July 12, 2010 – “White Wedding” – Billy Idol
Considering how ubiquitous the video for this song was in 1982, it’s surprising to find out that the song barely made the Top 40, topping out at #36.
William Broad went solo as Billy Idol after the breakup of his group Generation X in 1981. He’s survived a motorcycle accident and an overdose, but his career didn’t seem to survive his singing of the theme song to The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
July 13, 2010 – “It’s Over” – Boz Scaggs
“Name’s the same” Tuesday
When Boz Scaggs released his Silk Degrees album, he became the coolest man alive. But for some reason, this song was released as the first single, not the superior “Lowdown”. “It’s Over” hit #38 on the charts; “Lowdown”, #2.
And isn’t MusicMike one smooth muther- Shut your mouth! I’m just talking about MusicMike!
July 13, 2010 – “It’s Over” – ELO
“Name’s the same” Tuesday
This song by ELO was not a hit. Another song from 1977’s Out of the Blue would qualify for this past week’s theme. “Mr. Blue Sky”, which has become the commercial go-to choice of music in the last few years, only managed to crawl into the #35 spot 33 years ago. Just goes to show you how the most popular music is not necessarily the music that stands the test of time.
July 14, 2010 – “Waiting for This” – Hanson
“New Music Wednesday”
So it’s come to this. I am posting a Hanson song. In my defense, I will say that they actually are decent musicians, and that there is a reason riffs are referred to as “infectious”.
July 15, 2010 – “When October Goes” – Barry Manilow
OK, as long as I’m at it – I’m going to post a few songs from artists that are considered jokes by a large part of the populace.
Believe me, I’m with the large numbers of you who hate songs like “Copacabana” (oops, hope I didn’t start any earworms – “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl” – damn!). But he still can write some beautiful tunes. Like this one with lyrics by Johnny Mercer from 2:00 AM Paradise Café.
July 16, 2010 – “Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
My “guilty pleasures” comprise artists like Hanson and Manilow who would make some say “Wait, what’s wrong with them?” Few, if any, would jump to say the same about today’s artist.
One-hit wonder Lou Bega was born in Germany to a Sicilian mother and a Ugandan father. Makes sense that he would have a #3 hit in 1999 with a mambo tune.
July 17, 2010 – “Longfellow Serenade” – Neil Diamond
Today marks 18 months of “Song of the Day”. This is song #574. If you listened to all the songs back-to-back, it would take you close to 37 hours.
And here I am presenting some “guilty pleasures” – songs or artists that I enjoy even though I recognize them (or some of their work) as dreck.
I couldn’t wait for this song to come on the radio. What was I thinking?
July 18, 2010 – “The Night Chicago Died” – Paper Lace
I know, I know – it’s just not getting any better is it?
Paper Lace was a British band from Nottingham, singing about living on the “east side of Chicago” (Lake Michigan, I guess).
I love the way the lead singer growls “and he kissed my mama’s face”. Pure cheese.