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Watch: The La’s Perform “There She Goes” On David Letterman – 1991

by on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s an old favorite of mine by Liverpudlian group, The La’s . I was fortunate to have seen these guys play live twice — once at the Town & Country in London, England (early 1991) and again the following year at a festival in the Washington, DC area.  They’ve got a great sense of melody– singer Lee Mavers has a real Beatlesque feel to his songwriting — and they put on an excellent live show.  I was expecting huge things from them then, but they unfortunately disbanded sometime after their first album.

In 1999, Sixpence None The Richer covered ‘There She Goes’ which became that band’s second hit single.

I personally have always preferred The La’s original version.  Here they are live in 1991, making their American television debut on the David Letterman Show.  Enjoy!:


You can download The La’s “There She Goes” single, or the full length album here:  The LA's - The La's - There She Goes

Watch: Iggy Pop Does “The Passenger” Live in 1977

by on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Iggy Pop’s contribution to punk is sometimes discounted in the annals of music history, but just for the record: Iggy Pop was MOST DEFINITELY the first punk, at least in the way the music and style of the genre was defined in the 1970s.  Generally, that honor gets bestowed upon bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, or The Damned, but Iggy had been doing this punk thing — musically and stylistically — since his band, The Stooges, released their first album in 1969.

Here’s Iggy Pop playing The Manchester Apollo in 1977 — the same year all the first British punk bands (including The Damned, Sex Pistols, The Clash, etc.) released their debut albums.   Watch Iggy’s road crew carry him out onto the stage — wasted — at the beginning of the song, and place him in front of his microphone.

“The Passenger” is an amazing song, from a brilliant album.  And this video is quite entertaining as well.  Enjoy!:


Iggy Pop’s ‘The Passenger’, and its amazing album, Lust For Life — co-written by David Bowie —  can be downloaded here:   Iggy Pop - Lust for Life - The Passenger

Watch: From 1980 — Boomtown Rats Perform Hit ‘Banana Republic’

by on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s a fabulous song by Bob Geldof’s old band — from Dublin, Ireland — The Boomtown Rats.  For those unfamiliar with this track, it’s got a great reggae-infused melody that will leave you humming it over and over again, all day and night.  Songs like these make me miss the 80s something terrible:



The Boomtown Rats’ ‘Banana Republic’ can be downloaded here:  The Boomtown Rats - Best of the Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic