Grateful Dead “Making of Touch Of Grey”

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This mystical Tweet emerged from the Grateful Dead’s official Twitter account this morning:

The film is actually called Dead Ringers: The Making of Touch of Grey and was directed by Justin Kreutzmann, Billy Kreutzmann‘s son. It’s a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the origins of the song and infamous MTV video where the band performed as skeletons.

The song had been around for quite some time before it became popular in 1987. In the video, Jerry Garcia says he first heard “Touch of Grey” performed by lyricist, Robert Hunter, who wrote the lyrics in 1980 with a different melody. Jerry rewrote the melody and the Dead first performed it in 1982. That’s how things move in the Dead’s world. By ’87, Jerry said the song had become an anthem on tour and taken on a life of its own.

The Dead finally released the song as the lead single for their 1987 album In The Dark, and, on a whim, decided to film a music video to try to promote the record. The video became a smash hit on MTV, and propelled “Touch Of Grey” into the top ten. In the Dark, which is not a standout record by Dead standards or otherwise, became the band’s best-selling studio album. The Grateful Dead would never be the same.

We will get by / We will survive

Led Zeppelin Just Released a New Music Video

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To celebrate their upcoming new box set, The Complete BBC Sessions, Led Zeppelin released a new music video this week for a previously unheard version of “What Is And What Should Never Be.” The track comes from the same historic 1969 studio sessions and is included in the box set along with several other never-before-heard recordings. I was a freshman in college when the original BBC Sessions album was released and it basically became the official soundtrack to Winter Quarter 1998. I’m not sure if I’m ready to shell out the cash for the new 5 album expanded collection of the same songs, but it would be interesting to hear what the remastered recordings sound like.

The box set comes out 9/16 and you can pre-order it now from Led Zeppelin.

Song of the Week: Soft Hair – “Lying Has To Stop”

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This week’s Song of the Week comes from slinky new Los Angeles duo, Soft Hair. This band caught my attention because the pitched vocals and warbly tape sound of their debut single, “Lying Has To Stop,” harks back to the strange early days of Ween. Band members Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust recorded the album over the past few years in locations around the world. The clearly high budget video appears to have been filmed in an apartment with aluminum foil taped to the walls. The duo had this to say about it in an interview with Dazed:

“It’s kind of us trying to look good, but not really looking that good,” Dust laughs, “We only look good because they booked us a really expensive camera. It’s like a cinema quality camera, and then some really shit further details. It kind of looks like a hip hop video.”

Soft Hair’s self-titled debut album is out October 28th on Weird World.