Thursday, February 28, 2013

2032 Billy Joel - Piano Man

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From: Piano Man; Year: 2973; Genre: Rock
Bringing February to a close with today's song pick; I'm really looking forward to March and the warmer weather that usually comes with it.
Anyway, the other night whilst cleaning up one of my co-workers was playing some music; this was obviously one of the songs that was played.
For as long as I can remember I've been a big fan of Billy Joel and his music, which is mostly due to both of my parents liking his music and playing it whilst I was young. Personally I've always loved the touch of melancholy, angst, and anger that he puts into his music. This one, which is one of his hallmark songs, oozes with those emotions; it was written about his time he spent as a lounge piano player trying to make a living while he fought to get out of a bad record contract. He paints a vivid picture of the bar scene and of some of its patrons that he met.

Watch the music video to Piano Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pallas - Heart Attack

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins - Windy and Warm

My song pick three years ago today: David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World

My song pick four years ago today: Dire Straits - Industrial Disease

My song pick five years ago today: Blues Image - Ride Captain Ride




And since they won't get revisited this year, my picks on the two leap years:

My leap year pick on 2.29.12: Cheech & Chong - Cheborneck

My leap year pick on 2.29.08: ABBA - The Visitors

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2030 Hawkwind - Kiss of the Velvet Whip (The Mistress of Pain)

From: Hawkwind; Year: 1970; Genre: Space Rock/Psychedelic Rock
I had no song in mind for my pick today, so I am picking one from my queue.
This was a song I was thinking about picking a while ago and I guess now is as a good time as any; it is one of my favoutites from early Hawkwind. As you can probably tell by the title this one is somewhat of a kinky track about a dominatrix.

Hear Kiss of the Velvet Whip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Doobie Brothers - It Keeps You Runnin'

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - The Mooncoin Jig

My song pick three years ago today: Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad

My song pick four years ago today: Jerry Reed - Lightning Rod

My song pick five years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Changes


Monday, February 25, 2013

2029 Rush - La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)

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From: Hemispheres; Year: 1978; Genre: Hard Rock/Progressive Rock
The other day I bought a new t-shirt that has the Hemispheres album cover on it. Of course it got me listening to the album again; afterwards I was wondering which of the four songs on this album I had chosen on my blog. I truly thought for sure that I had at some time picked this one; but after checking my master list and doing a Google search of my blog, (yes I was that sure that I had picked it), I realized I hadn't.
Wow, over 2000 song picks in and apparently I haven't picked my absolute favourite of their instrumental pieces.
Anyway, this is a progressive rock lover/musician's dream to listen to; hell, that goes for the entire album, which is arguably Rush's most ambitious. This is Rush at their best.

Hear La Villa Strangiato on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel

My song pick two years ago today: Rufus & Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good

My song pick three years ago today: Freddie Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem - Viper's Dream

My song pick four years ago today: Larry Graham & Graham Central Station - Pow

My song pick five years ago today - Ricky Nelson - Garden Party


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2023 "Weird Al' Yankovic - Grapefruit Diet

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From: Running with Scissors; Year: 1999; Genre: Comedy/Swing Jazz
It's day three of my "Weird Al" changed this song for me theme week.
For those unaware, this one is a parody of The Cherry Poppin' Daddies' retro swing jazz hit "Zoot Suit Riot," which can be found here on YouTube. I actually like the original version, but due to my dad playing "Weird Al's" version so much, I can't help but think of his parody lyrics every time I hear it.
As with a great deal of his parodies, this one has to do with gastronomic subject matter; specifically an overweight man having to go on a diet to lose weight. Since listening to a lot of his music lately, one thing has struck me, I never realized how much "Weird Al" can manipulate his voice to sound like so many different singers.

Hear Grapefruit Diet on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Soundgarden - I Awake

My song pick two years ago today: Dream Theater - The Big Medley

My song pick three years ago today: Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude

My song pick four years ago today: Johnny Mandel - Suicide is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Vital Signs


Sunday, February 17, 2013

2021 "Weird Al" Yankovic - Headline News

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From: Headline News (single); Year: 1994; Genre: Parody/Alternative Rock
Okay, it's theme week time! I've been wanting to do this one for a long time now and finally I'm getting around to it.
For this theme week I am featuring songs that "Weird Al" has either changed or some could say perhaps ruined for me. In other words, when I hear the original all I can think of is his parody lyrics.
I'm starting this one out with one that I've been hearing on the radio a lot lately, the original, that is. For those not acquainted with this song, it is a parody to The Crash Test Dummy's hit Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, which can be found here on YouTube. Anyway, when the original came on the radio I started to sing along with, but, as with most of his parody lyrics, "Weird Al's" lyrics are quite sticky and thus it was easier to remember his version instead.
As the title of the song suggests he based it on popular news stories at the time: Michael Fay's caning in Singapore, Tonya Harding's hired attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's knee, and finally, Lorena Bobbitt's infamous castration of her husband. From what I understand "Weird Al" has since updated the stories to more recent pop cultural happenings.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Simon & Garfunkel - Richard Cory

My song pick two years ago today: The Doors - Waiting for the Sun

My song pick three years ago today: Black 47 - Funky Céilí (Bridie's Song)

My song pick four years ago today: Duran Duran - Planet Earth

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Rocks on the Road


Saturday, February 16, 2013

2020 Foreigner - Double Vision

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From: Double Vision; Year: 1978; Genre: Hard Rock
When I saw today's pick number, (2020), this was the first song to pop into my head, so I'm picking it.
It is definitely not my favourite song from the band, added with the fact of it being used so much in advertising, I've grown to like it even less. That being said, however, it is still one of the band's more recognizable hits.

Hear Double Vision on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Porcupine Tree - Dark Matter

My song pick two years ago today: Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs

My song pick three years ago today: The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil

My song pick four years ago today: The Moody Blues - OM

My song pick five years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Guardian Of Forever


Friday, February 15, 2013

2019 Yes - Gates of Delirium

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From: Relayer; Year: 1974; Genre: Progressive Rock
For some reason I just felt like listening to something from Yes today. I have yet to pick one from their album Relayer, so why not just pick the "magnum opus?" This 21 minute track is based on Leo Tolstoy's epic War and Peace. Yeah a '70's prog/rock band known for lengthy songs basing a song on one of the most infamously lengthy books in existence; it seems like a match made in Heaven, well... except for those who are into mainstream popular music. Muahahahahahaha!

Hear the full version of Gates of Delirium on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

My song pick two years ago today: ABBA - S.O.S.

My song pick three years ago today: Bobby Bare - The Winner

My song pick four years ago today: Pearl Jam - Even Flow

My song pick five years ago today: Bon Jovi - It's My Life


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2016 Neil Young - Four Strong Winds

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From: Comes a Time; Year: 1978; Genre: Folk
About a month ago the owner of the One Sweet Song blog brought it to a close. While recent posts have been few and far between, it is still sad to see another song a day blog go silent; so many have and it was one of the more intricately designed and informative I had seen.
It's interesting that another blog would go silent at the point I reached my 2000th pick; with the way things have been lately I haven't had the time to think much about how long I've been at this. I really don't know how long I will keep this blog going, but as long as I am having fun and I have my handful of regular visitors and, of course, the multitude of Google and Microsoft bots, (God bless their traffic), to come around I'll probably keep going.
Anyway, I figured it would be fitting to pick the "tombstone pick," as it is, of the One Sweet Song blog today. While I had heard many versions of this song, I hadn't heard Neil Young's version before this; I have to say he did this rather emotional and melancholy tune good.

Hear Neil Young's version of Four Strong Winds on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Jump Start

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins - Trambone

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - Wildflowers in a Mason Jar

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath

My song pick five years ago today: Rammstein - Spieluhr


Monday, February 11, 2013

2015 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Take it Like a Man

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From: Head On; Year: 1975; Genre: Hard Rock
I felt like listening to some BTO this morning; I hadn't listened to their Head On album in a while, so that was the one I chose. While it was not really that commercially successful as their others, this is one of my top favourite albums from BTO. As with most of their other albums it was designed really well; the songs are arranged so well that it is best to play the disc through from beginning to end; each song seems to compliment its predecessor as well as its successor.
Anyway, this has always been among the highlights from the record; I believe it was also the first single from it. As always Randy Bachman and the others are excellent, but I especially like Rob Bachman's drumming in particular on this song. An interesting fact about this track is that Little Richard played the piano throughout the song.

Hear Take it Like a Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stratovarius - Wings of Tomorrow

My song pick two years ago today: Earth, Wind & Fire - Serpentine Fire

My song pick three years ago today: Manuel de Falla - Danza Del Terror (Dance of Terror)

My song pick four years ago today: Dire Straits - Lady Writer

My song pick five years ago today: Rammstein - Zerstören


Sunday, February 10, 2013

2014 Hawkwind - It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous

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From: It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous; Year: 1993; Genre: Space Rock/Progressive Rock
Today is the first day in quite some time that I have not picked a song based on the year coinciding with my pick number. For obvious reasons at this moment it would be impossible to pick a song released next year, so unless I gain access to a time machine or something similar that loose theme has come to an end.
Anyway, since I am talking about the future and with the plethora of science fiction related songs from Hawkwind I couldn't help but pick one of their songs with related subject matter. This one is the title track from their album released in '93. As with much of their music it can best be described as rock that is very weird sounding, but fun nevertheless. While the song essentially has no lyrics, the title itself was apparently taken from a quote by philosopher and mathematician Alfred Whitehead.

Hear It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Earth, Wind & Fire - Fantasy

My song pick two years ago today: Miles Davis - Freddie Freeloader

My song pick three years ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) - Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)

My song pick four years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Little Wing

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Said She Was A Dancer


Saturday, February 09, 2013

2013 Voivod - Mechanical Mind

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From: Target Earth; Year: 2013; Genre: Thrash Metal/Progressive Metal
Because my pick number has reached 2013 today will be the final time my song pick number will coincide with the year a song was released. Tomorrow I guess I can go back to picking random stuff, although I might have a theme week just around the corner.
Anyway, I wasn't sure if I was going to find a song that I liked and wanted to pick that was released within the five or so weeks in this rather young year. However I came across this brand new album from the Canadian Progressive/Thrash Metal band Voivod. To be honest I hadn't heard about them before today, but I am glad I looked into their music; very much worth a listen and then some.

Hear Mechanical Mind on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Quasar - Fanfare/Seeing Stars

My song pick two years ago today: Waylander - A Hero's Lament

My song pick three years ago today: Queen - Seaside Rendezvous

My song pick four years ago today: Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

My song pick five years ago today: Band of Horses - Is There A Ghost?


Friday, February 08, 2013

2012 Rush - Wish Them Well

From: Clockwork Angels; Year: 2012; Genre: Hard Rock
Well, this is my 2012th song picked, and, as I've been doing lately, I am picking a song from the year that coincides with my pick number. I'm still not too sure if I am picking one from this rather young year tomorrow; we'll have to see.
Anyway, when I say there was a lot of good music released last year that is an understatement. It seemed as if half of my favourite bands and solo artists decided to put out new material; to say the least my library of music had expanded in the extreme. Because of this it made picking one song from last year a bit of a chore. After a bit of thought, for no reason whatsoever, I decided on one from Rush's newest one Clockwork Angels. While it's definitely not the best song on the disc, this was one of the first "deeper cuts" to catch my attention the first time I listened to it.

Hear Wish Them Well on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - In My Life

My song pick two years ago today: Fairport Convention - She Moves Through the Fair

My song pick three years ago today: Uriah Heep - Gypsy

My song pick four years ago today: T-Rex - Bang a Gong (Get it On)

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - Devastation


Thursday, February 07, 2013

2011 Queensrÿche - At The Edge

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From: Dedicated to Chaos; Year: 2011; Genre: Progressive Metal
I only have a couple of more days until my song pick number goes past coinciding with past years; I am unsure if I am going to be picking a song released in 2013 since the year is only just over a month in and thus not much music has been released. We'll have to see.
Anyway, here's my pick for 2011 from Queensrÿche's most recent album: Dedicated to Chaos. I have to say I was definitely interested is hearing the album once I knew of its existence, but after hearing a bit of it I am unsure. To be frank, other than Geoff Tate's vocals, it really does not sound like the Queensrÿche I remember. Unless it grows on me this will remain my least favourite of their albums, but this is one of the better songs on the album, and a pretty good one.

Hear At The Edge on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Rock Is My Life, and This Is My Song

My song pick two years ago today: Genesis - Watcher of the Skies

My song pick three years ago today: Jim Croce - These Dreams

My song pick four years ago today: Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - Tonight He Grins Again


Wednesday, February 06, 2013

2010 Band of Horses - Laredo

From: Infinite Arms; Year: 2010; Genre: Rock/Indie Rock
Again, I am picking songs that were released the year that coincides with my song pick number. Actually there were quite a few great albums released in 2010, but this one happened to be one that disappointed. After their first two great albums, (Everything All The Time, and Cease to Begin), I had high expectations, perhaps too high. However, in time I've grown to like some of the material on Infinite Arms, but in my opinion it's still my least favourite. Anyway, this song was, I believe, the first single off the album.

Here Laredo on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Fairport Convention - Dawn

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Alive and Well and Living In

My song pick three years ago today: .38 Special - Chain Lightnin'

My song pick four years ago today: Cream - Swlabr

My song pick five years ago today: Three Dog Night - Celebrate


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

2009 Muse - Unnatural Selection

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From: The Resistance; Year: 2009; Genre: Progressive Rock
For those unaware, I since my song pick numbers have coincided with years I have been picking song from the year that is the same as my song pick number.
Anyway, here's one from my favourite Muse album, which was released in 2009. I have, of course, already picked many songs off of this album and am choosing some deeper cuts now. Not to say that this is a "lesser song" by any means; far from that, it is an excellent track.

Hear Unnatural Selection on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk

My song pick two years ago today: Yoko Takahashi - Zankoku na Tenshi no These (A Cruel Angel's Thesis)

My song pick three years ago today: Aphrodite's Child - Hic et Nunc

My song pick four years ago today: Elton John - All The Girls Love Alice

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - The Body Electric


Monday, February 04, 2013

2008 Melvins - Nude with Boots

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From: Nude With Boots; Year: 2008; Genre: Metal
I had a few other songs from 2008, (also today's song pick number), I was wanting to pick today. However, I noticed that this rather fun track was also released that year and combine that with the fact that I have yet to pick a song from The Melvins this one got picked instead. To me there's really no other way to describe this track other than just pure fun.

Hear Nude with Boots on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Animals - House of the Rising Sun

My song pick two years ago today: Wild Turkey - Sentinel

My song pick three years ago today: KISS - She

My song pick four years ago today: Hawkwind - Assault and Battery/The Golden Void

My song pick five years ago today: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart


Sunday, February 03, 2013

2007 Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop

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From: Black Rain; Year: 2007; Genre: Metal
I'm having another rather busy day, so I'm having to be a bit brief with this pick.
Anyway, again I am picking a song where the release date coincides with the song pick number: today's is, of course, 2007. This is one of Ozzy's newest songs to still get regular rotation an play on the radio. Zakk Wylde is as excellent as always and his guitar is definitely my favourite part of this song.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Primus - Here Come the Bastards

My song pick two years ago today: Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy

My song pick three years ago today: Molly Hatchet - Fall of the Peacemakers

My song pick four years ago today: Don Mclean - American Pie

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Later, That Same Evening


Saturday, February 02, 2013

2006 Rhapsody of Fire - The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight

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From: Triumph or Agony; Year: 2006; Genre: Power Metal/Symphonic Metal
2006, (which is also today's pick number), was another year that contains a lot of good music; I had a real hard time picking just one song. However, I noticed that I have only picked one other song from this great Italian metal band, so I decided on picking one off of their '06 release Triumph or Agony.
Some bands whose music is progressive in nature make concept albums, however, Rhapsody of Fire take it to levels well beyond that. Their narratives span multiple albums Triumph or Agony is part of the second of their epic tales called "The Dark Secret Saga," which spans five albums.
Their music throughout this song is all over the place, going from folkish metal to straight-up or progressive metal to even sections where there is no music and only character actors speaking lines. To say the least it's an interesting track.
This song is broken up into five pieces: I. A New Saga Begins, II. Through the Portraits of Agony, III. The Black Order, IV. Nekron's Blood Rhymes, and V. Escape from Horror.

Hear the full 16+ minute recording of The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Xanadu

My song pick three years ago today: Iron Maiden - Powerslave

My song pick four years ago today: George Frideric Handel - Every Valley Shall Be Exalted

My song pick five years ago today: Kohei Tanaka - Kline's Dream


Friday, February 01, 2013

2005 Hawkwind - Angela Android

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From: Take Me to Your Leader; Year: 2005; Genre: Space Rock/Progressive Rock
Today is my 2005th song picked and I felt like listening to something odd from Hawkwind as well. Lo and behold to my luck they actually released an album in 2005, so I could stick with my theme of picking songs released the year that coincides with my song pick number.
Anyway, I had a couple in mind off of this album to pick, but I couldn't find a video with the song on YouTube, but eventually I found one!
This one, like with most of their work in the genre of space rock, is more than a bit off the wall. To put it bluntly it is about the melding of man and machine, if you get the drift. Even with the somewhat vulgar subject matter of a man's relationship his love android they actually pull it off quite well in about as classy of a way that you can get. For the most part it is more or less a straight-ahead song musically until about halfway through it starts getting quite a bit more interesting.

Hear the studio version of Angela Android in a fan video on YouTube. There is a bit of nudity in the video, so NSFW.



My song pick a year ago today: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Manic Depression

My song pick two years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Through the Eyes of the King

My song pick three years ago today: Nora Bayes - The Japanese Sandman

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions

My song pick five years ago today: The Little River Band - Reminiscing