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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Monday, May 25

Music Monday: Comet Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! The first recorded sighting of Halley's Comet was today back in 240 BC. It won't be back for quite some time, but when it gets here, it'll find Scott's gathered this small selection of comet songs in its honor! Isn't that nice?

Paul Simon - St. Judy's Comet


Paul Simon wrote this for his son, and when you know that, it's obvious what this song is about. Sort of a much more catchy version of that book Go The F To Sleep. And it's lovely too.

More comety goodness coming up, after the jump.

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Monday, May 18

Music Monday: Good Bye To The King

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Last week a blues hero passed on. The great B.B. King went up to that great back porch in the sky. His music is great and you should all find some and listen to it, but today's Music Monday isn't about the man himself. It's about his cultural legacy. Scott's chosen five songs about B.B. King that illustrate just how many different genres he's influenced. Here's a spoiler: it's everything.

The Beatles - Dig It


Even in this stream of consciousness album filler, John Lennon still takes a moment to namecheck one of his favorite artists. If that's not good enough to make you take notice, what is?

More cultural references coming after the jump.

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Monday, May 11

Music Monday: The Birthday Burdon

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Who doesn't love The Animals? Well, if the answer is you, maybe you want to sit this Music Monday out. Because today we're paying tribute to the one and only Eric Burdon. To wit...

Eric Burdon & The Animals - When I Was Young


I'm gonna say even less than usual this week, because most of what I have to say is evident in the music itself. Eric Burdon led bands that were interesting, gritty, screamy, blues-based and just a tad bit rough. And they were all pretty darn good, too. This particular dystopia isn't something one could praise, but what a great story! Sort of like, you know, gangsta rap.

More to come after the jump.

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Monday, May 04

Music Monday: Let's All Hear Some Lindsay Buckingham

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! You know who rocks? Lindsay Buckingham rocks. Today Scott's gathered five Lindsay-penned songs that really showcase how great a songwriter he is. Join in! Join in!

Lindsay Buckingham - Trouble


Listen to that radio-friendly cascade of warmth and light! MMMMM! It just demands you put on some shades and sit on the beach, don't it? That Southern California feel is what Lindsay Buckingham brings to the table. The expensive, powder-covered table. At least back when this song was popular.

Tune your twelve string, there's more to come, after the jump!

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