Apr 072020

Remember when we used to have a little morbid fun over rock ‘n roll deaths with celebrations featuring the “He was a great…man” tag and clip from Alex Cox’s Straight to Hell? Those were the days.

Now, a COVID-19 tag has come into existence. I don’t like this tag. It’s not funny at all. Today, producer Hal Willner, who I first knew of as a musical director for Saturday Night Live and then the brains behind a series of underground star-studded tribute albums in the early 1980s, died from coronovirus. He was 64, right about the age for someone to feel more fondly over a Delaney & Bonnie trifle than anyone from another generation might feel. Terrible.

Oct 112012

Next up for Lynne: A self-recorded tribute album to ELO!

Enjoying the new Jeff Lynne CD Long Wave and was thinking about LPs that are all cover songs.

What are some of the RTH favorites? What am I missing?

Here are the ones that came to mind; am I missing any big ones?

  • Bowie, Pin Ups
  • Elvis Costello, Kojak Variety
  • Jeff Lynne, Long Wave
  • Bob Dylan, Good As I’ve Been to You/World Gone Wrong
  • Paul McCartney, Run Devil Run, Russian Album, Kisses On the Bottom
  • Rod Stewart, Great American Songbook Vol 1-4
  • Golden Smog, On Golden Smog
  • Def Leppard, Oh Yeah!
  • Stray Cats, Original Cool
  • Dave Edmunds, DE7
  • Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome
  • Johnny Cash, American Recordings 1-4

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