For a good part of my life, before song lyrics were easily accessed on the internet, I sang the one line as “I can’t find, oh, the rock of my life” instead of “the right romantic line”. It sounded so good I had a whole bunch of my friends singing it that way too. To this day, I think I still prefer it.
This is only one of two songs I’m aware of I have performed publicly. It takes the death of a very close friend to get me on stage. He had been a drummer for several bands I had hung out with since high school. Every show he did that I was at, for over 30 years, I’d yell for this song. He didn’t particularly like doing it. So, he always promised me he’d do it shortly after his funeral. So, for his funeral, I did it for him. I’m not going to post me doing it, as we just winged it.
Many years before, I was watching Black Oak Arkansas at my favorite dive in Richmond, KY. I was a regular there, they knew me. I was front row in a very small, very tight, pit. Their entire show I kept yelling “Ace of Spades“. Finally, for their final encore, Jim “Dandy” Mangrum announced “this one’s for the asshole up front”. That was ME! They absolutely tore it up.
Here’s the original. Pretty much the first original thrash metal song ever recorded.
Another one of my all-time favorite performances of any song at all is David Bowie’s 1973 appearance on The Midnight Special. It was obviously quite theatrical and over-produced, two of the qualities I always enjoyed most about Bowie. In this performance he features The Dubreq Stylophone to give it that haunting sound. This performance still gives me chills.
Space Oddity very recently regained significance when International Space Station astronaut Chris Hadfield performed it floating in his tin can:
Not quite the production value, but once again, the coolest thing in music.
Bumped into Bryan Ferry in London when I was a teen. Was pretty cool, they rode up on pink trimmed Harleys. I knew it was Roxy Music the second they pulled up, as they had signs on their bikes. I told them I liked their stuff, they were semi-regulars on the new video music channels, but hadn’t done anything really big. They gave us the usual meet and greet stuff, but Bryan told me to be sure and check out their next album, it was going to be huge. The biggest hit off it was one of my all time favorite songs ever recorded.
It’s not very often someone makes a boast that big and delivers.