SINGLES ONLY: “Storm The Embassy” (Stray Cats) and “Captain Lou Albano” (NRBQ)

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Singles Only
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Singles Only

Singles are cover songs without a mate (a.k.a. opponent). CMI’s staff of specialists has devoted months, in some cases years, towards uncovering a second cover of these songs but our searches proved have all proved fruitless. Now the question has to be asked: Why would a band cover a song so obscure that no other band on the planet is interested in also doing so? To which I answer: How the hell should I know! But I do have a few of these rarities and it is now your solemn responsibility to listen to them. No competition on this day. Simply unabashed reverence, reflection and repose. Enjoy …

The Original

Stray Cats:


The Cover

The Rocketz:


The Original



The Cover

Beginning in 1996, Yo La Tengo supported the fundraising efforts of New York’s world-renowned independent radio outlet WFMU with annual studio visits. All listeners who pledged money during the band’s appearances were offered the chance to request a favorite song that Yo La Tengo would then attempt to perform; no rehearsals, no advance word of what the requests might be, just plug it in and kick it out. The spontaneous element is impressive and, at times, hysterical.

Yo La Tengo:


  1. RDubbs says:

    I loved the Stray Cats’ first album. I saw them on their first post-lp tour and they were fantastic. they ushered in the rockabilly revival era, which at the time was a musical genre that I fully embraced. But I did not follow them much after that first release. Storm the Embassy must have been one of their later releases. Not a bad tune, albeit, a surprisingly aggressive one.

    As for Captain Lou, well I don’t know much about wrestling world but that guy seemed to be quite the colorful character, standing out in an industry that takes a monumental effort to out-crazy the competition. And as far as Yo La Tengo goes, all of their covers are first-rate.

  2. Pete Black says:

    Stray Cats could really play and entertain at their best . Hot musicians. NRBQ is classic in their simplicity and Yo La Tengo will be on the expanded Mount Rushmore. Seen them double digit times and would buy any recording with their name on it. They can cook your bacon and feed your fish.

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