“I Can’t Wait” by Hepcat (from Right on Time, 1998)
The mid-’90s ska revival turned out a plethora of awful bands; Hepcat was not one of them. Rooted firmly in the traditional, First Wave Ska of the ’60s. The band never really got its due, as everyone was busy paying attention to the louder, punk-based Third Wave flavor being served up by every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a trombone player in the band. This record is well worth checking out, it’s a perennial favorite around the Parr household.
“Angel” by Aerosmith (from O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (disc 1), 2002)
According to the Wikipedia, Steven Tyler never wants to hear “Angel” ever again. Ever.
“Put Your Records On (acoustic)” by Corinne Bailey Rae (from Put Your Records On, 2006)
I’ve thought on more than one occasion, “Whatever happened to Corinne Bailey Rae?” I remember reading that her husband passed away not long after her career took off, and then … nothing. She released a second album in 2010 and has been quiet ever since. I do hope we hear from her again, soon.
“Lo and Behold (stereo promo version)” by David Ruffin & Jimmy Ruffin (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 11B: 1971 (disc 61), 2009)
There was a recent discussion on Facebook about the most underrated Motown vocalist–You mean your friends don’t talk about stuff like this?–and Jimmy Ruffin was at the top of the list.
“Surrender” by Trixter (from Trixter, 1990)
What’s on your shuffle today?