Friday, July 21, 2017

Thunder Egyptians and Lets Stick Together

  •       The new music clip for this month is Thunder by Imagine Dragons. The track is off their new album Evolve. Really enjoy their music and Dan Reynolds seems such a genuine guy ! Something genuine coming out of Las Vegas . Viva Las Vegas ! A real rock band is something  this world is missing so its great that we have a survivor, here. We're a typical band," says lead singer/
songwriter and founder Dan Reynolds, 27, a week before the Grammys. "We're not tatted-up, trying to make a statement. The spirit of rock'n'roll is not that you're living on the edge, that you're a cokehead -- those are just lifestyle choices."
  •       Dan about there music choices  "We have guitars and drums and bass, so people call us a rock band," says Reynolds. "But I love big, poppy melodies. And I'm not going to apologize for that." Radioactive is still one of my favorite rock songs of recent times. It won the Grammy in 2014 for the best Rock Performance of that year.
  •       Dan Reynolds on Radioactive . "When I wrote Radioactive, we'd been a band for two and a half, maybe three years," he said. "We were at that point so many bands get to - where we're playing small clubs and filling them, but to break out at that level is a difficult thing. I was questioning my own career choice. I really wanted to have a family at some point and be able to support them, and still do what I love. So it was a difficult time. I'm a really up and down person; I've always struggled with depression.""I was writing in the studio with Alex. (their producer ) " Reynolds continued. "We knew we wanted something that was heavy. I've always loved songs that present a beautiful and sensitive subject in a heavy way. So we came up with this heavy beat and instrumental that just felt like an awakening. It expressed a feeling that was happening with me, so I started to write the lyrics and the melody.""In truth, the song is about becoming self-empowered and saying, 'I'm happy with who I am, happy with the choices I'm making,'" he added. "It's about sweating off all the dust and grime of self-doubt and judgment, and embracing who you are."
    
Thunder 
Dan Reynolds and Imagine Dragons 




Susanna Hoff and her influence on Prince and Mike Myers
  •      The Bangles were known as "The Bangs", but when the band accepted a record deal, an already signed band of the same name sued, so they added "les" to their name as a tribute to The Beatles. Susanna Hoffs lead singer of  The Bangles has been married to director Jay Roach since 1993. Prince and Mike Myers both had an attraction to Susanna which led to the following creations . 
  • Manic Monday -- Prince first decided to give “Manic Monday” to his girlfriend Apollonia who had joined a band called Vanity 6 . Renaming themselves Apollonia 6, they recorded the track for their first album. However, just on release, Prince pulled it from the album because he’d lost interest in the group. Two years later he would offer it to Susanna under the pseudonym Christopher, which was the name of his character in Under the Cherry Moon. Rumors suggest that Prince gave the song to Susanna Hoffs in exchange for sleeping with him .
  • Austin Powers -- Around 1991 Susanna and Jay Roach were in a bar when Mike Myers introduced himself because he desperately wanted to meet Susanna and telling her how much he loved The Bangles. Jay and Mike became friends, working together on the Austin Power script and two years later, Austin Powers became a reality ! 
   
 Live Music of the Month 
Susanna Hoffs Nashville Acoustic Concert 1997. 
Walk Like An Egyptian /Mrs Robinson 


Flashback Music for this Month 

Lets Work Together 
Wilbert Harrison
  •        Wilbert Harrison was born Jan 5th 1929 and died Oct 26th 1994 at the age of 65. He had his first hit with Kansas City in 1959 with one of the first songs written or legally obtained, lol by the famous early rock'n'roll songwriters Leiber and Stoller in 1952. It was originally an old blues tune called KC Loving. The song stayed at number one for a couple of weeks. Let's Work Together was his own song written and released originally in 1962 but due to contractual issues was pulled and never charted until Harrison again released it in 1970 with new lyrics and title Let's Stick Together. This time made it to 32 on the billboard charts. A couple of months later, Caned Heat had success with the original song in the UK and Australia charting at number 2 in both countries. Later of course it was a huge hit worldwide for Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music
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Here is Harrisons 1970 version of  
Lets Work Together/ Let's Stick Together

 



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Latest Releases


 Video of the Week

Bon Appetit
 Katy Perry 

    Released on the 28th of April as the second single from her album Witness. The video was released on 12th of May breaking records for the quickest amount of views. The follow up single has been released two days ago it is Swish Swish ft Nicki Minaj.


 New Music of the Week
Miley Cyrus and Malibu

Miley and Liam Hemsworth recently purchased a two story, two and a half million dollar Malibu mansion with Paradise Cove beach a short walk through their property.



 Live Music 
 Secrets by One Republic

The song was their second single off of their second album Waking Up it reached number 21 on the billboard charts back in 2010.



Flashback Music
Whats a Matter Baby 
Ellen Foley
        Our track this week is Whats A Matter Baby written for Timi Yuro by Joy Byers in the sixties and later covered by Ellen Foley in 1979. Joy passed away recently at the age of 82. The Nashville songwriter was married to record producer Bob Johnston and wrote many sixties hits for people like Elvis Presley, Timi Yuro,Brenda Lee, Bill Haley and many others. A housewife growing up in the fifties, she was caught up in the rock'n''roll wave. She has said how thrilled she was to have her songs recorded by people like Elvis. Some of her songs Elvis recorded ,were, Let Yourself Go, Cmon Everybody,It Hurts Me and one of my favorite movie tracks There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon from the movie Roustabout.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Picks of the Month


  • Live Music Pick 
Harry Styles 
Live SNL with Sign of The Times 
Got to give credit when someone performs above your expections. Really didnt think the One Direction guys would have it in them but Harry does a good job here. His vocals may not be perfect but that is what gives this live version its authenticity. 

  • New Recording Pick
Lady Gaga The Cure 
 This is the best thing Gaga has done in ages, epic song. Her album Joanne was OK and enjoyable but this song is a gem . Love It !   

  • Way Back Music Pick
Billy the Kid Emerson Apron Strings 

  • Trivia Song

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Last Months Highlighted Music


Our Australian artists of the week goes to a Brisbane dance company Mega Jam . 
Thanks to my good friend Miss Sugarcake who always shares their awesome choreographed dance sequences. Enjoy them all ! 
Follow Miss Sugarcake here on twitter


Mega Jam was started in 1996 in Brisbane Australia by Luis Pinto and Jasmine Meakin.
 The concept of Mega Jam is to learn to dance Hip Hop and other styles of commercial street dancing, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
 KEEP IT FRESH! That is why we choreograph a different routine every week, to the latest and hottest tracks. Our street dance classes are for teens to adults, all fitness levels welcome!Check them out here.........

Check out their dance routine to one of my favorite tracks right now 

Applause by Lady Gaga
Mega Jam dance routine



Lady Gaga  Applause

Quote Jessie J on Lady Gaga ---- I really appreciate her eccentricity.There are moments when i go really & there are moments when i go WOW.
You took the words right out of my mouth Jessie !



Our cover artist this week is Ailee . Thanks goes to my good friend Miss Karla for this. Follow Karla on twitter here with the Whitney Houston classic.

Ailee is from New Jersey who came to the South Korean spotlight via reality television. Her first single was Heaven a huge long lasting hit in South Korea.
I Have Nothing




    
Our flashback is a look back on the blues. I'm a big blues/jazz fan so back in the seventies and eighties got to hear a lot of artists that were unheard of out here in Aussie land. I never heard of Koko Taylor before and must thank my good mate Darrell Fields for sharing this track. The song was written by the amazing 
 
Willie Dixon
US-American blues bassist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer.
 Willie Dixon has been called “the poet laureate of the blues” . The blues songwriter is credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Many of them appearing as Rock'n'Roll recordings for other artists.While on staff at Chess Records, Dixon produced,arranger and played bass for so many artists. Chuck Berry,Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf to name a few. He was a crucial link between the blues and rock and roll.
The Wang Dang Doodle
Koko Taylor 





    Going back a long way for our trivia music this month. Back to the early sixties with a song called Your The Boss performed by La Vern Baker and Jimmy Ricks. This song was edited out of the legendary Elvis movie Viva Las Vegas. The duet was performed by the beautiful Ann Margret and Elvis for the movie. I'm going to include both versions here. La Vern Baker must have had such a strong influence on Elvis Presley and his music. He covered so many of her songs. Love that big gravelly blues sound!
La Vern Baker and Jimmy Ricks 
Your The Boss 



Elvis Presley and Ann Margret
Your The Boss



Jessie J is one of the best live performers out there right now. Love her way of connecting with an audience. Her Nice To Meet You tour commences in the UK in two days and then she is off to try and break into the USA in 2014.This is a recent live performance of her self penned track she asked Brandy to perform on. Brandy so kindly accepted. This is their performance at the Itunes Festival in London . All the good quality recordings have disappeared off you tube so we are left with this one. Its all to do with atmosphere,her amazing voice and audience connection at a Jessie J concert !

Conquer the World 
Jessie J and Brandy