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A heavy dose of Cream in Timmy Sean’s coffee propels the latest Song of the Week into high gear as Timmy tackles Little Willie John’s “Leave My Kitten Alone.”
The Beatles famously recorded “Leave My Kitten Alone” in 1964, but it sat on a shelf until finally showing up on the first Beatles Anthology release in 1995. The Fabs’ take on the song was, in the spirit of the times in which it was recorded, a fast-paced romp and in the style of Merseybeat. In Timmy’s updated version, the blues take center stage as a determined, thumping pace is set. Echoes of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker abound in this new version, which shares aural lineage with Cream’s “Strange Brew.” (Or so says Alan. For the record, Timmy says his take is inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of George Harrison’s “Taxman”.)
August is Beatles Month for Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project. A take on a number from the group’s The Beatles record, commonly called the White Album, is on tap for next week.
Of his version of “Leave My Kitten Alone,” Timmy says: “Here’s a bit of a ‘deep cut’ for Week 2 of Beatles Month. Since I was around the music of the Beatles since birth, the Anthology was the first Beatles material that I got to ‘discover.’ Between “Free As a Bird,” “Real Love,” and then cuts like “That Means a Lot” and this one that I never heard before, my mind was blown. Even the songs that were deemed not strong enough for b-sides were incredible.
“After LUZER broke up, I put together a little blues trio to play some shows doing some covers and blues-tinged originals (which is also where previous Song of the Week ‘Way Too Long’ originated from). I had an idea for taking this tune and kind of flipping the idea of ’60s British Invasion act covering old blues songs, by making a ’60s British rock tune and making it a blues song. It wasn’t until then, more than a decade after I first heard it, that I learned that this wasn’t written by John and Paul!
“So…it’s essentially just a cover of an old blues tune. BUT, the only version I ever knew was the Beatles take on it, so to me it really was a tribute to the Beatles’ ‘Leave My Kitten Alone’ (much like my Rick Nelson tribute of ‘The Very Thought of You’). Also, after last week’s fairly faithful tribute to “You’re Going to Lose that Girl”, I wanted a bit of a curve ball for this second entry, so I decided to still include it in with Beatles Month.”
Timmy’s version of “Leave My Kitten Alone” is now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, along with every one of the Songs of the Week released since the project began. Add Timmy Sean’s bluesy, rocky take on “Leave My Kitten Alone” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week, at least for this month, has become theTip-of-the-Hat-to-Beatles-Songs of the Week project. Any way you slice it, it’s pretty darn Fab.
The first of four Beatles covers appearing this month finds Timmy paying homage to the Beatles Help! album, released 50 years ago yesterday in the United Kingdom (a week later here in the United States). Timmy’s version of “You’re Going to Lose that Girl” has that certain something that he puts into every track he records–a Timmy kind of DNA type of thing–even as he turns out a reverent take on this classic song.
We could go on–we really could–but Timmy’s got the last word on this track, as posted yesterday on his Bandcamp page. To wit:
“Today marks the exact 50th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite albums of all-time, the Beatles’ “Help!” soundtrack, which contains arguably one of my favorite Beatles songs of all-time, “You’re Going to Lose that Girl.” Although it isn’t the most musically complex or lyrically artistic song they have, it is, in my opinion, the embodiment of a perfect pop song.
“As many people know, my father and uncles have starred in the longest running Beatles tribute show, Long Live the Beatles since the mid-’70s, so by the time I was born in the mid-’80s, I was experiencing live performances of Beatles songs pretty much every week. I played ‘Twist and Shout’ on drums for the talent show in kindergarten.
“The first songs I learned on guitar at the age of 10 were Beatles songs. And by the age of 14, filling in ‘as Ringo’ became my summer job. So every note of the Beatles catalog has been ingrained into my brain since the womb. That’s left me with a bit of a love/hate relationship with Beatles covers. They really did them all pretty damn perfectly the first time, so why try to top them? Well, you can’t. But you can try to make them your own. (Perfect example is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s take on ‘Taxman’…completely his own, without losing what makes that song so great.) So, this month I’m going to put my humble little stamp on four different tunes from the greatest band in the history of time, and my own personal biggest influence. They won’t top the originals, but they’re damn fun to re-IMAGINE…see what I did there?
“Happy 50th, HELP!”
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The latest two songs served up in pop and roll style as part of Timmy Sean’s continually vibrant, all-year-round burst of creativity take a decidedly catchy stance, with one taking the slightly softer road and the other taking a louder, more in-your-face route.
Named after the video rental store situated across the street from where he grew up in Yardville, New Jersey, Timmy’s side project, Sir Video, makes a Songs of the Week appearance with the ultra-poppy “This Magic,” a track that will be part of a Sir Video EP being released in October. This EP will buddy up with last summer’s Light Years release to form a limited edition set coming from Timmy’s new Noisewater Records, also in October. All of this only scratches the surface of what Timmy has in store; a detailed road map of the artist’s plans is laid out on the Bandcamp information page for “This Magic.”
“This Magic” is a typically infectious slice of upbeat pop, performed entirely by Timmy. We’re convinced that if you look up the word “catchy” in the dictionary, you’ll find the artist’s picture next to the definition. The hooky chorus is one of Timmy’s best; another delicious chord sequence draws you in. When the song is finished, you’ll be poised to push the play button for an instant repeat of this tremendous song, delivered squarely in radio-friendly and hit-bound Hall and Oates territory.
“April” tips the scales more to the rock side of the equation, while still hitting all of the usual pop touchstones. Punchy electric guitars lead the way, softened by Timmy’s poppy vocal delivery. The story behind this track, which melds a touch of yesterday with a whole lot of today, is delivered by Timmy:
“This [is] a tune that I wrote in my late teens that never made it on a LUZER record. I originally planned to just re-mix and release the original recording this week, but in the last 36 hours I ended up re-recording everything except the drums. So with the magic of modern technology, here is me in 2015 playing along with an 18-year old Timmy Sean on drums.”
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Coming up: You’ll want to keep a look out for the next four entries in the Songs of the Week project. Beginning next Thursday, the project takes a decidedly Fab turn. Timmy says: “Next week kicks off a month-long Songs of the Week tribute to John, Paul, George, and Ringo, so keep an eye out…for the first of four installments of my spin on some Beatles tunes!” Very cool!
Week 28’s entry in Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project was entitled “Seventeen.” Timmy has followed up that Ben Folds-ian track with the logically-named successor “Eighteen,” a transcendent number that shows off the artist’s acoustic guitar dexterity and his love and mastery of melody.
“Eighteen” previously existed as a vehicle for Timmy’s band Luzer, having appeared on the group’s Fake Ass Rock Star EP-isode II album in 2002. This sensitive, acoustic version shows off everything we love about Timmy’s work: powerful, emotive vocals and his ability to hook the listener right out of the box. Light percussion and feather-light keyboard touches complement the seemingly effortless acoustic guitar parts.
Timmy says: “After releasing the brand new song ‘Seventeen’ last week, which I described as a prequel of sorts to a LUZER song I wrote at the age of 18 entitled (appropriately enough) ‘Eighteen,’ I decided to go back and revisit the original song. When LUZER formed, I was the oldest member, being all of 16 year old. Suffice it to say, there’s some songs in our early catalog that I’m embarrassed by. This one though, although a little on the melodramatic side lyrically (I mean, what isn’t melodramatic when you’re in high school), I thought held up pretty well. So, I decided to dust this one off for the first time in many-a-year as a little companion track to last week’s ‘Seventeen.’ Here is a brand new acoustic version of the LUZER track ‘Eighteen,’ as written by 18-year old Timmy Sean.“
This is another must-get for Timmy Sean fans. Add Timmy Sean’s acoustic version of Luzer’s “Eighteen” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.
Pure Pop Radio’s exciting Big Week of Summer Fun is now in gear, with new songs added to the playlist; a Pure Pop Radio exclusive airing of the world premiere of a great new song by this year’s premiere supergroup, Pop 4; and electric airings of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. Plus, we’ve added a new coat of summery paint to our website. We hope you like it!
Click here to see what’s been added to the playlist today, and be here this coming Thursday, July 16, for another list of new songs and artists now spinning in rotation. Tune in tomorrow night for the exclusive-to-Pure-Pop-Radio world premiere of a great song from the upcoming hall-of-fame-worthy album by this year’s top supergroup, Pop 4. And this coming Friday, July 17, be here for our look at this week’s Song of the Week from the great Timmy Sean.
Here is your official Pure Pop Radio Big Week of Summer Fun rundown:
1. A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive! Tomorrow Night, Tuesday July 14: The World Premiere of Pop 4’s Song, “Don’t You Be Like That.” We’re honored to be able to bring to you, at 8:00 pm ET tomorrow night, an exclusive-to-Pure-Pop-Radio song from the upcoming album by Pop 4, this year’s top supergroup. Comprised of Liar’s Club’s Scott McPherson, Andrea Perry, K.C. Bowman, and Kirk Adams, the group’s debut album is fittingly called Summer; we predict this collection will be an instant favorite of pop fans around the world.
“Don’t You Be Like That” is a mid-tempo, melodic charmer with satiny lead vocals from Andrea, Kirk and Scott. The lovely melody combines with joyous harmonies and deft George Harrison-esque electric guitar for a melodic pop experience that you won’t forget. Tune in tomorrow tonight at 8:00 pm ET for the exclusive world premiere of this great song. We’re proud to be spinning it for you!
2. New Songs and Artists Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist!We’ve added a bumper crop of new songs and artists to our playlist. New songs! New artists! New melodic pop sounds that will form part of the soundtrack to your summer! Click here to see today’s list of new nuggets, and don’t forget to check out another list coming this Thursday, July 16.
3. Brand-New Editions of Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today.Every Little Thing airs tonight, Monday, July 13 at 9 pm ET;Things We Said Today hits the airwaves tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 14, also at 9 pm ET. Both shows air on your 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio.
On this week’s fresh-from-the-fabified-oven edition of Every Little Thing, Ken gets the proceedings rolling with a pair of Beatles classics, including “Because,” and solo tracks from Paul McCartney (a live version of “Can’t Buy Me Love”) and George Harrison (“Mystical One”). Tonight’s second segment comprises a tribute to the great bluesman, B.B. King, which includes a track recorded for the recent McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney. It’s a spectacular, bluesy version of McCartney II’s “On the Way.”
Tonight’s third, themed segment presents reggae and ska sounds featured in various Beatles and solo Beatles tracks. You’ll hear McCartney’s “How Many People,” John Lennon’s “Borrowed Time,” and Wings’ “C Moon,” among other songs. It’s another terrific Beatleriffic set, curated by Ken.
Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs periodically on Monday nights at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.
Tomorrow night’s edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, takes a look at Paul McCartney’s recent live shows and covers an extraordinary event in the life of Rick Glover, who joins Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn to talk about his appearance on stage at McCartney’s recent concert in Columbia, South Carolina.
Rick Glover on stage in Columbia, South Carolina with Paul McCartney. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Glover has seen McCartney so many times–135!–he should have an entry in the book of Guinness World Records. One of the self-proclaimed Fans on the Run, a group of dedicated folks who travel around the world to see McCartney and his band, Glover talks to the panel about his run of shows seen since 1976, joking that he started going “before any of you guys were alive, I guess.”
Glover’s tale is, at heart, a story of love for McCartney’s music. It’s a wonderful story, and Glover tells it well. You won’t want to miss this show.
Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.
4. The Latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean. We’ve been writing about the great songs being released weekly as part of Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project. This week is no exception; be here this coming Friday, July 17, for our look at the latest entry.
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Whew! Our Big Week of Summer Fun promises to be our most exciting event of the year. Stick with us all week–enjoy the new songs and artists added to our playlist; the new editions of Every Little Thing and Things We Said Today; our exclusive, world premiere airing of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That”; and the latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean.
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The two latest tracks released as part of his Songs of the Week project continue to prove how important Timmy Sean is to the worlds of pop and rock. When the two genres collide in Timmy’s world, gold falls from the sky. We are proud to be spotlighting Timmy’s work on a regular basis.
The 27th song released by Timmy this year is a fiercely realized, soul-tinged pop-rocker. You may remember that a live version of “On and On” was released this past March as one of the Songs of the Week. This is the studio version, a blazing, powerful number pressed into service with a commanding lead vocal, rich backgrounds, and a decidedly Hall and Oates-y vibe.
Timmy says: “Here is a preview of a song that will be on an upcoming release from my synth-pop side project, Sir Video, coming in the fall. I’ve been playing this tune live with Timmy Sean and the Celebrities since last year, and in fact featured a live version of it recorded at the Bitter End in NYC as a Song of the Week in March. It was also featured on a few Pro Tools and Reaper instructional videos by the producer of the track, Kenny Gioia (who plays trumpet on the track along with Brian Mahoney on sax). I’ve had a number of people recently asking where they could get the studio recording. So here it is!”
The most recent Song of the Week is another powerful pop-rocker, played in the thumping style of such artists as Ben Folds. “Seventeen” boasts an irresistible melody, pounding drums, an expressive organ part, and a hook that could catch an afternoon’s worth of fish. Once heard, this song will refuse to leave your brain. You’d best not fight the feeling!
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With this triple play of Songs of the Week from the great Timmy Sean, we’re thinking–no, we’re sure–we’ll be up to date and ready to roll next week with the latest entry in this continually engaging and entertaining series.
In the meantime, here’s what’s been shakin’ out Timmy’s way the past few weeks:
“Baby, She’s Better than You” is a hard driving, dance-your-heart-out stab of early Elvisified and Jerry Lee Lewised boogie and roll. It’s like the Jordanaires met up with the King, Jerry Lee, and a thunderous cacophony of drums and cymbals, cymbals, cymbals. Hot and sweaty, the track punches the air with enough energy to power Las Vegas. Gee whiz, this is a powerhouse track–one of the best–certainly in the top 10–of all of the Songs of the Week we’ve heard so far.
Timmy says: “Well, here’s something a little different. I’ve always listened to a WIDE variety of music. I was born in the mid-80s, so as a kid I grew up loving everything that was on pop radio, everything from hip-hop to alternative (my first CD was C+C Music Factory). But my first real exposure to music came (as it does for most) from my family.
“What made this a little different from most is that my father and uncles are full-time musicians. In fact, they’ve starred for nearly 40 years in the world’s longest running Beatles tribute show, Long Live the Beatles. But they also have a show called Jukebox Heroes Live, an impersonation show featuring the music of (just to name a few) Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, the Everly Brothers, (and) Buddy Holly, in addition to the Beatles and more. So not only did I grow up with this music, I also began performing in this show in my early teens, and still continue to fly in from LA to play shows with them to this day… This is basically a very long-winded way of saying that early 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll truly is in my DNA in a way that’s probably pretty unique for someone my age.
“That brings us to this week’s song. One of the tributed acts in Jukebox Heroes is ‘The Killer himself,’ Jerry Lee Lewis. Though there’s little hints in this tune of a few other influences (ELO’s more rockabilly-tinged stuff in particular), ‘Baby, She’s Better than You’ is an unabashed tribute to Jerry Lee. Another perk of being out on the road with The Mahoney Brothers is that I have access to the great Brian Mahoney to play some more sax on my tunes… Here’s ‘Baby, She’s Better than You,’ featuring Brian Mahoney on saxophone, and yours truly on piano, drums, vocals, and everything else.”
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Timmy’s June 16 Song of the Week entry is “Falling Out of Love Again,” the polar opposite of “Baby, She’s Better than You”: a lovely ballad with a seriously great vocal arrangement, an entrancing melody, and the usual mastery of instruments a-plenty, all played by the artist. Dig the lyrical electric guitar solos, dipped slightly in the Brian May pool. Another top 10 Song of the Week, without question.
Timmy says: “Here’s one that was originally to be included on Songs from and Inspired by Noisewater. I always liked the song, but the album felt like it didn’t need another slower track, so I opted to keep it off the record. I’ve had the lyrics, drums, piano, bass, and acoustic guitars done on it since 2010, but just cut the vocals, lead guitar, percussion, and all the keyboard parts (organ, mellotron, strings, etc.) in the last 24 hours. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!”
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Released this week, the live version of “This Time Around” was recorded at the Bitter End in New York City last October 9. The studio version originally appeared on Timmy’s 2013 EP, East Coast Girls. Typically tuneful, this commanding performance makes us want to see Timmy and his Celebrities perform live. In our living room, perhaps? One can only hope…
Timmy says: “This past weekend I celebrated Brian Wilson’s birthday by catching a showing of his biopic, Love and Mercy, before heading over to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to see him perform live. The show was amazing, and I was fortunate enough to get to hang a bit with some members of his band afterwards, including original Beach Boys member, Mr. Al Jardine. They closed the show with a beautiful version of the song ‘Love and Mercy,’ which may not be clearly evident on first listen, but was actually a big inspiration for this song originally off of my 2013 release, the East Coast Girls EP. This live version is another recording from Timmy Sean and the Celebrities’ debut performance on the east coast last fall at the legendary Bitter End in NYC (the same show the earlier Song of the Week ‘On and On’ was pulled from) .
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But wait–there’s more! For those of you wondering what Timmy’s plans are for the rest of this year’s Songs of the Week, here’s the scoop, straight from the artist:
“We’ve…officially hit the halfway point! Thank you so much to everyone who has been following this little project, and especially those of you who have spent your hard-earned money to pay for a subscription. I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you, and hope that you’re enjoying hearing these songs as much as I am enjoying working on them each week. As a little recap, this is where the tally stands so far in each ‘category’ of songs…
– 13 brand new originals
– 4 brand new solo versions of songs I originally wrote for LUZER
– 4 covers
– 3 live recordings of Timmy Sean and the Celebrities
– 2 acoustic versions of previously released originals
“For the second half of the year, there will be AT LEAST as many brand new originals (most likely more), and I’ve been mapping out some ‘theme months’ that I’ll tell you about more once I’ve locked down all the plans. Anyway, thanks again for following this little project!”
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In our quest to catch up with Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project, we’ve been hard at work in our well-appointed studio digging the latest tunes, one of which showcases Timmy with all guitars blazing, another that brings down the volume for an acoustic triumph, and still another that pays homage to none other than Hall and Oates.
First things first. “You Get Me (Runnin’)” starts out as an almost supper club kind of number, but quickly hits the blazing bricks with a hard-hitting version of a song that comes from Timmy’s LUZER days. Incorporating a Brian May-like guitar workout at 2:33 and Queen vocal stabs that will put a big smile on your face, this is another great Timmy tune.
About “You Get Me (Runnin’),” Timmy says: “Here’s another brand new solo version of an old LUZER tune that was only previously released as a b-Side on the ‘Come On Mandy’ single. This was one of the last songs we released as a band and was always a live favorite. In fact, when Dan from LUZER and I reunited for a short set with our old bassist Chris this past January in Hawaii, this was one of the few songs we performed, and it immediately reminded me how much I always enjoyed it. I think I may have to start playing this one again with Timmy Sean and the Celebrities. Here’s the brand new version of the ol’ LUZER rarity “You Get Me (Runnin’),” featuring LUZER guitarist Dan ‘Sally’ Salyerds on his original classical solo!”
And now for song number two. The luscious, acoustic version of “What You Do,” a tune from Timmy’s Noisewater album, is one of our favorite Songs of the Week. Lovely backing vocals and guitar picking provide just the right accents for listeners. Timmy says: “After a few weeks of production-heavy songs, I decided to scale things back a bit and give a glimpse at the type of arrangement you might hear at one of my recent acoustic shows.
“I feel like the boy who cried wolf a bit after a number of false starts launching my new project Sir Video live, but we’ve finally locked down a line-up (that we’ll be announcing soon) and have been quietly in rehearsals for the last few months. Since we’ve been tied up with that material, in the meantime, my only original live shows have been solo acoustic ones. This track originally from Noisewater is a staple of those solo shows, and this new exclusive acoustic version is a good approximation of how you may hear it in those sets.”
The very latest Song of the Week is a faithful cover, sans spin, of Hall and Oates’ classic, “Private Eyes.” Playing all of the instruments and singing up a storm, Timmy bows before one of the great ’70s numbers. Timmy says: “Here’s a tune that I’ve always wanted to cover. I recently saw an episode of Live from Daryl’s House featuring Ben Folds covering this, and although I loved what they did with it, it reminded me just how much I love the original arrangement.
“So instead of putting any kind of crazy spin on it, I decided I wanted to do a very faithful-to-the-original version. The only real difference is that to avoid trying to compete with Daryl Hall’s original vocal riffing at the end (the KING of melodic vocal riffing), I thought I could put my own little stamp on it…on guitar. Plus…it’s just a really fun chord progression to solo over. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to jam it out with Daryl and the band on Live from Daryl’s House.”
Add Timmy Sean’s “You Get Me (Runnin’)” to your collection by clicking here. Add Timmy’s acoustic version of “What You Do” to your collection by clicking here. And, last but not least, add Timmy’s cover of Hall and Oates’ “Private Eyes” by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here. And check back next week for another new Song of the Week!
Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Pure Pop Radio being beaten down by the flu, we’ve been somewhat behind on our chronicling of Timmy Sean’s ongoing Songs of the Week project. Let us make up for lost time: The most recent two songs are amongst the series’ best.
The lovely, mid-tempo acoustic charmer, “Another Day Gone,” features a bed of guitars, percussion and spare keyboard notes and, as usual, a sumptuous melody. About this song, Timmy says: “I’ve had an acoustic demo of this one laying around for awhile. In fact, I think it came down to this and ‘There’s No Other Way’ as the token acoustic song for the Noisewater record. That one seemed to fit with the other songs on that album a little better though, so this one got placed in the ‘someday’ pile. I always really liked it, but decided…to completely rewrite the lyrics…and then I decided to re-record the guitars…and the bass…and then move it up a step from the key of G to the key of A…so what was originally going to be a little polish, became a completely new recording.”
The most recent Song of the Week, “Lately Lacey,” is a triumphant, horn-fueled number that could have been plucked right off of the AM radio charts of the 1970s–a sweet, ultra-melodic tune with terrific vocal harmonies that, as always happens with Timmy’s songs, makes you want to hit the instant replay button. This is one of our favorite numbers released by Timmy this year.
About “Lately Lacey,” Timmy says: “The big 2-0! I’ve been trying to pull this one together since I kicked off the Songs of the Week series in January. I did sessions with Brian Mahoney on sax back in NJ, Billy Giaquinto from Tone In Georgia on trumpet in LA, and made Frankie from the Timmy Sean and the Celebrities live lineup break out his trombone and bass harmonica. The sound I had in my head was a cross between the horn section from ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ Pet Sounds, and Ben Folds Five’s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. I put those guys through the ringer doing take after take to attempt to capture that big horn section sound with only three guys (all recorded individually), but they really nailed it and I couldn’t be happier with the final product.
“The original title for this one was simply ‘Lately,’ but following my pattern of using names in songs (“Come On Mandy,” “Hey Jodie,” etc.) my guitarist Michael J. Roxx asked me if I could write a song called ‘Lacey.’ ‘Lately’ became ‘Lacey’…and then eventually I decided to use some of the lyrics from both versions and merged it into ‘Lately Lacey.'”
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Timmy Sean continues to surprise and delight with each new entry in his continually engaging and surprising Song of the Week project. For the last April entry, we get a perfectly-realized slice of catchy pop and roll that would have been right at home on any hit radio station back in the ’70s. Get ready to dial up a great song that started out being named after Poison’s Bret Michaels.
Bret Michaels? We’d better let Timmy explain: “I had the opportunity to play a gig on drums with Bret Michaels of Poison last week in Hollywood, and my East Coast Celebrities bandmates John Tiedemann and Michael J. Roxx reminded me of a song I originally wrote back in 2008 named after him.
“I was always really proud of the harmony guitar solos in this one, but the original ‘Bret Michaels’ song lyrics, I immediately hated. I had a tough time coming up with a new hook that seemed to work, so it’s sat unfinished for the past seven years. Prompted by Michael and John, I decided to dust this one off, completely re-write the lyrics, and finally finish it. Here is the song-formerly-known-as ‘Bret Michaels,’ from here on out known simply as ‘Hey Girl.'”
Whatever the name, we know you’re going to dig this one. If you haven’t heard the previous entries in this fun series, check ’em out by clicking here, where you can read about all of the previous Songs of the Week. You’ll be glad you did!
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