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Saturday video break: Shake Your Booty

Fluff up your hair, put on your dancing shoes, turn your HiFi up to max volume, and get down to KC and the Sunshine Band: Now that, my friends, is what I’m talking about. It’s too much awesomeness for any one person, and it can all be yours for $12.99 plus shipping and handling on […]

Friday random ten – Back to back, part one

I’m baaaaaaaaaack… 1. Back Door Santa – Bon Jovi 2. Back Home Again In Indiana – Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins & Stan Getz 3. Back In Baby’s Arms – Patsy Cline 4. Back In Love Again – LTD 5. Back In My Arms Again – The Supremes 6. Back In The Day – Blues Traveler […]

Saturday video break: Shake It Up

Here are The Cars: What exactly is “the move with the quirky jerk”, anyway? Ric Ocasek has a lot to answer for if you ask me. Now here’s Selena Gomez: That’s the theme song to the former Disney Channel show of the same name, which was a thing when my kids were still into programming […]

Friday random ten – Baby, baby

So many songs that start with the word “Baby”. 1. Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman 2. Baby Come Back To Me – The Manhattan Transfer 3. Baby Don’t Cry – INXS 4. Baby Don’t You Do It – Marvin Gaye 5. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot 6. Baby Love – The […]

Saturday video break: Sex

Let’s get right down to it, shall we? Here’s The 1975: Gotta say, as much as I love the extravagance of 1970s and 1980s videos, I really appreciate ones where we just see the band or singer in a natural setting doing their thing, with no effects or artsiness or other frippery. Just musicians making […]

Friday random ten – Are you sure about this?

I don’t know, are you? 1. Are We The Waiting – Green Day 2. Are We There Yet? – Trout Fishing In America 3. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – JET 4. Are You Gonna Move It For Me? – The Donnas 5. Are You Kidding Around? – Samantha Shelton 6. Are You Lonely […]

Saturday video break: September

The only thing that can rival the 80s for video awesomeness is the 70s, and when you think of the 70s, you should think of Earth, Wind & Fire: The glitter, the dashikis, the groovy video effects – it’s all there, in one spectacular package. The vocals and the horns are pretty great, too. A […]

Friday random ten – Another one

Hey, it’s another list! 1. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 – Pink Floyd 2. Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert 3. Another Day – Sting 4. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins 5. Another Man’s Cause – SixMileBridge 6. Another Nail For My Heart – Squeeze 7. Another One Bites The Dust […]

Friday random ten – All American

I know it’s past the Fourth of July, but how about some American music? 1. The American And Florence/Nobody’s Side – from “Chess” 2. American Girl – Roger McGuinn 3. American Idiot – Green Day 4. American Land – Bruce Springsteen 5. American Names – Sebastien Grainger 6. American Patrol – Glenn Miller 7. American […]

Saturday video break: Secret

We’re all about the 80s here, and very few things say “the 80s” like Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. It’s the hair, the synthesizers, the usage of black and white footage to tell a story about…well, I don’t know exactly, but that’s not the point. The point is, this is what the 80s was all […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 4

All good things must come to an end. 1. All The Voices – INXS 2. All The Way To Memphis – Mott the Hoople 3. All The Young Dudes – Billy Bragg 4. All These Years – Solas 5. All Things Dull And Ugly – Lager Rhythms 6. All Through The Night – Peter, Paul […]

Saturday video break: Saved

Here’s Bob Dylan during his Christian phase: Gotta say, that meets my criteria for a good gospel song: It’s not doctrinally objectionable, and it has an excellent beat that you can dance to. Thumbs up. Now here with a similar these are The Commitments: That’s from Volume 2 of the soundtrack, which is why it’s […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 3

All we are is all we are. 1. All Of My Life – Phil Collins 2. All Or Nothin’ At All – Bruce Springsteen 3. All Revved Up – Jermaine Jackson 4. All Revved Up With No Place To Go – Meat Loaf 5. All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley 6. […]

Saturday video break: Save It For Later

Let’s start with The English Beat: Some day, when my kids ask me “Dad, what was it really like in the 80s?”, I’m going to show them that video. That, and maybe an episode of LA Law. Now for one of the best cover-doers out there, the pairing of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Do […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 2

All there is is more songs that start with “All”. 1. All God’s Children Got Rhythm – Stan Getz 2. All I Ask – Adele 3. All I Ever – GEMS 4. All I Wanna Do – The Chesterfield Kings 5. All I Want – Susanna Hoffs 6. All In Love Is Fair – Mel […]

Saturday video break: Saturday Night

Hey, it’s Saturday! And here’s a song all about Saturday Night! It’s perfect! That was the Bay City Rollers, and the entire 1970s boiled down into a three-minute video. And for a slightly different view of the 70’s, here are the Eagles: Well, you can answer the question of whatever happened to Saturday night yourself, […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 1

I have a lot of songs that begin with the word “All”, so settle in and get comfortable. 1. All About Soul – Billy Joel 2. All Along The Watchtower – U2 3. All Around My Hat – The Mollys 4. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints – Paul Simon 5. All […]

Friday random ten – Ain’t that a shame?

Lacking new ideas, I’m going to do lists based on the first word of a set of songs. I think you’ll get the theme. 1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Extreme Party Animals 2. Ain’t Gone ‘n’ Give Up On Love – Stevie Ray Vaughan 3. Ain’t Gonna Rain – Austin Lounge Lizards 4. […]

Saturday video break: Sara

Here’s Fleetwood Mac with one of their bigger post-Rumours hits: There isn’t a Fleetwood Mac video channel as far as I could tell, so that was the best-looking video I could find. Other than the lips not always synching with the music, it’s not too bad. Now here’s Camper Van Beethoven’s take on this: That […]

Friday random ten – Girls’ music of 2016, part 2

More of the music from 2016 that is in my library because of my daughters: 1. Stitches – Shawn Mendes 2. Side To Side – Ariana Grande 3. Same Old Love – Selena Gomez 4. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers 5. 7 Years – Lukas Graham 6. Sugar – Maroon 5 7. Centuries […]

Saturday video break: Safety Dance

Hey, I just realized that I’ve never seen the video of the Men Without Hats classic “Safety Dance”. Let’s watch, shall we? Well, that was…um, yeah, I got nothing. Let’s just go to the Literal Video version, because there just had to be a literal video version of that: Now it all makes sense. With […]

Friday random ten – Girls’ music of 2016, part 1

The girls got their share of music last year as well, enough to span two lists. Here’s the first half: 1. Confident – Demi Lovato 2. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King 3. Mockingbird – Eminem 4. Hello – Adele 5. Brave Honest Beautiful – Fifth Harmony 6. Chandelier – Sia 7. Dance Like Nobody’s […]

Saturday video break: Royals

Here’s Lorde’s global hit: She’s going to be in Houston for the 2017 Free Press Summerfest, which I will be unable to attend. One presume she isn’t coming all this way just to play a couple of days in Houston, but her tour schedule doesn’t actually include many American appearances, so check her out while […]

Friday random ten: NPR Music

One other big source of new music for me last year was NPR Music’s The Austin 100 (2016), which was a free download of over 100 songs. Here’s a selection of them 1. Ugly Cherries – PWR BTTM 2. Every Which-A-Way – The Quebe Sisters 3. Drinkee – Sofi Tukker 4. Somebody To Anybody – […]

Friday random ten: Fluxblog 1981

Fluxblog 80’s set #2: 1. Stand And Deliver – Adam and the Ants 2. Rise Above – Black Flag 3. What A Day That Was – David Byrne 4. (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thing – Heaven 17 5. Computer Love – Kraftwerk 6. Fire On The Bayou – The Neville Brothers 7. Harden […]

Saturday video break: Rock This Town

A big hit from the Stray Cats: Am I the only one who thinks that the “real square cat” who “looks so 1974” kinds sorta resembles Weird Al Yankovic with a short haircut? It’s the mustache and the smirk, I guess. Now here’s lead singer Brian Setzer with his Orchestra nearly 20 years later: That’s […]

Friday random ten: Fluxblog 1980

It’s all about 1980 this week: 1. The Tilt – 7th Wonder 2. Everybody Wants Some! – Van Halen 3. I Got You – Split Enz 4. My Sick Mind – The Roches 5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 – Pink Floyd 6. Joy And Pain – Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 7. Mister […]

Saturday video break: Rescue Me

Here’s the Doc Thomas Group: I have no idea how I got this CD. Maybe it was Tiffany’s, maybe someone gave it to me, whatever the origin was it has been lost to the mists of time. It’s a pretty good cover of the Fontella Bass original, and yes I had to look up who […]

Friday random ten: Stuff I bought in 2016

A little later than usual because of the previous series, but it’s time for my annual review of the music I acquired in the last year. We’ll begin with purchases from iTunes, Noisetrade, and elsewhere. 1. Birdland – Maynard Ferguson 2. Something Tamed Something Wild – Mary-Chapin Carpenter 3. Crossing The Sabine – Piper Jones […]

Saturday video break: Reason To Believe

Here he is, in all his cheesy glory, Rod Stewart: As much as I love 70s music, I’ve never much cared for Rod Stewart. It’s just too much, you know? I know, we were never meant to take any of it seriously, but I’m still left cold by Rod Stewart. That said, this is one […]

Friday random eleven: Ladies’ night, part 43

We come to the end of this long-lived theme. 1. I Wonder – Yma Sumac 2. Walking On Thin Ice – Yoko Ono 3. How ‘Bout You – Yonder Mountain String Band (Allie Kral) 4. Nightswimming – You Say Party! We Say Die! (Carissa Ropponen) 5. Credit In The Straight World – Young Marble Giants […]

Saturday video break: Pulling Mussels From A Shell

Squeeze, circa 1980: Such an underrated band. I don’t think I heard any of their music on the radio back in the day – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it on a “classic rock” station either, though I can’t swear to this. I discovered them the old-fashioned way, by raiding my roommate’s record and […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 42

As easy as X – Y – (next week) Z 1. Keep On The Sunny Side – The Whites (Sharon White, Cheryl White) 2. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston 3. Born Blonde – Wild Moccasins (Zahira Gutierrez) 4. Thick As Thieves – Widowspeak (Pamela Garavano-Coolbaugh) 5. Bullets – Wild Child (Kelsey […]

Saturday video break: Pressure Drop

Here’s Toots and the Maytalls: I have a live acoustic version of this from the KCBO in-studio series. Any way they do it sounds good. Now here are The Specials: That’s from the soundtrack to the movie Grosse Point Blank, which came out in 1997 and which I’d say was the leading edge of the […]