Sunday, July 10, 2016

California Girls, the song

California Girls | David Lee Roth

It is a rarity for the same song to bring memories of two different decades.  For the song California Girls, it is the David Lee Roth version of the 80's that would be my favorite.

The 80's were the best times of my life (so far), bring me my fondest memories and favorite musical decade. 

MTV introduced us to the visual side of the music industry and became a huge star maker, with the flamboyant David Lee Roth being one of the biggest stars.

David Lee Roth's version, which included backup vocals by Carl Wilson and Christopher Cross, peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985.

The memories that the song brings to mind are Friday and Saturday night card games with friends who would all bring a cover dish added to the buffet table with MTV playing in the background.  Feast, fun and music!

Here are a few links pertaining to David Lee Roth:

David Lee Roth's Sunglasses and the California Girls Color Palette
David Lee Roth's Biography from MTV

The original version by The Beach Boys, takes me back to school days and summer vacation on Clearwater Beach.  

The Beach Boys and their "California sound" was not among my favorites.  My musical tastes of the times had to do with the British Invasion and especially the music of The Kinks.

Click here for an article from "Chronically Vintage" that was the inspiration for this post.  Jessica's memories of the song take her back to the days of the California sound.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fleetwood Mac ~ Rumours

~ Dreams (Remix) | Fleetwood Mac ~

38 years ago today!!

Fleetwood Mac's 11th album Rumours, hit #1 on the US album chart on April 2, 1977.

The album made them superstars and their album Rumours has been acknowledged as one of the most important pop music of all time and the best music of the 1970's.  

They won the Grammy Award for Album of the year in 1978.  It is also one of the best-selling albums of all time with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. 

The band members underwent a turbulent time of stress, conflicts and romantic breakups as they recorded the album.  The passion of the times translated into some of their most celebrated songs.

Rumours album song list . . .

"Second Hand News" written by Lindsey Buckingham

"Dreams" written by Stevie Nicks

"Never Going Back Again" written by Lindsey Buckingham

"Don't Stop" written by Christine McVie 

"Go Your Own Way" written by Lindsey Buckingham

"Songbird" written by Christine McVie 

"The Chain" written by Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks 

"You Make Loving Fun" written by Christine McVie 

"I Don't Want to Know" written by Stevie Nicks 

"Oh Daddy" written by Christine McVie

"Gold Dust Woman" written by Stevie Nicks

Fleetwood Mac is currently back on tour with sell out concerts, proving you can go back again.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tears For Fears . . . 30-year anniversary of "Songs From The Big Chair"

Tears for Fears are an English new wave band, turned mainstream, formed in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith.

Their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, reached number one on the US Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the US which included the songs "Head Over Heels," "Shout," and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."

My personal favorite . . .

~ Head Over Heels | Tears For Fears ~

Tears for Fears' career changing album, Songs from the Big Chair, celebrates its 30 year anniversary this year.  Can't believe it has been so long ago . . . 30 years?

They are marking the anniversary with releasing a rebooted super deluxe version, as well as a six-disc box set featuring remixes, B-sides, and nine previously unreleased tracks. 

Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal are currently working on a new album due later this year.  I look forward to hearing their new music after all these years!

The guys talked to Yahoo News about "Songs From the Big Chair," their breakup and makeup, the importance of social media, and their favorite apps . . . click here for the article.