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What is Love – Haddaway

What is Love – Haddaway

If you were Haddaway, do you think you would be embarassed that your song became the centerpiece to a Saturday Night Live sketch that was so popular that it was expanded into a nearly unwatchable movie titled Night at the Roxbury? Or would you be proud? If I’m Haddaway, I’m completely content to have unleashed a pop song that is so relentless, it enters your brain, sits down on the couch, makes a ham sandwich, orders … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

This gibberish could only have become a hit in the 1970s. Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang? Are you serious? What does Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang possibly mean? Listen to the first verse and it appears Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang means the couple needs to stay together. Or go grocery shopping. Or file their taxes. I’m unsure at this point. Verse two seems to imply things are not as they seem even though “baby has been so good to me” but “please … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Mississippi Queen – Mountain

Mississippi Queen – Mountain

Mountain is one of those groups that radio stations seem to forget ever released more than one song. Aside from “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain’s tunes don’t find their way onto the airwaves very often. “Mississippi Queen” was a good song, but “Theme From an Imaginary Western,” “Nantucket Sleighride,” and my personal favorite “Never in My Life” are neglected gems from this early heavy metal band. Propelled by a driving, assertive cowbell on the beats (Led Zeppelin’s “Good … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

My friend recently told me this story.  He’s driving to Home Depot with his five-year old son who asks his dad to replay the song they had just heard. My friend says, “I can’t. It was on the radio.” His son says, “What’s the radio?” (Read this next bit in your big movie trailer voice here) In a world where iPods rule the land and people have hundreds and thousands of songs at their fingertips, radio doesn’t matter anymore. Ladies … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock