By Jim Fusco:
Isn’t it about time? Tonight, I bring you- finally- a cover song of The Who, one of the world’s greatest all-time rock bands. This band defines the term “classic rock” and even though they’re only down to two members left in the band, they’re still rocking and making music today.
In our quest to cover every great band of all time, it pains me to think of some of the ones we still haven’t done yet. I’ll be premiering three of them in the next week alone, including tonight’s video. Can you believe we haven’t done Creedence Clearwater Revival or the Marshall Tucker Band yet, either? Well, coming up in my next two sessions, I’ll be doing a cover song from each band. I hope Chris and Jeff will hop on the bandwagon and help me with some of these famous bands we haven’t done yet, including Simon and Garfunkel, the Rolling Stones, and Queen. I, of course, always have a few tricks up my sleeve…53 at last count, that is…
Onto tonight’s Laptop Session cover song video. The Who are an electric band for the most part, with roots from their “garage” band days in the mid-60s. Everyone, I think, kind of thinks of them as a 70s band, and maybe that’s why they’ve maintained their “cool” stature (kids today don’t feel nerdy walking around with a Who t-shirt on, but you NEVER see someone with, say, a Bobby Darin t-shirt on!). But, you can’t forget about their earlier songs, before the concept albums and the rock operas. I do respect them for that, but I wish the other band members did more than just write lyrics and an occasional song (“Boris the Spider”, anyone?).
“Behind Blue Eyes” was a perfect choice because it combines a soft acoustic part with a rocking section that translated well on Chris’ steel-string acoustic guitar. Sorry, the Italian nylon-string guitar had to take a break tonight! The only problem with doing this cover song video was the fact that I practiced it first, making the softer parts MUCH harder to sing. You see, while singing, you have two modes: the sweet mode and the rock-out mode. This song has both, but once you rock out, it’s hard to revert back to the sweet singing style. I think I made it by just fine, as I just played the guitar a bit softer to balance out the lack of power in my voice in those sections, ESPECIALLY after my throat-grinding middle section. This video may be even more rocking and voice-ruining than my video for Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right”! Click here to view the video and make the judgement for yourself!
Lastly, I’m glad that I recorded this cover song music video after I’d recorded two more, because there was no way I was singing anything after THAT vocal performance! I’ve been practicing these songs for a couple of MONTHS now and making sure they’re perfect. Especially when I introduce a new band to the Laptop Sessions acoustic rock cover songs series, I want to make sure that I’m going to please all the new fans of that band we’re going to usher in. So, I think my full-hearted performance of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” should satisfy fans and have them coming back to the Laptop Sessions music video series for more! Enjoy!