Song of the Day – “Take on Me” – a-ha

A synth-laden song and a clever video could send anyone to the top in the 1980s. The prime example is from this Norwegian band, who is still releasing albums. Their latest was their ninth, Foot of the Mountain, in 2009.

Song of the Day – “Tell It Like It Is” – Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville released this song, written by George Davis and Lee Diamond, in late 1966. It eventually rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In this strangely compressed video, Aaron and his brothers are joined by Bonnie Raitt and Gregg Allman.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Bound for Glory” – Tedeschi/Trucks Band

Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and the band have a new 2CD live set that really shows off their abilities. Susan’s soulful voices and Derek’s accomplished playing really come across in a live setting.

Now, since I showcased more than 16 minutes of music yesterday, I thought I’d keep today’s selection to a more manageable length. You should check out live versions, though.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Shooting Star”

Get ready for a long one today…

Bad Company

Bad Company was a British band with the habit of making songs into hits that were the same name as those of other artists. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” – Barry White. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” – Roberta Flack.

But this song is the first I think of when I hear the title “Shooting Star”. From 1975’s Straight Shooter.

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Elton John

Normally, I wouldn’t play a “medley” (is just two songs a medley?) on Song of the Day, and especially not on Tuesdays, when I’m playing two songs anyway. But this performance of two songs from A Single Man is so great (even if the recording is not), that I had to share.

Note: “Song for Guy” was already song of the Day back on 9/26/10.

Song of the Day – “Positively Lost Me” – The Rave-Ups

Molly Ringwald was so taken with the southern California band the Rave-Ups that she asked them to be in Pretty in Pink. Her sister, Beth, was so taken with bandleader Jimmer Podrasky that she had a child with him.

The song is reminiscent of “The 12 Days of Christmas”, in that the things that are lost are repeated:

You lost a lot when you lost me

You lost a lot when you lost me
Six paperback books and a dying tree

You lost a lot when you lost me
Six paperback books and a dying tree
A looking glass and a diamond ring, yeah

You lost a lot when you lost me
Six paperback books and a dying tree
A looking glass and a diamond ring
You lost me and you lost some dreams

Oh, you lost your cool, you lost your keys
And then you lost a sense of honesty

Song of the Day – “10 Rocks” – Shelby Lynne

The wonderful Shelby Lynne takes on a “heavy” song here – heavy as 10 rocks.

Go out and get her CD Identity Crisis to hear this song in all its gospel-tinged glory; the YouTube videos available seem to all be recorded with camera phones.

Song of the Day – “Flirtin’ with Disaster” – Molly Hatchet

Way back when I was in college at UGA, I had the opportunity, through the magic of dorm assignment roulette, to meet many people who became characters in my life story. In many ways these people are not flesh-and-blood people, at least in the way that they influenced me.

For instance, there was one young man named Kelly who was mostly familiar to me through his speech pattern – his clipped voice was like a more intelligible Boomhauer (King of the Hill). The man also had a love for today’s band, and I can’t think of the band without thinking of how Kelly said Molly Hatchet. This is dedicated to him.