The Swedish pop group ABBA that had phenomenal success a few decades ago were noted for two things: (1) trite, formulaic, and often meaningless lyrics set to catchy and bouncy tunes and (2) outlandish costumes that they wore during their performances. Below is a performance that showcases both.
Category Archive: Music
Feb 20 2014
Feb 17 2014
The Shadows were a British instrumental group, the equivalent of The Ventures in the US. Both groups pioneered the three guitar (lead, rhythm, bass) plus drummer format, though the former had less of the driving, pulsing, beat that characterized the latter.
Feb 07 2014
While writing my post reviewing the film 20 Feet From Stardom about the anonymous backup singers to the famous singers, I recalled that I used to think that for someone with limited musical ability like myself but yet thought that it would be fun to perform, the role of backup singer seemed ideal. It seemed …
Jan 29 2014
In reading about Pete Seeger on the web yesterday, I came across his testimony when he was hauled up before the House Un-American Affairs Committee in August 1955. This was the infamous Congressional committee that would order people to appear before them and quiz them about their political affiliations. If the people were willing to …
Jan 28 2014
The internet has been full of tributes to the great Pete Seeger who died earlier today. Here is one clip that I particularly liked where he appears with another of my favorite singers Johnny Cash. Together they sing a rousing version of It takes a worried man, getting the audience to join in, which is …
Jan 28 2014
Pete Seeger died today. He was an American treasure, a powerful voice for justice and peace all throughout his long and colorful life, whose musical and political influence extended well beyond the borders of the USA. I had heard of Seeger and knew his songs growing up in Sri Lanka. This entry in Wikipedia captures …
Nov 20 2013
I don’t know what to make of this. But there are a lot worse things you can do than spend a few minutes listening to Bob Dylan singing one of his greatest hits, as if it were being done by a whole variety of different TV channels that you can choose to surf through.
Nov 05 2013
This version by the popular duo Hippo and Dog never fails to make me smile. Hippo Sings & Dog Dances to The Lion Sleeps Tonight from Cris Popenoe on Vimeo. For some reason, I had always thought that this song was performed by a group of black singers from Africa or the Caribbean. Just shows …