Items filtered by date: November 2017
30 Nov
Published in Song of 2day
Arab Strap were characterised by Moffat’s dark sense of humour, expressed through lyrics that often dealt with inebriation and intoxication, or with an unforgiving view of sexual frailty and desire. The group were signed to the influential Scottish label Chemikal Underground, and were referred to in the title of the third album, by Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With the Arab Strap.

The reference was to the displeasure of Moffat and Middleton. “Arab Strap is quite an interesting name,” Middleton said in a 2001 interview. “The words go well together. That’s why we chose it as a band name. We’re friends with them [Belle & Sebastian], but there’s a limit to putting someone else’s name on an album. They’re taking away something from us.”https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/16/arab-strap-return-gigs-20th-anniversary-the-first-big-weekend-2016
29 Nov
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Maybe it's Scotland that I hate...
Maybe Scotland’s got nothing to do with it. Maybe all of this has got nothing to do with anything. But I know that I would give it all up, trade it all in...
for a springboard, and a pair of shorts, and a plain white t-shirt and a perfect backflip.
28 Nov
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When Body Count released the song Cop Killer in 1992, it was considered so inflammatory that Charlton Heston and vice president Dan Quayle joined forces in a hysterical but ultimately successful campaign to have it banned. John Maus's song of the same name, issued earlier this year, has yet to generate a similar level of controversy; probably because Maus is a cultish synthpop crooner who's replaced the incendiary rap-metal onslaught of the original with a maudlin electronic ballad that nobody is likely to interpret as incitement to murder a policeman. Yet Maus's eerie take on Cop Killer carries just as much subversive intent. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/nov/12/john-maus-interview
26 Nov
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Η Τζένη Βάνου (10 Φεβρουαρίου 1939 - 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2014) ήταν Ελληνίδα τραγουδίστρια που διακρίθηκε, με τη χαρακτηριστική φωνή της, για αρκετές δεκαετίες στο ελαφρό και λαϊκό τραγούδι.Γεννήθηκε στις 10 Φεβρουαρίου 1939 στην Αθήνα. Το πραγματικό της όνομα ήταν Ευγενία Βραχνού,το οποίο και άλλαξε για να μην την αναγνωρίσει ο πατέρας της, καθώς ήταν κάθετα αντίθετος στην απόφασή της να ασχοληθεί με το τραγούδι. Οι γονείς της χώρισαν, αφού η μητέρα της εγκατέλειψε τον πατέρα της. Γι' αυτόν το λόγο και της απαγορεύθηκε να βλέπει την κόρη της. Σπουδαίο ρόλο στη ζωή της Τζένης Βάνου έπαιξε η γιαγιά της.Αρχικά σκόπευε να σπουδάσει στη Φυσικομαθηματική Σχολή, αλλά μετά τη γνωριμία της με τον συνθέτη Μίμη Πλέσσα, τον οποίο θεωρούσε μέντορά της, έδωσε εξετάσεις στο Εθνικό Ίδρυμα Ραδιοφωνίας. Ξεκίνησε την καριέρα της το 1959, ως τραγουδίστρια ελαφράς ορχήστρας, στον ραδιοφωνικό σταθμό της ΕΡΤ.Τραγούδησε πρώτη φορά μπροστά σε κοινό το 1964, όπου με το τραγούδι του Πλέσσα «Τώρα» πήρε το Α΄ βραβείο στο Φεστιβάλ Ελαφράς Μουσικής της Θεσσαλονίκης. Σύντομα καθιερώθηκε ως τραγουδίστρια του ελαφρού τραγουδιού και ερμήνευσε ντουέτα κυρίως με τον Γιάννη Βογιατζή. Στα τέλη της δεκαετίας του '60 κυριάρχησε στο λαϊκό τραγούδι και το 1972 συναντά τον Τόλη Βοσκόπουλο, ο οποίος της κλείνει συμβόλαιο στην Columbia όπου γνώρισε μεγάλη επιτυχία τραγουδώντας λαϊκά.Υπήρξε βασική ερμηνεύτρια και «μούσα» πολλών συνθετών. Ερμήνευσε τραγούδια του Μίμη Πλέσσα, του Μίκη Θεοδωράκη, του Γιώργου Μουζάκη, του Κώστα Γιαννίδη, του Ζακ Ιακωβίδη, του Αττίκ, του Αλέκου Χρυσοβέργη, του Τάκη Μουσαφίρη κ.ά.Για τη δουλειά της βραβεύτηκε στην Ισπανία, την Πολωνία και την πρώην Σοβιετική Ένωση.Τα τελευταία χρόνια της ζωής της βρισκόταν μακριά από τη δισκογραφία.Στις 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2014 άφησε την τελευταία της πνοή στο νοσοκομείο Μεταξά, στον Πειραιά, όπου νοσηλευόταν.
25 Nov
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The Flirtations (previously The Gypsies) are an all-female musical group who have recorded since the early 1960s.In 1962 in New York City, Lestine Johnson and sisters Ernestine Pearce, Shirley Pearce and Betty Pearce from South Carolina formed The Gypsies. In 1964 they signed to Old Town Records, where they released their debut single "Hey There, Hey There". The song achieved airplay only on local radio stations, but their next single — the J.J. Jackson-written "Jerk It" — was more successful, reaching #111 (pop) and #33 (R&B) in the spring of 1965. Despite the relative success of "Jerk It", Lestine Johnson left the group, replaced by Viola Billups. The Gypsies released only two singles on Old Town Records in 1966, giving them a total of four.In late 1968 the trio signed with Deram Records and released what would become their signature recording, "Nothing But A Heartache" — a dense, dynamic, earth-shattering melodrama produced by Englishman Wayne Bickerton and written by Bickerton with Tony Waddington. The B-side was a Christmas song, "Christmastime Is Here Again". "Nothing But a Heartache" rose to first place on the "Bubbling Under" list in December 1968 and gave the Flirtations a second Top 40 hit in the Netherlands, reaching No. 36 in early 1968.
24 Nov
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Jack Scott (born Giovanni Domenico Scafone, Jr., January 24, 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada[1]) is a Canadian American singer and songwriter. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time.His legacy ranks him with the top legends of rock and roll. It has been said that "with the exception of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, no white rock and roller of the time ever developed a finer voice with a better range than Jack Scott, or cut a more convincing body of work in Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Country-Soul, Gospel or Blues".
23 Nov
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Jody Reynolds (December 3,1932 – November 7,2008) was an American rock and roll singer,guitarist,and songwriter whose song "Endless Sleep" was a major U.S. top-ten hit in the summer of 1958.His follow-up single,"Fire of Love",peaked at only #66 on the Billboard chart,but the song went on to become a blues-punk classic after being covered by the MC5 and the Gun Club.Reynolds was a regular on the "oldies" circuit and a successful businessman in the U.S. Southwest. Beginning in the 1980s several compilations of his music were issued in the U.S. and Europe, and he enjoyed modest acclaim as a pioneer of rockabilly music.In 1999 Reynolds was honored with both a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California,Palm Springs Walk of Stars and induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
23 Nov
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Jody Reynolds (December 3,1932 – November 7,2008) was an American rock and roll singer,guitarist,and songwriter whose song "Endless Sleep" was a major U.S. top-ten hit in the summer of 1958.His follow-up single,"Fire of Love",peaked at only #66 on the Billboard chart,but the song went on to become a blues-punk classic after being covered by the MC5 and the Gun Club.Reynolds was a regular on the "oldies" circuit and a successful businessman in the U.S. Southwest. Beginning in the 1980s several compilations of his music were issued in the U.S. and Europe, and he enjoyed modest acclaim as a pioneer of rockabilly music.In 1999 Reynolds was honored with both a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California,Palm Springs Walk of Stars and induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
22 Nov
Published in Song of 2day
Herman "Junior" Parker (March 27,1932 – November 18,1971)was an American Memphis blues singer and musician.He is best remembered for his unique voice, which has been described as "honeyed" and "velvet-smooth".He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001.One music journalist noted, "For years Junior Parker deserted downhome harmonica blues for uptown blues-soul music"."Mystery Train" is a song written and recorded by American blues musician Junior Parker in 1953.Junior Parker (aka Herman Parker), billed as "Little Junior's Blue Flames", recorded the song, considered a blues standard,for producer/Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. The song was released on the Sun label. The song was written by Junior Parker, with a credit later given to Phillips.Elvis Presley's version of "Mystery Train" was first released on August 20,1955 as the B-side of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" (Sun 223)."Mystery Train" is now considered to be an "enduring classic".It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a nationally known country music star.
21 Nov
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Ellas McDaniel(born Ellas Otha Bates,December 30,1928 – June 2,2008),known as Bo Diddley,was an American R&B singer,guitarist,songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll,and influenced artists including Elvis Presley,Buddy Holly,the Beatles,the Rolling Stones,the Yardbirds,Eric Clapton,the Who,Jimi Hendrix,George Thorogood,Parliament-Funkadelic,and The Clash.His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop music.In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and a Grammy Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is also recognized for his technical innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar."Hey! Bo Diddley" is Bo Diddley's eighth single released by Checker Records (not to be confused with the song "Bo Diddley", released as a single in April 1957 by Checker Records).This was actually Sept13, 1969 in Toronto at the Rock N Roll Revival festival.Footage is likely reversed to escape copyright infringement.(The tip-off is that Bo played right-handed - not left).
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