Here is a song that, for audiences of 1957, is not sexual or suggestive at all. And when I say it’s not suggestive or sexual, I mean that it is deliberately, degenerately both of those things. How were the good people of 1957 ready for … Continue reading Slippin’ and Slidin’
Fun fact: Little Richard began his musical career playing drag shows, which apparently was absolutely a thing in 1940’s America. If nothing else, it taught him a lot about the application of eyeliner. And showmanship, of course. Little Richard was one of the hardest rocking … Continue reading She’s Got It
The Beatles recorded quite a few covers early in their career, and it always felt like it was a bit beneath them. Those guys could write mega-hits in their sleep, sometimes literally. The Beatles doing other people’s material is like Rene Redzepi busting open a … Continue reading Rock and Roll Music
Not many songs can claim to be genuinely world-changing, but if any song can be held up as an historical artifact, it’s this one. The title of ‘historical artifact’ is a deeply unappealing one, especially for so delightful a song; it implies that the work … Continue reading Peggy Sue
I can’t help but feel jubilant now. For no other reason than some people just affect you that way. Yep, Buddy Holly warms my cynical soul. There’s a simplicity and an innocence to those old songs. As if Buddy Holly and his peers created rock’n’roll … Continue reading Oh Boy!
This is one of those rare songs that wasn’t just good, wasn’t just popular, but somehow managed to be a cultural catalyst for an entire generation. When Buddy Holly burst out with his stripped down rockabilly, young people all over the world pricked up their … Continue reading Not Fade Away
When it comes to the standards, it’s hard to know where to start. A standard, by definition, cannot belong to any one singer. If there’s no definitive version of a song that’s been sung by hundreds, how do you even narrow down the field? I … Continue reading More Than You Know