Harmonizers

It’s not often that you get really good rock duets. But when you do, they’re quite awesome!

1. …Said Sadly by the Smashing Pumpkins (James Iha featuring Nina Gordon)

Rock ‘n’ roll + rock ‘n’ roll: This is a B-Side of the Smashing Pumpkins single Bullet with Butterfly Wings, from their 1995 double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The song was written and sung by James Iha. Nina Gordon, formerly of Veruca Salt, sings opposite James.

EMI doesn’t allow any videos of the song on Youtube to play in the Philippines, so we turn to Dailymotion once again. There is no official video for it, and this is the ONLY video of it in Dailymotion.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3vvt1_said-sadly_music”

2. Good Morning Baby by Bic Runga and Dan Wilson

Pop + rock ‘n’ roll: This one’s from the soundtrack of the 1999 movie, American Pie. I think it was specifically recorded for the movie by Bic Runga and Semisonic front man Dan Wilson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8RU2WNK4eU”

3. Virginia Moon by Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones

Rock ‘n’ roll + jazz: This song came out in the Foo Fighters’ 2007 double album, In Your Honor. It was also included in Norah Jones’ 2010 album aptly titled Featuring.

Here’s an interview clip of Norah Jones and the Foo Fighters about the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNQi7ut7A5c”

And here’s the song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVJ_UQJ87lQ”

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From Cover to Cover

This comes to you very late. At the end of the week, in fact. But never mind that. Let’s just look at this week’s three.

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos (Nirvana Cover)

A rather interesting take on the song. What’s cool is that Tori Amos still makes it come across with intensity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcHNZVrxEts&feature=related”

2. Stay by The Smashing Pumpkins (U2 Cover)

One of my favorite bands covering my favorite U2 song. What else could you ask for? … Well, if they let D’Arcy sing too, that would have been just perfect. (pun not intended)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sq3D039JCY”

3. Hit Me Baby One More Time by Travis (Britney Spears Cover)

This is the one that actually started this post idea. My wife showed it to me more than a week ago. It’s just awesome! Fran Healy’s the man! And Dougie Payne’s second voice is just killer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NwqN-xj9Xs”

Nightcaps

And another week goes by. I’ve been trying to think of what songs to feature this week. It’s difficult with so many to choose from. At some point I thought, maybe I could have a theme again. I did it a few weeks ago with the sea/ocean related songs. Now, I don’t know why but this is the theme that popped into my head.

1. Tonight, Tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins

The band needs no introduction. This song is a single from the Dawn to Dusk disc of their 1995 double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yexoqY8MrFI”

2. Moonchild by Cibo Matto

Cibo Matto, ‘crazy food’ in Italian, was a duo formed by New York-based Japanese expatriates, Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda. The duo released their first album, Viva! La Woman,  in 1996. Their second (and last) album, Stereo*Type A, was released in 1999 and featured new members, including Sean Lennon. This song is a single from that album. Cibo Matto decided to disband in 2001.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SEpZmUxH24”

3. Sherry Fraser by Marcy Playground

Marcy Playground is an American rock band that got mainstream attention with their 1997 hit ‘Sex and Candy.’ This song is another single from their 1997 self-titled debut album. It’s also the name of the lead singer’s then-girlfriend who helped him produce his first material in the early ’90s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJhL3VOOatA”

Songs From Trinity

I finished reading Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War. In maybe 4 hours, 5 hours tops. In two installments. I read it because I have to sub for an English class on Monday. It’s a very interesting book. Well written. If I had to describe it in one word, I’d go with unapologetic.

Here are three songs that, to me, would be in The Chocolate War soundtrack.

1. King of New Orleans by Better Than Ezra

Better Than Ezra is a band that originates from Louisiana, USA. They have one of the most original band names around. This is a single from their 1996 album, Friction Baby.

2. Bullet With Butterfly Wings by The Smashing Pumpkins

No introductions needed. This is the first single from their 1995 album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

3. Long Road to Ruin by Foo Fighters

Again, let’s get straight to the point. This is a single from their 2007 album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace. This video is hilarious in true Foo fashion!

Let’s Get This Straightened Out Right Away

Grand daddies of emo.

I am a shameless Smashing Pumpkins fan. There, I said it. That’s why the first installment of Tripper’s Heaven will feature my top 3 Pumpkins songs.

For those who aren’t familiar, the Smashing Pumpkins were a Chicago band formed in the late ’80s and gained prominence in the late ’90s. The Pumpkins are the grand daddies of “emo.” They were making that type of music way before the term was coined. And their “emo” was epic.

In my search for videos for this post, I came across this thing said by SlideshowArt. I’ll quote it because I don’t think it can be said any better.

“If The Smashing Pumpkins were before your time, go back in time. They’re that good.”

1. Muzzle

My favorite song in Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Speaks to me about going on despite the finiteness of things.

2. Landslide

Fleetwood Mac cover by the Pumpkins. Nuff said.

3. Mayonaise

My absolute favorite Pumpkins song. From the Siamese Dream album. This song is inspiring because Billy Corgan only had a cheapo guitar during recording. The feedback sound that you hear when the guitars stop is a defect of the guitar that he incorporated into the song. Just goes to prove that the instrument does not the musician make.