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The Patterico Music Project: “Wrong Side of the Road” Performed by Steve Bertrand

Filed under: General,Music,Music by Patterico — Patterico @ 1:30 pm

It’s time for Song #5 in the Patterico Music Project.

For new readers, the idea here is that I wrote some songs 25 years ago and recorded them on a primitive TASCAM cassette recorder. Over the past 2-3 years, I got the idea of trying to enlist some artists I respect to re-record some of those songs. Today’s version is a short, fun song titled “Wrong Side of the Road,” recorded by Steve Bertrand. (More about him in a moment.) Here is the song. It’s incredibly well-produced (unlike my original):

The artist, Steve Bertrand, is formerly of a band called The Tories, a band that Mrs. P. and I used to go see regularly in Los Angeles at a place called Genghis Cohen. (Teen pop idol Shaun Cassidy was a fan of theirs too, and we met Shaun outside one of those shows.) These days Steve makes his living doing various (mostly) music-related jobs, primarily for television.

Here is a live performance of the first Tories song I ever heard, “Not What It Appears”:

Hey, if Magic Johnson likes it, it’s gotta be good!

Here is Steve performing one of his solo songs, “Seven Days Without You,” in a beautiful acoustic version:

Check out his web site at If you know anyone who needs any work done with music production, he’d be a good choice.

And check out some of my other songs recorded by other artists:

All can be accessed at my SoundCloud page at

Lyrics and the original version to come in subsequent posts.

9 Responses to “The Patterico Music Project: “Wrong Side of the Road” Performed by Steve Bertrand”

  1. I hope everyone gives this a listen. Steve really did a great job.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  2. Nicely done on “Wrong Side of the Road”… Good lyrics and outstanding tune… kinda reminds me of the Gin Blossoms.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. i like how You Tube puts in completely different videos when this poast is viewed on the main page…

    i really have no interest in listening to Ted Cruz talking about John “Weepy” Boner…which is what they were showing me for the last video.

    redc1c4 (018028)

  4. I don’t see that, red. Trying refreshing? Or clearing the cache? I think it may be something YouTube is doing after you have already viewed the video?

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  5. Here I was all ready to hate it, then you bust out the up tempo on me. This is the best one yet. Well done.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  6. Thanks, papertiger.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  7. It’s good. Looking forward to your version.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. It’s good. Looking forward to your version.

    No reason you should, nk. It’s a curiosity at best, to show how much better Bertrand’s version is.

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words. It’s hard to explain how much more important this kind of thing is to me than the politics of the day. I have more control over it, for one thing.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

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