The Grammar Club Jun 14, 2019
A No Fake Friday that lands ON my 45th birthday? I wasn't going to miss out on this opportunity! Elvis Costello is easily one of my favorite songwriters and performers, and I especially love his "When I Was Cruel" album from 2002, which kicks off with this gem of a song.
The first song on the 2013 Glenn Case album "Throw Money" is called "Bullseye Girl" and it was my attempt at a fake Elvis Costello song. I kept it short, and tried to get a vibe similar to "Welcome to the Working Week" from Elvis Costello's "My Aim is True". I initially recorded the song under the silly pseudonym "Abbott Presley".
While listening to the lyrics of "45" today in preparation for this video I noticed that line "9 years later a child is born" and I put a piece of the puzzle together that I hadn't previously realized. I figured he was talking about "45" single records, and reaching the age of 45... but that line made me think "Wait... Is he also talking about the YEAR 1945 at the beginning of the song, and was he born 9 years later?" Yes. Yes, he was. I yelled something out loud about him being too damn smart, and became even more stoked to record this.
The Grammar Club Jun 07, 2019
Songfight.org is a website I stumbled across in 2003 via MC Frontalot. People are encouraged to write songs around the provided song titles Songfight provides approximately once per week, and an archive is kept of all submissions.
The "Unless I Change My Mind" fight took place not long after I discovered the site, and Hostess Mostess made one of my favorites that week. One of my favorite songs from Songfight, and one of my favorite songs by anyone.
The Grammar Club May 31, 2019
This song pops into my brain quite often, and I am not sure exactly why that is. Granted, there's a great hook, the songwriting is top notch, as is the original performance on the album. The chorus is also a fairly great, accurate statement.
I discovered the first two Joe Jackson albums decades after they were released, and the whole "I'm the Man" album especially blew me away. Such high energy, and expert pop craftsmanship. I haven't worked my way through the entire Joe Jackson back catalog, but there are gems all over the place.
This was also incredibly fun to play, and maybe that shows. A few mistakes in there, but probably as good as I was going to get that day.
The Grammar Club May 24, 2019
My friend Erin Parkes is fantastic. I asked for permission to add bass, drums, and piano to her video. Erin has written a number of great original songs, and this is one of my favorites. She deserves a much larger fan base than she currently has, and I would beseech you to check into her other material.
She doesn't have an album out yet, but hopefully that will be changing this year. You can hear her as a guest vocalist on my song "In a Nutshell" from my "Actual Animal" album.
The Grammar Club May 17, 2019
I grew up with a fantastic KTel compilation album called "Gold Rush '79 Volume 1", and this was one of the included songs. I had the album on my older sister had "Gold Rush '79 Volume 2", and both of them were on 8-Track tapes! That would tell you how far back the song goes if the name of the compilation wasn't an enormous clue.
I had a hard time tracking down this song on streaming services in recent history and there was a reason for that: Ian Matthews is also known as Iain Matthews! "Shake It" is one of many songs from his album "Stealin' Home" and the whole album is fairly great. The first four songs are especially strong in my opinion. Well worth a listen.
I have far too many irons in the fire as usual, so I recorded this in a hurry. I do wish I would have listened to the song before recording this because I might have remembered to do the bass flourishes in the bridge. Oh, well. This was the best I could do from memory. Fantastic song in my opinion.
The Grammar Club May 10, 2019
A classic song from my parents' record collection. So, I grew up on this one.
Recorded in a rush the day before it was due. This one was super fun to play.
The Grammar Club May 03, 2019
My friend Mo Ouyang is assisting me on this No Fake Friday. Mo and I have never met in person, 'though we have collaborated on songs many times. We are currently participating in Nur Ein under the band name Agony Sauce.
I have read that the "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" album was recorded in a haunted house. Maybe that is a contributing factor to why the album is so good that it's a bit scary!
The Grammar Club Apr 26, 2019
Man, I probably had no business covering this, but it was seriously fun! There is a major rhythm misstep early on in the song, but I rolled with it.
I think I may start shying away from the songs with lead vocals in the higher range, but I genuinely do love this song.
The Grammar Club Apr 19, 2019
A number of people have favorably compared my original songs to Fountains of Wayne. So, I decided to check out their back catalog a while back and I liked a lot of what I heard. This rare gem of a song us one I go back to to time and again.
The Grammar Club Apr 13, 2019
I was planning to save this for next Friday, but Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders had to go and say some very nice things about my cover of his song.
So, yeah! We're talking about a genuinely nice reaction from someone whose albums I feverishly collected in my formative teenage years. So, y'all get a bonus! This has been included as a bonus track on the Raiders "Country Wine" album in recent years. I first heard it on a career retrospective called "The Legend of Paul Revere" and I instantly fell in love with the song upon first listen.
This particular song was written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who also wrote "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Baby Come Back", and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" among other songs!
The Grammar Club Apr 12, 2019
Mark Lindsay was the vocalist of Paul Revere and the Raiders, and he has released a number of solo albums over the years. A great vocalist, and a damn fine songwriter to boot. This is one of his original songs.
One of my favorite stories to relay about Mark involves an interview where he was asked which of the hits were difficult to record. He thought about it for a moment and said "None... of the hits were very difficult to make, and hearing myself say that out loud... Maybe that had something to do with them being hits!"
The Grammar Club Apr 05, 2019
This is one of my favorite songs that came out of "So Much to Do" and "So Much to See", my two albums that were recently released on April 1st. I had to teach myself how to play the song again for this video. This is basically the equivalent of my first live performance of the song, as it was the first time I had tried playing and singing it at the same time.