Song of the day: Danny Gatton – "In My Room"

July 1, 2012

When you’re a guitarist with unassailable ability and a good bunch of musicians behind you, and you want to record The Beach Boys‘ “In My Room” but you don’t have a vocalist, you realise you don’t need a vocalist because you can do this:

Danny Gatton – “In My Room (1991)


This isn’t a musical coincidence or anything, but Danny’s version of “In My Room” reminds me of Marshall Crenshaw‘s version of “What Time Is It?”:

Marshall Crenshaw – “What Time Is It?” (1983)


But back to Danny Gatton. Here’s his rip-roarin’ version of the theme to The Simpsons:

Danny Gatton – “The Simpsons (1991)


Trivia Time: Danny didn’t want to record The Simpsons theme. His record company persuaded him to because they wanted something they could get played on the radio. Danny offered his thoughts at the end of the track. (It’s quiet, but there’s a definite audible comment.)

And so concludes this week of instrumentals. I hope it wasn’t too much of an ordeal for you. We’ll resume vocal duties tomorrow.

(Now all I need to do is think of a song that has singing in it.)

Oh, and before I forget, here are the original versions of today’s songs:

The Beach Boys – “In My Room (1963)


The Jive Five with Eugene Pitt – “What Time Is It?” (1962)


Danny Elfman – “The Simpsons Theme (1989)