I noticed it several years ago when Rod Stewart released a CD of "standards," which used to be called "old people's music." He now has a whole slew of "The Great American Songbook" records. Other rockers from the classic rock age have followed suit:
- Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom" (WTF?) is a similar collection of old chestnuts.
- Glenn Frey of The Eagles recently released a solo record where he covers artists like Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole.
- Alice Cooper is getting ready to release "Welcome to My Nightclub," a collection of his parents' favorite numbers. Including "The Hokey Pokey." (I swear, I can't make this stuff up.)
- Ozzy Osbourne is rumored to be working on "The Cole Porter Songbook," featuring a duet with Patti Smith.
Neil Young, if I ever find out you're doing a cover of "They Can't Take That Away From Me," I swear, I will kick your ass.
Please, I beg of you, keep on rockin' in the free world!
What say you? Do you dig this trend? Is Alice Cooper singing "The Hokey Pokey" really what it's all about?