Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW GWEN STEFANI SONG AND VIDEO: BABY DON'T LIE

WHAT? I had no idea this video was coming. Yay!! I love Gwen!! Back with her first solo effort since 2006's Sweet Escape, Gwen serves up some Wizard of Oz, yellow brick road realness in the video for the moody, excellent new single Baby Don't Lie, written by Stefani, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella. I really like it and Gwen looks great. Anyway, here it is!!

SNIPPET OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY'S LANA DEL REY COVER LEAKS. AND IT'S.......

Gods & Monsters from Born To Die: The Paradise Edition. Damn!! Why didn't I guess that? It's an obvious choice, even just by the name. As you know, AHS has been doing covers of modern songs inexplicably set in 1950's Florida this season. Because everything else on AHS makes so much sense, right? They've already done David Bowie's Life On Mars and Fiona Apple's Criminal, but now Jessica Lange is tackling Del Rey in a beautifully twisted way. Well, I guess Lana is already beautifully twisted, so it's just a cover. Deal with it. Watch the leaked snippets, apparently from Venezuela, below. American Horror Story: Freak Show is on Wednesday nights at 10 on FX.

MADONNA'S BLOND AMBITION PONYTAILS SELLS BIG AT AUCTION. REALLY BIG!!!

Remember Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour looks? You don't? F**king educate yourself, you ignorant bitch. Too harsh? It was all Jean Paul Gaultier bustiers, head mic, sexy male dancers. Well once piece of that equation, the iconic blond ponytail that sat atop her head for the majority of the tour (she swapped it for tight curls towards the end) just sold at the Profiles in History auction in California for a whopping $20,000. Boom! It was expected to bring in 3,000 to 5,000, but these bitches didn't know who they were dealing with. Okerrrrrr?!! In other news, my old hair is somewhere in a dumpster on 53rd Street and Mariah Carey has started stockpiling weaves.

REVIEW: ANNIE LENNOX - NOSTALGIA. PLUS LIVE PERFORMANCE OF GEORGIA ON MY MIND.

It makes sense that Annie Lennox would nail a song like I Put A Spell On You. After all, isn't the song Lennox is arguably best known for,  the Eurythmics' classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), an update of sorts of the Spell? As a matter of fact, there isn't one song on Annie's new album, Nostalgia, which is made up of songs from her youth and most the Great American Songbook, that her voice doesn't float over with ease. This is not exactly a party record, but at 59 and with a storied career trailing in her wake, Lennox has MORE than earned the right to croon her way through 45 minutes of her favorite tunes. You've got them all here: Classics by Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and many more. Opening the album with an old Victrola sounding recording of Carmichael (I think) singing Memphis In June, Lennox covers the song is lush strings and cooing vocals to set the tone for Nostalgia. Georgia On My Mind is given a treatment -- and don't let this dissuade you from listening -- of a classic Air Supply or Styx soft rocker. I know that sounds weird, but shut up and listen to it. Her soft, controlled Summertime is perhaps the best version of this ubiquitous song I have ever heard from a modern recording artist, and Strange Fruit, co-written and made famous by none other than Billie Holiday, retains every bit of its eerie presence as Lennox mournfully sings about the lynchings of African Americans in the South in the early part of the 20th century. You Belong To Me, The Nearness of You and, well, all of the tracks are beautifully arranged and performed and, even though outside of Annie's usual boathouse, sit perfectly on her golden voice. Nostalgia is a glorious addition to her varied, eclectic catalog and is sure to please any (adult) listener out there. A wonderful new classic from the first lady of Blue Eyed Soul. Enjoy a live performance Georgia On My Mind below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

TAYLOR SWIFT'S TWO PREVIEW SONGS FOR 1989 ARE NAILING IT

Taylor Swift got me with her last album, Red. It was catchy, smart and full of interesting songs. I thought that would be it, but I don't know how to quit you, Taylor Swift. While I did not like first single Shake It Off, I have to say that the second song to be released in full (though not an official single) Out of the Woods and now the preview for Welcome to New York have me all aflutter for Tay's new album!!! She's left country far behind and is sounding very 80s new wave on these tracks. Are you excited? Check them out below. 1989 is out October 27th, so you only have a week to go!!! We can make it.

HAPPY MONDAY SONG: SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

I mean, how happy is this song, right? Spice Girls aren't exactly known for somber, indie tracks, but this song has butterflies flitting out of it's a-hole to get your rump shaking on a Monday morning. Released October 13, 1997, Spice Up Your Life was the first single off of the girls' second album, Spiceworld. Perhaps the happiest thing about this song, at least for their fans, is that most critics had their knives sharpened for a backlash and gave the song bad reviews, but the bright, Latin-inspired ditty danced its way into the hearts of millions and helped Spiceworld go on to sale 20 million albums worldwide and made their movie, Spice World, a huge success. Spice Up Your Life was their fifth consecutive #1 single in the UK, debuting at the peak position and knocking Elton John's Candle In The Wind 1997 from the top spot. So here it is, the reason to get up and shake your booty this Monday morning. Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

MADONNA FRIDAY: MY FAVORITE NON-SINGLE TRACK FROM EVERY MADONNA ALBUM

You're welcome! In case you are not a die-hard Madonna fan like myself, you may not know some of these songs. Well, mo'fo', you're about to get educated. OOOH, I love me when I get all rough. I would like to share with you my favorite tracks from each of Madonna's thirteen albums (I'm including I'm Breathless because everyone should) that was not released as a single.  Starting with her self-titled debut album, Physical Attraction is a sexy, girlish come on that was somehow not deemed appropriate for radio. From Like A Virgin I always really, really love Stay. It was adapted from a song Madonna wrote a few years before and closes out the album with a sexy urgency. White Heat is a standout track from True Blue, using old school gangster movies as a metaphor for love. The confessional tone of Like A Prayer yielded the beautiful, heartbreaking, emotional ode to Madonna's mother Promise To Try. I'm Breathless: Songs from and inspired by the film Dick Tracy opens with a bang thanks to the sassy, sexy He's A Man, a torch song for the ages, that fits right in with the songs penned by Stephen Sondheim for the film. Erotica was packed full of potential singles, but the most surprising omission for chart consideration is the brazen, tough Bye Bye Baby. Bedtime Stories contains one of Madonna's most luscious ballads ever with Forbidden Love. An electronic ballad (maybe the first) called Little Star holds a special place on Ray of Light as it was written about her then newborn (now 18 year-old) daughter, Lourdes. Even Madonna didn't understand why her record label wouldn't release the amazing Impressive Instant from the album Music, so she refused to promote any more singles from the album. Nobody Knows Me seemed obvious for release off of American Life, as did Forbidden Love (not to be confused with the track from Bedtime Stories) from Confessions on a Dance Floor, but both were passed over for other singles. 2008's Hard Candy had a slew of urban-friendly radio hits-in-waiting, but possibly the best was the Kanye-assisted, Pharrell produced Beat Goes On. Finally the raw power of Addicted from MDNA, in my opinion, should have been the album's first single. Okay, I hope I opened your eyes to some Madonna deep cuts. Listen below!!! Happy Madonna Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

JUST BECAUSE: FLORRIE - SEASHELLS

I am currently addicted to this song!! I wake up to it every morning and it really puts a hitch in my giddyup. Florrie is a wonderful combination of singer/songwriter/drummer and model! She's gorgeous!! Like gorg-Washington gorgeous. I've written about her before y'all! Seashells is my jam, now fucking make it yours!!! Watch the video and try not to shake your ass-parts to this song. Seashells is on Florrie's current EP Sirens, available on iTunes by clicking HERE.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: SHEENA EASTON

I LOVE SHEENA EASTON!!! There, I said it. I think she has a great voice and is sexy and turned it out in the 80s, bitch. I love how she started off an innocent and wide-eyed Scottish lass and then became a slutty little minx who canoodled with Prince. Yeah, PRINCE!!! Sheena had some of my fave hits from the 80s and continues to perform to this very day. She has starred on Broadway (Man of La Mancha and Grease), had parts in several television shows (Miami Vice, Highlander) and appeared in films (All Dogs Go to Heaven). Easton also has been a big star in Vegas at the Hilton and was inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame in 2004. Among the accolades she has won over her career she has won two Grammys, in 1981 for Best New Artist and in 1985 for Best Mexican-American Performance for a duet with Luis Miguel. She is the only performer to record a James Bond theme (For Your Eyes Only) AND appear in the iconic opening sequence for the film because she's so darn pretty. It's fun to be pretty. Here are some oldies but goodies by Sheena Easton. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: BILLY IDOL - CRADLE OF LOVE

Billy Idol, in my opinion, is one of the all time sexiest rock stars. He has that bad boy thing going on and that devilish smirk. In 1990 Idol decided to amp up the hotness with the song and video for his smash (#2) hit Cradle of Love. One of the most memorable videos of all time -- a young girl seducing a nerdy neighbor -- unfolds in a stylish, classic MTV clip directed by none other than David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). I mean, how hot is this video, y'all? The song is obviously about cradle robbing, so the idea for the video wasn't too hard to come by, I'm sure. Both humorous and naughty, the clip is like a nerd's dream come true. By the way, the reason Billy is only shown from the waist up  is because he was still recovering from a horrible motorcycle accident and was unable to walk. Poor Billy. I still would. A gimpy Billy is better than no Billy at all. Am I right, ladies? Anyhoo, get your day started right and watch this sexy, sassy video. Happy Humpday! Hump things only that can legally consent.

BETTE MIDLER RELEASES FULL VERSION OF "BE MY BABY"

BETTE IS BACK!! Bette Midler is releasing her album, It's The Girls, on November 4th and it's going to be my life. The Divine Ms. M's ode to her favorite girl groups of all time will include hits by The Supremes, The Chiffons, The Andrews Sisters, The Marvelettes and many more. The first official full release is her fantas-great cover of The Ronettes' Be My Baby. Bette's voice was made for these types of songs and she sings right from the kitty on this ditty. Listen to the whole song below and click HERE for the full track listing and to pre-order from Bette's website.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE #1 SONG 15 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS.......

.......Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey ain't what she used to be. I have been saying this for about 20 years. Whadayagonnado? But this day in 1999, Mariah was on top. Her 7th album, Rainbow, yielded her 14th #1 song, Heartbreaker, and also ushered in a new form of torture for music listeners; female pop songs with guest rap artists. MAKE IT STOP!! In this case, Carey collaborated with none other than Jay-Z and, like it or not, it was the very first commercial single by a solo artist with a guest rapper to hit #1 in the US and now there have been a trillion. WHY, MARIAH???? Heartbreaker also had a very expensive, Brett Ratner directed video that featured everyone's worst nightmare....two Mariah Careys! Again, WHY? I guess since the song went more R&B/hip hop she decided she needed to find the whitest person on earth to play her boyfriend. Enter Jerry O'Connell. Oh, and it's ripped off from inspired by Grease. Okay. Anyway, Heartbreaker hit #1 on October 9, 1999 and spent two weeks at the top.  Here is the #1 song from this day in 1999, Heartbreaker.

Friday, October 10, 2014

MADONNA FRIDAY: THE ORIGINAL, UNCENSORED "AMERICAN LIFE" VIDEO

American Life came out right when we were about to go to war in Iraq. The video that Madonna created for this song involved Madonna and group of tough looking female dancers dressed in fatigues dancing while on a runway, models dressed as soldiers, some of whom have amputations, and middle-eastern children parade in front of cameras and a President Bush look-alike. Madonna and the dancers drive a car onto the runway and throw a grenade at Bush, who catches it and it turns out to be a lighter with which he lights a cigar. Well people lost their FREAKIN' minds!!!! Madonna was accused of being un-American and pro-Iraq. She was labeled a traitor. With all the political heat going on in the country, Madonna decided to withdraw the video before it aired in the U.S. and replaced it with a tamer, (frankly) boring video. It's a shame because her REAL statement was about peace and how the war was being paraded out as if you were un-American if you were for peace! The video and the song are both brilliant. Very Euro-pop and ahead of their time. And don't jump on the "Madonna shouldn't rap" train because she's done it before. Remember Vogue? Anyway, the song all but died in the U.S. due to mass hysteria over nothing, peaking at #37, but everywhere else in the world it was a huge success. The song reached #1 in five countries and top 10 in thirteen more, including #2 in the UK. Madonna later released the following statement about the song and video, "I feel lucky to be an American citizen for many reasons - one of which is the right to express myself freely, especially in my work. I understand that there have been reports about my upcoming video "American Life" in the media - much of which is inaccurate. I am not Anti-Bush. I am not pro-Iraq. I am pro Peace. I have written a song and created a video which expresses my feelings about our culture and values and the illusions of what many people believe is the American dream - the perfect life. As an artist, I hope that this provokes thought and dialogue. I don't expect everyone to agree with my point of view. I am grateful to have the freedom to express these feelings and that's how I honor my country." Watching the video now, nothing about Iraq even springs to mind. It's actually just a very cool song and video that deserves it's place in the lexicon of her music. Enjoy the controversial video for American Life.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY: STACEY Q

In 1986 Stacey Q released one of the most infectious and recognizable hits of the 80s, Two of Hearts. The song is bright, bouncy and soooooo much fun. In short, it's the tits. Two of Hearts rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also a success in Australia where it reached #7 on the ARIA chart, #2 in Canada and #1 on the US Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Chart. This song was so popular that Stacey even landed a role on The Facts of Life playing Cinnamon, a singer Tootie was competing with to get a part in a Broadway show. (Because obviously if you wanted to be on Broadway you would sing a breathy pop song...duh!)  Watch that totally believable situation HERE. Anyway, I am STILL to this very day obsessed with this song and when it comes on my iPhone I always have to play it again at least once, and by once I mean thrice!! While Stacey Q had a couple of other hits (We Connect [#35] and Don't Make a Fool of Yourself [#66]) she never quite connected to the broad audience she reached with Two of Hearts. Doesn't matter. People still love this song today. I personally loved Stacey Q's album Better Than Heaven and listened to it until it fell apart. The girl's got spunk! In 2010 Stacey Q embraced her Facts of Life past and released a pretty good album of dance music called Color Me Cinnamon (reviewed HERE). See what she did there? Anyway, here are some of my favorite Stacey Q songs for you to set your eyeholes on for a few minutes. They're super catchy and you'll love them. The last video is a pretty awesome live performance of their song Insecurity live (for real) from the Joan Rivers Show. Howie Mandel was guest-hosing. HAHAHAHA!! 80s. Watch and wiggle.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BBC MUSIC LAUNCHES WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST TO SERENADE THEM. SERIOUSLY, HUGE!

BBC Music, a new British music channel, is launching and to kick things off right they gathered an unprecenedented array of talent to help start it off with a bang. Not since We Are The World or Do They Know It's Christmas has a group of artists of this caliber been gathered together. Singing the classic Beach Boys tune Gold Only Knows, we have -- here we go --  Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sande, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Brian Wilson, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Eliza Carthy, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Chrissie Hynde, Jamie Cullum, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith and several musicians and Brit singers. (Full list HERE with details) Wow! And it's a lovely production. Watch and love.