Song of the day: Apple Jam – "I’ll Keep You Satisfied"

February 5, 2012

I’ve already played you a Lennon/McCartney song recorded by Seattle band Apple Jam on this blog, but I’m rather in the mood to play you another one.

Apple Jam plays songs that Messers Lennon and McCartney gave away to other artists but never recorded themselves when they were in that band they were in. I have to say that of all the bands that do this sort of thing (i.e., play, sound, or look like The Beatles circa 1963-1965), Apple Jam would be my favourite Mop-Top re-creationists:

Apple Jam – “I’ll Keep You Satisfied (2009)


And here’s the original:

Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas – “I’ll Keep You Satisfied (1963)


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Song of the day: Ray Brown & The Whispers – "Pride"

October 14, 2011

The last few posts have been getting away from this blog’s raison d’être – and the possible reason why you’re here – which is to play you Australian power pop. So, I’ll rummage around in my music bag, see what I can find, and…

Found something.

It’s not power pop, but it is Australian (sort of).

Here’s Australian Merseybeat* group Ray Brown & The Whispers with a song that I can only describe as “dinky” (I really can’t think of another word to describe it):

Ray Brown & The Whispers – “Pride (1965)


Here’s the original:

Brent Edwards – “Pride (1963)


And here’s the 1963 cover of the original that “inspired” Ray’s version (i.e., the version that Ray & co. ripped off):

Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas – “Pride (1963)


(*I have a feeling that when The Beatles invaded every country that was able to hear them, every other group became a Merseybeat group.)

Song of the day: Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas – "Bad To Me"

October 6, 2011

Speaking of tunes that get stuck into your head*…

Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas – “Bad To Me (1963)


Or if you want to get all purist:

Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas – “Bad To Me (mono) (1963)


Here’s the chap who wrote it but never recorded it with his bandmates:

John Lennon – “Bad To Me (demo) (1963)


By the way, there are two more recent covers of the song that I think are worth hearing. The first is by Australian (Adelaide) Beatles tribute band The Beatnix, and I like it. The second is by American (Seattle) Beatles tribute band Apple Jam, and I like it a lot.

The Beatnix – “Bad To Me (1998)


Apple Jam – “Bad To Me (2009)


And I’ve just noticed that this post, with all those different versions of the one song, is much longer than it needed to be – just like yesterday’s post. I really must try to give you a Song of the day where it is actually one song.

(*Well, I was the other day.)