TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY FOR JULY 21, 2017
Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day is dedicated to Female Friday and Celebrates that Friday is finally here. These 5 Best Songs from some of our Favorite Women in Music will help ring in the end of the week, and the almost-onset of the Weekend. Are you ready to Turn Up the Volume and Sing-A-Long? We sure are!
Song 1 comes from Shirley Manson and Garbage. The Song “Supervixen” is the Perfect start for this Top 5 Female Friday Mix. Next Up is “Miss World” by Courtney Love and Hole, which rocks just right into PJ Harvey’s Quintessential Song, “Down by the Water”. Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart are up next with “Magic Man”, quite possibly our Favorite Song by the Wilson Sisters. Joan Jett’s Cover of the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant” ends this Fantastic Top 5 Mix giving us an end with a shout – just the right thing for a Friday, don’t you think?
Let’s hear it for Friday, for the Weekend almost arriving and for today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day. Be sure that you Turn Up that Volume and Sing-a-Long (or Scream-a-Long) – we sure did. Don’t worry, if you miss a day along the way you can always click on the links above and do a little catching up. Each Day’s Songs are added to the Spotify and YouTube Playlists, compiled with Love and Music Obsession, for your Listening, and Music Obsessing Pleasure.
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY:
1. “Supervixen” by Garbage
“You can always pull out,
if you like it too much.”
“Supervixen” comes from Garbage’s Self-Titled Debut Studio Album, Released in 1995. The Song was titled after Russ Meyer’s 1975 Sexploitation Film, Supervixens.
In the U.S., “Supervixen” was Released as an airplay-only Single to Alternative Radio, in October of 1996. At the time, “Stupid Girl” was still charting high on the Billboard Hot 100, and Garbage’s Debut Album had been certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping a million units within the U.S.
The Song was written by Garbage in 1994 during Sessions between Band Members Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, and Steve Market at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin. A Studio Musician from Madison, Mike Kashou, Performed Bass Guitar on this Song.
Shirley Manson fought with the rest of the Band over a Rap-Lite Vocal she had ad-libbed in the Recording Booth (“Now I want it too much, now I wanted to stop, now I’m lucky like a falling star fell over me”) that she was fond of. She won, and that part was looped as a Backing Vocal towards the end of the Song.
Lyrically, Shirley Manson has stated that “Supervixen” “is all about saying ‘idolize me, I’m going to give you everything you want, but you have to do something in return’. It’s a bargaining song about a relationship.
Butch Vig and Shirley Manson have also stated that the Song’s controlling tone is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but that during the live Performances Manson’s “domination” was also manifesting into something real every night.
2. “Miss World” from Hole
“I am the girl you know,
can’t look you in the eye.
I am the girl you know,
so sick I cannot try.
And I am the one you want,
can’t look you in the eye.
I am the girl you know,
I lie, I lie and lie.”
“Miss World” was Released as Hole’s 5th Single, and the 1st from their 2nd Studio Album Release, Live Through This, which came out in March of 1994. The Song was written by Courtney Love and Lead Guitarist, Eric Erlandson.
The Single was Released in the U.S. on Tim/Kerr Records, an Independent Label in Portland, Oregon, on a 7″ Pink Vinyl, as well as on a Limited Edition Picture Disc pressing. The Song was paired with the Band’s Cover of “Over the Edge” (originally by the Wipers).
The Video for the Song (see above) was directed by Sophie Muller, in March of 1994, and was Released in promotion with the Single.
3. “Down by the Water” by PJ Harvey
“And now I moan.
And now I holler.
She’ll never know.
Just what I found.”
“Down by the Water” is the 7th Track and Lead Single from PJ Harvey’s 3rd Studio Album, To Bring You My Love, which was Released in February of 1995 on Island Records. The Song was written by PJ Harvey and Self-Produced with Flood and John Parish.
The Song diverged significantly from Harvey’s former Indie Rock and Punk Blues influence, opting to use Electronic Instruments such as a Synthesized Organ and an Orchestral Ensemble. “Down by the Water”‘s lyrics narrate the tale of a woman drowning her daughter and references the traditional American folk song “Salty Dog Blues.”
I remember the 1st time I heard this Song, and the Album, was in a Movie Theater parking lot, long after a closing shift at Tower Records. I remember who I was with, what we talked about, and how we both shut up and just listened as it played, and washed over us.
4. “Magic Man” by Heart
I could not run away,
We’d seen each other in a dream.
Seemed like he knew me,
he looked right through me,
“Magic Man” was Released as a Single in Canada in June of 1975, and in the U.S., in 1976, as the 2nd Single from the Band’s Debut Album, Dreamboat Annie. The Song was Written and Composed by Ann and Nancy Wilson. It is sung from the point of view of a young girl who is being seduced by an older man, much to the chagrin of her Mother, who calls and best the girl to come home.
Ann Wilson revealed that the “Magic Man” was her then boyfriend, Band Manager Michael Fisher, and that part of the Song was an Autobiographical Tale of the beginnings of their relationship.
The Song Featured notable Minimoog Synthesizer usage.
“Magic Man” became Heart’s first Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
5 “Pretty Vacant” by Joan Jett
“Oh we’re so pretty,
oh so pretty,
“Pretty Vacant” is a Song originally by the Sex Pistols. It was Released by the Pistols on July 1, 1977, as the Band’s 3rd Single and was later Featured on their only Album, Never Mind the Bollocks.
The Song reached # 6 on the UK Singles Chart and marked the Band’s 1st appearance on the British Chart Music TV program, Top of the Pops.
According to Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock, the song’s main riff was inspired by hearing “S.O.S.” by ABBA. The B-side of the single was a cover of The Stooges’ “No Fun”, which the band played on the spot without a proper rehearsal.
Joan covered the Song on her all-Covers Album, The Hit List.
The Hit List was her 7th Studio Album and was Released in 1990.
“Pretty Vacant” was Released as the B-Side to the Single “Lov Hurts”.
We hope you enjoy this Wednesday’s Edition of the Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, and that you Press Play and Turn Up these Tunes from Garbage, Hole, PJ Harvey, Heart, and Joan Jett – and Enjoy!
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