A Prehistoric Bird’s Evolutionary Superiority Discussed In Song

The Uptones – “Bested By Pelicans”

A most unusual song topic, the pelican, makes this song truly unique. Songwriter, vocalist, and videographer, Paul Jackson, has produced a thought provoking song and video about his observations of pelicans.




All Sisters Except The Drummer

HAIM – “Don’t Save Me”

If you haven’t heard this sister act, you’re really missing out.




Are Two Drummers Better Than One?

Brian Auger – “Listen Here”

Absolutely yes! The more drums, the merrier! You’ve gotta love this classic Eddie Harris composition.




My Favorite Drum Maniac

Sandy Nelson – “Let There Be Drums”

This 1960’s anthem is as good as its title.




The Best Band Not To Make It Big

The Move – “Feel Too Good”

I got to know The Move when they featured Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan. They were so good, but were never as famous here as they were in the U.K., where they scored 9 Top 20 hits in the 60s. “Feel Too Good” is a classic, but way too long for the radio airplay of the time.




King Of Skiffle Swallows His Bubblegum

Lonnie Donegan – “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose it’s Flavour?”

Lonnie Donegan was one of the most popular recording artists of his era. According to the The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, he’s “Britain’s most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles.” He had 24 successive Top 30 hits, and was the first UK male to score two U.S. Top 10s. He was considered the King of Skiffle which was the music movement that was all the rage in the 50s and early 60s. The Beatles claim Lonnie as an important influence on their music.




The Best Girl’s Name Song Of All Time?

Trio – “Anna”

But yes. This song totally bent my mind when I first heard it. I believe I laughed uncontrollably for some time and then had to play it least twice a day for a whole summer. This is the great German trio known simply as, Trio. You’ve probably heard their hit “Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me)” but you maybe haven’t heard this yet. It’s perfect.




Speed Metal Can Be Punk, If It’s Motorhead

Motorhead – “Ace of Spades”

Um…. two songs define my relationship with punk rock more than all others. The first is “Ace of Spades” and the other is “Changes”. If you can’t figure out why these songs are so important, then:

1) I Pity Your Soul.

2) Fuck You.




Lyrics Are Overrated, The Snare Matters More

Agent Orange – “Miserlou,” Pipeline,” “Mr. Moto”

Lyrics are overrated.

Let’s have the following medley “speak” for itself.

The snare sound is like hitting a bag of broken glass with a hammer.




Buddy Holly Was A Geek, Not A Creep.

Buddy Holly – “Everyday”

Buddy Holly was creepy.

I have to make this VERY clear: I Love Buddy Holly.

The first Rock and Roll that I intentionally listened to was NOT the Beatles, Not the Rolling Stones, and Not the Who. It was mutha fuckn Buddy Holly. I learned how to load my Dad’s reel-to-reel tape player with Buddy Holly’s Greatest Hits. Like I said, I Love Buddy Holly. But good lord, christ almighty, when used in a soundtrack like “We Need to Talk ABout Kevin”, songs like “Everyday” become far weirder than I think poor Buddy could have ever imagined. David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino should be ashamed for not recognizing how creepy this song could be in the correct context.

Can you say “Glockenspiel”?