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May 20th, 2013
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FPN etc
This Thursday we go into the studio to record the second single. Later that evening I am going to finally get around to doing something I have been meaning to do for a couple of years now ...

I am finally going to record a version of Folsom Prison Nightmare. Be afraid. I want your opinion on this. It will be 5 verses, the first verse being the first verse from the original. I need 4 more. The list of what I have so far is below the cut. What do you think I should do to you?

Add It Up (Violent Femmes)
Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols)
Auld Lang Syne (Robert Burns)
Bad Romance (lady Gaga)
Ball of Kirriemuir (trad)
The Beverly Hillbillies Theme
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
Born To Be Wild (Mars Bonfire)
Brady Bunch Theme
Cisco Kid (War)
Children of the Sun (Billy Thorpe)
Come Together (Beatles)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
Creep (Radiohead)
Dancin Fool (Frank Zappa)
Different Strokes Theme
Discovery (Chris DeBurgh)
Down Under (Men At Work)
Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
Enter Sandman (Metallica)
Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears)
Fraggle Rock Theme
Gilligan's Island Theme
Grapefruit Diet (Weird Al)
Green Eggs And Ham (Dr Seuss)
Hard Days Night (Beatles)
Heart of Glass (Blondie)
Hokey Pokey (trad)
House Of The Rising Sun (trad)
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)
If You're Happy And You Know It (trad)
In A Big Country (Big Country)
I'm Too Sexy (Right Said Fred)
In-a-gadda-da-vida (Iron Butterfly)
Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill)
I Ran (Flock Of Seagulls
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Edmund Sears)
It's A Small World (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman)
It's A Small World - Chorus
I Touch Myself (Divinyls)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Jumpin Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
King Tut (Steve Martin)
Last Train To Clarksville (Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart)
Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth)
London's Calling (The Clash)
Mickey Mouse Theme
Molly Malone (trad)
Money (Pink Floyd)
My Favorite Things (Rodgers and Hammerstein)
Monty - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Monty - Eric the Half A Bee
Monty - The Galaxy Song
Monty - The Lumberjack Song
Monty - Not Noel Coward Song
Monty - Sit On My Face
My Sharona (The Knack)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks)
On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)
Paint It Black (Rolling Stones)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Party All The Time (Eddie Murphy)
Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
Pinball Wizard (The Who)
Plastic Jesus (Ed Rush and George Cromarty)
Poker Face (Lady Gaga)
Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)
Puppy Love (Paul Anka)
Puff The Magic Dragon (Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow)
Relax (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
Resumé (Dorothy Parker)
The Rose (Amanda McBroom)
Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)
Sesame Street Theme
Sex Machine (James Brown)
Shady Grove (trad)
She Don't Use Jelly (The Flaming Lips)
Signs (5 Man Electrical Band)
Soft Kitty (Big Bang Theory)
Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg)
Stairway To Heaven (Led Zepplin)
Superstar (Rice & Webber)
Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
Take A Letter Maria (R. B. Greaves)
Thick As A Brick (Jethro Tull)
Too Shy (Kajagoogoo)
Toxic (Britney Spears)
Turn The Page (Bog Seger)
Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)
Video Killed The Radio Star (Buggles)
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Wham)
What A Wonderful World (Bob Thiele and George David Weiss)
With Or Without You (U2)
Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who)
The Yellow Rose of Texas (trad)
Yellow Submarine (Beatles)
You Make Me Feel Like Dancin (Leo Sayer)

This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.

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Date:May 20th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
Exactly what are you doing with the songs? Direct covers? Keep in mind, covering part of the song might still have to have the royalties paid for the whole song, if you can't get permission.

A suggestion - use the trad/filker based originals for the recording and swap 1-2 out during live performances to keep the audience guessing.
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Date:May 20th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
You have never seen me do this. This has been part of my solo act for 3 or 4 years now but I don't think you have ever seen me do a solo show. The earliest record I have of doing it is 2010, but I know I had been doing it for awhile then.

Folsom Prison Nightmare started when Adam Stemple pointed out to me that Pinball Wizard scans to Folsom Prison Blues. I decided to find out what else scanned to Folsom Prison. The answer, quite a lot. When I was still performing solo I would close shows with this, frequently including songs by people in the audience.

I usually start with the original first verse, and then things go sideways from there. One easily recognizable verse from a song and move on.

Here is a version from Marscon a few years ago.

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Date:May 20th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm Too Sexy
Take a Letter Maria

Date:May 20th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Poker Face (Lady Gaga)
Video Killed The Radio Star (Buggles)
Sex Machine (James Brown)
Too Shy (Kajagoogoo)

Or something to that effect. I'm not sure why I like '80s stuff in there, I just does. And yes I know Poker Face isn't '80s, but is timeless in it's awfulness.
Date:May 20th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Not in any particular order:

Yellow Rose of Texas
Billy Jean
Down Under
Eleanor Rigby
Wake Me Up Before You Go


And yes, I'm afraid.
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