“Don’t Change” – Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen brilliantly covers my favorite INXS song.  If someone put a gun to my head, I’d still favor the INXS version, but this is a terrific cover … full of passion, power, and energy.  This was recorded live in Sydney from February 2014.   This performance also features Steve Van Zandt and Tom Morello on guitar.

“Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine” – The Nightwatchman


From Tom Morello’s kick-ass band The Nightwatchman, “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine” is a great song about getting off your ass and fighting for what’s right. It’s what a collaboration between Lou Reed and The Clash at the peak of their powers might sound like … only better.

“History’s not made
By presidents or popes
Or kings or queens or generals
Or CIA kingpins runnin’ dope
History’s not made
By nine robed men
Or billionaires or bankers
It’s not made by them!”

As Graham Parker once said: “Get started! Start a fire!”