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and now, it's time for us, to give a little love, back to god.
Dave's Song of the Day
Children of the Revolution – T. Rex
Saturday song of the day: In yesterday’s Roxette song of the day, the nonsense lyrics common to T. Rex were mentioned. Today’s song is an example of the lyrics written by T. Rex leader Marc Bolan.
Singer and guitar player Marc Bolan started a folk band in 1967 called Tyrannosaurus Rex. The band released four albums with only moderate success. In 1970, Bolan shortened the name of the band to T. Rex and changed the musical direction to electric rock, with the look and sound of the band helping to create the Glam Rock genre. The shift in style proved incredibly successful. For a brief time, the band rivaled the Beatles in popularity in the UK, especially after the great Electric Warrior album and the signature song Get it On ( retitled Bang a Gong for its release in the United States).
During the height of the “T. Rextasy” phenomenon, Ringo Starr directed a musical film about the band entitled Born to Boogie. Bolan wrote the song Children of the Revolution for the film. The song was short, and as was typical for T. Rex, featured lyrics that were basically nonsense. Bolan must have been thinking about cars at the time, because the lyrics mention the Terraplane (a Hudson model built in the 1930s) and the Rolls-Royce. The song was released as a single in the UK in 1972 and rose to #2, which was a bit of a disappointment because it broke T. Rex’s string of four straight #1 UK hits.
Born to Boogie featured a sequence where Bolan and T. Rex perform Children of the Revolution along with Elton John and Ringo Starr. In 1973, T. Rex began a musical decline and their popularity dwindled. Marc Bolan was killed in a 1977 car crash, two weeks before his 30th birthday.
The song Children of the Revolution was covered by Violent Femmes in 1985, and more famously by Bono (along with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer) for the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!
T.Rex original single, 1972
T. Rex with Elton John and Ringo Starr in Born to Boogie, 1972
Violent Femmes, 1985
Bono, Gavin Friday, and Maurice Seezer from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, 2001
Tomorrow: Where is my happy ending?
what i'm listening to now
"I don't belong here", said old Tessa out loud.
"Easy, love, there's the Safe Way Home."
- thankful for her Fine Fair discount, Tess Co-operates
Still alone in o-hell-o
- see the deadly nightshade grow
ENGLISH RIBS OF BEEF CUT DOWN TO 47p LB
PEEK FREANS FAMILY ASSORTED FROM 17 1/2 to 12
FAIRY LIQUID GIANT - SLASHED FROM 20p TO 17 1/2
TABLE JELLYS AT 4p EACH
ANCHOR BUTTER DOWN TO 11p FOR A 1/2
BIRDS EYE DAIRY CREAM SPONGE ON OFFER THIS WEEK.
It's Scrambled Eggs.
Dave's Song of the Day
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
Sunday song of the day: Today’s song traces a relationship from infatuation, to disappointment, to anguish.
In 1996, Paula Cole released her second album, This Fire. The first single off the album was Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? and it was her biggest hit. The single rose to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and she was nominated for seven Grammys. Of the seven nominations, she won one, for Best New Artist.
The song begins with yearning for an idealized manly “cowboy.” Once she meets him, they get married, have children, and then the burdens of life drive them apart.
Today, she is probably better known for the second single from This Fire. That song, I Don’t Want to Wait, was almost as big of a hit initially, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, but its use as the theme song for the TV show Dawson’s Creek made it more impactful in the long term.
Since scoring two hits, her career has cooled considerably. While she still records and tours, she has never since had a song place on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Tomorrow: Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
Bought t in NY last week where I first listened to it
I think this is the 4th copy I’ve owned on various media but only the first vinyl
Wild World is one of my campfire songs. I don't play it as well as Cat Stevens - or Mr Big for that matter - but it's a fun little jam.
Dave's Song of the Day
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Monday song of the day: Today’s song is about a breakup, and the man feeling that the girl who is leaving him is likely too innocent and naïve to make it without him.
In the late 1960s. English singer/songwriter Cat Stevens (born Steven Georgiou) was in a relationship with the young American model and actress Patty D’Arbanville. As the relationship was ending, he wrote the song Wild World, which tells the story of a breakup. In the song, the man wishes the younger woman well, but expresses doubts that she is equipped to be on her own, warning her that there are a lot of people who would look to take advantage of her.
The lyrics make it obvious that Stevens is talking to D’Arbanville. He mentions her modeling career in lines such as “Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear” and “It’s hard to get by just upon a smile.”
Wild World was included on Stevens’ fourth album, 1970’s Tea for the Tillerman. Prior to this, he had had a few minor hits in the United Kingdom but had not broken through in the United States. Wild World peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, establishing him as a star in the US as well as England. Tea for the Tillerman was certified triple platinum in the United States.
Not long after Cat Stevens recorded Wild World – but before the record was released – reggae icon Jimmy Cliff recorded a cover version. The Jimmy Cliff version was actually released a few months before the Cat Stevens original, and made it to #8 on the UK singles chart. It was the Stevens version that was a worldwide hit, however.
Numerous artists have covered Wild World over the years. These cover versions fall into two categories. Some are reggae versions – essentially covers of the Jimmy Cliff cover – while others are more folk/rock flavored like the Cat Stevens original. For example, in 1988 Maxi Priest released a reggae version that reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in 1993 Mr. Big released a version based on the original Cat Stevens recording that coincidentally also peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cat Stevens, 1970
Jimmy Cliff, 1970
Maxi Priest, 1988
Mr. Big, 1993
Tomorrow: I am fully aware of the rules
Dave's Song of the Day
Smokin' in the Boy's Room – Brownsville Station
Tuesday song of the day: This is a song about the time-honored tradition of high school kids doing whatever was forbidden by the school authorities.
In 1969, singer and guitarist Cub Koda and some of his friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan formed a band called Brownsville Station. At first, they performed mostly cover versions of popular songs, but later began performing original material. Their third album, 1973’s Yeah!, included a song that would be by far their biggest hit.
That song was Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room. Yes, I know the apostrophe is in the wrong place and it should be either “Boys’ Room” or “Boys Room” to be grammatically correct, but that was the way it was printed on the record. The song was about being bored and rebellious in school, and of course, skipping class to go to the boys’ restroom for a cigarette. Koda claims that he wrote the song in just a half hour, and the recording session lasted only an hour.
The song went pretty much nowhere and was not released as a single at first. Then a radio station in Portland, Maine started playing the album track. It became a local hit, and prompted the record company to release it when over 100,000 people tried to order the nonexistent single. Soon it was a nationwide hit, rising to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Brownsville Station had one more Top 40 hit, 1974’s mostly forgotten Kings of the Party, before eventually disbanding in 1979. Cub Koda had a successful career as a writer after that, but unfortunately passed away in 2000 of kidney disease. He was 51 years old.
Smokin’ in the Boys Room (without an apostrophe in “Boys”) made another appearance on the charts in 1985, with a cover version by hair metal band Motley Crue reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. To me, this version is vastly inferior to the Brownsville Station original, and is totally devoid of the sense of fun that marked the 1973 recording.
Brownsville Station, 1973
Motley Crue, 1985
Tomorrow: Just bring him through the front door, that’s the easy thing to do.
a favorite lullaby of my middle kid.
He bought the guitar from a fan.
Watched Master of Puppets with Mike from Clutch at Download Festival. We didn't stay in touch or anything but he lent me his coat because I had a bit of post sun burn chilliness. He really didn't like Metallica. Don't think he's in the band anymore but he was quality to hang out with for an hour or so.
started to watch, but had a psychedelic flashback to watching STS9 at Outside Lands in 2011.
that was a doozy.