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Let’s Rock Christmas, Shall We?

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2009 by 30daysout

Screw the office Christmas party … pour some rum into the egg nog, rip off your clothes and rock out!  Shall we?

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Bruce Springsteen and Friends

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “The Christmas Boogie” by Toni Price

MP3: “She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Call Me For Christmas” by Gary U.S. Bonds

MP3: “I Want A Rock and Roll Guitar” by Johnny Preston

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “(I) Deck the Halls” by Los Straitjackets

MP3: “Frosty’s Beach Party” by the Barbary Coasters

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by the Uniques

MP3: “Hang Your Balls On The Christmas Tree” by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards

MP3: “Santa’s Sack” by the Diaboliks

MP3: “(Baby I Want To) Trim Your Tree” by Jimmy Butler

MP3: “Winter Wonderland” by Steve Goodman

MP3: “Christmas Rappin’ ” by Kurtis Blow

MP3: “Xmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)” by Rancid

MP3: “Dragnet” radio episode: “The Big .22 Rifle For Christmas” (1952)

MP3: “Silent Night” by Robin Gibb

MP3: “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” by George Harrison

MP3: “Sleigh Ride” by the Ventures

And check this out: the Chrisfits, turning songs by the Misfits into Christmas songs!



Free Download Alert! – “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” Gary “US” Bonds

Posted in News with tags , , on December 5, 2008 by 30daysout

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The one and only Gary “US” Bonds is offering a free download of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” on his website. This is not the lame “figgy pudding” version you hear at your kid’s Christmas program. It’s a full on rock and roll assault complete with a sax solo and Bonds encouraging everyone “to get in gear and party out the rest of the year.” Free is always good, and you won’t be disappointed with this download. Thanks to our friends at Backstreets Magazine for the tip.

Gary “US” Bonds Official Website

Friday is Boss’ Day: Covering Springsteen, Pt. 4

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by 30daysout

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It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and everyone is in vacation mode. Here are some more excellent Springsteen covers to help you pass the time until turkey day

MP3: Johnny 99 – Johnny Cash

MP3: Atlantic City – The Reivers

MP3: 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – The Hollies

MP3: Rendezvous – Greg Kihn Band

MP3: Love on the Wrong Side of Town – Southside Johnny

MP3: From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) – Dave Edmunds

MP3: Club Soul City – Gary US Bonds

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

Backstreets Magazine

Friday is Boss’ Day: E-Street Detours

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2008 by 30daysout

                                             

Bruce Springsteen used to be notorious for taking a long time between albums. Three to four years was usually the norm. This gave members of the E Street Band (and Bruce himself) the freedom to explore other options.  Here are just a few:

Gary U.S. Bonds – At one time Gary Anderson (who changed his name to Gary U.S. Bonds after a record company sent his first disc to radio stations with the headline “Buy U.S. Bonds”) was so hot he was a headliner above newcomers The Beatles on a 1963 tour. Bruce and Little Steven (both of whom had grown up on Bonds hits like “Quarter to Three”) met Bonds in 1980. The three became fast friends and Bruce and Stevie produced Bonds’ comeback album, Dedication, in 1981 which included the hit “This Little Girl.” The pair also went on to produce On the Line a year later.  Both are excellent rock and roll CDs, and hard to find.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Southside Johnny is a poor man’s Bruce Springsteen. The Boss has contributed numerous tunes to Southside’s career such as “The Fever,” and “All the Way Home” to mention a few. Little Steven was behind the boards for most of Southside’s albums including the critically acclaimed Hearts of Stone.  “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town,” from the Jukes’ second LP, is a Springsteen-Van Zandt co-write.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Little Steven’s always called himself a “band guy.”  The Springsteen consigliere  stepped out in front on his first album, Men Without Women, in 1982, and actually left the E Street Band to tour in support of Voice of America in 1984. Van Zandt has a great soulful voice and it really comes out in his solo work. His tunes are often highly political, but usually groovin’. Both CDs are excellent if you can find them. 

Killer Joe – In the early 1990s Mighty Max Weinberg anchored this unit along with guitarist/trumpeter Mark Pender and the Vivino brothers, Jimmy and Jerry.  Scene Of The Crime is a slick R&B effort highlighted by the Springsteen-penned instrumental, “Summer On Signal Hill.”  A chance meeting on a NYC street with talk show host-to-be Conan O’Brien led to Weinberg’s assembling the Max Weinberg 7 in 1993 with some of his old Killer Joe buds.  Check out the self-titled 7 album on Hip-O Records, it’s a hoot.

The Red Bank Rockers – Clarence Clemons has always been asked to participate on other records and he’s played on a few big hits (“You’re A Friend Of Mine” with Jackson Browne, “Freeway Of Love” by Aretha Franklin).  He also had a solid solo career in the mid-1980s, releasing some successful albums under the Red Bank Rockers moniker.  Bruce chipped in to the effort by writing the single “Savin’ Up”  for the Red Bankers’ second album.

MP3: This Little Girl by Gary U.S. Bonds

MP3: Love On The Wrong Side Of Town by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

MP3: Lyin’ In A Bed Of Fire by Little Steven & the Disciples Of Soul

MP3: Summer On Signal Hill by Killer Joe

MP3: Savin’ Up by Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers

Southside Johnny official website

Clarence Clemons official website

Late Night with Conan O’Brien