Latest

Stay the Night by Benjamin Orr.

Benjamin Orr was a member of the popular rock band, The Cars, until their break up in 1988. He was the voice behind their hits, “Just What I Needed” and “Drive” among others. In 1986, he released a solo album called The Lace which features today’s song.

This entry and today’s date are no coincidence. Today marks 13 years since Benjamin passed away at the age of 53 from pancreatic cancer. As fast as the cancer came, it took him away and the world lost a talented and gorgeous man.

I always seem to stumble upon musicians and actors that inexplicably captivate me and then I find out they’re not even here anymore. Something all too common, even as a child that I could never figure it out. Maybe it just proves that the best ones, the most beautiful (inside & out), are those that will continually catch people’s attention long after they’ve gone.

Above is the official music video for Ben’s single. He and his girlfriend at the time, Diane Grey Page, wrote the lyrics. It was released in late 1986 and charted at #24 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1987.

I hope you’re at peace, Ben…wish you were still here. <3

Opposites Attract by ‘Til Tuesday.

This is one song by ‘Til Tuesday that I wish would have made it into the studio. Even a demo would have been good. But neither exists. Apparently it wasn’t played live too often because one of the band members vaguely remembered it. To this day, I’m still trying to get all the lyrics.

Since Opposites Attract was introduced as a new song in this recording, this would make it written in 1985. The recording was made by someone in the audience which is why it’s not the best quality.

I hope that one day another copy surfaces with clearer lyrics and sound. Until then, we’re lucky to have at least this one.

As she looks into his eyes every night  to find everything she’s missing or at least desires..but opposites attract. I know it’s a fact. She’s going through her tears of pain. Opposites Attract.

Golden Haze by Wild Nothing.

Well, summer is slowly coming to a close. The kids are back in school and you’ve just fit in that last-minute vacation before it’s back to work and cooler weather. Why not throw in one last summer song to end it with grace?

Golden Haze was released in 2010 from Wild Nothing’s EP of the same name. It came out shortly after their debut album, Gemini, which was very popular on the indie circuit. They have since released a third album, Empty Estate, this past May.

Above is a live performance from KEXP Seattle.

Favourite Scar by Leona Lewis.

If you’re a fan of 80′s music or of simply Tears for Fears, you’ll definitely recognize the sampling used in today’s song. Did you guess it yet?

Well, jet back to June of 1985. It’s “Head Over Heels” from the popular Tears for Fears album, Songs from the Big Chair.

At first, I didn’t know what to think of her version. I didn’t like it nor dislike it. But it’s grown on me. I see it as a “modern day” version of the original, with a woman’s point of view. I like how she incorporates lyrics from the original song “La la la la la la” and “Funny how time flies.”

Leona recorded “Favorite Scar” for her third album, GlassHeart, in October of 2012. It hasn’t been released as a single but if it ever is, I think it would be beyond awesome to get Roland and Curt in the video. Take a listen and see what you think.

Do you notice her first line? “Whatcha wanna talk about?” Now recall the original in which Roland says, “I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather.” I liked that connection too.

Interesting job, Leona.

Schizophrenic Playboys by The Cranberries.

I’ve probably said this before but one of the things I love about Dolores O’Riordan is her use of metaphors in lyrics. She literally says anything she wants but she makes it classy. The example can be seen in the title of this song alone. She uses “playboy” and there’s so many other words that could describe the man she’s talking about. But she fine tunes everything for a general audience. The older listeners can put together her lyrical puzzles while the kiddies remain oblivious to the real meaning behind the song. I admire her for that talent.

Schizophrenic Playboys is from The Cranberries 2012 album, Roses, their first album in ten years. It was released February 24th in Ireland and on February 27th worldwide.

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard their songs from the new album on the radio. I know they’ve released a few singles, though mostly in the UK. Surprisingly enough, today’s song hasn’t been selected as a single yet. I really think it should be. I also think it would be a big hit in the United States.

Let’s hope for a future release…

Rooms on Fire by Stevie Nicks.

I listened to Stevie Nicks a lot during my junior year of college. I automatically think of one particular person that was in my life at that time. It wasn’t a great year of my life either but I know I’m a lot stronger than I was then. Anyways, upon reading Stevie’s explanation of the song lyrics I realize it also reminds me of someone in my life now. It’s ironic how old songs come back around again reminding you of someone else.

Rooms on Fire was released as a single in April of 1989 from Stevie’s fourth album, The Other Side of the Mirror. It went to #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and also become her first ever Top 40 hit, placing at #16 as well.

Stevie described the song in 1989: “Rooms on Fire is about a girl who goes through a life like I have gone through, where she finally accepts the idea that there never will be those other things in her life. She will never be married, she will never have children, she will never do those [that] part of life.”

Fellow musician Rupert Hine produced this album. He contributed to the soundtrack of the 1985 film, Better Off Dead starring John Cusack.

Above is the official music video for Rooms on Fire. The baby dressed in white is her goddaughter.

Disarm by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Even though today’s song came out when I was very young, I remember hearing it a lot on the radio as a teenager. It makes me think about those times when I hear it today. I wouldn’t actually say it was the best time of my life…but then again, aren’t the teenage years always difficult? I definitely wouldn’t want to go back.

Disarm was released as a single in March of 1994 from the band’s second album, Siamese Dream. Interestingly enough, I learned something new about this song. Apparently the video was banned in the UK and received limited radio play because of speculated references to abortion. However, frontman Billy Corgan said the lyrics actually described his shaky relationship with his parents. Despite the ban, the single managed to peak at #11 on the UK singles charts. It failed to make the Hot 100 in the US, but did make #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #8 on Modern Rock Tracks. It also charted in Canada and Australia.

There are two versions of this song – one of which was recently released on the Siamese Dream rarities and b-sides.

Above is a live performance from 1993. Yes, this is when Billy Corgan had hair…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: