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Kevin Coyne :: I Want My Crown, 1973

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Early on in this clip from The Old Grey Whistle Test, Kevin Coyne admits that he “knicked” his version of “I Want My Crown” off the song’s originator, Big Joe Williams.  Coyne’s interpretation is more spritely, melodic, and memorable than the bluesman’s—it’s the work of an art-school lifer caught in a moment of mainstream success. […]

Cherry Wainer & Don Storer :: Peter Gunn

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Just like last time, today’s Videodrome is a clip from a German TV show. Specifically, the show Beat! Beat! Beat! No, not the Beat Club… but the show did have a Shindig/Bandstand style “variety” format where mostly U.K. and American rock bands would play a few songs to smiling, bopping teenagers. I caught this video […]

Ike & Tina Turner :: Nutbush City Limits

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I came across today’s Videodrome entry last month while digging around in search of an Ike & The Rhythm Kings performance I’d previously stumbled upon (late) one night. I never did find the Ike clip, but this “live performance” did more than suffice. And yes, do note the quotes surrounding the words ‘live’ and ‘performance’. […]

Booker T. & The MG’s :: Booker-Loo (1968)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

As mentioned in the inaugural Videodrome post last month, the recurring series is an effort to highlight some of the more exceptional videos and/or performances we stumble upon out there in the ether. This week we’re looking at some footage from 1968 — an intimate live performance of Booker T. & The MG’s doing “Booker-Loo” […]