This is one for my old friend Joe.
Joe is a musician. He’s been in a bunch of different bands over the years, the most successful of which was a group called the Soulsations that had a fair-sized following when they were on the bar circuit. Here they are back in the day… Joe’s in the shades, there in the middle.
That was a while ago. When I asked him why he doesn’t play in bands any more, Joe made a face and said, “I got tired of being the nanny.”
Anyway. I tell you this mostly because I wanted to share this great running gag Joe used to have. One day, Joe always said, he was going to put together a cover band called the Needers and every song they played would be different…but every one would be titled “I Need You.”
“Here’s a rocker by the Jam, it’s called I Need You!”
“A classic from the Kinks…. I Need You!”
“Old enough to remember Beatlemania? We are! Here’s the Beatles… I Need You!”
“Another classic from the Rolling Stones… I Need You!”
“Here’s one for you younger folks… Dave Gahan’s I Need You!”
“Okay, we’re going to slow it down a little now with one from America: I Need You!”
“Where’s our Southern folks? This is for you– Skynyrd’s I Need You!”
To close it out, they’d reprise the Kinks Rezillos-style–
And the encore? Why, obviously, it’d have to be…
But probably not…
I daresay I missed a few; talk amongst yourselves. And if you’d like Joe to come out of retirement long enough to put together the Needers and do a gig, say so in the comments. Who knows? Maybe we can talk him into it.
Back next week with the promised Hard Case review and other cool stuff.