A few years ago while browsing the bargain bin at my local record store I came across the CD of an album that had been released quite a few years earlier by The Band, that was not one of their big sellers. It was an entire album of covers of songs from the fifties. Some of the songs were well known, like “The Great Pretender” but most of the tracks were pretty obscure. The album was entitled “Moondog Matinee”.This music was an epiphany for me. A collection of music dating back fourty years or more, yet The Bands arrangements made them sound as contemporary as if they were written yesterday. I began playing music in the sixties after the Beatles hit our little transistor radios. But my roots were in the fifties, New York Rock n‘ Roll; Dion and the Belmonts, The Coasters, The Drifters and on and on. I realized that a lot of this music runs the risk of being lost to the ages - so I decided to incorporate it in a repertoire of more contemporary music. And so was born our band, simply - MOONDOG. “The guys in the Moondog Band have such a good time on stage that it’s infectious!” That’s what the fans say. A Moondog set of Elvis Presley classics includes Paul Simon’s Graceland, Marc Cohn’s Walkin’ In Memphis and Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love. The band is really thrilled with audience reactions to our shows. We are always introducing some great songs that will be a little obscure like Little Feat’s Let It Roll, to mix in with the well known songs that we cover from artists such as; Tom Petty, Jack Johnson, Billy Joel, The Band, Jimmy Buffett, The Pointer Sisters and more!. Yeah “eclectic” is the word. Another example of the bands unique blend of songs is the Moondog music sandwich: Two Sam Cooke songs – Chain Gang and Another Saturday Night on either side of Van Morrison’s Wild Night, hold the mayo. In short- Moondog puts on a great show. It’s not the same old stuff that you may be accustomed to hearing when you go out to a club, but we guarantee that you’ll have a great time. Anyway, its Only Rock n’ Roll so Shut Up and Dance!
This Thing Called Love
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