In 2007, Amy MacDonald made her debute. The first song from the album This Is The Life, Mr. Rock & Roll, was the first full single from the album. The song is about being yourself, in the song presented by two people who fit together, but as a result of not being themselves, they pass each other. In the UK, the song made it to number 12.
Amy MacDonald- Mr Rock & Roll
A new Australian band, which clearly stated they were there with their first single. Geronimo was number 1 in Australia, and almost reached the US charts. The song was inspired by a very famous Apache leader, namely Geronimo, who shouted out his name before he did something courageous. I think it’s a great song and we probably will hear more of the band in the future! Enjoy
The band Magic! made their debute this year. The band is a Canadian reggae band, and they made a smashing hit of their debute single. The song was based on a bad relation of the singer with a girlfriend, but the story was changed a bit for the record: in the song, the singer is still meeting her and he asks her father if he can propose. In the US and the UK, it hit number 1! Enjoy
Curtis Mayfield made his debute in 1970, with his debute album Curtis (original name!). On the album, a nine minute long song called Move On Up is featured. In the US, this song was not released on single, but an edit was made for the UK, where Curtis got to place 12. Later, in 1979, a disco group used this song along with other songs, to make a medley out of it. They had a number one hit. Enjoy
Curtis Mayfield- Move On Up
This song has made a long journey before ending up with Boney M. It was written in 1966 by Bobby Hebb, when his brother was stabbed to death and president Kennedy was murdered, both happening in 1963 in 48 hours. He then wrote the song. It took some time to release it, but 3 years later it was released and it made him go on tour with the Beatles. In 1976 he updated the song to a disco version. In that same year Boney M. came with a cover of the original version, which was on their debute album. It followed the hit Daddy Cool, and this song became a hit, too. The song has been recorded by many other artists, like Frank Sinatra, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops and many others. Enjoy the Boney M version:
Boney M.- Sunny
In 2001, an Italian singer made his debute with the album Xdono. The lead single made it to number one in lots of countries, like Austria, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The music was based on a sample of R. Kelly. Though I do not very much like R Kelly, I do like this song. Not typically summer, but it has the right feeling for a summer day with a bit of rain (like today). Enjoy
Tiziano Ferro- Perdono
A few days ago, I heard a song on the radio which made me think of another song. Sounds a bit strange, but I knew the text, however, the music did not sound right. Luckily my laptop was on, so I googled the lyrics. And then I found out this song the radio was playing was a remix of the eighties song by Suzanne Vega. To me, it seemed useless, since the real original was good, and the dance version was worse than dance versions normally are. This song was written in 1981 by Suzanne Vega, then it was released by a magazine in 1984, but three years later, in 1987, it was featured on her debute album as the first track. So I was thinking: Tom’s Diner? What’s that? Well, it’s a restaurant in New York, Tom’s Restaurant. To find out the date of writing, a sort of puzzle has to be solved. Some people have done this for me, but I’ll guide you through.
An actor has died of drinking, as Suzanne Vega reads in the newspaper on the front page. She then turns to the backside, to read the funnies. This means she is reading the New York Post, which has both of the conditions. The actor is William Holden (Bridge Over The River Kwai). The article about his death was published on the 18th of November in 1981, which is believed to be the writing day.
Enough information. A beautiful song, both in composition and in clever (short) lines. Enjoy
Suzanne Vega- Tom’s Diner
Yeah, I’m a bit embarrassed… not because of the song, no, it’s very good. Great music, nice beat too, and a great voice singing it. That’s the cause of my embarrassement: the voice. I’ve always thought it was a woman singing the song, just like the music of the Communards. But the DJ on the radio was saying it’s a man! How could I have misheard such a thing? Probably because the man is singing really high, and since I can produce nothing but a bass, every man has to be in the range of Barry White. I think it’s something like that. However, it’s a great eighties song from the debute album of Bronski Beat, about homophobia, a problem which still exists. Enjoy
Bronski Beat- Smalltown Boy
Run-D.M.C.. One of those hip hop groups who started in the eighties and had some big successes. They had a single, their debute, with It’s Like That, a song that was no hit at all and is not remembered. In 1986, they took a song from Aerosmith, Walk This Way, to change it into something completely different. This was their first real success. And then it went up and down. Some songs charted, others didn’t, until 1998. Jason Nevins, a DJ, remixed their debute, It’s Like That. It was a huge success, scoring in some countries a number one hit. And today it’s the song of the day, so enjoy
Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins- It’s Like That
Yes, this was the debute single of Natalie Cole! Of course, her father was already very famous (the old Nat King Cole, a popular crooner), and now his daughter was out there to become famous, too. And she took a good shot with her debute: it was a number one R&B record, and a number 6 pop record. And I understand that: it’s just a great song, danceable and it makes you happy! Enjoy
Natalie Cole- This Will Be