Everything Old is New Again, Sooner or Later

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:00
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Post written by Rick Doyle

Everything Old is New Again, Sooner or Later


I was home with the kids just reminiscing and having a little YouTube fun since my 4 year old twins like to rock out with Dad when Mom is out shopping.  It’s only rock ‘n roll but we love it.  It’s also my chance to slip “real music” to the kids. My wife likes most of the old stuff too but prefers her Country music. I’m adjusting to the hillbilly music but I don’t think I’ll ever develop an appreciation for it like she has.

From television and radio to clothes and hair I thought it would be fun for you to get a look back to some favorite tunes and styles from my misguided youth and see how far from we’ve come.  I was lucky enough to have seen most of the greats live before they died.   Janice Joplin, Deep Purple, James Gang, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Yes, Genesis, CSN&Y, Doobie Brothers, Uriah Heep, Blue Oyster Cult, Led Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC, Rolling Stones,  Frank Zappa, James Taylor, Allman Brothers, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, KISS, Joan Jet, Molly Hatchet, REO, Rossington Collins, Foghat, Pink Floyd, Ratt, Bon Jovi, U2, Jimmy Buffet, Steve Miller, Eddy Money, The Eagles, Traffic, Chicago, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Heart, Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, Kansas, The Cars, Styx, The Ramones, Richie Blackmore, Mountain, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, The Kinks, The Who.  I was at The Who tragedy in Cincinnati in 1979 and there are more concerts I can’t remember.  Well, it WAS the sixties! By the time the fog cleared it was the ’80s and big hair and the tail end of disco, which unfortunately I do remember.  Clothes seem to recyle about ever 20 years, will we ever escape bad taste?  The ’90s has brought some interesting tunes and bands such as The Rembrandts, Blues Traveler, REM, Simple Minds among others and of late not much has thrilled me. However, watching Life on Mars and a number of other TV shows it has struck me that the old rock ‘n roll is being used quite a bit!  Here are a couple of examples that have either been resurrected or are being redone by other performers. Unless you’ve written the song you’re just the performer, not the artist.


Three Dog Night – Eli’s Coming –httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlla8gf_5QY
used for the show Eli Stone.  Snappy dressers, groovy baby! Not bad for a 40 year old song!

Shocking Blue – Venus –


used for Venus razors and a ton of shows.  Bananarama did this as well as Tom Jones and…

Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man –httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZWEEm6xZvU&feature=related

This is the original 1968 version. I checked this song out on the web and saw that there were hundreds of versions redone by Tina Turner, Joss Stone, you name it. I was watching Sons of Anarchy one night and the music was this song redone in an awesome soulful version. I was stunned to find out it was Katey Segal singing it! Go Peg Bundy!

The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again –

1971 version used for the theme song for CSI Miami.  Check out those lamp chops on Roger Daltry.  My wife, who was a toddler at the time, has reclassified them as mud flaps.  Down girls, this was the sexual revolution!

The Who – Baba O’Riley –


used for the theme song to CSI New York.  This is what live music looks like, not lip sync’d!

The Who – Who Are You –


you guessed it theme song for CSI Las Vegas.  This is with the original drummer before he died.

The Guess Who – No Time Left for You –httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXDlwkuInBY

used on an episode of Life On Mars.  This song was originally done in 1969! Here it is 2003 concert footage. Nutri System should replace Marie Osmond with these guys!

Five Man Electric Band – Signs –


This was used in Life on Mars, even though it was a 1971 song used in a 1973 context.

There is an infinite list of music from way back when that has been used and re-used and re-invented and remade for movie sound tracks.  Only an appreciation for the original artist can justify the grin I get when I hear Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze in a soundtrack and a kid nearby says he can’t wait for that guy to tour or his next album…dead guys can still rock…just not live. Sorry kid, but you missed that killer tune and the artist by about a quarter of a century.  Angus Young from AC/DC, one of my personal heros, can still rock out in his 60s better than 3 twenty something guitarists put together nowadays.  There are so many good tunes and fun, if not downright embarrassing fashions, that have come back and makes me feel like I’m not so old.  I have not yet succumbed to buying an Ipod or an MP3 player because I prefer 3000 watts and 6 Bose 901’s to a couple of ear plugs.  I just can’t listen to Back in Black, Freebird, Sympathy for the Devil or any other true rock anthem on a wallet sized sound system.  I still like to have my chest pounded with crushing bass and have my ears ring for days from speakers the size of tractor trailers.  Long hair, miniskirts, peace signs, bell bottoms and revolution; all the things that were once good. Okay maybe the bell bottoms weren’t so good but I think it is very cool when new television shows and movies reintroduce old favorites so that while we savor our Hi Def, Digital revolution it is still the original revolutionaries, rockers, head bangers, metal maniacs of the past that are still teaching us the true meaning of Rock On!  Share some of your favorite oldies that your children like that are once again new and you might just be helping someone discover what has been here for a long time.

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