I’m In Love With That Song
The Beach Boys - “You Still Believe In Me”

The Beach Boys - “You Still Believe In Me”

May 15, 2019

When Brian Wilson heard The Beatles "Rubber Soul" album, it inspired and challenged him to create an album of his own that would stand as an equal.  And he pulled it off.  Universally considered one of the greatest albums of all time, Pet Sounds is a testament to Brian's genius as a songwriter, arranger & producer.  

The album includes some all-time classics like "God Only Knows" and "Wouldn't it Be Nice", but on this episode, I'd like to focus on one of my favorites on the record-- "You Still Believe in Me".  

Like most of the songs on Pet Sounds, this is a very personal song, a confession of a young man who knows he's failing as a husband, but can't help himself.  Brian's vocal is pure, honest, and perfect.  And when those harmonies come in... I melt.  Let's listen together.

"You Still Believe In Me" (Brian Wilson & Tony Asher) Copyright 1966 Sea Of Tunes Publishing Company/Irving Music Incorporates, USA, Rondor Music International

Paul McCartney & Wings - “Little Lamb Dragonfly”

Paul McCartney & Wings - “Little Lamb Dragonfly”

May 1, 2019

Another overlooked song in the McCartney catalog, "Little Lamb Dragonfly" is an emotional piece, composed of 3 sections in different keys that effortlessly moves between each segment.  A wistful, haunting song about loss and the struggle to accept it.  How does this song affect you?  Let me know-- write a review, post on Facebook, and share this episode with your friends.

 

"Little Lamb Dragonfly" (Paul & Linda McCartney) Copyright 1973 Administered by MPL Communications Limited

Kiss - “King Of The Night Time World”

Kiss - “King Of The Night Time World”

April 14, 2019

On this episode, we revisit the "Destroyer" album and take a look at the song "King Of The Night Time World" to see how it evolved from an obscure track by short-lived LA band into a teenage anthem by larger-than-life rock legends.  We'll listen to both versions and hear what changed & what remained.  Come live your secret dream!

 

"King Of The Nighttime World" (Kim Fowley/Mark Anthony/Paul Stanley/Bob Ezrin) Copyright 1976 Cafe Americana, Inc/Kiss Songs, Inc (ASCAP)/Bad Boy Music/Eighth Power Music/All By Myself Publishing Co Ltd. (BMI)

The Zombies - “Care Of Cell 44″

The Zombies - “Care Of Cell 44″

April 1, 2019

The Zombies only released 2 albums during their prime, so how did they get into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?  Because one of those albums is a bona fide classic: Odessey and Oracle is widely considered to be one of the greatest albums of the '60's, holding its own against classics by The Beatles, the Stones, Velvet Underground, The Who... by virtually any measure, it's an iconic album.  And it was a complete flop when it was first released, along with its first single, "Care Of Cell 44".  But over time, it's been recognized as a true masterpiece.  Let's give The Zombies their due and take a deep dive into their orchestral pop magnum opus, "Care Of Cell 44."

Here's a link to the article I mention in the podcast:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/danielralston/the-true-story-of-the-fake-zombies-the-strangest-con-in-rock

Definitely worth checking out!

 

The Zombies - "Care Of Cell 44" (Rod Argent) Copyright 1967 Verulam Music Copmany Limited

5 Favorite Guitar Solos

5 Favorite Guitar Solos

March 15, 2019

Welcome to the 25th episode of the "I'm In Love With That Song" Podcast!  I thought we'd do something a little different for this episode: I've picked a handful of my favorite guitar solos and we'll take a listen to what I think makes a solo great.  In my book, it doesn't have to be flashy or technically brilliant (not that there's anything wrong with that), but it does have to be memorable, it has to fit the song, and it should take the song to another level. 

I'm not saying these are the greatest solos of all time, they're just a few that I think are pretty special.  So turn it up to 11 and put your guitar face on!

 

https://www.billboard.com/photos/6545727/funniest-guitar-playing-faces

Thin Lizzy - “Rosalie”

Thin Lizzy - “Rosalie”

March 1, 2019

Why this song?  Simple: because Thin Lizzy was as good as a 4-piece rock band could be and this song has everything you want in a rockin' song-- a killer guitar riff, a singable chorus, a great hook for the lyrics, and a perfect performance.  Written by Bob Seger, Thin Lizzy took it to another level and added some of their special sauce to make this song their own.  I truly love this song!  Let me know your thoughts -- write a review, leave a comment, share with your friends.

 

"Rosalie" (Bob Seger) Copyright 1972 Gear Publishing Co.

 

Todd Rundgren - “Cliche”

Todd Rundgren - “Cliche”

February 15, 2019

This is the episode where I try to explain why I think Todd Rundgren's "Cliché" is the most beautiful song ever written.  Of course it's all subjective, but I don't know how anyone could deny the beauty and emotional resonance of this song.  I probably can't do it justice, but here's my attempt anyway.

 

"Cliché" (Todd Rundgren) Copyright 1976 Warner Publishing Corp.

Aerosmith - “Seasons Of Wither”

Aerosmith - “Seasons Of Wither”

February 1, 2019

By the time Aerosmith recorded their 2nd album, they had refined their sound, improved their songwriting chops, and Steven Tyler had found his authentic voice.  "Seasons Of Wither" is one of the moodiest tracks Aerosmith ever committed to vinyl.  Still sounds every bit as great today.

 

"Seasons Of Wither" (Steven Tyler) Copyright 1977 Music Of Stage Three and Song & Dance

Superchunk - “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”

Superchunk - “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”

January 15, 2019

Do we expect too much from music?  A great song can do a lot, but it can't fix everything.  This song is 2 minutes of joy... sometimes, that's enough.

"Me & You & Jackie Mitoo" (James August Wilbur, Jonathan Patrick Wurster, Laura Jane Ballance, Ralph Lee Mccaughan) Copyright 2013 All The Songs Sound The Same Music

The Who - “The Naked Eye”

The Who - “The Naked Eye”

January 1, 2019

Welcome to 2019!  Let's start the year off with one of the Greatest Rock Bands Of All Time. There is simply no other band like The Who.  Genius and violence, vunerability and madness... all words that can be used in equal measure to describe The Who.  Four larger-than-life characters that created a dozen indelible classic albums; a band that recorded so much great music that a song like this was tossed aside, eventually released on a ramshackle album of leftovers & outtakes.  Most bands would give an arm & a leg for a song this good.

 

"The Naked Eye" (Peter Townshend) Copyright 1974 Fabulous Music Ltd/Towser Tunes Inc.