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The Name Game – 1

Every music blog needs a gimmicky series, so here’s one for you! I post pairs of songs, the title of one is the artist of the other. The song may be named after the artist, or the artist after the song, or there may be no connection…

So first, here’s a very 1985 pop-rock number by a former teenage heartthrob, and some 21st century janglepop referring to the artist in question:

Link: “She Knows All About Boys” by David Cassidy
Link: “David Cassidy” by Betty And The Werewolves

So you get the idea. I don’t think there’s any connection in this next pairing, but two cracking tunes. The first is a fine bit of 70s funk, one of those soundtrack staples that you hear on TV and film all the time and might not know what it is (like I didn’t until this very week) and currently being used by the Beeb to promote “Last Chance Lawyer NYC”. The second is a soul classic that surely needs no introduction:

Link: “Low Rider” by War
Link: “War” by Edwin Starr

And finally, here’s one where the artist is named after the song. Both of the songs in this pairing are folk standards which have been recorded by zillions of people, so as far as “Nancy Whiskey” (the song) goes, I just went for the version I’m most familiar with. As for the artist Nancy Whiskey (born Ann Wilson), I thought it was a bit of a cheat to use the best-known Chas McDevitt version of “Freight Train” (because the song’s not called “Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group Featuring Nancy Whiskey”) so I found this very different solo recording instead.

Link: “Freight Train” by Nancy Whiskey
Link: “Nancy Whiskey” by Shane MacGowan and the Popes

Oh, sod it, here’s the classic version of “Freight Train” as well…

Link: “Freight Train” by Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey

 

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