1. "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Folk rock. A new sound with the old melody and lyrics of folk married to rock guitars, a hybrid that snuck up on the Brits and caught them unawares. You've got no idea what a revelation it was to hear this sound on the radio, just ask Tom Petty! Of course the song was written by Bob Dylan, but at this point most people did not know this, even though they were aware of his previously most famous composition, "Blowin' In The Wind," albeit done by Peter, Paul & Mary. But that would change soon, with the release of the iconic "Like A Rolling Stone" shortly thereafter. Dylan was suddenly front and center, both entrancing and alienating people simultaneously. Ironically, so many who hated the bard from Hibbing's voice LOVED this!
46 years ago today, Joni Mitchell and Mary Travers – you know, the Mary who was regularly seen with guys named Peter and Paul? – joined Mama Cass, famed member of the Mamas and the Papas, for her ABC special, The Mama Cass Television Program.
26 years ago today, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – known collectively as Pet Shop Boys - released a cover of a song by Sterling Void and Paris Brightledge as their final single of the 1980s.
How Pet Shop Boys came to cover “It's Alright” is an easy enough mystery to solve: Neil and Chris heard it, dug it, and decided that they wanted to tackle it themselves. The original version was more of a cult classic than a proper hit (it certainly never charted in the US), making it easy enough for Pet Shop Boys to make the song their own, but they had a great deal of hope from producer Trevor Horn, who not only shaped the album version but also helped transform the original 9:26 version of the track into a version more manageable for radio.
1973...Brando, Watergate, the Oakland A’s…and, boy howdy were the tunes good!
Elvis Costello played an extensive tour in 1991 having released his 13th studio album 'Mighty Like A Rose' earlier the same year, and for the second week running our Gig of the Week playlist is from Australia, this time the National Tennis Park in Melbourne - where he concluded his live dates for the year. To find out what was on the setlist that night, listen now.