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Same As It Ever Was: What Song Is It?

29 Aug 2017 21:11


Song: Once in a Lifetime (1980)

Artist: Talking Heads

Album: Remain in Light

Writers: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was….

You may find yourself wondering what that catchy but weird song is called where the guy says same as it ever was over and over. Then again, you may find yourself behind the wheel of an exceedingly small automobile but you probably wouldn't Google that. The song in question is actually called Once in a Lifetime and that goofy song is by the Talking Heads….


It Never Rains In Southern California

22 Aug 2017 20:51


Song: It Never Rains in Southern California (1972)

Artist: Albert Hammond

Album: It Never Rains In Southern California (Mums)

Writers: Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood

It Never Rains in Southern California, believe it or not, was written by an Englishman in rainy London. I wouldn't have pegged it as a number a hit in the U.S., where it hit number five in 1972 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it would have been hard to predict what England thought of it. It turns out they didn't care for it. The English don't give a whit about whether it rains in California. Of course, they should have noted the contradiction in the lyrics: It never rains in Southern California, but girl, don't they warn ya?…It pours….


I Don't Know Much: Who Did it First Before Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt?

16 May 2017 21:09


Song: Don't Know Much (1980, 1989)

Artist: Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville

Album: Cry Like a Rainstorm - Howl Like the Wind

Writers: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow

Don't Know Much is perhaps one of the most famous duets ever recorded. Like many such songs, though, it was not written as a duet. It was first recorded by Barry Mann, who co-wrote it and released in 1980 on his self-titled album. It was a beautiful song from the beginning but sometimes it takes more than a beautiful song. It failed to chart and found little success….


Don't You Tell Me No...

30 Apr 2017 22:19


Song: A Little Respect

Artist: Erasure

Album: The Innocents

Writers: Andy Bell, Vince Clark

Don't you tell me no…Soul, I hear you calling…Oh, baby please give a little respect to me..

If it's not the repeated refrain, "that you gimme no," it's the refrain "don't you tell me no" that people remember most about this song. The song is actually called A Little Respect and there is not a moment or melody in it that is not it's own hook. In 1989 it was the third single from their album The Innocents and the second hit for Erasure after 'Chains of Love.' It scored big on multiple charts, reaching no. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and doing even better on the alternative, and dance charts, among others. It reached no. 4 on the U.K. charts. Today, it is arguably the group's most famous song….


Josie's On a Vacation Far Away

27 Apr 2017 22:15


Josie's on a vacation far away; Come around and talk it over…

Song: Your Love (1985)

Artist: The Outfield

Album: Play Deep

Writer: John Spinks

Most people instantly recognize this song by the opening lyrics, concerning Josie and her vacation. For some reason, they just hit you in the face. Who is Josie? And, why are they singing a song about her? The song is called Your Love and it was a smash hit for The Outfield on their debut album, Play Deep. We never really find out who Josie is, but since the song is about the singer talking to someone else and telling them, "I just want to use your love, tonight," we can guess that Josie is a wife or girlfriend who is away and someone is feeling some sort of way. It turns out that the song is about the new girlfriend being away and a one night stand with the old girlfriend….


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