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Craigums' Love Song of the Month

Oh my, these again? Back in the early 00's I used this page to post cover songs I'd recorded while trying to learn how to use my 4-track. Some of my attempts at homage were passable and even led to some cool opportunities (like doing an album with the Australian juggernaut  NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION), others were songs I recorded for use as air guitar shenanigans (#48), some were excuses to learn the bass line to the Barney Miller theme (#42), Entertainment Tonight (#40), or Diff'rent Strokes (#44), but most were just laughable imitations of the original meant only to keep myself busy.  Then, in 2009, I moved and lost interest and that was that.  But alas, I gotta justify all this new gear so until Bradley gets his electric drums and The Love Songs can resume practicing like a real band (who is also in isolation), I'm back with these SOTM's! – Craigums, 2020

May 2020
53. Leave It Alone
I'm still sheltering-in-place but since Squeaky is also sheltering-in-place we decided to shelter-in-place together, apart.

April 2020
52. Angel or Devil
Huh, it has only been 11 years since I last made one of these. Hopefully at least the production value has benefitted.

March 2009
51. Dragstrip Riot
I think I’m gonna stop doing these LSOTMs. I’ve done 51 of them (many more, actually) and yet Love Songs have written maybe 2 original songs in the last year. Where are my priorities? On top of that, this cover doesn’t hold a candle to the original so why bother? Maybe I'm bored, or maybe I just feel silly for singing "baby" 12 times in this song. Either way I’m signing off for a while...

February 2009
50. Born Toulouse-Latreac
The New Bomb Turks are a standard by which all rock bands should be judged. High energy, witty, catchy, aggressive, soulful, intense... and that’s just the singer! I once saw him diffuse a fight between a biker and a guy who had just punched a girl in the head. The singer, decked out in leather loafers and tight black pants, sauntered over to the knuckleheads and told them that we were all there to love, not fight. Then he wiped his ’love’ (sweat) all over the two guys’ faces. Love prevailed for at least another song before one of the guys ended up throwing a chair through a window. The point is, you gotta be 100% confident in your rock element to dangle yourself over that shark tank.

December 2008
49. Good Times
We might be more productive once we find a bass player, but untill then you get a TV theme song every 14 months.

April 2008
48. Like A Virgin
I know it has been a while but I have a plausible excuse - the life of a J-level celebrity eats up a lot of time. Case in point - Virgin Air was planning to launch a new flight leg from LAX to Seattle last week, and who better to help ring this in but some air guitarists? Get it? Virgin Air = air guitar? With 36 hours to do it, I recorded a ’rock’ version of Like A Virgin for the event. Get it? Virgin Air = Like A Virgin? I was too sick to sing it so I enlisted Jack’s early morning pre-coffee voice and what we came up with was more than ’rock’, it was ’abrasive.’

donna raven In the end I never even performed the song but instead served on a Battle of the Bands' *celebrity panel of judges* including Jerry Harrison (Modern Lovers, Talking Heads), The Donnas, Cisco Adler (best known for having sex with Paris Hilton), and the CEO of Virgin Air America. How did real musicians take being judged by air guitarists? My only criticism towards one of the bands was something about how only Celine Dion was allowed to put her finger in her ear when singing, but that if he wanted to be like Celine I couldn’t stop him. He didn’t like that but that’s what you get when you sign up for a Battle of the Bands. I can’t remember much after that thanks to the open bar but I do have a vague recollection of everyone making fun of Thurston Moore (also in attendance) for being 50 and having to get a rectal exam. And someone kept yelling "rectal exam!" all night and I was surprised and confused that it wasn’t me.

October 2007
47. Let’s Hear It For Love (Songs)
I’m pretty sure this is not about the singer’s undying love for his lord and savior Jesus Christ.

September 2007
46. Stealing People’s Mail
So how much mail did they actually think they could steal on a Friday night?

July & August 2007
45. Maybe this is why Seth moved?
This will count as two months worth of SOTMs because it is 3 songs and, like, 8 minutes long.  FYI: songs 2 and 3 feature Nekro (aka Boom Boom Kid, aka Carlito). Did I mention that we’re still looking for a bass player?

June 2007
44. Diff’rent Strokes
Fun fact: I can accurately sing along to nearly every song on the 3-volume TV Theme Songs CDs without having to look up the words online.

May 2007
43. Beef Bologna
Anybody remember when Lee Ving was Angela’s love interest on Who’s The Boss? Another 10 points to Slytherin if someone can tell me what the real opening lyrics to this song are because I could never figure it out. (Thanks for Jack’s help!)

April 2007
42. Abe Vigoda Is Not Dead
Man, if I could write TV theme songs all day I sure would, and I’d use this as inspiration. By the way - abevigoda.com

March 2007
41. Kill The Poor
Not surprisingly, 12 year old me didn't first get the irony in songs like this. I just liked the shock and offense of it all. Who knew there was a deeper message?! Following that logic I wonder what The Exploited were trying to say with their seven-minute epic battle cry "Sex and Violence" where the only lyrics (for seven minutes) are "sex and violence"?

February 2007
40. That’s Entertainment Tonight
John Tesh wrote this fucking absolute banger.

January 2007
39. Pretty Pathetic
Happy 2007, foos! True to their word this Smoking Popes song is possibly the most pathetic song ever.

December 2006
38. Mustache Uber Alles
Happy Birthday, Mary.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

June 2006
37.1 Behind Enemy Rhyme 
A cover song of us!  "When Bryan and I discovered that Behind Enemy Lines had the same chord progression as a certain rap/metal band’s song - we decided to kick it old school and come up with some Craig "MSG" Billmeier Deadbeatnicks era goodness. She’s moving to Long Beach, not Utah. Any similarity to Linkin Park is, like, TOTALLY intentional. I present to you: BEHIND ENEMY RHYMEZ" - Danny Angel

May 2006
37. Add It Up
This comes from what I consider the Golden Age of alternative music (then called "modern rock"). Back when ’alternative’ was truly alternative you could be a hit band even though you consisted of: a drummer with one cymbal, one snare drum and nothing else ( not even a seat), an acoustic guitar and an acoustic bass; and a sissy singer fronting a band whose bandname epitomizes Love Song’s ’hard and soft’ approach to music - The Violent Femmes.

April 2006
36. Put Your Clothes Back On
Bobby Steele moved out of the shadow of Danzig as a one-time guitar-player for the MISFITS and headed straight into obscurity. He still kept up with the gothic horror image but his music rarely reflected it. Case in point: this song.  Actually, this could easily have a been a MISFITS song if Danzig sung it and changed the words to something like "Sew your hands back on" or "Put your corpse paint on".

March 2006
35. God’s Guts
God’s Guts were a band from Japan in the early 90’s who borrowed heavily from Husker Du. Jun, their bass player, used to be in the insanely skate-tastic band Spitfire back in the early 80’s then he started this band (before going on to form the U-G Men). If you like any of those bands chances are you aren’t visiting this site, but I assure you all three of those bands kicked serious ass. I have no idea what the words are to this song so I delivered a loose interpretation, and in the same drunken manner as the original. I think it’s about broken records but Danny B seems to think it is about getting a new parking space. I don’t even know what the name of the song is to be perfectly honest!  I played it for Jun and he was beside himself with laughter.

February 2006
34. Suit And Tie Guy
Back in high school my friend Paul and I spent hours/days/weeks playing this song before eventually debuting it at a church in Concord, the city dirty enough to bring you Anal Mucus. Paul even figured out the solo - and we were only 15! Jaws were not dropped, noise ordinances were not broken, and pits were not summons and urged in a circluar formation. HOWEVER, capitalizing on the christian youth market, we played in another church in Pleasanton and kids started moshing and eventually ripping a pew out of the ground. I have since seen unthinkably more dangerous things happen at shows, but it was still funny at the time.

January 2006
33. River Of Jordan
During one of the many late night This Is My Fist sessions Annie and I thought it would be a good idea to record this. She ended up scrapping all her solo stuff so this may be the closest anyone gets to hearing her songs.

December 2005
32. Valerie Loves Me
If you knew it was Material Issue who wrote this song chances are you were called a new wave queer at some time or another, and you probably had an oversized paisley button-up shirt that smelled like pot and Drakkar Noir.

November 2005
31. No New Tale To Tell
If I'm not mistaken this is one of the earliest AltRock songs to employ the soft-verse/buzzsaw-chorus technique that has since become the staple for bands like the Pixies and Nirvana.

October 2005
30. Anything Goes
Damn this song is sleazy. The riffs are fully hip-thrusting, the groove is dirty sex, and the lyrics are 3rd grade porno. If we got Jackson to write more songs I bet they’d come out more like this.

September 2005
29. Stickfish
DIY 4-tracking in memory of one of the greatest DIY 4-trackers of my time - Matty Luv. If you haven’t already, visit mattyluv.com and download everything. Everything.

August 2005
28. My Michelle
The chorus of this song can easily be swapped with Your Mother’s "Purpose" and Fugazi’s "Waiting Room." Three different genres bound together by the beauty of your basic 3-chord progression. The simplicity of it all brings a tear to my eye while listening to me sing this brings a knot to my stomach.

July 2005
27. I’m Not A Punk
So it turns out that the chorus for this song is not "I’ve got square underwear".

June 2005
26. Up The Junction
While my version is slowed down you should check out Lawnmower Deth’s version (available on the same album as their cover of Kim Wilde’s "We’re The Kids In America").

May 2005
25. It’s So Easy
What’s not so easy is trying to sing like Axl Rose.

April 2005
24 .Bikeage
Many years ago I was in a Descendents cover band called Coverage. Get it?

March 2005
23. Nightrain
OK, true, I am from the West Coast (even born in Hollywood!) but I have no strut. I don’t smoke or drink gasoline. I have a suitcase but instead of being made of rattlesnake it has the Care Bears screened on it .I am neither mean nor machine, and unless your motor is a 10-speed chain sprocket I probably can’t make it hum. But I am one bad mutha when it comes to playing the cowbell.

February 2005
22. From Pit to Grave
I took some liberties with the lyrics because being 25 wasn’t exactly relevant to me. I don’t remember what I changed it to but I think "wearing the same ideals as 10 years ago" is now "wearing the same clothes as 15 years ago."

January 2005
21. Kabuki Girl
I find comfort in knowing that the Descendents came from the same SoCal hardcore scene as Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. Love Songs has played it’s share of mismatched bills but the challenge of playing those shows - and not having everyone leave while you play, or without getting beat up - is a fun one.

December 2004
20. Hopeage
Okay, you got me...I thought that by playing fast, distorted, poppy music about girls and farts and balls and stuff that nobody would notice that I liked the Descendents.

November 2004
19. Anabelle
Thanks to Mic Mucus for helping me translate one of the best songs from one of the best bands I’ve ever seen – FUN PEOPLE from Argentina.

October 2004
18. No Reason
I mean, Minor Threat was kind of the best, right?

September 2004
17. All Outta Love
Another nod to Australia’s renowned rock heritage. If this shit don’t make you fuckers mosh then I’m at a loss. Jack says this was worth missing a month for.

August 2004
16. A Word From Craigums

July 2004
15. I Want to Be a Homosexual
I hear the snide murmurs from the punk rockers about how Love Songs is "all softie crap about girls." Well fellas, here’s a little something to prove you otherwise.

June 2004
14. King Contrary Man
Dude, so simple but so FULL OF ROCK. I highly recommend you go pick up The Cult’s "Electric" yesterday.

May 2004
13. Tyler
I first heard this Toadies song when I lived in California and my then-girlfriend lived in Florida. The closing refrain "I will be with her tonight" helped ease me to sleep on many a lonely night. As did a handful of fantasies and socks.

April 2004
12. Search and Destory
I know it’s a cliche punk standard but a good song is a good song. (Hopefully) Even when I do it. And as a side note, what the fuck were the Stooges thinking when they mixed Raw Power?! Wasn’t there at least one person in the studio paying attention?

March 2004
11. "Bad Fun"
For an English band that started as a goth new wave group (aka Southern Death Cult) their third album as The Cult ("Electric") seriously captured the essence and simplicity of PURE ROCK.

February 2004
10. I Come From The Water
The Toadies often sang about god and heaven, and many of their songs had a hands-in-the-air / gospel-like quality to them, but despite that they still believed in the theory of evolution. Thank gosh.

JANUARY 2004
9. Explosivo
I did this song because I thought making Tenacious D’s acoustic original version into a full-blown electric rock song would make it that much better. Then I heard Anthrax did it too and realized I could never live up to anything Scott Ian played. Then a year later The D themselves did it ‘plugged’ on their CD, thereby rendering this version a bad 4-track high school garage band version. Probably not worth adding but sometimes it’s good and humbling to admit to your weaknesses.

DECEMBER 2003
8. 10:15 Saturday Night
Okay, okay, last Cure song, I promise. For a while at least...

NOVEMBER 2003
7. Backslider
I don’t know about other parts of the world but for some unknown reason the Toadies never caught on in the Bay Area. Maybe it’s because most of their songs are in 3/6 time and so it’s sometimes hard to catch their groove. Ha! Like I could possibly catch a groove...that’s rich...<sigh>

OCTOBER 2003:
6. I Want You Back
Australian bands rarely get the accolades they deserve, unless some American band rips them off first. For example, WASP wouldn’t be squat without bands like Rose Tattoo forging the path. Similarly, Guadalcanal Diary owed a lot to the Hoodoo Gurus, and that's one to grow on.

SEPTEMBER 2003:
5. Three Imaginary Boys
Yeah, yeah, yeah…another Cure song, I know.

AUGUST 2003:
4. Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
If you thought I was a ninny for doing Cure covers what does a Smiths cover make me? C’mon though, these lyrics are far from ninny: I crashed down on the crossbar/And the pain was enough to make a shy, bald Buddhist reflect/And plan a mass murder. Brilliant!

JULY 2003:
3. Jumping Someone Else’s Train
The Cure wrote such totally rulin’ songs, and they had such totally rad lyrics. This one was about how everybody is a poser. What better way for me to celebrate what a poser I am than by trying to mimic their song?

JUNE 2003:
2. Locksmith
This is an All You Can Eat song written about Bill. Bill is simultaneously the most low-key and the most hi-jinx-prone person I know. He was The Probe’s Man of the Year one year – and for good reason! Even at the age of 33 he won’t back down from any proposed shenanigan no matter how ludicrous or dangerous or alcoholic.

MAY 2003:
1. Man Inside My Mouth
Jack was a little beside himself when he realized this song was by The Cure. See, Jack doesn’t like The Cure and would never knowingly admit to it if he did. But he unwittingly told me he liked this song and really, if just one more person likes The Cure after hearing this, the world will be a fruitier place. Pete-sa helped me make chicken noises on this song.