When you see the title of this week’s selection, “Train Kept A-Rollin'”, you will probably think, Aerosmith! And yes, theirs is a very fine version:
But Aerosmith appears to have gotten the idea of covering this song from The Yardbirds, who had a lovely time mining old, deep catalogs of Blues:
Of course that Jimmy Paige kid had another project later, that did OK:
Fun fact: when this song was originally released, it was on 78 RPM 10″ disc. What’s kind of a shame is, that as prominent as the white cover bands were who popularized this tune, the black artists who created it were obscure to all but the deepest Blues nerds. Which group does not include me – I just find things semi-randomly. Like this:
As for the lyric, “She was a hipster”, well, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.