Category Archives: Inspiration/Research

Steve Vai – “Little Green Men”

Working on my next song, and I had to share something that was recommended to me as research. Please enjoy Steve Vai’s ode to space aliens, “Little Green Men”.

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Lawrence Welk – Wah Watusi

A hilariously mis-guided version of “Wah Watusi” done for Lawrence Welk’s show. This is important, people! http://youtu.be/TPymmD3r3K8 (Embedding is disabled for this clip, so you’ll have to make with the clicky.)

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“The Heaven Hop”

This is an indirect inspiration for June’s release from The Spider Bombs. Muhuwaha!

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Hasil Adkins – “This Ain’t No Rock ‘n Roll Show”

Hasil Adkins was a genius. He liked to play guitar, and he liked to eat chicken, and he managed to do plenty of both no matter what anybody thought of the matter. I love his commitment to doing whatever the … Continue reading

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The Prototypes – “Danse Sur La Merde”

The Prototypes is a French band that I adore for it’s mix of electronica and rock. French rocktronica, I guess. My favorite song from them is “Danse Sur La Merde”, which is a great dance tune about dancing to shit … Continue reading

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Dead Milkmen – “V.F.W.”

Dead Milkmen got me through a lot of teenage confusion. I wrote the words to this one down and accidentally left them in my pocket. My mom found the sheet and put it in my room, never mentioning the incident. … Continue reading

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Minutemen – “This Ain’t No Picnic”

While I didn’t listen to The Minutemen until my late 30s, they’re pretty much the type of music that got me through the Reagan years. I love these guys, and the busy bass line and shouted refrain are a big … Continue reading

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Janet Klein – “Hello Bluebird” live

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys are a great combo that recreate the sounds of 20s uke jazz. Here they perform “Hello Bluebird” at an outdoor festival. Note that even the guitar is of vintage style.

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You’ve Got A Friend In Vincent

Vincent Price and muppets, singing “You’ve Got A Friend”.

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Cliff Edwards – “Theme Songs”

We all know Cliff Edwards, even if we don’t consciously know him. He was the voice of Jiminy Cricket. He was also a big star, with his ukulele and charming demeanor. Here’s an excerpt from “Hollywood On Parade” that shows … Continue reading

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