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This is a little bit unusual and a bit of a departure from the usual DSF routine, but it’s too good to pass up! This happened two days ago at a charity fundraiser in St. Petersburg. Apparently, Putin was merely a guest at this event, but was asked to sing by the hosts and-after a little bit of encouragement-made it up to the stage and belted out the Fats Domino classic. It’s definitely a little slow and awkward, but the audience eats it up. Well done, Vladimir!
For comparison purposes, I’ve included the Fats Domino original. Which is better? You be the judge.
They Might Be Giants have come a long way. They’re a band that have been constantly reinventing themselves from day one-although they’ve consistently delivered catchy pop songs with deceptively dark lyrics, along the way they’ve grown from a two guys and a drum machine to a full-on rock band, recording albums that touch on everything from dancy electronica to kids music to a Grammy-nominated recording that’s all about science. If you don’t know them, GET to know them! I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll like.
And now for something completely different…
The best thing about doing this is that not only do I get to share awesome music with a bunch of wonderful people (you’re all wonderful!), but sometimes I get to find out new music myself! I started out with the intention of writing about a totally different song also called “Fox On The Run”, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, I stumbled upon this catchy gem! Manfred Mann recorded this in 1968, but the over time his version has been forgotten and “Fox On The Run” has become a bluegrass staple. I think they’re both great, (seriously, I’ve been listening to both of them one after another, over and over again, for about forty minutes now) that’s why I’ve included the Manfred Mann version as well as a bluegrass cover (Tom T. Hall, in this case).
The video for the Tom T. Hall version is…kind of amazing. Somewhere, someone heard this song and said “You know what? I kind of see this being sung by a overweight duck named Yu Yo who wears a sort of pirate outfit. Yeah, that’s the stuff!” The song is great on its own, but the video takes it to an entirely different level.
“Take a glass of wine, and fortify your soul.”
Oh my goodness, how I love this woman! Sister Rosetta was doing amazing things with an electric guitar almost before anyone knew what one was. She was a masterful performer and-as you can see here-an absolute joy to watch onstage. Ahead of her time, she mixed gospel and secular music years before Ray Charles, and played incendiary rock and roll guitar solos long before anyone had even considered approaching music that way. Enough talk, take a trip to heaven with Sister Rosetta!
It’s a big day here at Daily Song Fix. 200 posts! Hope you’ve enjoyed them all!
I don’t care what anybody says, Tom Jones is awesome. His voice is instantly recognizable no matter what genre he’s involved in at the moment (and he does them all!).
As awesome as this song is, Mr, Jones probably doesn’t have a lot of experience playing the part of a man with a cheating wife. Something tells me it’s usually the other way around….
Sometimes it’s difficult-especially on a wintry Tuesday morning-to muster the enthusiasm necessary to get through another dim, gray day. I hope that this little gem from Finland’s own Leningrad Cowboys helps you face the workday head on! If you’re wondering who those uniformed fellows are in the background, it’s Russia’s very own Red Army Choir, lending their services to this monument of Western decadence. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the best thing to come of the fall of the Soviet Union. Discuss.
Happy Monday everybody!
Remember these guys? Despite fading from the mainstream, Squirrel Nut Zippers will always have a place in my heart. 1998’s “Perennial Favorites” features this excellent track, accompanied here by this top-notch video.