Friday, October 31, 2014
Now Natalia Kills -- well -- kills IT with Zombie. This is scary sexy, y'all!!!!
Since I love all you little ghouls and goblins out there so much, here is my fave "scary" song by Leslie Hall ft. Elvira, Zombie Killers Revisited. There are no words to describe how happy this song and video make me. Pure camp-tastic fun. Watch and learn how to kill zombies. By the way, the lyrics left out of the chorus after "shoot them in the brains if you want to live. Shoot them in the brains..." is "even the little kids". Ha. Twisted!!! Watch. Trick or treat!
ALL RIGHT. YOU KNEW THIS WAS COMING, RIGHT? I MEAN, HOW CAN YOU PUT UP VIDEOS ABOUT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT INCLUDING THE SCARIEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME???!!!! I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A KID AND I SAW THIS, IT SCARED THE B'JESUS OUT OF ME FOR MONTHS!!! I STILL PEE A LITTLE WHEN I WATCH IT. DON'T TELL ANYONE, UNLESS THEY LIKE BEING PEED ON. THEN GO AHEAD AND TELL THEM I GUESS. THE SPECIAL EFFECTS ARE STILL PRETTY GOOD EVEN TODAY. SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THRILLER. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Bow Wow Wow for a while and upon leaving the group wanted to form his own. With an Irish transvestite as the lead singer, a black guy on bass, an Anglo-Saxon on guitar and keyboards and a Jewish drummer, naturally they came up with the name Culture Club. It didn't take too long for the band to get attention and they were signed by Virgin Records. Their first album, Kissing To Be Clever ( #14 US, #5 UK), was a huge, worldwide hit and spawned the hit singles Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (#2 US, #1 UK), Time (Clock of the Heart) (#2 US, #3 UK) and I'll Tumble 4 Ya (#9 US) . Culture Club was the first band to have three top ten hits in the US off of a debut album since The Beatles. Not too shabby. In 1983 the band released the follow up album, Colour By Numbers ( #2 US, #1 UK), and continued their streak of hits with Church of the Poison Mind (#10 US, #2 UK), their biggest single Karma Chameleon (#1 US, #1 UK), Victims (#3 UK), Miss Me Blind (#5 US) and It's a Miracle (#4 UK, #13 US). It was around this time that the band started to implode. Boy George was heavy into drugs and his (secret) relationship with drummer John Moss was going south fast. By the time Culture Club released Waking Up with the House On Fire (#26 US, #2 UK) in 1984, they were barely holding it together. The only true hit single on the album was The War Song (#17 US, #2 UK) while The Medal Song (#32 UK) and Mistake No. 3 (#33 US) barely scraped the Top 40. The album was a disappointment only selling 2.7 million copies worldwide. Their 1986 album From Luxury to Heartache (#32 US, #10 UK) was recorded with George in the throes of heroin addiction and was a very difficult process. Producer Arif Mardin had to leave halfway through the process due to prior commitments and George's inability to record tracks. They did manage one hit off of the album with Move Away (#12 US, #7 UK), but From Luxury to Heartache only sold 1 million copies worldwide ultimately and George quickly entered rehab for his drug addiction. The band broke up. The band has reunited a couple of times, even producing another UK hit with I Just Wanna Be Loved (#4 UK) in 1998. George has battled drugs throughout his time in the spotlight, but has also enjoyed some solo success, most recently with his 2013 album This is What I Do (#33 UK). Culture Club is one of the most recognizable, successful bands of the 80s and has left an indelible mark on pop culture musically and visually. Here are some of my personal favorite Culture Club tracks, including their song from the amazing 80s movie Electric Dreams, Love Is Love. Enjoy and bow down to 80s!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Madonna loves a Latin beat. She's had many songs inspired by latin flovor such as Borderline, Spanish Eyes, Love Makes the World Go Round, Deeper and Deeper, Take a Bow, You'll See, etc etc etc, but her most successful song in that genre, in my opinion, has to be La Isla Bonita. From her 1986 album True Blue, La Isla Bonita was the fifth and final single released on February 27, 1987 reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart and #1 in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and the Eurochart for three weeks, becoming Madg'es fourth #1 on that chart. It is noted as the first heavily Latin influenced single by Madonna. Clearly one of Madonna's favorite among her back catalog, La Isla Bonita has been performed on almost all of her tours in different arrangements. The song has stood the test of time, feeling as fresh today as it did in 1986, and remains a favorite among Madonna's fans. FUN FACT: La Isla Bonita was previously written as a lament for the mythical Spanish island called San Pedro and was offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album, but was turned down by Michael. While working with Patrick Leonard on the True Blue album, Madonna accepted it in Jackson's place and re-wrote the song's lyrics. The rest is history. So now, enjoy the "tropical..island breeze" of La Isla Bonita.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Great American Songbook, that her voice doesn't float over with ease. This is not exactly a party record, but at 59 and with a storied career trailing in her wake, Lennox has MORE than earned the right to croon her way through 45 minutes of her favorite tunes. You've got them all here: Classics by Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and many more. Opening the album with an old Victrola sounding recording of Carmichael (I think) singing Memphis In June, Lennox covers the song is lush strings and cooing vocals to set the tone for Nostalgia. Georgia On My Mind is given a treatment -- and don't let this dissuade you from listening -- of a classic Air Supply or Styx soft rocker. I know that sounds weird, but shut up and listen to it. Her soft, controlled Summertime is perhaps the best version of this ubiquitous song I have ever heard from a modern recording artist, and Strange Fruit, co-written and made famous by none other than Billie Holiday, retains every bit of its eerie presence as Lennox mournfully sings about the lynchings of African Americans in the South in the early part of the 20th century. You Belong To Me, The Nearness of You and, well, all of the tracks are beautifully arranged and performed and, even though outside of Annie's usual boathouse, sit perfectly on her golden voice. Nostalgia is a glorious addition to her varied, eclectic catalog and is sure to please any (adult) listener out there. A wonderful new classic from the first lady of Blue Eyed Soul. Enjoy a live performance Georgia On My Mind below.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Florrie is a wonderful combination of singer/songwriter/drummer and model! She's gorgeous!! Like gorg-Washington gorgeous. I've written about her before y'all! Seashells is my jam, now fucking make it yours!!! Watch the video and try not to shake your ass-parts to this song. Seashells is on Florrie's current EP Sirens, available on iTunes by clicking HERE.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
HERE for the full track listing and to pre-order from Bette's website.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
American Life came out right when we were about to go to war in Iraq. The video that Madonna created for this song involved Madonna and group of tough looking female dancers dressed in fatigues dancing while on a runway, models dressed as soldiers, some of whom have amputations, and middle-eastern children parade in front of cameras and a President Bush look-alike. Madonna and the dancers drive a car onto the runway and throw a grenade at Bush, who catches it and it turns out to be a lighter with which he lights a cigar. Well people lost their FREAKIN' minds!!!! Madonna was accused of being un-American and pro-Iraq. She was labeled a traitor. With all the political heat going on in the country, Madonna decided to withdraw the video before it aired in the U.S. and replaced it with a tamer, (frankly) boring video. It's a shame because her REAL statement was about peace and how the war was being paraded out as if you were un-American if you were for peace! The video and the song are both brilliant. Very Euro-pop and ahead of their time. And don't jump on the "Madonna shouldn't rap" train because she's done it before. Remember Vogue? Anyway, the song all but died in the U.S. due to mass hysteria over nothing, peaking at #37, but everywhere else in the world it was a huge success. The song reached #1 in five countries and top 10 in thirteen more, including #2 in the UK. Madonna later released the following statement about the song and video, "I feel lucky to be an American citizen for many reasons - one of which is the right to express myself freely, especially in my work. I understand that there have been reports about my upcoming video "American Life" in the media - much of which is inaccurate. I am not Anti-Bush. I am not pro-Iraq. I am pro Peace. I have written a song and created a video which expresses my feelings about our culture and values and the illusions of what many people believe is the American dream - the perfect life. As an artist, I hope that this provokes thought and dialogue. I don't expect everyone to agree with my point of view. I am grateful to have the freedom to express these feelings and that's how I honor my country." Watching the video now, nothing about Iraq even springs to mind. It's actually just a very cool song and video that deserves it's place in the lexicon of her music. Enjoy the controversial video for American Life.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
HERE. Anyway, I am STILL to this very day obsessed with this song and when it comes on my iPhone I always have to play it again at least once, and by once I mean thrice!! While Stacey Q had a couple of other hits (We Connect [#35] and Don't Make a Fool of Yourself [#66]) she never quite connected to the broad audience she reached with Two of Hearts. Doesn't matter. People still love this song today. I personally loved Stacey Q's album Better Than Heaven and listened to it until it fell apart. The girl's got spunk! In 2010 Stacey Q embraced her Facts of Life past and released a pretty good album of dance music called Color Me Cinnamon (reviewed HERE). See what she did there? Anyway, here are some of my favorite Stacey Q songs for you to set your eyeholes on for a few minutes. They're super catchy and you'll love them. The last video is a pretty awesome live performance of their song Insecurity live (for real) from the Joan Rivers Show. Howie Mandel was guest-hosing. HAHAHAHA!! 80s. Watch and wiggle.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
HERE with details) Wow! And it's a lovely production. Watch and love.
It Girl last week, Marilyn Monroe came out in April, and now we are getting the fall-infused, modern dance filled Gust of Wind. Our giant hat runneth over. One of the highlights of Pharrell's album, G I R L, Gust of Wind brings cool, brisk strings and some electronic feel from collaborators Daft Punk. The video is just in time for the change of season and has a lot of girls dancing around like Twyla Tharp is holding auditions and Daft Punk make an appearance too! Watch the video and listen to the cool sounds of Pharrell's Gust of Wind.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
20 years ago today Madonna took a step back from the overt sexuality and a step toward electronica. After the supposed failure and backlash that accompanied her hyper-sexual period in the early 90s with the album Erotica, the Sex book and the film Body of Evidence, Madonna was ready to take it back to the music and focus more on her dance and R&B roots. (By the way, Erotica sold 6 millions copies worldwide, so failure? I think not) Madonna was looking to soften her image up a bit and enlisted producers Babyface, Nellee Hooper and Dave "Jam" Hall to give her a more urban, New Jack Swing sound on her upcoming album. The result is the criminally underrated Bedtime Stories. For some reason it seems people often forget about this album, being sandwiched between the controversy of Erotica, the theatrical triumph of Evita and the spiritual awakening of Ray of Light. Bedtime Stories is packed with not only great music, but also some very personal and emotional songs, not to mention some foreshadowing of the electronic music that would steer all of Madonna's late 90s/early 00s output. The album did perform well commercially, eventually selling over 7 million worldwide, but because of its subtlety it is often overlooked. The songs on Bedtime Stories range from New Jack Swing, R&B to electronic. The first single released was the excellent Secret in September of 1994 just before the album's release. A smooth R&B groove drives the song along and it was a major radio hit, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100. Of course, it wasn't really until second single, Take a Bow, was released that the album really took off. Written and recorded with Babyface, the ballad was Madonna's first #1 single since 1992's This Used to Be My Playground and it held the top spot for 7 weeks, Madonna's longest running #1 single to date. The album's sales began to rise again and the next single was the Bjork-penned electronic song Bedtime Story. A startling departure from any previous Madonna single, Bedtime Story was electronic, stark and surreal. The accompanying video is still one of her most eye-catching. While not a hit on the Hot 100 (#42) the song did top the Hot Dance Club Play chart and hit #4 in the UK and #5 in Australia. Definitely a precursor to Ray of Light, you can tell Madonna is comfortable in the genre. The fifth and final single from Bedtime Stories was Human Nature. Taking inspiration from the New Jack Swing movement, at the time lead by its princess Aaliyah, Madonna sits steady on top of a hard groove on a song of empowerment, answering her critics from the Erotica era with the sassy refrain, "...and I'm not sorry. It's human nature." The rest of the album is really where the meat is though. From the opening, smooth wave of Survival, the disillusioned little girl of Inside of Me, and the call to the dance floor of Don't Stop, Madonna's journey is one of joy, inner peace and acceptance. Perhaps one of her strongest ballads ever, Forbidden Love (not to be confused with the song of the same name from Confessions on a Dance Floor) also recorded with Babyface, was somehow not released as a single. TRAVESTY!!! I really don't know how that happened. Another electronic stunner from the album, and perhaps even more closely related to the Ray of Light work that would come four years later, was Sanctuary written with Dallas Austin. This song is the highlight of the album, along with Secret, in my opinion. Re-listening to Bedtime Stories really drives home the fact that Madonna can tackle almost any genre of music, even on one album. The songs still sound fresh and lovely and Madonna's voice was in fine form. It was a return to pure music, very little controversy or dialogue to get in the way. It's ultimately what Madonna is all about, stripped to her core. Enjoy the videos from Bedtime Stories below and click on the songs in the post to hear the non-singles. I can't believe it's been 20 years! Enjoy!
Friday, October 3, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
I've already told you, Annie Lennox has an album of standards coming out October 21st (or yesterday if you ordered it on vinyl) called Nostalgia. She's treated us to her amazing rendition of I Put A Spell On You already and now she is clobbering every version you have ever heard of George Gershwin's Summertime. I mean, come on!! This is simply devastatingly awesome!! Annie has always been a great interpreter of songs and to see her wrap her soulful voice around these classic songs is truly a treat that I hope this generation will embrace. Watch below and get swept away by her excellence, Annie Lennox. Look for Nostalgia on October 21st in the US and October 27th internationally. I can't wait!!
earning my critical praise, has sold dramatically less than its predecessors Born This Way, The Fame Monster and The Fame, still not reaching platinum status in the US. Her tour ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball is currently spanning the globe until November and doing decent numbers, but Gaga has lost some steam. Whether it be over-saturation or people just being tired of the hype and costumes, Lady Gaga is not what she used to be. Then along comes something different. Something less shocking and more, dare we say, traditional. Lady Gaga teams up with one of her idols, Tony Bennett, for Cheek to Cheek, an album of jazz standards by the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, among others. A series of videos of the two singing live and an acclaimed performance at Lincoln Center seems to be helping Gaga earn back a little respect and some of that glitter she shed this past year. The album topped both the Jazz Album chart and the all-important Billboard 200 album chart. Time will tell if Gaga can carry this over to her own music and regain momentum. It's not unusual for an artist to get some backlash now and then, so here's hoping Lady Gaga can ride this back to the top. Here are a couple of videos of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett nailing it. Watch! And get Cheek to Cheek now in iTunes.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
PEPPER!!! I for one cannot wait to see what Ryan Murphy's sick mind has in store for us this season. I know that clown scares the bejeepers out of me!!! American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres October 8th on FX.