3 random goldies from 3 big names

1. Elton John and Kiki Dee

 

2. The very seductive Ms. James!

 

3. The Wonder man

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Five songs from the 50s

Five songs that were big in the 50s and still remain hum worthy today. Tunes you are and some-probably-not familiar with.

Sing along now…

 

My brother’s choice, not mine.

 

Like it happens sometimes, the music director secretly record the practice version Doris was singing before the final and later told her that the rehearsal one is perfect, the best one she will ever sing, and all the records we hear today are from that rehearsal session. Won the best original song oscar from the film Calamity Jane (her attire during the song is quite questionable though).

 

Tiki huts would never have existed without this song.

 

Whose hungry?

Random awesome goldies

Been some time since I posted goldies. Other bloggers like Matthew from Music Court has a diverse poll contest of sorts on goldies albums going on right now. So, here are some songs that come to my mind.

1. Very clappy and happy. Reached #5 on the charts in 1964

 

2. You have to have heard it at sometime.

 

3. This takes the tempo down. Another classic.

 

4. This one you might not have heard but it has a very catchy melody. Written by Bowie but released by Mott the Hoople in 1972. Bowie’s version seems like the record player is stuck on drag; so the original is better. Rolling Stones magazine agrees with me because in 2004 they put it in 253 among a list of 500 greatest songs ever.

5 Christmas songs you might have not heard

When it comes to Christmas I need classics. Jazzed-up new versions just won’t
do. So after many years of searching, here are 5 versions of famous Christmas music that have, for one reason or another, passed the hard test.

1. Ding Dong Merrily On High – King’s College Choir, Cambridge

It’s just so happy! Can’t get enough of those high notes descent. It HAS to be on my holiday playlist.

2.  Silent Night, Holy Night – Mahalia Jackson

Any other version will take a back seat once you hear this. So much conviction in her voice. When she sang this in Denmark’s national radio more than 20,000 requests for copies came pouring in. It also became one of the best-selling singles in the history of Norway.

3. Santa Baby – Miss Piggy

OK. So you already heard this but there are some songs that sound terrific on few other than the delectable muppets*.

4. Christmas Day – Dido

Her voice would naturally fit the season, angel-like and all. The song itself is also good. It’s the most contemporary track in my Christmas folder.

5. Auld Lang Syne – Keri Noble

There are so many excellent version of this little Scottish gem. But you’d have to search far and near to find a capella version better than this. Not a single instrument and yet can freeze you in your tracks. Think of visiting iTunes after this. Merry Christmas!

 

* Here is what I mean

Is covering classics alright? Three examples

Is it safe to cover a classic? Dangerous grounds, but if you can produce something like this, why not. Sometimes the cover offers a new perspective to it that wasn’t considered before. Rare, but it happens every now and then.Three examples.

1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Original: A legend created by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. However, I always remember it by the Supremes + Temptations.

Cover: I know. I would have rolled my eyes too — what the heck can come close to this? Well, it can’t. But it offers something else. So what if it was publicized mainly because of a DHL commerical. Vula Melinga and Paul Epworth’s remake of this everyone’s-favorite does not detract a bit and is something I wouldn’t mind having in the same folder as Ms. Ross’s.

 

2. I Want To Hold Your Hand

Original: (You know.)

Cover: I’m going crazy, right? At least give T.V. Carpio from Across The Universe a try. Takes it in a whole different direction.

 

3. Bring Me Sunshine

Original: Morecambe and Wise. Their signature song during the end credits of their comedy show on the BBC in the 70s. 

Cover: Willie Nelson. Even if you have sway, plenty of street cred., and do it around the same time like our good ol’ Willie did, it still is a cover. It turned out to be one of his big hits reaching #13 on the U.S. Country charts. Brenda Lee’s cover was pretty darn good too.

Don’t You Want… more 80s

I know I just posted an 80s song and daring to do another. In my weak defense, that’s how 80s music is, you get one and you just need a few more. Promise no more 80s after this… for a while.

British synth-pop band Human League’s preferred music for Don’t You Want Me didn’t make the album because the producer changed it to something more “poppy”. That didn’t fly with the lead singer who thought the new version was the weakest track in the album so he placed it as the last track on the B-side of the vinyl album. Turned out the song became the band’s biggest hit ever, earning a Gold in US and Platinum in UK. Producers are not always evil, I suppose.

Still, as disgraceful it is to publicly admit (not really) I like Glee’s version better. Definitely a song you can drive to. More emotion in the voices, but they should have eased on the music’s bass. Glee has a tendency to make the music quite techno for its pop/synth-pop covers. Anyway, you decide.

Human League

Glee

80s Hi-NRG

For no reason whatsoever here is a look back at one of  the hits from the 80s. This was a time when there was a real genre called Hi-NRG.

The song is so submerged in pop culture that even if you have never heard it before you will still feel like you have. It’s one of those songs. So popular that its chorus or hum or breaks have been sampled by so many other artists.

Kim Wilde – Cambodia. The video is rather lame; you are far better off imagining a scene to it in your mind. For some reason I think of myself swinging through trees like ol’ Tarzan as I’m being pursued by spies in baggy suits — but I picture that at many occasions. If you like this song, you will also like her version of You Keep Me Hangin’ On — her biggest hit but was originally sung by The Supremes.