TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY FOR JULY 24, 2017
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Welcome to Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day featuring the Best 5 Songs to get you through the Day, and start your Week of Music Obsessively Good. This is a Mood Swing Mix that fits the way Monday’s often feel, the highs and the lows, and the spaces in-between the extremes. We hope you take the time to Press Play and Turn Up the Volume to give a good listen to Today’s Top 5 Mix.
It all starts off with Pulp, one of our Favorite Britpop Bands here at Lyriquediscorde. “Do You Remember the First Time?” is one of our Favorite Tracks, too. It just seems like the Perfect Song to start this Monday’s Mix off with. Next up is a Track off of The Killers’ Debut Album Hot Fuss. The Song “Jenny was a Friend” is such an 80’s New Wave Throwback we could almost swear that John Taylor of Duran Duran was playing the bass on this one! Song 3 is from The Godfathers. Their Song “Birth, School, Work, Death” seems to sum up Monday’s a little too well, but at least its to a Punk/New Wave/Dark Wave beat. For Song 4 we have Irma Thomas’ version of “Time Is On My Side” which really is a whole lot of Perfect for today, and flows right in to Grant-Lee Phillips’ “Heavenly” for the Last Music Obsessed Track of Today.
We hope this Mix of 5 helps get you through your Monday, that it has you Turning Up the Volume and maybe even Singing-A-Long. Tune back in every day for an infusion of 5 More Music Obsessed Songs to Listen to. Don’t worry if you miss a day – we throw each day’s 5 Song into a Playlist, both on Spotify and YouTube, so you can catch up there – just look up and hit the links above for both. Starting next Month we will be posting a Full Month’s Music Obsessions for your Listening Pleasure – look for July’s here the First Week of August.
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY:
1. “Do You Remember the First Time?” by Pulp
“You say you’ve got to go home.
Well, at least there’s someone there that you can talk to.
And you never have to face up to the night on your own.
Jesus, it must be great to be straight.”
From Pulp’s 1994 Album, His ‘N’ Hers, “Do You Remember the First Time?” was the 2nd Single from His ‘N’ Hers. It charted at #33 in the U.K. Singles Chart, and it was the 1st Single to reach the U.K. Top 40.
Despite what the Song’s Title suggests, this is not a Song about a first sexual encounter. It is a Song where the Singer’s “character” pleas with a lover not to return to her regular, straight-laced partner. By the end of the Song the Singer’s “character” resigns himself to losing his lover, if only for the night, but asks her to at least “save a piece” for him (of his heart? of her body? of her time?).
The “Radio Version” (see the video above which is the edited “Radio Version”) changed the Lyric “I don’t care if you screw him” to “I don’t care if you knew him”, which honestly does not make sense, and is out of context with the Song’s Story.
To promote the Release of this Track, Lead Singer Jarvis Cocker asked Fans to recount stories of their own sexual “first time”. A short film was producted by Cocker and Steve Mackey, featuring “frist time” stories from celebrities including Justine Frischmann, Jo Brand, and John Peel.
2. Jenny was a Friend of Mine by The Killers
“She said she loved me,
but she had somewhere to go.
She couldn’t scream while I held her close.
I swore I’d never let her go.”
The First Track from The Killers’ First Album, Hot Fuss. It was written by Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer.
Despite never being Released as a Single, it is one of The Killers’ most popular and critically acclaimed Songs. It is particularly praised for Stoermer’s Powerful and Melodic Bassline.
The Bassline is reminiscent of John Taylor of Duran Duran’s basslines, especially from Duran Duran’s Self-Titled Debut Album.
The Song is told from the point of view of a boy who has been taken in for questioning about Jenny’s murder. After explaining the incident from his perspective, the “boy” claims innocence by the repeated Chorus “there ain’t no motive for this crime, Jenny was a friend of mine.” There is no resolution at the end of the Song, and we never know if the boy was guilty (though there does seem to be the suggestion of rape in the Song, too, especially in the quoted Lyrics about.
This Song is part of The Killers’ alleged “Murder Trilogy”, three Songs detailing the murder of a girl named Jenny. The other two being “Midnight Show” and “Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf”.
Wouldn’t it be cool to see a Film Version about Jenny?
3. “Birth, School, Work, Death” by The Godfathers
“Been turned around till I’m upside down,
been all at sea until I’ve drowned,
and I’ve felt torture,
I’ve felt pain –
just like that film with Michael Caine.”
“Birth, School, Work, Death” is the First Track from The Godfathers’ Album of the same name, Released in 1988.
It seems like one of the Best Dreading Monday, but pushing through Songs.
Turn this one Up Loud for sure!
4. “Time is On My Side” by Irma Thomas
“And I know,
I know like I told you so many times before,
you’re gonna come back,
yeah you’re going to come back, baby,
knockin’, knockin’ right on my door.”
“Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy (under the pseudonym Norman Meade). It was 1st Recorded by Jazz Trobonist Kai Winding and his Orchestra, in 1963, then it was covered, with added Lyrics by Jimmy Norman, by Both Irma Thomas (see above) and The Rolling Stones, in 1964.
Did you know that The Rolling Stones’ Version was a Cover?
5. “Heavenly” by Grant-Lee Phillips
what other words could I use to describe?”
One of the Most Beautiful Love Songs, “Heavenly” is one of our Favorite Tracks off of Grant Lee Phillips’ 2000 Album, Ladies’ Love Oracle.
Seems the Perfect way to end Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions with this Lilting, Lovely, Beautiful Track.
We hope you enjoy this Monday’s Edition of the Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, and that you Press Play and Turn Up these Tunes from Pulp, The Killers, The Godfathers, Irma Thomas and Grant-Lee Phillips – and Enjoy!
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