Monday, December 2, 2013

New Moon on Monday ~ Duran Duran

~ New Moon on Monday (single version) | Duran Duran ~

~ New Moon on Monday (Dance Mix) | Duran Duran ~

"New Moon on Monday" was Duran Duran's tenth single,
 released in January 1984 from the album
Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

The single was a commercial success and one of the
 band's biggest hits.  It reached #9 on the UK Singles
Chart, #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the
 Canadian Singles Chart, #4 on the New Zealand 
Singles Chart with less success in Australia and
the Scandinavian countries.

What's the song about?

  Some say it is about the end of communism, 
revolution or political struggles in general.
Most say it is about love and sex.

Who knows?  I could not find interviews
discussing the song with the guys.

For now, we will all have to speculate about
"Shake up the picture the lizard mixture" . . .
maybe it means nothing at all, just some
silly phrase to drive the fans crazy!

17 minute movie version

New Moon on Monday

Written by:
Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon, Andy Taylor,
 John Taylor, Roger Andrew Taylor

Shake up the picture the lizard mixture 
With your dance on the eventide 
You got me coming up with answers 
All of which I deny 
I said it again 
Could I please rephrase it 
Maybe I can catch a ride 
I couldn't really put it much plainer 
But I'll wait till you decide 
Send me your warning siren 
As if I could ever hide 
Last time La Luna 

I light my torch and wave it for the 
New moon on Monday 
And a firedance through the night 
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite 

Breaking away with the beast of both worlds 
A smile that you can't disguise 
Every minute I keep finding 
Clues that you leave behind 
Save me from these reminders 
As if I'd forget tonight 
This time La Luna 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

All In Love Is Fair ~ Stevie Wonder

This is one of those timeless songs that has had different meanings at various times of my life.

All In Love Is Fair is from Stevie Wonder's Grammy Award Winning album, Innervisions, which won Album of the Year in 1974.  The lyrics, composition and production were the work of Stevie Wonder, a musical genius despite being born blind.

The song has been commercially successful covered by Michael McDonald and Barbra Steisand, among others.  My favorite version remains the original by Stevie Wonder.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Strokes ~ Last Nite

The song Last Nite by The Strokes, written by Julian Casablancas (the singer of the group), released as the second single from their debut album, Is This It on November 5, 2001. 

Last Nite was placed at number 16 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Songs of the Decade and number 478 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".  It charted as follows:
Chart (2001)Peak position
UK Singles Chart14
ARIA Charts47
Irish Singles Chart48
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks5

An exerpt from Wikipedia . . . The song's opening guitar riff and overall structure is loosely similar to that of American Girl by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. In a 2006 interview with Rolling StonePetty commented, "The Strokes took 'American Girl' [for 'Last Nite'], there was an interview that took place with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, 'OK, good for you.' It doesn't bother me". The Strokes were invited to be the opening act for several dates on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 2006 tour.

The Strokes Official Website

I discovered The Strokes on the best social music file sharing website ever, Imeem, which was bought out by My Space who totally screwed it up.  Such a shame since it was the perfect way to discover and share new music while making new online friends who share the love of music.  Many of my playlists included on this blog originated from Imeem and are now, of course, non-functional.  I'm still in the process of fixing them!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Killers ~ Somebody Told Me

One of my favorite songs ever!!

"Somebody Told Me" is the second single by American rock band The Killers. The song is featured on the group's debut album Hot Fuss and was written by Dave KeuningRonnie Vannucci Jr.Mark Stoermer and Brandon Flowers.
The single peaked at #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it charted at #28 upon its first release in March 2004 becoming the band's first top 40 hit, it was then re-released in January 2005 and reached #3.
In Australia, the song was ranked #4 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.
In 2009 it was voted at Number 9 in UK radio station XFM's Top 100 songs of the decade.
Billboard called the song "wildly infectious", and "as addictive as nickel slots". Blender said the single is a "superb blaze of synthesizers and guitars that builds to the year's best one-liner: 'Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last year.'" Entertainment Weekly hailed the single as "three smashingly punchy minutes of garage pop so tightly wound that singer Brandon Flowers seems to be accusing his girl of cheating on him with another woman." Rolling Stone said the single was a "nightclub anthem in the making" and continued, "the acid-tongued 'Somebody Told Me' blasts into outer space on a wave of synthesizers and singer Brandon Flowers' cheeky chorus".
I totally agree with Entertainment Weekly . . . "three smashingly punchy minutes of garage pop."  I can never get enough of this song!

The song was nominated for:

Best Rock Song ~ 2005 Grammy Awards

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ~ 2005 Grammy Awards

Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track ~ 2005 International Dance Music Awards

Source:  Wikipedia
Somebody Told Me | The Killers
Breaking my back just to know your name
Seventeen tracks and I've had it with this game
I'm breaking my back just to know your name
But heaven ain't close in a place like this
Anything goes but don't blink you might miss
Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

Well somebody told me
You had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year
It's not confidential
I've got potential

Ready? Let's roll onto something new
Taking its toll and I'm leaving without you
I'm ready, let's roll onto something new

'Cause heaven ain't close in a place like this
I said heaven ain't close in a place like this
Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight
Never thought I'd let a rumor ruin my moonlight

Well somebody told me
You had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year
It's not confidential
I've got potential
A rushin', a rushin' around

Pace yourself for me
I said maybe baby please
But I just don't know now
When all I wanna do is try

Somebody told me
You had a boyfriend
Who looked like a girlfriend
That I had in February of last year
It's not confidential
I've got potential
A rushin', a rushin' around

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ventura Highway ~ America

Ventura Highway is a song by the band America from the album, Homecoming, released October 1972. 

After debuting on the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts in America, Ventura Highway went to #8, spending nine weeks on the charts.

The song was written by Dewey Bunnell, who also sang the lead vocals.  Some of the lyrics were inspired by a childhood memory of he and his brother standing by the side of the road, watching the clouds (alligator lizards in the air) and saw a road sign for "Ventura" as his dad fixed a flat tire.  In the booklet for the boxed-set, Highway, he states that the song "reminds me of the time I lived in Omaha as a kid and how we'd walk through cornfields and chew on pieces of grass. There were cold winters, and I had images of going to California. So I think in the song I'm talking to myself, frankly: 'How long you gonna stay here, Joe?'"

Did you know that the pro-wrestler-turned-politician, Jesse Ventura's adopted name comes from this song?  The group was invited to perform at Governor Jesse Ventura's inaugural ball . . . my guess is that Ventura Highway was his theme song.

Source:  Wikipedia

Ventura Highway | America

Chewing on a piece of grass, walking down the road 
Tell me how long you gonna stay here, Joe? 
Some people say this town don't look good in snow 
You don't care, I know 

Ventura Highway in the sunshine 
Where the days are longer 
The nights are stronger than moonshine 
You're gonna go, I know 

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair 
And the days surround your daylight there 
Seasons crying no despair 
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air 

Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit 

Wishin' on a falling star, waitin' for the early train 
Sorry boy, but I've been hit by a purple rain 
Aww, come on, Joe, you can always change your name 
Thanks a lot son, just the same 

Ventura Highway in the sunshine 
Where the days are longer 
The nights are stronger than moonshine 
You're gonna go, I know 

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair 
And the days surround your daylight there 
Seasons crying no despair 
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air 

Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Led Zeppelin - Over the Hills and Far Away

Over the Hills and Far Away, written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, is the third track from Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy.

The song was released as Houses of the Holy's first US single, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, later becoming a staple of the classic rock radio format.

The song was first called Many, Many Times!

Page plays a six-string acoustic guitar introduction and repeats the theme with a 12-string acoustic guitar in unison.  The result is pure awesomeness!

Led Zeppelin is one of my favorite groups and Over the Hills and Far Away is one of my favorite of their songs, along with it's "B-side from the single" Dancing Days.  Houses of the Holy has to be in my top five favorite albums of all time.  Not a bad song on the whole album.

Houses of the Holy is my favorite of all the Led Zeppelin albums, although I love them all.  Listening to this song takes me back to a summer back in the  70's, possibly the last vacation we enjoyed as a family, including the extended family of aunt, uncle and cousins.  The scene was Treasure Island, Florida, one of my favorite beaches, where were stayed at The Bilmar as we did so many times before.  

It was the last vacation before my Nana died . . . I remember she was still feeling good even though she was battling her second bout with cancer and that alone made it a very special time.  I think it was an unspoken understanding for all of us that our time with that precious lady was nearing its end.

I was the oldest of all the kids and they loved piling into my car and listening to music.  During the vacation, I would try to run off by myself to have a cigarette every chance I got since no one knew that I was smoking.  My brother and cousins pitched a fit until I allowed them to ride with me.  It broke my heart to tell them no again, so they were sworn to secrecy! 

Anyway, at the time, Houses of the Holy was my favorite album and I played it every time I was in the car.  The kids would ask me to drive around longer so they could listen to the music.  My cousin tells me that when he hears any of the songs from this album on the classic rock radio station, it also takes him back to that awesome time.  

Little did we know at that time it was the end of an era for all of us.  I treasure the memories of that vacation and remember little details like it was yesterday.  Music does that for me.

Source:  Wikipedia

Over the Hills and Far Away | Led Zeppelin

Hey Lady, you got the love I need, 

May Be, more than enough. 

Oh, Darlin', Darlin', Darlin', walk a while with me,

Oh, you got so much, so much, so much. 

Many have I loved, and many times been bitten,

many times I've gazed along the open road.

Many times I've lied and many times I've listened,

many times I've wondered how much there is to know. 

Many dreams come true and some have silver linings 

I live for my dream and a pocketful of gold. 

Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missin',

many many men can't see MY open road.

Many is a word that only leaves you guessin', 

Guessin' 'bout a thing you really ought to know.

You really ought to know.

I really ought to know.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Silver . . . Ric Ocasek's tribute to Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr first met Ric Ocasek about 1968 or 1969. Benjamin and Ocasek formed a musical partnership in 1970 that would continue in various incarnations until the break-up of the Cars in 1988.

After moving to Boston, the two formed a folk band called Milkwood with guitarist James Goodkind. In 1973, the group released one album, How's the Weather?, which failed to chart. Remaining in Boston, Ocasek and Orr then formed another band, Richard and the Rabbits, featuring keyboardist Greg Hawkes, followed by another band, Cap'n Swing, which included guitarist Elliot Easton. After the group broke up in 1976, the three of them along with Hawkes and drummer David Robinson formed the Cars.

As a member of the Cars, Benjamin sang lead vocal on some of the band's best known songs, including their first top 40 hit "Just What I Needed", "Let's Go," and  "Drive", their highest-charting U.S. single.

Benjamin's favorite song from the Cars:  "Drive"

In April 2000, Benjamin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer . . . he died at home in Atlanta on October 4, 2000.

Their friendship was commemorated in a song Ocasek wrote as a dedication to Orr upon his death . . . “Silver”, from Ocasek's 2005 solo album, Nexterday.

The Cars reunited ten years after Benjamin's death, and released their seventh studio album Move Like This in May 2011. Orr was given special thanks in the liner notes: "Ben, your spirit was with us on this one."

Excerpts taken from Wikipedia

Fans of Benjamin will love this website . . .
Benjamin Orr:  The Legacy

Silver | Ric Ocasek

You were my silver 
you were my gold
you were all the things that can't be told
you were my star falling through the night
you were the one who showed me grand delight
i can't see you but i need you
and you're gone
you were my right hand you were my friend
you were always strong until the end
you were my good time you were my rave
you're the one that always set the stage
you're what i once new now i miss you
cause youre gone
now i spend my lonely nights
wishing you were here to make things right
to turn my darkness into light
you were my party you were my tea
you're the one that had faith in me

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Locomotion Tango ~ Modern Talking

Locomotion Tango Extended Dance Remix ~ Modern Talking

Locomotion Tango (Original Version) ~ Modern Talking

Locomotion Tango is a song by Modern Talking, written and produced by Dieter Bohlen from their sixth album, In the Garden of Venus . . . the last album before the first official separation of the German act. 

The song was released as a single in 1988 . . . in Denmark only.  I wonder why this awesome song was not released as a single in other countries.  It is surprising to me that they are virtually unknown in the United States!

Modern Talking has been referred to as Germany's most successful pop duo consisting of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen, whose music has often been classified as Europop.

Locomotion Tango is one of those happy, mood elevating songs that I often listen to when I want to get some stuff done around the house!  Great exercise music too!

Although there are many remixes of this song available, the extended dance mix I have featured is my favorite . . . along with the original.

Friday, August 16, 2013

I'm back

Although I have been very frustrated by all the changes and dissolution of many music services, I have decided to resume writing about the songs and the artists who made them a part of our lives.

So . . . I am once again fixing music and videos on old posts while writing new posts in between.

It will take some time to get it done, but I worked too hard on my posts to begin with to let them stay useless without the music.

I'm sharing the stories and my love for music . . . not offering music and videos for download . . . rather, to promote the awesome artists whose life's goal is to bring us the music.  Of course they are in the business to make a living, so I will hopefully introduce you to some new music or old music you forgot about that will prompt you to buy the CDs or go to a concert or two.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

It has been a while since I've posted to this blog!  

Seems like all I do is fix old posts that are messed up because You Tube has pulled videos.  It remains a problem that is very irritating after working so hard to put some of these posts together.  When a video is pulled, it majorly takes away from the post.  Honestly, I don't understand the music industry's problem with videos!  It is free advertising, especially for old music that is being heard for the first time by new listeners who may love it and buy the CD.  The music may otherwise never be heard by these new listeners.

As much as I have loved creating videos and have learned a very awesome new hobby, I hate to put so many hours in to make a video, only to have it blocked on You Tube :(

Anyway . . . maybe I'll get my motivation back . . . I still love the music and the memories attached to them!

Happy New Year!