Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Beach Rock by Blue Fin

Beach Rock by Blue Fin by macprohawaii
Beach Rock by Blue Fin, a photo by macprohawaii on Flickr.
Via Flickr:
IMG_4481 - Anyone remember this Hawaii produced record and band? I've had this 45 for years, but only recently found it in June stashed in a box in Honokaa. It's a good song. The other side is a song called "Vacationlnad". Both are good rock songs. Has this ever been out on digital? I doubt it. Was there an album? If there was I never saw it. Or heard it.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - Treasure @ #1

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of July 28, 2013.

This WeekTiitleArtistLast Week
1 Treasure Bruno Mars 2
2 Waves Blondfire 1
3 Get Lucky (Radio Edit) Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams 3
4 Wasting All These Tears Cassadee Pope 5
5 Pompeii Bastille 6
6 Blurred Lines [feat. T.I., Pharrell] Robin Thicke 4
7 Hero Family of the Year 7
8 See You Again Carrie Underwood 9
9 Love Me Again John Newman 13
10 The War Within Churchill 11
11 There's No Going Back Sick Puppies 12
12 Big Blue Wave Hey Ocean! 14
13 Sad Angel Fleetwood Mac 8
14 Easy Sheryl Crow 17
15 Love Somebody Maroon 5 15
16 Brave Sara Bareilles 20
17 Come & Get It Selena Gomez 10
18 Best Song Ever One Direction --
19 Liquid Lunch Caro Emerald --
20 Burn Ellie Goulding --


Bruno Mars is back on top with his second #1 hit of 2013. This time it's "Treasure" moving up from the #2 position. It's the latest single off his album Unorthodox Jukebox. He is probably the most successful pop music artist to come out of Hawaii. He's had several #1 records on this chart as well as the Billboard Hot 100.

What is the summer song of the year? Last year I think it was Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe". The song peaked at #1 on this chart and was always played on the radio throughout the entire summer and into fall. It's still popular today.

I would have to say that this year's "summer earworm" is Daft Punk's "Get Lucky". The song held the #1 slot on this chart for 6 weeks late this spring, but since falling out of the #1 spot it has only sunk to #3 where it has now been in a holding pattern for the past 4 weeks. The song has topped the charts seemingly everywhere and is widely played on the radio.

New in the top 10 we find John Newman's "Love Me Again" moving up 4 from #13 to #9. The song recently topped the charts in Britain on BBC Radio 1. Right behind Newman, we find Churchill's "The War Within'" moving up 1 from #11 to #10.

Debut records on the top 20... we got three of them this week. They include the latest by the boy band, One Direction. It's called "Best Song Ever" coming in at #18. The song is OK, but I would not call it "the best song ever". There are way too many other better songs.

Caro Emerald is back with her latest single. This one is called "Liquid Lunch" and makes its debut at #19. Emerald went to #1 earlier this year with "Tangled Up". Another artist who had a #1 hit on this chart is Ellie Goulding. She topped the chart the first week of this year with "Anything Could Happen." Now she's back on the top 20 with "Burn" making its entry at #20.

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Waves - Blondfire (2)
Blurred Lines [feat. T.I., Pharrell] - Robin Thicke (3)
Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams (6)
Tangled Up - Caro Emerald (3)
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars (2)
Change - Churchill (7)
Daylight - Maroon 5 (2)
Carry On - Fun (3)
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)

(x) = Total weeks @ #1

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - Spotlight on Blondfire

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of July 21, 2013.

This WeekTiitleArtistLast Week
1 Waves (2nd Week @ #1!) Blondfire 1
2 Treasure Bruno Mars 4
3 Get Lucky (Radio Edit) Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams 3
4 Blurred Lines [feat. T.I., Pharrell] Robin Thicke 2
5 Wasting All These Tears Cassadee Pope 7
6 Pompeii Bastille 8
7 Hero Family of the Year 6
8 Sad Angel Fleetwood Mac 5
9 See You Again Carrie Underwood 10
10 Come & Get It Selena Gomez 9
11 The War Within Churchill 13
12 There's No Going Back (Explicit) Sick Puppies 14
13 Love Me Again John Newman 19
14 Big Blue Wave Hey Ocean! 17
15 Love Somebody Maroon 5 15
16 Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down) Neil Diamond 16
17 Easy Sheryl Crow 20
18 Boomerang Barenaked Ladies 11
19 Get To Me Lady Antebellum 12
20 Brave Sara Bareilles --


Blondfire holds at #1 for a second week with "Waves" off their Where The Kids Are EP. Bruno Mars moves from #4 to #2 with his latest "Treasure" off the Unorthodox Jukebox album. Meanwhile Daft Punk holds at #3 for the 4th conseutive week with their former #1 hit "Get Lucky". That track seems to be the "summer song" of the year as it is played everywhere these days.

New to the top 5 is Cassadee Pope's country hit "Wasting All These Tears" up from #7 to #5. She was the lead singer of the rock group Hey Monday who did have a hit on this chart back in 2010 called "I Don't Wanna Dance". That record went to #9 on the weekly chart in 2010.

Only 1 new song enters that chart this week. Sara Bareilles who is best known for her 2007 top 10 hit "Love Song" which went to #5 on this chart. Her latest hit is called "Brave" and it makes its debut at #20.


Where the Kids Are

Walking With Giants

Where the Kids Are (2nd Video)

Where the Kids Are (Live on 91.7 FM)

Waves (Live on 91.7 FM)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blondfire at #1 on the Weekly Top 20

Blondfire - Waves

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of July 14, 2013.

This WeekTiitleArtistLast Week
2Blurred Lines [feat. T.I., Pharrell]Robin Thicke1
3Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)Daft Punk3
4TreasureBruno Mars10
5Sad AngelFleetwood Mac4
6HeroFamily of the Year7
7Wasting All These TearsCassadee Pope8
9Come & Get ItSelena Gomez5
10See You AgainCarrie Underwood11
11BoomerangBarenaked Ladies6
12Get To MeLady Antebellum12
13The War WithinChurchill14
14There's No Going Back (Explicit)Sick Puppies16
15Love SomebodyMaroon 517
16Freedom Song
(They'll Never Take Us Down)
Neil Diamond19
17Big Blue WaveHey Ocean!20
18Wagon WheelDarius Rucker13
19Love Me AgainJohn Newman--
20EasySheryl Crow--


Nine weeks ago Blondfire debut at #20 with their single "Waves". Over the course of this time the song went from #20 to #14 to #10 to #6 and then inched its way up the top 5 to #4 to #3 and then parked itself at #2 for the past 2 weeks. This week the song climbs from #2 to #1, displacing Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" out of the top spot. How long with Blondfire's "Waves" hold at #1?

"Blurred Lines" could go back to #1. There is a remote possibility that Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" which held #1 for 6 weeks could spring from its #3 position to #1 again. More than likely though, I think Bruno Mars' latest single "Treasure" could move from this week's #4 to #1. That record went from #18 to #10 and now to #4. Where will it stop nobody knows...

On this week's chart most of the other records make incremental moves up the chart with a few like Barenaked Ladies "Boomerang" taking a significant drop (from #6 to #11).

Two songs debut: John Newman's "Love Me Again" marks the debut of this singer on the top 20 at #19. "Love Me Again" recently topped th UK's BBC1 and 2 radio charts. It's a good song that is, so far not getting much play here in America. The other song to debut this week at #20 is "Easy", the latest single by singer Sheryl Crow.

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Blurred Lines [feat. T.I., Pharrell] - Robin Thicke (3)
Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams (6)
Tangled Up - Caro Emerald (3)
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars (2)
Change - Churchill (7)
Daylight - Maroon 5 (2)
Carry On - Fun (3)
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)

(x) = Total weeks @ #1

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

High School Music

The music that I grew up in during high school and even my elementary school days have proven to be popular today more than 40 years after their initial release. I was lucky that my Dad's good friend used to own a vending machine company. My Dad's friend would get a lot of old records out of jukeboxes and passed them on to us. Those old 45s are what first exposed me to the great pop and rock music of the time starting from when I was in grade school back in the 1960s.

My love for music carried on into high school and beyond. This blog post is an answer to the mime questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 of July 5: High School Music. The original reply to the "Friday 5" is posted on my Friday 5 Answers blog.

It is being reposted here since this is a music specific topic. File under oldies.

Jelly's Kakaako

1. What song, album, or artist, disliked by you in high school, now sounds pretty good?

I liked most everything that was popular on the radio and in my record collection during the 1970s. They're all still good and in many instances better than anything out today.

2. What specific high-school memory do you have of discovering some song, album, or artist you considered old?

My parents liked Connie Francis back in the day, which I considered old in the 1960 and 70s. Found some old records, played them years later and have grown to like some of her music. Other artists that I discovered that my parents liked in later years include Patsy Cline, The Platters and Johnny Cash.

3. What song or album best serves as the soundtrack for your senior year of high school? (bonus challenge: answer this question with a different song or album for each year of high school!)

Let it Be on iTunes

1970 - Let It Be - The Beatles (album and single)

1971 - Naturally - Three Dog Night (singles: "Joy to the World", "Liar", album track "Sunlight")

1971 - Abraxus - Santana - This album came out in late 1970s I believe, but it became huge in 1971. Features the hits "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va". Lots of other great songs.

1972 - Led Zeppelin IV - I got this LP via the Capitol music club back in the day, and of course "Stairway to Heaven" became the most overplayed track even at that early stage. The album actually came out in 1971 but did not take off until early 1972. Great album overall.

1973 - ELTON JOHN - My 2 favorite Elton John albums became popular in 1973 and carried over to 1974 - "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - played my vinyl copies and the cassette duplicates I made from this all the way through my graduation in high school and way beyond. Have bought these in LP form, cassette, and CD... also "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" on 8-track too.

1974 - Band on the Run - Paul McCartney and Wings - the best post-Beatles album ever by anyone who was in The Beatles.

1975 - I graduated this year; the soundtrack album for my senior year with the previous ones still high on my playlist was "That's the Way of the World" by Earth, Wind and Fire... seems like a lot of kids had and played this. After graduation in the summer of 1975, the 2nd Cecilio and Kapono album "Elua" was released and I liked this one better than the first.

The first Fleetwood Mac album that you refer to which feature Buckingham-Nicks for the first time ever came out in late 1975 but I don't consider it a high school album. I was already gone from high school but in early 1976 when "Over My Head" was released as a single, this album gradually grew on me and became on of my favorites with the single of "Rhiannon" being my all time favorite Fleetwood Mac songs ever. And while I really love their next album, Rumours that came out in 1977, in some ways this album is better than that one.

Other albums that were and are still part of my regular soundtrack from 1970 to 1975 include:

Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin (1973)
Ram - Paul & Linda McCartney (1971)
Tapestry - Carole King (1971)
Sound Magazine - The Partridge Family (1971) - yes, bubblegum but to me the best bubblegum album of the 1970s.

ELTON JOHN's albums: Elton John (1970); Tumbleweed Connection (1971); Madman Across the Water (1971); Honkey Chateau (1972); Caribou (1974); Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975) - I was a huge EJ fan back then and still like these albums today.

America - America (1972)
Fragile - Yes (1972)
AWB - Average White Band (1974)
Harvest - Neil Young (1972)
Venus & Mars - Paul McCartney & Wings (1975)
Mystery To Me - Fleetwood Mac (1973) - best one with Bob Welch in the band.
No Secrets - Carly Simon (1972)
Talking Book - Stevie Wonder (1972)
One of These Nights - The Eagles (1975)
Countdown to Ecstasy - Steely Dan (1973)
Can't Buy a Thrill - Steely Dan (1972)

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (1973) - never clicked with me until later in life.

4. What’s a song, album, or artist from your high-school years you loved then (and might still love) but have great difficulty listening to now, and what’s the reason?

Many songs that were popular on the radio between the summer of 1971 and spring of 1972. It was during this time my sister had a bout with cancer and it killed her. She was two years below me. We both liked a lot of music that came out at this time and several songs bring back some bittersweet memories.


One World by Rare Earth

5. What song, album, or artist from your high-school years, seemingly forgotten nowadays, do you still listen to with fondness?

The following albums seem to have been forgotten:

Naturally - Three Dog Night (1971)
Harmony - Three Dog Night (1972)
It Ain't Easy - Three Dog Night (1970)
Now and Then - The Carpenters (1973)
Carpenters - The Carpenters (2nd album - 1971)
Down the Road - Stephen Stills & Manassas (1973)
Never a Dull Moment - Rod Stewart (1972)
Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney and Wings (1975)
Living in a Material World - George Harrison (1973)
RINGO - Ringo Starr (1973)
Mind Games - John Lennon (1974)

The following were obscure and still are today.... and I listen to them with some regularity. Visit my LastFM page.

Carryin' On - The Stampeders (1971)
Give Up Your Guns / Timothy (LP) - The Buoys (1971)
Sound Magazine album - The Partridge Family (1971)

One World - Rare Earth (1971) - damn album never made it to digital CD or MP3!!!!!

SINGLE: "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" - Middle of the Road (1971)
SINGLE: "Stop Wait Listen" - Circus (1972)
SINGLE: "Hot Sand" - The Shocking Blue (1970 - B side to "Venus")
SINGLE: "Almost Home" - The Rascals (1971)
SINGLE: "Me Japanese Boy {I Love You} - Liz Damon & the Orient Express (1973)
SINGLE: "Summer Sun" - Jamestown Massacre (1972)
SINGLE: "If That's the Way That You Want It" - Diamond Head (1973)
SINGLE: "We're On Our Way" - Chris Hodge (1972)
SINGLE: "Gotta Get Away" - Cecilio & Kapono (1974)
SINGLE: "Where Evil Grows" - Poppy Family (1971)
SINGLE: "Don't Let Him Touch You" - Joy Flemming (1972)
SINGLE: "Pretty Lady" - Lighthouse (1973)
SINGLE: "Forevermore" - Tokyo Happy Coats (1970)

And there you have it. Below are some audio and video links to some of the music mentioned here.

My Top Albums of All Time

Here are links to some charts I posted on my other websites regarding oldies from the 1960s and 1970s.

Top 100 Hits of 1970
Top 100 Hits of 1971
Top 100 Hits of 1972
Top 100 Hits of 1973

Mel's Top 30 Albums of All Time

Oldies 1960s to 1975 (list)

K-POI Marathon of Hits 1972
K-POI Marathon of Hits 1973

Hawaii Radio & Television Guide Archive

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Blurred Lines Still Number 1

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of July 7, 2013.

This WeekTiitleArtistLast Week
1Blurred Lines (3rd Week @ #1!)Robin Thicke1
3Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)Daft Punk3
4Sad AngelFleetwood Mac5
5Come & Get ItSelena Gomez4
6BoomerangBarenaked Ladies7
7HeroFamily of the Year8
8Wasting All These TearsCassadee Pope9
10TreasureBruno Mars18
11See You AgainCarrie Underwood12
12Get To MeLady Antebellum14
13Wagon WheelDarius Rucker6
14The War WithinChurchill15
15Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")Anna Kendrick13
16There's No Going Back (Explicit)Sick Puppies16
17Love SomebodyMaroon 517
18What About NowBon Jovi11
19Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)Neil Diamond--
20Big Blue WaveHey Ocean!--


Robin Thicke holds the #1 spot for the 3rd consecutive week with "Blurred Lines". Holding at #2 for a second week is Blondfire and their hit "Waves". Daft Punk holds at #3 with their former #1 hit "Get Lucky" for a second week. Inching up a point from #5 to #4 we find Fleetwood Mac with "Sad Angel". These are good songs. What will be #1 next week?

Bruno Mars leaps from #18 to #10 this week with "Treasure".

Two songs debut this week. At #19 we find veteran top 40 artist Neil Diamond on this chart for the first time this century with "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)", first week on.... Also debuting at #20 is the group Hey Ocean! and "Big Blue Wave".

Songs That Went to #1 in 2013

Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams (6)
Tangled Up - Caro Emerald (3)
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars (2)
Change - Churchill (7)
Daylight - Maroon 5 (2)
Carry On - Fun (3)
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding (2)

(x) = Total weeks @ #1

Blondfire - Waves

Mel's Weekly Top 20
Week of June 30, 2013.

This WeekTiitleArtistLast Week
1Blurred Lines (2nd Week @ #1!)Robin Thicke [feat. T.I., Pharrell]1
3Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)Daft Punk2
4Come & Get ItSelena Gomez4
5Sad AngelFleetwood Mac5
6Wagon WheelDarius Rucker6
7BoomerangBarenaked Ladies8
8HeroFamily of the Year9
9Wasting All These TearsCassadee Pope10
11What About NowBon Jovi12
12See You AgainCarrie Underwood15
13Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")Anna Kendrick16
14Get To MeLady Antebellum7
15The War WithinChurchill17
16There's No Going Back (Explicit)Sick Puppies19
17Love SomebodyMaroon 520
18TreasureBruno Mars--
19Tangled UpCaro Emerald14
20Let Her GoPassenger13


Robin Thicke holds on to #1 for a second week in a row with "Blurred Lines". Moving up one from #3 to #2 we find "Waves" by Blondfire. Could this indy track top the chart? Be back next week for that.

Rounding out the top 5 we see "Get Lucky", the former #1 single by Daft Punk slip a notch from #2 to #3. Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" holds at #4 with Fleetwood Mac right behind her holding at #5 with "Sad Angel".

This week was mostly incremental jumps up for most songs. 1 or 2 point jumps were the norm. Moving into the top 10 for the first time we find Bastille's "Pompeii" at #10, up from last week's #11.

The big dropper this week is Lady Antebellum's "Get To Me" down from #7 to #14. Guess this song is too early to be listed as a single. Perhaps it may never be. It's the best song off the band's latest album Golden.

Only one song makes its debut on the top 20. That goes to Bruno Mars with his latest hit "Treasure" which to me, sounds a lot like something Michael Jackson would have recorded years ago. Good song.