November 19, 2014

Barnhardt-Van der Leun Musical Awesomeness Cagematch: Round Two!

The lovely Koran-Burning-While-Living-in-a-Van-by-the-River Ann Barnhardt has taken note of the recent Boomer Anthems: What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? @ AMERICAN DIGEST and decided, since she has little regard for her own safety, to DROP THE VINYL!

Barnhardt-Van der Leun Musical Awesomeness Cagematch | BarnhardtSo Gerard Van der Leun over at, a frequent syndicator of this strange website and frequent poachee of mine, cross posted the Sting/Lute/Fields of Gold clip, because he is a gentleman, a poet, and a scholar. How could he not? But now I feel we need to keep this thing going. He posted today an INCREDIBLE cover of “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” by Joan Osborne, who, quoting Arsenio Hall, sings her face off.
A’ight. A’ight. I feel you. I’ll see your Joan Osborne and raise you Miss Bonnie Raitt covering Del Shannon’s “Runaway”. ON VINYL.
Oh, smack. It’s on now! Barnhardt dropped the VINYL.

I’m a walkin’ in the rain
Tears are fallin’ an’ I feel the pain
Wishin’ you were here by me
To end this misery….

To which I put aside my tea cup and my crustless cucumber sandwiches and say, Oh rilly? Well..... Okay I suppose... even with that embarrassing tempo glitch around 1:18 it does have a certain requisite "inevitability" that all good music has. In response I shall drop a performance which, many years ago, I had the good fortune to hear live as it was being filmed at Monterey Pop.... A performance that is seared, SEARED, into my memory!

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 19, 2014 11:00 AM
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Too bad Janis never had a good band behind her.
Between her caterwauling and the guitar's creeching you could pull cats backward through a picket fence and wouldn't even notice it.

"Etched" is a good word for it, grinding glass with Owsley to enhance it.

I am not a fan of Barnhardt but Bonnie Raitt carries this one.

Posted by: chasmatic at November 19, 2014 8:59 AM

I concur with Mama Cass - wow.

So did you see Hendrix, or rather Experience Jimi?

Posted by: tim at November 19, 2014 9:06 AM

@Chas: My cousin added that caterwauling guitar to his 600+ guitar stable back in the mid 70's and I had the pleasure of pushing it to the limits a time or two through a 4cab Marshall stack. Even though they tend to divebomb, SG's are my preference and I gave a brand new one to my son when he graduated from acoustic apprenticeship some 20+ years ago. They just seem to have the right balance to em for my taste and are a little lighter than LP's.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 19, 2014 9:19 AM

Yes Hendrix.

Posted by: vanderleun at November 19, 2014 9:52 AM


Posted by: mushroom at November 19, 2014 10:11 AM

more than 40 years ago I was standing at the record rack at the store and asked a guy there if he liked the Janis Jopin album. He said, "Its alright, I guess, if you like a lot of screeching." With a recommendation like that, I bought the album!

Posted by: bgarrett at November 19, 2014 11:21 AM

Janice !
(Nice cuffs)

Posted by: Richards Day at November 19, 2014 11:47 AM

A piece of the 60s one took drugs TO forget?

Posted by: rlc2 at November 19, 2014 1:10 PM

I think the boys at PowerLine are giving you a run for your money with "Moon River" as sung by Nancy Lamott two weeks before her death:

Posted by: Punditarian at November 19, 2014 2:13 PM

Fight fair, you two.

Ow, and "Yow!"

Posted by: leelu at November 19, 2014 2:13 PM

OK, want some heat?

Tina, on fire

Posted by: Dr Bob at November 19, 2014 3:27 PM

well I'm with Chas on this, Big Brother just didn't seem to click. Janis is, well...Janis, nothin quite like her

still, one of my fav tunes to perform is "Piece of My Heart"

Posted by: Dave Emminger at November 19, 2014 3:43 PM

I'm a fan of Janice, she was the queen of dysfunctional riffraff humanity, which was my tribe in those days. Drank me a little Southern Comfort and bounced off sidewalks on reds and cheap wine. I think her anthem songs were "Turtle Blues" and "Me and Bobbie McGee"
Gerard, did you see Laura Nyro at Monterey. She was , like Janice, another American original.

Posted by: bill at November 19, 2014 5:34 PM

Ok, they are good, but no one beats Dusty

Posted by: missred at November 19, 2014 5:41 PM

sorry about the triple posting *peeking from around the corner*

Posted by: missred at November 19, 2014 5:43 PM

Gerard carries this had to be there.

Janice's performance that is seared in my memory was the Krishna gig at the Ballroom. Hev-e.

Posted by: BJM at November 19, 2014 6:05 PM

If this Janis cut is just a tiny bit too gnarly and over the top for you, go to YouTube and look up "Samantha Fish Put A Spell On You Marshall Michigan" (sorry, don't have the link). Barefoot, sexy, gritty, and just right.

Posted by: Dutch 1960 at November 19, 2014 7:08 PM

Going back to the Joan Osborne cut, it does put a lump in one's throat for its own sake, but also for Detroit. The Motown sound is history, and so is the city. Big honkin' Cadillacs and big music. All gone now.

Posted by: Dutch 1960 at November 19, 2014 7:40 PM

Joan Osborne put me immediately in mind of Bonnie Raitt, so no surprises there. Joan just smokes less than Bonnie, else they'd be almost sibling voices.

The Jolly Roger has you all beat. He saw Jimi Hendix open for the Monkees in Jacksonville, FL.


Gerard already knows that I'mma hafta throw down the peerless Eva Cassidy.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at November 19, 2014 7:50 PM

My daughter forever ruined my enjoyment of Janis when she said she sounded like Marge Simpson. I listened and decided she was right.

Posted by: Steve at November 19, 2014 9:38 PM

All the bands you'd see on the posters, Family Dog and Filmore lettering, patchouli and weed, lotta groups, few chicks made it in that genre.
I moved around those crowds, I felt like a wolf among the sheep.

It is soul music for me cut sharp like a razor; blues for the get-down.

I'm merely gonna mention Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays. He did cross over didn't he? Get all them little White chicks trembling:

"Ole Man Trouble" "Respect" "Change Gonna Come" "I've Been Loving You Too Long" "Try a Little Tenderness"

Posted by: chasmatic at November 20, 2014 1:24 AM

I knew it was Janis without checking the video. I've read that she practiced all those vocal moves and if you listen to enough of her music, you'll see that it is true. Sam Andrew has an interesting blog and posts a lot of the old pictures. I wish she'd had a few more years to perform. She was an intelligent woman and might have taken it to another level.

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