Saturday, 23 April 2011
Hip to be Square
“Big Yellow Taxi”, Joni Mitchell (1970)
I remember listening to “Both Sides Now” coming from the funky little yellow radio my Dad had in the kitchen that he snapped on every morning – which seemed like he had been doing every morning since the dawn of time. I heard a lot of songs on that radio. I had my toast with peanut butter at the arborite table, wondering if I would be on the Green team or the Red team for ‘Sports’ day. Listening to Joni, I made special note to look at the clouds when I sat on the schoolyard waiting my turn for long jump or high jump or whatever else they made us do. It seemed to me I had never really looked at clouds at all.
Friday, 22 April 2011
“Bette Davis Eyes”, Kim Carnes (1980)
When I first heard her on the radio I thought “Jeez cut down on the cigarettes just a bit girl”.
Some people call Kim Carnes the female Rod Stewart, but understand that this is strictly due to her raspy voice and is in no way a comparison to Rod’s talent or longevity.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
70's Pick of the Week
“Just What I Needed”, The Cars (1978)
From the minute the needle hit the record on the Cars first album, aptly titled “The Cars” I was awestruck by this band. It starts with ”Good Times Roll”, followed by “My Best Friends’ Girl” and then “Just What I Needed”. The 1-2-3 punch, man I was down - it was intoxicating.
The sort of lumbering funkiness and rhythmic charge was unique and refreshing. The use of synthesizer did not seem to be the focal point but rather embellishment, which was a contrast to many of the new wave bands who indulged in synthesizer gluttony. The Cars were a sort of garage rockabilly but they dropped in some new weird pop secret ingredient The vocals by Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr were sung in a sort of low-brow, robo- style. The lyrics spun yarns and visual imagery with a rock and roll flavour, mostly about their relationships with various girls/woman.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Pick of the Week
“You Really Got Me”, The Kinks (1964)
If you think about what else was playing on the radio in August of 1964, at the time, when the Kinks came out with “You Really Got Me”, it must have seemed very radical. It is like Michael J. Fox playing electric guitar in ‘Back to the Future” at the grad – he starts playing like Hendrix and Van Halen and the band and audience are wondering what the hell is going on. The heaviest pop songs out in 1964 were “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”.
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Posted by Davo-rama Music at 07:53
Songs Everyone Should Know
“Get It On (Bang-a-Gong)”, T-Rex, (1972)
There are certain artists that died early that leave us wondering what they might have done and evolved into, had they only lived. Marc Bolan is one of them.
Bolan was killed in a car accident in 1977 after taking his glam-rock band ‘T-Rex’ to commercial success. Although his fame was waning at the point he died, he is considered the father of glam rock by many.