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Sunday, June 27th, 2010 03:47 am
We got cable at the end of 1988. Around the time I was prepping for my Bar Mitzvah - I was more likely to distract myself with Mike Tyson's Punch-Out than MTV. I mostly only watched the mainstream videos.

Every so often, as I got a little more mature as a listener, I would stay up later to watch 120 mins... and not just the headbanger stuff. One of the bands I really liked was Concrete Blonde...

Concrete Blonde - Joey

Concrete Blonde - Everybody Knows

"Joey" was their biggest hit, a song about singer Johnette Napolitano's relationship with an alcoholic. "Everybody Knows" a cover of the Leonard Cohen song, from the movie "Pump Up the Volume". I find Napolitano a compelling vocalist, with both her voice and ability to manipulate it. Comparing Cohen's spare arrangement to Concrete Blonde's lush version - I much prefer the Cover. I imagine Cohen intended a flat effect, but I find Napolitano's interpretation far more compelling.

I don't feel like they have an especially deep catalog, but I think these two songs in particular are pretty timeless (though the Joey video is pretty hackneyed) Given the national news these days, "Everybody Knows" doesn't sound more than a week old, does it...
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 08:56 (UTC)
Don't know why, but I'd never seen this one before. Thank you.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 15:38 (UTC)
The lesbians handed me a CD of Concrete Blonde early on in our relationship. "You must hear this." It was the Bloodletting CD. I loved it and promptly went out and got my own copy. I think I have four CDs from them; "Ghost of a Texas Lady's Man" makes me laugh every time I hear it.

I also prefer Napolitano's cover of "The Scientist" to anyone else's version.
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 20:47 (UTC)
Yay, Concret Blonde. I just have to put in a self-interested plug for "Caroline" :)