Segarini: The BobChart – Week 7

 

The Bobcast Bob May 6th 2013 CroppedThe BobChart is made up of tunes I think you would like or songs I feel are worth listening to. Most will be current, some will be lost gems, others may be older songs you may have missed, and some will just be live tracks that bring it. At any rate…It’s the BobChart. There are no fixed positions in the chart, so I am not listing the songs in any particular order. These are PERSONAL favourites and what has my ear and attention this week. Popular music may come and go, but Great music is timeless. Some songs and performances never die or fade away….

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Some old, some new, some borrowed, and some very spiritual, this week’s BobChart is FULL of great music that is out there for you to find. We live in an era where all things are available, and the only “Best Before” music is the disposable product made for young people to share and enjoy together. We are blessed with an archive of music so rich and diverse, that it is amazing that, even as I type this, NEW music is being made that is as good if not better than what has gone before. Music is life, and it reflects us as much as it entertains us. Turn it up, relax, and float downstream….

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Ron Sexsmith – I Found a Reason

I love this guy. And although he does have an impressive fanbase (songwriters like Nick Lowe and Paul McCartney recognized his talent before the majority audience) and a pretty nifty career, he should be a lot more popular and better known. That said, this down-to-earth man seems to be a happy soul and can walk among us without fear of TMZ shoving a Go-Pro in is face. I run into him in the streets and clubs of Toronto from time to time, and it always puts a smile on my face. Great guy, wonderful songs…and a fine ear for great covers. Like this number penned by Lou Reed.

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Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs

I got tipped to this group by a close friend who has a friend who happens to be the drummer’s mother. You never know what to expect when a suggestion comes from someone whose majority of musical taste comes from her car radio, but her friend’s son is in a fine band. They play in Barrie on Friday, and around Toronto and Southern Ontario regularly. Check them out…and don’t they have a killer name?

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The Strypes – Hard to Say No

One of the hipper community’s better finds, The Strypes are good, solid rock and roll and have improved over time proving that they are in for the long haul. This is from their latest EP. If you haven’t heard them, you can hear them now.

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The Romantics – Talking in Your Sleep

Top 40/Urban/Dance/CHR terrestrial radio can keep calling the disco music they play ‘Pop”, but it’s just disco music and everybody knows it. Not that there aren’t GOOD disco records occasionally, but Pop Music is a guitar of a different colour to me and many others. This band from a suburb of Detroit summed up Pop to me back in the late ‘70s, and went on to have a pretty okay career, but in my mind, they should have been huge…especially after this ear-worm of a record hit big in the ‘80s.

The Romantics – Tell it to Carrie

The late Greg Shaw (Who Put the Bomp Magazine and Bomp Records) sent me to Detroit to record The Romantics after he and I had seen them live a few times and decided they were going places. These 2 tracks we recorded during those sessions and released on Bomb in Canada and Bomp in the US. The bands dynamite live show and these recordings helped get them signed to Nat Weiss’s Nemporor  Reccords (named after Nat’s former British partner Brian Epstein’s NEMS company) and the rest is history.

The Romantics – First in Line

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Paul McCartney on The Beatles song ‘Anna (Go To Him)’

David Kohles took time out on Gregg Allman’s current tour to drop me a note suggesting a couple of tracks for The BobChart. Actually, he made a LOT of suggestions, and two of them are included here. The first is prefaced by this wonderful clip of Paul McCartney talking about the song with Ron Wood, and then the original version of the tune which became an early Beatle classic.

Arthur Alexander – Anna

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Bobby Darin – Beyond the Sea

Daved’s second suggestion was this artist, but I picked the song, my favourite recording from this gentleman. Along with Dean Martin, Donald O’Connor, and Gene Kelly, Bobby Darin was an early influence and hero growing up in Stockton California. Splish Splash may have been the first big hit (or was it Queen of the Hop), but the B side of Splish Splash was the clincher for me; Dream Lover. A couple of years later, when Bobby made the transition to crooner, Mack the Knife was a monster success, and THIS song positively elevated him into Sinatra territory. A huge talent gone too soon.

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Chandra Lacombe – Eu canto nas alturas (Com Letra)

Another friend, recently returned from South America turned me on to this artist and specifically, this performance. This is just beautiful music, plain and simple. The language, in case you are wondering, is Portuguese. Get your inner spirit on with this one….

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Julian Lennon – Everything Changes

Lennon is releasing a bunch of video/songs over the course of 2014, and this is the latest one. Yes, you can still hear a bit of his father in his music (as evidenced in the second track) but he has become his own man, works for worthy causes, and makes some very haunting and wonderfully crafted music. I still harbor the dream of hearing Julian, Dani Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo and Zak Starkey recording together…maybe with some collaborative songwriting among Julian, Dani, and Paul.

This next one from Julian is an odd, but entertaining  piece of pop fluff that both spoofs and pays homage to his late father’s band. A bit Rutles, a bit Utopia, but fortified with a lineage the others lacked. Fun video, too.

Julian Lennon – I Don’t Wanna Know

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And Finally….

94.9 The Rock Doug Elliott’s Pick of the Week

Rival Sons – Good Things

What can I say. The latest single from Rival Sons from thier latest CD “Great Western Valkyrie” which shipped yesterday. You would be well advised to pick it, and their other recorded product, up, if you don’t already have it all. This THE band to see…Every. Chance. You. Get.

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Segarini’s regular column appears here every Friday whenever he can finish one in time.

Contact us at dbawis@rogers.com

DBAWIS ButtonBob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, and continues to write music, make music, and record.

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