Today’s entry is another request! So many covers have been done of this song but I thought it best to stick to the man who wrote it, Michael Nesmith. Yes, the guy also known for wearing a wool hat in The Monkees. 🙂
Different Drum was written by Nesmith in 1965 but originally recorded by a bluegrass band called, The Greenbriar Boys. It was featured on their 1966 album, Better Late Than Never!
The lyrics describe two lovers who want something different from the relationship. One person wants to settle down while the other wants to maintain his freedom. The narrator of the song is the one who’s against settling down.
A more popular version came in 1967 from a group called Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt. It was her first hit single, making #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as #12 on the Cash Box magazine singles chart. She switches the gender the narrator sings about, becoming the one against commitment. Listen to her version HERE.
Finally, HERE is a funny clip from The Monkees when Mike does a QUICK rendition of the song on a talent show.
Step out the front door like a ghost into the fog where no one notices the contrast of white on white. And in between the moon and you, the angels get a better view of the crumbling difference between wrong and right.
Round Here was released as a single in September of 1994 from the band’s debut album, August and Everything After. The song was written by lead singer Adam Duritz and his old band, The Himalayans.
During a performance on VH1’s Storytellers, Duritz discusses the lyrics. “The song begins with a guy walking out the front door of his house, and leaving behind this woman . But the more he begins to leave people behind in his life, the more he feels like he’s leaving himself behind as well. The less and less substantial he feels like he’s becoming to himself. And that’s sorta what the song’s about because he feels that even as he disappears from the lives of people, he’s disappearing more and more from his own life…”
The single placed at #7 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks and #9 on the Top 40 Mainstream. It also charted in Canada at #6.
Above is the official video.
This year I’ve been listening to ‘Til Tuesday and Aimee Mann’s solo albums. She just gets it – what it’s like to be hurt and let down in a relationship. Her musical direction did change over the years but her early stuff, like today’s song, is so relatable. In fact, ‘Til Tuesday’s debut album, Voices Carry, could be my own diary because it reflects all of the emotions I’ve felt in the past few months.
Say Anything was released from Aimee’s debut album, Whatever, in May of 1993. Only one single was released from the album but it unfortunately wasn’t this one. The album went to #3 on the Heatseekers chart as well as #127 on the Billboard 200.
Above is an acoustic version. It was released on a special Exclusive Collection of the album in 1994. Copyright on Youtube has prevented the original track from being available.