Daily Archives: August 30, 2002

Best rock’n’roll instrumental ever

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It’s Los Straitjackets’ cover of the horrible Celine Dion theme from The Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.” Without ever having seen the movie, and without intentionally listening to hideous “easy listening” radio, I’ve heard part of the song about 2000 times, so, yes, I know it. But the Straitjackets take it through the Ventures/surf rock funhouse, and without camping it up too much turn it into a wild ride of an instrumental, right from the Telstar opening, through the harp riffs and the Star Trek Theme haunting space vocals. Everything that was cool about the Ventures style of instrumentals is in here. The version from “The Velvet Touch of Los Straitjackets” is better than the live version, but only because it allowed them to put on that veneer of perfection that went with The Ventures.
By the way, Los Straitjackets and The Ventures are playing together on a cruise ship. I’m not sure what to make of that, but I wish I could be there.