Monday, August 03

Music Monday: Songs About The Elements

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! What are we, deep deep down? Why, we're nothing but piles of elements! So by saluting the Periodic Table, we're really just saluting ourselves. Which is good. Because we deserve it. So let's get started with Scott's tribute to... The Elements!

Coven - One Tin Soldier

 

Tin's atomic number is 50, and it's one of the vital parts of Bronze. That means Tin helped us get to where we are today as a species! Thanks, Tin!

More after the jump.

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Monday, July 27

Music Monday: R.I.P. Moebius

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! This week Heaven's prog band got a little bigger, as Chris Squire was joined by the grand Dieter Moebius. It's very possibly you've never heard of Moebius because he spent more time in electronic music than in rock. But today, aren't they one and the same? The answer is yes. And you're going to enjoy his music very much. OR ELSE.

Harmonia - Walky Talky

 

I'm starting with this because it's my favorite Harmonia song from my favorite Harmonia album. This album from 1975 still sounds astonishingly current, even if the synths have that retro/dated feel. Bits from this record pop up all over Brian Eno's career and even as late as 2004 some bands were still paying tribute to the record. And that's just ONE of the things Moebius had his hand in.

More good good music to come, after the jump.

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Monday, July 20

Music Monday: Happy Birthday To A Bunch Of People

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today is the birthday of five different people who made a contribution to music. Carlos Santana, Kim Carnes, Howard Jones, Chris Cornell & Stone Gossard were all born today. Are you about to say "Who?" to any of those names? Well, good! Because if you knew who they were, you wouldn't need to read the rest of this blog post.

Carlos Santana - Evil Ways

 

I have fond memories of driving around with friends, Santana records playing in the car. I have less than fond memories of what Santana did with Rob Thomas in the late 1990s, but it certainly paid off for him then, didn't it?

One down, four to go! More after the jump.

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Monday, July 13

Music Monday: RIP Chris Squire

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! It's Scott here in the italics today! It's been about two weeks since Chris Squire passed away, but from my point of view, it just happened. You're only seeing this post now, two weeks after I'm writing it, because I have two date-specific posts that can't really move. Sorry, Chris Squire! Please don't haunt me! Although... can you imagine how many prog-heads would pay money to see Chris Squire's ghost appear live?

Chris Squire - Roundabout

 

It's no surprise that someone out there went to the trouble of isolating the bass line to Roundabout. But if we're being honest here, do we even need that? Chris Squire's playing wasn't in the way, but it wasn't hidden back in the back either. As complex as a Yes song could get, we always had faith that Chris Squire would keep us from getting lost in the woods. He was that path that always lead us home.

I've got four more Yes songs to come after the jump.

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Monday, July 06

Music Monday: Rock 'N Roll 1955

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Way back in 1955, Bill Haley was celebrating his birthday and preparing for a number one hit that would forever change the face of music. Today Scott's capturing the music of 1955, as recorded by the nice people at Billboard. Enjoy!

Billy Haley & The Comets - Rock Around The Clock

 

You might know it from Happy Days or you might know it from the one AM station that still plays music. This song might sound a bit dated now, but back in the day, THIS was what would make parents go nuts and call a priest. Just imagine.

Here we go, back to 1955! Next stop... 1955! 1955, here we come! It's 1955 or bust! After the jump.

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Monday, June 29

Music Monday: Happy Birthday Colin Hay

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! About a year ago Scott was talking with forums emperor Sam Kemmis. Sam had heard a Men At Work song and wanted to know more about the band. Scott said he'd hook Sam up. Scott forgot about that promise until today. And, coincidentally, today is Men At Work lead singer Colin Hay's birthday! You can probably figure out the rest. Let's get to it.

Men At Work - Overkill

 

If you had to pick only one Men At Work song, this is really the one to pick. It was played into the ground and back again and it STILL sounds pretty okay. A nice snapshot of what it was like to turn on the radio by the pool back in 1982. And that last memorable bit is way up high in the stars, too!

 

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Monday, June 22

Music Monday: Science Songs

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! On this day in 1633, Galileo recanted his heresy. What's more scientific than admitting your theory was wrong, eh? Scott's gathered five great songs about science. After he's done, see if you can reproduce his results in the comments. Then he'll get tenure maybe!

Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2

 

Despite the name, this lovely song is about director Nicolas Roeg, not Einstein. Still, it doesn't get more scientific than E=MC2. That's like the "just do it" of science.

More after the jump. See if you can predict what they are from the data you've already collected.

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Monday, June 15

Music Monday: The Saga Of John

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! America is full of folk heroes. Pecos Bill. Paul Bunyan. Joey Chestnut. But maybe the greatest folk hero of all was a simple man who kept to himself and saved his co-workers. A man named... Big John.

Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John

 

When Jimmy Dean recorded this song, he had no idea that he was opening the door to a man's life. This one novelty song exploded like Ulysses or Seinfeld, and by the end of the ride, we knew so much about John. What happened in that mine wasn't the end. It was the beginning.

Five songs about John? Oh, yes, oh yes. See you on the other side of the link.

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Monday, June 08

Music Monday: Orwell's That Ends Well

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott celebrates the genius of the novel of the future that might just be responsible for all of modern politics, 1984. Come join in the celebration while you still can.

David Bowie - 1984

 

When David Bowie went to George Orwell's widow and proposed a musical about her husband's novel, she said no. And so what did Bowie do? He gave it a little touch up and ran with it! Today it might be considered unauthorized sampling, but back then, eh? Who cares? And so we got, well, one of the weirdest concept albums of his career. But a good song, certainly.

Take a few minutes to hate and then get right back here. If you don't, we'll know.

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Monday, June 01

Music Monday: Goodbye To May

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The truth is, this particular Music Monday was supposed to run on May 18th, but the tragic death of B.B. King preempted it. So today, Scott's chosen celebrate the month gone by! Just roll with it, this is a good one. He's picked five of his favorite May-themed songs. Do you know them? Sing along!

XTC - The Wheel And The Maypole

 

Ah, the maypole! A mix of ancient customs and good, clean, pagan-based fun. What could be more wholesome and traditional? Hooray for May!

More May-based pleasure to come... after the jump!

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