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Jerry Lee Lewis – HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - "High School Confidential" is a song written by Ronald J. Hargrave and Jerry Lee Lewis as the title song for the movie of the same name directed by Jack Arnold. Jerry Lee cut the song at the Sun Studio in February 14, and the song was released on May 20, 1958 as a Sun single.
Dave Edmunds – HIGH SCHOOL NIGHTS – Taken from the soundtrack of “Porky's Revenge!” which was released in 1985. Produced and assembled by Dave Edmunds, the soundtrack features new material from a wide spectrum of well-established rock & roll musicians, including Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Carl Perkins, Willie Nelson and Robert Plant & Phil Collins (under "The Crawling King Snakes" moniker), as well as then up-and-comers The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Besides George Harrison's recording of a previously unreleased Bob Dylan song ("I Don't Want to Do It") and Dave Edmunds' "High School Nights" and Porky's Revenge! theme music, the album consists of newly-recorded versions of classic rock & roll tunes (sometimes by their original author, in the case of Carl Perkins).
Eric Clapton w/The Yardbirds – GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL - "Good Morning, School Girl" is a blues standard which has been called "an important influence in Chicago blues". The song was first recorded by pre-war Chicago blues vocalist and harmonica pioneer John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson in 1937. A variety of artists have recorded versions of the song, usually calling it "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl". The Yardbirds with Eric Clapton later covered this version of "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl" for their second UK single in 1964.
Graham Parker and the Rumor – BACK TO SCHOOL DAYS - Graham Parker is a British rock singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the popular British band Graham Parker & the Rumour. Despite moderate commercial success, Parker has been hailed by critics as one the most prominent musicians of his generation, with his wittily heated, often class-conscious lyrics and energy-fueled music preceding the arrival punk rock and new wave music. Many fellow musicians such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Black have expressed admiration for his music. Taken from his album “Howlin' Wind” (1976).
Warren Zevon – BAD LUCK STREAK IN DANCING SCHOOL – Written by Warren Zevon, and taken from “Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School” his fourth album, released in 1980. The term "dancing school" has been used as a euphemism for a brothel since the mid-17th century.
Joe Ely – IF I COULD TEACH MY CHIHUAHUA TO SING – Written by Joe Ely. Taken from his CD “Twistin’ in the Wind”, 1998. Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.
Bobby Bare Jr. – I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)" is a popular song which originated as the jingle "Buy the World a Coke" in the groundbreaking 1971 "Hilltop" television commercial for Coca-Cola. "Buy the World a Coke" was produced by Billy Davis and portrayed a positive message of hope and love sung by a multicultural collection of teenagers on the top of a hill. "Buy the World a Coke" repeated "It's the real thing" as Coca-Cola's marketing theme at the time. The popularity of the jingle led to it being re-recorded by The New Seekers and by The Hillside Singers as a full-length song, dropping references to Coca-Cola. The song became a hit record in the US and the UK. Taken from his “OK - I’m Sorry…” EP, 2003.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – LEARNING TO FLY - "Learning To Fly" is a popular track by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne for the album “Into the Great Wide Open”.
Crosby, Stills & Nash – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN - "Teach Your Children" is a song by Graham Nash. Although it was written when Nash was a member of The Hollies, it was never recorded by that group, and first appeared on the album Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released in 1970. The recording features Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar. Garcia had made an arrangement that in return for his playing pedal steel guitar on Teach Your Children, CSNY would teach the members of the Grateful Dead how to sing harmony for their upcoming albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty.
Rockpile – TEACHER TEACHER - Rockpile was a British rock and roll group of the late 1970s and early 1980s, noted for their strong rockabilly and power pop influences, and as a foundational influence on new wave. The band consisted of Dave Edmunds (vocals, guitar), Nick Lowe (vocals, bass guitar), Billy Bremner (vocals, guitar) and Terry Williams (drums). Rockpile recorded four albums, though only one (Seconds of Pleasure) 1980, (the source of this track) was released under the Rockpile banner.
Umphrey’s McGee – HOT FOR TEACHER – Originally recorded by Van Halen on the album "1984". The sexually suggestive song was best known for its opening drum solo, near motorcycle-like drum fills and its music video featuring the band as both adults and young students in a high school. The Parents Music Resource Center protested it, calling for it to be pulled from both the radio and television, due to the song's sexually suggestive lyrics referring to sex with a teacher, and a female teacher stripping in the video, among other issues. Recorded 9/9/2011 in Brooklyn, NY. Digital only release.
Elvis Costello – CHARM SCHOOL - Elvis Costello began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1976. Shortly after recording his first album, he formed The Attractions as his backing band. They toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between Costello and members of The Attractions caused them to split by 1986. Much of Costello's work since 1986 has been credited to him as a solo artist, though partial reunions with some members of The Attractions have been credited to the group over the years. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image". Taken from his “Punch the Clock” CD, 1983.
John Hiatt – GRADUATED - John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including New Wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters. From his 1997 CD, “Little Head”
Third Eye Blind – GRADUATE - Third Eye Blind is an American alternative rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. The songwriting duo of Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the band's first major label recording contract with Elektra records in 1996, which was later reported as the largest publishing deal ever for an unsigned artist. The band released their self-titled album, Third Eye Blind, in 1997, (the source of this track) with the band largely consisting of Jenkins on vocals, Cadogan on guitar, Arion Salazar on bass, and Brad Hargreaves on drums.