Song du jour: Aerosmith, “Come Together”

My friend and colleague Kellie Donovan-Condron posted the following to Facebook: “The idea is to fill Facebook with music, breaking the monotony of selfies and sensationalism. If you ‘like’ this post you will be assigned a letter which coincides with a musician, band or artist that you will post on your timeline with this text.”

It’s really hard not to get behind this. I was assigned the letter “C,” so here’s my song for the day. If you’re familiar at all with the film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band you’ll know it’s a horrible, embarrassing trainwreck of a film with a few highlights. One of these highlights was Earth, Wind and Fire performing “Got To Get You Into My Life.” Billy Preston’s cover of “Get Back” was really good too, but Dear God what a ridiculous scene. Steve Martin’s scene was also ridiculous, but it was supposed to be, so it’s actually pretty funny. I was assigned the letter “C,” so I’m posting another film highlight: Aerosmith performing “Come Together.” I think it’s on some “worst cover tune” lists out there, but people are mistaking the music for the film, and they’re mistaking 70s Aerosmith for 90s Aerosmith. Musically, they’re almost two different bands. There’s some musical continuity, but 90s Aerosmith is largely a 90s power-pop reinvention of what was a pretty good 70s rock band. They did get their historically best record sales in the 90s, though, so at least it paid off for them then.

Forget the chatter and listen to the music:

Author: James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at jamesrovira.com for details.

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