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FlinterFile: Bruce Springsteen- Streets Of Philadelphia

The movie Philadelphia, about a man dying of AIDS, was released in 1993. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Ultravox- Vienna

Ultravox released this big hit in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Roger Whittaker- The Last Farewell

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In 1971, Roger Whittaker released his only big US hit. The song was written by Ron Webster, who was an amateur folk singer. He wrote the lyrics when he was on a bus, driving through the pooring rain, and he wished he was somewhere warm. Roger Whittaker had a radio show in which he invited listeners to send lyrics, which he would sing to his own music. Ron Webster did so, and Roger Whittaker recorded the song. Four years later, the song was released in the US, when the wife of a radio programmer heard the song in Canada. In the US, it became a number 19 hit, in the UK it was number 2! Enjoy

Roger Whittaker- The Last Farewell

FlinterFile: Glenn Frey- You Belong To The City

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In 1985, Glenn Frey released a song that would be used in Miami Vice. The song was about a city, and how you can be very lonely in a crowded city. Glenn Frey played all instruments, except for the drums and the saxophone (which is played by Bill Bergman).  Glenn Frey also acted once in the series, Miami Vice, in an episode that was based on another of his songs, Smuggler’s Blues. The song reached number 2 in the US charts, just under Starship with We Built This City. Enjoy

Glenn Frey- You Belong To The City

R.I.P. Glenn Frey. He died at the age of 67 years old.

FlinterFile: James Bay- Hold Back The River

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In 2014, James Bay already released the song Hold Back The River. In 2013, he played before the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, and that was one of the boosts his career got. It was written after a show he did, and he wanted to say to all his dear ones that he was very busy, but that they already could stay in touch. The song would be the last song to be added on the album, as he had a small gap on the album. It would be a number 2 hit in the UK. Enjoy

James Bay- Hold Back The River

Song of the day: KC And The Sunshine Band- Keep It Comin’ Love

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In 1977, KC & the Sunshine Band brought in the sun with a Carribean influenced song. With a title that can be interpreted in some ways, it was another big hit for them. In the US it was a number 2 hit, in the UK it was not that much of a hit, number 31. Enjoy

KC & The Sunshine Band- Keep It Comin’ Love

Song of the day: Blood, Sweat & Tears- Spinning Wheel

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In 1969, Blood, Sweat & Tears actually wanted to calm people down. Everyone was talking about communism and the spreading of it, and the singer said: eventually the circle will be round. Joni Mitchell, especially her song The Circle Game, inspired the imagery of the caroussel. The song brought them fame, a place at Woodstock, and it would have brought them a lot of money from that gig, but nobody paid… still, they had a number 2 hit in the US. Enjoy

Blood, Sweat & Tears- Spinning Wheel

Song of the day: John Cougar Mellencamp- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

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In 1986, John Cougar Mellencamp released his album Scarecrow. This album, which is quite grim, was first not the right album to include this song on it. As John was putting it as a bonus track on the cassettes and CD’s, his manager said: why not make it a track on the album, since it has such an energy? The song has some references to sixties songs, something his band has known: they had to learn hundreds of songs from the sixties, before playing on the album. In the US it was number 2, in the UK number 67. Enjoy

John Cougar Mellencamp- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

Song of the day: Toto- Rosanna

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In 1982, Toto released Toto IV, and the opening track was also released as single. The text was based on the many girls David Paich had known. For a time, the members of Toto said the song was about Rosanna Arquette, the love of Steve Porcaro at the time. The song did very well, making it to number 2 in the US (Eye Of The Tiger and Don’t You Want Me managed to keep it from the first place) and number 12 in the US. Enjoy

Toto- Rosanna

Song of the day: The Sparks- This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us

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In 1974, Ron Mael wrote the song This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us for his band the Sparks. The song, lead single of their new album Kimono My House, would be a number 2 hit in the UK. The original idea for this song was to sing all sorts of clichés from movies after every verse. In the end, they only kept this line. Enjoy

The Sparks- This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

Song of the day: The Small Faces- Lazy Sunday

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Some singles become hits while the band doesn’t want the song to be released. This single is part of a concept album, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, and was released in 1968, preceding the album. The Small Faces didn’t want this, but the song became a number 2 hit in the UK. The backing melody has parts of Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, played on kazoo. The largest part is sung in a cockney accent, due to an argument with the Hollies, who said Marriott (the singer) had never sung in his own accent. Enjoy

The Small Faces- Lazy Sunday

Song of the day: Ottawan- D.I.S.C.O.

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You can guess it already: it’s Saturday, so we’re going to dance with a nice disco hit! This song was made by a French group named Ottawan, and it was recorded and released in 1979. The song would make it to number 2 in the UK in the following year. The original song, first recorded, was made in French! So why name your song D.I.S.C.O.? Since the woman in the song is Delerious.Irresistable.Superficial.Complicated.Oh-oh-oh. Enjoy

Ottawan- D.I.S.C.O.

Song of the day: Queen- Killer Queen

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In 1974, Queen was not yet famous. They would have their first hit with this song, which was number 2 in the UK and number 12 in the US. The song broke with the first two albums, which were heavy loaded. The third album, Sheer Heart Attack, which featured this song, had a lighter tone. The lyrics were written before the music, which was normally the other way around: first the music, then the text. The first line quotes a quote from Marie Antoinette (though she never said it), namely: “Let them eat cake,” she says, Just like Marie Antoinette. A great song and one of my favourite Queen songs, enjoy

Queen- Killer Queen

Song of the day: The Stranglers- Golden Brown

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A strange kind of eighties song today. The release was around the change of the year, so in the US it’s a 1981 single and in the UK it’s a 1982 single. In the UK, it went to number 2 in the chart, causing the single to be the Stranglers highest charted single. I won’t have a go on explaining where the song is about, since there has been a lot of discussion on this topic. Most accepted is that the song can be heard as a song about a girl, but also as a song about heroin. Enough song analysis, just listen to it. A wonderful song with a great intro. Enjoy

The Stranglers- Golden Brown

Summer Song of the Day #2: Bob Marley- Could You Be Loved

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Remember Gary Pine yesterday? He was a member of the Wailers, replacing the man of today: Bob Marley. And yes, today the Wailers are in the spotlights, together with Bob Marley, the reggae king according to me.
The hits they had are absolutely fabulous, and this is one of the best. The story of the writing is a nice one: it was written in an airplane! The Wailers were experimenting, and this song came up. The influences of the disco which was coming up (early eighties) are there, reggae is there, a formula to success!
This all makes it to a number 2 in the Summer Song of the Day Top 20!

Number 2: Bob Marley & The Wailers- Could You Be Loved