Keith and the Winos play Eddie Cochran’s ‘Something Else’, Orpheum Theater, Boston, Feb. 13 1993 (original Japanese TV broadcast)
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“Somethin’ Else” is a song by the rockabilly musician Eddie Cochran, co-written by his girlfriend Sharon Sheeley and his elder brother Bob Cochran, and released in 1959. It has been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Hallyday, Led Zeppelin, and the Sex Pistols.
Bob Cochran, Eddie’s brother, and Sharon Sheeley share the song writing credit along with Eddie. The first-person lyrics describe how the singer wants a convertible car he can not afford, and a girl who he fears will not go out with him. But in the end, by saving money, he is able to buy an older car, and works up the confidence to ask the girl out.
Musicians on the session were: Vocals/Guitar: Eddie Cochran, Drums: Gene Reggio, Electric Bass: Don Myers. The song peaked at No. 22 on the UK Singles Chart,and reached No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
French singer Johnny Hallyday recorded a version titled “Elle est terrible”. A live version, recorded at the Olympia Hall in Paris, was first released in 1962 and spent one week at the top position on the singles sales chart in France (from December 15 to 21). In Wallonia (French Belgium), it spent 28 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 4.
The Sex Pistols recorded a version of “Something Else” for the album The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979). The double A-sided single was credited to “Sex Pistols: vocals Sid Vicious” [sic] and was released three weeks after Vicious died. It peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The second side of the single was “Friggin’ in the Riggin'”, also credited to “Sex Pistols: vocals Steve Jones”.
Canadian band Teenage Head recorded a version of “Somethin’ Else” for their 1980 album Frantic City.
English hard rock band UFO covered the song for their 1982 album Mechanix.
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