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
Lyrics
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

[x3]
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




Lyrics
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