Friday, August 28, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: PAPA DON'T PREACH

In the very beginning Madonna was the ragamuffin girl with the bow in her hair, the piles of bright makeup and the torn tights. Much to the surprise of everyone in the music industry, Madonna did the very first of her MAJOR image changes when she popped up on screen with a pixie haircut and a very lean physique in the summer of 1986.  Papa Don't Preach was the first official single from her smash hit album True Blue (Live to Tell was out before the album as a track from the film At Close Range). The song caused controversy for it's "keeping my baby" stance and, for the first time, parents were praising Madonna for a pro-life message, while some women's organizations condemned Madonna for encouraging teen pregnancy. It's a story in a song! Madonna told the New York Times, "Papa Don't Preach is a message song that everyone is going to take the wrong way. Immediately they're going to say I am advising every young girl to go out and get pregnant. When I first heard the song, I thought it was silly. But then I thought, wait a minute, this song is really about a girl who is making a decision in her life. She has a very close relationship with her father and wants to maintain that closeness. To me it's a celebration of life. It says, 'I love you, father, and I love this man and this child that is growing inside me'. Of course, who knows how it will end? But at least it starts off positive." The song reached #1 on the Hot 100, becoming Madonna's fourth song to top the charts. The song, along with the music video, are among Madonna's most memorable and important. Truly a classic by any standards, here is Madonna's giant hit from the summer of 1986, Papa Don't Preach

Thursday, August 27, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: STING

Oh, Sting, ye of the tantric sex legend. Can you imagine, hours upon hours of sex with Sting? WAIT! Hold up. That is not what this is about. This is about the music. Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) was, of course, the lead singer of the pioneering new wave band The Police. The Police had a fairly short but hugely successful career, spanning five albums and several classic singles. After the band disbanded, Sting took his sexy ass solo in 1985 with his debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (#3 UK, #2 US) and hit the top 10 with If You Love Somebody Set Them Free and Fortress Around Your Heart. That was just the start as Sting's solo career soon overtook any success The Police had on the pop charts. Subsequent albums like Nothing Like The Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling and Brand New Day kept him on the charts all over the world. His ageless sexiness certainly didn't hurt either. Hits like We'll Be Together, All This Time, If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, Fields of Gold and Desert Rose have kept Sting in our hearts and ear-holes since the late 70s and he is still touring and a force to be reckoned with to this day. Here are some of the sexy Police-man's greatest hits and videos to warm you up today. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: DIRRTY - CHRISTINA AGUILERA

When Christina Aguilera released Dirrty (that's with two Rs, thank you) in 2002 everybody went ape-shit crazy. What happened to that little Disney princess with the angel voice? Well, I'll tell you: She grew up, got her some gays and they whored her up real nice. WOOT!! The all new, all slutty, all the TIME "Xtina" (as she would come to be called) was ready to shed that good girl image and show us how she can shake her man-hungry poontrap. Oh, Xtina, you never looked back. The video was especially shocking. Directed by the amazing David LaChapelle, it included a cast of wacky characters, sexy dancers, a lot of not-very-sanitary-looking water and a half naked Xtina bumping and grinding her way to infamy. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!! It is one of the, if not THE most shocking transformations I have witnessed in modern day pop music. You gotta give the girl some credit; she's got balls. The song is about as sexy as you can get and, whether you like it or not, sex became a part of Xtina's career for good. So here is the demure then-21-year-old Christina Aguilera's 2002 hit Dirrty. Enjoy and hump the nearest thing you can find.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THE #1 SONG 50 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS....

....I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher!! Cher, the legendary goddess of entertainment, has been making hits since your parents were kids and is still kicking ass. I Got You Babe was the debut single from the debut album by Sonny & Cher and it hit #1 on August 14, 1965 and stayed for three hippie-loving, tree-hugging weeks. It is LEGENDARY, y'all!! It's considered one of the greatest duets in pop music history and certainly started Cher's road to superstardom. It's hard to believe that Cher could have had a hit 50 years ago, but there you have it. Here is the #1 song from 50 FUCKING YEARS AGO today, I Got You Babe. Enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: JUMP

First of all, I must preface this by saying this is my fave Madonna song of all time.... and that is not easy for me to pick, girl! Jump was the fourth and final single released from Madge's Confessions on a Dance Floor album on October 31, 2006. Time flies. Written by Stuart Price and Joe Henry (who is Madonna's brother-in-law, by the way), the song is about empowerment and, in line with the rest of the album, has an amazing upbeat, clubby vibe to it. Jump was often compared to Madonna's big, danceable 80s hits. It became her 37th No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and her 7th No. 1 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart (the one that REALLY matters), #1 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart and was also a highlight of the Confessions tour with the dancers jumping off platforms and swinging through an aparatus set up in the middle of the stage. I absolutely worship this song. I cannot gym without it. Enjoy the jaunty, lively video for Jump and I dare you not to shake your ass to it. I DARE YOU!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

THE #1 SONG 25 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS....

......Vision of Love by Mariah Carey. Though Mariah has had her ups and downs..... and downs..... and downs over the years, she started off VERY strong with her first single and first of 18 #1 hits Vision of Love. Showing off her (then) powerful belt and stunning range, Mariah swept up the public, put them in her newly bought designer purse and vaulted up the charts to hit #1 on August 4, 1990 and stay there for four weeks with VOL. Her self-titled debut would produce three more #1s, but Vision of Love is a classic, y'all. I loved this song from the first moment I heard it. Here is the #1 song from 25 years ago this very day, Vision of Love by Mariah Scary Carey. Enjoy!

Friday, August 14, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: MADONNA'S #1 SINGLE FROM THIS WEEK IN 1992 WAS....

.....This Used To Be My Playground. Madonna scored a role in the 1992 Penny Marhsall movie A League of Their Own starring Geena Davis and it turned out to be one of her best performances. The film was a huge hit and Madonna's song that she recorded for the soundtrack hit #1 on the Hot 100 on August 8, 1992 and held the position for one week. This Used To Be My Playground is a beautiful ballad written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone during their Erotica sessions specifically for the film. It's one of Madonna's most loved and recognized ballads. Here is the #1 song from this week in 1992, This Used To Be My Playground. Enjoy! Happy Madonna Friday!


MADONNA FRIDAY: MADONNA MASH-UP WITH LANA DEL REY: FROZEN COAST

Madonna has had influence on many artists. I am not sure if Lana Del Rey counts Madge as an inspiration (although most female artists do), but this mash-up of Frozen and Lana's West Coast is dreamy AF!! They fit together so perfectly and their moods strangely meld to make a mesmerizing track. I would say that Lana's last album Ultraviolence does have just a tinge of Ray of Light in it's sound and general feel, so this makes sense. Now if only these two would record a song together!! Until then, here is your Madonna Friday offering, Frozen Coast. [source]

Thursday, August 13, 2015

LANA DEL REY OFFERS LAST MINUTE SHOCKER IN 'HIGH BY THE BEACH' VIDEO

What you think is just another slow, pretty Lana Del Rey video turns out to be something quite different in the new clip for latest single High By The Beach. I already reviewed the song, so here is the video for you to enjoy. Stay with it. Lana's new album is due this fall.

MORE NEW DURAN DURAN: YOU KILL ME WITH SILENCE

Duran Duran continue to fucking KILL IT with their new output. First came the banger Pressure Off, then a couple of days ago the title track to their upcoming album Paper Gods (click links to listen), and today we get You Kill Me With Silence, a nod to the early mid-tempo New Wave sound of their early years. An eerie quality with bubbling syths laid over a pulsing bass line sets the mood for the new track and it's a good one. Listen and get ready for Paper Gods in September.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: TAYLOR DAYNE

There were many, many 80s ladies of pop music. Some have stayed with us, some have faded away, but few had the powerful voice to stick in our brains as Taylor Dayne. This bitch could S-A-N-G, y'all!! The native New Yorker started singing professionally straight out of high school and never looked back and released two singles under the name Les Lee (A version of her real name, Leslie Wunderman) on an indie label in 1986 before signing a major record deal in 1987 with Arista and releasing her debut album, Tell It To My Heart in 1988. That album produced four top 10 hits in the US and made Dayne an international recording superstar. It didn't stop there, queen. Taylor released Can't Fight Fate in 1989 which yielded three more top 10 hits, including the #1 Diane Warren-penned ballad Love Will Lead You Back, and a fourth top 20 single. 1993 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album Soul Dancing and a top 20 hit with the Barry White cover Can't Get Enough of Your Love. Even though this album contained, IMO, her best song ever (Send Me A Lover) it failed to connect with and audience on the same level as her two previous records. Taylor took a break for a few years and came back with Naked Without You and, even though she failed to make an impact on the pop charts, she scored two top 10 hits on the US Dance chart. From that point on Taylor Dayne was mostly a  dance music artist, but still maintains a presence on that chart to this day and putting a couple of top 40 hits on the US Adult Contemporary chart along the way. There is still a big place in the hearts of those who have heard and enjoyed her music, especially the late 80s/early 90s output. Listen to this voice and try not to ruin your panties. Here are some of Taylor Dayne's best and brightest, including an amazing live version of Send Me A Lover. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: LITA FORD

Lita Ford is a hot rocking mama. She began as a member of the all-girl seminal rock band The Runaways, along with Joan Jett, in the 70s and had solo success in the 80s with her glam-metal music and her pinup girl looks. Lita is no femme fatale. She is a very well respected guitarist, garnering recognition from many guitar and music magazines, and had a no-holds-barred attitude toward having it her way in the music biz. I'd say she's a pretty good example for all these younger chicks out there now. Anyway, here are Lita's sexy Humpday Sexy Song, Kiss Me Deadly. Try not to get too excited and hump a guitar in public. Rock!

Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly by soulsurvivor25

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DURAN DURAN RELEASES TITLE TRACK TO PAPER GODS

Duran Duran are not fucking around, y'all! The boys MEN are bringing to funk so far with their upcoming album Paper Gods. The first single, the absolutely amazing Pressure Off (ft. Janelle Monae) is one of the freshest sounding singles of the year and the newly released title track featuring British recording artist and producer Mr. Hudson is a seven-minute funkified opus. Lead singer Simon Le Bon describes the song like this:
"I think paper gods can be all kinds of things. That’s why it’s the title track of the album. Money could be paper gods or photographs or memories. Paper gods could be people who stand up on top of the hill, telling everyone what to do, or the people who own the newspapers and tell them what to think, or people who stand on soapboxes telling people what to say. I like the ambiguity of it and the different way it can be interpreted....It’s obviously about modern life and attitudes. What I would say is that it’s not a criticism. I think a lot of people think it’s a rant. It’s not. It’s just an observation really."
Don't worry, it takes about a minute for the groove to kick in, then you get the full Duran Duran funk experience. YES!! Can't wait for the album in September.

NEW LANA DEL REY: HIGH BY THE BEACH

Lana Del Rey is amping up the release of her next album Honeymoon and here is the second, very different single from the album, High By The Beach. The first and title track from the album was more of an orchestral situation, High By The Beach calls back to her first album Born To Die with it's hip hop beats and subtle synth backing track. I like! This is not a big surprise as Lana has stated that her new album will have a sound similar to Born To Die and it's extension Paradise. I'm excited for the new music!!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

JOANNA NEWSOM TO RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM IN OCTOBER. LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE

Avant-garde folk goddess Joanna Newsom is set to return with a new album, Divers, in October and has released its first single and video Sapokanikan. Her distinctive voice in tact, Joanna's new album was announced by her label Drag City today and the release date is set for October 23rd. I can't wait!! Her last album, Have One On Me, was truly spectacular and Joanna is one of the most unique voices in music today. Check out Sapokanikan below.