It’s time for the weekly MBIP Sunday Record Party! Perk up your ears and eyes for the musical notes that are coming at you via MBIP on the interwebs!
Seether by Veruca Salt (From the EP, “Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt”)
Veruca Salt took their name from the bratty rich girl in the movie, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. The band was formed in Chicago in 1993 by Louise Post and Nina Gordon, both of whom played guitar an sang. After a year they were joined by Steve Lack on bass and Jim Shapiro on drums.
They released “Seether” on the independent label, Minty Fresh Records and the band got a gig opening up for Hole on a tour. This led to them being signed by Geffen Records and cutting the EP, “Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt,” which I think is one of the best titles for a record in the world! “Seether” got a lot of airplay on MTV and the band took off.
This video is a live performance of “Seether” in Glastonbury in 1995. I love how the crowd goes nuts.
Little Green Bag by The George Baker Selection (From the album, “Little Green Bag”)
I always thought that this song was about a bag of pot, but while doing some research for this post, I found out that it was originally titled, “Little Greenback,” and it was a reference to the American dollar. The record label pressed it with the wrong title and it stuck, leading many people, including myself, thinking that this song was about something that it’s not. Now I feel kind of gypped!
The song was used in the beginning of the movie “Reservoir Dogs.”
I don’t know about you, but it really disappoints me that this song isn’t about pot!
Farmer’s Daughter by Fleetwood Mac (From the album, Fleetwood Mac Live)
I’ve always loved Fleetwood Mac’s cover version of this old Beach Boys tune. Lindsay Buckingham has always cited Brian Wilson as an influence on his songwriting. This song was recorded at a soundcheck on their 1980 world tour. Christine McVie was going out with Brian’s Brother, Dennis Wilson at the time.
Speaking of Christine McVie, it was recently announced that she rejoined Fleetwood Mac after quitting the band in 1998. They’re going out on tour in September and hopes are high that they’ll record a new album. The Mac is back!
Farmer’s Daughter by The Beach Boys (From the album, Surfin’ U.S.A”)
Here’s the original version of “Farmer’s Daughter” which was a track on the “Surfin’ U.S.A. album that came out in 1963. It was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. The falsetto lead vocals are by Brian Wilson.
Surfin’ U.S.A. was the Beach Boys second album, the first being, Surfin’ Safari, which came out a year earlier in 1962. Surfin’ U.S.A. reached number two on the American Charts and established the Beach Boys as a major force in the world of rock ‘n’ roll.
Blue Period by The Smithereens (From the album, “11”)
The Smithereens are a band from New Jersey that have been around since 1980. They first started playing at Kenny’s Castaway’s on Bleecker Street and they wound up being the last band to play that legendary club before it closed. I wrote about Kenny’s Castaways a couple weeks before I moved back to Peoria in 2012 and you can read that post right here. There’s a major typo in it, can you find it?
Belinda Carlisle is a guest singer on this song which is off of their third album. It’s a departure from their usual sound and I’ve always really liked it. To quote Nick Lowe: “It’s pure pop for now people!”
Mad About You by Belinda Carlisle (From the album, “Belinda.”)
Speaking of Belinda Carlisle, here she is with the first single from her debut solo album, “Belinda.” It went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. I think it’s a great pop tune and it’s easy to dance to. I’ll give it a seven!