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“Sex & Candy”
B G F#
Hangin’ round, downtown by myself and
I had so much time to sit and think about myself
And then there she was, like double cherry pie;
Yeah, there she was; like disco super-fly…
(no chord) B G A
I smell sex and candy here.
Who’s that loungin’ in my chair?
Who’s that castin’ devious stares in my direction?
A D A
Mama, this surely is a dream. Yeah.
B G D A B G F#
Yeah, mama, this surely is a dream. Dig it.
Hangin’ round, downtown by myself, and
I’ve had too much caffeine and I was thinkin’ about myself
And then there she was
In platform double suede,
Yeah, there she was
Like disco lemonade…
Yeah, mama, this surely is a dream. Yeah.
Yeah, mama, this surely is a dream. Yeah.
B G end on D
Yeah, mama, this must be my dream.
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The video you’re about to watch pushes the limits of the Laptop Sessions format, as it features the abilities of not one, not two, but three performers. Now, this is certainly not unheard of — MoU united about a year ago and performed four-man videos around Christmastime. And when it comes down to it, what you’ll find is that tonight’s video includes all the essentials for a great Laptop Session — a predominantly acoustic sound, a great rendition both vocally and instrumentally, and not only a brand new song but also a brand new band to the blog!
So, what more could you ask for?
Tonight’s Guest Session players are The Frets, and they bring you a live, intimate recording of the Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire.” The band Kings of Leon is a relatively new band, having started in 2000. But, when you really think about it, they’re not that far away from their tenth anniversary — and one decade together ain’t bad, let me tell you! The Beatles were together for less time… They are billed as a Grammy Award-winning rock band, and although they are three brothers and a first cousin who hail from Nashville, Tennessee, they’ve seen about 80% of their album sales in Europe. This is not surprising, as our Guest Sessions cover band tonight is based out of Scotland. When they sent their video, they wrote very simply:
“Scottish band the Frets doing “Sex on Fire.”
I suppose they’d like their music to speak for itself. On their YouTube Channel, there is apparently some news about a name change for the Frets, though. Go ahead, read for yourself:
“GALLAS* SAYS: innovation not immitation. Keep supporting GALLAS* in the coming 2009 AS YOU DID THE FRETS 2008.”
This is apparently on the heels of a change in lineup. Well, regardless of the band’s name, we hope you enjoy their Kings of Leon cover song video tonight. Hopefully they’ll send us another video once they’ve officially re-formed as a new band.
Thank you, Frets, and thank you all for stopping by to watch the latest installment of the Guest Sessions!
After both technical difficulties and more than my share of human error for the night, my “Chris Moore Monday” post is here! Not only am I posting a video tonight for the best acoustic cover song music video blog known to man — and humble, too! — but this is actually the first of a double header that will conclude tomorrow night. Since Jim is away for one more “Jim Fusco Tuesday,” I didn’t want to see anyone go without new material for even a day more. So make sure to check back tomorrow for an all-new cover song and music video.
Tonight’s song is one that would have made me blush in 1997, and to be honest, it still does. Back in late ’97 and early 1998, Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” was everywhere, particularly if you listened to a modern rock radio station. (CT locals may remember the alternative station Rock 104’s hey day in the nineties.) At the time, this song broke the record for most consecutive weeks at number one on the modern rock charts — 15 weeks, to be specific. Meanwhile, this song catapulted Marcy Playground to one hit wonder status, peaking at a solid number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
To this day, I’m not exactly sure why this song was such a big hit at the time. Structurally, it’s a very simple song, and the vocals are very straightforward. I think the song’s success can be attributed to its provocative lyrics and John Wozniak’s distinct vocals. Fortunately for me, “Woz” as he refers to himself has a vocal range that is well within my own, at least on this song!
There are two reasons I’ve chosen this particular song for tonight’s session. The first is that it reminds me of a time when I was first becoming interested in music, listening to the radio and just beginning to buy CDs at the overpriced Sam Goody’s store in the mall.
The second reason will be explained in tomorrow night’s session…
You know, another sign that this song was successful is that “Weird” Al included the chorus of “Sex and Candy” in his “Polka Power!” polka medley. If only I, too, could one day have a song parodied by the man, then I would truly know I had earned success. But, until then, I’ll just have to enjoy the new “Weird” Al video for his new song, “CNR.” It’s a style parody of the White Stripes and the video was produced by JibJab, so it’s all the more hilarious. While I thought the “Skipper Dan” video a couple weeks ago was enjoyable, this one is truly great — it made me laugh out loud a couple times and want to watch it again.
Okay, so that’s it for me for now. I’ll see you back here, same Laptop Sessions time, same Laptop Sessions channel for an all-new “Chris Moore for Jim Fusco Tuesday” cover song music video.