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“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: SOTD

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“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: SOTD
from the album, Becoming X (1996)

“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps

“I’m open…
to falling from grace.”

“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: Song of the Day :: About the Song:

Today’s Song of the Day comes from Sneaker Pimps. A nineties trip-hop/pop hit from the 1996 album, Becoming X.  “6 Underground” is the fourth track on Becoming X. It was first released as a singled in the UK in September of 1996. The song reached # 15 on the UK Singles Chart, and had moderate airplay in the US.

After the song was used in the 1997 US film, The Saint, radio stations began playing it more frequently. The single was re-released in the UK in May of 1997, where it reached # 9 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, the song peaked at # 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at # 7 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Originally, the song was a club hit in the UK. After the commercial success and popularity of the album version, the group released several remixes, some of which became hits in dance clubs and radio stations with a dance format. The version that was most frequently heart on the radio was the remix by Nellee Hooper, which appeared as a hidden track on the album.

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“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: Song of the Day :: My Thoughts:

Take me back to 1996 in a whir and a trip hop beat. “6 Underground” was a mix tape favorite, tucked in between Tori Amos and Portishead usually, sometimes adjacent to Sarah McLachlan, Lush or Fiona Apple.

1996 was full of Women in Music for me, and not just because of Lilith Fair. There seemed to be such a plethora of female voices, in so many genres, but this one, the Trip Hop/Pop genre that was 90’s emerging, was right in my lane. I was coming out of my Goth/Death Rock phase, still carrying with me the love for that music, but hungry for something new. Brit Pop and Trip Hop were it.

Music often reminds me of people and specific places, but this one reminds me of the year it came out in, and a few years that followed. It reminds me of the me I was in those years, and the way Music was evolving and expanding for me.

“6 Underground” (live) :: Sneaker Pimps

“6 Underground” by Sneaker Pimps was Today’s Song of the Day. What is your Song of the Day?

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Got a light? :: Monday Playlist

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Got a Light? :: A Monday Playlist
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“Cigarettes & Alcohol” :: Oasis
“Mrs. Robinson” :: The Lemonheads
“Don’t Need the Sunshine” :: Catatonia
“I’ve Been Here Before” :: Lush
“Los Feliz (Blues & Greens)” :: The Jesus & Mary chain”
“Ocean” :: Goldfrapp
“#1 Crush” :: Garbage
“Life is Strange” :: T. Rex
“Destiny” :: Zero 7
“Breathing Underwater (CHR Summer Mix)” :: Metric
“Ceremony” :: New Order
“All You Need is Love” :: The Beatles
“Lost in the Supermarket” :: The Clash
“Pretty Green” :: The Jam
“A Million Miles Away” :: The Plimsouls
“Cigarettes & Coffee” :: Otis Redding
“Perfect Skin” :: Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
“Always the Sun” :: The Stranglers
“Age of Consent” :: Cayetana
“You’re the Best Thing” :: The Style Council
“Sleepy California” :: Her Space Holiday
“Monsters & Angels” :: Voice Of The Beehive
“She’s Not There” :: The Zombies
“On Your Side” :: Pete Yorn
“Nothing, Not Nearly” :: Laura Marling
“Cigarettes & Loneliness” :: Chet Faker
“I Got High” :: Clem Snide
“Apocalypse” :: Cigarettes After Sex
“Like a Friend” :: Pulp
“Glam Bucket” :: Underworld

Northern Soul Monday

“I’m Com’un Home in the Morn`un” :: Lou Pride :: Best Northern Soul Music Monday

“I’m Com’un Home in the Morn`un” :: Lou Pride
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“I received a call from my woman,
tellin’ me she was feelin’ bad.
She didn’t know what to do,
she was all alone,
wanted me to come home,
she was feelin’ sad.”

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The Best of Northern Soul Music coming to you on a Monday starts off with Lou Pride’s Northern Soul “I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un”. Starting here, with the volume turned up high, let’s read up on Pride and this Stomper of a song.

George Louis “Lou” Pride was born in Chicago, Illinois, in May of 1950. He grew up on the “North Side” and attended the First Baptist Church, where the pastor was Nat King Cole’s father. It is said that after watching a B. B. King performance with his mom, blues singing became Pride’s career goal.

His first Music gig was with the Karls on service shows, in Germany. When he returned to Chicago from that stint he formed a duet with a female singer who went by the initials JLC. The two had a Sam & Dave type act and got on so well together that they eventually married, and settled in El Paso, Texas.

It was in Texas that Pride recorded “I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un”, along with the other acclaimed single, “Your Love is Fading/Lonely Road”, both on Seumi Records, in the early 70’s.

Pride’s “on the road” resume include performing with Clarence Carter, Betty Wright, Ko Ko Taylor, Kool & The Gang, and B.B. King.

Following a period of illness, Pride died in Chicago, in June of 2012. He as 68 years old.

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The song, “I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un”, was recently featured in the movie, Northern Soul (2014), a British historical film directed by Elaine Constantine. It tells the tale of two teenagers from Lancashire, Matt and John, who are forever changed by the discovery of Northern Soul music, and the dance culture that grew up around it, in Britain.

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From Fusion Magazine, written by Daniel Salas:

What makes “Im Com’un Home in the Morn’un is all its individual elements—the bass and drums are charging along like crazy train in the middle of the night backed with that northern soul beat, then the horns come in blaring full of energy. Its undeniable charge is enough to get your feet tapping or like the northern soul kids, go crazy on the dance floor. On top of the up-charged track is a smooth layer of Pride’s vocal. The b-side “I’m Not Thru Lov’un You is a great bluesy/soul song, smooth and complementary of the flipside, but the a-side far overshadows in popularity. What makes this record so rare is that it was pressed by a small label, and only so little were made. This little record out of El Paso was a huge hit in the UK’s northern soul scene.

“I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un” by Lou Pride started us off for our Best Northern Soul Music Mondays. Check back every Monday for more of the Best Northern Soul Music and start your Mondays out right.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/27/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/27/17

What Music is playing on My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day today? Its a Monday, the day so many dread, but with Music isn’t anything conquerable, bearable, and maybe even joyous? For this Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions we tune in to The Supremes’ covering my favorite Sam Cooke song. From there we hear from Saint Etienne with “You’re In a Bad Way”. I chose a track from Pulp’s His ‘N’ Hers album for number three, and then a third released track from Goldfrapp’s soon-to-be-here album. The five Music Obsessions for Monday wind up with a track from Morcheeba (pictured above), “Friction”, taken off their 1998 album, Big Calm.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Bring It On Home To Me” :: The Supremes

“If you ever,
change your mind,
about leaving,
leaving me behind,
bring it to me,
bring your sweet lovin’,
bring it on home to me.”

I had no idea that The Supremes had an entire album of Sam Cooke covers. This is a delightful surprise, especially as Sam Cooke is one of my all-time favorite singers. This song, my favorite Cooke track, sounds lovely, melodic, with the right amount of hope sewn in that the original always carried with it. I look forward to spinning the rest of the album today.

2. “You’re in a Bad Way” :: Saint Etienne

“Toast is burned,
and your coffee’s cold,
and you leave all the post,
’cause it’s nothing but bills again.”

Reminds me of a “Manic Monday” kind of song, perfect for a Monday. This is a fun, feel good, impossible not to smile kind of song. Another reason for it to be perfect for a Monday. Saint Etienne always reminds me of my trip to Manchester, UK. It was in a small record store that I picked up a double-CD, greatest hits album of theirs: London Conversations: The Best of Saint Etienne.

3. “Do You Remember the First Time?” :: Pulp

“Now I don’t care what you’re doing,
no I don’t care if you screw him.
just as long as you save a piece for me.”

Oh Uncle Jarvis, you always seem to capture the way adolescent, or early twenty-something love feels like. The kind that is fraught with desperation, with strung out feeling, with first times and starts and stops, and unrequited love.

4. “Moon in Your Mouth” :: Goldfrapp

“I want stay here now.
Every moment is a luxury.”

In preparation for this week’s release of Goldfrapp’s new album, Silver Eye, here is the latest pre-album single released by the band. This track, and “Ocean”, are both so fantastic. I cannot wait for their seventh album to get here.

5. “Friction” :: Morcheeba

“Friction is turning to fire.
Friction is burning much higher.”

A Spring song to me, full of newess and cool mornings, off-and-on rain falling from the sky, dancing, and love. The song features Spikey T on vocals.

Let’s here it for Monday, or at least Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.



New Music Friday is here! Are you looking for the Best New Music Releases today? Below you will find My Top 5 New Releases for New Music Friday. I’ve scoured the lists, played the tracks, and put together the best of the best. Have a listen, play a featured track, and if you like what you hear go out and support the artists, and the Music.

I would love to hear what you think of the selected songs, and album titles. Is there a New Music Release that you feel should be on this list?

Comment below and let me know what you think.


1. Damage and Joy :: The Jesus And Mary Chain

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Three-Sentence Review: Highly anticipated new album, Damage and Joy is everything I was hoping for, starting strong with a song that reminds me of a mix between The Dandy Warhols “Bohemian Like You” and Love And Rockets’ “So Alive”. Brothers Jim and William Reid, quoted as saying they have “buried the hatchet” of all to common sibling-in-band-rivalry, have created an album that evolves their Music (see “All Things Pass” and especially the electronically-fused”Simian Split” without losing their quintessential sonic sound (see the Darklands’ sounding “War On Peace”). Track 7, “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)” is by far my favorite, the nod to Los Angeles, the layers of sound, and the lyrical story told within.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Amputation”, “War On Peace”, “All Things Pass” and “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”

2. I Don’t Know What to Feel :: The Dove And The Wolf

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Three-Sentence Review: I have been a fan of Philadelphia via Paris singers’ Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat since I first heard The Dove And The Wolf play live, opening for Butch Walker. The girls blew me away, and I have been anxiously awaiting new music from them ever since. This EP was written in response to the Bataclan theater attacks last November, in Paris. Though I would have loved a full album, the songs on here are a 7-song delight, reminding me again why they caught my ears as the opening act, and why I have been hungry for more (and hopefully there will be even more…soon).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Green & Yellow”, “Seven Days” and “Across the Atlantic”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Green & Yellow”

3. “Moon In Your Mouth” :: Goldfrapp

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Three-Sentence Review: Can the new Goldfrapp album be out already? “Moon In Your Mouth” marks the third single released pre-album, and number three is definitely my favorite of the bunch (so far).Each song, thus far, has had a different sound to each, mixing up genres and inspirations. This one definitely has an EDM sensibility to it, a mid-to-trance tempo ballad with a notable drum beat underneath.

mid-tempo dancefloor ballad with a steady drum beat and an atmospheric blend of synth texture

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A – Single

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Moon In Your Mouth”

4. 810 :: Trementina

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Three-Sentence Review: Meeting at the corner between Dream-Pop and Shoegaze, Chilean band Trementina’s album 810 is full of a gossamer-winged sweetness and light that is infectious and floaty-feeling. A few tracks, like “Oh Child” and “No Control” transcend the Dream/Shoegaze, infusing the tease of beats that bring out the dance in them, and my favorite track, “Out of the Lights”, brings in some Dub sounds to add even more variety to this collection of songs. I do believe Trementina is a band to keep an eye, and ear out; there is a lot of promise and interest going on here.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Please Let’s Go Away”,”All I Wanted”, and “Out of the Lights”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

“Out of the Lights”

5. You Had Me at Goodbye :: Samantha Crain

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Three-Sentence Review: I am immediately reminded of early Kate Nash and Lily Allen, as well as of Courtney Barnett, both in vocals, sardonic lyrics, and the style and sensibility of the songs with the album You Had Me at Goodbye. This album feels like it sprang from the early aughts in to this late March 2017 day. This is the fifth album by Samantha Crain, though this is the first I’ve heard of, or heard her Music. It seems to mark a shift in sound from a more country/folk sound, to something that teeters between indie pop, chamber pop, and something else that is a shade, or two, darker that the “pop” inclusion would describe (especially on songs like “Betty’s Eulogy”).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Oh Dear Louis”, “Betty’s Eulogy” and “Wreck”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Oh Dear Louis”

On the Eve of Another Year :: Goodbye 47 A Birthday Eve Playlist

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On the Eve of Another Year :: Goodbye 47
A Birthday Eve Playlist
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“Oblivious” :: Aztec Camera
“So in Love” :: OMD
“If I had a Gun” :: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
“Roses” :: Pete Yorn
“Metropolis” :: The Church
“Wild Wood” :: Paul Weller
“Melt Your Heart” :: Jenny Lewis
“Emmylou” :: First Aid Kit
“I Could be Happy” :: Nouvelle Vague
“Queen of the Underworld” :: Jesse Malin
“Starlite Diner” :: Ryan Adams
“Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” :: Elton John
“Challengers” :: The New Pornographers
“True Affection” :: The Blow
“Out on the Road” :: Norah Jones
“Penny Lane” :: The Beatles
“The Ghost in You” :: The Psychedelic Furs
“Such Great Heights” :: The Postal Service
“Know Who You are at Every Age” :: Cocteau Twins
“Love Street” :: The Doors
“Fooled Around & Fell in Love” :: Elvin Bishop
“Alive & Kicking” :: Simple Minds
“Scrape Away” :: The Jam
“Gunga Din” :: The Libertines
“Parklife” :: Blur
“Mr. Blue Sky” :: Electric Light Orchestra
“B.H.S.” :: Sleaford Mods
“Setting Sun” :: The Chemical Brothers
“Going out of My Head” :: Fatboy Slim
“Novocaine for the Soul” :: Eels
“Not if You were the Last Junkie on Earth” :: The Dandy Warhols
“The Only One I Know” :: The Charlatans
“This is the One” :: The Stone Roses
“Baby It’s You” :: Smith
“Brand New Key” :: Melanie
“So Alive” :: Love & Rockets
“Troubled by the Way We Came Together” :: Natalie Imbruglia
“Mr. Big Stuff” :: Jean Knight
“We are All Made of Stars” :: Moby
“But Not Tonight” :: Depeche Mode
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” :: David Bowie
“Satellite of Love” :: Lou Reed
“My Drug Buddy” :: The Lemonheads
“Learn to Fly” :: Juliana Hatfield
“Days Go By” (acoustic) :: Dirty Vegas
“The More You Live, the More You Love” :: A Flock Of Seagulls
“Birthday” :: The Sugarcubes

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Wednesday, the eve of my birthday, the last day of my 47th year of a Music Obsessed Life. Today’s 5 starts with Andy Lewis and Paul Weller singing the question “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” Up next is The Housemartins celebrating “Happy Hour”. Sleep is the subject of Song #3, with Cornershop, then its Aztec Camera’s “Somewhere in My Heart”. The 5 Music Obsessions for today finishes with The Lightning Seeds’ “Change” (which is more about not changing).

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” :: Andy Lewis & Paul Weller

“Are you trying to be lonely?
Well, it’s working for you.
Are you trying to be lonely?
What are you trying to prove.”

Weller Wednesday with a new Weller discovery off of Andy Lewis’ album, You Should Be Hearing Something Now!

2. “Happy Hour” :: The Housemartins

“Where they open all their wallets,
and they close all their minds,
and they love to buy you all a drink.”

I picked up The Housemartins’ album, London 0 Hull 4, in 1986, at Music Market, one of my favorite – at the time – record stores. It was the source of many music discoveries, albums I still have in my collection, and revisit on occasion. I thought of this song earlier today when a coworker was complaining about the stilted conversations at happy hours with other coworkers.

3. “Sleep on the Left Side” :: Cornershop

“Sleep on the left side,
keep the sword hand free –
whatever is gonna be,
is gonna be.”

I read an article about the health benefits of sleeping on your left side. Not once did they mention keeping the hand on the other side free for a sword.

4. “Somewhere in My Heart” :: Aztec Camera

“Somewhere in my heart,
there is a star that shines for you.
Silver splits the blue.
Love will see it through.”

Written by singer/songwriter Roddy Frame, and produced by Michael Jonzun, “Somewhere in My Heart” was the biggest hit by Aztec Camera. It was the 12th single ever released, and the 3rd single coming off of their 1987 album, Love. Love was the first Aztec Camera album I ever owned, bought at the same time I picked up a Cassette Single (remember those?) which had their cover of Van Halen’s  “Jump”on the “b-side”.

5. “Change” :: The Lightning Seeds

“You never gonna to be like all those fools,
you’re going out tonight.
There’s nothing to lose,
you’re gonna give all a try.”

This feels like coming-of-age in a song.

Cheers to Wednesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day…on my birthday.

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My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

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My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

Looking for the best Music from Hope Sandoval? Whether it be Songs from Mazzy Star, her solo work with The Warm Inventions, or her Musical Pairings, there is a lot of beautiful Music to wade through. Years of listening to Hope in all her incarnations has led me to this quintessential list of My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs for this Top Ten Tuesday. So, take a look, and a listen, to the Top Ten Best Music from Hope Sandoval.

1. “Fade Into You” :: Mazzy Star 

I wanna hold the hand inside you.
I wanna take the breath that’s true.
I look to you and I see nothing.
I look to you to see the truth.”

One of those songs I never, ever get tired of hearing. The opening track from the 1993 album, So Tonight That I Might See, this song is a thing of timeless melancholic beauty.

2. “Halah” :: Mazzy Star

“I guess that you believe you are a woman,
and that I am someone else’s man.”

So quintessentially 1991 to me. I close my eyes and I can see everything so clearly, where I was, the feel of a black crushed velvet baby doll dress, short hair, that upstairs apartment with the claw-footed tub and the painted flowers on the window panes.

3. “Into Dust” :: Mazzy Star

“I could possibly be fading,
or have something more to gain.”

In the mid-to-late 90’s this was my favorite Hope/Mazzy Star song. It all started with hearing it in the film Foxfire, and grew through pen pals and mix tapes, Music fueled crushes, and dreams of being lost, or at least just someplace else.

3. “California” :: Mazzy Star

“I think I hear the whisper of my own best friend.
I think I hear the bells ringing in the square,

Songs about California are a thing to me, one of my Music Obsessions. I collect them and could list them, but it would take a list far more vast than any “Top Ten Tuesday” could hold. This song about California reminds me of leaving, and coming back again. How this state is in my blood, and always will be. How this is the place I always come back to.

4. “Five String Serenade” :: Mazzy Star

“And on my easel I drew,
while I was thinking of you.”

There is something cinematic about this song. I close my eyes and I picture episodes of Twin Peaks, or films in the desert like Kalifornia, and Natural Born Killers. I see pages of the desert story I’ve been writing, too, about cults and coming of age in a dusty, nowhere desert town existence.

5. She’s My Baby” : Mazzy Star

“She’s my baby,
she belongs to me,
but yesterday she walked home all alone.”

The fuzzy guitar is everything here. I love the way it compliments, and contradicts, Hope’s vocals.

6. “On the Low” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“All this time,
I always,
have the light,
on for you.
But, I know,
I’m a fool.
I know.”

I listen to this song and I think that I want to hear Ryan Adams and Hope do a duet together.

7. “Sometimes Always” :: The Jesus & Mary Chain, featuring Hope Sandoval

“I gave you all I had.
I gave you good and bad.
I gave,
but you just threw it back.”

The perfect break up/get back together song. It also is a stellar road trip song, too.

9. “Butterfly Mornings” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“I found you in the corner,
down there sitting on the sea.”

Lush and lullaby like. This song makes me long to be by the ocean, sleeping a dreamless sleep, floating.

10. “Let Me Get There” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, featuring Kurt Vile

“It was always our story,
if you forgot.”

A late 70’s, light rock, AM radio kind of feel. In the best way.


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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17


My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Tuesday starts out with a parenthetical love song with Frank Wilson’s “Do You Love You (Indeed I Do)” which leads into the title track from the newly released Spoon album (reviewed here). Mary Wells takes it from there, leading into another Weller-creation with “My Ever Changing Moods” from The Style Council. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions bring the Music to 5 with “Perfect Skin”, which completes our Tuesday Music Obsessions of the Day.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” :: Frank Wilson

“The very thing that I want most,
is just to have and hold you close.
Do I love you?”

“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was first pressed in 1965 on the Motown subsidiary label named Soul. Approximately 250 demo 45’s of the song were originally pressed and scheduled to be released in December of 1965. Owing to a combination of Frank Wilson deciding he’d rather focus on producing, and Motown’s Berry Gordy’s rumored lukewarm reception of the vocals, and also supposed prevention of his producers having recording careers, the demos were almost all destroyed.

At least two survived, maybe five. One fetched £25,742 from a collector, in 2009. Another is supposedly owned by Gordy himself. Due to its scarcity it remains one of the most collectible 45’s, especially by followers of Northern Soul.

Owing to the demand for the song caused by DJ’s playing it at the famous UK Northern Soul nightclub, the Wigan Casino, it was first “officially” released in the UK in 1979 on the Tamla-Motwon label, and again in 2004 with a version of the same song by Chris Clark on the “b-side”.

2. “Hot Thoughts” (live) :: Spoon

“Hot thoughts melt in my mind,
could be your accent,
mixing with mine.”

Fresh off the new album from Spoon, “Hot Thoughts” is the title track, and one of the strongest songs on the band’s ninth album. The above video is a live version recorded on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Listening to this live version has me wishing and hoping that I’ll get the opportunity to finally see Spoon play live this year.

3. “You Beat Me to the Punch” :: Mary Wells

“That day,
I first saw you passing by
I wanted, to ask your name but I…
was much too shy.”

This Music Obsession Song actually started late yesterday afternoon when I found myself hitting replay, over and over. I listened to the track again early this morning, as I woke with it playing on a loop in my head.

The song was released in 1962, and was co-written by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, who were responsible for the majority of hits released by Mary Wells while she was a Motown artist.

The song was produced with a “mock-calypso” beat which inspired an “answer” song by soul singer Gene Chandler called “You Threw a Lucky Punch” which used the same music, but with different lyrics. Chandler’s “answer” became a Pop and R&B chart hit that same year.

4. “My Ever Changing Moods” :: The Style Council


“The cool before the warm,
the calm after the storm.
I wish to stay forever,
letting this be my food,
but I’m caught up in a whirlwind,
and my ever changing moods.”

This was the first Style Council song I ever heard. My first Weller, actually. I remember going to the Music Plus that was down the hill from my school and buying the cassette of the album Cafe Bleu (titled My Ever Changing Moods here in the U.S.) and playing it over and over again. It was the 5th released single from The Style Council at that time.

“My Ever Changing Moods”, backed with the Hammond organ instrumental “Mick’s Company”, reached # 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song remains Weller’s greatest success in the US (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist).

It will always be one of my all-time favorite songs.

5. “Perfect Skin” (live) :: Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

“Louise is a girl,
I know her well.
She’s up on the pavement, 
yes she’s a weather girl.
And, I’m staying up here so I may be undone.
She’s inappropriate,
but then she’s much more fun.”

A few years back I went through a Lloyd Cole obsession, playing his Music, his albums, while I was working on a memoir. The name Louise stuck out in this song, especially with the lyric “she’s inappropriate, but then she’s much more fun”. I had to gift one of the characters the name because this song, and that lyric, fit her so well, and I was in need of a handful of “re-names” to give these non-fictional people.

“Louise” can be found a bit in the title song from the album “Perfect Skin” is off of — “Rattlesnakes”.

That was Tuesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.