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psychicdeath

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Dave's Song of the Day

Nashville Cats – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Saturday song of the day: Today’s song is a celebration of the Nashville music scene.




In 1966, The Lovin’ Spoonful were already a successful band, having had hits with Do You Believe in Magic, Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind, and most recently the #1 smash Summer in the City. Still, a recent trip to Nashville had left them in awe of the level of unknown talent in that city, prompting John Sebastian to write Nashville Cats, a hyperbolic description of the many excellent guitarists toiling away in the local music scene.

The song was included on their third album, Hums of The Lovin’ Spoonful, and in November 1966 was the third single released from that album. While not as iconic as Do You Believe in Magic or Summer in the City, Nashville Cats was a hit for the band, placing at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While it did have pop success, songwriter Sebastian did regret that it wasn’t popular with the country music audience, saying “We thought our version would cross over to the country market. It never did. So we’re always kind, gee, well I guess that tells us what we are and what we aren’t.”

Legendary country artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (Whose The Ballad of Jed Clampett, the theme from the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, was song of the day for November 12th, 2014 here: The Ballad of Jed Clampett – Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs ) released a cover of the song in February 1967, however, and that version of Nashville Cats did crack the Country Music chart, reaching #54.

The Lovin’ Spoonful, 1966

View: https://youtu.be/9ZqgFyj5uTo


Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, 1967

View: https://youtu.be/nC8_YpYy80k


Tomorrow: He’s a faker of passion
 

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Dave's Song of the Day

Irresistible – Stephanie

Sunday song of the day: Today’s song is what happens when royals get bored.




Princess Stephanie of Monaco is the daughter of Prince Rainier, the ruler of Monaco, and Princess Grace. (…you know, the former movie star Grace Kelly.) Her older brother Albert is the current ruler of Monaco, ascending to the throne in 2005 when their father passed away. Stephanie was the youngest of Rainier and Grace’s children and only 14th in line for the throne, so she has pursued various careers over the years to occupy her time. She was quite a successful fashion model and has been a clothing designer as well. In the 1980s, she decided to become a recording artist. With her name and position, it was quite easy for her to pull this off despite not having any talent to speak of. In 1986, she released her first album, titled Besoin, credited simply to Stephanie. Adding the “Princess” part would be crass. (Besides, it’s not like anyone buying the record wouldn’t know who she was…)

The first single from the album was Ouragan, which is the French word for “windstorm.” It was pretty standard Europop stuff. Stephanie sang softly and the musical arrangement covered her vocal deficiencies. Not that competent singing mattered all that much in the genre anyway, particularly when all that was required was a beautiful girl who was already a celebrity. Ouragan was a big hit in France and Germany. In France it was #1 for ten straight weeks. Overall, the record ended up selling over two million copies worldwide.

Another version of the song with new lyrics was released in English-speaking countries under the title Irresistible. Princess Stephanie’s appeal was far less in the UK and the United States than in Continental Europe. Irresistible topped out at #84 on the UK Singles chart and failed to chart at all in the United States.

The song also spawned a very silly music video. Well, two videos that were essentially the same except one used Ouragan and one used Irresistible. In it, Stephanie jet-setted all over – looking beautiful and following a stranger in a hat. At the end, the person in a hat turns out to be Princess Stephanie herself.

After the success of her first album, she immediately recorded another, titled simply Stephanie. It sat on the shelf for 5 years, however, and when released in 1991 it received negative reviews and sold poorly. Her musical career ended in 1992 when she guested on the Michael Jackson song In the Closet, credited only as “Mystery Girl.” It wasn’t revealed until a few years later that Mystery Girl was Princess Stephanie. Other than appearing as one of many performers on a 2006 charity single for AIDS, she has not recorded since.

Irresistible

View: https://youtu.be/zp5ojD736yY


Irresistible video

View: https://youtu.be/xe8k-5_SyVg


Ouragan

View: https://youtu.be/yCfjWkN-gOw


Tomorrow: I said no one could take your place
 

psychicdeath

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Dave's Song of the Day

Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale

Monday song of the day: Today’s song was written on a drive to the hospital.




When he was working on the song Fool by Al Matthews in 1975, J. Vincent Edwards heard backing singer Maxine Nightingale’s voice and decided he should write a song for her. He and the producer of Fool, Pierre Tubbs, arrived at the title Right Back Where We Started From for the new song, and wrote lyrics for it on a 7-minute drive to the hospital where Tubbs’ wife was about to give birth. For the music, Edwards used a tune he had written a few years before.

Right Back Where We Started From was an upbeat pop song with disco influences, about a woman trying to rekindle a stagnant relationship. Maxine Nightingale recorded the song and it was released in England in late 1975 and was immediately popular in dance clubs. It made it to #8 on the UK singles chart before the record label decided to release the single in the United States. The US release was in January 1976, and the song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

View: https://youtu.be/JoI7MLxGRjQ


Maxine Nightingale on the Dutch show Top Pop, May 28th, 1976

View: https://youtu.be/_bna2ni6h4c


Tomorrow: It burns you when it’s hot
 

psychicdeath

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Dave's Song of the Day

Love Hurts – The Everly Brothers

Tuesday song of the day: Today’s song was not released as a single due to a dispute between the artists and their manager.




The Everly Brothers released the album A Date with the Everly Brothers in 1960. Included on the album was Love Hurts, a song composed by Boudleaux Bryant. Bryant had written previous hits for the Everlys, usually in partnership with his wife Felice. These included Bye Bye Love, Bird Dog,and Wake Up Little Susie, among others. The Everly Brothers planned on releasing Love Hurts as a single but were having a dispute with their manager Wesley Rose over song selection at the time.

In addition to being their manager, Wesley Rose was part owner and CEO of Acuff-Rose Music, a publishing business with a stable of songwriters, including Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Rose wanted the brothers to record only songs owned by Acuff-Rose, which would ensure that his company got royalties from all the Everly Brothers records. The Everlys did record mostly Acuff-Rose songs, but Rose was angered that they had also recorded a few songs by other publishers, including covers of Little Richard’s Lucille, and a 1930’s Bing Crosby song, Temptation.

The dispute led to a split between the Everlys and Rose, along with a lawsuit. As a result, Rose gave Love Hurts to Roy Orbison to record. His version came out in 1961 as the B-side to Running Scared. As the B-side, it didn’t get a lot of airplay in most places, but for some reason in Australia Love Hurts became a hit, reaching #5 there. All of this prevented the original Everly Brothers recording of Love Hurts from being released as a single. As Don Everly later explained, “Wesley covered us with Roy Orbison, which was outlandishly selfish. The arrangement was ours, and it was written for us. We couldn’t release it as a single because we didn’t know if Acuff-Rose would license it or not because we were in a lawsuit with them. It got that bitter.”

As for the Everlys, the only single they released from A Date with the Everly Brothers was Cathy’s Clown, which they themselves had written. That song was a huge hit for the brothers, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over eight million records.

As a result of the split with Wesley Rose, the Everly Brothers no longer had access to the writers of Acuff-Rose going forward, including the Bryants. Since Don and Phil Everly were also signed to Acuff-Rose Music as songwriters, this meant that their own future songwriting efforts would be owned by the company until their contract expired. They tried to get around this by crediting the songs they wrote to the fictional Jimmy Howard. A lawsuit eventually got Acuff-Rose the royalties they were owed for the “Jimmy Howard” songs, however.

The Love Hurts story didn’t end there. It has proven a very popular song for other artists to cover. In all, the song has been covered over 120 times. This includes versions by Cher, Don McLean, Joan Jett, Heart, and Rod Stewart. Jim Capaldi of Traffic had a #4 UK solo hit with the song in 1975. By far the most well-known version of the song today was released by Nazareth in 1974 on the Hair of the Dog album. (the title track of that album was song of the day for May 20th, 2020 here: Hair of the Dog – Nazareth ) The Nazareth cover of Love Hurts was a heavier take on the song, and went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It continues to be popular on classic rock radio stations in 2020.

Everly Brothers, 1960

View: https://youtu.be/J6YI26ZMm54


Roy Orbison, 1961

View: https://youtu.be/HWNFTo2WayE


Nazareth, 1974

View: https://youtu.be/qn-z5pIe5PQ


Tomorrow: Monkey business on a sunny afternoon
 

Confused Confucius

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That was prime Paramore along with their album before this one. Everything after was just shit...

Good vibes...

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbkv5xOLvnA
I just had that day that song playing in my head (thats what you get) out of nowhere. I didnt know where I heard this song, so I googled the lyrics of that chorus and it showed paramore, I had never heard of that band. It was interestingly weird, but I must have heard that song in a bar somewhere and then it popped up in my mind all of a sudden
 

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I just had that day that song playing in my head (thats what you get) out of nowhere. I didnt know where I heard this song, so I googled the lyrics of that chorus and it showed paramore, I had never heard of that band. It was interestingly weird, but I must have heard that song in a bar somewhere and then it popped up in my mind all of a sudden
LoL They were great for a few years but have legit lost it. I believe half the band left and they went to shit. The lead singer Haley Williams had some nude pics leaked. I actually saw them in concert and they were pretty good...

 

psychicdeath

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Dave's Song of the Day

Tarzan Boy – Baltimora

Wednesday song of the day: Today’s song was a hit by a band that essentially didn’t exist.




Like Milli Vanilli or Boney M, sometimes musical acts are studio creations with real musicians and singers on record, but different people who have the desired look for concerts or other public appearances. Such was the case with Baltimora. Italian producer and musician Maurizio Bassi conceived the group in 1984. Bassi wrote the music with English-speaking lyricist Naimy Hackett providing the words. To record the music, Bassi used various Italian studio musicians, while he himself supplied the lead vocals and Hackett filled in with backing vocals. The face of Baltimora was Jimmy McShane, an actor and dancer from Northern Ireland. He lip-synched the singing in videos, TV shows and other appearances.

With all this assembled, Baltimora released its first album, Living in the Background in September 1985. The lead single off the album was Tarzan Boy, a song about living a free life, with a variant of the famous Tarzan yell providing the basic rhythm of the song. Tarzan Boy was a hit, placing at #1 in France and the Netherlands, and in the top five in most other European countries. It didn’t do quite as well in the United States, but still peaked at a respectable #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Baltimora had a few minor hits in Europe after that, but never again cracked the Top 40 in the US, with their only other charting single being the title track from Living in the Background, which placed at #87 on the Hot 100. In 1987, Baltimora released a second album, which sold poorly. The record label dropped the act after this, and Bassi disbanded the group. Tarzan Boy, however, had a second life. In 1993 it was used on the soundtrack of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 movie and also in a few Listerine commercials. Because of this exposure, it was remixed and re-released, and made another appearance on the Hot 100 chart, this time topping out at #51.

Audio (extended album version), 1985

View: https://youtu.be/xkmgcvr5Ezc


Video, 1985

View: https://youtu.be/_r0n9Dv6XnY


Listerine commercial, 1993

View: https://youtu.be/hc-Pufc5ew8


Tomorrow: Tigers on a gold leash
 

psychicdeath

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Dave's Song of the Day

Royals – Lorde

Thursday song of the day: Today’s song is a rebuke of ostentatious displays of wealth.




New Zealand teenager Ella Yelich-O’Connor had been performing locally from a young age, and at twelve years old was signed to a development deal with Universal Musical Group. Her management sent her to singing lessons, and eventually paired her with songwriter Joel Little to help further develop her existing lyrical talents. The development paid off, and using the stage name Lorde the 16-year-old released an EP called The Love Club in November 2012. It was first released as a free download over SoundCloud, and after achieving success there, UMG re-released it in March 2013.

Included on the EP, and later on her first album Pure Heroine, was the song Royals. The song had a minimalist musical backing and told of the singer’s contempt for the trappings of wealth, and that she and her friends preferred just being normal people. She arrived at the theme after listening to a lot of rap music and Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die album. As she explains, “”What really got me is this ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence that runs throughout. Lana Del Rey is always singing about being in the Hamptons or driving her Bugatti Veyron or whatever, and at the time, me and my friends were at some house party worrying how to get home because we couldn’t afford a cab. This is our reality!” In June 2013 Royals became Lorde’s first single. It was a massive hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and holding that top position for nine weeks. Royals sold over ten million copies, making it one of the top singles of all time.

Lorde has continued her musical career and released a second album in 2017. She has had several hits since Royals, but none have approached the phenomenal sales of her debut so far. Still, she’s only 23 years old now, so there’s no telling whether she will create another huge hit or just fade away.

View: https://youtu.be/nlcIKh6sBtc


Tomorrow: Tears are fallin’ and I feel the pain