Day three of the never-ending music challenge. If your challenge hasn't shown up yet, keep looking, I'll get to it soon I promise.
Tonight's first pair comes from Long Cut brother (and this blog's biggest critic and most prolific comment troll) and future pod-caster Mike. Mike tries to trip me up with the little known group Sad Cafe. Mike thinks that just because he was the only person in the US to purchase a Sad Cafe album that I won't be able to find a link between them and the only-slightly more popular Haircut 100. But Mike's wrong. If he really wanted to trip me up he should have named that other band whose only US album sale was to my brother - Horslips. Now that would have been tough.
Sad Cafe to Haircut 100
- Sad Cafe founder Paul Young (not that Paul Young) was also a part of Mike Rutherford's Mike + the Mechanics.
- Mike Rutherford's other band, Genesis, originally featured Peter Gabriel.
- In 1986 I bought tickets for Peter Gabriel's So tour and Paul Simon's Graceland tour on the same day!
- Paul Simon's Heart's and Bones featured orchestration by that wacky composer, Phillip Glass.
- Phillip Glass worked with trumpet player Phillip Smith.
- Let's face it, without Phillip Smith's horn playing, "Love Plus One" wouldn't have been as popular as it was for Haircut 100.
The Missus tries to trip me up by giving me two artists at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Charlies Daniels has been saying some pretty bizarre supa-conservative comments lately. And no way in Hell (forgive the pun) did he beat the Devil in fiddle playing. Never happened.
Charlie Daniels to Michael Stipe
- Charlie Daniels played on the Dylan-goes-country Nashville Skyline.
- Bob Dylan has, on numerous occasions, toured with Patti Smith.
- Patti Smith sings on R.E.M.'s "E-bow the Letter" and is often cited as an musical influence of lead singer Michael Stipe.
Steven Hart, of the Jersey-centric Opinion Mill, gives me two people who are definitely not from Joisey. This was the toughest one so far, but thanks to the Last Waltz (and Nashville Skyline, once again) I was able to pull it out.
Wynton Marsalis to Joe Strummer
- Wynton Marsalis played his horn (and some piano!) on Harry Connick Jr.'s 30.
- Harry Connick Jr. went piano to piano with Dr. John on "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" from Connick's 20.
- Dr. John was part of the Band's Last Waltz concert, as was Bob Dylan.
- Bob Dylan teamed up on "Girl From North Country" with Johnny Cash on Nashville Skyline.
- Johnny Cash did his take on "Redemption Song" with some help from Joe Strummer on Unearthed.
That's it for tonight. I hope you all enjoy reading these things as much as I enjoy losing hours of sleep writing them.