Eternal Flame

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! It’s starting to get a little cold out there… so today I’m tuning it back to “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles to keep us warm.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 17, 1989

TRIVIA: The song was inspired by two eternal flames: one at the gravesite of Elvis Presley that the Bangles saw when the band visited Graceland, and one at a local synagogue in Palm Springs which co-writer Billy Steinberg attended as a child. Steinberg recalled to Songfacts: “Susanna was talking about the Bangles having visited Graceland, and she said there was some type of shrine to Elvis that included some kind of eternal flame. As soon as those words were mentioned, I immediately thought of the synagogue in the town of Palm Springs, California where I grew up. I remember during our Sunday school class they would walk us through the sanctuary. There was one little red light and they told us it was called the eternal flame.”

In the BBC programme I’m In a Girl Group, Susanna Hoffs revealed she actually sang the studio recording of the song completely naked due to the producer Davitt Sigerson pranking her by telling her Olivia Newton John had done the same thing but he later told Hoffs he had been lying the whole time.

BONUS VIDEO: Check out the wonderful Kristin Chenoweth singing “Eternal Flame” in the cancelled-too-soon show Pushing Daisies.

See you next Tuesday!!

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Give Peace A Chance

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! For all that has been happening around the world lately, I’m tuning it back to “Give Peace A Chance” by John Lennon.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 7, 1969

TRIVIA: The song was written during Lennon’s ‘Bed-In’ honeymoon in Montreal, Canada. When asked by a reporter what he was trying to achieve by staying in bed, Lennon answered spontaneously “Just give peace a chance”. He went on to say this several times during the Bed-In. Finally, on 1 June 1969, in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, André Perry recorded it using a simple setup of four microphones and a four-track tape recorder rented from a local recording studio. The recording session was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, Joseph Schwartz, Rosemary Woodruff Leary,Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Roger Scott, Murray the K and Derek Taylor, many of whom are mentioned in the lyrics. Lennon played acoustic guitar and was joined by Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, also on acoustic guitar.

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Crook

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today is my Dad’s birthday so I decided to take a look back at one of his original songs, “CROOK” (by The Cat House Dogs). It’s a super-fun song and we had a blast making this music video.

TRIVIA: The entire video was shot in one day using a Sony CyberShot digital camera in the fall of 2007.

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If I Could Turn Back Time

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Over the weekend we turned the clocks back an hour… so it’s only appropriate that this week’s TuneBack is “If I Could Turn Back Time” by the legendary Cher.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 1 1989

TRIVIA: “If I Could Turn Back Time” was written by Diane Warren, who produced the song along with Guy Roche. While the soft rock track was not specifically written for Cher, the singer initially disliked the song upon hearing a demo and turned it down. Speaking of its recording, Warren elaborated in 1991: “I got on my knees and pleaded. I told her I wasn’t going to leave the room until she said yes, and finally, just to get rid of me, she did.” In 2014, she further added: “She really hated [it], but I held her leg down during a session and said, ‘You have to record it!’.” According to Warren, Cher reportedly responded: “‘Fuck you, bitch! You’re hurting my leg! OK, I’ll try it.’ She gave me this look like, ‘You were right’.”

See you next Tuesday!!