Discussion in 'The Off-topic Lounge' started by Bluesville, Mar 14, 2015.
For such a pocket rocket he ain't half got a set of lungs on him.
someone bought me a Madonna CD the other day remembering how much I used to love her when I was a kid.
And swiftly back to normality.
Dave's Song of the Day
Do You Know What I Mean – Lee Michaels
Tuesday song of the day: Today’s song is one that most people have heard at one time or another, but have no idea who the artist is who recorded it. They know the title, though, since it is repeated so often during the song.
Keyboardist Lee Michaels was in various bands and performed as a session musician before he started a solo career in 1967. He is known mostly for one song, Do You Know What I Mean, although technically he is not a one hit wonder since he also had a cover version of Marvin Gaye’s Can I Get a Witness hit #39 on the charts.
Do You Know What I Mean is a soul song about losing your girlfriend to another guy, specifically the singer’s best friend Bobby. Despite the subject matter, it is an upbeat song, propelled by Michael’s keyboard playing. Released in 1971, it rose to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has been a staple of classic rock radio ever since.
Tomorrow: Someday you will find me caught beneath the landslide
My daughter loves daft punk so I listen to it while driving to keep her happy.
Dave's Song of the Day
Champagne Supernova – Oasis
Wednesday song of the day: Today’s song is one of the most well-known examples of mid-1990s Britpop.
Oasis was one of the most successful Britpop bands, with their 1995 album What’s the Story, Morning Glory? selling more copies than any other album in the UK during the 1990s. Oasis released six singles from that album, with the fourth, Wonderwall, giving them their first big U.S. hit. Wonderwall reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and #8 on the overall Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The sixth single off the album, Champagne Supernova, was not as big of a hit, but it still did very well. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and rose to #10 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.
Champagne Supernova is more a song defined by its music and tone than its lyrics. The lyrics themselves were mostly nonsense or contradictory, with lines like “Slowly walking down the hall/Faster than a cannonball.”
The band continued recording and touring until breaking up in 2009. They were much more popular in the UK and the rest of Europe than in the United States.
Tomorrow: With their noses in the air
"Only three more songs 'til I kick your ass, pal."
- Don Felder to Glenn Frey.
on the mic.
in the middle of a show.
straight out of good old Lawrence MA
I may or may not have a Godsmack tattoo
I used to love this, it hasn't really aged well being the lyrics are pretty emo but I still dig it.
Dave's Song of the Day
Putting on the Ritz – Harry Richman
Thursday song of the day: Today’s song of the day was re-written well after its first release to take out the original racist meaning of the lyrics.
In 1927, Irving Berlin wrote a song called Putting on the Ritz, which was about the phenomenon of the time of poor black people in Harlem dressing up in fine – even flashy – clothes and parading down Lenox Avenue. It was a false display of wealth that they did not possess in reality, and the song pretty much saw it as a joke.
The song was not recorded until 1930, with the second recording released proving the most popular of these early records. Vaudevillian Harry Richman recorded Putting on the Ritz for the movie of the same name, and his version was released in February 1930. It soon became the #1 selling record in the nation. A bit later that same year, Fred Astaire released a version that was also very popular. Several other cover versions followed, including one by Clark Gable in the 1939 film Idiot’s Delight.
After this initial popularity, the number of cover versions of the song decreased. Then in 1946, Fred Astaire once again recorded Putting on the Ritz for the film Blue Skies. At this time, Irving Berlin wrote new lyrics. He replaced the poor black workers and maids strutting down Lenox Avenue in fancy clothes that they could ill afford with rich white people showing off their finery on Park Avenue. This shifted the song’s focus from making fun of the poor blacks acting wealthier than they were, to actually rich white people flaunting their wealth.
Most of the covers of Putting on the Ritz after this used the new lyrics. Mel Brooks had Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle perform a song and dance number of the tune as Dr. Frankenstein and his monster in 1974’s Young Frankenstein. Then in 1982, the song once again became a hit when the Dutch performer Taco recorded a semi-disco version that made heavy use of synthesizers. It used the 1946 lyrics instead of the original lyrics. The video of Taco’s take on Putting on the Ritz received heavy airplay on MTV, and the record reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Harry Richman, 1930
Fred Astaire 1930, original lyrics
Fred Astaire 1946, modified lyrics
Tomorrow: Tasty like a raindrop
I would love to see that tattoo my friend!!!
And they are great people and they give soooo much back the the local community as well
Losing it!! They’re Oakland natives and whenever I’ve seen them they have played their set like it’s the first they’ve ever played.
fuuuuuuuuuck I can’t wait.
26th anniversary of Burn My Eyes.
I’m going to full on fan person and hang out at the stage door after. Robb is going to be so amped up for this gig.
Song is straight fire! Bringing back them old school vibes...
I will def b listening to that many times thanks
Good stuff, man!
Dave's Song of the Day
The Look – Roxette
Friday song of the day: Last week Marie Fredriksson, the blonde-haired female singer of the hitmaking 1980s-1990s duo Roxette passed away. She was 61 years old and had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002. She was treated and in remission by 2005, but the tumor returned in recent years.
Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson were already stars in their native Sweden when their record company suggested that they work together. As a result, they formed the band Roxette in 1986. Their first album, Pearls of Passion, did well in Sweden and other European countries, but initially wasn’t released in the United States.
Their second album, Look Sharp!, was released in Europe in late 1988, and the first two singles from the album, Dressed for Success and Listen to Your Heart, were Top 10 hits in Sweden. Still, the album was not even released in the United States, preventing the true international exposure the band needed to become major stars. The album’s third single was The Look, and Dean Cushman, an American exchange student in Sweden really enjoyed the record and took it home with him to Minneapolis on the Christmas break. He gave the record to radio station KDWB and they started playing it on air. The Look became a big hit locally in Minneapolis and spurred the record company to release the Look Sharp! album in the United States.
Finally available in the U.S., The Look eventually climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and established Roxette as international stars. This was the first of four #1 hits for the band, along with numerous other hits. Roxette’s record sales exceeded 75 million copies, making them the second best selling Swedish act of all time, trailing only Abba.
The song itself is a bit of power pop, with mostly meaningless lyrics. When Per Gessle wrote the song, he simply put in words as placeholders and expected to write more polished lyrics later. As it turned out, the placeholder lyrics worked well, and as a fan of the vague lyrics used by Marc Bolan of T.Rex, Gessle decided to just keep the song as it was.
Roxette continued to record and tour until 2016, when Marie Fredriksson’s declining health forced the cancellation of their ongoing tour. Fredriksson died on December 9th, 2019.
Tomorrow: Well you can bump and grind, it is good for your mind
That was the first time I heard Mac and unfortunately it was after his passing. Miller leisurely flowing over Thundercats ridiculous bass was an amazing introduction to his music. You could tell those dudes were all good friends, relaxed as fuck, and jamming like it was in a basement with no one watching.
Tiny Desk is an amazing show. There have been so many beautiful sets laid down there. If you like WuTang or Rakim google their vids.