Yes... I'm a Springsteen fanatic, but I think for good reason. As I've rambled on about before... he's "other level" when it comes to artists. Look, I think Bob Dylan is a brilliant songwriter (probably the best). I also realize Bruce (like Bob) doesn't have the best singing voice (he's more of a songwriter and live performer than singer). That said, more so than anyone else... he's a genius at interpreting and re-inventing songs, including his own. Whether it's "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees... or this.
"Open All Night" is a track from his acoustic masterpiece, Nebraska. I'll give you the original track (recorded in his bedroom on crude equipment, meant for demos to play to the band for what would become Born in the USA; he ended up releasing the raw demos as is)... and then the version he re-imagined for a concert in Dublin.
Great obscure band/album from the late 80s.
Psychedelic Afro Disco? Hell yes.
It's no secret that I'm a Springsteen fanatic. While I love his music (and his live performances), this is one of my favorite covers he's done. Some context, though. Johnny Cash was a huge Springsteen fan (his daughter, as well). Johnny covered several Bruce songs. It was a mutual admiration society. Johnny was a big influence on Bruce. To me, this is how powerful Bruce can be... solo (just his guitar). While I like me some Johnny Cash, Bruce's cover is infinitely better than the original.
This guy makes very interesting sounds.
"Nova" is another favorite.
One of my favorite bands. Their sound is described as "Experimental Pop" and it's certainly a blend of genres. There's a definite Pet Sounds influence. In fact, someone once described it as a "drunken, coked-out Brian Wilson"... and I'd agree.
I would have posted this to Music, but... the video is pure art.
Inspired by dementia (the gradual descent into nothingness), as well as the ballroom music in The Shining. James Leyland Kirby (aka The Caretaker) takes vintage music and deconstructs it. The result... it's some haunting (but beautiful) music.
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Adding "Stardust" as a bonus.
I could watch this over and over (and have).
The great German singer/actress.
Yes, I'm a massive Springsteen fanatic. Indulge me. I thought I'd include a cover he did of a Bee Gees song (yes, you heard that right)... as well as a nice cover of one of his ballads, the extremely romantic "Drive All Night" (from The River). Some context around the Bee Gees cover. He was in Brisbane, on tour (and the Bee Gees are from there). He has a habit of paying homage to local bands/artists when he's touring. The strings were part of the show because he performed his classic 1973 album (a masterpiece), The Wild, the Innocent & The E Street Shuffle in its entirety that night.
Gorgeous track (and video) from Kendrick Lamar.
Super short, but... worth hearing (as it sums up what I believe... that we must all act as global citizens). I love Max Richter's work. This is a clip from his recent project, which pairs music with passages from the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). I'll include another piece of his, as well (so emotionally raw).
Used to love these guys. Hip Hop from the late 80s.
I know... we can't go anywhere, but we can take a virtual trip. I started us off on our way down to Mexico (oh I miss Cabo)... then to South America, up through Africa and into Europe (and so on). I didn't cover every country, but close your eyes and imagine your suitcase and passport in hand. So many places to see and experience.
Now tell me this isn’t one hell of a song.
I'll never admit that I secretly like these songs. Shit.
Note: I'll continue to add as time goes on.
The type of music I listen to when working out.
Just some musings from an old guy...