Category: Music

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Little Honda" by The Hondells (Gary Usher)

  Song Of The Day – “Little Honda” by The Hondells Yup! Gary Usher again…we’ll close out Gary Usher week with the classic Hondells hit “Little Honda.” The song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and was on the Beach Boys’ “All Summer Long” album. As with other Usher recordings, this song features... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Hot Rod Hootenanny" by The Weirdos featuring Mr. Gasser (Gary Usher)

  Song Of The Day – “Hot Rod Hootenanny” by The Weirdos featuring Mr. Gasser Gary Usher week continues! Mr. Gasser was the artist hot rod artist whose Rat Fink illustrations were all the rage in the early ’60s. The Weirdos were helmed by Gary Usher dynamic backing from The Wrecking Crew (Glen Campbell, Jerry... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Scrambler" by The Kickstands (Gary Usher)

  Song Of The Day – “Scrambler” by The Kickstands You guessed it…more Gary Usher. This one from a 1964 album called “Black Boots And Bikes.” The musical subject matter of this record was motorcycle songs…or as they are referred to over and over again on this record, “the sickle.” The whole album was recorded... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Hot Rod High" by The Knights (Gary Usher)

  Song Of The Day – “Hot Rod High” by The Knights Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s post by The Super Stocks. Once again, it’s Gary Usher and company from 1964 giving The Beach Boys a run for their money. The song was even co-written by Beach Boys collaborator Roger Christian. The expert backing... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Draggin' Deuce" by The Super Stocks (Gary Usher)

  Song Of The Day – “Draggin’ Deuce” by The Super Stocks The Beach Boys weren’t the only game in town on Capitol Records in the early ’60s when it came to surf and hot rod tunes. There were numerous groups like The Kickstands, The Knights, The Hondells, The Superstocks and Mr. Gasser and the... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Do The Evolution" by Pearl Jam

  Song Of The Day – “Do The Evolution” by Pearl Jam Just watched James Cameron’s excellent documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty” the other night. Whether it’s fighting Ticketmaster for lower ticket prices, giving “Ten” fan club members first dibs on concert tickets, the special 7″ 45rpm single featuring rarities fan club members receive each year,... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove

  Song Of The Day – “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove OK, I tried my best to ignore it. I even changed the channel a few times until my curiosity got the best of me. So here’s the latest earwig from Apple’s incessant iPad Touch commercials. Although they are all from America, Grouplove formed in Greece... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "N.Y. Stars" by Lou Reed

  Song Of The Day – “N.Y. Stars” by Lou Reed A few weeks ago I featured a track from Lou Reed’s turgid new album with Metallica called “Lulu.” It is indeed a stinker of an album with Lou sounding totally irrelevant ranting over Metallica’s lumbering backing tracks. Fortunately, Lou’s got plenty of great back... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Elephant Talk" & "Thela Hun Ginjeet" by King Crimson

Song Of The Day – “Elephant Talk” and “Thela Hun Ginjeet” by King Crimson Their lineup changes were numerous, but for my money this was the best and most musically consistent lineup King Crimson ever had with the mighty Adrian Belew on guitar and vocals, Tony Levin on stick and bass, Bill Bruford on percussives... Read more »
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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox

  Song Of The Day – “Party Doll” by Buddy Knox Buddy Holly wasn’t the only rockabilly artist to come out of Texas in the late ’50s. Buddy Knox and his Rhythm Orchids featuring Jimmy Bowen on bass also sprang forth from the Lone Star State with this classic in 1957. Like Holly, Knox also... Read more »