Eagle and Hawk's Jay Bodner. (Tim Plett)
Jay Bodner is the lead singer of Winnipeg's multi-award winning band
Eagle and Hawk. But did you know back in the '80s he spent two years with
Tec Voc High School's well regarded rock spectacle The Company?
The Company was made up of students who sang, danced, played instruments, ran the lighting and sound boards, basically did everything to produce a live rock show and then toured it around to Manitoba high schools.
Bodner spent the last two years of his high school career singing with The Company, so SCENE asked him which five songs he would cover if he could:
Oooh! A cover song playlist of my very own choosing with no other musicians to veto my ideas?! So hard to nail it down to just five songs. This list is by no means definitive, merely a snapshot of where my head is at the time of writing. In no particular order:
"Wreck of a Life" by Sam Roberts Band
Beautiful feel, beautiful groove, soulful singing! This song just sucks you in like the tide and you have no choice but to be carried away. Couldn't wouldn't want to fight it. Sam and his band are a Canadian treasure. Eagle & Hawk played Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to a bazillion people several years back. We went on right before Kathleen Edwards (who I love) and Sam Roberts. Right?! Sam is one humble dude and a hell of a hockey player!
"Great Big Kiss" by New York Dolls
This is a cover of the Shangri-las' song. Three chords the whole way through. Campy. Fun. Brilliant in its simplicity. So many ways you can dance to this! I'm not usually a fan of songs with bits of talking in them but this is the exception.
"If I Should Fall From Grace With God" by The Pogues
This song is bursting with energy. Full blast Cetic folk/rock with a tasty banjo solo! Can't you just imagine a packed house dancing to this?! Shane MacGowan is at his snarling best!
"Hallelujah" by Martin Sexton
Martin Sexton is a genius touched by the hand of some higher power plain and simple! If I was stranded on a desert island and allowed to take only one artist to listen to, Martin Sexton would be it. He is the only artist I've ever seen where I would describe his concerts as a spiritual event leaving one (ok, me) to contemplate quitting music because once you've seen it done his way there's no point in doing it any other way.
"Motorcycle Man" by Saxon
Where the hell did this one come from you might say?! Totally messes up the vibe of this little five song set! This song, a staple of my youth, rips your freaking face off and lays a patch of rubber over whatever is left. I've mostly included it here because Stevie B. (from Doc Walker) and I just watched the Saxon movie the other night and we've been texting Saxon lyrics back and forth ever since. Of course, anyone who knows me knows full well that there'd be no way in hell I'd ever be able to sing it!
Eagle and Hawk play at the Music in Unity concert on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Pyramid. Along with John K. Samson, Wab Kinew, Scott Nolan and Lorenzo.