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Old 05-05-2013, 02:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you VERY much LiL (can I call you Lill?) --- now "I eat cannibals" is stuck in my head! Get OUT!
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thank you VERY much LiL (can I call you Lill?) --- now "I eat cannibals" is stuck in my head! Get OUT!
Of course!

"I Eat Cannibals" is a real earworm.

.... Speaking of earworms:

From the very first LP I ever bought, Nancy Sinatra's "Boots".

"These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"

Spoiler for Grooviness:


And if that one didn't get trapped in your head, there's more:

The Beatles - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Spoiler for lighthearted murder song:


... But it was also pretty funny when Steve Martin sang it in the ridiculous film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (the OST also being one of the very first records I remember playing).

Steve Martin - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Spoiler for It cracks me up every time:
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Of course!

"I Eat Cannibals" is a real earworm.

.... Speaking of earworms:

From the very first LP I ever bought, Nancy Sinatra's "Boots".

"These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"

Spoiler for Grooviness:


And if that one didn't get trapped in your head, there's more:

The Beatles - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Spoiler for lighthearted murder song:


... But it was also pretty funny when Steve Martin sang it in the ridiculous film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (the OST also being one of the very first records I remember playing).

Steve Martin - "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Spoiler for It cracks me up every time:
Oh, I forgot about that. xD
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Firstly, here's my portion of the "Song of the Day" project for 05/07/13 (Tuesday).

Dresden Dolls - "Girl Anachronism"



I was reminded of a homeless man I spotted on Alvarado Street in Monterey, CA when this came up in my shuffle last night. He was singing this, for whatever reason, and it was beautiful.

Glenn Frey - "You Belong to the City"

Spoiler for Some 80s cheese:


Another nighttime favorite ahead: check out the brilliant lyrics. Who else could compare a person's skewed mental state to "the mechanized hum of another world"? Gorgeous stuff.

Steely Dan - "Don't Take Me Alive"

Spoiler for lyrical perfection:


I was so obsessed with this song back in '07. I was obsessed with Pat's entire debut album in those days. This song remains a comforting staple in my summertime night listening.

Pat Benatar - "If You Think You Know How to Love Me"

Spoiler for why yes, yes I do:


I remember when I had this as a ringtone that year:

The Human League - "(Keep Feeling) Fascination"

Spoiler for More cheesy crap from the 80s:


A few years later I learned to love what The Human League sounded like prior to their commercial success; this track in particular really stands out -

The Human League - "Being Boiled"

Spoiler for Spooky electronic stuff:


Which brings me to another point. I never imagined (and I was getting into this next song around the same time I discovered "old" Human League) DEVO once sounded like this:

DEVO - "Mechanical Man"

Spoiler for More super spooky stuff:


Though I must admit, I went out of my way to buy the "Freedom Of Choice" LP just because I really liked this song:

DEVO - "That's Pep!"

Spoiler for that intro is a killer:


Which reminds me of another LP I worked my tail off to find, just because of a few particular songs, such as this weird song about pot brownies

Spoiler for The Turtles - Food:


This bizarre tune about Chief Kamanawanalea (Come on, I wanna lay ya)..

Spoiler for The Turtles - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts):


This super retro/groovy pre-freakbeat number -

Spoiler for The Turtles - "Buzz Saw":



And lastly... who could forget ...

The Turtles - "Elenore"

Spoiler for I really think you're groovy:


But wait, there's more.

The Turtles - "You Showed Me"

Spoiler for perfectly acceptable bedroom music:


I feel a Turtles binge coming on.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Song of the Day for 05/09/2013 -

Sparks - "Waterproof"



I've been struggling with my depression lately (partly due to my crappy job and financial woes, but mostly due to my stupid brain and its lack of dopamine) and I listened to this on my way to work this morning. One lyric that never really stood out before just seemed to make me laugh/smile:

I'm waterproof, and nothing of a liquid nature's gonna mess with me.

Take that, unnecessary tears. Bitches.

Anyway I've been meaning to do a feature on Steely Dan (my 3rd favorite band this past year). My obsession came on so suddenly, but my love is justified. Brilliant songwriting, complex melodies, majestic mellow artistry - that's Steely Dan.

Steely Dan - "Your Gold Teeth"

Spoiler for Do you see how they roll?:


This next one is very well-known, and it's been played too many times on the radio. It will always remind me of the nerdy kid I hung around with in high school.

Steely Dan - "Do It Again"

Spoiler for He was also into Kraftwerk and was soulless:


This was my jam on the way to work, every day back in '09.

Steely Dan - "Dirty Work"

Like a castle in its corner, in a medieval game, I foresee terrible trouble, and I stay here just the same.

Spoiler for Management team was ultimately the downfall of the place:


At some point in my life ('05-'06ish) I was completely and utterly obsessed with this next song.

Steely Dan - "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

Spoiler for You don't wanna call nobody else.:


Here's some super smooth nighttime driving music. Don't believe me? Try it.

Steely Dan - "Midnight Cruiser"

Spoiler for also proper bedroom music:


The lyric "I don't have the heart to lose another fight, so until my ship comes in, I'll live night by night" has always been striking to me, in this next song. I've been able to relate to that line alone on so many different occasions. On top of that, it's just a really sick groove.

Steely Dan - "Night by Night"

Spoiler for proper bedroom music II:


I feel as if nothing can really be said about this next song. The way the lyrics flow makes me so jealous; I wish I could write like this.

Steely Dan - "Sign in Stranger"

Spoiler for seething with love/jealousy right now:


If anyone's reading this and they're unfamiliar with Steely Dan, I just have two words for you: Jazz. Rock. (Emphasis on the jazz part.)
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Nice choices with Steely Dan, Devo and Pat Benatar
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Wot, no "Reeling in the years" or "My old school?" And how about some Donald Fagen, while you're at it? (Jesus! Can you believe I had to "adhust" his last name because the system saw part of it as a bad word?!)
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Nice choices with Steely Dan, Devo and Pat Benatar
Just three of thousands of weird acts I've been into at some point.

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Wot, no "Reeling in the years" or "My old school?" And how about some Donald Fagen, while you're at it? (Jesus! Can you believe I had to "adhust" his last name because the system saw part of it as a bad word?!)
Both great songs, but they've been played out for me as of late. "My Old School" will always remind me of high school (no surprises there) and the lyrics are pure gold.
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First of all, my overall feeling watching this can be summed up in 2 words: Holy shit! If the studio version of this song was as badass as this, the Buckingham/Nicks incarnation of the 'Mac wouldn't be so hated.

Some people (not naming names here, Ki, not naming names, sweetheart, nope) just don't like Stevie, but honestly ... she is a powerhouse of wonder, and she is spectacular. Stevie Nicks certainly knows how to rock.

Fleetwood Mac - "Rhiannon" (Live, Midnight Special)



But wait, look what I found. Here's a clip of Journey (introduced by none other than Wolfman Jack!) from the Midnight Special.

I've got some fond memories stashed away that I always associate with this song. I remember stumbling out of the door of the duplex I lived in for a short while, to drive down the street (admittedly because I was too stoned to walk, and it was too hot, I don't know, I guess I figured it was a good idea) to the corner store for a little liquid energy. This came on the radio on my way out, driving a crappy Pontiac Sunbird I was borrowing. Mostly static, but the sun was shining and everything was groovy (and mildly sedated).

Journey - "Feeling That Way" (Live, Midnight Special)

Spoiler for I'm so used to "Anytime" following this song:


This song sits deep in the vaults of my psyche, and at the right time, it can make me cry. Picture this: cruising down tree-lined countryside highways deep in the heart of southern Ohio, just as I know my life is about to come crumbling down (which, inevitably, it did) and finding this to be the most soothing thing of all the crap that came on the radio during my soul-searching cruise into nowhereland -

Todd Rundgren - "Hello, It's Me" (Live)

Spoiler for That make-up, though..:


In 2009 I went through this unusual phase where I really loved The Knack. Yes, the same Knack that's responsible for sleazy songs like "My Sharona" and "Baby Talks Dirty", but wait, there's this. This. Many nights spent crying to this sopping mess of a love song.

And you can bet I cried my eyes out when Doug Fieger died.

The Knack - "How Can Love Hurt so Much"

Spoiler for RIP Doug, love you endlessly:


While we're on the topic of things that have caused me the agony of mascara in my eyes, here's another one that rips my heart out every time. This song first came to me in 2007, August. I lost someone very close to me (for a while, at least - goodbyes are a bitch, you know?) - almost exactly a year later, I lost him for good.

(Good riddance. He was an asshole, and always will be.)

It doesn't hurt anymore; Karen just gets my tears flowing because she's Karen, and I love her.

Carpenters - "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again"

Spoiler for Karen is my long lost love:


Just to lighten the mood a little, this is my favorite Carpenters song. It's a cute, cheesy cover, but I'm pretty much obliged to love it because, well, Karen had the voice of an angel.

Carpenters - "Beechwood 4-5789"

Spoiler for RIP Karen, beautiful angel:


On a completely unrelated note, and just because this has been swimming through my head for days...

This is one of my dad's favorite songs - he used to sing the part about the "tall walkin' big black cat" to my cat (RIP babylove) but always seemed to be singing bits and pieces of this song around the house.

If anyone can decipher all of the lyrics without any help, you've got to be a genius.

The Hollies - "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress"

Spoiler for don't be scared, 'cause you're gonna be spared:


While browsing, I also found this. One of my favorites from high school.

Cliff Richard - "Devil Woman"

Spoiler for super groovy stuff:


Which reminds me of a song I requested once, back when radio stations had request lines and proper music. I dedicated it to my mother, because I was a terrible child, and I don't blame her for hating me now.

Eagles - "Witchy Woman"

Spoiler for I'm sorry, mothra. I mean, mother.:
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One thing I always get a little bit of flack for is my love for ABBA. Let's consider a couple things first:

1. People in America haven't really experienced ABBA beyond "Dancing Queen" and the "Mamma Mia" craze, therefore most people in my general vicinity (at any point of my life) don't realize that...

2. .... Björn Ulvæus and Benny Andersson are genius composers. They know just how to write a melody to really capture the heart and soul of the listener.

3. A lot of people still dismiss ABBA as a disco act, and little more than four pretty faces shaking their asses in flamboyant costumes.

I understand this, but I must politely express my disdain whenever I have the chance. ABBA is great. I have been a lifelong fan, and at some point, I will have "ᗅᗺᗷᗅ" tattooed somewhere on this temporary carcass of mine.

Please be patient, and keep an open mind as you experience my special feature on this delightful Swedish quartet.

When I was 16 or so, I was completely obsessed with this song. I was totally smitten for someone much older than myself at the time, and this track will always remind me of what a silly young girl I really was.

ABBA - "Dum Dum Diddle"

Spoiler for and you're always smiling when you're playing your violin:


This was also a relevant track when I was 16. I had quite a thing for one of my English teachers.

ABBA - "When I Kissed the Teacher"

Spoiler for I'm still sort of ashamed to admit it:


A few years prior to both of these obsessions, when I was about 13, one of my cassettes (I actually had a pretty nice collection for being a little girl and all) got a tiresome workout from all the times I had to hear this song.

ABBA - "Take a Chance On Me"

Spoiler for Frida is so cute though:


When I was 16 I bought "Take a Chance On Me" as a vinyl single - and this was the B-side. I was, admittedly, way more hooked on the B-side than the featured single. I must admit, though, the lyrics are really cool, and I've always been able to relate to this to some extent.

"I'm a Marionette"

Spoiler for favorable B-side:


I remember a time, a couple years ago, when I was driving away from an airport and crying my eyes out as this song was playing.

ABBA - "I Am Just a Girl"

Spoiler for it's actually the story of my life:


There was a time in my life when I suffered a great loss. Perhaps the worst in my life at that point. This song helped me get through. It's beautiful. It still makes me tear up a little because it's heartbreaking. I hope it will never be relevant in my life ever again. But it does showcase Agnetha's incredible vocal beauty.

ABBA - "My Love, My Life"

Spoiler for oh, Agnetha...:


And of course, everyone loves when Frida steps forward.

I have no friends, no one to see - and I am never invited.
When I am here, talking to you, no wonder I get excited.


This extra verse was not included in many commercial compilations, but it could not have been any more relevant to my entire life up until my mid-20s.

ABBA - "The Name of the Game"

Spoiler for and you make me show what I'm trying to conceal.:


Agnetha and Frida weren't always the leading ladies in every ABBA song. Here's a great one with Björn on lead (and some racy lyrics, come to think of it). And it's so funky.

ABBA - "Man in the Middle"

Spoiler for something rather atypical for ABBA:


And now for some recent favorites:

"Under Attack"

Spoiler for 80s ABBA!:


"The Day Before You Came"

Spoiler for thoughtful, beautiful lyrics:


When I was about 19ish I had the intro to this song as a ringtone, and it's still one of my favorites because it accurately sums up a large part of my life and my general disdain for every shitty job I've ever had.

"Money Money Money"

Spoiler for still there never seems to be a single penny left for me:


"If It Wasn't for the Nights"

Spoiler for what disco SHOULD sound like:


"Lovers (Live a Little Longer)"

Spoiler for questionable bedroom music perhaps:


Screw it, I'm pasting the full album here.

ABBA - "Voulez Vous" (Full Album) - 1979



I bought a copy of this album on vinyl when I was about 20ish, but it was left in a hot car and ultimately warped. So I bought a nicer copy about a year ago. That's how devoted I am to my collection. Or how lame I am. I can't tell which.

In short, I love ABBA.
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