Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 20

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Here Comes My Girl (music video)

“Here Comes My Girl” is the third single from Tom Petty’s 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes. If you were exposed to early MTV, you’ll remember the video. Damn The Torpedoes turned 36 yesterday. It was the first album from the man and the band to break the Top 10, and Rolling Stone considers it one […]

October 12

Elton John – Rocket Man (Live at Wembley in 1984)

“Rocket Man” was a fixture of the classic rock station I grew up listening to. It’s one of Elton John’s greatest songs, powerful enough to still move me after 30 or so years of listening to it. Back in 1984, John played Wembley Stadium at the end of his European Express Tour. The show was also […]

October 10

Steve Earle – City Of Immigrants (Live on Letterman in 2007)

“City Of Immigrants” is from Steve Earle’s 2007 album Washington Square Serenade. It’s a feel good song about the immigrant melting pot that is New York City. In this version on the Late Show With David Letterman, Earle plays it with a band that includes Paul Shaffer on harmonium and Earle’s wife Allison Moorer on background vocals.

October 09

Grateful Dead – When I Paint My Masterpiece (Live in 1987)

“When I Paint My Masterpiece” is one of the many classic songs that Bob Dylan bestowed upon the world. The Grateful Dead started doing a cover of it in June 1987, and played it close to 150 times before Jerry Garcia died in 1995. Garcia also covered it with the Jerry Garcia Band, but I always preferred […]

October 06

Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching The Detectives (Live in 1978)

“Watching The Detectives” was Elvis Costello’s first top 40 hit in the UK. It’s from his debut album My Aim Is True, and Costello considers it his favorite song from the early days of his career. It’s always been one of my favorite Elvis Costello songs, so it was gratifying to come across this early live […]

October 04

Radiohead – The National Anthem (Live on Jools Holland in 2001)

Radiohead’s album Kid A turned 15 this past week. “The National Anthem” is the third song on the record and one of the most popular Radiohead songs since its release in 2000. Here’s the the band performing the song on Later… With Jools Holland in 2001. The bass line is what makes the song, and apparently Thom Yorke […]