Friday, March 13, 2015

58 Years of Rock and Pop Music Through the Years

Screenshot: iTunes

Flashback Friday | iTunes Playlists 

Starting today I will be posting links of mixes that I currently have on my iTunes app for Mac OSX. These mixes show up in the PLAYLIST tab and column in iTunes and are transferred to my various iOS devices.

The first mix is a year by year synopsis of songs that I liked from near the start of the rock era to today. The mix list changes occasionally but as of this posting date this is what the mix is.

Video link to some of the music on this list.

1957 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
1958 Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
1959 Sweet Nothins Brenda Lee
1960 The Twist Chubby Checker
1961 Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson
1962 Soldier Boy The Shirelles
1963 Rhythm of the Rain The Cascades
1964 A Hard Day's Night The Beatles
1965 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
1966 I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller Four
1967 Light My Fire The Doors
1968 Hey Jude The Beatles
1969 Honky Tonk Woman The Rolling Stones
1970 Let It Be The Beatles
1971 Joy to the World Three Dog Night
1972 American Pie Don McLean
1973 Crocodile Rock Elton John
1974 Band On The Run Paul McCartney & Wings
1975 Philadelphia Freedom Elton John
1976 Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) Fleetwood Mac
1977 Dreams Fleetwood Mac
1978 Stayin' Alive Bee Gees
1979 My Sharona The Knack
1980 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon & Yoko Ono
1981 I Love Rock 'N Roll Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
1982 Mickey Toni Basil
1983 Billie Jean Michael Jackson
1984 Lucky Star Madonna
1986 Harlem Shuffle The Rolling Stones
1987 Just Like Heaven The Cure
1988 The One I Love R.E.M.
1989 Love Shack The B-52's
1990 Black Velvet Alannah Myles
1991 Valerie Loves Me Material Issue
1992 Friday I'm in Love The Cure
1993 74 - 75 The Connells
1994 Say It Ain't So Weezer
1995 You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
1996 When You're Gone The Cranberries
1997 Don't Speak No Doubt
1998 The Way Fastball
1999 Maria Blondie
2000 Never Let You Go Third Eye Blind
2001 Island in the Sun Weezer
2002 Hella Good No Doubt
2003 Stacy's Mom Fountains Of Wayne
2004 Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Green Day
2005 Love In A Trashcan The Raveonettes
2006 Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers
2007 Phantom Limb The Shins
2008 Pork and Beans Weezer
2009 I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
2010 Need You Now Lady Antebellum
2011 Paradise Coldplay
2012 Drive By Train
2013 Change Churchill
2014 My Silver Lining First Aid Kit
2015 Flashed Junk Mind Milky Chance

Friday, January 16, 2015

Song Stuff - From Scrivener's Friday 5 Blog

I answered these questions on my Friday 5 Answers blog. Since they were music related, they can also be cross-posted to this music blog, which makes this I believe, the first new entry for 2015.

The questions come from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog. People respond and post answers on their own blogs.

1. What’s a song that reminds you of your parents?

I wasn't at their wedding, but I think "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" was featured then.... way back in 1955. My Dad liked jazz music, big band... Lawerence Welk stuff. He also liked Hawaiian music, Arthur Lyman, Don Ho, The Four Amigoes and even some songs by Elvis Presley.

My Mom was mostly into country music and Hawaiian. However I remember her teaching us "The Twist" by Chubby Checker, "The Bunny Hop" and "Hokey Pokey" when we were kids.

In a nutshell, no one song reminds me of my parents but instead several of them.

2. What’s a song that makes you think of food?

"Junk Food Junkie" by Larry Groce from 1976... "in the daytime I'm Mr. Natural, just as healthy as I can be... in the night time I'm a junk food junkie, good Lord have mercy on me!"

3. What’s a memorable song from a movie soundtrack?

Theme from "Star Wars" - Song is so good that it is used to start all 6 movies so far. My top 10 movie soundtrack songs:

1. Star Wars - John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever)
3. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz)
4. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles (A Hard Days Night)
5. Theme From "Jaws" - John Williams / London Symphony (Jaws)
6. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Strauss / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
7. Lara's Theme / Somewhere My Love - Maurice Jarre (Dr. Zhivago)
8. Grease - Franki Valli (Grease)
9. Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") - Bill Conti
10. Theme from the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" - Ennio Morricone / Hugo Montenegro

There are many more.

4. What was your favorite song from 2014?

"My Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit got the most plays last year on my iTunes and iPods. I really liked that song. Haven't compiled my list of Top 100 songs of 2014 yet.

5. What are your favorite songs for when you’re behind the wheel?

1. Deadman's Curve - Jan & Dean
2. Behind the Wheel / Route 66 medley - Depeche Mode
3. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
4. Breaking Into Cars - The Raveonettes
5. Love in a Trashcan - The Raveonettes
6. Slow Ride - Foghat
7. Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
8. Suzy & Jeffrey - Blondie
9. The Crunge - Led Zeppelin
10. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Minute Documentary: Buy Sell Trade

Over the years I have kept most of my vinyl records. Today vinyl has made a comeback and it is good to see that young people have rediscovered vinyl.

This short film has been out for about a year, published to YouTube in April 2013.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Found The Cocktail Slippers

Cocktail Slippers' "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"

Every now and then I "find" a band or artist that I never heard of but then almost instantly fall for their music. A few years ago a friend of mine turned me on to the band Dengue Fever. Been a fan ever since.

Recently while searching YouTube for any video of the old Connie Francis track "Don't Ever Leave Me" written by Ellie Greenwch, I found this band called Cocktail Slippers. Their version was released in 2009 and totally updates the original bringing the song into the 21st century with a sassy, electric, rock n roll edge it truly deserves. Just below the fold then is Cocktail Slippers' version of "Don't Ever Leave Me":

The video is Cocktail Slippers' tribute to all of the "girl groups" of the 1960s. For some reason the audio on this video is not as sharp or loud as the version posted just below:

Of course Cocktail Slippers have recorded many more songs beyond this reworked 1960s gem. Then again who are Cocktail Slippers?

From Wikipedia: "Cocktail Slippers is a five-piece, all-female rock band from Oslo, Norway. Current band members are: Hope (vocals), Rocket Queen (guitar), Piper (keyboard/organ), Bella Donna (drums) and Aurora de Morales (bass). Cocktail Slippers was formed in 2001 and has since released three studio albums and two Christmas singles. They are known for their entertaining live rock n roll performances and have played alongside artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Crowded House, Elvis Costello and The Strokes.[1][2] The band is continuously touring Europe and the USA. The band's main musical influences are Blondie, The Shangri-Las, Joan Jett, Foo Fighters, The Ramones, and The Beach Boys."

So once again I have become a fan of another musical artist from overseas who have yet to be discovered in a big way in the United States. Still their music is quite good and Cocktail Slippers' have amassed quite a discography of catchy rock songs, many of which could be huge hits. A leading example is at the top of this post..... a song called "St. Valentines' Day Massacre".

I'm still "discovering" more of their music and have posted a few more tracks below.

Doesn't the old guy in the bar resemble the old guy in Churchill's roller skater version of "Change"?