Posts Tagged ‘covers’

The Bull Pit #152 – Is Knowledge Worth This Bitter Cost?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

SpockMusic from Mongrel, Six Shot Revival, The Commuters, Pet Clinic, Geronimo!, Diamond Dust, Moovalya, Back One Out, Janus 4-14 and more.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Skull logo by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com).

Hear the show every Thursday on Podunkradio.com at 4:30pm (central time).

“Even the Losers”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

tom pettyOne of the covers I recorded back in 2008 was Tom Petty’s “Even the Losers” from the album Damn the Torpedoes, which will always hold an especially nostalgic place in my heart.

When I was a kid my dad used to run the San Diego Mission Bay Marathon. We lived near Temecula, which was a little over an hour north of SD. My parents would drive down the day before the run and leave my little brother and I with our Aunt Doris who lived down there. She was in her early 20s and we thought she was the coolest human on the planet. Her boyfriend was cool too, and used to crack us up. One of the funniest things he said was when we were watching I Was A Teenage Werewolf which starred Michael Landon, and he said “Where’s Hoss!?” For some reason we thought that was the funniest thing we’d ever heard. I still think about that moment from time to time and laugh out loud (if you’re too young to remember, Hoss was the name of Landon’s overweight brother on Bonanza).

Anyway, being the music-starved record fanatic kids that we were, Doris used to take us to Tower Records and buy us albums. We were used to the record stores in Riverside which pretty much only had the top 40 albums. The music selection at Tower was amazing. We would spend hours running around there. Some albums we picked out during those visits were the first Cars album, the KISS Solo Albums (I, being a guitarist, got Ace’s, and my brother, a drummer, chose Peter’s), and Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes. It is impossible for me to listen to any of those records without feeling tidal waves of nostalgia.

So when I was trying to think of covers, Petty was high on my list as he is probably my favorite all-time singer-songwriter. The song that I love most, aside from “Louisiana Rain”, on Torpedoes is “Even the Losers”. You can hear me rush like crazy on bridge of the recording, that’s how excited I was to play it.

Ray from the CoverMe blog has featured my version of the song on a Tom Petty tribute along with Petty covers by Wilco, Matthew Sweet, Johnny Cash and others.

Go here to check it out. Thanks Ray!

October Cover Commission Winner: “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Of the 8 songs listed on the Cover Me blog for October (I was this month’s featured artist and people voted on which song I should cover), almost 50% of the voters picked T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong” and Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me ‘Round”.  It’s interesting how certain songs register with people. My one pick was The Cars’ “Candy-O”. (which scored only 7% of the vote). The rest of the song choices came from friends and Ray, who runs the site.

 

 

Of the two, I was glad that T. Rex won, largely because Trisha (Bull Lee singer), and I had already done an acoustic version of the DOA track a few years ago at my company Xmas party talent contest (we were trying to win money to help fund the duplication of our self-titled CD). We lost to a lady who sang karaoke versions of show tunes with her daughter, but Trisha did steal the show. She snapped one of the judges’ party hats on his bald head in the middle of the song (which must have smacked a little) and, humiliated in front of his staff, he admittedly took off points for it. We lost by one point but it was a lot of fun watching Trisha do a full-on rock n’ roll performance at such a corporate event.

Check out my recording of the winning song here.

Thanks to Ray for featuring me, and thank you to all who voted and sent me song ideas. It was fun.