Sunday, November 16, 2014
Over the years I have kept most of my vinyl records. Today vinyl has made a comeback and it is good to see that young people have rediscovered vinyl.
This short film has been out for about a year, published to YouTube in April 2013.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Cocktail Slippers' "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
Every now and then I "find" a band or artist that I never heard of but then almost instantly fall for their music. A few years ago a friend of mine turned me on to the band Dengue Fever. Been a fan ever since.
Recently while searching YouTube for any video of the old Connie Francis track "Don't Ever Leave Me" written by Ellie Greenwch, I found this band called Cocktail Slippers. Their version was released in 2009 and totally updates the original bringing the song into the 21st century with a sassy, electric, rock n roll edge it truly deserves. Just below the fold then is Cocktail Slippers' version of "Don't Ever Leave Me":
The video is Cocktail Slippers' tribute to all of the "girl groups" of the 1960s. For some reason the audio on this video is not as sharp or loud as the version posted just below:
Of course Cocktail Slippers have recorded many more songs beyond this reworked 1960s gem. Then again who are Cocktail Slippers?
From Wikipedia: "Cocktail Slippers is a five-piece, all-female rock band from Oslo, Norway. Current band members are: Hope (vocals), Rocket Queen (guitar), Piper (keyboard/organ), Bella Donna (drums) and Aurora de Morales (bass). Cocktail Slippers was formed in 2001 and has since released three studio albums and two Christmas singles. They are known for their entertaining live rock n roll performances and have played alongside artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Crowded House, Elvis Costello and The Strokes. The band is continuously touring Europe and the USA. The band's main musical influences are Blondie, The Shangri-Las, Joan Jett, Foo Fighters, The Ramones, and The Beach Boys."
So once again I have become a fan of another musical artist from overseas who have yet to be discovered in a big way in the United States. Still their music is quite good and Cocktail Slippers' have amassed quite a discography of catchy rock songs, many of which could be huge hits. A leading example is at the top of this post..... a song called "St. Valentines' Day Massacre".
I'm still "discovering" more of their music and have posted a few more tracks below.
Doesn't the old guy in the bar resemble the old guy in Churchill's roller skater version of "Change"?