Episode 78 – If At First…..

You can’t always get things right at the first time of asking, so in this episode we look at number of songs that would need to be re-recorded or re-mixed before becoming the big hit they would be known for.  

  • Tattva – Kula Shaker (Lucky 13 Mix)
  • Sounds Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel (Acoustic Version)
  • Help me Ronda – The Beach Boys (Album Version)
  • A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley (Original Mix)
  • Space Oddity – David Bowie (Love You To Tuesday Version)
  • Do Ya – The Move
  • You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate (B-Side Version)
  • Talk Talk Talk Talk – The Reaction
  • This Is Pop – XTC (Album Version)
  • Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure (New Voice – New Mix Single Version)
  • Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs (Album Version)
  • Radio Free Europe – R.E.M. (Hib-Tone Version)
  • Julie Ocean – The Undertones (Album Version)
  • Take On Me – A-Ha (1984 Version)
  • West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys (Bobby Orlando Version)
  • Letter From America – The Proclaimers (Acoustic Version)
  • Brassneck – The Wedding Present (Album Version)
  • Planet Of Sound – The Pixies (Album Version)
  • The Pop Singer’s Fear of The Pollen Count – The Divine Comedy (Album Version)

Episode 77 – Listen To The Band

In this episode we take a look at songs that have been inspired by life as a musician and the pitfalls that can befall those who take this up as a career.

  • It’s A Long Way To The Top (When You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) (Original Australian Version) – AC/DC
  • So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star – Sun Dragon
  • Travellin’ Band (Live) – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Rider Song – Hayseed Dixie
  • (We Are) The Roadcrew – Motorhead
  • Homeward Bound – Peter & Gordon
  • Stay – Pink Floyd
  • Homeward Bound – Fleetwood Mac
  • Back On The Road Again – Pentangle
  • Postcard (1970 Version) – The Who
  • Torn & Frayed – The Rolling Stones
  • Turn The Page – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
  • Truckin’ – The Grateful Dead (Album Version)
  • Super Trouper – Camera Obscura
  • On The Road Again – Canned Heat
  • Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me) – The Wedding Present
  • Mr Richland’s Favourite Song (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Version) – Harry Nilsson
  • Ziggy Stardust (Demo) – David Bowie
  • Listen To The Band (33&1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee Version) – The Monkees

Episode 76 – Eric Clapton: The Early Years Part 2

In this, the second of two shows, we are taking a look at the career of Eric Clapton between 1963 and 1972 covering the bands he was in, solo record and session work.

  • Labio-Dental Fricative – Vivian Stanshall & the Sean Head Showband
  • Teasin – King Curtis
  • Rockin’ 50’s Rock n’ Roll – The Crickets
  • Go Back Home – Steven Stills
  • I’m Your Spiritual Breadman – Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
  • Don’t You Believe It – Jonathan Kelly
  • Washita Love Child – Jesse Ed Davis
  • Rockin Daddy – Howlin Wolf
  • Medicated Goo – PP Arnold
  • Craney Crow – Dr John
  • Plug Me In – George Harrison
  • Dirty Mother for You – Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
  • Matchbox – Derek and the Dominos, Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins
  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
  • Crispy Duck – Bobby Keys
  • Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham – Bobby Whitlock
  • Let It Grow  – Eric Clapton

Episode 75 – Eric Clapton: The Early Years Part 1

In this, the first of two show, we are taking a look at the career of Eric Clapton between 1963 and 1972 covering the bands he was in, solo records and session work.

  • Take It Easy Baby (Version One)- The Yardbirds & Sonny Boy Williamson
  • Pretty Girls Everywhere – Otis Spann
  • I’m Your Witchdoctor (Mono Version) – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
  • Tribute To Elmore – Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page
  • Shim-Sham-Shimmy – Champion Jack Dupree
  • Crossroads – The Powerhouse
  • Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Early version) – Cream
  • I’ve Got My Own Thing Going – Claire Francis
  • I Just Wanna Dance – Dave Rich
  • This Sporting Life – Caroline Munro
  • Are You Hung Up? – Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
  • Ski-ing – George Harrison
  • Good To Me As I am To You – Aretha Franklin
  • The Eagle Laughs At You – Jackie Lomax
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Mono Version) – The Beatles
  • Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac
  • Closing Jam – Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy
  • Can’t Find My Way Home (Electric Version) – Blind Faith
  • I’m Gonna Leave You – Martha Velez
  • That’s The Way God Planned It (Parts 1 & 2) – Billy Preston
  • No One Knows – Free Creek
  • Cold Turkey – The Plastic Ono Band
  • What Will You Blues – Doris Troy
  • Man Hole Covered Wagon – Shawn Phillips
  • Exchange & Mart – Rick Grech
  • The New Sweet Home Chicago – Leon Russell
  • Comin Home – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
  • She Rides – Eric Clapton

Episode 74 – Songs About The Beatles

Now we do like The Beatles here at Squire Towers so we invited Darryl Bullock (who is also a bit of a Fab Four fan) in to talk about songs that either mention the band or were inspired by them.

  • Ringo I Love You – Bonnie Jo Mason
  • The Boy With The Beatles Hair – The Swans
  • All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle – Dora Bryan
  • Ich Wunsch Mir Zum Geberstag Beatle – Die Sweetles
  • A Letter To The Beatles – The Four Preps
  • Bring Back My Beatles To Me – Bonnie Brooks
  • Stand Up & Holler – Foto-Fi Four
  • I Want A Beatle For Christmas – Becky Lee Beck
  • A Beatle I Want To Be – Sonny Curtis
  • John You Went Too Far This Time – Rainbo
  • I Dream I Was A Beatle – Murray Kellum
  • Time Marches On – Wilfred Brambell
  • I Want To Kiss Ringo – Penny Valentine
  • Beatles – Forbes
  • My Boyfriend Got A Beatle Haircut – Donna Lynn
  • We Won’t Say Goodbye John – Iren Koster
  •  We Love The Beatles – The Vernons’ Girls
  • The Beatles & The Stones – The House Of Love
  • You Can’t Go Far Without A Guitar, Unless You’re Ringo Starr – Neil Shepherd
  • George Harrison – Udi Subibi
  • Early 1970 – Ringo Starr

Episode 73 – Classical Gas

In this month’s episode, we take a look at songs in the pop world that have taken inspiration from the classical world.

  • Georgetown (Tubular Bells) – Mike Oldfield
  • Once Upon A Dream – Mary Costa & Bill Shirley
  • Don’t You Know? – Della Reese
  • It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley
  • Past, Present & Future – The Shangri-La’s
  • Rain & Tears – Aphrodite’s Child
  • Night Of Fear (Alternative Take) – The Move
  • In The Hall Of The Mountain King – The Who
  • Variation On A Theme By Erik Satie (1st& 2ndMovement) – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Joybringer – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  • American Tune – Paul Simon
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato
  • Night On Disco Mountain – David Shire
  • Russians – Sting
  • All By Myself – Eric Carmen

Episode 72 – The Songs of Harry Nilsson Part 2

In this episode, we look another songs of great Harry Nilsson as covered by other people (as well as the great man himself), including rarities from his pre fame days.

  • Readin’, Ridin’ & Racin’ – The Super Stocks
  • Donna, I Undestand – Johnny Niles (Harry Nilsson)
  • Baby, It’s Over – Debbie Burton
  • Let Me Go – Pat & Andre
  • Headlines – The Sunday Funnies
  • Without Her – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Butters Lament – The Family Tree
  • I Said Goodbye To Me – The Glass Menagerie
  • Sleep Late, My Lady Friend – Jose Feliciano
  • Together – Sandie Shaw
  • 1941 – Tom Northcott
  • Poly High – Harpers Bizarre
  • I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City – Sagittarius
  • Good Times – Alan Lake
  • Wailing Of The Willow – Astrud Gilberto
  • Rainmaker – Bobbie Gentry
  • Don’t Leave Me – Griffin
  • Remember – Andy Williams
  • The Puppy Song – David Cassidy
  • Open Your Window – The 5thDimension
  • Easy For Me – Ringo Starr
  • Me & My Arrow – Davy Jones
  • Bath – Doris

Episode 71 – Completely Solo Records

Normally, solo records are ones that a member of a band makes away from their normal band mates. However, some people have made records where they play everything (more or less) and in this episode, we are looking at a selection of these.

  • For You – Prince
  • Dixie Peach Promenade – Skip Spence
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Blues – The Blue Ridge Rangers
  • Reverie – Tomita
  • Tame The Lion – Emitt Rhodes
  • Pink Moon – Nick Drake
  • Easy On You – Mickey Dolenz
  • Flight Of The Moonglade – Jon Anderson
  • Oxygene Part IV (Single Version) – Jean-Michael Jarre
  • Determination – Todd Rundgren
  • Arc Of A Diver – Steve Winwood
  • Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
  • Fragile – Paul Rodgers
  • Grandlelinquent – Klerk Kent
  • I Hate Alternative Rock – Bob Mould
  • The Dreamer – Paddy McAloon

Episode 70 – Answer Songs

The answer song is a curious beast. As the name suggests, this is a recording of a song in answer to another song normally but not always by a different artist. Here we have a look at some dating from the mid 20thcentury. 

  • Oh! Neil – Carol King
  • I’ll Save The Last Dance For You – Damita Jo
  • The Tiger’s Wide Awake – The Romeos
  • Mannish Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • I’m A Man – Bo Diddley
  • I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
  • When A Woman Loves A Man – Esther Phillips
  • Mama’s Got A Bag Of Her Own – Anna King
  • It’s A Man’s Woman’s World (Part 1) – Irma Thomas
  • I’ll Let You Hold My Hand – The Bootles
  • That’s My Life (My Love & My Home) – Freddie Lennon
  • Yes I’m Lonesome Tonight – Carpenter Thelma
  • Queen Of The House – Jody Miller
  • Ringo’s Revenge – Robin Garrett
  • They Took You Away, I’m Glad, I’m Glad – Teddy & Darrel
  • Not Just Tomorrow, But Always – Bartell Douche
  • Don’t Let Him Shop Around – Debbie Dean
  • You Should Know I’m Still Your Baby – Sammi Lynn
  • Jerry (I’m Your Sherry) – Tracey Dey
  • The Dawn Of Correction – Spokesmen
  • He’ll Have To Stay – Jeanne Black

Episode 69 – Now That’s What I Call A Bit Familiar

Considering there are only seven notes and a limited amount of keys, it is not surprising that there occasions where songs come along that sound similar to another one. In this episode we take a look at a selection of songs that fit that category.

  • Bull Doze Blues – Henry Thomas
  • This Could Be The Last Time – The Staple Singers
  • You Need Love – Muddy Waters
  • You’ll Be Mine – Howlin’ Wolf
  • Little B – The Shadows
  • I’m The Face – The High Numbers
  • The Mutant – Tudor Horne
  • Time – Booker T & Priscilla
  • How Sweet To Be An Idiot – Neil Innes
  • Dance With The Devil – Cozy Powell
  • Mister Kingdom – Electric Light Orchestra
  • Jet Boy, Jet Girl – Elton Montello
  • Catch The Rainbow – Rainbow
  • Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
  • Windy City – Sweet
  • Eighties – Killing Joke
  • Dromoi Pou Agapisa – Eleni Vitaliney