Posts Tagged ‘Waterloo Music’

Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive

Back in 1981, I was visiting a friend who was one of those friends always turning me on to new and different records and sounds. He pulled out two albums to play me. The first one was Peter Gabriel’s fourth album “Security” (the one with “Shock the Monkey”). The second album was “Jumpin’ Jive” by…

My Baby Just Cares for Me

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Kerry, our drummer, suggested we cover “My Baby Just Cares for Me” by Nina Simone. He sent us an animated video for the song. The song is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson (“Makin’ Whoopee”) and Gus Kahn (EVO also covers Gus Kahn’s “Dream and Little Dream of Me”). The song was an obscure…

I Held My Nose, I Closed My Eyes, I Took a Drink

I don’t know where or when I first saw the writing credit of “Leiber and Stoller”.  It may have been the first time I read the credits for the song “Kansas City”.  Maybe it was on a Herman’s Hermits record or maybe on a Little Richard or a Beatles record.  I was to hear the…

Check out our latest blog about one of our key influences, Louis Jordan!

Eclecticvo.com

As this is my fourth post, I think it’s time I spoke about Louis Jordan.  I mentioned his “Saturday Night Fish Fry” in my last post as an example of humor in songs.  The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra plays about three or four songs that he popularized in the 1940s.  In Ken Burns’ documentary on Jazz,…

Twenty Flight Rock

I’ve always loved songs with a sense of humor. That’s what first attracted me to songs like Louis Jordan’s “Saturday Night Fish Fry” and Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go”. I first heard “Twenty Flight Rock” on Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen’s album “Lost in the Ozones.” The “Commander” also introduced me…

Almost Like Being in Love

“Almost Like Being in Love” (1947) was written by Frederick Loewe, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The song was made popular in the musical “Brigadoon”. I think most people know it as the last song played in the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell run off down the street from the…