July 13, 2011
St. Johns Youth: Twist and Shout
Could St. Johns Youth be from the St. John’s School, a boys-only boarding school in Stony Plain, Alberta (now closed)? And just what is this toilet that the song is dedicated to? So many mysteries.
The Beatles recorded the song in 1964, but it was a cover – it had already been recorded by the Top Notes (1961) and The Isley Brothers (1962).
This brings The Studio 86 Sessions to an end. Hope you’ve enjoyed it. Check back on Friday for the start of a new “found sound” series.
July 6, 2011
2 Blonde Crew: Hold On
Wikipedia lists more than 40 songs called Hold On. The one on this cassette was recorded by Wilson Phillips in 1990. For those of you don’t know (I include myself), Wilson Phillips was (is?) a group, not a person, comprised of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson (daughters of Beach Boy Brian Wilson) and Chynna Phillips (daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas). Isn’t Wikipedia a grand resource?
June 29, 2011
Neetomendo: Straight Up
The original was a big hit for Paula Abdul in 1988.
June 22, 2011
Kylee: Dream A Little Dream Of Me
This is on the flipside of last week’s version of Crying by Buck & Shenese. First recorded by Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra all the way back in 1931, over the years it’s been recorded by many other artists including a hit single by Cass Elliot (with The Mama & The Papas) in 1968.
June 15, 2011
Buck & Shenese: Crying
Roy Orbison first recorded the song in 1961 and again in 1987 as a duet with k.d. lang, which is perhaps the version that Buck and Shenese would have been more familiar with when they recorded this tape in 1996. There’s no company logo on the label – my guess is that it was recorded at Edmonton’s B-Scene studios.
June 8, 2011
Jay & Mike: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
My friend Jay takes the lead on the second song we recorded at B-Scene Studios (the first was Girl From Ipanema). We showed up at the studio with a box of assorted instruments and noise-making toys including a slide whistle, kazoos, bells, cymbals and a barking dog toy. I’m pretty sure we didn’t bother with a rehearsal. The original was a monster hit for Bobby McFerrin in 1988.
June 1, 2011
Wild Honey: Good Hearted Woman, Yellow Rose of Texas
Good Hearted Woman was recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1972 (it was written by Jennings and Willie Nelson). The Yellow Rose of Texas is a traditional folk song that dates back to the 1830s. “Wild Honey” also sang Rockytop and On The Other Hand on this two-sided cassette.
May 25, 2011
Jennifer & Krista: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper recorded the original in 1983.
May 18, 2011
Fred: Home Sweet Home
Despite the name Fred on the label, this was recorded, once again, by a group of young girls. Recorded at Colleen’s birthday party in June 1992 by Colleen, Sheralee, Kendra, and Doralee. As suggested by the dedication, the song was originally sung by Mötley Crüe (1985).
May 11, 2011
Kathy & Marsie: The Rose
Do I really need to tell you that the original is by Bette Midler from the 1979 movie of the same name?