Jun 202009

A couple of thoughts and questions in the minutes following a very enjoyable birthday:

  • Please explain the psycho-drama that ensues at the 2:25 mark of this video.
  • Is there a better “yolk” in rock than Bjork’s?
  • Were you surprised that the second song in this clip was not actually a continuation of the first song?
  • Is the guy at the 2:46 mark contemplating Bjork’s yolk or the psycho-drama of the guy in the powder blue ruffled shirt?
  • Is the guitarist’s Look the logical step after Rick Nielsen or the inspiration for Ali G?
  • Is the “ax man” joke funnier in Icelandic?
  • At the 5:13 mark a guy in the audience can be seen yelping in unison with Bjork. Is that a common practice at her concerts to this day, the way audience members sing along to, say, Tom Petty’s “Breakdown?”

Feb 222007

Townsman Trolleyvox hipped me to the following performance of a young Billy Preston doing a version of the song your Moderator believe best satisfies the objectives of rock ‘n roll:

Billy Preston, “Satisfaction”

That’s right, if you haven’t heard me on this already, I believe that no song better satisfies the objectives of rock ‘n roll than The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction”. Every now and then I stumble across another version of this classic, and when I’m not dazzled by the outrageous treatment of the song (eg, both The Residents‘ and Devo‘s versions) or horribly offended (Cat Power‘s version), I’m usually about as unimpressed by versions such as Billy Preston’s as I am Otis Redding‘s version.

I know, I know, rock nerds – Mick and Keef wrote the song for Otis – but the black artists I’ve heard cover “Satisfaction” can’t get to the song’s cool and sly teenage rage. Otis belts it out like he’s expecting the exhaltation of a heavyweight boxer who’s gone the distance against The Champ. Here, Billy Preston just has fun with what the song has to offer. He’s satisfied. He’s not fooling me. Granted, those sorority girls who come out to dance in front of him and the band don’t help matters.

I can say that it’s a good thing the following dynamic duo is not documented having covered “Satisfaction”:


  One Response to “You Think You Can’t Get No Satisfaction?”

  1. Ann Margaret and Tina Turner have done Satisfaction? Where can I get my hands on this abomination?! I mean, I love a little Bye-Bye Birdie and the part where the turtle goes coo-coo gets me a little giggly, but Ann Margaret AND Tina? Together at last; in my nightmares – please! Actually – I’m kinda diggin’ the sorority girl dancers, and I think BP’s version of the song is better than Otis’ version (I kind of felt like I was on some sort of acid trip in lieu of that video presentation). But I’ve always enjoyed the Stones version more as well.

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