Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I Got You” by Split Enz

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I Got You” by Split Enz Like Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Split Enz started out as a visually stunning progressive rock band that dressed up in wild costumes and performed elaborate stage shows. The original lineup of Phil Judd, Tim Finn, Mike Chunn, Robert Gillies and Noel Crombie […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cry Me A River” by Joe Cocker

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Cry Me A River” by Joe Cocker Like most people my age, my first exposure to this Arthur Hamilton-penned track was this rocking Joe Cocker version from Mad Dogs And Englishmen. You can imagine my surprise when I later discovered that the song was originally a sultry […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tahitian Moon” by Porno For Pyros

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tahitian Moon” by Porno For Pyros Prince…Jack White… Jerry Garcia…Bruce Springsteen…David Byrne…Curt Cobain…Perry Farrell…all world-class performers with charisma to burn. The type of performer you can’t take your eyes off of when on stage. Some like Jerry Garcia didn’t have to do much but just show up […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Ducks On The Wall” by The Kinks

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Ducks On The Wall” by The Kinks Today’s Song Of The Day by Eric Berman comes from The Kinks’ 1975 concept album Soap Opera. The album’s muddled tale focuses on the star-making machinery and the perils of stardom itself with the Starmaker character changing places with the […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Up The Neck” by Pretenders

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Up The Neck” by Pretenders On the surface, today’s Song Of The Day by Eric Berman exudes pure sexuality in its imagery. Listen a little closer and the lyrics tell a much different story…”Lust turns to anger, a kiss to a slug…” Chrissie Hynde was just amazing […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silver Train” by The Rolling Stones

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silver Train” by The Rolling Stones Today’s Song Of the Day by Eric Berman hails from one of the most maligned albums in the entire Rolling Stones’ catalog, Goats Head Soup, and I’ve never really understood why. Certainly, its proximity as the follow up to the mighty […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Buckets Of Rain” by Bette Midler with Bob Dylan

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Buckets Of Rain” by Bette Midler with Bob Dylan Today’s Song Of The Day by Eric Berman is a great Bette Midler/Bob Dylan duet from Midler’s 1976 album Songs For The New Depression. The session came about because Dylan had hoped Midler would join him on the […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Answering Machine” by The Replacements When they were good, they were really great. But when The Replacements were bad, they were truly awful. Seeing The Replacements in concert was always a crap shoot. Whether it was boredom from being on the road, or just youthful blowing off […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “‘Til I Die” by The Beach Boys

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “‘Til I Die” by The Beach Boys Today’s Song Of The Day is one one of Brian Wilson’s deepest creations from the 1971 album originally titled Landlocked but ultimately released as Surf’s Up. The lyrics really show where Brian’s head was at the time which was not […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bad Time” by Grand Funk Railroad This is not exactly the “Footstompin’ Music” that Grand Funk Railroad were known for in the late ’60s and early ’70s. But once they lost the Railroad in their name and came under the aegis of Todd Rundgren and Jimmy Ienner, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Rednecks” by Randy Newman

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Rednecks” by Randy Newman Here is what Randy Newman had to say about the lead song from his 1974 masterpiece Good Old Boys: “I wrote ‘Rednecks’ soon after I saw Lester Maddox (Georgia Governor from 1967-1971) on The Dick Cavett Show. They sat Maddox next to Jim […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Don’t Let’s Start” by They Might Be Giants

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Don’t Let’s Start” by They Might Be Giants You can’t bottle creativity, but in the case of They Might Be Giants, you certainly can buy it! They were two wild and crazy nerd-boys when they burst onto the scene in the mid-1980s, we just didn’t realize how […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Empty Lives” by Graham Parker

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Empty Lives” by Graham Parker He was never a punk rocker and was already around too long to be part of the “New Wave,” but marketing is marketing and that’s how much of the world came to discover Graham Parker. By the time of Squeezing Out Sparks, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Soul Kiss” by Joe Jackson

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Soul Kiss” by Joe Jackson For an artist as ornery as Joe Jackson was on stage berating his audiences regularly; he did come out with some of the sweetest and most articulate music of his time. While critics were rushing to compare Elvis Costello to Irving Berlin […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “State Trooper” by Bruce Springsteen

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “State Trooper” by Bruce Springsteen The guttural howls that he lets out at the end of this psychobilly classic mixed with its pleading paranoid lyrics conjures the mood of pure dread…and with Bruce Springsteen’s sixth album, it was all about mood. Hot on the heels of The […]