Day 9 – A Song that You Can Dance to: "Lizard Song"
“Lizard Song” – Brian & the Nightmares
I should change the title of this one to “A Song that You Will Dance to … and dare anyone to stop you!” Brian & the Nightmares were the band I worshipped during my undergrad days at ETSU. They were an incredible live band with something rare, at the time, among roots-based guitar bands: great songs. They held their own in sweaty dance clubs and listening rooms, in auditoriums and pool halls. They’d play a James Brown tune, turn around into a Cramps cover, then rip off four of their own excellent songs — two from Brian, two from guitarist Kurt Hagardorn — then, before you could catch your breath from hooting and hollering, knock you flat with a revved-up version of an old classic like “Stack ‘o Lee” or “These Boots Are Made for Walking.” By the way, “Lizard Song” is one of my all-time faves: great riff, cool lyrics, awesome lead breaks. And I will dance along with it, in a darkened club, with a bunch of other sweaty rock kids dressed in black, to my heart’s content!