A Strange Convergence of Ideas

Yesterday XM’s programming merged with Sirius’.  I could blame that.

I could blame it on seeing Taylor Swift singing “Photograph” with Def Leppard.

I could also blame Richard Cheese’s great cover of “Hey Ya” that played on my iPod yesterday.

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Last night, I saw a few minutes of Kenny Chesney aping Jimmy Buffett on the CMAs.  I could blame that.

Truth be told, I can’t blame anyone but myself.

I’m a Hawaiian shirt wearing Parrothead, so I was excited about getting Radio Margaritaville on the satellite.  I was listening to it this morning on the way in.  That’s when it all came together.



I’d heard “Fins” and then I switched over to Hair Nation.  They were playing “Nothing But a Good Time” by Poison.

Look what the cat dragged in.
Look what the cat dragged in.

As I actually listened to the lyrics while still in a Buffett frame of mind, it occurred to me that, by and large, Buffett could Gulf & Western that song up and make it a perfectly acceptable piece of his canon.

Besides, 80s metal bands have practically made a cottage industry of covering songs from the bands that influenced them.  From “Your Mama Don’t Dance” to “Signs” to “Wild World” unorthodox covers were hits.

That got me thinking of other 80s metal songs that could be changed into breezy Southern rockers.  Several Poison songs worked believe it or not.

Of course, the idea of adding congas and harmonica to some of those songs struck me as downright ridiculous.  That is until the next song played on Hair Nation.


It was Faster Pussycat’s glam cover of “You’re So Vain.”  If that can work why the hell couldn’t my idea.

With that being said, here is a list of the tracks that will appear on the first album by my Gulf, Western & Glam (GWG) band.  I’m still working on the name, but right now I’m leaning toward Desperation Samba.


  • Nothing But a Good Time
  • Fallen Angel
  • Ride the Wind
  • Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Here I Go Again
  • Photograph
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Now, where did I lay down that acoustic guitar?

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