Take A Chance On Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of ABBA’s biggest hits, “Take A Chance On Me”. Please enjoy this gloriously cheesy video…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 12, 1977

TRIVIA: The working title of “Take a Chance on Me” was “Billy Boy”.

The song’s origins sprang from Björn Ulvaeus, whose hobby was running. While running, he would sing a “tck-a-ch”-style rhythm to himself over and over again, which then evolved into “take-a-chance” and the eventual lyrics.

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Courage (For Hugh MacLennan)

It’s TUNEBACK TUESDAY! The first thing I read this morning was the incredibly sad news of The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie having terminal brain cancer. The Hip has been a large part of my life as my Dad has been the lead singer of a popular Hip cover band since 1994. Today I’m tuning it back to “Courage” for Gord Downie.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1993

TRIVIA: The song’s bracketed title references the late author Hugh MacLennan, particularly his 1959 novel The Watch That Ends the Night which is paraphrased in the song’s lyrics.

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Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to a chill song from the ’90s… “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” by Primitive Radio Gods.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 1996

TRIVIA: It became popular after being featured in the movie The Cable Guy, as well as its film soundtrack, and soon after peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Its chorus consists of a sample from the 1964 B.B. King song “How Blue Can You Get”: “I’ve been downhearted baby, ever since the day we met.”

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Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today’s TuneBack is dedicated to my husband who turns 30 today. He is a huge fan of Cher, so I’m tuning it back to “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 1971

TRIVIA: Released four years after her last top ten hit “You Better Sit Down Kids”, this song was a comeback single for Cher—it was her first single in four years to chart higher than #84—not only returning her to the top ten of the charts but also giving her two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1971.

The song was written by songwriter Bob Stone as a story-song called “Gypsys, Tramps and White Trash”. Producer Snuff Garrett advised that the title be changed and Stone then changed it to “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”.

The title of this song has also been shown with the alternative spelling “Gypsies”, this being a correct spelling of this word.

The video for “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” was Cher’s first music video. The video was a recorded performance of the song on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour in 1971.

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The Name Game

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1964 with Shirley Ellis’ hit song, “The Name Game”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Late 1964

THE RULES: For those that need reminding of the rules of the song, here they are:

Using the name Katie as an example, the song follows this pattern:

Katie, Katie, bo-batie,
Banana-fana fo-fatie
Fee-fy-mo-matie
Katie!

A verse can be created for any name, with X as the name and Y as the name without the first consonant sound (if it begins with a consonant), as follows:

(X), (X), bo-b (Y)
Banana-fana fo-f (Y)
Fee-fy-mo-m (Y)
(X)!

And if the name starts with a bf, or m, that sound simply is not repeated. For example: Billy becomes “Billy Billy bo-illy“; Fred becomes “banana fana fo-red“; Marsha becomes “Fee-fy “mo-arsha”

BONUS VIDEO: And here’s Jessica Lange performing the song featured in Season 2 of American Horror Story.

See you next Tuesday!