Posted on: December 9, 2008 8:20 am

Tuesday Dec 9, 2008

Today's Song - Sailin' On - Bad Brains

Comments - One of my all time favorite Bad Brains songs.  Quick story:  When I was in college, I went to see 311 at a club show in Madison (before the blue album came out) they had some no name bands opening for them.  Dog Eat Dog and No Doubt (pre-Tragic Kingdom).  So No Doubt comes on stage and I was immediately smitten by Gwen who was adorable and had her hair up in all these little buns on top of her head.  Then they started to play and I was pretty impressed.  Gwen sang Excuse Me Mr. while standing on the shoulders of one of  the bouncers in front of the stage.  Then for their final song they said that they wanted to cover one of their all time favorite songs and launched into Sailin' On.  My friend and I that went to the show together had been sitting on the backs of chairs about three rows back (the show was at the Barrymore an old theater with a small "pit" area in the front and then rows of seats).  We both were big Bad Brains fans and looked at each other in disbelief then hurdled the two rows of seats (a move that now would almost certainly cause me some sort of bodily harm) to get into the fray.  That was the moment that I knew that I was in love with Gwen.  No matter how many overproduced pop albums she puts out or Gavin Rossdale offspring named after cities or computer games she produces, I will always remember her from that show.  Good Lord I sound like some kind of stalker or something.  It's not quite that bad I promise.  Anyway, the point is that it's a great song.  It has also been covered by Living Colour (my favorite of the covers), Moby, and John Frusciante to name a few.

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