The High Five Podcast Episode 54 – 1977 Vinyl Roundup

On this week’s episode, I dig through my vinyl collection and pull out six records that represent the interesting musical era known as 1977! You get disco, funk, blues and rock!

If you’re interested in some of the episodes I mentioned in the episode, you can give them a listen. I talked about Weird Records on Episode 21 and the Foo Fighters’ Hail Satin on Episode 46.

During my brief talk about Led Zeppelin’s 1977 tour, I neglected to mention that I was speaking about these being their last shows in the United States.

And now for some music in video form! Here you have a live version of “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a whole Commodores show from 1977, “Take Me Back To Chicago” live from 1977, Tom Jones singing with Janis Joplin (because why not?), Muddy Waters Chicagofest 1981 show with Johnny Winter and Heart’s all-time classic “Barracuda” plus the Wilson Sisters and Jason Bonham doing “Stairway” for good measure.

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Christmas Stories: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is officially my favorite Christmas song. It’s also the one standard that’s been in my life the shortest period of time. Somehow, I have no recollection of this song before hearing Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell sing it in 2003’s Elf. I was instantly hooked and not just because of my (at that time) newfound lady crush Ms. Deshanel. I did a little research (ie typed the song’s title in over at Wikipedia) and found out the song was written by a guy named Frank Loesser back in 1944 to sing with his wife at holiday parties. He eventually sold it to MGM and they used it in a 1949 movie I’ve never heard of called Neptune’s Daughter. Since then tons and tons of people have taken a crack at singing this duet. I did some searching on YouTube and here are a few of my favorite renditions.

Zooey & Will in Elf.

Rainn Wilson & Selma Blair switch gender roles in this Gap video from 2008 that I don’t remember.

Ha, looks like the whole gender switch thing was done first in Neptune’s Daughter in this clip starring Red Skelton & Esther Williams.

Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews. This video is weird, like something out of Twin Peaks.

Lady Antebellum last year on Today. Skip to about 1:25 for the actual song.

This one’s only audio and pictures, but you can’t go wrong with Dean Martin & Martina McBride.

Rudolf Nureyev & Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show (again, switching the parts) in the steam room.

There was also a version on SNL back in ’86 sung by Sigourney Weaver and Buster Poindexter that I’d like to see. Well, I’m off to dinner, have a good one!