Monday, August 19, 2019

Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me & My Root Beer)

Hola kitties! DJ CK here with you. Bet your wondering why I'm drinking a beer on the job. A root beer, that is, as opposed to one of Hank's Bacon Beers. The peeps haven't drank soda in years but when they did they drank birch beer. In fact you might remember the Great Birch Beer Caper. (TW tried to play with the original post and mucked it all up.) Fact: this can of root beer contains 45 grams of sugar which is equal to 11 tsps and none of the sassafras root that originally gave root beer it's flavor.

Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me & My Root Beer)

If you guessed the Music Monday prompt chosen by John from The Sound of One Hand Typing has something to do with root beer, you'd be right. To quote him: In honor of the birthday of Charles E. Hires, the first commercial brewer of root beer, build a playlist in which the first letters of the songs spell out ROOT BEER. Seems easy enough except try thinking of songs that begin with "E" and then put them in a playlist that has a theme.

I spent all week trying to figure out where I as gonna go with this theme. I wanted the songs to have something in common. Then it hit me! I nudged TW in the middle of the night and shouted, if Mr. Hires was born in New Jersey, we could do a set of Jersey bands. She rolled over on top of me to silence me. OK, she really didn't but sure enough he was born in NJ. Not only are these all Jersey bands but they're all known as "Maxwell's" bands cos they regularly played the now-defunct Hoboken club. Except for Yo La Tengo, all these bands also share musicians.

Winter Hours—"Roadside Flowers" A pretty country song from the band who after R.E.M. is TW's favorite all-time band plus they're friends. She's been trying to find a playlist to build around them. Stan Demeski from the Feelies did the drumming duties for them for a few years altho not on this cd.
Winter Hours—"One Small Achievement" which was on a 12-in" EP
The Feelies—"On the Roof"
Yo La Tengo—"Tom Courtenay" They're the only true Hoboken band in the playlist. This is from the What’s Up Matador cd. TW was in their bowling league and played softball with them way back when. She was terrible at both.

Winter Hours—"Broken Little Man" A gorgeous song from their Lenny Kaye-produced autonomous major-label CD. The song was written about LA singer/songwriter Elliot Murphy. TW is sure those photos at the beginning of the video with the red backdrop are ones she gave the band.
Wake Oooloo—"Effigy" They're one of many Feelies' spin-off bands along with Speed the Plough, the Trypes and I'm sure I'm forgetting at least one.
The Feelies—"Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me and My Monkey)" A cover of the Beatles' song which was on their first cd.
Wake Ooloo—"Rise" from their Hear No Evil cd.

That's it for our show today. I'm participating in the #4M Music Moves Me blog hop co-hosted by Curious as a Cathy and a chorus of others. Until next time, keep rockin'.

Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me & My Root Beer)

Gratuitous cat photo. Writing this post wore me out. (Hover to see secret message.)


John Holton said...

A real good playlist. Mr. Hires would approve (he was a big fan of The Feelies, you know...)!

songbird's crazy world said...

I've never heard of any of these bands. thanks for broadening my musical knowledge. love the gratuitous cat photo.

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Good job and very creative CK! Now enjoy your nap, you earned it.

World of Animals, Inc said...

The playlist is just wonderful for the day. Now we are going to celebrate with some root beer with ice tonight. Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful rest of your day.
World of Animals

Rene said...

Now I have to admit that I liked the Beatles' version of the E song better. . . :-)

The Florida Furkids said...

We've never heard of any of these bands but think it was a pretty clever way to tie in the root beer!!
The Florida Furkids

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a clever twist to the theme! I attempted to build my list around a theme too but couldn't think of a thing. Really like Roadside Flowers.

Brian said...

Darn good tunes CK and a stunning picture to boot!

Summer at said...

You always come up with the best playlists, CK!

Cathy Kennedy said...


Great direction with this week's theme! I'm glad the light came on in TW's attic with this one, she introduced me to all new mewsicians...well, Yo le Tengo sounds familiar. Have you featured this artist in a past post? I'm going to hop over to YT to discover more of Winter Hours songs. I think I like them, too. It's wonderful having you on the dance floor. Now get some rest! ;) Have a boogietastic week, my little furriend!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Looks like deciding between all those songs exhausted you, CK!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I have never heard any of those bands before but enjoyed all of your collection. Winter Hours were my favourite band. I have heard Everybody's Got Something to Hide by The Beatles but had forgotten it over the years.

pilch92 said...

Great way to tie them all together. All new to me. I was surprised there was no Springsteen though. XO

XmasDolly said...

Whoa, you sure know how to spell ROOT BEER really good! Woo Hoo!!! I'm totally luvin' it!!! Although many of these I don't know myself and even the video I must be living under a rock! Well, you really know how to rock some ROOT BEER! Sorry I'm so late!!! hugs..... great job!

Little Binky and Granny said...

Cheers for the mewsic, CK, we loved that song of Winter Hours, they sound like Summer in my ears😺Pawkisses for a Happy swinging Day🐾😽💞

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

Great playlist..listening to the Feelies as I'm commenting..oh, how did you do that secret message, CK??
That's so very cool! Boy, could I use some secret messages for my pals!
Housekeeper says now she appreciates that there were more to NJ bands than the big names..I have no idea who she's talking about - Tom x