Songs with “Years” in the title.

Well, here we are again.  Another year gone.  But the music lives on.  Originally my thought was to compile a list of Rock ‘n Roll songs about New Year’s Day or Eve.  But said songs are scarce.  So then I opted for songs with years in the title.  And I stretched the definition a bit as you’ll see.  But I’m quite proud of my selections. Feel free to add these to your New Year’s Eve play list.  I mean who I am to stop you.  I don’t have copyrights on any of these songs.  So grab a bottle of your best Asti Spumante, get your party hat on and without futher adieu, here are my favorite songs with references to “Years” in their title in order of my preference, bottom to top: (Click on the song title to be directed to the YouTube video link)

Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams.  I’m not a big Bryan Adams fan.  A few of his songs are all right.  This is one of them.  I always questioned the lyrics in this one about him starting his first band in 1969.  The dude was only 10 years old.  How many 10 year olds do you know playing in a rock ‘n roll band?  Nonetheless, it makes for a good story line.

2525 – Zager and Evans.  Wooo, talk about one hit wonders! These guys were it.  This trippy, folksy tale about the future demise of mankind was Z & E’s one foray into the pop charts, back in 1969.   Also covered by the new wave band Visage in 1978. Compare and contrast the two.  It’s fun!

Eighties – Killing Joke.  My friends would probably say that this is my signature song, considering how much I love ‘80’s music.  But this is a KICK ASS song.  As was the entire album.  Give a listen.  If you don’t want to put on your Doc Martens and jump in a mosh pit while listening to this one check your pulse.

1979 – Smashing Pumpkins.  And just before, or in this case after, the eighties came 1979.  This is sleak little number off the Pumpkins “Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness” album.  Which was one of the best albums of the ‘90’s in my opinion.

Pop Song 89 – R.E.M.  Before Michael Stip got all granolaey R.E.M. once rocked pretty nicely.  This is one of the rockin’ tunes they did back in the ‘80’s.  It’s got a catchy guitar hook and you can dance to it.

1963 – New Order.  Great studio band.  Terrible live band.  Saw them twice back in the ‘80’s. Very boring live.  But they wrote some great dance club tunes.  Kind of a depressing song when you listen to the lyrics.  You may want to play this one AFTER you’ve rung in the new year.

1984 – David Bowie.  Funny how people thought the world was going to be all futuristic and stuff in 1984.  Having lived through 1984 I can tell you it wasn’t really all that futuristic.  Unless you consider Rubik’s cubes, pegged 501 jeans, and Apple IIc computers futuristic.  But David Bowie was pretty spacey when he wrote this back in 1973, so I’ll cut him some slack.

1984 (Sex Crime) – Eurythmics.  I’ve always loved, loved, loved this song.  But it never got much airplay.  Originally Eurythmics were commissioned to the soundtrack for the movie “1984” but then something happened and they were ‘86ed (get it 1984/86’ed, pretty clever eh?) from the project.  But they wrote some really good tunes for it.  Which for some reason didn’t appear on their first Greatest Hits compilation.  That’s a thing that makes you go hmmmmmm.

21st Century Boy – T. Rex.  The King of Glam Marc Bolan wrote some really hot tunes in the early ‘70’s.  You’ve probably heard this one on commercials.  Get out the glitter and best boa when you crank this one up.

20th Century Fox – The Doors.  Psychedelic man.  Off the Doors debut album, one of the greatest debut albums recorded by any band, this song will get the room spinning just before the clock strikes midnight.

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five – Wings.  This is one of those GREAT songs that again, does not get played enough.  Paul McCartney needs no further accolades regarding his song writing skills, the man could write a number one tune in his sleep.  Believe it or not THIS was the “B” side to “Band on the Run”.  When they had “B” sides.  Muy, muy, fantastico!

1999 – Prince.  Remember the whole Y2K scare? And what a crock of s@#* it all ended up to be?  We were all gonna party like it was 1999 because everyone was freaked about what the year 2000 would bring.  As if we’d all just go f’ing berserk because the stop lights were out.  Anyway, another great song.  Prince at his best.  I like the album version with the little “Mommy. Why does everybody have a bomb?” coda at the end.  I think my mom played this album until the grooves wore at out after she bought it.

New Year’s Day – U2.  Of course I had to place this one at the top of the list.  It was the only song with the actual words “New Year’s Day” in the title.  Off their “War” album, this was when U2 and Bono were trying to change the world through their music.  Now he and the boys just like to dance.  I remember seeing them in ’85 on the “Unforgettable Fire” tour.  They did this song. I was impressed with Dave Evans going back and forth between piano and guitar on it.

There you have it.  If you have others that you feel should be on the list send them to us.  We’ll be happy to add them to next YEAR’s list.  Happy New Year everyone!!!!!

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The next best Rock ‘n Roll Christmas songs…

I’m a little Grinchy when it comes to Christmas songs.  I prefer originals to covers.  And I prefer rock ‘n roll Christmas songs to the classics.  Although I do love me some “Little Drummer Boy”.  That song rocks.

A few years back I wrote a post that listed what I thought to be the Top 10 Rock ‘n Roll Christmas songs of all time.  If you missed you can read it at:

http://arizonapremieremusic.com/2008/12/13/top-10-rock-n-roll-christmas-songs/

But time has passed, and I thought it would be a good time to list some of my other favorites.  And I had to break the rule on some of these, a few of them being covers of classic Christmas songs.  And some of them I can merely tolerate.  I know, I’m a mean one Mr. Grinch.  So with no further adieu here are my best of the rest rock ‘n roll Christmas songs:

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV8x7H3DD8Y

This song has been covered over the years by numerous artists, including my favorite rendition by U2.  But I’ll always give props to the original of any tune.  So Darlene Love and Phil Spector, good job.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khpk9274gMg

I’m not big on covers.  And like I said above, I prefer originally penned rock ‘n roll Christmas songs over the classics, but this one is an exception to the rule.  I remember this song from when I was a kid and always liking the baritone coda from Clarence Clemons, “you better be good for goodness sakes”.

Christmas Is The Time to Say I Love You – Billy Squire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPf2snTB2wo

This is a Christmas song I really like.  I’m surprised I didn’t include it in my original list of Christmas rock ‘n roll songs.  Billy Squire had a hot streak going in the early ’80’s including this song.  Which was pretty much the last good song he wrote.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Cougar Mellencamp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsat4e8jgHA

Another cover here.  This is one of those Christmas songs that I can tolerate.  It’s not bad, but it’s not great.  But then again, the GREAT original rock ‘n roll Christmas songs are hard to come by.

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) by the Ramones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y5GtaTrPHM

Kind of a weak attempt at a Christmas song, but it’s the Ramones, so ya know.  Plus, it’s a little different take on a Christmas song.  So I’ll give them credit for that.

Superstar – From the movie “Jesus Christ, Superstar”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvVr2uks0C8

I know, I know.  This is not really a Christmas song.  But I’ve always liked this song.  And it IS about Jesus Christ, so technically it IS a Christmas song.

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St. Patrick’s Day Special – Top 10 Irish Rock Bands/Artists

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You would think a country with so much political strife and centuries of suppression would have more angry artists wanting to express their displeasure with the life they were handed.  But much to my chagrin this was a somewhat difficult list to compile.  I really had to stretch the definition of “Irish Rock” here.  Not all of the artists on the list are from Ireland.  As far as I know though, all of them are of Irish heritage.  As is the author of this post (Murphy, whooda thunk it eh?)

Anyway, let’s begin the countdown:

1. U2 – Come on. If you didn’t see this one coming from a mile away well, either you were hit over the head with a shillelagh or you’ve been in a salmonella induced haze from a bad batch of haggis.  Who else was going to top the list?

2. Van Morrison – Van the Man.  Although his best work is decades behind him Van has left an indelible impression upon the rock/pop scene.  From his days with Them (yes, that’s right Van was in a band at one time) to present day, the reclusive Morrison has stretched the boundaries of pop sensibilities.  Click here for a sampling of Van’s days with Them.

3. Thin Lizzy – One of the top American rockin’ bands of the 70’s.  Only thing is, they was Irish!  Fancy that Mr. Leprachaun. Phil Lynott fronted the boys from Dublin on bass and lead vocals.  Which was somewhat unusual for the time. Lynott being black AND Irish.  Nonetheless, their music can still be heard all over AOR radio stations and movie scores to this day. “Jailbreak” is my favorite.  Don’t be sittin’ ah too close to the speakers tho ah fer snakes becomin’ outchyer ears.

4. Boomtown Rats – Most famous for their lead singer, Bob Geldof, and his work with Band Aid/Live Aid and starring role in Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.  However, in their short lived career the Rats put out some terrific music, most famously “I don’t like Mondays”.  Shave your eyebrows, feed the world and give a listen to one my favorite Boomtown Rats songs, “Up all night”.

5. Sinead O’Connor – Gained infamy on Saturday Night Live by tearing up a photo of the Pope.  But Sinead had some talent to go along with all of that pent up feminine rage.  Even before she recorded Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U” Sinead wrote and performed some pretty rocking tunes, namely “Mandinka“.  Shave your head and give a listen.  (We Irish like to shave things.  Maybe it’s from all the sheep shearing we’ve done in our past lives.)

6. The Pogues – A true Irish band in every sense of the word.  Right down to the drunken lead singer.  The Pogues enjoyed some moderate success in the 90’s but alas their careers were cut short by the aforementioned love of the spirits by their lead singer, Shane McGowan.  Good times, good times.

7.  The Waterboys – A little known act from the 80’s.   Maybe more famous for the late 80’s spinoff band World Party.  One of my favorite songs from the 80’s was “Church not made with hands” by the Waterboys.  Give a listen and let me know if it boils your potatos too.

8. The Undertones – Again, another Irish band that had a more famous offshoot band (or two), Feargul Sharkey and That Petrol Motion.  Okay, maybe these two acts weren’t that famous to you, but I remember them both well.  And I’m the one writing the damn post, so go chop some cabbage.

9. The Dropkick Murphys – On the list mainly due to their name (notice the similarity to the author’s?).  Not truly an Irish band the Dropkicks are a bunch of guys from Boston who got together to meld their love of rock, punk, and Irish folk music into one heaping, steaming, corned beef laden musical kaleidescope.  You’ll probably recognize this song, “I’m Shipping up to Boston” from the movie “The Departed”.

10. House of Pain – I told you I had to stretttttcccccchhhhhh the definition of “Irish Rock Band” to compile the list.  The three leaf clover of talent know as House of Pain is most famous for their classic hip hop tune “Jump Around“.  Lead singer Everlast went on to have a quite a successful solo career as well after suffering a major heart attack at the ripe old age of 26.  Probably caused by too much Irish stew (mmmm, bacon and cabbage, who says we Irish can’t cook.)

So that’s it. Go pound a few pitchers of green beer, watch the Celts, and get in a barroom brawl with your best friend.  An authentic Irish St. Patty’s Day if I ever knew one.

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15 Concerts in 15 Minutes (well, not exactly)

Recently, I was tagged on Facebook in a note that asked me to come up with 15 albums in 15 minutes – albums that were basically influential enough on me to make me change the way I looked at (or listened to) the world.  I think this is a great exercise, because if you are like me, you find that 15 albums is such a small allotment that it forces you to throw out a number of good albums in order to create a pretty concentrated list.  Rather than using this space for that list, you can see it here on our website.

 My cousin liked the Dead-leaning list and suggested that someone put a list together of Dead tunes along with a date for a favorite performance of that song.  I love the idea, so I will be working in collaboration here with him – he’s supplied the list of tunes, and I will now supply the dates.  I hope you enjoy (and I hope you know that I didn’t put this together in 15 minutes): 

  • Morning Dew – 08/06/71 – This is the way this song should sound.  This is not quite primal Dead – they’re starting to come into their own – but they really know how to build this one up.  Bravo.  LISTEN
  • Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain – 09/15/85 – This one was easy for me because this performance always blows me away.  The entire second set is a must have, but especially the Scarlet>Fire opener.  This one is silky smooth.  LISTEN
  • Peggy-O – 10/30/77 – This one was pretty easy too.  I’ve long loved this version first because it has some sentimental value based on where it was performed, my alma mater, but beyond that, it is the right arrangement of verses and instrumental breaks that gives this one a certain gravity that really conveys the message and meaning of this song.  Also a very good show.  LISTEN
  • They Love Each Other – 09/10/93 – This one was easy as well.  Two college roommates of mine were at this one and I have just always loved this version – Jerry really gets funky on this one.  If you are a Jackstraw fan, as I am, you cannot go without this show.  LISTEN
  • Althea – 07/19/90 – This is one of my favorite shows-perhaps because I’m a bit partial to the home turf, but both sets are just so solid.  Althea can be a snoozer for me, but this one is really well-played, and upbeat.  Please listen to this whole show though, and let me know what you think.  LISTEN
  • Row Jimmy – 06/10/90 – I really had to think about this one.  I’m not a huge fan of this song because it tends to drag for me, but this particular one’s got a bit of a bounce to it that moves it along quite nicely, and the interplay between Jerry and Brent at the end is very nice too.  LISTEN
  • Wharf Rat – 07/27/73 – I couldn’t resist this one.  The Wharf Rat is kind of the dessert to the famous Watkins Glen Soundcheck Jam.  If that doesn’t mean anything to you, lots of luck.  This Jam>>>Wharf Rat combination is otherworldly; that’s all I can say about it.  LISTEN
  • Help on the Way>Slipnot>Franklin’s Tower – 10/31/91 – This wasn’t my first choice which would have been the 08/13/75 version released as One from the Vault, but that would have been too easy.  This one has a certain intensity to it; in fact the whole show does, and I would definitely recommend sticking around and listening to the entire show.  LISTEN
  • Terrapin Station – 06/15/85 – I’ve always liked this one.  I thought about selecting another date, but the interplay between Jerry and Brent during the solo is ethereal, and despite his strung-out sound during that period, he manages to hit this one out of the park.  The outro from this one is very nice too.  LISTEN
  • Bertha – 07/08/78 – This one for me is so good because the band utilizes all of the different rhythmic qualities of the verse AND chorus, and they don’t just play it straight…Does that make sense?  Listen especially about half-way through Jerry’s solo.  This is a stellar version from a really stellar couple of shows that summer from Red Rocks.  LISTEN
  • Loser – 05/08/77 – Tough one.  Loser isn’t a song I’m typically looking for in a set, although it is one that is fun to play on the guitar, so I know why Jerry played it.  I have to admit that this one I didn’t choose so much for the performance of the song, but for the show itself.  If you follow the music, then you know this date pretty well, and this version just happens to be very tight and powerful.  LISTEN
  • Candyman – 10/14/80 – This too is a tough one.  Candyman is not the first song that comes to mind, but I do know that I like those early Brent versions of the song because of his ability to carry the harmony.  This is a nice quiet version of the song with a very laid-back pace to it.  LISTEN
  • Stella Blue – 10/14/83 – This is the last easy one on the list.  You’re either a Stella Blue fan or you aren’t, and I happen to be one, and I can say that I don’t know of a single other performance of this one that combines the loneliness and eeriness of the front end of this song with such a warm and redemptive ending.  Unfortunately, the AUD does not capture it like the SBD.  Update:  Well, it looks like you get the AUD you wanted; the concert has been released as a Dick’s Picks edition.  LISTEN
  • Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad – 02/20/71 – First of all, I love this one because it is the meat in a Not Fade Away sandwich, but the thing that makes this one smoke is how they work it out after the And We Bid You Goodnight instrumental part.  Truly a one-of-a-kind version as far as I’m concerned.  The Lovelight screams too.  LISTEN
  • Throwing Stones – 10/09/89 – This one’s a bit tough for me because I think of it more as a setup tune than anything else-a kind of appetizer to the main course.  Having said that though, I’ve always liked this one mainly because it carries the mood of this show into the final number.  It also happens to be one of my absolute favorite shows ever.  Talk about intensity.  That Dark Star is a monster.  LISTEN 

I loved doing this, but I’ve got songs that I’m curious to know what you think about.  If you are reading, please try and come up with some dates to put next to the following songs: 

  • Cumberland Blues
  • Dark Star
  • Let it Grow
  • Shakedown Street
  • Jack Straw
  • Black Peter
  • China>>>Rider
  • Cassidy
  • Sugaree
  • Viola Lee Blues
  • Uncle John’s Band

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Camaro Rock!

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We all know ’em. Some of us still love ’em.   Camaro rock songs.  That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout (kind of confusing there with side by side apostrophes).  Wait, why I am using apostrophes? Or even using the WORD apostrophe? Camarorockers don’t care about no freakin’ apostrophes.  They just care about rockin’ man!  That, and gettin’ F’ed up on a Friday, Saturday, or any night for that matter.   Whether you be hangin’ out with your friends at the drive-in or doin’ a little pre-game (Camaro code for “party”) warm up in the parking lot at 7-11 these songs are sure to shake the primer/bondo off that front quarter panel and get tires screeching out of every high school parking lot in the land.  So here goes it. Our top 10 Camaro Rock songs. (You can click on the links if you want to hear the songs. Just in case hearing them a million times in your lifetime is not enough).

1. “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar.  THE anthem for Camaro rockers.  The Red Rocker encapsulated all the pent up rage, misplaced rebellion, and sophomoric high school mentality in one, well, not so cleverly, written song.  Still man, it rocks. Even though the speed limit has been raised since it’s release.

2. “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner.  Camaros ooze sexuality.  And no other song captures the essence of that sexuality like this one.  Great to make out to in the back seat or to have blaring out your windows while crusin’ on a hot summer’s night in Hooterville. Check it and see.

3. “Shakin'” by Eddie Money. This one was suggested by Ben. Good choice my man (that’s Camaro speak for “my friend”).  I think most Eddie Money songs would qualify here.  But “Shakin” grasps the Camaro mentality by the cajones and shakes it all over.  Right down to stealin’ daddy’s car.

4. “Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy. Those turkeys at the Quik Stop will never know what hit ’em when you pull up with this rocker flyin’ (we don’t use the letter “G” when ridin’ in the Camaro queermo ((sorry that’s the Camaro speaking, not me)) out the speakers.  Probably the only Camaro rock song ever sung by an Irish dude.  Sorry Bono, even though you once had a mullet, your music doesn’t qualify.

5. “More Than A Feeling” by Boston. For the sensitive Camarorocker.  Best played after Camaro rocker tried to take an extra base in the backseat to the chagrine (for the intelligent Camarorockers) of his lovely, purile Camaress.  Sadly sung as he’s sees his Marianne walking away.

6. “And The Cradle Will Rock” by Van Halen. “Have you seen Junior’s grades?”  Just about sums up every Camarorocker’s parent’s lament as he squeals out of the driveway on a Friday night. They say it’s kinda frightening how this younger generation swings. F yeah!

7. “Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent. The Motorcity Hit Man never had any problems gettin’ tail and neither does the Camarorocker.  Although the quality of tail in question may not be of the level of the ‘Nuge”.  But it’s tail man! And that’s all that counts.  A Monday morning trip to the doctor for some Penicillin is usually the prescription for Cat Scratch Fever.  Or whatever other STD Camarorocker caught Saturday night.

8. “Dazed and Confused” by Led Zeppelin.  The glue sniffing (spent all his money on bondo, primer and new headers, no cash for real drugs) Camarorocker’s biographic anthem.  Not coherent enough to truly grasp the artistic qualities of the song, Camarorocker just likes it ‘cuz he can repeat the title over and over to his friends when describing his wastitude and still get a laugh.

9. “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Even the old lady (more Camarospeak. translation: girlfriend, wife, chick he’s doin’ it with) likes this one.  Camarorocker likes to sing this to his missus in a drunken stupor of pseudo romance just before they get in their weekly fight over why he still ‘aint got no job.

10. “Barracuda” by Heart.  What! A chick song! Yeah, but deep down Camarorockers like this song.  It’s basically a Led Zeppelin song sung by a chick.  So it’s allright.  Plus it’s about his other favorite car. Right? Yeah, whatever Camarodude.

There are countless others no doubt.  Feel free to write in with yours.

Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!

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We’ve all got ’em. Guilty pleasures.  Whether they be food, movies, or other nefarious activities, everyone has something they hide from others for fear of ridicule. Or worse.

Well I’m hear to confess.  Hi, I’m Jerry M. and I like crappy music. (From the crowd) “Hi Jerry.”  As much as I like good music, there are those songs that no matter how cheesey, how bad they are, I just can’t resist.   And here are a few (believe me though, I could have come up with about a thousand others as well).  I’ve included some YouTube links for your listening pleasure as well. Just click on the hyperlink on the song title. Come on…. you know you want to listen:

1. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”by Wham.  From the opening, “Ja-ja-ja-jitterbug” this song is pure pop pablum. But I can’t resist.  Whenever I hear it I want to throw on my old Dolphin Shorts, Espadrills, and a flourescent t-shirt and go skip dancing down the street.

2. “Easy Lover”by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey.  Nothing says cheese like Phil Collins. But at least Philip Bailey (from Earth, Wind, and Fire) adds a little funk soul brotha to melt the Velveeta and turn this dish into a tasty treat.  Phil Collins should never attempt to dance again.

3. “My Girl” by Chilliwack. Chilliwack!!! You may say. But ahhhh, I say.  Anyone old enough to remember the early days of MTV will remember this song on regular rotation.  It’s a lost Crappy Classic.  You won’t be able to get the intro out of your head after listening.  Much like “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back….” Chili’s jingle.  Funny how anything with Chili in it stays with you.

4. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”by Elton John w/Kiki Dee. To think we all believed Elton was singing this about a woman back then.  The 70’s were a mixed up period. This is a good song. Plain and simple.  Most guys wouldn’t admit to liking it. But I bet most guys would be singing along to it if they knew no one was watching. And that is the TRUE definition of a guilty pleasure song.

5. “Music” by Madonna. Can’t stand the artist herself, but I love this song.  It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.  Plus the fact that Ali G appears in the video gives it instant credibility in my book.

6. “Separate Ways”by Journey. Probably the worst video in the history of videos.  When you consider that Journey was one of the biggest bands in the world at the time this song was recorded, yet they still went about as low budget as you can on the video. It’s just appalling. In fact, it’s so bad I couldn’t even find a YouTube clip for it. So you’ll just have to go from memory. Probably not a memory you want to keep though. But the song rocks.

7. “Oh Sherrie”by Steve Perry. You may be saying, “Oh, Jerry! Oh Sherrie?!” Yes, by Steve Perry. Following on the heels of Desperate Ways Steve Perry went solo and wrote this gem.  Accompanied by an equally bad video. I should have been gone after hearing this the first time, but… something about it holds my attention. Like watching the Tyra Banks show. 

8. “Everybody Dance Now” by C&C Music Factory. I just can’t fight the urge to do the Running Man everytime I hear this song.  The fact that my 5 year old son Tyler likes it too only solidifies it as a bonified guilty pleasure in my book. Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye on Tyler.

9. “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real” by Sylvester.  I’ll admit it, I like a lot of disco songs. This one doesn’t get enough play though in my opinion. The fact that it was performed by a cross dresser adds credence to my earlier comment about the 70’s. You won’t be able to keep your head from bobbing to this one.

10. “Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder.  Ohhhhh, you know this song. Believe me, you know it.  How Matthew Wilder came up with the ingenious addition of another sylabble to the work “break” (sung as “break-ah” in the song) is beyond me. I added the Solid Gold appearance video just for a bit more schmaltz. You just can’t be sad when you hear this song.

Well, that’s all for now.  Give us some feedback. Let us know your guilty pleasures. If you dare.

What Could They Possibly Have Been Listening To?

Jerry and I were talking the other day about songs that make reference to other songs or artists, and I know that there are a bunch of them, but I wanted to put together a short list of 10.  Why?  I’m not really sure, but I’ve always been interested in what particluar musicians listen to and are influenced by, and what they’ll make musical reference to in their own music.

  1. Cheap Trick – “Surrender” – Artist reference:  Kiss
  2. Mott The Hoople – “All the Young Dudes” – Artist references:  T-Rex, The Beatles, The Roling Stones
  3. Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water” – Artist reference:  Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
  4. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama” – Artist reference:  Neil Youg
  5. Grateful Dead – “Stagger Lee” – Song reference:  “Nearer My God To Thee”
  6. Steely Dan – “Everything You Did” – Artist reference:  The Eagles
  7. Led Zeppelin – “The Crunge” – Artist reference:  James Brown
  8. Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream” – Artist/Song reference:  Del Shannon/”Runaway”
  9. The Beatles – “Glass Onion” – Artist/Song references:  Paul McCartney/”I am the Walrus”, “Strawberry Fields”, “Fool on the Hill”, “Fixing a Hole”
  10. Don McLean – “American Pie” – Artist references:  Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones

Thanks to Jerry for helping me get the last couple, but I wanted to see if any readers out there could come up with more.  Like I said, there are a bunch of them…

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