Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Get the Funk Out by Extreme – Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Get the Funk Out by Extreme – Songs in the Key of Mutiny

“Get the Funk Out” by Extreme is an example of a song that I always liked but never really deeply loved, except for one version of it that they did on the “Waiting For the Punchline” tour, where Nuno Bettencourt, the guitarist, played the verse part differently (essentially, he played part of the chorus riff in the verses). It’s a very subtle difference to the original, but the result, to my ear, gives the song a...

Not Ready To Go by The Trews: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Not Ready To Go by The Trews: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

I first found out about the Canadian band, The Trews, the old-fashioned way: I heard a song on the radio, and waited for the announcer to come on to say who the artist had been. That was probably around 2008 or 2009. I quickly investigated the band and fell in love with their music almost immediately. The Voice in My Head … on CD The Trews have an almost spooky way of releasing music that...

Battleship Chains by Georgia Satellites: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Battleship Chains by Georgia Satellites: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

I’m betting most people associate The Georgia Satellites with the hit song “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.” Heck, even I had that single as a 45 RPM record. I remember it being a radio hit. It wasn’t until years later that I got introduced to any more of their work, and then a decade-and-a-half after that when one of their songs was reintroduced to me and helped me realize how much I liked it. Cover...

Revo by Walk Off the Earth: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Revo by Walk Off the Earth: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

This past March, I went to a concert to see a Canadian band called Marianas Trench. Although they are likely not aiming at me as their target demographic, I’ve always enjoyed their songwriting ability and both my kids love them, so off we went. What we were not expecting was that the supporting band was going to completely blow us away, and that I’d find another song that sparked new inspiration. Discovering Something New …...

Decadence Dance by Extreme: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

Decadence Dance by Extreme: Songs in the Key of Mutiny

“Decadence Dance,” by Extreme. It is the song that changed my perception about the band who became and remain my favorite. It was also the initial inspiration for me wanting to try to write my own songs. Ironically, “Decadence” is very representative of how incredibly misunderstood the band Extreme is. And for a while, even I missed the point of this particular song, simply because of the way it sounds. I was missing the message....