Monday, January 18, 2016

Sound & Groove, Episode 62: "By The Numbers" Part 1

A true teenage rock idol, Eddie Cochran burst upon the scene as a mere 16-year old and hit rockabilly fame on the charts with "Summertime Blues" in 1957 but before that he'd starred in the rock & roll-centric film The Girl Can't Help It, performing a track on this S&G theme of "By The Numbers" called "Twenty Flight Rock." Lots of classics followed before his career was cut abruptly short as he was killed in a taxi collision touring England in 1960.

Songs with numbers in them can describe humanity and compassion ("One" by U2), exaltation about love to the skies above ("Three Steps To Heaven" by Eddie Cochran) or even a robust but dynamic body ("Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy" by Howlin' Wolf). Ok, none of those are in this episode but the artists that did them are. And hopefully, that gives you  sense of what the theme is this time out on Sound & Groove. It's songs by the numbers, therefore titles and content of the music that describes the system by which we all devise, order and organize: The Numerical one! This here is the 9th episode of 2015 for the Sound & Groove Podcast (that's right, there are 4 more ovedue ones after this!). 

So sit back and soak in another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast for your listening enjoyment, the 62nd time I've unleashed this podcast on an unsuspecting public. If you have been keeping up with S&G on Music of Evan's Mind, there is now a new host for this podcast on And if you're new to this podcast, here's the breakdown: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopsis, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited versions of each tune (to make room for talk and for a good 7-9 songs per 45 minute episode). And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening to you all!
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Track Listing:
1. Ninety-Nine And A Half (Just Won't Do)- Wilson Pickett (1965)
2. Two Hearts As Beat One- U2 (1983)
3. Six Blade Knife- Dire Straits (1978)
4. 38 Years Old- Tragically Hip (1989)
5. Rocket 88- Jackie Brenston (1951)
6. 95 South (All The Places We've Been)- Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson (1977)
7. Forty-Four- Howlin' Wolf (1954)
8. Twenty Flight Rock- Eddie Cochran (1957)

 Info of note:
Intro- "Will The Wolf Survive?" by Los Lobos (1984)
Outro- "La Pistola Y El Corazon" by Los Lobos (1988)
All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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