year.

The Auckland, New Zealand indie rock band is fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes.  Her songs are full of smart lyrics, catchy hooks and memorable choruses.

The song is about getting into a relationship that the singer knows is doomed but goes ahead with it anyway.

It’s getting dangerous
I could get hurt I know
I’ve counted up the cons
They far outweigh the pros

Future heartbreak
Future headaches
Wide-eyed nights late-lying awake
With future cold shakes
From stupid mistakes
Future me hates me for
Hates me for

Future Me Hates Me is an excellent debut album (though The Beths had released an EP in 2016) and deserves the recognition it received last year – not only from the “cuzzies” but also from the music press.  Check it out.

Enjoy… until next week.

Song of the Week – Crying, Waiting, Hoping, Buddy Holly; Come On, Let’s Go, Ritchie Valens; Chantilly Lace, The Big Bopper

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Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, near Clear Lake, Iowa – “the day the music died” as it later became known, thanks to Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

Rather than rehash the details of the accident (I’m sure you’ll be hearing them all weekend) let’s simply celebrate the music made by those artists!

I have dozens of favorite Holly songs but you’ve heard them all a million times before.  So I’ll treat you to something that, perhaps, you haven’t discovered yet – the demo version of “Crying, Waiting, Hoping.

In December 1958, exactly two months before the crash, Holly got his hands on a new Ampex tape recorder.  He used it to record a series of demos in his New York City apartment between December 3rd and December 17th, and again between January 1st and January 19th, before heading off to begin the fateful Winter Dance Party tour.  This version of “CWH” is from the “Apartment Tapes,” captured on December 17th.  It even has Holly’s famous hiccup!

Mexican American singer/songwriter Ritchie Valens had several hits including Donna (#2) and the ever-present “La Bamba” (#22).  But “Come On, Let’s Go” is the one that really rocks.

The Big Bopper is known for only one song – “Chantilly Lace.”  (At least that’s the only one I’ve ever heard!)

On a personal note, “Chantilly Lace” was a bath time favorite when my kids were small children.

Enjoy… until next week.

Song of the Week – Hooked on a Feeling, B.J. Thomas & Cry Like a Baby, The Box Tops

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There is a very distinct guitar sound that I love and have been trying to find a vehicle for in the band I’m in.  It’s the late ‘60s sound of the Coral electric sitar (by Danelectro).  Whenever I’ve tried to explain the sound I’m referring to I always cite two, well know examples – The Box Top’s “Cry Like a Baby, and “Hooked on a Feeling” by B.J. Thomas.

I had no idea they were both played by the same guy, southern session guitarist Reggie Young, who died last week.

Young played on many other classic tracks from the ‘60s and ’70s, including:

Suspicious Minds                  Elvis Presley

Sweet Caroline                      Neil Diamond

Skinny Legs and All              Joe Tex

Dark End of the Street          James Carr

Son of a Preacher Man        Dusty Springfield

The Letter                               The Box Tops

Drift Away                              Dobie Gray

Cocaine                                  J.J. Cale

I Can Help                              Billy Swan (a previous SotW)

According to the New York Times obituary, “a compilation album of 24 tracks from sessions on which Mr. Young played, including recordings by Merle Haggard, Jackie DeShannon and Bobby (Blue) Bland, is to be released by the English label Ace Records this week.”

It will be well worth checking out!

BTW, use of the Coral did not end in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s.  Dave Stewart, of Eurhythmics’ fame, played it on Tom Petty’s 1985 hit “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”

Enjoy… until next week.