Monday, December 09

Music Monday: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

by Scott Lydon

 

Happy Music Monday! As most of us have heard, the legendary Nelson Mandela recently passed away. As the face of the anti-apartheid movement, Mandela was the man so many different pop stars sang to, and like all things 1980s, he eventually became a bit of a fad. Today Scott's saying goodbye to Mandela with a collection of songs about him, or about the times he lived in. He'll start with the big one. You might already be singing it yourself.

The Specials - Free Nelson Mandela

 

Without this Specials hit, would as many people have even heard of Nelson Mandela? Maybe, but probably not for a while. Nobody would call this a scholarly biography, but in the days before Wikipedia, this was about as efficient a recap as one could find. And a pretty good song to boot.

We've got four more, then it'll be your turn. See you after the jump.

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Monday, December 02

Music Monday: Cyber Monday

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Ever since the first robot opera appeared at the turn of the century, technology and music have walked arm and arm. In honor of Cyber Monday, Scott's put together a grand collection of computers and robots and such. Get your biometric ID and hurry through the teleportation gates!

David Bowie - TVC15

 

Bowie's attempt to write a sci-fi Velvet Underground song made for a catchy little number about a TV that devours a poor guy's girlfriend. Did it inspire Videodrome? Who can say?

Consider this techno-torium your secret refuge from the onslaught of deals. And see you after the jump for more.

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Monday, November 25

Music Monday: Relationships Of All Kinds

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! 'Tis the season to spend time with family, and what does that mean? Interpersonal conflict! So today, in all our honor, Scott's got a playlist full of relationship issues. Maybe it'll distract you from that fight that's going on in the kitchen...

The Bangles - If She Knew What She Wants

 

Communication is key in human interaction. Unfortunately, we can't always put our feelings into words. Sometimes you can get along with someone so well, you assume they can read your mind… but then you get a little reminder that they can't.

More heartbreak to come! See you after the jump.

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Monday, November 18

Music Monday: Trucker Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! This country was founded on one thing: interstate trucking. Possibly because of a little time travel, since trucks didn't exist in 1776. Whatever. Today Scott's gonna celebrate the glory of the truck and the magic of the trucker song.

Soul Dog - Soul Dog

 

True story: I found a 45 of this song in a dollar bin at a record fair and it blew my mind. Clearly an attempt at a blaxploitation version of the great "Convoy" (which you'll be hearing right after the jump) and yet, this song is so much more. It's funky, and happy, and tells that Robin Hood-style story of a man fighting for his right to not be hassled by "The Man." Also, it's hard to find online. Tracking down this version took me forever.

Load up and hit the road and we'll see you after the jump, good buddy.

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Monday, November 11

Music Monday: Songs That Tell You What To Do

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Some songs are there for you to enjoy. Other songs demand you enjoy them! Today's mix is all about the songs that tell you what to do. Surrender your free will. The music is in control.

Solomon Burke - Cry To Me

 

Take any small segment of this song and it's perfect. The bum-bum-bum BING! in the music or the sweet, warm, soulful voice. It's all wonderful, and it's commanding with out being cruel. Why wasn't this man ever a therapist?

See you after the jump. WE DEMAND YOU CLICK THROUGH.

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Monday, November 04

Music Monday: Mistake Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Two weeks ago, Scott saluted Doctor Songs in honor of Doctor Who's anniversary… which is still about a month away. So, this week, Scot's doing a tribute to mistakes. Why not join in?

Men At Work - It's A Mistake

 

What made this song a hit? It's catchy! Men At Work pretty much spearheaded the Australian Invasion of the 1980s with earworms like this anti-Cold War song right here. If you don't enjoy it, YOU have made the mistake! Hey, think I could get a professional DJ job with patter like that?

It would be a mistake not to keep enjoying these songs! So see you after the jump.

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Monday, October 28

Music Monday: Lou Reed

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! The unexpected death of Lou Reed on Sunday morning was the kind of thing that Scott couldn't just ignore. Next week, you'll see the Music Monday he planned to run. This week? A very quick farewell to the grandfather of everything we consider to be modern rock.

Lou Reed - Dorita (The Spirit)

 

When Magic & Loss was released, I remember an interview with where someone suggested that this album would be the best epitaph Lou Reed could ever want. Lou snidely answered that when he died, everyone would play "Walk On The Wild Side" all day. In his honor, you're not going to find that radio hit in the Music Monday today. Instead, you'll find all the great stuff he did that the radio never played. Maybe you'll prefer it too. I sure do.

We'll all say our goodbyes after the jump.

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Monday, October 21

Music Monday: Doctor Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! For some of us, November 23rd will always be remembered as the day the First Doctor took two teachers into his TARDIS and started a phenomenon. For others, you have no idea what the hell we're talking about in that sentence. For both groups, then, today's mix is all about Doctor Songs. See? Fans and non-fans alike can understand that.

Doctor And The Medics - Spirit In The Sky

 

If you can change into a new form, you don't have to worry so much about what awaits you in the sky when they lay you to rest. If you can't, this 80s cover might hold more meaning. Either way, that guitar part sure is catchy.

You'll find the inside of this post is bigger than the outside. So see you after the jump.

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Monday, October 14

Music Monday: Pet Week!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Did you notice that it's Pet Week here on our blog and on Sellout.Woot? That's why, today, our mix is all about pets. Today's mix gathers the highs and lows of animal songs and throws them for you to fetch. Go on, readers! Go get it! Go get the mix!

Michael Jackson - Ben

 

Such a sweet and loving song. It also went to number one and helped start young Michael's solo career as the King Of Pop! And yet, it's about a murderous, possibly telepathic rat. But maybe you can look beyond the strangeness and see the song as a tribute to a loyal and trusted friend. I sure can't. But that's just me, you know?

Good songs, bad songs, you know we've had our share. See you after the jump for the highs and lows of pet songs.

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Monday, October 07

Music Monday: Rain

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Big round of applause for Sam for helping out last week while Scott was trapped in a well. Today, though, we're celebrating the start of the famous Seattle haze. If we've got to be trapped underwater, so do you! Today's all about rain, and here's a classic rain song to start us off.

The Fortunes - Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again

 

Rain is always a little bit sad, but it's not ever the end of the world. This Fortunes hit mixes the melancholy with the cheerful, giving you a song that doesn't lift you up, but doesn't bring you down either. Think of it as a rainy day when an old movie's on TV. Not perfect, but certainly not painful either.

Clouds are on the horizon! Stay dry! And see you after the jump.

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