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!

Begin further after the jump...

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Tuesday, June 14

 

Monday, June 13

Music Monday: What You Won't Do For Love

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's in the mood to hear one song over and over again. Get ready. He's doin' it for love.

Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love

 

This soulful single was so popular that it's the first song Google recommends when you type in "Bobby Caldwell." The weird thing is, Caldwell wrote it super fast and expected a different song to be his breakout hit! Also here's another weird thing: Bobby Caldwell is white. This fact was hidden from the public in 1978 until after the song began to chart, and even today some fans just assume he's a black guy because of the sound. Caldwell released a bunch of records over the years and had a pretty good career (especially in Japan) but no song ever touched the stars like this one did.

Want proof? Four more cover versions comin' right up. Then it'll be your turn to post a few.

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Friday, June 10

 

Monday, June 06

Music Monday: Classic Dances

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Throughout the history of rock, pop and etc. there have been an endless number of special dances. Today Scott's recapping just a few of them. Then you can add YOUR favorites as well. So come on, everybody! Let's dance!

The YMCA

 

This easy-to-learn dance mostly happens above the waist, which is probably why it caught on. Even if you're completely trashed, you can still raise your arms at the right time and get pretty close.

Four more dances coming up. Get with it.

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Monday, May 30

Music Monday: The Montage

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott celebrates the sound of the montage. Set your eyes on your goal and get ready to jump forward weeks at a time as you become a better person... thanks to the power of THE MONTAGE! Here we go...

Frank Stallone - Far From Over

 

Staying Alive didn't really go down in history as a great movie, but it DID spawn one of the best montage songs the world has ever seen. A string of non-committal cliches, ribbons of synth explosions, a reasonably fast-paced guitar solo and music that feels complex while still remaining unchallenging to the listener. When you're done it feels like you've progressed somehow. And yet, you've never moved. MONTAGE!

We got four more! If they take some time to load maybe montage your way through the wait.

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Monday, May 23

Music Monday: The Prisoner

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! In the late 1960s, ITV broadcast a TV show unlike any other. In the 1980s, it snuck over to America via PBS stations. Today, it's loved by those who know it, but still unknown to many. We're talking about The Prisoner, and you won't be surprised to know that Scott's found five songs all about it.

Iron Maiden - The Prisoner

 

1982 was a year when people were already doing a little bit of sampling, so nobody will ever claim Iron Maiden did that first. But how many metal bands were sampling? And how many of them were sampling shows that appeared on PBS? Even if you're not a Maiden fan, you still gotta respect them for knowing good TV, right?

What do we want? Your comments! Hopefully we'll get them after the next four songs...

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Monday, May 16

Music Monday: RIP Potpourri

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The bizarre musical banshee of 2016 has claimed more than just big artists. Today Scott pays tribute to five really cool musicians who passed recently. He liked them all, but they aren't really the sort of musicians who could support a whole blog post. Nevertheless, they did their thing and did it well.

Richard Lyons of Negativland - The Greatest Taste Around

 

No one ever talks about how Negativland's U2 might actually have been the reason that U2 started paying attention to sampling and video art. The stuff U2 did while touring in the 1990s was almost a direct steal from Negativland's style of art. I was lucky enough to see Negativland a few times in my life, and it was always something interesting and different. I wouldn't have noticed the guy if he passed me on the street, but I think I might have loved this particular Negativland the most.

Hopefully, we're all done with the doom after this. Four more comin' up.

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