Today, I’m debuting a new feature — Song Of The Week, courtesy of the excellent Can’t Explain blog. This one has a special place in my heart, because I vividly remember this ad for M Network (in my mind, Juice Newton was singing in the ad, but the internets tell me that’s not true).
Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues” (1958)
This seems appropriate after a long tedious week of watching bad-faith Republicans squirm desperately for position (and not over yet), aka “Death Panels II: Dark of the Debt Ceiling.” I like that the singer here takes his problem to the United Nations but ends up talking to his Congressman. In my case, talking to my (freshman) Republican Congresscritter usually feels like it’s doing about as much good as taking my problem to the United Nations. This tune at least is some kind of relief, its exasperated wiseass teen griping nailed down to fine shtick, notably in the flat booming intonations of the walk-on grown-up parts, e.g., “Now you can’t use the car ‘cos you didn’t work late” or “I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote.” A million people have covered it over the 50+ years that followed, but I think Eddie Cochran’s is still the best (requires viewing on YouTube).
Review at Can’t Explain