Monday, September 29

Music Monday: Guess The Theme!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Hey, wanna play guess the theme? Well… tough, you’ve got no choice. Scott’s kept today’s theme secret from everyone. See how many videos it takes you to guess it. No cheating!

THE HINT: Poe - Hey Pretty

 

This song doesn’t quite fit the theme, but it’s close. So consider this a hint. If you guess it correctly right now, award yourself ten imaginary points! Everyone else? Head on inside!

Remember: play fair. Imaginary points you don’t earn honestly turn into poison in your hand. See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 22

Music Monday: Blue-Eyed Soul

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Most of you probably know how much Scott loves some serious soul music. But Scott also has a soft spot for blue-eyed soul as well! Today’s mix is full of all those white guys who wanna prove they’ve got heart too.

ABC - Be Near Me

 

ABC was one of the first bands I can remember liking. They’re no Larry Saunders or anything, but c’mon. C’MON. That icy cold sound is like the soul music robots listen to. It’s just plain lovely! IT IS!

More happening inside. See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 15

Music Monday: Scottish Independence

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Thursday, September 18th is the day that Scotland could begin the processing of being an independent nation. Which way will they go? Which way will the people lean? Scott’s gathered some exciting Scotland-connected bands to celebrate the eventful week to come.

God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night

 

God Help The Girl was born out of Belle & Sebastian, the Scottish band much loved by the hip and the cool. I don’t know their feelings on the vote, but I am so very happy they didn’t redo this song as “Come Thursday Night” with lyrics all about the referendum.

Democracy will prevail! See you after the jump?

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Monday, September 08

Music Monday: Royalty Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today we’re gonna celebrate the royalty of the world. They’ve got it hard, don’t they? Poor royalty. Will no one ever think of your sacrifices?

Thompson Twins - King For A Day

 

Kings are the top of the royalty heap. To be King for a day implies one could do anything one wanted! And yet, real royalty can’t just do anything they want. Because an unpopular King very quickly breeds a popular rebellion. Or, possibly, an independence referendum. But that’ll be next week.

It’s all about royals this week! See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 01

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Freddie

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There was no front man like Freddie Mercury. There will never again be a front man like Freddie Mercury. For a big chunk of his life, Freddie Mercury wasn’t even Freddie Mercury! That mustached rock god didn’t turn up until well after Queen was an established band, but now? How could he have been anything else? Today Scott’s paying tribute to a true rock-n-roll hero. Happy Belated Birthday, Freddie. This post’s all about you.

Queen - Stone Cold Crazy

 

Yeah, this long-haired metal king IS the same guy who’d be singing fond ballads near the end of his life! And it IS an incredible song! The best part about Freddie Mercury is that he could sell almost anything. A rock song about a water gun might get laughed off the stage today, but with Queen? People are throwing devil horns and singing along.

More tribute, after the jump!

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Monday, August 25

Music Monday: The Final Beach Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We’re sad to say that summer’s pretty much come to a close. It was grand, wasn’t it? We’ll always remember those special times. However, there’s still a BIT more time for one last beach run. So hurry up! Make the most of it! And maybe use some of these songs as inspiration.

Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach

 

The beach is somewhere nobody forces you to visit (usually) so it’s got those special childhood memories attached to it. Unlike, say, your desk at the office. Sigh.

See you after the jump!

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Monday, August 18

Music Monday: 80s Ballads That Are Close To Our Hearts

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Scott’s rested after his vacation and he’s ready to take the long, hard trip back to the 1980s, where he can collect some ballads. Join him, won’t you?

Heart - Alone

 

The 1980s were a great time for the bombastic power ballad. Be it the first dance at the prom or a gloomy dream-sequence beside a Christmas tree, the ballad was there! And Heart was super-good at using the ballad to create the perfect atmosphere for all situations. Singing alone in the car? Works! Dreaming about a lost love? Works! Trying to win over someone at karaoke? Works!

The ‘80s ballads are only gettin’ better. See you after the jump!

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Monday, August 11

Music Monday: Fire Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! It’s too hot out and Scott’s on vacation anyway. So this week we’re gonna burn the place down with songs about fire. Easy to understand, easy to assemble, easy to enjoy. See you next week!

Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire

 

A perfect tropical party sound. Probably they’ll play this in the hotel where Scott’s staying. Maybe by the pool.

More comin’ up after the jump.

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Monday, August 04

Music Monday: Non-Album Tracks

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott’s gathered a whole bunch of songs that weren’t actually on any albums, at least not at first. Remember, bootlegs and live recordings don’t count! Don’t worry, you’ll keep up.

Scott Walker - Archangel

 

This song, like many here, was a b-side from a 1966 Walker Brothers single. Back then nobody knew the guy who was singing this would eventually grow into a guy who’d be doing this. Go figure, right? Anyway, Archangel’s sort of the first hint of what was coming. And it was hidden on the back of something else.

We’ve got more great stuff you could easily have missed if you only collected the albums. See you after the jump!

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Monday, July 28

Music Monday: Best Jingles

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! What's the purest form of commercial music? That's right. Catchy jingles. They don't even pretend to be art, they just want to worm in your brain and make you spend money. How refreshing and truthful! Why can't pop stars admit that? Today Scott's collected the five favorites from the commercial world. Sing along! You know the words!

The Band-Aid Jingle

 

If our great nation is ever conquered, Americans can probably find each other simply by singing "I'm stuck on Band-Aid, and-" then waiting. If you're a American, you know the other end of that catchy, catchy passphrase. And if you're American and you don't know it… we're watching you, pal. We're watching you. Fun fact: this was written by Barry Manilow.

See you after the jump!

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