Song of the week

Meant to get to this a couple days ago but life has been intruding. Did I miss anything around here? This is a cover of the big Van Halen hit, but torqued in a different direction. What have you all been listening to this week? Also too, R.I.P. Dick Clark and Levon Helm.

Aztec Camera, “Jump” (1985)

P.S. Oh, DougJ is doing songs about rain. I’m going to check to see if anyone has mentioned the Neil Sedaka song, “Laughter in the Rain.”

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    DougJ, Head of Infidelity says:

    I remember that Neil Sedaka song all too well.

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    Neil says:

    Rain Songs?
    Apples in Stereo – Rainfall –
    Elliott Smith – Clementine – (there has to be rain; mentions the street is wet (you can tell by the sound of the cars) – from my favorite album of all time)

    Rain songs seemed to be very popular in the 60s though. Must have been something about impending doom that brought some people down. My favorite; walking in the rain. WALL OF SOUND for the win. Second favorite, oddly enough is Johnny Rivers Summer Rain, if only for memory association.

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    JenJen says:

    Well, THAT SUCKED. Pens eliminated, Flyers advance. Caps have a shot at taking out the Bruins here as Sunday Bloody Sunday continues in the NHL, so I’m still in!!

    Hey, speaking of music, awesome profile of Akron’s own Black Keys on CBS Sunday Morning today. Catch it online if you missed it.

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    Yutsano says:

    @JenJen: Aww shit. Work Dawg is gonna be a bitch to deal with tomorrow. I may give him a day or two of mourning. Damn yinzers. :)

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    Steeplejack says:

    Damn you, JPK! I was all ready to go Friday night, and then you didn’t show up. And then Yutsano said my musical taste was “eclectic” in that sort of eye-rolling kind of way. Wah.

    I dug up one of my old mix CDs when I was in the car Friday. Fun to listen to, because I didn’t remember what songs came next, but I knew that someone with exquisite “eclectic” taste had done it.

    Milton Nascimento, “Dancing.”

    ETA: And, yeah, now we’re all spent from the “rain song” thread. Good day, sir!

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    I haven’t taken Procol Harum’s A Salty Dog out of the car’s CD player for a month.

    The Devil Came From Kansas

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    Steeplejack says:


    Milton Nascimento was followed on the CD by the Classics IV, “Spooky.” It’s all about the smoove segues.

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    JPK says:

    @Steeplejack: Yeah, nice segue!

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    Steeplejack says:

    Fleetwood Mac, “Hypnotized.” That is all.

    ETA: Okay, then there was this–Pieces of a Dream, “Fo Fi Fo.” Now I’m done. Seriously.

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    JenJen says:

    Happy Earth Day, everyone!

    To tie this hockey playoff day into Earth Day, I encourage everyone to watch Andrew Ference on NatGeo walk the walk on “Beyond The Puck”. Now, I hate the Bruins, but Ference is such an awesome eco-activist that I can forgive him that one shortcoming.


    He’s just so awesome.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    Just taking a short break from this training to note that MCITP Windows 7/Windows 2008 Administrator sucks ass.
    I’m pretty sure that this instructor, who seems to only be capable of speaking in monotone about about 50% normal speed, could contract to the CIA as an interrogation leader. I have class with this guy all week. I’m on day two, and I’m ready to confess to the Kennedy assassination and the location of Jimmy Hoffa if only they’ll make it stop.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Soonergrunt: make sure and submit that to a process improvement committee.

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    That is one of my favorite cover songs of all time. Right there with Dinosaur Jr’s “Just Like Heaven.

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    JGabriel says:

    Always loved this version of “Jump”, JPK. Thanks for recalling it for us.


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    JGabriel says:

    Speaking of mellow songs about dancing:

    Dance Dance Dance — Lykke Li
    Dance Away — Roxy Music


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    brantl says:

    But who can stand Neil Sedaka?

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    MikeJ says:

    @JGabriel: We’ve moved on to dancing?

    Life Begins at the Hop.

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    MikeJ says:

    And to tie together the original post and mine I’ll add and recap:
    Life begins at the Hop
    Skipping A Beat – I’m From Barcelona

    Which leads to
    Hop Skip & Jump – Squeeze

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    MikeJ says:

    @MikeJ: And as soon as I post that my itunes random play throws me Skip Steps 1 & 3 from Superchunk/

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    PPOG Penguin says:

    I was thinking fondly about this just the other day after Cole was banging on about Van Halen, but I thought it hadn’t been reissued on any of the CDs. Now you’ve prompted me, I found there’s a new best-of which not only has ‘Jump’ but a bunch of other songs and covers that aren’t on any of the albums. So thanks!

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    Tlazolteotl says:

    OMG, I always loved this cover! Covers that sound pretty much like the original are a waste of plastic/bandwith.

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    John E says:

    A rain song to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and take notice: Out of the Rain, by Etta James. This song was written by the most underrated rock artist of all time, Tony Joe White, who has a small but militant following.

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    this song is truly awful, don’t click. the only reason it was popular is that mtv had limited product.


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    jrg says:

    “I was watching television one night and it was the five o’clock news and there was a fellow standing on top of the Arco Towers in Los Angeles and he was about to check out early, he was going to do the 33 stories drop — and there was a whole crowd of people in the parking lot downstairs yelling “Don’t jump, don’t jump” and I thought to myself, “Jump.” So, I wrote it down and ultimately it made in onto the record …”

    David Lee Roth

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    Tom says:

    Thank you – Aztec Camera doesn’t get enough play. Saw Roddy Frame with a bad cold (him, not me) at the Ritz/Studio 54 a zillion years ago. This is good and so much of his other stuff is tremendous.

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    Chris says:

    Irma Thomas, written by Allen Toussaint, “Its Raining”. Listen to the piano riff evoke the raindrops, listen to the turnaround at the end. So Awesome. Then listen to Mr. Toussaint mellow the tune out.

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    MaxL says:

    John Lee Hooker owns rain songs with “Tupelo Blues”. He did this video 30 years after the first release.

    Do his fingers even leave the first fret?

    Also, too. I have played that Aztec Camera version of Jump every time we felt like laughing at ’80s music since, well, the 80s.

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