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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!

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Tuesday Tunes – What’s On the Box For Kids?

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.

What’s On the Box For Kids?
What were your kids’ TV theme tunes?

Dale already mentioned my all-time favourite kids’ TV theme tune – Ulysses 31! Actually, that was my favourite show full stop and Ulysses was my first cartoon crush (along with Hank from Dungeons and Dragons).

One totally rockin’ theme tune that immediately springs to mind is the theme tune for Jem and the Holograms. I loved this show and would pretend to be a rock star (I’ll freely admit, though, I preferred the baddies – The Misfits!). Last year I had candyfloss-pink hair and remember gleefully thinking “I have Jem hair!”.  It was so quintessentially 80s with big hair and big shoulder pads, but that’s part of its enduring charm, and yes, the music was contagious!

However, I still reckon the best and most rockin’ kids’ theme tune is the one for Jamie and the Magic Torch. It was a fun show about the adventures a kid had when he was supposed to be tucked up in bed – instead he’d shine his magic torch and leap down through the light shaft it created into another world. Jamie, and his dog, Wordsworth, would get into all kinds of scrapes, but it was the theme tune that made sure this will forever have a place in my heart – it starts out prog rock creepy and then swirls into a big The Who style guitar intro which switches into pop-glam-rock madness. It’s awesome to the extreme!

Tuesday Tunes – What’s On the Box?

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.

What’s On the Box?
What were your TV theme tunes?

I’ve decided to go with two from my childhood and two from more modern shows.

When I was a kid, one of my favourite shows was The Fall Guy and for some reason, despite the style of music not being my thing at all, I always loved the theme tune. Here it is:

And on a Saturday tea time, every kid my age was glued to the screen for The A-Team. It had everything – action, adventure, comedy – and nobody ever died. There’s not a theme tune more rousing that this one!

And now for the modern ones. One of my favourite shows (currently on a break after season 4) is True Blood. Loosely based on the Southern Vampires series of books by Charlaine Harris, it features some seriously sexy vamps, and the theme tune, Bad Things by Jace Everett is just awesome.

And finally, one of my favourite shows that, unfortunately, got cancelled. Lie To Me was an incredibly clever show with an awesome cast and I loved it. To top it all off, it had just THE best theme tune – Brand New Day by Ryan Starr. Obviously, this is just a fraction of the whole song, but I wanted to post just the intro to the show. I urge you to listen to the full version if you haven’t already, which you can find HERE.

Tuesday Tunes – A Good Pick Me Up

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.

A Good Pick Me Up
What tracks do you listen to that make you feel good and lift you out of a bad mood when you hear them?

Whenever I feel a little blue, there’s one song guaranteed to make me smile. And I’m not the only one. My sister and I once tested a theory of mine that nobody could resist the power of Mr Blue Sky by ELO. On a dull, rainy day, we drove down Union Street in Aberdeen and when we stopped a the lights, we cranked the volume right up on Mr Blue Sky and rolled down the windows. The effect was amazing and immediate – people started to walk along in time to the music with a little spring in their step, they began smiling and one or two even joined in singing. Another time, when stuck at road works on a motorway, we did the same thing. The cars around us, all with their windows down as it was a sunny day, all started nodding their heads in time to the music, smiling, and the guys in the white van next to us joined in the chorus with us, singing at the tops of their lungs.

Nobody can resist Mr Blue Sky!

So, if you’re feeling low, listen to this marvellous feel-good song and see if it works for you…

The other song that always makes me feel like everything’s just a little bit better is New Shoes by Paolo Nutini.

Tuesday Tunes – Drive Time

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

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Drive Time
Songs that you love to listen to in the car.

One of my current favourite tracks to listen to in the car is from the animated film, Cars. I’m not usually a country fan, but some of the new country stuff that’s coming out these days is totally rockin’ and Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts is one that fits the bill perfectly.

Tuesday Tunes – With The Sound of Music

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

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With The Sound Of Music
An easy one this week. Quite simply, what is your favourite song from a musical?

I’m not a massive musicals fan, and Dale has chosen two of my favourites (similar tastes and all that!), but another one that I’ve always loved is The Cellblock Tango from Chicago. Here’s the version from the 2002 movie:

And much as I hated the updated movie version of Moulin Rouge in 2001, I loved how they reworked Roxanne by The Police into a tango. So here’s El Tango de Roxanne:

Finally, well, I’ve saved the very best for last. I adore the entire musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), so it’s difficult to choose just one song from it. As a result, I’ve chosen one from random in the hopes that it will entice others. Here’s Wicked Little Town:

Really though, go watch it as soon as possible – you won’t regret it!

Tuesday Tunes – Shaken, Not Stirred

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

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Shaken Not Stirred
With so many to choose from over the years, what is your favourite Bond theme?

I was going to go with Live and Let Die, but as Markie got in ahead of me and Dale had already gone with A View To A Kill, I’ve gone with number three on my list – The Living Daylights.

It wasn’t the greatest of the Bond movies, but I think Timothy Dalton got a bum rap playing Bond – he did a grand job in the role and was much better than most people give him credit for (terrible grammar there, but I’m tired, so I acknowledge, apologise and move on).  I always loved A-ha (especially Mags on keyboard, who was my favourite!), and this is a cracking tune, with or without the Bond connection.