365 Day Song Challenge: Day 145 – “Things Can Only Get Better”

Day 145: A song that you would use to cheer up a friend.

“Things Can Only Get Better” – Howard Jones

ThingsCanOnlyGetBetterHoward Jones was one of those guys who was in the right place at the right time. When New Wave was all the rage, he fit in quite well, but as soon as that ship had sailed, he disappeared into obscurity.

I believe it was the hair. As soon as he cut his hair, he was done.

But for a while there, he was doing pretty well.

Dream Into Action was his second album, and “Things Can Only Get Better” was the opening track.

I think it makes a pretty good “cheer up” song, but it also makes a pretty strong personal motivation song. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 144 – “Leave The Biker”

Day 144: A song by your favorite band/artist whose name begins with “F”.

“Leave The Biker” – Fountains Of Wayne

About a hundred years ago (or at least it seems that long ago), I wrote a post about how Fountains Of Wayne should be more popular. I also think they are my favorite band whose name starts with “F”. And they should be yours, too. Trust me. I know these things. And I’m not alone. I found this Fountains Of Wayne artist primer while I was preparing this post.

So it’s probably pretty obvious to anyone who reads this blog that I’m a geek. I’m good with it, though. Mostly.

The one thing I could never come to grips with was women. It’s not an issue now, but back in my 20s, it was ridiculously annoying—no, depressing—that all these women would be out there dating absolute jerks. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 143 – “You Sexy Thing”

Day 143: A song beginning with the word “you”.

“You Sexy Thing” – Hot Chocolate

YouSexyThingThis song had a resurgence in the 90s when it was featured in The Full Monty, and then a short while later when it was featured in, of all things, a Burger King ad.

But I remember it from shortly after its initial release in 1975.

You see, this one was another one of my brother’s 45s. And I remember hearing it in the bedroom we shared on Campbell Rd. in Willoughby, Ohio. (And, of course, after that, as well.)

That house is long gone, but the song remains. (Which is probably how it should be.) Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 142 – “What Does My Girl Say”

Day 142: Your favorite parody song.

“What Does My Girl Say” – SNL Cast with Kerry Washington

What Does My Girl SayI feel a little bit like a cheating lover.

You see, I grew up listening to “Weird Al” Yankovic. The first two albums I ever bought on vinyl were both “Weird Al” albums.

So to choose something other than a “Weird Al” song as my favorite parody song seems very wrong. Continue Reading

365 Day Song Challenge: Day 141 – “Second Hand News”

Day 141: Your favorite song by a band/artist whose name begins with “F”.

“Second Hand News” – Fleetwood Mac

Second Hand NewsI’ve got a knack for knowing if I’m going to really like a song the first time I hear it. I’m not perfect at it, as my love of “All Mixed Up” and “Mama” will show. But I’m right more than I’m wrong.

And then there are those times when I hear a song and I know I love it immediately. Like “Odds Are.” And “What About Everything?” And “Hollywood.”

And “Second Hand News.”

I was born just a little too late to have experienced the hoopla around Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Like every sentient being that was alive in 1977, though, I was aware of songs like “Dreams” and “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” Continue Reading