WATCH: “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” LIVE by Looking Glass – 1972


“Brandy” was HUGE in 1972, and ended up being the No. 1 song on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts for the year … and deservedly so. It was written and composed by Elliot Lurie and recorded by Lurie’s band, Looking Glass, on their debut album also called Looking Glass.  It’s an odd subject for a rock song; a barmaid from a bygone era whose heart belongs to a man who’d…


WATCH: Bob Seger – “Beautiful Loser” Rare LIVE Version – 1976?


It’s difficult finding videos of Bob Seger from back in his early days, performing LIVE. This is not the best video, but I think it gives you a sense of what it was like to see him perform in concert. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Beautiful Loser” is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Bob Seger. It was the title track on his 1975 studio…


WATCH: Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing” @ Wembley Arena, July 10, 1985


This was part of the “Brothers in Arms” tour from the summer of 1985, and Dire Straits was riding high with their hit “Money for Nothing” which, as you will probably recall, was a big hit on MTV because of the early use of digital animation to tell the story of two appliance installers. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Money for Nothing” is a single by British rock…


WATCH: Elvin Bishop “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – LIVE on The Midnight Special – Oct 21, 1977


A definative rock classic, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” hits home for a lot of people who grew up in the 70’s. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” is a single written and performed by blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. It appeared on his 1975 album Struttin’ My Stuff and was released as a single the following year. Bishop does not sing lead…


WATCH: Ace – “How Long (Has This Been Going On)” – LIVE 1977


Great LIVE version of the song “How Long” from the British band Ace from 1977. Although the video quality isn’t the best, the sound is good and it’s hard to find a video of these guys live from back in the day. The song, originally released in 1974 off their album Five a Side, reached No. 3 in the US and Canadian charts, and No. 20 in the UK chart. So,…


WATCH: Original Five Man Electric Band – “Signs” vs Tesla version


This started out as an attempt to find a LIVE version of the classic 70’s song “Signs” by the Five Man Electric Band back in the day, and ended up with me only being able to find the original recording of that song (which is still great, by the way) as well as dozens of cover versions over the years, most notably by the band Tesla. So, why not give…


WATCH: The Bangles LIVE – “James” – Pittsburgh, PA 1986


Great LIVE performance by the 80’s all girl group, The Bangles, who had a string of hits during the decade. “James” was not one of them, but I thought it was an interesting live performance of song that we haven’t heard a million times already! The song is from their debut album, All Over the Place, released in 1984. Here’s more on the album from Wikipedia: All Over the Place…


WATCH: Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is” LIVE @ Farm Aid 1985


Who remembers Farm Aid? Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.  (For more information about Farm Aid, visit: Foreigner performed this LIVE version of “I Want To Know What Love Is” at the inaugural version of Farm Aid…


WATCH: Paul McCartney & Wings – “Live and Let Die” LIVE – 1976


So you like strobe lights and explosions, because with Paul McCartney and Wings in the mid-70’s you got strobe lights and explosions! And this LIVE version of “Live and Let Die” (the theme song to a popular James Bond movie at the time) is no exception. Linda McCartney introduces the song which debuted in 1973, right before the movie came out. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Live and…


WATCH: “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” – Sugarloaf ’74 vs Van Halen ’75


I had intended to just find a great LIVE version of Sugarloaf’s quirky 1974 hit, “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” but about all I could find was a recording of Sugarloaf’s album version (nice, but not the same as a LIVE performance) and surprisingly, a recording less than a year later of a bootleg tape of one of Van Halen’s early concerts also singing the song! Obviously David Lee…