Monday, January 26, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY SONG: STIR IT UP - PATTI LABELLE

A hot song for a cold day. GIRL!!! Ms. Patti was turning it OUT in the 80s. Stir It Up was her second single released form the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack (the first being New Attitude). It is upbeat, joyous and Patti, as usual, blows the roof of that mo'fo'. I mean, when she lets loose at the end of this song, it is pure brilliance. Try not to dance to this song. If you succeed, you are soulless. Just saying. Enjoy and get happy on this Monday!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: LONG LOST GEM, GAMBLER

The oft forgotten OTHER song from the Vision Quest Soundtrack, Gambler was the second single released from the movie by Madonna, after Crazy for You. The song was never released as a single in the US, but the video was released to MTV to promote the film and Madonna performed it on her Virgin Tour, which is the first video I included in this post. Gambler was written by Madonna herself and produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez, her frequent collaborator and off-and-on boyfriend at that time. The song WAS released in other countries and became a top 10 hit in the UK (#4), Australia (#10), Ireland (#3) and Italy (#3) and other territories. Why wasn't Gambler released in the US at the height of the Madonna mania you ask? Well, Madonna was under contract with Warner's Sire label and the soundtrack was under Geffen records. While Crazy for You was allowed to be released by Sire, they asked that Gambler be held back in the US so as not to interfere with singles from her then-current Like a Virgin album. And that, my friends, is how the music industry works sometimes. I know I listened to the shiz out of this song on my little cassette player. Anyway, here is a forgotten classic by the one and only Madonna, Gambler. Enjoy your Madonna Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: SPICE GIRLS

I mean.....COME ON!! You know you loved Spice Girls. If you were anywhere between the age of 0 and 100 in the late 90s you probably knew all the words to Wannabe by heart....and didn't want to admit it. I happily, loudly admitted it in my best Cockney accent to anyone who would listen. The Spice Girls were put together by a producer in the beginning, but quickly and with plenty of girl power the five ladies took control of their career and their destiny to become the biggest selling girl group of all time. With the release of only three studio albums, Spice Girls have sold over 85 MILLION ALBUMS worldwide. That's insane! And considering they were smart enough to get a writing credit on their songs, these ladies, their kids and their grandkids will all be living quite comfortably. The Girls first 6 singles rocketed to the top of the UK chart and they had 9 #1 singles altogether, including three consecutive coveted Christmas #1's, with just two singles missing the top spot in the UK. WERQ! The ladies have all had various levels of success in solo careers, but very few acts will ever reach the popularity, however brief, of Spice Girls. Here are some of my (and probably your) favorite Spice Girl videos. Throwback Thursday just got spicy!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMMA BUNTON. FREE ME

It's time to get sexy and today we do it by saying happy bday to Baby Spice herself, Emma Bunton. Baby is 39!!! What? That can't be right!!! (#old) Emma has a particularly sexy single that she released a few years ago that will make you wanna get with her friends (see what I did there?) called Free Me. It's like a James Bond theme on Viagra. Is that redundant? The song was released in 2003 and hit #5 on the UK charts and #4, in remix form, on the US Dance charts. Not too bad, Baby. Anyway, Emma looks particularly fetching in this sexy, beach-themed romp. Check out Free Me below and hump your favorite spice today. From your cabinet, not one of the girls, you savage.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MADONNA ANNOUNCES FULL TRACK LIST FOR REBEL HEART

After giving her fans an early Xmas gift by pre-releasing six songs from Rebel Heart, Madonna today announcd the full track listing of her upcoming album that will be released in March. Here are all 19 songs. Pre-order Rebel Heart now and get the first six tracks immediately. You won't regret it, I promise!!


01. Living For Love
02. Devil Pray
03. Ghosttown
04. Unapologetic Bitch
05. Illuminati
06. Bitch I'm Madonna (ft. Nicki Minaj)
07. Hold Tight
08. Joan of Arc
09. Iconic (ft. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)
10. HeartBreakCity
11. Body Shop
12. Holy Water
13. Inside Out
14. Wash All Over Me
15. Best Night
16. Veni Vedi Vici (ft. Nas)
17. S.E.X.
18. Messiah
19. Rebel Heart

NEW MUSIC: GIORGIO MORODER FT. KYLIE MINOGUE - RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

Legendary producer Giorogio Moroder (Donna Summer, Irene Cara, Blondie) is coming back with a new album this year called 74 is the New 24. Clever. The first single from that upcoming project is a dico-fied ditty with none other than Kylie Minogue herself. Who better to sing on a dance track than one of the sexiest modern day disco divas? It's a tasty confection that will have you shaking your groove thing. Take a listen to Right Here, Right Now and try not to move to it. You can get the song on iTunes. There's no release date yet for 74 is the New 24.

HAPPY MONDAY SONG (ON A TUESDAY): GOLDFRAPP - ALIVE

I was off work, so today is my Monday. There. Goldfrapp sing a lot of pretty deep songs, but when they cut loose they produce some of the most joyous, happy sounds you can imagine. Alive was a single from their amazing 2010 album Head First, which drew heavily from 80s synth pop. Alive sounds like a perfect mashup of Billy Joel and Xanadu era Olivia Newton John. That is pretty much orgasmic for yours truly. Of course, being Goldfrapp, they had to put their own spin on the sound with a darker video. It's like Dracula meets Dancersize. Twisted!! Ha. Anyway, enjoy the wonderfully happy Alive and have a great Monday. [photo]

Friday, January 16, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: MADONNA LIVE AT UNCLE SAM'S ON LONG ISLAND, 1983. FULL 25 MINUTE SHOW!!

WHAT? This is just on youtube! Here is a full 25 minute show that Madonna did on Long Island in 1983 at Uncle Sam's Club. The set features songs from the Madonna album, starting with Physical Attraction and ending with Burning Up.  Madonna dances, sings and charms the crowd into a frenzy. What a treat!!!! This is obviously after her first album had started gaining traction because the crowd is shouting out requests (which of course she ignores and does what she wants "..and I know you're going to like it), but clearly before Madonna was a superstar. I mean, she's playing a club on Long Island, y'all. We all start somewhere. The quality isn't too great, but it gets better as the show goes along and the sound is fine. Enjoy and Happy Madonna Friday.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: EURYTHMICS

What can I possibly say about Eurythmics, the UK synth/rock sensation, that hasn't already been said. They are icons. They are flawless. They are everything. Before Annie Lennox set out on her stellar solo career, she and her partner/sometimes lover Dave Stewart's musical child, Eurythmics, set the charts on fire around the world. They have sold an estimated 75 million albums worldwide, won an three Ivor Novella awards, a Grammy, a BRIT and have been inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Their influence is apparent in almost any artist since their 80s pinnacle and their songs are classics of pop. They became famous with their stark, cold synth sound laid under Lennox' beautiful, emotional alto and then switched gears to a more rock sound in the mid-80s. They ventured between the two sounds, adding elements of electronic and acoustic in between, with subsequent albums. I just want to share some of my fave videos of Eurythmics today, of which there are MANY. Brilliant, innovative and iconic, these are Eurythmics. I'm starting with their rare, first single from the underrated first album, In the Garden, Never Gonna Cry Again, and taking you through each album with my fave videos. Enjoy.

LANA DEL REY GETS SCREWED OUT OF AN OSCAR NOM AGAIN. BOO.

Good thing Lana Del Rey has all that money to keep her warm, otherwise she'd be shivering in a pool of her own tears this morning. The songstress was thought to be a shoe-in for a Best Original Song nomination at the Oscars this year, but alas, just like last year, she has been snubbed. Boo, Oscars!! Last year she should have been nominated for Young and Beautiful from The Great Gatsby, but NOOOoooOOOooo!!! Now this year her stirring contribution of the title song to Time Burton's Big Eyes has been passed over. COME ONE, ACADEMY!!! Let her feel her oats!! I'm sure the Oscar will end up in the hands of Golden Globe winners Common and John Legend for their weird song from Selma, but Lana was ROBBED, I SAY!! I hope that her Golden Globes dress didn't ruin her chances. You can check out all the Oscar nominations HERE if you are interested, but since Lana's not on it, what's the fucking point? Am I right, ladies? Listen to the luscious Big Eyes below.

FIVE NEW REMIXES OF MADONNA'S LIVING FOR LOVE

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: NEW MUSIC: TOVE LO - TALKING BODY

(Slightly NSFW due to language and partial nudity) I'm seriously obsessed with this song, this girl and her album, Queen of the Clouds. Talking Body is the fantastic follow up to Tove Lo's top 10 hit Habits (Stay High) and it's wonderfully sexy. "If you love me right, we f*ck for life" gets right to the point, doesn't it? Watch the video below and love it or you're crazy. It's my new jam, y'all!!! If you don't have Queen of the Clouds get it now on iTunes.

Friday, January 2, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: FEVER

Madonna rarely does covers. She doesn't have to. She's Madonna. For her 1992 album Erotica, she was not intending on doing a cover but while working on a song called Goodbye to Innocence (which later surfaced on the charity record Just Say Roe) Madonna started singing the lyrics to Fever, the classic song by Peggy Lee, over the track. She liked it, and the rest is history. Though never released as a single in the US, appearing only as a B-side for Bad Girl, the song was a massive club hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song was the highest debuting song from Erotica in the UK, charting it's first week at #6. The video for the song shows Madonna is various costumes and features a remixed version, not the album version. The most famous performance of the song is from Madonna's Girlie Show Tour and I will show it today -- you're so lucky to have me -- along with the amazy video. Yay me!! Enjoy the hot track from Erotica, Fever.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

SIXTH ANNUAL AMAZY MUSIC AWARDS: TOP 10 ALBUMS

What a year, right. I know that every song or album we listen to affects us in different ways, so here are the albums this year  that made me laugh, cry, find my joy, express my pain or simply sit and contemplate. The purpose of music, in my opinion, is to move one emotionally, whether to elevate a current mood or to facilitate healing. These artists and their music have put a smile on my face, brought a tear to my eye and a couple of them even turned out to be pretty good sex music. See, music can do anything. So can you. Enjoy all of these albums, have a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. Bring it, 2015.

10. AM Static - fDeluxe. The old group is back again. The follow up to their stellar 2011 comeback album Gaslight, fDeluxe dips into the past for this excellent cover album of funk and rock from the 70s. The former Family keep consistent with their sound while updating all these classics from Eric Carmen's All By Myself to Come Together, the Beatles classic. This is a cohesive, excellent album by a group steeped in Minneapolis funk.

9. It's The Girls - Bette Midler. The Divine Ms. M doesn't miss a step with her covers the girl group goodies that made an impact on not only her, but American music as a whole. Taking on The Supremes, the Andrews Sisters and, yes, TLC, Bette hits all the right notes with her signature take on classic songs. The real standout here is her melancholy cover of TLC's Waterfalls. Bring a tissue, cuz you are gonna jizz cry for sure.

8. I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss - Sinead O'Connor. After years of uneven releases, Sinead comes back with her most honest, hard hitting and pop-friendly record since her 90s heyday. I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss drips with confessional freedom from one of the most troubled, forthright artists of the modern pop generation. Take Me To Church is perhaps her poppiest song ever and 8 Good Reasons belongs in the pantheon of her greatest songs like Black Boys on Mopeds and Mandinka. A true return to form from the queen of brutal honesty.

7. Sheezus - Lily Allen. Never one to hold back, Lily Allen made the bold move to mock Kanye by calling her album Sheezus. Lily still kept her same sarcastic bite on songs like Hard Out Here and the excellent Insincerely Yours, but also expressed her softer side singing about love on As Long As I Got You and loss on Take My Place. Luckily deciding to record again after a self-imposed break, Lily's sound continues to evolve and I'm glad we have her back.

6. Nostalgia - Annie Lennox. The third and final cover album on my list, Ms. Lennox washes her luscious alto over every song she chose from the Great American Songbook to create a truly stunning work with Nostalgia. Her take on classics like I Put A Spell On You and Summertime will leave you with chills and her rendition of Strange Fruit is drenched in heartbreak for what is unfortunately a still-timely song. Every single track is made better by one of the truly great artists of our time.

5. ART OFFICIAL AGE/PLECTRUMELECTRUM - Prince/Prince and 3rd EYE GIRL. Prince never went away, as far as I'm concerned. Sure, he stopped writing radio hits, but he is still a genius of the highest degree. This year he had so much new music, including new jams with his band 3rd EYE GIRL, that he put out two albums at once. One, ART OFFICIAL AGE, a throwback to his 80s pop domination, and two PLECTRUMELECTRUM, a full-on rocker worthy of Purple Rain. I decided to count them as one because it's just not fair to everyone else to have to compete.

4. Morning Phase - Beck. To say that Beck's Morning Phase is a dreamy masterpiece would be a huge understatement. Every chord on this album drips with a melancholy California dewdrop. Waking Light is one of the most stunning works of the year and Morning will make you weep tears of joy. The songs evoke the psychedelic 70s with strings, guitars and Beck's subtle delivery lending itself to beautiful effect.

3. 1989 - Taylor Swift. Girl, you got me again. Songs so catchy and so poppy, how could you not love them? 1989 opens with Welcome to New York, Swift's ode to her new hometown, and from there on it delivers beat after infectious beat. Not so much a replica of the year Taylor was born as a reference point, songs like Style, Blank Space, All You Had To Do Was Stay and This Love prove you are not listening to your mom's older sister's Taylor Swift. Her sound is more full, sophisticated and her experience is broader. I'm loving the new Taylor and 1989 is a perfect aural demonstration of person growing up in front of us.

2. Food - Kelis. Sexy, funky and full of spicy lyrics. Kelis has always combined these things in her work, from the R&B of Tasty  to the EDM/club bangers on her last album Flesh Tone, but arguably it has never come together in such a fully satisfying way as it does on the retro-groove of Food. Influenced by her Harlem upbringing and her love of food, Food is soulful and introspective on tracks like Rumble and Breakfast, soft and sexy on Dreamer and funky as hell on Jerk Ribs. You'll listen from beginning to end and go back for seconds for Food.

1. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey. Nothing really came close to Lana's Ultraviolence this year. Lana's debut album and its extension Born to Die: The Paradise Edition, was moody, pouty and offbeat and Ultraviolence keeps most of that and adds some truly amazing production and lyrics that draw you into her story and build on it with each song on the record. Lana's voice coos over first single, the 70s inspired West Coast and longingly hurts over the fantastic title track. As a whole, the album is a cornucopia of dreamy emotion. It's consistent, beautiful, naughty, dichotomous and beyond the scope of all other albums I enjoyed this year. My #1 album of 2014.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

REVIEW: MADONNA - REBEL HEART (SO FAR)

This might come as a great shock, but I'm obsessed with the truncated version that Madonna released of her upcoming album Rebel Heart. The Queen decided that, instead of having people listening to unfinished demos that some asshole leaked, she would just go ahead and release six new songs as an "early Christmas present" much to the delight of us who have been waiting patiently. How do I not oversell this? They are EPIC!!! I seriously love them. Madonna's last two albums, although very good, did seem a little distant in parts. Some say that she allowed the producers to take the lead too much, but listening to these lyrics it sounds like she is pretty passionate about her new album. Oh, and don't even get me started on how flawless the cover art is. I MEAN!!! First song Living For Love (which you can listen to below) is like a mash-up of Like a Prayer's gospel soul sounds and Erotica's 90s club grooves. Very amazing. Produced by Diplo, it's officially the first single released from Rebel Heart. Alicia Keys co-wrote and sings on it, but I won't let that bother me right now. Ha. The six songs released so far show a wide range of content and style. Devil Pray has an acoustic guitar and a haunting, dark melody about where one can REALLY find themselves and get closer to their own spirituality. Hint: it's not through temporary highs. The song is one of two stirring electronic ballads released on this EP, the other being third track Ghosttown. Longingly beautiful, Madonna's voice sounds gorgeous floating over the anthemic strings and soft synth that build to a dramatic climax. The song is about standing by someone no matter what and trying to stay strong in this crazy world we are living in. One of her most beautiful ballads since Nothing Fails on American Life. That's where the softness ends on this version of Rebel Heart. Unapologetic Bitch is a reggae-tinged banger, with co-writing credits going to, among others, Nicki Minaj, that finds Madge telling it exactly how it is. "You know you never really knew how much your selfish bullshit cost me. Well fuck you" is a pretty straight forward lyric I would say. I think it's my fave track so far. Illuminati is produced by Kanye West and def has his stank on it. Madonna's tackles the Illuminati conspiracy that has been going around about people in the entertainment industry for years and basically says that there IS Illuminati, but it's everyone who is enlightened and positive, trying to make the world a better place. It is hard and funky and sparkly all at once. The last song released is Bitch, I'm Madonna (ft. Nicki Minaj). Nicki also has a writing credit on this one and actually appears giving a verse or two. Fun and hard, it's Madonna being Madonna and letting everyone know who is still Queen of Pop. Don't try her, boo. If these six songs are any indication, we have something of an amazing album on the way in March 2015. Bitch, she's Madonna after all. Listen to Living for Love below.