Thursday, December 5, 2013
Bow Wow Wow for a while and upon leaving the group wanted to form his own. With an Irish transvestite as the lead singer, a black guy on bass, an Anglo-Saxon on guitar and keyboards and a Jewish drummer, naturally they came up with the name Culture Club. It didn't take too long for the band to get attention and they were signed by Virgin Records. Their first album, Kissing To Be Clever ( #14 US, #5 UK), was a huge, worldwide hit and spawned the hit singles Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (#2 US, #1 UK), Time (Clock of the Heart) (#2 US, #3 UK) and I'll Tumble 4 Ya (#9 US) . Culture Club was the first band to have three top ten hits in the US off of a debut album since The Beatles. Not too shabby. In 1983 the band released the follow up album, Colour By Numbers ( #2 US, #1 UK), and continued their streak of hits with Church of the Poison Mind (#10 US, #2 UK), their biggest single Karma Chameleon (#1 US, #1 UK), Victims (#3 UK), Miss Me Blind (#5 US) and It's a Miracle (#4 UK, #13 US). It was around this time that the band started to implode. Boy George was heavy into drugs and his (secret) relationship with drummer John Moss was going south fast. By the time Culture Club released Waking Up with the House On Fire (#26 US, #2 UK) in 1984, they were barely holding it together. The only true hit single on the album was The War Song (#17 US, #2 UK) while The Medal Song (#32 UK) and Mistake No. 3 (#33 US) barely scraped the Top 40. The album was a disappointment only selling 2.7 million copies worldwide. Their 1986 album From Luxury to Heartache (#32 US, #10 UK) was recorded with George in the throes of heroin addiction and was a very difficult process. Producer Arif Mardin had to leave halfway through the process due to prior commitments and George's inability to record tracks. They did manage one hit off of the album with Move Away (#12 US, #7 UK), but the From Luxury to Heartache only sold 1 million copies worldwide ultimately and George quickly entered rehab for his drug addiction. The band broke up. The band has reunited a couple of times, even producing another UK hit with I Just Wanna Be Loved (#4 UK) in 1998. George has battled drugs throughout his time in the spotlight, but has also enjoyed some solo success, most recently with his 2013 album This is What I Do (#33 UK). Culture Club is one of the most recognizable, successful bands of the 80s and has left an indelible mark on pop culture musically and visually. Here are some of my personal favorite Culture Club tracks, including their song from the amazing 80s movie Electric Dreams, Love Is Love. Enjoy and bow down to 80s!!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Lorde's album Pure Heroine is full of possible singles, and Team is the chosen one for now. The video is visually stunning and I'll let Lorde explain the concept to you: "this video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. i dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn't need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger." Got it? Good. Watch Team.
One of the biggest selling bands of the 80s, one of the biggest selling albums of all time and THE hottest video vixen of all time culminate in this masterpiece of metal from 1987, Still of the Night. Whitesnake had been making music since the 70s but not until the release of their self-titled 1987 album did they break through to the mainstream. Here I Go Again hit #1 on the Hot 100 and Is This Love snaked its way up to #2 (click both of those links for extra humping). Both of those songs were obvious pop-metal hits and both of those videos also featured lead singer David Coverdale's then-girlfriend and future ex-wife Tawny Kitaen. Still of the Night, however, was NOT a pop song. It was a rock and roll banger with a fucking sweet breakdown in the middle (about the 2:00 mark). It was slinky, sexy and aggressive and, IMO, the best metal song of the era. It did not do well on the Hot 100, peaking at #79, but it notched a #18 on US Mainstream Rock Tracks and #16 in the UK. The Whitesnake album went on to sell 8 million copies in the US alone. There are many hump-worthy songs on the album, but if you want to REALLY get busy, as Arsenio would say (it was 1987, work with me here) then pop in Still of the Night and hump away! Enjoy and hump a guitar.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
1. Alien - Britney Jean starts off with a promising track that could be somewhat personal. Alien, produced by William Orbit, among others, and co-written by Britney is all things Orbit; swirling synths, mystical sounding backup vocals and a spot on production. It's got a great melody and, like Gaga's ARTPOP, is delving into space themes. Brit's vocals are nice on this track as well. I would like to see this released as a single.
2. Work Bitch - This cut has been out for a while and it is a pretty banging club track that every gay worth their salt knows by now. Make sure you get the explicit version of the album or instead of "work bitch" it says "work work". LAME!
3. Perfume - serves as the second single from Britney Jean and it's a lovely ballad about a girl losing her man to one of his exes. Personal? Who actually knows if it's that or just more music to move some of her perfume lines. Either way, it's quite lovely and again finds Britney actually singing a melody. Sia co-wrote it and I'll take it.
4. It Should Be Easy - is a groovy track that, unfortunately, features Will.I.Am. I am so sick of him I can't stand it. The auto-tune on this track makes Cher's Believe sound like an acoustic hootenanny. Still, it's much better than that Scream & Shout monstrosity from last year that they threw at everyone's face and we were supposed to like.
5. Tik Tik Boom (ft. T.I.) - goes hard and sexy with lyrics like "talk dirty to me, babe, every time I want it" Britney is no just flirting on this track. It is full of bass and cooing vocals. One of the stand-out tracks for sure.
6. Body Ache - is not, I learned after hearing it, about a bad flu. It's about dancing until one's body aches. Now I think the last time Britney danced that hard was probably around the time most people buying this album were born, so I find it hard to believe this is personal at all. Ha. This is another hot track.
7. Til It's Gone - Okay, I might believe this is personal on some level. Mourning for lost love could easily fit into Britney's life in many ways. Who knows which lost love this song is about, but it's a nice electro-dance-ballad, if that's a thing. Another stand out track.
8. Passenger - This song is one of the strongest in terms of melody and content that Britney has done in years. Katy Perry co-wrote this song and it seems it could be about God. It's more universally about not trying to control every aspect of your life and letting the universe guide you. Britney turns in a good vocal on this one too, sounding like old-school Brit. This should be a single for sure.
9. Chillin' With You (ft. Jamie Lynn) - Well, this makes a case that auto-tune may be just what the Spears family vocals naturally sound like. They all have little electronic voice boxes. Ha. This is just a simple, bright duet with her little sister, Jamie Lynn, who also has new country single out on iTunes by the way. Nothing groundbreaking here, but I guess it's kind of sweet to hear these two together. They probably understand one another pretty well.
10. Don't Cry - A dark, electronic track closes the album in fine fashion. Mid-tempo beats, sirens and guitar keep this song about staying strong moving along and ending the (non-deluxe) album on a high note. It has a very early Eurythmics feel to it. I like.
30. How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
29. Digital Display - Ready for the World
28. Everything Must Change - Paul Young
27. Everything In My Heart - Corey Hart
26. Tears are Falling - KISS
25. That's What Friends Are For - Dionne and Friends
24. Wrap Her Up - Elton John
23. It's Only Love - Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
22. Love Is the Seventh Wave - Sting
21. Sidewalk Talk - Jellybean
20. Conga - Miami Sound Machine
19. I'm Your Man - Wham!
18. Holly Rock - Sheila E.
17. Small Town - John Cougar Mellencamp
16. Do It For Love - Sheena Easton
15. Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
14. Perfect Way - Scritti Politti
13. Lover Come Back To Me - Dead or Alive
12. Emergency - Kool & The Gang
11. Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves - Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
10. Walk of Life - Dire Straits
09. America - Prince & The Revolution
08. Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
07. Election Day - Arcadia
06. Love Bizarre - Sheila E. and Prince
05. Sleeping Bag - ZZ Top
04. Say You Say Me - Lionel Richie
03. Oak Tree - Morris Day
02. Never - Heart
01. Sister Fate - Sheila E.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
30. That's What Friends Are For - Dionne and Friends
29. Object of My Desire - Starpoint
28 Tears Are Falling - KISS
27. Wrap Her Up - Elton John
26. Walk of Life - Dire Straits
25. It's Only Love - Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
24. Love is the Seventh Wave - Sting
23. Sidewalk Talk - Jellybean
22. Conga - Miami Sound Machine
21. I'm Your Man - Wham!
20. Holly Rock - Sheila E.
19. Small Town - John Cougar Mellancamp
18. Do It For Love - Sheena Easton
17. Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
16. Perfect Way - Scritti Politti
15. Emergency - Kool & The Gang
14. Lover Come Back To Me - Dead or Alive
13. Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves - Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
12. Sleeping Bag - ZZ Top
11. Say You Say Me - Lionel Richie
10. America - Prince & The Revolution
09. Party All The Time - Eddie Murphy
08. Love Bizarre - Sheila E. and Prince
07. Election Day - Arcadia
06. Who's Zoomin' Who - Aretha Franklin
05. Oak Tree - Morris Day
04. Lay Your Hands On Me - Thompson Twins
03. Sister Fate - Sheila E.
02. Separate Lives - Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
01. Never - Heart
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
here. It's good, y'all!! Check out her performance of the title track, my fave, below from her artRAVE event. WARNING: It's "arty". You can watch the entire artRAVE performance or each individual song on Gaga's VEVO channel.