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It was one of those early shows at The 5 Spot in East Nashville where you could have put together one hell of an all-star band just from the people in attendance. But, truth be told, there was no need for that because David Olney was on the stage, and he was, as I have come to expect, out of this world. Where else could you hear The Bee Gees and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the same set? Backed by Ward Stout, Justin Amaral, and Daniel Seymour, it was captivating and amazing. Olney has one more Wednesday to go in his month long residency, and I highly recommend your attendence next week if at all possible.
The week rolls on, and suddenly, we find ourselves at Thursday. This week we throw things back with an interesting collection of songs... check it out...
"Duke of Earl" by Big Star
We begin with power pop legends Big Star doing a cover of the 1962 Gene Chandler classic. This is a live recording from the 1993 debut of what was then a new line-up featuring Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer (both of The Posies) joining Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens. From a show at the University of Missouri.
"Growing Pain" by Soul Asylum
A kind of deep cut from Made to the Broken - the 1986 second full-length album from this Minneapolis alt-rock band.
"If You Knew Susie" by Maurice Chevalier
Next up, we have French cabaret singer and actor, Maurice Chevalier with a song from the album, Thank Heaven for Girls Girls Girls. Chevalier's career spanned nearly 70 years. Look for this song in a future broadcast of Double Shot with Joe and Sue.
"Go" by The Apples in Stereo
Next up, Athens, Georgia (and Elephant 6 members), The Apples in Stereo with the lead track from their 2000 album The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. As I have mentioned before, Dord Music Group has been collaborating with The Apples in Stereo founder Robert Schneider recently - including a show at Athens PopFest and the reissue of some early recordings by Schneider.
"Six O'Clock News" by John Prine
Next up, a tragic tale - done as only John Prine can do... from his self-titled debut album which was released 45 years ago this week.
"Promise" by Violent Femmes
Speaking of self-titled debut albums... Violent Femmes - the album - was released 34 years ago this year. This album remains a constant fixture on my favorite albums of all-time list.
"This Sporting Life" by The Mekons
Originally a single released in 1981/82. This cut came from a 1985 compilation called They Shall Not Pass. The Mekons were founded in 1977 by a group of art students at the University of Leeds. The Mekons are still an active group almost 40 years later. Founder Jon Langford will be playing at The Family Wash on September 3 following the opening reception for Langford's collaboration with Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Prints.
"State Trooper" by Cowboy Junkies
Cowboy Junkies covering Bruce Springsteen on this track from their debut album, Whites Off Earth Now!! that came out in 1986.
"Is That Love?" by Squeeze
Our penultimate track from the Squeeze compilation Singles - 45's and Under. Originally off of East Side Story which was released in 1981.
"Shakers and Movers" by Midnight Oil
And, we close out this throwback shuffle with a track from Blue Sky Mining (1990). Word on the street is that Midnight Oil will be hitting the road again soon.