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Say hi to New Salem Sue, the Worlds Largest Holstein Cow for me.
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August 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
Meanwhile on the Dance/Disco Top 80 George Kranz – “Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)” 2 weeks #1 If humongous drums were the cutting edge sound du jour in the 83/84 clubs, then “Trommeltanz” is ground zero. “Trommeltanz” translates from George Kranz’s native German as “Drum Dance.” The Teutonic dance drums are in a shouting match with Kranz’s own onomatopoeic beat boxing over a “Peter Gunn” inspired beat. Whether you call it “Trommeltanz” or “Din Daa Daa” it’s an aural assault building towards a false ending. Produced by Tangerine Dream’s Christopher Franke and Kranz, “Din Daa Daa” was best heard on the 12-inch mix, though I’m posting the video version for its illustration of the madness that Stewart Copeland of The Police compared to a dialogue between a chimpanzee and a drummer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_l450H5pQ As a contemporary with “Beat Box” and the 12-inch of “Owner of A Lonely Heart” “Trommeltanz” was very much of its moment but has also lived far beyond it on the dance floor. Even if you haven’t heard it chances are you’ve heard it as one of the main beats of “Pump Up the Volume” by M|A|R|R|S. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hTSvEgEdjs So, put on “Din Daa Daa” and “Pump Up the Volume.”
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August 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
Meanwhile on the Dance/Disco Top 3 Yes – “Owner of a Lonely Heart” peaked at #3 Yes, Yes had a Dance hit, two to be exact, but this was the biggest. Late 83/early 84 humongous drums were the cutting edge sound du jour in the clubs. DJs were playing them, and B-boys were break dancing to them. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” with its whiter than white vocals became an unlikely hit in the Black clubs. The 12-inch remix was essentially an instrumental, not far removed from the sound of Yes producer Trevor Horn’s other huge project of the time, Art of Noise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFD9sEucQ6w Then there is this combo of two huge hits. Yes VS Sir Mix-a-lot. This is your earworm for the day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c82D-ZZ1M0o
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August 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
I know I did back in the day. However I do most of my mixes now with digital versions, and I don't have the remix of "Say Say Say" though the album version might end up in a mix.
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August 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s “Say Say Say”
Three things that no one will see. "Sprawl II" is my second favorite song of the last ten years. "Sprawl II" mixes well with MGMT's "Electric Feel" then the Classixx remix of "Lisztomania" by Phoenix if you ever want to DJ a 2008-10 revival party. As a Minnesotan of a certain age, I keep waiting for The Suburbs to release an album titled "Arcade Fire."
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August 3, 2020 on The Suburbs Turns 10
I saw "Spies Like Us" in the theater and it was worth every cent we spent on it.* *Lengthy disclaimer: My brother was listening to the radio, WCCO for some reason. He heard that the next 30 people who would show up at the radio station would get free tickets, plus free dinner at Rudolph's BBQ (okay BBQ, great cole slaw). We were down at the station within minutes, third and fourth in line. The line starts growing while I'm counting heads. Then a 63 Chevy Impala lowrider shows up. When the family stop streaming out if it, it was a 63 Chevy Impala of a regular height. There had to be ten people in line from that family. Everyone got two tickets, plus dinner tokens. Worth every cent for the sometimes funny movie and free BBQ,
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August 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s “Say Say Say”
I read the symptoms and thought infection since a lot were similar to what Gbear went through. I wish her good health.
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August 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s “Say Say Say”
I love Cavern by Liquid Liquid and included it on one of my 1983 mixes instead of the other version.
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August 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s “Say Say Say”
ellybean was busy in late 83, remixing the Number One and Number Two “Say” songs on the charts, though on the Dance/Disco top 80, “Say It Isn’t So” bested “Say Say Say” by one spot. Jellybean pushes the harmonica forward on the McCartney/Jackson remix, adding a bit of funk to the sheen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T27SGYFxInY The Dance/Disco Top 80 will be following up with some left of center, almost underground sounds in 1984, but this last blast of Pop/Rock-centric hits is a rocking way to end 1983. Too bad we can’t be meeting at a club allowing these remixes and others to be heard the way they were meant to be heard. *(the obligatory usage of Hall & Oates full name)
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August 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s “Say Say Say”
Meanwhile on the Dance/Disco Top 80 The Romantics – “Talking in Your Sleep” (2 weeks) Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Say It Isn’t So” (4 weeks) The Dance/Disco Top 80 chart in 1983/84 was based on the original Billboard Disco chart, and as such, was a club-play chart. The current version of the club-play chart during the COVID-19 pandemic has been on hiatus since March 28th. Club-play requires, clubs, DJs and dancers to determine popularity, and if you can’t go out, you can’t chart popularity. I’ll be honest, I question the various club charts throughout the year. We’ve already had reasons to question chart activity on the Hot 100 over the years, and with the various iterations of Disco Dance/Disco Club-play charts over the years, you have to be circumspect. In recent years, the Number One spot is a revolving door, with songs rarely lasting more than a week in the top spot. However, in the 70s and early 80s I have the feeling that the top spot closely reflected what was happening as Top 40 and Rock acts mingled with New Wave, Imports, and Soul. “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics was huge in the clubs with the remixed version taking a #2 Rock and #3 Top 100 song all the way to #1 on the Dance/Disco chart. “Talking in Your Sleep” at 129 BPM was in the sweet spot of the rock/dance music that was happening at the time, being able to be mixed with Thompson Twins, New Order, The Cure, and “Nobody’s Diary” by Yaz. With “Talking in Your Sleep” crossing over from the Album Rock tracks, it might signal the influence of the remix in appealing to various fan bases. In the remix version, “Talking in Your Sleep” still rocked, but the beat was bigger, and the song longer, making it more useful for the DJ and the dancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ToRsPbPqzM Daryl Hall and John Oates* were forerunners in mainstreaming the usage of remixes to hit as many audiences as possible. On almost every 45 from “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” on, they’d bring in a remixer and release a 12 inch single. When they released their greatest hits album “Rock ‘n Soul Part 1” the first single “Say It Isn’t So” got the benefit of a Jellybean Benitez remix. “Say It Isn’t So” turned out to be two “Says” short of a Number One on the Hot 100 but was perfect for the Dance/Disco chart. Hall & Oates would have to wait a bit longer to top the Hot 100 again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY0Nf3ueLwI
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August 3, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s “Say Say Say”
Her chemistry with Rosemary Clooney's nephew George was deeply satisfying in "Out of Sight." It is likely his best chemistry ever, outside of when he finally meets me. WHAT? a man can dream.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
Ooh, I like this type of challenge. off to the wiki.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
Then there was her first hit "I Wonder if I Take You Home" which is on the Shannon/Freestyle continuum. It's all good.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
Took a day off, you're welcome. If I get busy this weekend I will do some polishing on a rough mix or three I've done for 1983. In the meantime, in between time, keep up the good work, and Stob, oh how we've missed you.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
The infectious disease specialist that is consulting my brother's company puts the second quarter of next year as his most optimistic date for the company to start safely travelling etc. In the meantime he says masks, social distancing etc. are the bare minimums and he is now recommending goggles. Life has changed.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
I understand you completely re: "Cruel Summer." I used to put it on the mixes I'd use at the water station for the local marathon, but for all its poppiness, it felt oppressive like a 100 degree day with high humidity. For a few years I kept it in my mix, feeling like I misjudged it, but when it played, i felt like I suddenly started to sweat.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
Thanks for your spin on the Black Singles. I used to do it sporadically, based on my interest with the song. It's great to have your perspective on it, especially at this time in music history when Black music was finally getting played again on pop radio, yet still there were significant hits that didn't cross over.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
Stob and Irish are the OGs for me and the reason I started commenting. Stob is definitely missed, and sometimes Irish's comments get lost towards the end of the day. Stob, we miss ya, come on back.
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July 31, 2020 on The Number Ones: Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)”
I saw them in concert at the Minnesota State Fair with Martin Mull opening. Everyone with me were fans of both acts, but there was a farmer and his son sitting in front of us paging through the combine and tractor pamphlets they scored at Machinery Hill. I got the feeling they bought tickets just because it was their one day at the fair. Vocal-wise they are tied with the Everly Brothers as my favorite concert.
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July 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
I did it last night. The songs that came up on Spotify after the three songs in my post highlight how great pop music can be.
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July 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
On many drives while I was doing the long distance thing with GBear I trained myself to read road signs backwards while driving through Avon Minnesota. You can guess when I realized it.
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July 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
On Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in North America there is an island called Isle Royale, which is the fourth largest lake island in the world. On Isle Royale there are many lakes, the largest one is Lake Siskiwit. On Lake Siskiwit there are many islands, the largest, Ryan Island. On Ryan Island there are a few seasonal ponds. In the largest seasonal pond there is a large bolder that seasonally becomes the largest island on the largest pond, on the largest island of the largest lake on the largest island on the largest lake in North America. That is my take on islands for today. That is what we are.
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July 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
I’d be remiss if I didn’t post this song, just because. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcNo07Xp8aQ
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July 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
Meanwhile on the Dance/Disco Top 80 Shannon – “Let the Music Play” A young woman is stuck at home. From her bedroom she can see the multi-colored lights of a party. She yearns to join her boyfriend on the dancefloor and dance the latest steps. Years later a couple meets on the dancefloor. Brought together by the groove, they hit it off immediately. The music changes, leaving the woman alone, but she knows to trust the music. More recently, a woman is on the dancefloor watching her ex make out with his new friend. From her corner vantage point she knows their relationship is in the past, she has become invisible to him, so she has only one option, dance her pain away. Shannon’s “Let the Music Play” is historically and musically significant. It was the bridge between electro-funk and pop music filtered through Latin rhythms, creating the Freestyle genre. Concurrently with Madonna’s “Holiday” it brought the new sounds of Dance music to Top 40 radio while introducing 808 drums and 303 bass to the masses. For those reasons alone, I’d consider it one of the 10 best songs of the 80s, not that I’ve ranked the decade. However, “Let the Music Play” fits into a larger continuum where drama plays out on or near the dancefloor, and that is why it is still vital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-0sUuGufmw There are hundreds of songs that fit within the timeline, but “Dancing on My Own” and “Party Lights” feel like good bookends for “Let the Music Play.” Claudine Clark’s “Party Lights” was written and produced by Claudine, which was far from the norm for an unknown Black female artist in 1962. It was a quickly put together B-side that erratically moved up the chart after a disc jockey flipped the flop A-side. Even though it was a solo effort, it has the classic girl group sound. When “Let the Music Play” came along it felt like an instant classic to me, and I put it on many a mix-tape. Not everyone agreed with me, but I felt vindicated hearing it on the local white-washed radio station months later when I was visiting my parents up north. “Dancing on My Own” on the other hand has always been the critics darling pop song even though it never charted on the Hot 100, it finally became platinum after the viral post-concert subway video in 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhYMyZlC-Hc I feel that there’s a BixMix in the works just off the dancefloor. Under the “Party Lights” there is a “Dancing Queen” getting “Into the Groove” while I’m “Dancing on My Own.” The playlist will happen organically, one song will suggest the next one, and I’ll just “Let the Music Play.”
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July 29, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
As always, LakeshoreLil gets it. It was ubiquitous in Scandinavian-centric Minnesota in the late 60s early 70s.
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July 27, 2020 on The Number Ones: Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”