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Asking what is the best version of I Heard It Through the Grape Vine is like asking what is the best version of Ave Maria. You can declare an answer, but it's only going to be true for yourself in that moment. Some day you may hear another version that just strikes you at that moment, and it becomes the best ever. I won't say "there is no wrong answer" because obviously, "The California Raisins" would be the wrong answer.
Like a lot of things on Chuck, Jeffster was a well they went to a few times too many, but the early appearances were among the best things the show ever did. It's probably too soon for a reboot of Chuck, but I wouldn't be mad if they tried it.
That Fleetwood Mac video looks like kind of a lost classic for the era. It also looks like none of the band members was willing to be on set with the others.
It sounds like a Jim Steinman song at half-intensity. (Maybe 1/4 intensity.)
Elvis recorded this two months before he died? He seems so healthy!
Thanks for posting this - I have many friends who will want to read it. I was listening to I.G.Y. last week and thinking it may have been among the very first expressions of Neo-Futurism. I can't think of anything that comes before it in just about any medium that has that kind of ironic longing for '50s sci-fi tropes and self-reflective knowledge that that kind of optimism is gone. (The Rocketeer comics came out at almost exactly the same time, and is of a similar strain of thought. Zot came out 2 years later.)
2,8,10 Honky Tonk Women has precisely the right amount of cowbell.
#8 is a really tough choice for me. It's not that either is one of my favorite songs of the decade, but I really like both of them almost equally.
Alright - the song is an 8, but damn, that video is an 11. One of the greatest dance numbers filmed in the last 50 years. (And filmed like a dance number - you can see the dancers' full bodies, and while there's some music-video quick-cutting, there's plenty of shots that last long enough to actually see the dancing. Twist of Fate - those synths are 1984 distilled. 7 Cum on Feel the Noize - I was a 13 year old boy in 1983. I can not give this less than a 10. (Though the Slade version is also a 10.)
At first I thought "Poor Heart, having to go up against Prince and Madonna the same week." But then I saw what Madonna song they were up against, and I felt better for them.
My Eurythmics theory - all of their later hits get overshadowed in popular memory by Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This.) It was just so unique at the time, and such a breath of fresh air, that everything else they ever did can seem to pale in comparison. It announces itself as synth-based '80s pop in a way few other songs do, especially songs that were that successful. Also, later songs may get misremembered as Annie Lenox solo hits rather than Eurhythmics.
#JusticeForMagic, but I still voted it worse than The Bangles.
"Sister Christian" gets +4 from me for it's use in Boogie Nights.
I gave the first song a listen, but I feel confident in saying that in the future I ain't gonna play Sun City Girls.
Plus several phrases that would be fine on primetime TV. (And maybe one or two that wouldn't.) Maybe they were trying to keep it eligible for YouTube Kids?
That video has some of the strangest censorship ever.
My wife once bought me a blue canary nightlight. It broke, but I still have the fixture. I think the late, lamented ThinkGeek sold it, and it no longer appears to be available.
Even Kevin Smith can not suck the joy and movement out of ABC. Rosario Dawson helps a whole lot, though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkATNuN-nbk
It was coming off of a big blues revival that started in the late-80s - Robert Cray was probably the biggest charter from that cohort, but Bonnie Raitt's resurgence was part of it as well. You also had a lot of early blues being reissued on CD, including Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues in 1990.
I listen to this song and think "there's no reason she couldn't have a #1 this year if she wanted to."
Sons of the P, is one of my favorite albums of all time. I highly recommend it to anyone who'd like to dig a little deeper into Digital Underground.
That Bobby Vee song is perfectly pleasant, but I couldn't get past the fact that it was released the same year as "Bringing it All Back Home," "Rubber Soul," and "A Love Supreme."
Indeed. Tom's avoidance of the phrase "No-talent ass-clown" showed admirable restraint. Something no one has ever accused Michael Bolton of.
But were you worried they were going to sell out because it was on a major label?
I love that performance so much, too. There's a moment not long after the trumpet solo where Linnell kind of closes his eyes and has a cryptic smile, like he's willing himself to remember this moment - that if if all falls apart tomorrow, he still got to play on the Tonight Show with Johnny's whole band. (I also like to think that this performance gave them the idea that, "Yeah, maybe it'd be fun to put together a band for touring and recording. We need some guys named Dan.") And it's 31 fuckin' years later, and the guys still like to make music together.
This may be the single album I have listened to more than any other in my entire life. So many great, eclectic, lyrically oblique songs. Birdhouse in Your Soul is a song I can listen to on repeat.
The Partridge Family video you linked to has been yoinked. Here's a replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb4FMn-IWEY (It's an 8.)
The Rolling Stones as a live band have been nothing but a monument to Mick's ego since at least 1989.
From this vantage point, I can't tell if that was filmed by a friend of theirs who borrowed a camera from the local Cable Access channel, or if it was professionally shot to intentionally look like it was filmed by a friend with borrowed equipment.
In one way, he treated the Rolling Stones like a gig- y'know, OK for now, but we'll see if something better comes along. But in another way, he was the heart and the spine of the group. I hope they just cancel the tour now, maybe put out one more album if they've got some stuff recorded, and then officially call it quits.
I wonder if the over-emphasis of the lyrics helped them come through more clearly on 1930's-'40s radios. I'm always fascinated by how music changes to sound better on the equipment of the day - some songs were just engineered perfectly for AM radio, and don't sound quite right on CD, for example.
The best Journey song is the version of Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) that plays when you're on the Boss level of the Journey arcade game.
How old would you guess Redd Foxx was here? The answer is sometime in his early '50s.
Nothing lower than a 6, and no songs I needed to play to remind myself what they sounded like. "What Have You Done for Me Lately" is the only 10 of the bunch (but Weird Al's "Living With a Hernia" would be one as well.)
Hard agree on everything you said here. The overwhelm of West Coast Gangster Rap pushed me away from hip-hop for a good decade and a half.
I think #6 may have been made by a bot being tested on YouTube before they unleashed it on Facebook.
MDMA has become completely associated with dance music and electronica, but the Texas scene that Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians was positively awash in it - there was a window in the '80s where it was sort-of not illegal, and (reportedly) bars were giving it away because patrons drank like fish on it. My own late-80s/early-90s Ecstasy parties tended much more towards the cuddle-puddle end of things than any kind of High-NRG raves.
I was shocked to find out that "Sealed with a Kiss" is from 1962. It sounds so much like it was influenced by early Beatles and Beach Boys, but I guess it was a little ahead of it's time.
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