Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Gonna Lounge You All Night Long

Liza sings with Queen at the 1992 Freddy Mercury Tribute 

A lot of folks don't remember -- and that might be a good thing -- a strange, short-lived musical fad of the 1990s and early 2000s: Stars of easy-listening doing versions of rock 'n' roll tunes.

It was hip.

It was ironic.

It got old pretty fast.

But here are some examples of this weird little trend.

In an album dedicated to the rock/lounge connection, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme covered this popular Soundgarden song.



Paul Anka was full of teen spirit when he did this 2004 album, Rock Swings.



Stuffy old Pat Boone got In a Metal Mood



Liza did a fantastic job paying tribute to Freddy Mercury



I know Tiny Tom wasn't really a lounge singer -- and definitely not "easy" listening. But he and Brave Combo recorded the swingingest version of "Stairway to Heaven" in human history. I've said it before -- Van Morrison would have KILLED for this arrangement.




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