Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! In honour of the legendary icon Carol Channing (who sadly passed away today at 97 years old), I’m tuning it back to “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. Rest In Peace, Carol.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Introduced by Carol Channing in the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949, which was written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s another performance of hers from 1957…

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Don’t Give Up

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY and Happy 2019!!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1986 with Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up (featuring Kate Bush). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 1986

TRIVIA: Gabriel originally wrote the song from a reference point of American roots music and he approached country singer Dolly Parton to sing it with him. However, Parton turned it down, so his friend Kate Bush took her place.

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Oh, It’s Christmas in the Playhouse!

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With Christmas only ONE WEEK away, I’m tuning it back to not one, but THREE songs from one of my all-time favourite Christmas Specials… Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special! The songs are “Oh, It’s Christmas in the Playhouse” featuring the UCLA Men’s Glee Club, “Little Drummy Boy” performed by Grace Jones, and “Feliz Navidad” performed by Charo. Enjoy!! And have a wonderful holiday season!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Pee-Wee’s Christmas Special aired on December 21, 1988.

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Happy Ending

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 2007 with the beautiful “Happy Ending” by MIKA. If you haven’t seen this music video, you’re in for a treat! Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2007

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Hold Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1982 with “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 1982

TRIVIA:¬†Due to the band members’ strained relationships at the time, the video shoot in the Mojave Desert was a “nightmare,” according to producer Simon Fields. “[They] were, um, not easy to work with,” agrees Steve Barron, who directed the clip. “It was so hot, and we weren’t getting along,” recalls Stevie Nicks.

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Stop!

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back almost 30 years to the day with “Stop!” by Erasure. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 28, 1988

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No More “I Love You’s”

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Today I’m tuning it back to 1995 with the Annie Lennox version of “No More ‘I Love You’s'”. I absolutely LOVE this song and music video. Hope it brings a smile to your face. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 6, 1995

TRIVIA: Lennox co-directed the music video with Joe Dyer. It featured Lennox dancing with travesty ballerinos in homage to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The video also features actor Jake Canuso. It was nominated for a MTV award for Best Female Video.

This is a cover of the 1986 song of the same name by The Lover Speaks.

In a 1995 article she wrote for The Independent, Lennox revealed why she chose to record her own version of the song:

“The Lover Speaks was a group formed by a man called David Freeman. When the song was released it made a mild murmur in the charts, but I don’t think it ever really became a hit. There are quite a few songs floating around which should have touched the consciousness of the nation – they should have made their mark, and this is one of them. I thought, well, I might be sticking my neck out to do this, but I really wanted to give it another chance because it’s a magnificent song. The lyrics are extraordinary, poetic and abstract – the perfect sort of vehicle for me.”

David Freeman, co-writer of the original song, said in 2015: “When Annie Lennox covered ‘No More “I Love You’s”‘, she nailed it! She has the ability to be camp and soulful. We were very lucky that she recorded our song.”

BONUS VIDEO: Here is the original version by The Lover Speaks:

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Heroes

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Today I’m tuning it back (with a special dedication to STAN LEE) to 1977 with “Heroes” by David Bowie. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 23, 1977

TRIVIA: Inspired by the sight of Bowie’s producer/engineer Tony Visconti embracing one of Bowie’s backing vocalists by the Berlin Wall, the song tells the story of two lovers, one from East and one from West Berlin. Bowie’s performance of “Heroes” on June 6, 1987 at the German Reichstag in West Berlin was considered a catalyst to the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall. Following Bowie’s death in January 2016, the German government thanked Bowie for “helping to bring down the Wall”, adding “you are now among Heroes”.

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Radio Ga Ga

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite songs by Queen, “Radio Ga Ga”. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 23, 1984 (UK), February 7, 1984 (US)

TRIVIA:¬†Recorded in 1983 and released in January 1984, the song was a commentary on television overtaking radio’s popularity and how one would listen to radio in the past for a favourite comedy, drama, or science fiction programme. It also pertained to the advent of the music video and MTV, which was then competing with radio as an important medium for promoting records. Ironically, Queen had done much to popularize the music video with “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1975 and the video for “Radio Ga Ga” would receive a Best Art Direction nomination.

Roger Taylor originally conceived of the song as “Radio caca” (from something his toddler son once said),¬†which doubled as a criticism of radio for the decrease in variety of programming and the type of music being played.

The band performed the song at every concert from 1984 to their last concert with lead singer Freddie Mercury in 1986, including their performance at Live Aid in 1985.

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This Is Halloween

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION!! Today I’m throwing it back to the classic “This Is Halloween” by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 12, 1993

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