Partyman

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Last week we lost another one of our legendary musicians, Prince. For me, the first time I really took notice of what an incredible artist he was was when I heard his songs in Batman. I was already familiar with “When Doves Cry”, “Little Red Corvette” and “1999”, but as an 8-year-old obsessed with Batman… Prince became that much cooler to me. I ended up getting the soundtrack on cassette and would listen to it over and over on my yellow Sony Walkman. Ah, memories. Here’s the full version of “Partyman” from the Batman Soundtrack…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 20, 1989

TRIVIA: The Batman Soundtrack was quickly recorded in six weeks—from mid-February to late March 1989—and Prince used three tracks recorded earlier: “Electric Chair”, “Scandalous”, and “Vicki Waiting” (originally known as “Anna Waiting”, named for his then-girlfriend Anna Fantastic). Originally, the songs “1999” and “Baby I’m a Star” from earlier albums were slated to be used in the film, but Prince instead recorded an entire album’s worth of material with Batman samples and lyrics. It was also originally planned to be Prince performing the funk songs, and Michael Jackson would perform the love ballads; this plan was unfruitful. The album was performed entirely by Prince, with a few exceptions: Sheena Easton duets with Prince on “The Arms of Orion”, “Trust” features a sampled horn part by Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss, and “The Future” features strings by Clare Fischer sampled from the then-unreleased 1986 track “Crystal Ball” and samples of the Sounds of Blackness choir. “Batdance” includes a sample of Prince’s technician Matthew Larson, and “Partyman” features the vocal performance of then-girlfriend Anna Garcia (credited as Anna Fantastic).

BONUS VIDEOS: Here’s the scene from Batman in which “Partyman” is featured. I always loved this scene.

And another scene from Batman featuring the awesome track, “Trust”.

See you next Tuesday!!

There She Goes

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! April is National Poetry Month, so today I’m tuning it back to a song that was featured in the movie So I Married An Axe Murderer (in which Mike Myers performs some memorable beat poetry about his dating life). So sit back, sip on a large cappuccino, and snap your fingers to “There She Goes” by The La’s.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 31, 1988

TRIVIA: The first version of the song, produced by Bob Andrews, was released by The La’s in 1988, and again on 2 January 1989, but failed to chart. Andrews’ production of the song was remixed by Steve Lillywhite in 1990 for inclusion on their debut album The La’s. This remixed version was issued as a single on 22 October 1990 and hit number 13 in the UK charts (and later hit number 49 in the U.S.). It was the biggest success The La’s were ever to enjoy and remains the song for which the band is chiefly remembered.

Structurally, the song is very simple and contains no verses, only a single chorus repeated four times and a bridge. The song borrows from The Velvet Underground’s “There She Goes Again”, particularly the accents that separate the choruses.

It has appeared on several film soundtracks, including The Parent TrapFever PitchGirl, InterruptedCold Case, and So I Married an Axe Murderer (where both the original and Boo Radleys version appear). It also opens the “Pilot” episode of Gilmore Girls.

BONUS VIDEOS: In 1999, Sixpence None the Richer released a cover version of the song as the second single from their self-titled album, Sixpence None the Richer.

And here’s Mike Myers in So I Married An Axe Murderer performing his poem about his latest break-up…

See you next Tuesday!!

More Than A Feeling

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to a song I’ve had stuck in my head for the last couple weeks… “More Than A Feeling” by Boston. What a great classic rock song!! Hard to believe it was released 40 years ago!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 1976

TRIVIA: Boston’s website claims that the song is about “the power an old song can have in your life”, with Tom Scholz elaborating that “it was sort of a bittersweet ballad.” The lyrics express the author’s discontent with the present and his yearning for a former love named Marianne, whose memory is strongly evoked by an old familiar song. In a recent interview Scholz was asked, “Who Is Marianne?” He replied, “There actually is a Marianne. She wasn’t my girlfriend.” He explained that when he was 8 or 9 years old he had a much older cousin who he thought was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen and that he was “secretly in love” with his cousin (laughs).

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s a great remix of the classic tune…

See you next Tuesday!!

The NeverEnding Story

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to the title song from the 1984 classic film, “The NeverEnding Story”. I watched this movie countless times as a kid. I remember loving it (even though several moments in the movie scared the crap out of me) and I can’t hear this song without picturing Falcor flying through the sky. Enjoy the video in all it’s ’80s glory…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1984

TRIVIA: As a reference to the film and its title, the song has no distinctive beginning, nor an end. While many songs fade out, “The NeverEnding Story” not only fades out, but also fades in, thus making it “never ending”.

BONUS VIDEO: And here’s Peter Griffin riding Falkor.

See you next Tuesday!!