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Monday, August 15

Music Monday: The Devil

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today we celebrate the seasonably warm weather with a salute to the dark force of the hottest place in the Universe: The Devil! In music, of course, The Devil means something very different than in religion. In fact, the devil doesn't always mean the same thing between different songs! One Devil isn't always the other Devil, if you follow us. And if you don't, you will when you finish today's Music Monday.

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast

 

Iron Maiden's Devil is the Devil from a horror story. This the the jump-scare Devil that comes from camp-outs and old wives' tales. Even though they took flack for being scary Satanists, this song is really more cautionary. There are bad things in the woods, and if you get too close, you might be taken against your will.

More Deviltry to come!

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Monday, August 08

Music Monday: Beach Party

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! A good ol' fashioned beach party is a summer tradition. It doesn't even matter if you're in a landlocked state. Find some sand, pour out some water near it, and you've got all you need to beach party the day away while blasting all these tunes! Come on, every body! Let's make it happne!

The Jamies - Summertime, Summertime

 

This lovely song is structured like a hymn. And in a way, it is! What kid doesn't know the feelings of finally reaching summer and having nothing to do for three whole months? If that's not a religious experience I don't know what is.

More beach party to come! Stay away from the undertow!

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Monday, August 01

Music Monday: Jokes (Mostly Dirty)

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The truth is, we've all laughed at a dirty joke at least once. Today Scott's gathered a variety of songs based on off-color humor. Offensive? Maybe. Exciting? Absolutely.

NSFW Mighty Sparrow - Castro Eating A Banana

 

If you can't make out the lyrics behind the fun fun music, here's the summary: a woman tries to stop children from looking at a photo of Fidel Castro eating a banana because she thinks it's pornography. That's the level of humor we're gonna explore today. More inside.

See you after the jump, if you care to debase yourself with us.

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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!

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