Normaal is a Dutch band who sing in the dialect of the Achterhoek. Read the rest of this entry
In 1981, Depeche Mode had their first UK top 10 hit. The song, written by the later Erasure member Vince Clarke, would especially sell well in the live 12 inch version. Read the rest of this entry
In 1978, Graham Parker & the Rumour released a live album. Graham Parker and The Rumour worked together, but also had solo hits. Read the rest of this entry
In 2001, Live released the album V. The second single from the album was Overcome. Soon it was associated with the terrorist attacks from 9/11. The money the single made was donated to charity around these attacks. In the US it was not released as a single, in the Netherlands it was number 3 and in Belgium even number 2. Enjoy
This song was Joe Jackson’s first single ever! He released it in 1978 as the first single of the album Look Sharp! The song would hit the charts in 1979, when the album was released. Joe Jackson said he first heard the title, and then started thinking about the content with the pretty girls who meet monsters. Later live versions would also be hits, and often you hear the live version on the radio rather than the studio version. Enjoy
Joe Jackson- Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Some artists have problems with their fame and become uncool because of these problems. Some don’t. Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen certainly does not! He knows who deliver him his fame (namely his fans) and he keeps them happy at all times. He’s in time for his performances (which is quite special these days) and he keeps playing for hours. Furthermore, he feels one with his fans and if they get wet, he gets into the audience and gets wet too (referring to the Goffertpark, the Netherlands).
He makes music which is comprehensible and with critical texts (try listening to Born In The USA and hearing a positive word in it). The music around it is just great. Making use of several instruments like guitars and most famous: the mouth-harmonica on The River, in performances mostly given away. He has become a legend with the performance of Dancing In The Dark, where he makes a dance with a fan.
Live superb, on albums superb, great music and an incredible career. Worth a place in the Hall of Fame, isn’t it?
(By the way: I have never seen him live, but I’d like to)
One of my favourite bands at the moment. Their music is great because of the guitar work of Mark Knopfler, the songs, and especially the live versions! My favourite is, although I have not heard all their work yet, a live version of Calling Elvis (over 10 minutes long!) Of course they can’t miss from this Hall of Fame!
One of my favourite intro’s! But okay, I have a lot of them, yes, I know… But this one is favourite because it is electrical. And then it returns again later in the song, I love it! Furthermore, the song is just good and nice to listen to, so well, it’s the song of the day. The strange thing is that it never made it as single, but it did as it was released from a live album. Strange, huh?
Peter Frampton- Show Me The Way
Oh yes, Diana Ross! And of course the Supremes! Is that not something nice which Motown brought forth? I must confess I like Motown a lot, but this group is absolutely one of the best parts of Motown. Of course it’s an oldie from the sixties, but does that matter? No, because the record is still the same. Still great! And well, live they were also good, so I chose a live performance as video for today. What I especially like in the video is the start. The presentator says something about their long hair, and that’s good, because they are girls. Absolutely a reaction on the Beatles!
Diana Ross & The Supremes- Stop! In The Name Of Love
Yes! A saxophone song by Supertramp! It’s one of the reasons why I’m a fan of Supertramp. Because almost all their songs feature a saxophone! The text is applicable for the autumn, and especially for these days: rain, rain, nothing like the rain. But that’s another story, probably for some other time. Supertramp had their hits in the eighties, and they made quite a lot. If it would be possible, I would love to see them sometime live! Probably wishful thinking… The nice thing about this song is that it has some sort of lullaby in it, the childrens rhyme: “it’s raining, it’s raining”. I like that twist in the song! So for today, enjoy this rainy song:
Supertramp- It’s Raining Again
If you ask me to name a band which was important in different streams of music, I will think some time and then give an answer: the Bee Gees.
They had lots of hits in different years, varying from the sixties to the nineties, and they were important in the music for the disco. As they say in the documentary, they actually made the disco.
The documentary I want to discuss is called In Our Own Time. It is made up out of several interviews, with some nice performances. In the documentary, all their years come along, and it is build up logically. Starting with a live performance, then going on with the prehistory of the Bee Gees, then the start, the “in between” years, and then the Fever.
Unfortunately two of the three members died in the past years. The strange thing is that the oldest is still standing!
Enjoy this documentary, you can find it in several parts on YouTube. Here’s part 1 of In Our Own Time.