Motorhead “Ace of Spades” SINGLE (Earmark 1980) —I hope people had their alarm clocks set for this - there ain't no hitting the snooze button on Motorhead.Buy it!
Link Wray & His Ray Men “Ace of Spades” from Law of the Jungle (Ace 2002) —The weird thing about this instrumental, entirely unrelated to the previous song by the way, is that barely audible harmonica.Buy it!
O.V. Wright “Ace of Spades” from The Soul of O.V. Wright (Duke Peacock 1992) —Apparently, this is a popular card to play.Buy it!
Ian Gomm “Come On” from Summer Holiday (Line 1978) —What a great version of the Chuck Berry classic - thanks to James Weber down in New Orleans for reminding me of this guy & introducing me to this cut.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Little Queenie” from The Anthology (MCA 2000) L —For some reason, this song just popped into my head the other day, and it inspired a nice long thread of discussion on Facebook.Buy it!
T. Rex “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” from Electric Warrior (Reprise Records 1971) —Meanwhile, I was still thinking.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Buttercup” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway www.losthighwayrecords.com 2011) N —The best song on her best album in 15 years.Buy it!
Television “Friction” from Marquee Moon (Elektra Records 1977) —Oh those guitars! Actually, the bass and drums are fantabulous, too.Buy it!
999 “Homicide” from Homicide: The Best of 999 (Cleopatra 1998) —Well, that will teach me to trust what's in my Itunes, not realizing Cat put it there, not realizing it's the live version. It's still a great song, but . . .Buy it!
XTC “Helicopter” from Drums and Wires (Geffen 1979) —This song can't do anything but make me smile and bounce off the walls.Buy it!
Edwyn Collins “Come Tomorrow, Come Today” from Losing Sleep (Heavenly 2010) N —There is a wonderful interview with Edwyn Collins at the Village Voice website - he's coming back from 2 strokes, & he says his singing is better than his talking.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Luxembourg” from Trust (Rhino 1981) —That Pete Thomas could bust some drumming moves. Still can, but this one! Dang!Buy it!
Todd Snider “Looking For a Job” from Live the Storyteller (Aimless 2011) N —There are only a couple songs I can actually play on the radio out of this double live disc - Todd likes to drop in a couple words that threaten western civilization itself.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “1976” from Volume 2: High and Inside (Yep Roc 2011) N —Man, I remember Mark Fidrych.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Resolution” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —Has anyone stopped to count the number of songs Steve Wynn has recorded over the last 30 years?Buy it!
Van Morrison “Domino” from It's Too Late to Stop Now (Polydor 1974) —One of the all-time great live albums right here.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “The Preacher & the Bear” from Best of Rufus Thomas: The Singles (stax 1992) N —The world's oldest teacher preaches!Buy it!
Vern Gosdin “Chiseled in Stone” from Super Hits (Columbia 1994) —I owe Spencer Marquart for pointing me in the direction of this song.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band “Lick My Decals Off, Baby” (Reprise 1970) —The cowbell plays a small but important role here.Buy it!
.John Cale “Evidence” from Sabotage / Live (IRS 1979) —This album was my introduction to John Cale, and I still think it deserves way more respect. And a cowbell on this track.Buy it!
Damon Fowler “After the Rain” from Devil Got His Way (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2011) N —A Chuck Prophet cover, done quite nicely.Buy it!
Kate Jacobs “Jesus Has Been Drinking” from Home Game (Kate Jacobs 2010) N —A song about one of those people we don't always notice.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Bring Me My Queen” from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) N —Stunning.Buy it!
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers “Best Love” from Rare Bird Alert (Rounder 2011) N —Sir Paul McCartney sings this one.Buy it!
Larry Sparks “Almost Home” (Rebel www.rebelrecords.com 2011) N —I hope Keith Dudding is appreciating all these banjos.Buy it!
Jack Hardy “You Only Leave Your Heart Once” from The Passing (Fifty Fifty 1997) —I really wasn't overly familiar with this guy, but he passed away the other day, and I realized he was quite good.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Hard Out Here” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway www.losthighwayrecords.com 2011) N —Boy, you ain't a poet, just a drunk with a pen.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “Meds” from The Majestic Silver Strings (New West 2011) N —That's Lee Ann Womack singing this Marc Ribot composition.Buy it!
Loretta Lynn “You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)” from Gold: Loretta Lynn (MCA NASHVILLE 2006) —Loretta says she can't bring herself to leave though she knows she should, but I bet she did eventually.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Someone Else Is Steppin' In” from Playlist: The Very Best of Buddy Guy (Silvertone Legacy 2009) N —Uh oh. This guy wins. Hope he wasn't married to Loretta.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “Blind Man” from Low Country Blues (Rounder 2011) N —Gregg Allman wants his woman back, and he's gonna sing his heart out to prove it.Buy it!
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears “Booty City” from Scandalous (Lost Highway www.losthighwayrecords.com 2011) N —That's one tough groove they've got going here.Buy it!
KC & The Sunshine Band “Boogie Shoes” from The Best Of KC & the Sunshine Band (Rhino 1989) —These guys made some of my all-time fave tough groove records.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “The World Is Going Up in Flames” from No Time for Dreaming (Daptone Records www.daptone.com 2011) N —Now this guy can sing a little bit.Buy it!
Rod Stewart “My Way of Giving” from Gasoline Alley (Mercury 1970) —A magnificent rendition of the Small Faces nugget.Buy it!
Charlie Haden Quartet West “My Love and I” from Sophisticated Ladies (Decca 2011) N —An incredible vocal by Cassandra Wilson on this beautiful Johnny Mercer number.Buy it!
Johnny Hodges “Passion Flower” from Passion Flower 1940-46 (RCA Bluebird 1995) —That Billy Strayhorn could write a seductive and moody piece, couldn't he?Buy it!
Ben Webster “Jive at Six” from King of the Tenors (Verve 1956) —The man just made so much great music - it always does my heart good to hear him.Buy it!
Carmen McRae “Blame It On My Youth” from Ultimate Carmen McRae (Sony 1993) —Was this guy stepping out on her, or did he just dump her? Either way, he was a bastard, right?Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” from Strange Weather (Island 1987) —I just love this record - many of these covers, including this one, remain the definitive versions in my head.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “The King Knows How” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —I'm liking everything I've heard on this record - maybe I should actually acquire it for myself instead of just sampling cuts at the station.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” from Country Music (Rounder 2010) —This album was released last April - and nothing since. Has Willie gone that long without a new record before?Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Blue Moon of Kentucky” from Jerry Reed Explores Guitar Country (RCA 1969) —A delightful version of the classic.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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