Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

3410. Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood

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From: Knock on Wood; Year: 1979; Genre: Disco
I was thinking about picking a couple of other songs for today's Funky Friday; but this awesome disco hit just started playing in my mind when I set out to post. Whilst not categorized as funk, it's definitely got a lot of funk in there; that beat will grab almost anyone with a pulse and get 'em moving.
I remember hearing this one a lot growing up, well into the '80s and beyond. Other than the pounding and bumping beat the two other aspects that really make this song so great is Amii Stewart's commanding vocals and the way they used a slightly modified version of Steve Cropper's original "Money Lick" intro all the way the through the song, which is a massive hook.

Hear Knock on Wood on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Link Wray - Comanche

My song pick two years ago today: Foo Fighters - Everlong

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - The Analog Kid

My song pick four years ago today: The Alan Parsons Project - The Tell-Tale Heart

My song pick five years ago today: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Ethiopia

My song pick six years ago today: Bass Extremes - Glorious Pastorius

My song pick seven years ago today: Alexander Courage - Where No Man Has Gone Before (Theme From Star Trek)

My song pick eight years ago today: The Temptations - Get Ready

My song pick nine years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Not Fragile


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sunday, November 06, 2016

3398. America - Man's Road

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From: The Last Unicorn Soundtrack; Year: 1982; Genre: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
The other day Woordenaar picked one from America and it got me wanting to choose something from the band.
This one comes from the animated classic The Last Unicorn, which is a movie I still cherish to some point from my childhood. What I loved about America's contribution to the soundtrack is that their songs work excellently with the film, but also by themselves. Man's Road is my favourite song they did; while it has that soft/mellow "yacht rock" that they were known for at the time, this one has some great arrangement and an overall dark and brooding feeling that is somewhat mixed with a majestic and upbeat sound thanks to their use of a mix of minor, major, augmented, and diminished chords.

Hear Man's Road on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Bernard Wright – Haboglabotribin’

My song pick two years ago today: Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

My song pick three years ago today: The Beach Boys - I Get Around

My song pick four years ago today: Dick Dale - Nitro

My song pick five years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Astronomy

My song pick six years ago today: Yoshiki Fukuyama - Angel's Voice

My song pick seven years ago today: The Kinks - (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

My song pick eight years ago today: The Allman Brother's Band - Ain't Waistin' Time No More

My song pick nine years ago today: Red Sovine - Phantom 309