Welcome Back! For those who did not get a chance to check out the first week of B Sides, follow the link below to the first post:
This week I will tackle another set of 10 songs that I feel are my B Side choices from the graveyard of forgotten songs and/or songs that just don’t get the attention they deserve!
1 . Don’t Fight It – Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry
When the universe lines up and results in a duet of Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry on the same high energy rock/pop track, it’s something worth appreciating. Fun fact: the whip sound at 2:02 was created using a whip also used in the Indiana Jones movies.
2 . Searching For A Heart – Don Henley
Originally written and recorded by the late genius Warren Zevon (one of my all time favorite songwriters), Don Henley puts a soulful spin to it as a tribute posthumously on the album Enjoy Every Sandwich. Sometimes I hear covers of songs and they just resonate better to me. This is just too good.
3 . She Ain’t Pretty – The Northern Pikes
A friend introduced me to this song and I’m surprised it took this long for me to cross paths with it. Witty songwriting, and completely underrated. The blues/rock feel of this song channels and can easily rank amongst other songs in it’s vein.
4 . The Other Guy – Little River Band
Known for Reminicing, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser and a string of hits, this Little River Band song is often overlooked. The groove is tight and the vocals don’t disappoint. I was turned on to this song as a friend introduced me to John Farnham, the lead vocalist. Since then, I’ve been a fan of his incomparable golden voice.
5 . Be Good To Yourself – Frankie Miller
My favorite singers are Blues/Rock singers with a swell touch of rasp. Frankie Miller’s voice in this song is very much compeer to Paul Rodgers and Rod Stewart. The horns are lively and well arranged. I heard this song on the radio while on the road in Arizona and wrote it down immediately.
6 . My Mistake – Phantom, Rocker & Slick
It’s not hard to tell that it’s KEITH RICHARDS himself playing guitar on this song! What a combination to get Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats and Earl Slick on a track with Keef. It just eats, sleeps, and breathes Rolling Stones energy.
7 . Just Another Night – Ian Hunter
Coming straight from the Brit who wrote Once Bitten Twice Shy. If you are unfamiliar with Mott The Hoople or Ian Hunter, they’re worth checking out. Great raw Rock and Roll with driving piano riffs. This is one of my favorite rock songs that people rarely hear. The backing band on this song is none other than Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
8 . Baby It’s Alright – Tommy Tutone
Everybody knows Jenny/867-5309, but this cut from the same album is a diamond in the rough. If you’ve played/heard Jenny Jenny one too many times in cover band setlists like I have, this is a great song to vacate to. Compared to the one hit wonder, it has similar energy!!
9 . Roller – April Wine
If this Canadian Rock song doesn’t define rock well enough, I don’t know what does. Face melting extended harmonized guitar solos, vocals way up in the trees, and thundering bass and drums make this song a sure fire stunner.
10 . Billie Jean – Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell’s voice is impeccable. But, this arrangement and version of Michael Jackson’s hit is coaxingly suspenseful and bears no contempt towards it’s original. The dynamics give me the chills. Slow in the beginning, but the build and wait is worth it. Not to mention, it is recorded as a waltz (3/4 time) instead of the original common time which sets the vocals up perfectly to flow nicely.
Thanks for checking out my picks this week, be sure to come back next week for another round of B Sides.