Left of the Dial

Left of the Dial

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Definitely a 10/10groovy song defined by it's spiral DNA. Here is the Herbie Hancock "Bring Out the Birds' from which the sample is from. This is a scene from the classic movie Blow Up (1966). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1foayJLtUDc
Miki Berenyi had a bold, iridescent style that was ahead of it's time. She is one of those artist that many musicians don't realize how influenced they are by her. Her and Emma and their otherworldly ethereal vocal twisting is just bliss to my ears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7cqkpy4QrQ
The James Brown/David Bowie connection is through guitarist Carlos Alomar, who quit playing for JB because of a pay dispute. Both songs are great.
Back then, I thought that this was a step back for Rap/Hip Hop gaining traction as a legitimate genre of music. Ice Ice Baby was frustrating for me to listen to because I was a fan of Under Pressure and in the video Vanilla Ice is an optical migraine. It pretty much was a year or two, when Low End Theory, then later The Chronic arrived and I was back into that fold listening again, also Check Your Head. Another future example of further sliding down the slope for Hip/Hop credibility would be Good Vibrations and sampling Loleatta Holloway's vocals, but we will get to this one late. Also, for the longest time, I could have sworn MC Hammer with U Can't Touch This was the first outright HIP/Hop number one, memory didn't serve me well though. It is going to be great reading about the expansion of Hip Hop in this column.
Freddie Mercury was heard saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Wish that this wild have been a scene added to the Bohemian Rhapsody movie. Freddie Mercury laughing as he is dialing up Queen’s lawyers. https://ultimateclassicrock.com/freddie-mercury-ice-ice-baby/
Drum snare sound is a factor that i would listen to also in determining the sound of the times. 'Hot Stuff' had Keith Forsey playing a purposely over-produced sound to mach Giorgio Moroder's soaring keys. Say in 1969, 'Honky Talk Women' and Charlie Watts' shuffle, with more reverb to give a dive bar feel for the Stones to glide a rhythm to. In 1999 'Smooth' for example, the latin-syncopation style complementing Carlos Santana's guitar, I think of taking a vacation on the 'la playa'. 2009, 'Bad Romance' sheering drum sound that helps elevate Lady Gaga, gothically confident. It's is quite fascinating to notice the progression and what caters to the pop song sensibilities of the times. 'Black Cat', all-out rocker I give an 8/10 also, really enjoyed listening to this after not hearing it for over 30 years.
3-2-9 and 'Backstabbers' is still a 10, so is 'I Love Music' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuOnb4rAIgk
And there was this, then Bowie was banned from SNL https://vimeo.com/348064534
Urgent captured the paranoia of too much cocaine about perfectly, 9/10. You Make My Dreams irresistible pop I recall from grade school and tryin to impress the girls 10/10. Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark we are talking about 6/10. The other tune 3/10.
Same here, then realized that Jon Secada started as a backup singer for Gloria Estefan. So maybe Miami Sound Machine is the culprit for the drum rhythm. Certainly up for debate if this was.
Same here, "Close To Me" is a great Carpenters' standard, even the post-grunge indie bands recognized this and put out the '94 tribute album. Sonic Youth's cover of "Superstar" is probably the best known from this. Tom is about the same age as my brother, and I'm starting to recognize the sentiment that a person, who was 10 or 11 at this time (1990), to have a more biased appraisal for these songs released around then (late 80's > 90's). I would do the same, for example Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" is definitely not a 3/10 (the grade Tom gave) but because I have fond memories of this song as a 10 year-old, of course I would give it a higher grade (8 or 9), Hall & Oates' "Private Eyes" is another example. (Tom gave a 6/10, I would give this a 9/10)
Close to You, Close to Me...whichever....I prefer The Cure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY-zoTZjSVM
At this point of their existence (Oct '90), The Replacements were a Paul Westerberg solo project, "All Shook Down" had Tommy Stinson, Slim Dunlap, and Chris Mars performing with the ensemble which supported Westerberg. Other guests included John Cale, Benmont Tench, and Steve Berlin. This video is probably the most effort put forward into a Replacements' video. ENJOY...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS-1waMLk9k
We'll being seeing Lenny Kravitz (as a co-writer)in this column soon.
The pen is mightier than the sword and this is quiet an awesome slay.
Pardon me to correct but this is Alaskan folk pop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-BXrRf9_rk
I was trying to post this when "Kokomo" was the Number Ones' feature, but crappy internet prevailed and wasn't able to at that time. Though it has a bright Beach Boys’ sound, not too much positive things can be said about “Kokomo”. First it lacks Brian Wilson but has his nemesis, cousin Mike Love, as one of the prime songwriters. Include John Phillips, Eugene Landy, and Terry Melcher (look up the background on these adversaries) as part of that songwriting team, and it is a mess of opportunist capitalizing on that Beach Boys’ brand. To paraphrase Bono’s infamous Rattle and Hum banter “Charles Manson stole from the Beach Boys, We are stealing it back”, here is Brain Wilson with Al Jardine and son Matt Jardine celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Pet Sounds’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx5PVjsRamk Also, there was no deduction to beloved youngest brother Dennis Wilson on any Beach Boys recording from the “Kokomo”-era. His recording ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ has been cited as an influence for many accomplished artist today. Fiona Apple's interview in the New Yorker from last year, mentions this record as an inspiration for her to record again after a long hiatus when making ‘After the Bolt Cutters’, which inspired me to start listening to this record. Give it a listen! Also a short film on his making of ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHCzTLnFpLE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3mEh-Ubcso
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