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Sieger on Songs: Let’s Give Thanks for Sly Stone
Sieger on Songs

Let’s Give Thanks for Sly Stone

No one did thankful songs better than Sly & The Family Stone.

Sieger on Songs: Greatest Song Ever Written?
Sieger on Songs

Greatest Song Ever Written?

So said John Lennon about “I Can't Stand the Rain,” co-written by Ann Peebles

Sieger on Songs: The Joyful Legacy of Fats Domino
Sieger on Songs

The Joyful Legacy of Fats Domino

The late great musician always leaves you smiling with songs like “Blue Monday.”

Sieger on Songs: The Demented Artistry of Junior Brown
Sieger on Songs

The Demented Artistry of Junior Brown

Great singer-songwriter-instrumentalist, as is “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.”

Sieger on Songs: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
Sieger on Songs

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Roberta Flack’s slow seductive style creates a truly haunting song.

Sieger on Songs: The Swampy Funk of Slim Harpo
Sieger on Songs

The Swampy Funk of Slim Harpo

"Scratch My Back" is a low-down classic that John Fogerty surely loved.

Sieger on Songs: Remembering Tom Petty
Sieger on Songs

Remembering Tom Petty

So many great songs. And so much integrity. He will be missed.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Don Williams
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Don Williams

Songs like “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” expressed his tender, quiet and thoughtful style.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Walter Becker
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Walter Becker

Steely Dan created some of the smartest music ever written.

Sieger on Songs: Sly Stone vs. the Neo-Nazis
Sieger on Songs

Sly Stone vs. the Neo-Nazis

After Charlottesville, "Everyday People" reminds us what America’s really about.

Sieger on Songs: The Surprising Legacy of Glen Campbell
Sieger on Songs

The Surprising Legacy of Glen Campbell

Songs like “Wichita Lineman” put the art in pop artist.

Sieger on Songs: The Ethereal Artistry of Joni Mitchell
Sieger on Songs

The Ethereal Artistry of Joni Mitchell

It’s hard to explain how she creates such great art. But she does.

Sieger on Songs: “Save The Last Dance For Me”
Sieger on Songs

“Save The Last Dance For Me”

A masterpiece by Doc Pomus that transmuted his personal pain into great music.

Sieger on Songs: Legacy of the Brill Building
Sieger on Songs

Legacy of the Brill Building

So many great songs came from here you barely know where to start.

Sieger on Songs: Courtney Barnett Is a Killer
Sieger on Songs

Courtney Barnett Is a Killer

She’s a triple talent and “Pedestrian At Best” proves it.

Sieger on Songs: The Curious Charm of Donovan
Sieger on Songs

The Curious Charm of Donovan

He plays Thursday at the Pabst. Here’s hoping he performs “Lalena.”

Sieger on Songs: A Great Song By The Bee Gees?
Sieger on Songs

A Great Song By The Bee Gees?

Yep. “How can You Mend A Broken Heart?”

Sieger on Songs: Dylan Pimps The Beatles
Sieger on Songs

Dylan Pimps The Beatles

“4th Time Around,” a droll delight, is a send-up of Lennon’s “Norwegian Wood.”

Sieger on Songs: The Spiritual Side of Elvis
Sieger on Songs

The Spiritual Side of Elvis

“Crying In The Chapel” will slay you, if you give it a chance.

Sieger On Songs: Milwaukee’s Got Soul
Sieger On Songs

Milwaukee’s Got Soul

Express Yourself Milwaukee’s Soul 2017 should be a great show.

Sieger on Songs: City Goes Crazy for Stevie Wonder
Sieger on Songs

City Goes Crazy for Stevie Wonder

Fantastic Turner Hall show celebrated an all-time great album.

Sieger on Songs: The Sheer Power of Speech
Sieger on Songs

The Sheer Power of Speech

Milwaukee native’s “Tennessee” packs a punch yet makes you dance.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Greg Trooper
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Greg Trooper

The late musician’s songs were performed by Steve Earle, Vince Gil and others.

Sieger on Songs: The Endless Impact of Chuck Berry
Sieger on Songs

The Endless Impact of Chuck Berry

As guitarist, singer and songwriter, he did more than anyone to invent rock’n’roll.

Sieger on Songs: So You Want To Be a Rock’N’Roll Star
Sieger on Songs

So You Want To Be a Rock’N’Roll Star

The Byrds’ classic was a rebuke to the Monkees. And a great song.

Sieger on Songs: Solomon Burke Was the King of Soul
Sieger on Songs

Solomon Burke Was the King of Soul

And maybe the godfather of Punk Rock, as this song proves.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Clyde Stubblefield
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Clyde Stubblefield

Madison resident and former drummer for James Brown had a huge impact.

Sieger on Songs: “96 Tears” Was a Trailblazer
Sieger on Songs

“96 Tears” Was a Trailblazer

The Mexican American group that sang it had the original punk attitude.

Sieger on Songs: The Gospel According to Ray Charles
Sieger on Songs

The Gospel According to Ray Charles

His version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a classic.

Sieger on Songs: The Joyous Wit of The Roches
Sieger on Songs

The Joyous Wit of The Roches

Maggie Roche is gone, but sweetly-sung classics like “Hammond Song” live on.

Sieger Songs: All Hail The Springsteen Cover Bands
Sieger Songs

All Hail The Springsteen Cover Bands

They love the Boss, wouldn’t play for Trump and do great songs like “Born to Run.”

Sieger On Songs: Why Gerry And The Pacemakers?
Sieger On Songs

Why Gerry And The Pacemakers?

Because of the wistful charm of “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying.”

Sieger On Songs: How Mickey & Sylvia Changed Music
Sieger On Songs

How Mickey & Sylvia Changed Music

Their 50s hit, “Love is Strange,” brought the bent notes of the blues into rock.

Sieger on Songs: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
Sieger on Songs

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

A classic performed with that beautiful light touch by Ella Fitzgerald.

Sieger on Song: Chuck Berry Rocks Your Christmas
Sieger on Song

Chuck Berry Rocks Your Christmas

“Run Rudolph Run” has the classic Chuck rhythm and the lyrics are a stitch.

Sieger on Songs: The Greatest Christmas Song Ever
Sieger on Songs

The Greatest Christmas Song Ever

Why Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” can’t be beat.

Sieger on Songs: “September Song” Is Chilling, Thrilling
Sieger on Songs

“September Song” Is Chilling, Thrilling

Oft performed, but composer Kurt Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya offers haunting version.

Sieger on Songs: Why Robbie Robertson’s Music Endures
Sieger on Songs

Why Robbie Robertson’s Music Endures

The Band’s leader wrote American classics that might just be what we need now.

Sieger on Songs: The Sheer Joy of Stevie Wonder
Sieger on Songs

The Sheer Joy of Stevie Wonder

He’s the funkiest synth player ever, as the sublime “I Wish” makes clear.

Sieger on Songs: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Sieger on Songs

The Songs of Leonard Cohen

You want it darker? He always delivered, right up to his death.

Sieger on Songs: How Robert Altman Saw the Future
Sieger on Songs

How Robert Altman Saw the Future

His film ‘Nashville’ and final song,“It Don't Worry Me,” have chilling reverberations today.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Bobby Vee
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Bobby Vee

The late singer did pure pop, but it was good enough for fans like Bob Dylan.

Sieger on Songs: All Hail Vladimir Putin!
Sieger on Songs

All Hail Vladimir Putin!

Randy Newman’s new song “Putin” is clever, scathing and oh-so-timely.

Sieger on Songs: Lee Dorsey’s New Orleans Soul
Sieger on Songs

Lee Dorsey’s New Orleans Soul

His version of “Freedom For The Stallion” is one for the ages, including today.

Sieger on Songs: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate?
Sieger on Songs

Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate?

Yes, some naysayers object to his winning. Why they're wrong.

Sieger: Dionne Warwick’s “Alfie” Is a Classic
Sieger

Dionne Warwick’s “Alfie” Is a Classic

And her long collaboration with Bacharach and David resulted in many masterworks.

Sieger on Songs: “Heaven’s Just A Sin Away”
Sieger on Songs

“Heaven’s Just A Sin Away”

This song was a smash and deservedly so

Sieger on Songs: The Greatest Outlaw Country Artist
Sieger on Songs

The Greatest Outlaw Country Artist

Georgia On A Fast Train exemplifies Billy Joe Shaver's deep and nutty lyrics.

Sieger on Songs: The Sad Soulful Sound of James Carr
Sieger on Songs

The Sad Soulful Sound of James Carr

“The Dark End Of The Street” is a classic by a troubled, talented artist.

Sieger on Songs: The Funky Legacy of the Ohio Players
Sieger on Songs

The Funky Legacy of the Ohio Players

“Skin Tight” exemplifies their jazzy, riff-heavy, hilariously inventive music making.

Sieger on Songs: Marty Robbins’ Radical Experiment
Sieger on Songs

Marty Robbins’ Radical Experiment

Country star’s pathbreaking “Don't Worry About Me” boasted a massive guitar fuzztone.

Sieger on Songs: Irish Rovers’ Song a Classic Earworm
Sieger on Songs

Irish Rovers’ Song a Classic Earworm

“The Unicorn” also has some political lessons to teach us.

Sieger on Songs: “Strange Fruit” Still Packs a Punch
Sieger on Songs

“Strange Fruit” Still Packs a Punch

Billie Holiday’s definitive version captures the pain when black lives don’t matter.

Sieger on Songs: The Enduring Magic of Johnny Cash
Sieger on Songs

The Enduring Magic of Johnny Cash

His singing of “I Guess Things Happen That Way” and other songs wipe out any other version.

Sieger on Songs: The Strangeloves Out-Stoned the Stones
Sieger on Songs

The Strangeloves Out-Stoned the Stones

Songs like “Night Time” had a beat Keith Richards would have killed for.

Sieger of Songs: “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes”
Sieger of Songs

“Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes”

It’s a classic by Paul Simon, but did he borrow too much of it?

Sieger on Songs: Did Led Zeppelin Steal “Stairway”?
Sieger on Songs

Did Led Zeppelin Steal “Stairway”?

Lawsuit claimed group stole “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s song “Taurus.” Let’s compare.

Sieger on Songs: “These Days” Is Still Haunting
Sieger on Songs

“These Days” Is Still Haunting

Written by Jackson Browne at age 16, sung by Warhol’s discovery Nico, and unforgettable.

Sieger On Songs: Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues”
Sieger On Songs

Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues”

The subtitle of this timeless song, “Make Me Wanna Holler,” evokes the Orlando tragedy.

Sieger on Songs. The Legacy of Alex Chilton

Sieger on Songs. The Legacy of Alex Chilton

The leader of Big Star lives on in songs like “September Gurls.”

Sieger on Songs: The Slinky Cool of Earl King
Sieger on Songs

The Slinky Cool of Earl King

His ‘60s song, “Trick Bag,” oozes with New Orleans funk.

Sieger on Songs: “Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy”
Sieger on Songs

“Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy”

This song should be the theme song of NFL lineman.

Sieger On Songs: Barbara Lynn, the Female Jimi Hendrix?
Sieger On Songs

Barbara Lynn, the Female Jimi Hendrix?

The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist scored with “You’ll Lose A Good Thing.”

Sieger on Songs: “A Change Would Do You Good”
Sieger on Songs

“A Change Would Do You Good”

Great song by the underrated Sheryl Crow. Why can’t she get more respect?

Sieger on Songs: Why Sly Stone Lives On
Sieger on Songs

Why Sly Stone Lives On

Rumors of his death were untrue. And his music seems eternal.

Sieger on Songs: John Boutté “Sisters” Is a Gem
Sieger on Songs

John Boutté “Sisters” Is a Gem

And maybe the best salute to the power of sisters on their little brother.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Prince
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Prince

“When Doves Cry” could be the great artist’s own eulogy.

Sieger On Songs: “Mr. Sandman” Is a Wisconsin Dream
Sieger On Songs

“Mr. Sandman” Is a Wisconsin Dream

Singers from Sheboygan, references to Liberace, and a nifty song.

John Sieger: The Legacy of Merle Haggard
John Sieger

The Legacy of Merle Haggard

“Lonesome Fugitive” was one among a long list of classic songs. Haggard was unique.

Sieger on Songs: “The Fool On The Hill”
Sieger on Songs

“The Fool On The Hill”

Did The Beatles write the greatest song for April Fool’s Day?

Sieger on Songs: A Local Songwriter to Remember
Sieger on Songs

A Local Songwriter to Remember

The late Stephanie Kasper’s “Don’t Forget” is a remarkable song.

Sieger on Songs: Bill Anderson’s “Cocktails” Is Potent
Sieger on Songs

Bill Anderson’s “Cocktails” Is Potent

His version, and Robbie Fulks’ update in a different key, are both classics.

Sieger on Songs: “Everybody” Is Pure Pleasure
Sieger on Songs

“Everybody” Is Pure Pleasure

Tommy Roe’s well-crafted 1963 hit runs under two minutes but stands the test of time.

Sieger on Songs: “Things To You” Is a Charmer
Sieger on Songs

“Things To You” Is a Charmer

Collaboration of Skeeter Davis and NRBQ is a less-is-more classic.

Sieger on Songs: Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” Is Evergreen
Sieger on Songs

Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” Is Evergreen

It arose out of tragedy, is packed with technique, and makes you smile.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Dan Hicks
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Dan Hicks

Musicians loved Hicks, who died last weekend. His unique songs influenced many.

Sieger On Songs: “Since I Laid My Burdens Down”
Sieger On Songs

“Since I Laid My Burdens Down”

Mississippi John Hurt version of this country blues song is unforgettable.

Sieger on Songs: The Other Aretha’s “Skylark”
Sieger on Songs

The Other Aretha’s “Skylark”

Before she was a soul singer she soared with the Classic American Songbook.

Sieger on Songs: David Bowie’s “Young Americans”
Sieger on Songs

David Bowie’s “Young Americans”

Remembering the late great artist, who was making potent music right to the end.

Sieger on Songs: “The World Keeps Going Round”
Sieger on Songs

“The World Keeps Going Round”

A Kinks classic by Ray Davies, whose songwriting skills rivaled those of McCartney and Lennon.

Sieger on Songs: NRBQ’s “Christmas Wish” Is a Classic
Sieger on Songs

NRBQ’s “Christmas Wish” Is a Classic

It’s Beatlesque, borrows from Brian Wilson, but is pure NRBQ.

Sieger on Songs: The Clash “Lost In The Supermarket”
Sieger on Songs

The Clash “Lost In The Supermarket”

Call it a warning to holiday shoppers. And a reminder of this band’s greatness.

Sieger on Songs: The Legacy of Allen Toussaint
Sieger on Songs

The Legacy of Allen Toussaint

The late legend’s songs, like “Southern Nights,” are classics that will always be played.

Sieger on Songs: “Danke Schoen” Is a True Oddity
Sieger on Songs

“Danke Schoen” Is a True Oddity

Young Wayne Newton proves he’s a great female vocalist in this perfectly constructed song.

Sieger on Songs: “Visions Of Johanna”
Sieger on Songs

“Visions Of Johanna”

It’s Bob Dylan at his best. And that’s saying something.

Sieger on Songs: “No Milk Today”
Sieger on Songs

“No Milk Today”

A classic song by Herman’s Hermits? Yes. And it’s gotten better with age.

Sieger on Songs: “Scratch My Back”
Sieger on Songs

“Scratch My Back”

A classic by blues musician Slim Harpo, who does so much with so little.

Sieger on Songs: In Memory Of Kenny Baldwin
Sieger on Songs

In Memory Of Kenny Baldwin

John Sieger pays tribute to Kenny Baldwin with the best version of the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Sieger on Songs: Elvis Sings “Suspicion”
Sieger on Songs

Elvis Sings “Suspicion”

Presley’s version of great Doc Pomus song wasn’t a hit, but displays the talent of both.

Sieger on Songs: “Farmer John”
Sieger on Songs

“Farmer John”

No, it’s not cerebral, but this 1959 rocker by Don & Dewey is pure joy.

Sieger on Songs: “It’s All Over Now”
Sieger on Songs

“It’s All Over Now”

The Stones made it famous, but Bobbie Womack wrote it and kills it.

Sieger on Songs: “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
Sieger on Songs

“He Stopped Loving Her Today”

George Jones’s classic country song benefited greatly from producer Billy Sherrill.

Sieger on Songs: “Step Inside Love”
Sieger on Songs

“Step Inside Love”

The late Cilla Black’s version of Paul McCartney’s song may tell us more about his genius.

Sieger on Songs: “Call Me”
Sieger on Songs

“Call Me”

Chris Montez invented soft rock with this classic. Don’t blame him for what followed.

Sieger on Songs: “Tears Dry On Their Own”
Sieger on Songs

“Tears Dry On Their Own”

Amy Winehouse’s death was a huge loss to music, as this song proves.

Sieger on Songs: “Nature Boy”
Sieger on Songs

“Nature Boy”

Nat King Cole’s huge hit in 1948 was an early example of Hippie culture, but sung with his velvety elegance.

Sieger on Songs: Back In The U.S.A.
Sieger on Songs

Back In The U.S.A.

Chuck Berry’s classic rock’n’roll song could be our national anthem, and a perfect way to celebrate July Fourth.

Sieger on Songs: “A Change Is Gonna Come”
Sieger on Songs

“A Change Is Gonna Come”

Sam Cooke’s timeless song could have been written in response to the killings in Charleston.

Sieger on Songs: “Someone To Watch Over Me”
Sieger on Songs

“Someone To Watch Over Me”

The Gershwins’ song is a masterpiece, but the Ella Fitzgerald version manages to improve upon it.

Sieger on Songs: “Compared To What”
Sieger on Songs

“Compared To What”

A jazz protest song? This Les McCann and Eddie Harris song from 1969 still is an elegant punch in the gut.

Sieger on Songs: “Only The Lonely”
Sieger on Songs

“Only The Lonely”

Roy Orbison’s iconic song is still as fresh as the day he wrote it.

Sieger on Songs: The Thrill Is Gone
Sieger on Songs

The Thrill Is Gone

The late B.B. King got disparaged by some as an entertainer, but he was a true blues musician who will be missed.

Sieger on Songs: “Let It All Hang Out”
Sieger on Songs

“Let It All Hang Out”

The short-lived band, the Hombres, created this droll, slightly deranged garage rock classic in 1967.

Sieger on Songs: “Wooly Bully”
Sieger on Songs

“Wooly Bully”

Few bands ever had a droller, happier sound than Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs.

Sieger on Songs: “It Tears Me Up”
Sieger on Songs

“It Tears Me Up”

When soul singer Percy Sledge died I immediately thought of this classic. Less known than his big hit, but just as powerful.

Sieger on Songs: The Rascals’ “See”
Sieger on Songs

The Rascals’ “See”

Once known as the Young Rascals, the band was always tight and soulful, even in this “psychedelic” song.

Sieger on Songs: “Come Softly To Me”
Sieger on Songs

“Come Softly To Me”

The Fleetwoods soft rock ‘50s classic is somehow ethereal yet slightly chilling.

Sieger on Songs: “I Scare Myself”
Sieger on Songs

“I Scare Myself”

A slightly paranoid classic from Dan Hicks, whose deadpan style can be funny or serious as hell.

Sieger on Songs: “My Boy Lollipop”
Sieger on Songs

“My Boy Lollipop”

14-year-old Millie Small brought Jamaican rhythms to America in 1964 with this infectious hit.

Sieger on Songs: “Carrickfergus”
Sieger on Songs

“Carrickfergus”

No one gets “into the mystic” like Van Morrison, as in this collaboration with The Chieftains.

Sieger on Songs: “A Convertible And A Headband”
Sieger on Songs

“A Convertible And A Headband”

The new documentary Off the Charts has rediscovered a trove of faux-songs like this, churned out by Hollywood hacks. It’s hilarious stuff.

Sieger on Songs: “You Don’t Own Me”
Sieger on Songs

“You Don’t Own Me”

An early feminist lyric sung by 17-year-old Lesley Gore, it’s still a classic.

Music: How Shonn Hinton Made Good
Music

How Shonn Hinton Made Good

The Milwaukee guitarist, who performs with the band at Friday’s Gospel Jubilee, now plays with top national acts.

Sieger on Songs: “Desperado”
Sieger on Songs

“Desperado”

The Eagles were always slick and superficial, but this song works -- if performed by others.

Sieger on Songs: “The Monkey”
Sieger on Songs

“The Monkey”

Dave Bartholomew’s sly, 1957 blues classic looks at evolution in reverse.

Sieger on Songs: “Sail Away”
Sieger on Songs

“Sail Away”

Randy Newman’s classic song would be perfect for the Super Bowl’s half-time show.

Sieger on Songs: “Bored In The USA”
Sieger on Songs

“Bored In The USA”

Father John Misty’s just-released song is a puzzle and a delight.

Sieger on Songs: “The Girl From Ipanema”
Sieger on Songs

“The Girl From Ipanema”

The perfect bossa nova by Stan Getz and company, it’s a blast of warmth in a freezing time.

Sieger on Songs: Baby It’s Cold Outside
Sieger on Songs

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Is this duet by Betty Carter & Ray Charles the best ever recorded?

Sieger on Songs: “I Was Born In Bethlehem”
Sieger on Songs

“I Was Born In Bethlehem”

Nick Lowe, the “Jesus of Cool,” creates a great Christmas song without a drop of his usual irony.

Sieger on Songs: “If I Could Only Win Your Love”
Sieger on Songs

“If I Could Only Win Your Love”

The Louvin Brothers’ harmonies led the way to the Everly Brothers and Beatles.

Sieger on Songs: “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?”
Sieger on Songs

“What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?”

The death of Ruffin reminds us of how central his artistry was to the success of Motown.

Sieger on Songs: “Lake Marie”
Sieger on Songs

“Lake Marie”

John Prine’s song finds something personal and yet universal in story set at a Wisconsin lake.

Sieger on Songs: “Hello It’s Me”
Sieger on Songs

“Hello It’s Me”

Todd Rundgren may or may not be a pop “genius,” but this song works on every level.

Sieger on Songs: The Wind Cries Mary
Sieger on Songs

The Wind Cries Mary

There’ll never be another Jimi Hendrix. But what made him so inimitable an artist?

Sieger on Songs: “Play With My Mind”
Sieger on Songs

“Play With My Mind”

The late Lou Whitney and his band The Skeletons, were American classics.

Sieger on Songs: “Walking In The Sand”
Sieger on Songs

“Walking In The Sand”

The Shangri-Las ‘60s hit remains a classic of honest teen emotions.

Sieger on Songs: Lucinda & Gillian, Authentic Nashville Music
Sieger on Songs

Lucinda & Gillian, Authentic Nashville Music

How Lucinda William and Gillian Welch created truly personal versions of classic American music.

Sieger on Songs: Six Back to School Songs
Sieger on Songs

Six Back to School Songs

Six songs with built In music lessons.

Sieger on Songs: “River Deep, Mountain High”
Sieger on Songs

“River Deep, Mountain High”

This epic song was a failure for producer Phil Spector, and sent his career into a tailspin.

Sieger on Songs: “The Windows Of The World”
Sieger on Songs

“The Windows Of The World”

Dionne Warwick’s memorable version of the Bacharach and David song is the perfect theme song for a troubled world.

Sieger on Songs: “Long Limbed Girl”
Sieger on Songs

“Long Limbed Girl”

The second act of Nick Lowe’s career is producing great songs with adult themes.

Sieger on Songs: Blues Brothers and Sisters
Sieger on Songs

Blues Brothers and Sisters

Sieger dives deeper into a dark pool of defeatists and discovers glory in their loserdom.

Sieger on Songs: “Loser”
Sieger on Songs

“Loser”

Beck’s smart, eclectic song is kind of post-modern update of the obscure “Stone Loser” by Ben & Spence.

Sieger on Songs: “He Hit Me And It Felt Like Kiss”
Sieger on Songs

“He Hit Me And It Felt Like Kiss”

The 1962 Carole King song performed by the Crystals still provokes controversy today.

Sieger on Songs: The Black Angels Death Song
Sieger on Songs

The Black Angels Death Song

The Velvet Underground offered a response to the British Invasion and it was darkly distinctive.

Sieger on Songs: Arthur Lee and Shuggie Otis
Sieger on Songs

Arthur Lee and Shuggie Otis

Two artists who combined R&B with psychedelia, with unforgettable results.

Sieger on Songs: “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”
Sieger on Songs

“Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”

Classic Al Green song exemplified Hi Records sound, and UB40 cover of it added reggae touch.

Sieger on Songs: “Do Right Woman-Do Right Man”
Sieger on Songs

“Do Right Woman-Do Right Man”

Aretha Franklin turned Chip Moman’s subtle song into a powerful anthem for women.

Sieger on Songs: Ten Monster Riffs
Sieger on Songs

Ten Monster Riffs

It started with the blues and then the Brits took over. Ten of the most influential riffs ever written.

Sieger on Songs: “Withered And Died”
Sieger on Songs

“Withered And Died”

Richard and Linda Thompson created one of the saddest love songs ever written.

Sieger on Songs: Que Sera Sera
Sieger on Songs

Que Sera Sera

No, not by Doris Day. Sly and the Family Stone’s remake is a classic.

Sieger on Songs: “I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love”
Sieger on Songs

“I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love”

Lessons in cool from two masters, Muddy Waters and Mose Allison.

Sieger on Songs: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Sieger on Songs

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

There are at least three great versions, but no one can top Marvin Gaye’s.

Sieger on Songs: Rondinellie’s Castle
Sieger on Songs

Rondinellie’s Castle

A Milwaukee gem hidden In plain sight, created by venerable folk singer Larry Penn.

Sieger on Songs: “Is That All There Is?”
Sieger on Songs

“Is That All There Is?”

Was there ever a more world-weary song than this, by the ever-cool Peggy Lee?

Sieger on Songs: “Endicott”
Sieger on Songs

“Endicott”

Crazy, zoot-suited Kid Creole complains about the perfect husband in this funny character study with marimbas.

Sieger on Songs: “Husbands And Wives”
Sieger on Songs

“Husbands And Wives”

Roger Miller could craft clever, comic, country lyrics, but they often had a melancholy tinge.

Sieger on Songs: “Trouble Child”
Sieger on Songs

“Trouble Child”

Joni Mitchell’s best songs boast innovative music, literate lyrics and a chilling beauty.

Sieger on Songs: Two Paranoid Masterpieces
Sieger on Songs

Two Paranoid Masterpieces

Bill Withers and George Jones each wrote and performed the two greatest songs of romantic paranoia.

Sieger on Songs: “Street Fighting Man”
Sieger on Songs

“Street Fighting Man”

Keith Richards had discovered the magical 6/4 chord, the band was peaking and a classic song was created.

Sieger On Songs: “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country”
Sieger On Songs

“A Few Words in Defense of Our Country”

Randy Newman has written many great songs, but never one we needed more than this.

Sieger On Songs: “Why Am I Treated So Bad?”
Sieger On Songs

“Why Am I Treated So Bad?”

The Staple Singers classic is one of the most gloriously soulful songs you’ll ever hear.

Sieger on Songs: “Turn Turn Turn”
Sieger on Songs

“Turn Turn Turn”

Why this Pete Seeger song is so timeless, and why The Byrds’ version was so great. A new column.

The Greatness of Gospel Music

The Greatness of Gospel Music

A veteran rock musician explains why he helped organize Friday night’s gospel showcase -- and why you shouldn’t miss it.