K-Chuck Radio: Thou Shalt Not Cover the Beatles (if you don’t know what you’re doing)

A while back, I did a K-Chuck Radio segment on artists who had NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER trying to cover Motown songs. So let’s go back to that well… And see who would DARE attempt to try to cover songs from the Beatles catalog. First off, it’s difficult enough to cover the Beatles and to do…

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K-Chuck Radio: The forgotten Harry Nilsson

At one point in time, he was lauded as a major star by David Bowie and by John Lennon.  His voice was part of major movie themes.  Even today, his songs are used in commercials. But as the old saying goes, he’s so famous you don’t even remember him. I’m talking about Harry Nilsson.  The…

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K-Chuck Radio: Olivia Newton-John does make you feel mellow

Last night, I enjoyed a date night where we watched a Lifetime movie.  The movie was a two-hour recap of singer Olivia Newton-John’s life and career, starring Australian singer Delta Goodrem as Olivia.  And although parts of the movie were quite interesting, there were times when the story seemed rushed – character introduced in Olivia’s…

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K-Chuck Radio: The “cover band” phase of popular bands

Understand this.  I put up with Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” for as long as I possibly could.  I get it, it was a faithful cover of the classic “yacht rock” hit. Today, I discovered that Weezer took their swing at another classic 1980’s hit – the a-ha new wave classic “Take On Me.” No,…

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K-Chuck Radio: Thou Shalt Not Cover Motown (if you don’t know what you’re doing)…

Some people had a fit about Jennifer Lopez’ Motown tribute performance at the Grammy Awards last week.  I didn’t.  J-Lo can sing, and J-Lo respects the music.  If you respect the music and you can cover the songs with equal parts of joy and reverence, I’m good with it.  You don’t have to sound like…

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K-Chuck Radio: Our Native Brothers and Sisters

A couple of nights ago, I watched this excellent documentary on PBS.  The documentary, called Rumble, showed the influence of Native American singers, songwriters and musicians in the popular music of our time.  And watching this was fascinating. So in case you didn’t see this film, here’s some of the artists they profiled – along…

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K-Chuck Radio: Sail on, Captain…

He was a keyboard pioneer in rock music, as he brought synthesizers and electric pianos to AM pop radio.  His wife was an amazing singer whose voice paired well with his keyboards.  And whether they were singing Motown classics, Neil Sedaka tracks, or their own compositions, the Captain and Tennille were top 1970’s hitmakers. Daryl…

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K-Chuck Radio: Open those packages…

Why are you reading my blog today?  What is wrong with you?  Are there no presents under the tree that you can open in front of friends and family? Man, I gotta do everything around here… Okay.  If you’re going to open up some Christmas gifts… At least let me provide the soundtrack for opening…

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K-Chuck Radio: Christmas songs we no longer need

I definitely appreciate the holiday season, as well as all the great holiday-themed music that bursts through the radios at this time of year. But recently, some radio stations have altered their Christmas playlists to take one song out of rotation – the duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  You know, this song. This is the…

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K-Chuck Radio: I need a good Squeeze right now

True story.  My freshman year college roommate introduced me to the music of Squeeze.  He had a copy of the album Argybargy and played it to death.  I suppose when things like that happen, you end up appreciating the music … and, of course, over time you develop an affinity for the music of Squeeze.…

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