22 December 2009

Disco Revenge

I'm not original so I want to copy Nafa and post my favorite disco songs.







The only KISS song I like:

18 December 2009

'To My Surprise (LISTEN!) One Hundred Stories High...'

A short list of my top songs of the Disco era. Put on yer boogie shoes, duders.

If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman

'To dreams that never will come true...' One of those rare pop songs with insightful lyrics and a driving beat. Penned by the Bee Gees but made amazing by Yvonne 'Mary Magdalene' Elliman, this was featured in the monster film Saturday Night Fever, which we will hear from again shortly.


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Boogie Shoes - KC & The Sunshine Band

A sing along from the hitmakers KC & The Sunshine Band. Definitely not as annoying as That's The Way I Like It and featuring a horn section that you should kill for. Best song about shoes since Carl Perkins.


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How Deep Is Your Love? - The Bee Gees

The Aussie brothers were kings of the era, just about every song they did could make this list, but this ballad just rises high above the rest of their great songs. It was a slow, meaningful tune but still had that swing to it. Gorgeous stuff and another from the SNF soundtrack.


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If It Wasn't For The Nights - ABBA

Greatest band ever and another of their absolutely underrated classics. Pure Disco from the North. They even got that bouncy bassline worked into it--not bad for land overrun with reindeer.


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Disco Inferno - The Trammps

Hands down the best song of the SNF soundtrack, of The Trammps, and of the era. Everything is in this--the faux classical rises, the driving beat, the dirty bass, the IN-YOUR-FACE horns, the desperation/flirtation vocals, and a hook that will lodge itself in your brain like one of those little skewer things that the ancient Egyptians used to pull out a pharaoh's brain before mummification. Just turn it on, turn it up, and burn this mutha down.

16 December 2009

Health - 'Die Slow'

This video freaks me out in the best way.

09 December 2009

Planets



I don't know about you but I think Planets are a great, great band. Usually they are covered head to toe in skin tight white outfits with a projector playing over their bodies. But this spastic duo has also been seen in their human skins as well. Their music is bass, drums, half-whispered vocals and God knows what else. All in all, this is good stuff.

Planets Myspace

Planets blog









07 December 2009

Town Without Pity



LeEtta and I are still enjoying our free 6 months of satellite radio and we've been hitting the 50s and 60s stations like red headed stepchild biznitches. One song that came on this morning was 'Town Without Pity' by Gene Pitney. Holy shit, this is one fantastic song. It makes me want to start another blog called The Songs That Should Not Be. This is just a miserable song (in a good way) tied to what sounds like a miserable movie. This is a great track to wallow in. How about that? Songs To Wallow In. Hmm, no. I'll just stop now.

When you're young and so in love as we
And bewildered by the world we see
Why do people hurt us so
Only those in love would know
What a town without pity can do

If we stop to gaze upon a star
People talk about how bad we are
Ours is not an easy age
We're like tigers in a cage
What a town without pity can do

The young have problems, many problems
We need an understanding heart
Why don't they help us, try and help us
Before this clay and granite planet falls apart

Take these eager lips and hold me fast
I'm afraid this kind of joy can't last
How can we keep love alive
How can anything survive
When these little minds tear you in two
What a town without pity can do

How can we keep love alive
How can anything survive
When these little minds tear you in two
What a town without pity can do

No, it isn't very pretty what a town without pity


--Richard

04 December 2009

Shiina Ringo - "Ringo No Uta"

Well, since we've got this face-lift and Shiina Ringo's lovely mug is up there, I might as well get off my butt and introduce you. The first introduction I'd ever had to her was with her song "Ringo No Uta." My chest feels like it's all stuffed with cotton when ever I listen to this song, her voice and the composition are so ridiculously beautiful.

"Ringo No Uta" has a new promotional video on YouTube:



but the first video of this I'd ever seen is:



She's had a prolific solo career (discography) and recently formed a band: Tokyo Jihen. The music is all still prime, this song is "Osca:"



Now if you go about looking for just the song, "Ringo No Uta," you are going to run into another, older song by the same name that has been done and redone by a variety of performers. It's cute, and I love old music, but Shiina Ringo's is a much better composition in my opinion.





Cheers!
--LeE

Looking Back At The Apocalypse.

The end of the world isn't what it used to be. It isn't even what it is. Even after the great apocalypse there at least was plenty of hair mousse, pleather, and headbands. Life after World War III was a big subject for '80s music videos and most artists were looking towards the future (the one '80s exception is Adam Ant who always seem to be taking inspiration from museums). Here are a few classic visions of the future.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik - 21st Century Boy
All hype and some delivery (and a personal favourite). They touted themselves as the 'Fifth Generation Of Rock And Roll', ordered us to 'Fleece The World', put advertisements between every song on their debut album, and envisioned a shiny-plastic-ambiguously-sexual-guns-and-rockets-exploding-helicopters 'Blade Runner'-esque vision of the future. Some places they were right on the mark. They were the logical grandparents of 21st century artists like Lady Gaga, the Spice Girls, and even Kanye West.





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Blondie - Atomic
Blondie can do no wrong (nope, I won't even bad mouth The Hunter). The video for Atomic shows that even after the bombs fall, if you can find a garbage bag to wear you can still party like it's just prior to 1999.





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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - You Got Lucky
What says end-of-the-world-1980s better than sepia sky washes, faux cowboy swagger, video games, pod cars, and dust? Absolutely nothing. Still among one of the best videos of the area and a surprise from the usually straight-rocking Heartbreakers. Sometimes it does pay to experiment.




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Rick Springfield - Human Touch
Pop idol and daytime television heartthrob, Dr. Noah Drake had a vision of the future that landed him only about 6 years from the time I'm writing this post. If it plays out like he predicts in this video, then something went very wrong in the 2012 elections. At least spandex will stand the test of time.




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Duran Duran - Wild Boys
YES! This is what the future was going to be like! Flying things, mild torture, spectacular escapes, things burning, easily defeated foes, victorious posing. This was 'Mad Max' played by the best band in the world. Telecasters kill, Andy, so use your powers for good!




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Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Arguably in the top 10 of the all time best songs of the 1980's (even if it is a remake of his ex-band's song--Generation X, which also featured Tony James, the duder with the pink hair in Sigue Sigue Sputnik). Proto-Soviet stylings and dancing zombies. I can think of no more appropriate way to close out this post.


03 December 2009

They're Coming To Take Me Away & More



I'll never forget riding in the car one night in the late 80s with my parents as we were returning home from a party. It was very dark outside and much to my father's amusement, the oldies station played "They're Coming To Take Me Away" (the radio edit without the reverse part like on the Youtube clip above). I was scared and happy while my dad kept turning this song up louder and louder in the car. It felt like I was going mad! I guess that's an appropriate reaction.



The first time I found that you could love something terrible because of its terribleness happened when my dad would laugh until the tears came over the beautifully cheesy "Leader of the Pack". The whole song struck him as funny but the "LOOK OUT! LOOK OUT! LOOK OUT!" part really set him off. I'm surprised we didn't wreck every time this song came on the radio.

And a couple more that amused me and dad to no end:





-Richard

3 old songs








-Richard