Song of the Day – “I Wonder Why” – Dion and the Belmonts

Back in 1957, Mohawk Records paired a young Dion DeMucci with a nearby group in the Bronx named for Belmont Avenue, and their first hit is an iconic piece of doo-wop.

The introduction is immediately recognizable, and showed off the vocal technique that was used in the street when they had no instruments to accompany them.

They were part of “The Winter Dance Party” tour, but Dion couldn’t afford a plane ticket and so rode the bus while Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper boarded the plane.

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Song of the Day – “Sound of Your Voice” – Barenaked Ladies

Canadian group Barenaked Ladies are no more, but while they were together they made a lot of fun music. This is a track from 2006’s Barenaked Ladies Are Me, and features their trademark harmony.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Mother”

Blondie

Debbie Harry, even though she’s reached retirement age, is in fine voice on Blondie’s brand new CD, Panic of Girls. I don’t care for the auto-tuned backing vocals, but they’re limited.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Close But No Cigar”

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby could continue making music – I wouldn’t mind at all. This is from 1992’s Astronauts and Heretics, and it shows he was still a good songwriter and performer, even when not blinded with science.

If you like this, find the doo-wop version and listen. Yes, that’s right – Dolby doo-wop.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic

What a sweet little kitty, coughing up all kinds of things.

Weird Al finishes off today’s double shot with a song about someone who doesn’t stand a chance of being in a relationship.

Archive SotD – February 14-19, 2011

You may have noticed from the header that this archive entry is one day short of the usual week. That’s because it’s the last one! I’ve now caught up with over two years of entries posted on Facebook.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed it. Use the search function to see if I’ve posted songs you like, and give me some recommendations if you don’t find them!

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February 14, 2011 – “Valentine” – Bryan Ferry

Happy Valentine’s Day!

After leaving Roxy Music, in the wake of the tremendous album “Avalon”, Bryan Ferry made a solo album which is essentially “Avalon 2”: “Boys and Girls”. This track features some stellar guitar work from Mark Knopfler.

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February 15, 2011 – “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Beatles

“Name’s the same” Tuesday

This is a Lennon-penned tune that was released as the B-side to “Get Back”. It was not on the “Let It Be” album as originally produced by Phil Spector, but replaced “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae” on the stripped down version of the album released in 2003. And of course they plated it as part of that famous rooftop concert.

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February 15, 2011 – “Don’t Let Me Down” – No Doubt

“Name’s the same” Tuesday

This is a happy little tune by Gwen and the boys, even though some of the lyrics read:

The scars are still fragile
Don’t let me down

From “Rock Steady” in 2001.

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February 16, 2011 – “Tree by the River” – Iron and Wine

“New Music” Wednesday

Iron and Wine (Sam Beam) has (have? I hate it when a single person names himself as a group) ramped up the production on his major label debut, “Kiss Each Other Clean”. You might think that more instruments would overwhelm Beam’s fragile voice and songs, but that’s not the case.

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February 17, 2011 – “Timeless Melody” – The La’s

It’s unfortunate when someone peaks too young. The La’s (of “There She Goes” fame, SotD 3/19/09) put out just one album filled with songs like this one. It was over 20 years ago, but it remains “timeless”!

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February 18, 2011 – “Pilot of the Airwaves” – Charlie Dore

A one-hit wonder from 1980, with a voice reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.

Dedicated to my poetry-spouting, disc-spinning distant cousin James Lee Jobe. Listen to him nights on the Eagle in Sacramento and read his poetry at his site.

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February 19, 2011 – “So Far, So Pleased” – Prince

Prince with Gwen Stefani? What’s not to like?

From 1999’s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.

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And that wraps up the archive entries! So far, I hope you’re pleased. Join me daily for my Song of the Day!

Song of the Day – “lovefool” – The Cardigans

A sunny earworm from the Swedish pop band of the ‘90s and lead singer Nina Persson. They were (for me, at least) a welcome respite from the depressing strains of grunge.

From 1996’s First Band on the Moon.

Song of the Day – “If You Go” – Explorers Club

With some artists, you have to search to find their influences. Not so with The Explorers Club, who are evidently very into The Beach Boys. This song is from their 2008 CD, Freedom Wind.

The video is a homemade number from a fan of the song. It’s a charming little story of a girl who takes her head out for a walk.