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…

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Closer to Free by BoDeans.

I don’t know about you, but every time I hear this song I think of the intro to Party of Five. In fact, it was the use of this song in the show that gave the Bodeans their biggest hit. Can you think of any other songs by them? Unfortunately, I can’t either.

Closer to Free was released as a single in 1996, an actual re-release, after gaining popularity because of Party of Five which ran from 1994-2000. The single peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It is featured on their fifth album, Go Slow Down. It also appeared in the 1995 Disney film Heavyweights, starring Aaron Schwartz and Ben Stiller.

The lyrics are upbeat, discussing the idea that everyone wants to be free – to live the way they want, love the way they want, and have an enjoyable life.

Above is the official music video. To watch the Party of Five intro, click HERE.

 

Sweet Surrender by Sarah McLachlan.

It doesn’t mean much, it doesn’t mean anything at all. The life I’ve left behind me is a cold room. I’ve crossed the last line from where I can’t return, where every step I took in faith betrayed me…and led me from my home.

I woke up this morning with today’s song in my head. Why? I have no idea. I hadn’t heard it on the radio in long time. It wasn’t on a television show or movie I watched. It literally came out of nowhere. I don’t even listen to Sarah McLachlan. It’s a completely mystery. Either way though, I figured why not feature it for today’s entry.

Sweet Surrender was released as a single in March of 1998 from Sarah’s fourth album, Surfacing. It went to #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as #15 on the Top 40. In 2001, it was remixed by DJ Tiesto and went to #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Click HERE to listen.

Above is a live performance where Sarah also talks about a major influence behind the song: a movie called, Leaving Las Vegas, which starred Nicholas Cage and Elisabeth Shue.