New Music For Old People: Boy, Rick Springfield, They Might Be Giants

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. “This Is the Beginning” — Boy

I love when the titles on the openers and closers are like this one. Boy are two girls who met at music school in Hamburg, Germany — singer Valeska Steiner (from Switzerland) and musician Sonja Glass; they write and sing all the songs on the album. They got together in 2007 and by 2011 had their first album, Mutual Friends, climbing the German charts. Now the Nettwerk label bought the American rights to that album (which this is from), and we’ll see what happens here. I never care where music comes from if I like it.

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2. “The Man Who Never Was” — Rick Springfield

Dave Grohl has won me over little by little, culminating in this amazing track from his documentary about famed Southern California recording studio Sound City. I think it was genius to resurrect Rick Springfield, who peaked with “Jesse’s Girl” centuries ago and showed no signs of ever returning. And he sounds perfect on this song that sounds Grohl-composed. It’s a perfect track and I’m walkin’ around singing it all the time. How ’bout choo?

3. “You’re on Fire” — They Might Be Giants

Lyrically, they might be Talking Heads on this track — VERY David Byrne-influenced lyrically, but the music still sounds like classic TMBG. This is produced well and the guitar arrangement in the verses is quite tasty and well-recorded. All in all, one of their best tracks career-wise, and pretty humorous as well. Combustible heads, unite!

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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