Monday, November 07

Music Monday: Brand New Lovers

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There have been so many deaths this year that Scott has just given up doing RIP posts, but you may notice that today's Music Monday was inspired by the late Pete Burns, lead singer of Dead Or Alive. Today is a collection of songs all about that nagging human need to find something better, even when you've got it good.

Dead Or Alive - Brand New Lover

 

Pete Burns had a hard life, then a good life, then a hard life. But he channeled some of that pain and anguish into making some great pop songs, as you can hear above. RIP Pete. Thanks for the fun.

Four more and then it will be YOUR turn!

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Monday, October 31

Music Monday: Boo!

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today Scott's just picked a few songs that are rockin'-yet-scary. We hope you join in with the rock or the scare as you see fit. BOOOOOOO.

Horrorpops - Ghouls

 

The fusion between scary, punk rock and '50s rockabilly happened a long long time ago. Even still, it's rare to see someone haul a giant double bass on stage for a rock show! The idea of carrying that around on tour is the scariest part of this song for me.

More terror to come, and then it'll be YOUR TURN.

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Monday, October 24

Music Monday: Cartoon Bands

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! For many of us, rock was something holy. And for others, it was something that you could find on childhood TV. Today Scott's exploring the latter, and taking a look at the cartoons who decided to be rock stars.

Alvin & The Chipmunks - Good Girls Don't

 

You're gonna find a lot of Chimpmunk fakes out there today, but once upon a time, speeding things up was real cutting-edge stuff. This honest-to-goodness Chipmunks song was sort of a "Why not" kinda joke from the son of the original Dave Seville, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. Ross Jr. might have been amazed to learn how many people still loved the Chipmunks, but he was quick to make the most of it. And, today, the Chipmunk empire reigns over all others. I wonder if they ever got that hula hoop.

More to come, and boy, are they memorable.

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Monday, October 17

Music Monday: RIP Prince Buster

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! We've lost so many music legends in 2016 that we stopped doing RIP posts because we couldn't keep up. Seriously. But he's making a small exception for this week, to recap Prince Buster and the bands influenced by his ska.

Prince Buster - Judge Dread

 

I once saw The Specials do their tribute to this song live. They ended by asking an audience member to play the jury. The audience member shouted I SENTENCE HIM TO A SIX PACK AND A BUS TICKET and the whole band started laughing. I wouldn't have that fantastic memory without Prince Buster's hard work creating this song. I also wouldn't have comic book tough guy Judge Dredd, who was named after this song. As you can see, Prince Buster's pretty important to modern culture.

Prince Buster did so much cool stuff it can't all fit into one Music Monday. But there's still more to come.

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Monday, October 10

Music Monday: Well-Intended Songs About Race

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Sometimes people mean well, but execute poorly. That happens with songs about race more often than not. Scott's found five songs (mostly from white guys) that actually come from a good place, but kinda... well, nobody would call them instant classics. Even still, they attempt to do good and don't do any real harm. Maybe that's what's important with music? Who can say?

Billy Idol - Shock To The System

 

When you think social justice, you don't instantly think of Billy Idol. Nor do you think of a cyborg when you think of the LA Riots from the 1990s. And yet, here we are, listening to a song from Cyberpunk that was written while Idol watched fires from his house. The ending calls of "You could be King/I could be King" is not at all a bad message, it's just then when combined with a stop-motion monster movie... well, it is what it is. A slice of a very different time.

Four more to come, and then it's your turn!

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Monday, October 03

Music Monday: 4AD

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! 4AD is one of the most legendary record labels, covering so many different genres and artists. Even today they're still around, and still doing really cool stuff. But when they started, alternative wasn't a thing, and pop songs like this weren't as widely accepted as they are now. 4AD was important to many of us for that reason, the "Crayons to perfume" of our teenage years. And the music they made still holds up.

This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren

 

It was a super hard decision to make, deciding how to start this post. I chose Song To The Siren because it's so famous, and it represents a magical moment in the label's history. But I could also have easily picked this song or this song or even this song instead. There's just so much to love in 4AD's catalog, both old and new. It's just that this cover of a Tim Buckley song is really the moment the whole world noticed 4AD was something special. So I started here.

More to come! ENROBE YOURSELF IN DARKNESS AND ADVANCE

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Monday, September 26

Music Monday: Happy Birthday Marty Robbins!

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Marty Robbins is one of those musicians who keeps flipping back and forth between "old people music" and "cool" with each new generation. Right now, of course, he's smoking hot. But even if he falls from grace, don't worry. He'll be rediscovered again and again. His stuff is just too good! Which Scott is about to prove to you.

Marty Robbins - Big Iron

 

Without a doubt, Marty Robbins is best known for the songs on this cowboy album. And they're great. My vinyl copy is one of my prize possessions. But that's not all Marty Robbins is known for. He pretty much has a song for every occasion.

And we'll prove it! Let's go!

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Monday, September 19

Music Monday: Gram Parsons

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! If you've ever listened to something that sounded like country and rock at the same time, you possibly owe a debt to Gram Parsons. His name doesn't often come up these days, but those who love him always love him, and those who don't are often convinced to start. Scott's got five songs selected from Gram's career. Enjoy.

The International Submarine Band - I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known

 

Gram Parsons passed away on September 19th, 1973 of an overdose of morphine. His road manager stole his body and set it on fire in a national park. The cops showed up before the burning was done and the manager had to give the body back to the family. That's the kind of death most rock stars only dream about.

And that's just how we START! More to come...

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Monday, September 12

Music Monday: Car Crash Love

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! For some reason, there are like a billion songs all about teenagers who die in car crashes. Once you start really digging into the genre it's kinda weird. So, of course, Scott's spending another Monday doing some digging. Join in! And, um, wear your seatbelt.

Mark Dinning - Teen Angel

 

I don't wanna say this song started the car crash craze, but it was certainly one of the earlier ones. And it sort of makes sense when you think about it. The idea of a teenager was sorta new in the 1950s, and certainly the post-war teens were the first generation to drive themselves to high school regularly. That mix of youth and rebellion led to accidents, accidents made the paper, and, well, we got some songs. And not just one song. Many songs. Many many many songs.

More crashes coming up. Drive safe, kids.

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Monday, September 05

Music Monday: A Girl Like You

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There are a lot of different topics in the world, but music keeps coming back to a few over and over again. Today Scott's found five songs that all share the same title, but take a drastically different approach to execution. Check 'em out. You've probably heard a few.

The Smithereens - A Girl Like You

 

There isn't a lot to say today, because it's really the music that's doing the talking. So I encourage you to listen to all the songs and enjoy how they change. Obviously, we start here with a power-pop hit. So catchy!

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