Song of the day: Hey Mercedes – "The Switch"

April 30, 2011

Today’s song is dedicated to American noise-meister Jeff Shelton. I reckon he’d like this:

Hey Mercedes – “The Switch” (2003)


Jeff Shelton, if you don’t know the name, is the chap responsible for an American power pop band called The Well Wishers. Tomorrow I’ll post one of their songs. In the meantime, a previous Well Wishers post on the blog will give you an idea of what to expect. Hi, Jeff!

Hey Mercedes on MySpace

Song of the day: The Vapors – "Here Comes The Judge" (live)

April 29, 2011

The title of yesterday’s song (“Good Morning Judge”) reminded me of…

The Vapors – “Here Comes The Judge” (live) (1980)


I’ve always loved that track. It was the B-side of The Vapors’ enormous hit “Turning Japanese“, and depending on the mood I was in I’d sometimes prefer “Here Comes The Judge” to the A-side.

But you can decide for yourself which track you prefer:

The Vapors – “Turning Japanese” (1980)


Song of the day: 10cc – "Good Morning Judge"

April 28, 2011

Today’s song is dedicated to Rushbo, lover of all things 10cc:

10cc – “Good Morning Judge” (1977)


Now, with that particular song I don’t mean to imply that Rushbo is, or has ever been, in trouble with the law. I just thought Rushdude might like to hear a rockin’ little 10cc number.

As a bonus, here’s a live version (which sounds virtually identical* to the studio one):

10cc – “Good Morning Judge” (live) (1977)


(*Why bother playing a song live and make it sound almost exactly the way it sounded in the studio? Aren’t live gigs supposed to be unique experiences?)

Song of the day: The Innocents – "Answer Me"

April 27, 2011

It’s been a while since I played you a skinny-tie song. If you’re the type of person who has an unquenchable desire to hear skinny-tie music, I hope the following will satisfy your uncontrollable urges:

The Innocents – “Answer Me” (1982)


Song of the day: Frank Bennett – "Black Stick"

April 26, 2011

Here’s cooler-than-cool Frank Bennett with his take on “Black Stick”, a not-quite-a-jazz-standard by The Cruel Sea:

Frank Bennett – “Black Stick” (1998)


Here’s the original for comparison:

The Cruel Sea – “Black Stick” (1992)


I know which one I prefer, baby. I’m hep.

Song of the day: The dB’s – "Ask For Jill"

April 25, 2011

I was all set to play you “Happenstance” by The dB’s from their 1982 album Repercussion, but I had another listen to it after not hearing it for a couple of years, and I think it’s a bit too dreary to go on the blog. Instead, I’ll play you a much peppier song from the album:

The dB’s – “Ask For Jill” (1982)


In case you’re feeling cheated out of hearing the song I was going to play you (before I got all fickle), here it is so you can hear for yourself how dreary it is*:

The dB’s – “Happenstance” (1982)


(*Or isn’t, depending on how you feel about it.)

Song of the day: A band – "Kosciusko"

April 24, 2011

Yesterday I played you a song by Jebediah from their latest album, Kosciuszko. In a nice coincidence, or perhaps happenstance*, “Kosciusko” (minus the “z”) just happens to be the name of one of my favourite tracks by this band:

(Terribly important advice: I thoroughly recommend you ignore the file player and go straight to the video – and turn it up as much as humanly possible.)

A band – “Kosciusko (1984)


(*”Happenstance”. Hmm. I think I know what song will be featured tomorrow…)