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Goin’ down Highway 51

We used to play a little game as we sat in The Hose’s living room, quaffing Hamm’s beer and watching basketball on a tiny black-and-white TV. We’d pick up the paper and check out the daily list of celebrity birthdays.

So let’s play “Who’s Older?” for June 21, shall we?

Ray Davies of the Kinks. I’ve never really been into the Kinks, but I do like this album:

“Apeman,” the Kinks, from “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One,” 1970. (You’ve heard the fabulous “Lola” enough. Here’s the single that followed “Lola.” Its notion of fleeing modern society holds up pretty well almost 40 years later. Ray Davies wrote both tunes.)

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer, who co-wrote this song (which Evan may find on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith some day).

“Pandora’s Box,” Aerosmith, from “Get Your Wings,” 1974.

Joe Molland of Badfinger, who played guitar on this, the terrific B side to the “Come and Get It” single, which I had when I was 12:

“Rock of All Ages,” Badfinger, from “Magic Christian Music,” 1970. (Thanks to the gents over at Popdose for posting this a couple of months ago.)

Lalo Schifrin, who composed several memorable TV themes, including this one:

“Mannix,” Lalo Schifrin, 1967, from “Crime Stoppers: TV’s Greatest P.I. Themes,” a 2000 CD compilation that’s out of print. (This is the long version, with an extra minute you may not have heard.)

Think you know who’s older?

Schifrin is 76. Davies is 64. Molland is 61. Kramer is 58.

And I am 51. I’ve driven quite a few miles on Highway 51, too.



Filed under June 2008, Sounds

Another night, another show

I’m on vacation this week because we’re seeing three shows in six days.

Monday night was Dionne Warwick.

Last night was Kid Rock with Peter Wolf and Rev. Run. (Hey, if you’ve been reading this for a while, you know I have fairly eclectic tastes.)

I’d heard Kid Rock’s shows were terrific, but I had no idea. Man! You really must go see him. It was one of the most energetic, most entertaining shows I’ve seen in a long time, and I am not all that much of a Kid Rock fan. I have none of his albums and only a couple of his tunes.

Here’s what our paper’s entertainment writer had to say:

“He was all over the musical map, not to mention at the turntables, behind the drums and on guitar, for a sweaty, swaggering show that seamlessly mashed honky-tonk, rap, Southern rock, Motown, gospel, country, metal, soul and just about anything else he and his 10-piece motley-looking Twisted Brown Trucker Band could think to spit out. Not everyone can pull off Sunday school staple ‘This Little Light of Mine,’ Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’ and new track ‘So Hott’ — within 10 minutes of one another, without straining something.”

Amen, sister. And amen to you, Brother Rock.

The Kid and the Rev blew the roof off the place. The Rev announced: “We’re going old school — 1983!” Then they tore through “It’s Tricky,” “You Be Illin'” and, of course, “Walk This Way.” Never mind that it was more 1986 than 1983. The Rev — Joseph Simmons — can still bring it.

When I went to watch the Packers practice today (hey, I am on vacation), I pulled up next to the photographer who shot last night’s show for the paper. He was bummed that he couldn’t stay around for the whole show.

He asked me whether it was one of the best shows I’d seen. Oh, yeah, and I’ll add this: Kid Rock and Rev. Run instantly became of my top five concert moments ever.

Now my problem is which song to serve up. I got out my vinyl copy of “Raising Hell” and gave it another listen. The only tune from that album that comes even remotely close to conveying what last night was like is one you’ve heard a million times.

Your forgiveness, please, for a million and one.

“Walk This Way,” Run-D.M.C. with Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, from “Raising Hell,” 1986. The original. The groundbreaker. The classic. Perry and Tyler aren’t too bad on this one, either.

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Filed under May 2008, Sounds