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April 27, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

For those of you on the East Coast who miss Steve Benen’s prompt 8:00 a.m. posts, and/or resent my sluggish West Coast posting habits, I am inaugurating a “Daylight Video” feature that will provide an interesting or provocative or ALARMING or simply pleasurable introduction to the day. This will also allow me on occasion allow me to share my nostalgic and sometimes obscure musical tastes.

Today’s edition is a slow awakener: an ancient, cheesy Vanilla Fudge version of an ancient, cheesy Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra tune called “Some Velvet Morning.” Enjoy, and I’ll be along within the hour with some topical blogging.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Patango on April 27, 2012 8:36 AM:

    "On March 29, 2011, the band appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed "You Keep Me Hangin' On". This lineup continued to tour throughout 2011 and in February, 2012, with The Yardbirds."

    THAT is pretty amazing

    Thanx Ed , I do not always have the energy to comment in here , I appreciate how you articulate the difference between romney and president obama , especially in terms of the working class , and safety net issues , it seems futile at times to try and stand up to the gop and dysfunction in DC , we need members like you in the tribe to keep hope a live

  • charles pierce on April 27, 2012 8:51 AM:

    I remember the Fudge doing "You Keep Me Hanging On" as one of those end-of-psychedelia weirdities of a piece with Spooky Tooth's "I Am The Walrus." I had no idea that they'd ventured into this place, though. (Art Bell used to play the original on his late-night UFO talk show all the time.) The Sixties were a tough room.

  • Jackson Braider on April 27, 2012 9:30 AM:

    Awesome video. They don't make falsetto like they used to.

    Meanwhile, is it possible the Fudge might have also covered "The Bright, Elusive Butterfly of Love"? For some reason, the chorus has been ringing in my head for days:

    Don't be concerned
    It will not harm you
    It's only me pursuing something I'm not sure of
    Across my dreams, with nets of wonder
    I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love

    And whatever you do, pullleeze, don't stand your ground...

  • joyzeeboy on April 27, 2012 10:00 AM:

    FZ: My mind drifts back . . . to a meeting, a chance meeting in the Chicago O'Hare Airport . . .

    Mud Sh-sh-shark

    FZ: Where the members of The Vanilla Fudge told Don Preston about a home movie they made at the Edgewater Inn . . . with a mud shark!

  • MuddyLee on April 27, 2012 10:19 AM:

    Ed, I like this feature. Saw Vanilla Fudge in Charlotte NC in 1967, an auditorium show. They played an hour or so, maybe only 4 songs. People Get Ready and You Keep Me Hanging On were the highlights. I remember they said they would stop playing if anybody got up and starting dancing.

  • Ken D. on April 27, 2012 10:28 AM:

    Bring back Nancy and Lee. Much higher grade of cheese.

  • reidmc on April 27, 2012 10:36 AM:

    okay. . .but keep the Cactus videos on your hard drive.

  • hells littlest angel on April 27, 2012 11:36 AM:

    An awful lot of people -- some of whom I admire -- have covered this song (as well as other Lee Hazlewood dreck)over the years. I can't for the life of me figure out why. There's no pretentiousness quite as annoying as dope-addled pretentiousness, which is the only note Hazlewood could ever hit.

    Still, I appreciate the new feature. I miss the days of Steve Benen's eight-on-the-dot posts.

  • Doug on April 27, 2012 2:24 PM:

    Gabor Szabo did a good version of this, on the same album with Donovan's "Three King Fishers." Don't know if it's still in print.