Along with The Sunday EP, we’re introducing Retro Friday. PC—who is still out there, trust me; he’s just busy—and I both adore oldies. We have a venerable treasure trove of songs from the 60s and 70s, enough to start out own full-time radio station. But a cool radio station—so many oldies stations, the few that remain in this country, continually seem to play the some songs. Sure, some of them are classics and should still be heard, but there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of songs from the era that are just as amazing. Just as we like to do with our Christmas picks, we’re going to feature some songs you likely won’t hear anywhere else.
Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries – Willie Bobo
The sly opening guitar chords seem to just chill your mood. By the time the horns kick in, you won’t even care what the lyrics are.
A Losing Game – James Carr
Classic R&B gem with a great groove.
Love Is a Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
Okay, we’re cheating—Obviously Amy Winehouse has done way more cocaine than any of these people. She’s also a current artist who strives for retro. But damned if don’t sound good!
Wine, Wine, Wine – The Renegades
A great long-forgotten garage band, the Renegades exploded with energy. And wine.
Scorpio Red – Holy Mackered
I know nothing about this band. A Google search pulls a band called Les Claypool and the Holy Mackered. No idea if that’s the correct band title or not.
Start All Over Again – Ida Sands
Oh, here’s a wonderful soul classic. Those background vocals, the horns, and of course Ms. Sands’ soaring and soothing voice.
And FYI about the page layout—we’re trying to find something that’s wide enough for our text yet also includes our map. Yes, we like to know where you’re at. At all times. Always. No, it just lightly strokes our ego to know someone in Russia reads the blog. So, from now until Sunday, the page might look different as we experiment.
Happy weekend. See you Sunday.