Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Soundtrack of My Misspent Youth - III

This is the third part of a chronicle of my high school rock band.

Disparate Influences

Our band, The Others, didn’t really have a rigid musical ethos. This led to a situation where many of the songs in our repertoire came from some wildly diverse genres:

Shortnin’ Bread - A traditional folk song that has been covered by many artists, including The Andrew Sisters!

La-Do-Dada - A Dale Hawkins Rock-A-Billy number that we got from The Blue Things

Just Like Me - It was a big hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders,
                    this song later became popular with 80s punk and pop bands

Batman Theme - Neal Hefti (Music and Lyrics!) from the TV show

Greenback Dollar - The Kingston Trio

Heatwave - We learned this Motown song to back a girl-group in our high school.

Gin House Blues - Written in the 1930s by the great J. C. Johnson, first recorded by Bessie Smith; we played The Animals’ version

Johnny B. Goode - Every guitar band played this Chuck Berry title

House of Rising Sun - We were aware of Bob Dylan, but did The Animals’ version

Around and Around - Chuck Berry via The Rolling Stones

Good Lovin’
- Clark/Resnick  via The Young Rascals

Too Many Fish in the Sea - Whitfield/Holland via The Young Rascals

Mustang Sally - Mack Rice via Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour - Cropper/Pickett, Wilson Pickett

Land of 1000 Dances - Chris Kenner via Cannibal and the Headhunters

Alley Oop - The Hollywood Argyles

More of this thread tomorrow

By Professor Batty


Blogger jono said...

All classic songs now.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

La-Do-Dah might not be a classic, but most of the rest are. Shortnin' Bread and Greenback Dollar aren’t heard much nowadays. Batman is pretty campy.

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