Steal My Sunshine

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning back to one of my absolute FAVOURITE summer songs… “Steal My Sunshine” by the Canadian band Len. This song always takes me back to the summer days of my teenage years, listening to my mix tapes while driving my Mom’s 1988 Nissan Stanza. Good times.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 30, 1999 (on the “Go” Soundtrack)

TRIVIA: The backdrop of the song is based on a sample of a short instrumental portion of Andrea True Connection’s 1976 disco single “More, More, More”.

Supposedly inspired by The Human League’s 1981 synthpop hit “Don’t You Want Me”, the song’s vocals alternate between Marc and Sharon Costanzo.

When Len had signed to Work Records, one of its demands was to be able to direct its own videos. The group used a $100,000 budget to make the video. They flew to Daytona Beach, Florida with two dozen friends while the area was crowded with people on their spring vacations. They spent much of the budget on alcohol, buying so much that they broke their hotel’s elevator trying to lift it. They shot the video in the afternoon so that they could recover from hangovers in the morning and drink in the evening. The scenes were shot without a script or storyboard.

BONUS VIDEO: Sit back and enjoy the wonderfully cheesy video to “More, More, More” by Andrea True Connection. The section that Len sampled (along with some of Andrea’s fantastic dance moves) is shortly after the 2-minute mark. Enjoy!

See you next Tuesday!!

Safety Dance

It’s time for another TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! For this week’s TuneBack, we’re revisiting a much-loved classic ’80s tune… “Safety Dance” by the Canadian new wave band Men Without Hats.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 14, 1983

TRIVIA: In regard to the meaning of the song, the writer/lead singer, Ivan Doroschuk, has explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogoing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming. New wave dancing, especially pogoing, was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogoers accidentally bounced into one another (the more deliberately violent evolution of pogoing is slam dancing). The bouncers did not like pogoing so they would tell pogoers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression. Other lyrics in the song include references to the way pogoing looked to bouncers, especially “And you can act real rude and totally removed/And I can act like an imbecile”.

BONUS VIDEO: This week marks the 4-Year Wedding Anniversary of my husband and I. For our reception, we performed a Flash Mob to the Glee version of “Safety Dance”.

See you next Tuesday!!

 

Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)

Good morning and happy Tuneback Tuesday!! So there’s a little background about this week’s Tuneback… My father is in a Bee Gees Tribute Band called STAYIN’ ALIVE (Right?! How awesome is that?!) and every summer for the past 9 years they have performed at Epcot Center for Sounds Like Summer. I’ve been lucky enough to see them perform at Epcot for the past 5 summers, but I’m not there this year. So it’s only fitting that this week’s Tuneback is “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” by the Bee Gees. It’s a fantastic song and one of my favourites by the Brothers Gibb.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 1976

TRIVIA: The group did not perform “Fanny” live because of the layers of harmonies used to create the studio recording. Maurice Gibb once claimed in an interview, “We all love that one, but it’s just a bitch to sing”.

BONUS VIDEO: Check out STAYIN’ ALIVE performing “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” at Epcot Center back in 2013.

See you next Tuesday!!

Time After Time

For the very first Tuneback Tuesday, here is one of my favourite songs from the ’80s… “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. As a child of the ’80s, this song was played many times in my house and it has a very special place in my heart.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 27, 1984

TRIVIA: Written by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, the inspiration for the song came after both songwriters were going through similar things with their relationships; he was coming out of a long and hard relationship, while she was having a lot of bumps with boyfriend, David Wolff.

The song’s title was inspired when Cyndi was looking in the TV Guide and saw a lot of movie titles, with the 1979 science fiction movie Time After Time being chosen.

See you next Tuesday!!

Hello and welcome!!!

Hello and welcome to the official TUNEBACK TUESDAY blog!! This is something I’ve been wanting to start for a while now and I’m finally taking the plunge. So… what is “Tuneback Tuesday”?! Everyone (or at least most of us daily Facebook and Instagram users) are aware of Throwback Thursday where we share our pictures from the past. Tuneback Tuesday is for sharing music (anything from music videos to theme songs to commercial jingles) of the past. Music is such an incredibly powerful medium so why not share the songs we love with one another? My goal is to post something every Tuesday (but I’m sure I will miss one here and there) along with some trivia or interesting tidbit about that particular song.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next tuesday!!