Weekly MP3s

Honky The Christmas Goose - Johnny Bower and Little John and the Rinky Dinks

MP3My appetite for Maple Leafs news is minimal these days, but Johnny "The China Wall" Bower is the great exception to that rule.

play Johnny Bower - Honky the Christmas Goose
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower's "Honky the Christmas Goose" was released in 1965 and enjoyed a significant amount of airplay, making it to number 29 on our Canadian music charts.

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Enjoy.

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O Holy Night - Tipitina's Foundation

MP3A lot of music you hear at this time of year is pretty awful. I'm referring to the schmaltzy pop holiday standards you'll hear on CHFI or at your local mall. But not all Christmas music is bad, so throughout this month I'll be sharing MP3s of my favourite Christmas songs.

play Tipitina's Foundation - O Holy Night
I'm sharing this one first because it's pretty obscure and it's amazing. Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is long gone, but there's one gift this show gave us that keeps on giving. Their Christmas show featured an awesome jazz rendition of "O Holy Night" by musicians from New Orleans. You've really got to hear this version which has become a holiday staple for me.

Enjoy.

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The Pogues - Dirty Old Town

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play The Pogues - Dirty Old Town
I love The Pogues. For my money, they do the best version of Dirty Old Town you'll find. Seriously, Grandma can keep The Dubliners, I'll take The Pogues

I recently read Shane MacGowan got his teeth fixed. Say it ain't so, Shane... say it ain't so.

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They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople).mp3

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play They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
I had the video for this cover on VHS and played it over and over and over again.

The original, by the way, was from our very own The Four Lads way back in '53.

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Holly McNarland - Numb

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play Holly McNarland - Numb
I lost track of Holly McNarland, but in 1997 her cool debut album included this slick hit single.

A few years later, McNarland had another single I dug called "Do You Get High?"

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Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling

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play Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling
I'm planning a camping trip next week, but my collection lacks good camping songs. But it does have this tune from a camper....

This is Camper Van Beethoven's most successful single, 1985's Take The Skinheads Bowling.

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R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe

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play R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
Did this tune ever hold up! What is it... 31 years old?

Actually, this is the version R.E.M. re-recorded for Murmur in 1983, not the Hib-Tone from 1981. You can tell because it's a little slower.

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Cracker - Euro-Trash Girl

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play Cracker - Euro-Trash Girl
I'll be in Europe next week, so this song seems appropriate. It's one of the best hidden tracks you'll hear. This unlisted track was #69 on Kerosene Hat.

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Young MC - Louie Louie Remix with Maestro Fresh-Wes

MP3It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for another Weekly MP3.

I received an email yesterday that inspired this post:

Hey Mike! Big fan of your blog & appearances!

I've tried searching all over for this track before bugging you with this: Can you please repost the link to the Louie Louie mix track? I'm dying to hear it again! Your site isn't linking to it properly anymore.

Sorry for the hassle,

All the best,

Jim

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play Young MC - Louie Louie Remix with Maestro Fresh-Wes
This song was produced by Young MC back in 1990 and features Maestro Fresh-Wes on the mic. It was a 12" single released to promote "Coupe de Ville", a charming little flick I highly recommend.

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Cat Power - Sea of Love

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play Cat Power - Sea of Love
Sea of Love was a hit for Phil Phillips back in 1959, but I grew up thinking it was by The Honeydrippers. I hear the guy from The Honeydrippers used to front another band....

Lately, when I want to hear Sea of Love, I go with Cat Power's cover.

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