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Week 34 – TBT 2017 – Hazy Shade of Winter

With my penchant for cover versions, it’s perhaps not surprising that this brilliant Simon and Garfunkel song should make an appearance along with Mrs Robinson from a few weeks back.

I love this version with its catchy guitar riff and layered vocals. I think it adds depth to the original, which was pretty good on its own. 

I first saw The Bangles on The Tube a while before they really made their name in the UK. I think the song they played was Going down to Liverpool and I really enjoyed their sound. Even now it’s quiet unusual to see a band, playing instruments, which is entirely female: there definitely weren’t many back then. 

I like the connection that Michael Steele, the bassist, has with Joan Jett and Lita Ford. They all played in The Runaways back in the 1970s with moderate success. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about music is the connection between bands and how people move from one to another.

Anyhoo, enjoy this blast from the past…

Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles

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Week 21 – TBT 2017 – I Love Rock And Roll

Who doesnt love this track?  Very simple, very understated, yet with a catchy guitar riff and powering drums.  I know that Joan Jett didn’t do the original of this, but it’s still pretty cool. I have the picture disc album from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, though I havent listened to it in many years.  

My current band play this, and it’s a lot of fun. Best of all? I don’t have to sing it!  

Did you know that Joan Jett was in a band called The Runaways, with Michael Steele (bassist in The Bangles) and Lisa Ford? Thats something I love about music, the way that bands are interconnected. Maybe one day I’ll write about that…

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – I Love Rock And Roll