Most girls will confirm that the best part of going out is getting ready – and it sounds like Joe Jackson agrees. The imagery in this song is great. You don’t hear too many songs about the anticipation of going out – getting dressed, hopping in a cab, and the thought that anything can happen.
This song is special for a lot of reasons. It was one of the first true multi-format hit songs – it crossed seemingly unrelated genres: New Wave, Jazz, and synth-pop. And although it’s a relatively quiet song with a simple hook, it’s too classy to be called “adult contemporary” or “soft rock.” It’s simplicity is what makes it a classic – and you can’t say that about too many things from 1982.
I just realized that last weekend, Now Hear This Chicago turned 1 year old! Happy birthday to my little website and all of my fellow music lovers who make it possible.
So as a little birthday present from me to the website, I’m posting my favorite Replacements song – Swingin Party. For no other reason except that it’s an awesome song and the world should be reminded of its existence. Thank you again for your support, and here’s to another year of great music!
As most of you know, yesterday we lost Adam Yauch to cancer. Although he was best known as MCA from the Beastie Boys, he was also a practicing Buddhist and founder of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts. I wanted to remember MCA by sharing one of my favorite Beastie Boys tracks – Paul Revere. A lot of people aren’t aware of the close relationship that the Beasties had with fellow hip hop group Run DMC. In fact, Paul Revere was co-written by Joseph Simmons (aka Rev. Run) and Darryl McDaniels.
Thank you, MCA, for 30 years of groundbreaking music and social awareness.
This song…. aside from rocking my socks off, is one of the earliest examples of sampling in alternative music. Or any genre, for that matter. Siouxsie Sioux rocks harder than any other female singer I can think of – so it’s no surprise that singers like Lady GaGa, Shirley Manson, and Karen O list her as an influence.
If you’re trying to kick your caffeine habit like I am, just play this song as you roll out of bed in the morning – it’s the musical equivalent of a Starbucks Red Eye.
Despite the constant references to highways/roads/miles/etc, I’m going to guess that this song has nothing to with driving. It has to be an extended metaphor of some sort – maybe for lost or unrequited love. The emotional equivalent of road fatigue, if you will.
Bonus: You’ll never guess who plays drums on this song (and most of the album, actually). Phil Collins! In Plant’s early solo career, Phil Collins seemed to be his go-to drummer.
This song is just… yeah. It’s one of those songs. You know what I mean, right? If you don’t, just listen for a minute and it’ll be obvious. The lyrics are definitely R-rated, but it’s just your standard NIN fare. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it gratuitous.
Added bonus: If you listen closely, you can hear Trent Reznor playing around with the same synthesizer that he would use 5 years later on Closer.
Released on Lifes Rich Pageant in 1986. In honor of the 31 years of music that R.E.M. has given us, I thought I’d share my favorite REM song with you guys.
It’s so bizarre to think that R.E.M. is no longer together. (Although some people say that the band died in 1997, when Bill Berry left). I have to confess that I didn’t listen to much of REM’s releases after Monster. But I will always remember their great music, and of course, their awesome appearance on Sesame Street.
But for now, let’s take a trip back to the late 80′s with Fall on Me. (Note: this song sounds better on a good stereo system)