Wow! Do you remember Bananarama? I firstly only knew the cover of Venus, which is actually bad if you compare it with the original of Shocking Blue. However, between some singles which came out of the box with singles, there was this very single with Fun Boy Three. So what do you do? Put the needle on the record, and start listening to it! And it was a catchy song!
The melody rolled out very nicely, so I decided it could be a song of the day! For today, enjoy
Bananarama & The Fun Boy Three- It Ain’t What You Do
A golden oldie today! And this is really good. Strangely we don’t hear the name Procol Harum that much anymore… It’s mostly Beatles, Rolling Stones, but this fantastic band is forgotten… So that’s the reason they are in the spotlight today. The first time I heard this song it really made a big impression on me, and after not hearing it for a long time I came across the song on a single. Well, this is the result. An old song from 1967, which is one of the best songs ever made.
Procol Harum- A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Again the box with singles, but we didn’t find this single. We found another version, made by Shirley Bassey. Nothing wrong with Shirley Bassey of course, but this song was stuck in my mind with a male voice, and since Shirley isn’t male, it didn’t match my ideas. This male voice was provided by Eric Carmen, who made Hungry Eyes for Dirty Dancing as well. And looking this song (All By Myself) up made me find some other (future) song of the day, but I will tell you when that day comes…
For the moment, enjoy:
Eric Carmen- All By Myself
Another song inspired by the box of singles. We found this one in a cover of Maywood (known from Late At Night and Rio: maybe I’ll feature them later) and I said: Peter Straker with Ragtime Piano Joe. No idea, but it’s produced by Freddie Mercury, so could be good… I put the needle on the record and immediately I was in love with the song. Wow! What a good song is it. No idea?
Quickly, check it out:
Peter Straker- Ragtime Piano Joe
Remember that box full of singles I was talking about earlier? A lot of it was just junk, but some things were quite good. Like the song of today. While sorting out the singles, we came across this single, and my father said: put it with the other singles we have to listen to. Last week we listened to this singles, and when the chorus of this song started, I knew which song it was. And I thought: well, why couldn’t it be a song of the day? And this is the result… Enjoy:
Odyssey- Going Back To My Roots
Well, I must confess: this is another cover from a song originally made by La Bouche. It only appeared on one of their albums, but was never released as a single. Well, and then No Mercy must have thought: well, sounds good enough to record ourselves. Actually I have no idea what they have thought, but I know that they recorded the song and released it on single. And what didn’t happen to La Bouche with the song, happened with No Mercy: they scored a big hit. Yes, that was quite a good idea: they ended high in the hit charts, but in the Netherlands they stuck to the seventh place. No problem for me, since I can feature it as a song of the day. So let’s enjoy today:
No Mercy- Where Do You Go?
Today the song of the day is a request. Remember the Summer Song of the Day Top 20, about a month ago? You could also fill in a song which wasn’t in the list to vote on. Well, I must admit that none of those songs ended in the actual list, but there some inspiration between them. So if you have a request, please mail me (Contact in the menu) and I will see if I will feature it. One of the suggestions of the Summer Song of the Day Top 20 was Aerosmith with Sweet Emotion. Last week I also saw the single on the market, but since I’m looking for a compilation album of Aerosmith, I decided to leave it there. Actually, finding a good collection on CD is quite hard, since Aerosmith has made 11 compilation albums! And I really don’t know which one is the best… Suggestions?
For the moment, let’s enjoy:
Aerosmith- Sweet Emotion
Last week I was on a sort of carboot sale and I came across this song. I know it’s a real good song, a dance/club classic, and therefore it is uptempo. Maybe uptempo doesn’t necessarily mean summer, but this can be late summer (september, with a bit of luck the summer is still there…)
And for the ones who want to know: I left the single where it was, since I bought lots of other things, so I ran a bit out of money…
Enjoy and be free:
Rozalla- Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)
I heard this song on the radio lately, and thought: yes, this is a good song, too. It’s made by a band who had several incarnations, such as Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, etc. This single is made by Starship, just as We Built This City. However, it’s not that single I want to discuss. It’s an other hit by them.
This song was made for the movie Mannequin. I’ve never seen it, but I know the single, which has been on number one in several hit charts. Grace Slick was singing, and until that time she was the oldest female singer to reach number one (the record was broken by Cher with Believe)
Starship- Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Sometimes not only father is a singer, but his children follow him. An example are Frank and Nancy Sinatra, but another example can be Julio and Enrique Iglesias. And I have to confess: I’m not a big fan of Julio Iglesias. But what I don’t have with his father, I have it with his son: Enrique Iglesias is one of my favourite artists! He makes such nice, up-tempo songs and it really makes me feel good if I hear something by Enrique Iglesias!
The song of the day is made by Enrique Iglesias, and it was his debute single. It was an enormous summer hit in the late nineties, and it meant the start of his career. Enjoy
Enrique Iglesias- Bailamos