New Susanna Hoffs cover album, Bright Lights

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Was worried the material was too obvious but a few songs in now thinking it’s just right. Some of the usual suspect sensitive songwriters: Richard Thompson along with that maudit trio of Emitt Rhodes, Nick Drake and Chris Bell.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

Swap in Pete Ham for Emitt Rhodes to make it more maudit.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

I guess it is of a piece with her Sid n Susie collabos with Matthew Sweet: straightforward but completely convincing renditions of old favorites.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

Hmm. Not really familiar with this Terry Melcher Wrecking Crew number, “Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be?,” Paul Revere and the Raiders penultimate Top Ten hit, it seems.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 21:08 (two weeks ago) link

I guess I didn’t really listen to Side Two of the Greatest Hits too much.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 21:26 (two weeks ago) link

Oh wait, that wasn’t on the old vinyl version.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 21:30 (two weeks ago) link

She seems to be doing the Big Star version of “Femme Fatale.”

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 21:33 (two weeks ago) link

And then she moves into Susannah Melvoin territory with a cover of “Take Me with U.”

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

Not really familiar with this Terry Melcher Wrecking Crew number, “Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be?,” Paul Revere and the Raiders penultimate Top Ten hit, it seems.

Great song and just sitting there for someone to cover it. I always thought that Spiritualized could have done good one. Hal Blaine, Ry Cooder, and Glen Campbell are playing on the original.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 12 November 2021 21:51 (two weeks ago) link

My favourite Paul Revere single.

clemenza, Friday, 12 November 2021 22:00 (two weeks ago) link

Great selection, she has such good taste. Has she ever had a radio show or anything? She needs to. And as usual she doesn't really reinterpret the songs, but she's such a good singer that she doesn't need to to put a stamp on them.

Yes, exactly.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 22:16 (two weeks ago) link

Original vinyl version of Paul Revere & the Raiders Greatest Hits also seemed to be missing “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone.”

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 22:19 (two weeks ago) link

Found a pretty good Wedding Present cover of “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?”

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 12 November 2021 22:25 (two weeks ago) link

Not sure if y'all can all see this but, #OneThread:
https://fb.watch/9iFxE0b-uk/

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 November 2021 23:27 (two weeks ago) link

Godard meets the Monkees, at last!

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 03:07 (two weeks ago) link

Delete ILX now, I guess

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 03:10 (two weeks ago) link

Blasting "My Side of the Bed" now.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 03:31 (two weeks ago) link

I really like the Aimee Mann duet on this and it makes me think they should enlist Belinda Carlisle and do their own Trio-type album.

heh

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 November 2021 18:38 (one week ago) link

get Vicki Peterson back in there, with her Continental Drifters colleague Susan Cowsill. Also Marianne Faithful, for, for instance, another round of the already-MF-covered "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good" (but not with Billy Corgan this tyme)

dow, Monday, 22 November 2021 20:38 (one week ago) link

Yeah, that whole Continental Drifters connection always makes me have to take a step back and recompute.

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 November 2021 20:42 (one week ago) link

So Susan was married to one of the other band members at one point, Peter Holsapple, and is still related as an in-law to one of the other members, Vicki, who is married to baby brother John Cowsill. Furthermore, both the Continental Drifters and Billy Cowsill's band The Blue Shadows played at SXSW in 1994.
https://www.bapresley.com/silverthreads/fans/fanclub/fourthclubconnection/4_4.html

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 November 2021 20:51 (one week ago) link

And here's another #onethread/James Redd implosion. In Season One of Love American Style, the theme song was sung by The Cowsills, whilst in Season Two it was done by The Ron Hicklin Singers, who also sang the theme song for The Partridge Family, among many other TV themes. DO U SEE?

Sterl of the Quarter (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 November 2021 21:18 (one week ago) link

I think so

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 15:31 (one week ago) link

Impossible to listen to her version of Bright Lights without hearing the brass parts in your head

fetter, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:57 (one week ago) link

I remember"Him or me" from the version by The Banned

Mark G, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 12:08 (yesterday) link


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