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Tuesday Tunes – Who’s That Girl?

Tuesday Tunes is a music meme hosted by Dale at Smurfin’ the Web.

To take part, answer the question and post a link in the comments at his blog HERE.

Who’s That Girl?
Songs with women’s names in the title.

Emma by Hot Chocolate is a sad song about a woman committing suicide, but it’s beautiful all the same, and with the smooth voice of Errol Brown, it was their first US hit.

Maggie May by Rod Stewart – it’s pretty much the only song of his that I actually like, telling of a relationship between a younger man and older woman. Apparently, Rod Stewart has gone on record as saying, “Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival,” and the mention of “going back to school” doesn’t refer to the US use of the word in conjunction with universities. Oops!

Kayleigh by Marillion spawned a trend for millions of parents to name their newborn baby girls for this song, despite it not being their best effort. It’s still a good track, just not as good as some others that get overlooked in favor of this one (Lavender is far better!).

Layla by Eric Clapton made it to #27 in Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Most people seem to go into raptures over the iconic opening bars of the track on electric guitar, but I prefer the “unplugged” version.

Tuesday Tunes – Manly Music

Tuesday Tunes is a music meme hosted by Dale at Smurfin’ the Web.

To take part, answer the question and post a link in the comments at his blog HERE.

Many Tunes
Songs that have men’s names in the title.

I’ll kick off with the fun Call Me Al by Paul Simon. Featuring Chevy Chase in the video was a stroke of genius. I don’t usually like Mr Chase, but he was perfect for lip synching in this video, which I bet was a hoot to make!

Second in my list is another fun one with Thunderbirds-style puppets of the band performing (and some Thunderbirds action too!). The video for Calling Elvis by Dire Straits is a blend of live action and puppet animation…

Next we move onto the smooth sound of Hot Chocolate and their track Brother Louie. It tells the sad tale of a mixed race couple whose families are dead set against them being together…

Finally, I’ll leave you with Major Tom – originally recorded by Peter Schilling in 1983, I prefer th ecover version by Shiny Toy Guns. It’s the other side of the story given in David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Here are Shiny Toy Guns performing it live…

 

Tuesday Tunes – And Now…Introducing!

Tuesday Tunes is a music meme hosted by Dale at Smurfin’ the Web.

To take part, answer the question and post a link in the comments at his blog HERE.

And Now…Introducing!
What are the best intros to songs?

One of the best intros into any tune ever comes directly from a musical, of all places! I speak of none other than Chess. Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (yes, the guys from Abba!) and lyrics by Tim Rice & Björn Ulvaeus, it as a surefire thing that One Night in Bangkok would totally rock. It’s sung by Murray Head – brother of Anthony Head (of Buffy fame) and opens the second act of this phenomenal show.

And the other one I think really deserves to be right up there with the best of the best when it comes to intros is The Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. It’s a short intro, but with that guitar almost beating the rhythm and the screaming vocals echoing out, it’s one of the most striking. Overall, it’s not particularly musically adventurous, but that opening is just great.

Tuesday Tunes – Comeback Kings

Tuesday Tunes is a music meme hosted by Dale at Smurfin’ the Web.

To take part, answer the question and post a link in the comments at his blog HERE.

Comeback Kings
Are there any bands that you are glad have made a comeback, or are there any that you wish hadn’t?

Well, two of the bands I would have mentioned making memorable comebacks were already half-inched by Dale (Duran Duran and Take That sans Robbie Williams), so I’ll have to go with my last remaining choice for excellent comebacks, A-ha!

A-ha originally formed in 1982, but it wasn’t till Take On Me hit the UK charts in 1984 that I discovered them and I loved them from the very beginning. They quietly took a very long holiday from it all in 1994 much to my sadness and regret. They made a quiet return in 2000 which resulted in a new tour, but it wasn’t till the 2005 album Analogue that they really “came back” in force. It was a fantastic album which featured both their old sound and a fresh feel – it was everything the fans could possibly have hoped and wished for.

Here’s Analogue (although I couldn’t find a good video for it – grrrr!):

Sadly, the guys decided to call it a day, announcing their split late in 2009 and their intentions for one final world-wide tour in 2010. Their farewell album, Foot of the Mountain, was wonderful. In particular, I love Butterfly, Butterfly, which says goodbye to their fans with their “last hurrah!”

Tuesday Tunes – It’s A Monster

Tuesday Tunes is a music meme hosted by Dale at Smurfin’ the Web.

To take part, answer the question and post a link in the comments at his blog HERE.

It’s A Monster
As yesterday was Halloween, what are some of your favourite monster themed songs?

Hmmmm, let me see. Let’s go by themes, shall we? First off there’s the Devil himself. Song’s such as The Devil Went Down To Georgia by The Charlie Daniels Band, Devil Inside by INXS, and Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones, however, I think I’ll go with Running With The Devil by Van Halen.

For monsters, there’s always Enter Sandman by Metallica with their “beast under your bed”, but I think I’ll go a bit retro and plump for Scary Monsters, Super Creeps by David Bowie.

Vampires, oh you sexy bloodsucking creatures of the night! I have the perfect choice for you and it is Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde.

And if we have vampires, we have to include werewolves, or they’ll get howling mad! For this section we have the superb Bark At the Moon by Ozzie Osbourne.

A shoe-in for the shambling undead in the form of rotting corpses, well one I feel most people will choose is Thriller by Michael Jackson, so I’ve chosen Zombie by The Cranberries.

And finally, we can’t forget about ghosts. I could have chosen classic ghost story, Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush, but instead I felt I just had to leave you with Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Junior.

Tuesday Tunes – As Seen On TV

Tuesday Tunes is a music meme hosted by Dale at Smurfin’ the Web.

To take part, answer the question and post a link in the comments at his blog HERE.

As Seen On TV
There have been many television adverts over the years that have seen the use of some great songs, but what are you favourite ones?

I definitely would have mentioned the drumming gorilla, but Dale got there first, so my two picks for this week’s Tuesday Tunes are as follows…

I’m not a huge fan of The Velvet Underground, but the first time I saw this advert for Dunlop Tires, I thought Venus In Furs was the perfect choice for it. The jangly tune just suits the weirdness of the advert down to the ground. And I do really love this track – it’s the only Velvet Underground track I like!

Secondly, I’m not a fan of boy band style music, but this new advert for Yeo Valley is just brilliantly funny. It also helps that the guys are absolutely gorgeous! And yes, you can download this track (Forever by The Churned). I’d love to see this one beat all the X-Factor finalists to the number 1 spot in the charts – that would be the buttercream icing on the cake!