Monday, July 25

Music Monday: RIP Recap

by Scott Lydon

Scott took a little break from RIP posts, but today they're back again. Since last we tributed, four quality musical talents have passed. Let's reference them here, shall we?

Alan Vega - American Dreamer

 

Alan Vega was the kind of artist who you either find or you don't. If you don't find him, you'll think someone else invented the things they took from him. If you do find him, you'll instantly understand why so many different musicians took the time to mourn him. This song from one of Vega's solo records (I think using equipment borrowed from The Cars) marks him as a sort of digital Lou Reed. Vega was also better known as half of Suicide. One of their songs will be ending this post.

We've got some other goodbyes first, though. Press on...

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Monday, July 18

Music Monday: Scott Walker

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There might be no artist with a more unusual career path than Scott Walker. Started as a youngster singing pop in America, moved to England with a bigger fan club than The Beatles, and now lives in quiet solitude creating incredibly weird music. Walk through his magic with our Scott, won't you? Let's try to take the name back from the Wisconsin governor and return it to music.

The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More

 

Before the Ramones met in that elevator, three guys named Walker made this lovely smooth pop hit. Of course, in real life, none of them were actually named Walker. Scott Engel handled the vocals here, under his assumed name. Listening to this, who would have expected that this would be coming a few decades later?

It only gets weirder. More Scott Walker after the jump.

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Monday, July 11

Music Monday: House Music

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! House music is a sub-genre about dance. Music about houses, though, crosses every genre! We're gonna prove that today.

Crosby, Still and Nash - Our House

 

If there's a permutation of the letters C, S, N and Y, Crosby and Stills and Nash and Young have recorded as it. But this song was my first exposure to the band and those two cats in the yard always hold a special place in my heart.

Enter our house and find more music! Come on! DO IT!

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Monday, July 04

Music Monday: Songs Of Freedom

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! And Happy 4th Of July! Today Scott's gathered some songs about what it means to be free. Join in, if you want. But don't feel forced to. It's all about FREEDOM.

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

 

Freedom is a weird thing. When you really have it, it's super easy to take for granted. But when you don't have it, or someone takes it, you instantly notice what you're missing. This Sam Cooke song is kind of all about that. It's a feeling that should resonate in every American heart.

More talk of freedom after the jump.

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Monday, June 27

Music Monday: Rock N Roll Questions

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There are many questions in music. Today Scott's gathering five of them. Will they be answered? WHO CAN SAY? But let's ask anyway.

Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness?

 

Maiden wasn't the first question in rock history, but for people of a certain age, it might be the most famous. I recall this song only appearing on MTV late at night, and every authority figure I had telling me how this sort of music would ruin my life. I grew up to write for a website owned by a larger company so... maybe they had a point?

Question everything! Especially after the jump...

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Monday, June 20

Music Monday: Songs About Beginnings

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today we're going to discuss beginnings. And guess what? Nobody's first song is EVER about beginnings. Maybe that's because you don't always know where you began until after you've reached the middle.

Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

 

I gotta be honest here, although they were loved by many of my peers, I never really cared for the Smashing Pumpkins. So when this song came out (on the Batman And Robin soundtrack, no less!) I sort of dismissed it. It wasn't until Watchmen picked it up again that I actually had to admit: I kinda like it!

Begin further after the jump...

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Monday, June 13

Music Monday: What You Won't Do For Love

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's in the mood to hear one song over and over again. Get ready. He's doin' it for love.

Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love

 

This soulful single was so popular that it's the first song Google recommends when you type in "Bobby Caldwell." The weird thing is, Caldwell wrote it super fast and expected a different song to be his breakout hit! Also here's another weird thing: Bobby Caldwell is white. This fact was hidden from the public in 1978 until after the song began to chart, and even today some fans just assume he's a black guy because of the sound. Caldwell released a bunch of records over the years and had a pretty good career (especially in Japan) but no song ever touched the stars like this one did.

Want proof? Four more cover versions comin' right up. Then it'll be your turn to post a few.

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Monday, June 06

Music Monday: Classic Dances

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Throughout the history of rock, pop and etc. there have been an endless number of special dances. Today Scott's recapping just a few of them. Then you can add YOUR favorites as well. So come on, everybody! Let's dance!

The YMCA

 

This easy-to-learn dance mostly happens above the waist, which is probably why it caught on. Even if you're completely trashed, you can still raise your arms at the right time and get pretty close.

Four more dances coming up. Get with it.

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Monday, May 30

Music Monday: The Montage

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott celebrates the sound of the montage. Set your eyes on your goal and get ready to jump forward weeks at a time as you become a better person... thanks to the power of THE MONTAGE! Here we go...

Frank Stallone - Far From Over

 

Staying Alive didn't really go down in history as a great movie, but it DID spawn one of the best montage songs the world has ever seen. A string of non-committal cliches, ribbons of synth explosions, a reasonably fast-paced guitar solo and music that feels complex while still remaining unchallenging to the listener. When you're done it feels like you've progressed somehow. And yet, you've never moved. MONTAGE!

We got four more! If they take some time to load maybe montage your way through the wait.

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Monday, May 23

Music Monday: The Prisoner

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! In the late 1960s, ITV broadcast a TV show unlike any other. In the 1980s, it snuck over to America via PBS stations. Today, it's loved by those who know it, but still unknown to many. We're talking about The Prisoner, and you won't be surprised to know that Scott's found five songs all about it.

Iron Maiden - The Prisoner

 

1982 was a year when people were already doing a little bit of sampling, so nobody will ever claim Iron Maiden did that first. But how many metal bands were sampling? And how many of them were sampling shows that appeared on PBS? Even if you're not a Maiden fan, you still gotta respect them for knowing good TV, right?

What do we want? Your comments! Hopefully we'll get them after the next four songs...

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