Coverville 547: A Cappellaville VI

January 27, 2009

Here’s on what’s on the show tonight:

Title (with link to iTunes, if available) Artist (with link to the artists’ website, if available) Album (with link to Amazon.com, if available) Original Artist
First Of The Gang To Die Robin Danar - Altered States - First of the Gang to Die (feat. Minibar) Robin Danar w/Minibar Altered States Morrissey
Blinded By The Light The Exboyfriends Karaoke Bar Brawl (store link) Bruce Springsteen/Manfred Mann
Only You The Flying Pickets The Best of The Flying Pickets Yaz/Yazoo
Galileo The Breakers Vocal Band V Indigo Girls
Alcohol The Brown Derbies We Deliver (store link) Barenaked Ladies
How To Save A Life Penny Loafers Prophets & Pawns (Store link) The Fray

31 minutes |

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If you like what you hear in this episode, you should check out Chad Bergeron’s excellent Acapodcast – it’s all a cappella, all the time.

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  1. Have you really never played that Flying Pickets song before?

    It would be appropriate at this time for me to request again that Vince Clarke show!!

  2. Ohh sweet, innocent Brian… I know you're impressed by the vocal percussionists, but both of the tracks you commented on in the show clearly used samplers to produce the drum tracks. It's a common practice on acapella CDs these days to record the vocal percussionist and either loop or sample and sequence the mouth sounds to create a tempo-locked rhythm track. Those sound impressive because they ain't really doing that with their mouths 🙂

  3. I second that about "Wonderful Christmas Time". There are plenty of Christmas songs that I don't like, but that one is by far the worst.

  4. Brian – Louis Armstrong may have had the BEST version, but he was hardly the first. There was Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams on film- http://rogerowengreen.blogspot.com/2008/10/m-is-f…Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark released the first single, a day before Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer, and BOTH of those recordings charted on the same day – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby,_It%27s_Cold_Ou… The story of the Satchmo version can be seen here: http://dippermouth.blogspot.com/2008/12/baby-its-

    Also, the Waters of Babylon part of the Bing Crosby segue should be attributed to Don McLean, and I believe it was originally called Babylon. http://www.metrolyrics.com/babylon-lyrics-don-mcl…. Incidentally, what a bizarre segue! Read more of Psalm 137; it's depressing as hell. It's also the source of Rivers of Babylon from The Harder They Come.

  5. whoa – we won the squeeze tribute!? awesome!!! do we win a juicer or just free hugs?

    roger: those two tracks were a last minute addition to the album. i wanted to go for a "vacationing lovers in a canoe" vibe for Mele Kalikimaka, but it was after we filled the bathtub up with water and got the "paddle track" recorded, i realized it was TOO perfect: after the passing of the Hawaiian lovers, why not have the baby Moses floating in a basket right afterwards? well, alright – maybe it IS bizarre, but i've always had a penchance for anachronism…

    if you haven't pulled down "Ride On, Santa," i encourage you to do so. we also did a version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" which has been deemed by quite a few critics: the dirtiest, sexiest version ever tracked.

    cheers and merry christmas everyone.

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