Me and Bobby McGee ~ Janis Joplin

janis-150Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin #46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. She died in Los Angeles, California of a drug overdose at the age of 27.

There is so much this woman accomplished in her short life, and I could spend hours writing about it. Her music was probably one of the most influential things in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Don McLean is widely believed to allude to Janis Joplin in his song “American Pie” with the lines “I met a girl who sang the blues / And I asked her for some happy news, / But she just smiled and turned away”. McLean has not denied nor confirmed the belief.

Me and Bobby McGee

Me and Bobby McGee” is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller, and later by Janis Joplin, who topped the U.S. singles charts with the song in 1971.

Some sources incorrectly state that Gordon Lightfoot issued the first recorded version. In fact, Lightfoot sang this new song after a detailed tribute to Kris Kristopherson in a CBC broadcast from the summer 1969 Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) Festival. In his introduction, Gordon clearly referred disparagingly to the Miller version and said he intended recording it himself “the way it should be done.” According to another story, Kristofferson popped his head into the studio with freshly written verses as Roger Miller was recording the song. Regardless, Miller was the first artist to have a hit with the song, peaking with it at No. 12 on the US country charts in 1969. Lightfoot’s version hit No. 13 on the pop charts and No. 1 country in his native Canada in 1970. In a 2008 autobiography, Don Reid and Harold Reid of the Statler Brothers say Kristofferson promised it to them, but when they later inquired about recording it, they learned Miller had already cut the song. The Reids say there were no hard feelings, and were happy about Miller’s success with the song. The song was later included on a Statler Brothers album, but was not released as a single.

Janis Joplin also covered the song for inclusion on her Pearl album only a few days before her death in October 1970. Kristofferson had sung the song for Joplin, and singer Bob Neuwirth taught it to her. Kristofferson, however, did not know she had covered it until after her death (the first time he heard it was the day after she died). Joplin’s version topped the charts to become her only number one single and only the second posthumous number one single in rock & roll history (the first was “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding). In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked No. 148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Kristofferson performed the song live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 and a CD and DVD of the event were issued 30 years later as Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1970. The Janis Joplin version was used prominently in the epilogue of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s epic film of Berlin Alexanderplatz.

In the original version of the song, Bobby is a woman; Janis Joplin, who was a lover and a friend of Kristofferson’s from the beginning of her career to her death, changed the sex and a few of the lyrics in her cover. Kristofferson states he did not write this song for her, but the song is associated with her. Especially, he has said, in the line, “Somewhere near Salinas, Lord, I let her slip away.” In a conversation with director Monte Hellman called “Somewhere Near Salinas”, available in the supplements to the Two-Lane Blacktop Criterion Collection DVD release (a film in which Kristofferson’s version is used on the soundtrack), Kristofferson states that the film La Strada was an inspiration for the song and remarks on the irony of how a song inspired by a classic “road movie” should come to used in another.

The line about “Bobby and I Sang the Blues”, was adopted by Don Mcclean for the song “American Pie” when he met a girl who “Sang the Blues”, hoping for some “Happy News”, but “She just smiled and turned away”.

The line: “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose/ But nothing ain’t worth nothing but it’s free”, is listed in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations under Kris Kristofferson’s name.

Me and Bobby McGee – Kristofferson

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
And I’s feeling nearly as faded as my jeans.
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,
It rode us all the way to New Orleans.

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues.
Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby’s hand in mine,
We sang every song that driver knew.

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing don’t mean nothing honey if it ain’t free, now now.
And feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
You know feeling good was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun,
Hey, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul.
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done,
Hey Bobby baby? kept me from the cold.

One day up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away,
He’s looking for that home and I hope he finds it,
But I’d trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday
To be holding Bobby’s body next to mine.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,
Nothing, that’s all that Bobby left me, yeah,
But feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,
Hey, feeling good was good enough for me, hmm hmm,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la
La la la la la Bobby McGee.
La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, Bobby McGee, la.

La La la, la la la la la la,
La La la la la la la la la, ain`t no bumb on my bobby McGee yeah.
Na na na na na na na na, na na na na na na na na na na na
Hey now Bobby now, Bobby McGee, yeah.

Lord, I’m calling my lover, calling my man,
I said I’m calling my lover just the best I can,
C’mon, hey now Bobby yeah, hey now Bobby McGee, yeah,
Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee, Lord!

Yeah! Whew!

Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord
Hey, hey, hey, Bobby McGee.

  • Audio from the 1971 album, Pearl:

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Under The Milky Way ~ The Church

The_Church_(Band)The Church is an Australian psychedelic rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. Initially associated with new wave, neo-psychedelia and indie rock, their music later came to feature slower tempos and surreal soundscapes reminiscent of dream pop and post-rock. Glenn A. Baker has written that “From the release of the ‘She Never Said’ single in November 1980, this unique Sydney-originated entity has purveyed a distinctive, ethereal, psychedelic-tinged sound which has alternatively found favor and disfavor in Australia”. The Los Angeles Times has described the band’s music as “dense, shimmering, exquisite guitar pop”.

The founding members were Steve Kilbey on lead vocals and bass guitar, Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars and Nick Ward on drums. Ward only played on their debut album and the band’s drummer for the rest of the 1980s was Richard Ploog. Jay Dee Daugherty (ex-Patti Smith Group) played drums from 1990 to 1993, followed by Tim Powles (ex-The Venetians) who remains with them to the present day. Koppes left the band from 1992 to 1997[4] and Willson-Piper left in 2013. He was replaced by Ian Haug, formerly of Powderfinger. Kilbey, Koppes and Powles also recorded together as “The Refo:mation” in 1997.

The Church’s debut album, Of Skins and Heart (1981), delivered their first radio hit “The Unguarded Moment” and they were signed to major labels in Australia, Europe and the United States. However, the US label was dissatisfied with their second album and dropped the band without releasing it. This put a dent in their international success, but they returned to the charts in 1988, with the album Starfish and the US Top 40 hit “Under the Milky Way”. Subsequent mainstream success has proved elusive, but the band retains a large international cult following and were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in Sydney in 2011. The Church continue to tour and record, releasing their 24th studio album, Further/Deeper, in October 2014.

Under The Milky Way

Under the Milky Way” is a single by Australian alternative rock band The Church, released on 15 February 1988 and appears on their fifth studio album Starfish. The song was written by bass guitarist and lead vocalistSteve Kilbey and his then-girlfriend Karin Jansson (ex-Pink Champagne, Curious (Yellow)).

“Under the Milky Way” was written by Kilbey and Karin Jansson of Curious (Yellow). Kilbey and Jansson had become friends in 1983 and lived together in Australia from 1986.  Kilbey said, “I smoked a joint and started playing the piano and she came in the room and we just made it up.”  According to a press release issued with Starfish, the title is from an Amsterdam music and cultural venue, Melkweg (Dutch for “Milky Way”), which Kilbey used to frequent.

Under The Milky Way – Kilby, Jansson

Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down on Memphis
Lower the curtain down, all right
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it’s something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight

  • Audio from the 1988 album, Starfish:

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History Repeating – Propellerheads

PropellerheadsPropellerheads are a British big beat music band made up of electronic producers Will White and Alex Gifford. The term “Propellerhead” is slang for a nerd, and when Gifford and White heard a friend from California use this in a conversation, they thought it the perfect name for their band.

Proponents of the much-maligned big-beat style of dance music (i.e. the Chemical Brothers), the Propellerheads — keyboardist/bassist/DJ Alex Gifford and drummer/DJ Will White — sprang out of Bath, England in 1996 to achieve almost overnight success in the U.K. with their brand of unabashed party techno, which combines strains of hip-hop, acid house, jazz-funk, and spy-film soundtracks. Gifford began his career as a studio musician, playing keyboards for Van Morrison and saxophone for the Stranglers, among others, before joining dance collective the Grid. After a stint on the staff of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, where he helped write and produce the well-received Arcane compilation, Gifford decided to start recording his own music, and sought out local drummer White. In 1996, the duo released its first EP, Dive, on Wall of Sound; almost immediately, the title track was licensed by Adidas for use in a television commercial. The follow-up, Take California, appeared later that year, and the title track became a significant underground big-beat success. The 1997 Spybreak! EP was another hit, demonstrating the duo’s love for spy-film soundtracks; later in the year, the group hit the British Top Five with a remake of the Bond theme “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” recorded for the compilation Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold 007 Project. Remixes for acts like Luscious Jackson, Soul Coughing, and 808 State followed, and Propellerheads signed to DreamWorks. The band made its U.S. debut in 1997 with a self-titled CD5, which contained the new single “Bang On!,” as well as several old and new tracks. In early 1998, the Propellerheads released their full-length debut, Decksandrumsandrockandroll, to generally positive reviews.

History Repeating

History Repeating” is a song written by Alex Gifford and originally performed by the Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey in 1997.

The track is a fusion of several different styles of big beat, breakbeat and Jazz combined with the powerful vocals of Shirley Bassey. The sleeve cover, an illustration by Duke D. Jukes takes its inspiration from classic album sleeves, such as those used for the Capitol 1959 release No One Cares from Frank Sinatra. The retro style was also continued with the video, filmed in monochrome, the opening of which is themed on a TV Jazz show called Jazz 1200 and clearly harks back to the serious music shows of the 1960’s. Scenes from the video shoot were included in the Divas are Forever DVD.

History Repeating – Gifford

The word is about, there’s something evolving,
whatever may come, the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here,
that the revolution’s near,
but to me it seems quite clear
that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating

The newspapers shout a new style is growing,
but it don’t know if it’s coming or going,
there is fashion, there is fad
some is good, some is bad
and the joke is rather sad,
that its all just a little bit of history repeating

.. and I’ve seen it before
.. and I’ll see it again
.. yes I’ve seen it before
.. just little bits of history repeating

Some people don’t dance, if they don’t know who’s singing,
why ask your head, it’s your hips that are swinging
life’s for us to enjoy
woman, man, girl and boy,
feel the pain, feel the joy
aside set the little bits of history repeating

.. just little bits of history repeating
.. and I’ve seen it before
.. and I’ll see it again
.. yes I’ve seen it before
.. just little bits of history repeating

  • Audio from the 1997 album, Decksanddrumsandrockandroll:

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Make it Rain ~ Ed Sheeran

ed-sheeran-150Ed Sheeran  is an English singer-songwriter and musician.  He was born in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk. After dropping out of school at 16, he moved to London the following year, in 2008, to pursue a career in music. In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of Elton John and Jamie Foxx.  After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (read as “plus”), was released on 9 September 2011 and has since been certified six-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single “The A Team”, which earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.  In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Sheeran’s popularity abroad began in 2012. In the US, he made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red.  “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John.[7][8] He spent much of 2013 opening for Swift’s The Red Tour in North America dates.  In late 2013, he performed three sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden as a headline act. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

His second studio album, x (read as “multiply”), was released worldwide on 23 June 2014. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year.  As part of his world tour, Sheeran played three sold-out concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in July 2015, his biggest solo shows to date.

Make It Rain

Make It Rain” is a song by the Northern Irish musician Foy Vance. It was made famous by Ed Sheeran in 2014 when it was used in the television series Sons of Anarchy

Ed Sheeran’s recording of the song was used in an episode in season 7 of the television series Sons of Anarchy.  Sheeran was an avid fan of the series and mentioned it on his Twitter account. When the creator read it, he proposed that Sheeran records a song for one of the episodes. As Sheeran was touring with Foy Vance at the time, and as one of Vance’s songs (Make It Rain) started with the lyrics “When the sins of my father / Weigh down in my soul”, Sheeran thought it was appropriate for the series and with Vance’s approval, Sheeran recorded the song to be used in the episode “Red Rose” broadcast on December 2, 2014.

Make It Rain – Vance

When the sins of my father
Weigh down in my soul
And the pain of my mother
Will not let me go
Well, I know there can come fire from the sky
To refine the purest of kings
And even though
I know this fire brings me pain
Even so
And just the same

Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Oh, make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain

And the seed needs the water
Before it grows out of the ground
But it just keeps on getting hotter
And the hunger more profound
Well, I know there can come tears from the eyes
But they may as well be in vain
Even though
I know these tears come with pain
Even so
And just the same

Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain

Make it rain [x8]

And the seas are full of water
That stops by the shore
Just like the riches of grandeur
That never reach the poor

And let the clouds fill with thunderous applause
And let lightning be the veins
And fill the sky
With all that they can drop
When it’s time
To make a change

Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain
Make it rain down, Lord

  • Audio from the 2014 album, x:

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In Popular Culture

In television

Wasn’t Expecting That ~ Jamie Lawson

tbJamie Lawson is a British singer-songwriter and musician. He was born and raised in Plymouth, England. Jamie was originally signed to Operator Records. He was the first artist signed by Ed Sheeran to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records. Lawson is best known for his hit single “Wasn’t Expecting That” and his self-titled album which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart in 2015.

Lawson released 2 studio albums before the release of his single and album both named Wasn’t Expecting That in Ireland in 2011, however his success did not go beyond Ireland. Lawsons’s popularity abroad only began in 2015, when he re-released his single “Wasn’t Expecting that” and was signed to Ed Sheeran’s own label.

Wasn’t Expecting That

Wasn’t Expecting That” is a song recorded by British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson. It was originally released on 11 March 2011 as the lead single from his third studio album Wasn’t Expecting That.  The song was re-released on 3 April 2015 as the lead single from his fourth studio album Jamie Lawson. The song has peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Wasn’t Expecting That – Lawson

It was only a smile
But my heart it went wild
I wasn’t expecting that
Just a delicate kiss
Anyone could’ve missed
I wasn’t expecting that

Did I misread the sign?
Your hand slipped into mine
I wasn’t expecting that
You spent the night in my bed
You woke up and you said
“Well, I wasn’t expecting that!”

I thought love wasn’t meant to last
I thought you were just passing through
If I ever get the nerve to ask
What did I get right to deserve somebody like you?
I wasn’t expecting that

It was only a word
It was almost misheard
I wasn’t expecting that
But it came without fear
A month turned into a year
I wasn’t expecting that

I thought love wasn’t meant to last
Honey, I thought you were just passing through
If I ever get the nerve to ask
What did I get right to deserve somebody like you?
I wasn’t expecting that

Oh and isn’t it strange
How a life can be changed
In the flicker of the sweetest smile
We were married in spring
You know I wouldn’t change a thing
Without that innocent kiss
What a life I’d have missed

If you’d not took a chance
On a little romance
When I wasn’t expecting that
Time doesn’t take long
Three kids up and gone
I wasn’t expecting that

When the nurses they came
Said, “It’s come back again”
I wasn’t expecting that
Then you closed your eyes
You took my heart by surprise
I wasn’t expecting that

  • Audio from the 2011 album, Jamie Lawson:

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Tom Sawyer ~ Rush

rush-150Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson; and drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through several reconfigurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving its current lineup when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour.

Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, history, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving intoprogressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which has continued to the present. The band’s latest studio album, Clockwork Angels (2012) won the Album Of The Year Award from Progressive Music Awards. The supporting tour ran from September 2012 to August 2013.

According to the RIAA Rush ranks 80th with sales of 25 million units in the U.S. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2004. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has received seven Grammy award nominations, but have not won the award. The band has won several Juno Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. Rush plans to stop large-scale touring at the end of 2015, although they have not ruled out the possibility of future studio albums and smaller-scale tours.

On December 7, 2015, drummer Neil Peart announced that he had retired from drumming due to chronic tendinitis.  Guitarist Alex Lifeson is also dealing with psoriatic arthritis.

Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, originally released on their 1981 album Moving Pictures as its opener. The song relies heavily on Geddy Lee’s synthesizer playing and Neil Peart’s drumming. Lee has referred to the track as the band’s “defining piece of music…from the early ’80s”. It is one of Rush’s best-known songs and a staple of both classic rock radio and Rush’s live performances, having been played on every concert tour since its release. It peaked at #25 on the UK Singles chart in October 1981, at #44 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at #8 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. In 2009 it was named the 19th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. “Tom Sawyer” was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010

The song was written by Lee, Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson in collaboration with lyricist Pye Dubois of the band Max Webster, who also co-wrote the Rush songs “Force Ten,” “Between Sun and Moon,” and “Test For Echo.” According to the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the making of Moving Pictures), “Tom Sawyer” came about during a summer rehearsal vacation that Rush spent at Ronnie Hawkins’ farm outside Toronto. Peart was presented with a poem by Dubois named “Louis the Lawyer” (often incorrectly cited as “Louis the Warrior”) that he modified and expanded. Lee and Lifeson then helped set the poem to music. The “growling” synthesizer sound heard in the song came from Lee experimenting with his Oberheim OB-X.

In the December 1985 Rush Backstage Club newsletter, drummer and lyricist Neil Peart said:

“Tom Sawyer was a collaboration between myself and Pye Dubois, an excellent lyricist who wrote the lyrics for Max Webster. His original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be – namely me I guess.”

Alex Lifeson describes his guitar solo in “Tom Sawyer” in a 2007 interview:

I winged it. Honest! I came in, did five takes, then went off and had a cigarette. I’m at my best for the first two takes; after that, I overthink everything and I lose the spark. Actually, the solo you hear is composed together from various takes.

“Tom Sawyer” begins in 4/4 before switching to 7/8 in the instrumental section. When the instrumental section ends, it returns to 4/4 before changing again to 7/8 for the outro.

Tom Sawyer – Lee, Peart. Lifeson

A modern day warrior
Mean mean stride,
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean mean pride.

Though his mind is not for rent
Don’t put him down as arrogant
His reserve, a quiet defense
Riding out the day’s events
The river

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the mist, catch the myth
Catch the mystery, catch the drift

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his skies are wide

Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the space he invades
He gets by on you

No his mind is not for rent
To any god or government
Always hopeful, yet discontent
He knows changes aren’t permanent
But change is

What you say about his company
Is what you say about society
Catch the witness, catch the wit
Catch the spirit, catch the spit

The world is, the world is
Love and life are deep
Maybe as his eyes are wide

Exit the warrior
Today’s Tom Sawyer
He gets high on you
And the energy you trade
He gets right on to the friction of the day

  • Audio from the 1981 album, Moving Pictures:

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In Popular Culture

In film

  • Fanboys (also featuring “Limelight”)
  • Halloween (2007 remake)
  • I Love You, Man (also featuring “Limelight”)
  • Small Soldiers
  • The Waterboy
  • Ari Gold’s Adventures of Power

In television

  • Chuck,  episode “Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer”.
  • The band performed the song during an airing of The Colbert Report on July 16, 2008, in their first American television appearance in 33 years.
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Family Guy (plays as Chester The Cheetos Cheetah snorts Cheetos dust as if it were cocaine)
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Fringe episode, “The Man from the Other Side”
  • In the Futurama episode Anthology of Interest II, the song plays as Fry fights off an alien invasion using a control system identical to the game Space Invaders.
  • The Hard Times of RJ Berger
  • Imus In The Morning
  • This song replaced the original MacGyver theme in its original airing in Brazil.
  • In part two of The Sopranos season 6, Tony Soprano listens to the song in the episode “Walk Like a Man”.
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • Season 2 premiere of the television show Revolution
  • “Togetherness” Episode 3 Closing scene
  • In Archer, Dr. Krieger is seen air drumming to Neil Peart’s solo while modifying  Archer’s weapons.

In video games

  • The song was released as a downloadable bonus track for Rocksmith on November 13, 2012.
  • A cover version of the song was featured in 2007’s Rock Band, with the original released as DLC later.

Creep ~ Stone Temple Pilots

stone-temple-pilots-150Stone Temple Pilots is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band consisting of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

Stone Temple Pilots can trace its beginnings to a Black Flag concert in Long Beach in 1986, where Scott Weiland met Robert DeLeo. They both dated the same woman, and bonded through the situation. When the girl left town, Weiland and DeLeo moved into her vacated apartment. Immediately, Weiland and DeLeo formed a band with two of Scott’s friends from Edison High School, Corey Hicock (guitar) and David Allen (drums). After Allen’s departure, drummer Eric Kretz joined the band. Soon after, Robert DeLeo’s brother, Dean DeLeo, decided to play guitar in the band replacing Hicock, completing the quartet. They then named their band Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded a demo tape that was completed around 1990.

The group then began to work on their debut album with Brendan O’Brien. During the recording, they received a call from their lawyer who informed them that there was a blues man who had already claimed the name Mighty Joe Young. They changed the band’s name to Shirley Temple’s Pussy and performed under this name for a short time, but then changed the name again due to record label pressureThey liked the initials STP and eventually settled on the name Stone Temple Pilots in 1992, towards the end of the Core sessions.

On December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus.

Creep

Creep” is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, appearing as the seventh track off the band’s debut album, Core and later released as a single.

This song is often attributed to Nirvana, but they never performed it as a band.  It has often been used as a tribute to Kurt Cobain on YouTube.

The song’s lyrics were written by lead vocalist Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo. DeLeo also wrote the song’s music. DeLeo stated the following about “Creep:”

“Musically speaking I was thinking about a song along the lines of ‘Heart of Gold’ by Neil Young, which is in the key of D-minor, the saddest key of all. Scott was thinking about the lyrics, and at that time in our lives we were struggling very much. What Scott was writing about was a real-life situation. Also about me, the thing about the gun. ‘Creep’ is a very demeaning word. It was one of those instances where we looked at ourselves, looked in the mirror.”

Creep – DeLeo, Weiland

Forward yesterday — Makes me wanna stay.
What they said was real — Makes me wanna steal.
Livin’ under house — Guess I’m livin’, I’m a mouse.
All’s I gots is time — Got no meaning, just a rhyme.

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal…I like to steal..
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..

Feelin’ uninspired — Think I’ll start a fire.
Everybody run — Bobby’s got a gun.
Think you’re kinda neat — Then she tells me I’m a creep.
Friends don’t mean a thing — Guess I’ll leave it up to me.

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal. I like to steal.
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal. I like to steal.
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be…

  • Audio from the 1992 album, Core:

CORE

Play Creep - by Stone Temple Pilots
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