365 Day Song Challenge: Day 112 – “Dangerous Type”

Day 112: A song by your favorite band/artist whose name begins with “C”.

“Dangerous Type” – The Cars

Dangerous TypeYou really should have seen this one coming. If not the song, at least the band.

The Cars were my first favorite band. While all my friends were oohing and aahing about The Police in 1983/1984, I was telling everyone I knew about The Cars.

Two things about that:

After the furor about The Police faded away (and Sting bailed) I was still talking about The Cars. (At least until Ric Ocasek bailed.) Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 110 – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

Day 110: Your favorite song with a number in the title.

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)Hmm… Two one-hit wonders in a row. And also two parenthetical titles in a row. I’m going to be screwed if one of these topics comes up as “Your favorite one-hit wonder with parenthesis in the title.”

Anyway, I would like to start by saying I did not see Benny & Joon. Well, not all of it, anyway. And the parts that I saw, I hated. So unlike many people, it was not the movie that turned me on to this song by The Proclaimers. If credit must be given, it would likely have been WBRU, who, like many other stations started playing the song because of its popularity in the movie.

Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 109 – “Say Hey (I Love You)”

Day 109: A song you like from someone you consider a one hit wonder.

“Say Hey (I Love You)”
Michael Franti & Spearhead (featuring Cherine Anderson)

Say Hey (I Love You)To be clear, I am not the only one who considers Michael Franti & Spearhead to be a one-hit wonder. When I went looking for lists of one-hit wonders on Wikipedia, there they were on the list. Along with many, many, many, many (can I stop now?) others.

The sad thing is that I like a whole bunch of the people on those lists. And not necessarily just for the song in question (although in plenty of cases it is just for the song in question). Since the Hot 100 chart and I tend to disagree on a lot of things, I don’t discriminate based on chart placement. In some cases (like a-ha to name just one), I have numerous albums from someone who the singles charts have only recognized once. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 108 – “Hollywood”

Day 108: Your favorite song by a band/artist whose name begins with “C”.

“Hollywood” – Collective Soul

HollywoodThere are actually many songs by Collective Soul that were contenders for this post. But I kept coming back to “Hollywood.”

I’ve mentioned this song before. And, I’ll say again what I said then: I liked this song the first time I heard it.

And it’s not just because it sounds like “Magic” by the Cars.

Granted, the chord structure of the intro and verses might have some resemblance to “Magic.” Okay, they might be the same chords. Okay they’re the same chords!

You’d have to be asleep at the switch to be unaware of my affinity of The Cars. (More on that in a few days.) But that chord progression is actually only a small part of why I like the song. Truth be told, it’s “Hollywood”‘s chorus that really does it for me. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 107 – “The Last Farewell”

Day 107: A song that reminds you of one of your parents.

“The Last Farewell” – Roger Whittaker

The Last FarewellI’ve written a number of times about my parents’ taste in music. And there were many instances where, because of their influence, I like artists and songs that I should hate, given my normal genre preferences.

There are just as many that I don’t like. Strangely enough, these seem to fall more on the side of my father’s preferences than my mother’s. No question that there are plenty of artist my mother liked that induce retching on my part. But in terms of percentages, my dad wins the retch-fest.

His tastes were certainly more eclectic than my mom’s. While she stayed pretty much in the country-to-pop range, my dad’s tastes included much of the country that my mom liked (and less of the pop), but also extended to such artists as Kenny G and Zamfir (and that God-damned pan flute of his). Continue Reading