I’ve been listening to and reading about music for a couple of decades and I’ve been trawling through the music blogs for a couple of years now (You can see some of my favourites on the right). I’ve discovered quite a bit of music in that time. For my first post, I’ve put together a dozen tracks (plus one) of songs that contain the word “one” in the title. Left-click on the link to bring it up on a new page where you should be able to listen to or download the track.
A cover of the John Travolta/Olivia Newton John “classic”. I don’t know anything about the band, but they sound like Art Brut backed by Franz Ferdinand. I don’t mean that as a compliment
Bill Janowitz is the former lead singer of Buffalo Tom. He’s got his own blog and posts a cover every week or so. This is a nice acoustic version of a Bruce Springsteen song from The Boss’s Tunnel of Love album. You can find a link to Bill’s site under Cover Blogs on the right
Last year, The Postmarks released a full album of cover versions titled By the Numbers. Each of the first eleven songs contained a number in the title that corresponded to its track number. This is their version of a bossa nova number from the sixties.
Johnny Cash’s American Recording collaborations with Rick Rubin produced some fine interpretations of both well-known and less well-known songs. This is a great version of U2’s One, from a time when the Irish tax exiles could write a decent tune
Like Father, Like Son. Loudon Wainwright III’s original is about being independent and satisfied without needing anyone else around. It takes on a different meaning when Rufus sings it
Originally from Washington DC, but since based in New York City. This is the closing track from their 2006 album, A Hundred Miles Off. It was originally done by a band called Mazarin. An almost flawless Dylan impersonation
This one was the B-side to his single, Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time. You can check out another bakers dozen of rarities from Jarvis at this site: Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
08 One – Aimee Mann
“One is such a lonely number”, sings Aimee and how right she is. This song is used over the closing montage of the film, Magnolia
One Fine Day was written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin. It’s been recorded by lots of artists, including King, but the best version is this original by all-girl group, The Chiffons
From the album, Meat is Murder. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want was another of their songs. You can’t always get what you want.
This is one of two singles by the band that appeaeds on the garage band collection, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era.
Legend has it that the former singer of the Mamas & Papas died while eating a ham sandwich. Not true. She died from a heart attack
Originally appeared on their 1966 album, Revolver. I’d like to dedicate this song to the readers of this blog. I just hope that the title’s not too prophetic