The Friday Fives

1. What is a loved band from your past you just don’t care for?

Van Halen. I know that is heresy. I listen to Classic Rewind on SiriusXM just about all day long and hear the soundtrack of my 1970s and 1980s high school days – but they play VH and then Hagar about every 45 minutes, and they are just so overplayed.

2. What is your favorite music genre?

This is a very difficult question. Maybe it is my ADHD, but I generally bounce around genres as the mood hits me. But I think old-school blues and roots rock is where I tend to land.

3. What is the best cover version of a song?

“Twist and Shout” by the Beatles, covering the Isley Brothers. (Although the Isley Brothers also a cover version, they significantly reworked it, and their version was considered the best version – at least until the Beatles.)

Also, honorable mention – Johnny Cash’s cover of Kris Kristofferson’s Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.

4. What is the worst cover version of a song?

This is probably a cheat answer, but any cover version of a song from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumors” is going to be inferior. Just don’t. (I generally enjoy cover songs and the attempt to find new life and visions for a song, and I appreciate the artistic license.

5. So, folks, what’s new for you so far in 2023?

Just weighed myself this a.m. and I came in at 199. When I was 19 years old and joined the army, I weighed 209, so I think I am doing ok – I weigh less than I did nearly 40 years ago.

One Reply to “The Friday Fives”

  1. 1) I still like all the music I listened to in my past, but everything in moderation. Any band played to excess can get tiresome.

    2) My tastes are pretty varied but if I had to pick a favorite I’m a classic rock kind of guy.

    3) There are so many great versions of great songs. One single best? That’s to tough to call. The one that jumped to the front of my mind was Rage Against the Machines renegades of funk.

    4) Shatner’s cover of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds is really fucking bad.

    5) Nothing new yet. But I’m hopeful. Congratulations Roy that’s quite impressive.

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