Posts Tagged ‘The Cleverlys’

Saturday Matinee – Utopia, The Nicholas Brancker Band, Bernard “Pretty” Perdie & Co., and The Cleverlys

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Utopia (2019) is a short by filmmaker Kosta Nikas. A man lives in a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones. [Found here.]

The Nicholas Brancker Band plays 60’s-70s spouge, a style that was “Barbados’ answer to ska in Jamaica and calypso in Trinidad.” I’d heard before but never knew it had a name until recently (thanks to Queen H.). Jump to 01:10 for the music.

Tighten Up (Part 1) is a cover of the classic 1968 Archie Bell & the Drells hit. Music starts at 0:40. This all-star lineup features:

Bernard “Pretty” Perdie – drums
Chuck Rainey – bass
David T. Walker – guitar
Sonny Phillips – organ
Bill Bivens – tenor sax
Virgil Jones – trumpet
Pancho Morales – percussion
Lou Donaldson – alto sax

“If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.” – NYT

As long as we’re doing covers, The Cleverlys‘ take on The Proclaimers 1988 song is a good’un. A lot of the songs they cover are parodies of a sort (I expected to hear “pterodactyl” in the refrain) but they play I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) straight… mostly.

There’s a hunderd other things that I can think of to post, but I gotta wrap it up and ship it out. Have a great weekend, and you know what to do.

Saturday Matinee – Andre Antunes, The Cleverlys, Ricky Skaggs & The Whiskey Gentry

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Hold onto your earflaps people. Andre Antunes has a hit on his plate, and he included the lyrics so everyone can sing along.

The Cleverlys Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door is pure gospel bluegrass. Awesome happens at 02:30 with Irl Hees on bass. He’s no longer with the band.

In November 2019, Mr. Hees was charged with felony domestic battery in the second degree and felony aggravated assault of a household member.

“Hees said the argument was over his communication with an ex-wife. He said at some point during the argument, Heather DuBroc walked into the kitchen, picked a pistol up off the kitchen table, and pointed the weapon at him.” [Source]

Ricky Skaggs is one of the greatest mandolin players to come out of the 1980s bluegrass revival, and Highway 40 Blues is one of my favorite early morning roadtrip songs. Skaggs continues performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

Another of my favorites is the ballad of Colly Davis, written by Steven F. Brines and Jim Smoak. I’ve heard a few versions, but this one by The Whiskey Gentry blew me away.

That should keep you rollin’ a while. Have a great weekend folks, and do whatever seems righteous. See you back here tomorrow for more things to click on.

Saturday Matinee – 405: The Movie, Hank Jr., The Cleverlys & Run C&W

Saturday, 1 February 2020

That’s my afternoon commute, the southbound 405. Thank God for Imperial Highway, the 105 & the 110, and God bless Wayz!

Heard that on a houseboat on a remote bank of Dale Hollow Lake in 1980, and the song suddenly popped into my head. It’s not PC 40 years later, but I still like it.

How ’bout some pickin’ & grinnin’? Black Eyed Peas ala Bill Monroe performed by The Cleverlys at Larry’s Country Diner.

Run C&W escaped my radar until now. Nice version of Sam & Dave‘s 1966 hit.


IIRC, Sam & Dave were in the Stax studio with the studio session band (Booker T. & the M.G.s). Steve Cropper had just come out of the restroom down the hall when Booker Jones (or Duck Dunn) hollered something like, “Steve! Check out this groove!” Cropper yelled back, “Hold on! I’m coming” and a song title was born.

For decades I thought “M.G.” stood for “Memphis Group.” Apparently not.

Have a great weekend, and may Kansas City pound the 49ers.

 

Saturday Matinee – 6-Song Country Pop Mashup, The Cleverlys & Magic Sam Maghett

Saturday, 24 January 2015

This is why I could never stand Country Pop, but the mashup is clever and funny [via]. It reminds me of National Lampoon’s classic send up of CSN&Y.

The Cleverlys are pure country, and their take on The Bangles’ 1985 hit is pure awesome.

Let’s move on to something entirely different. How ’bout some Magic Sam?

Magic Sam Maghett graduated from a diddlybow to electric guitar. Pure country bluesman who travelled up the Mississippi to Chicago’s Cobra Records.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow and maybe we’ll discuss the many ways to secretly deflate footballs and turn them into a national crisis.

 

Saturday Matinee – Cats In The Kitchen, The Cleverlys & The Fenians

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Jurassic Park with cats [via].

Gangnam Style, Y’all. The Cleverlys crank it (complete with some eefin’ at about 03:20).  [via]

There’s no point in posting an Irish drinking song AFTER St. Patrick’s Day, so here’s The Fenians‘ “Token Whiskey Song” from 2008.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.


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