Pure Imagination

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Yesterday the world lost comedic icon, Gene Wilder. In honour of his legacy, I’m tuning it back to his beautiful performance of “Pure Imagination” in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1971

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Ahead By A Century

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! This past Saturday (August 20, 2016), The Tragically Hip performed the last show of their Man Machine Poem Tour as 11.7 Million Canadians tuned in to experience what could very well be their final performance. It was a powerful, emotional moment in Canadian history and one I will never forget. I was also lucky enough to witness their final show in Toronto which was equally as memorable.

In honour of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite Hip tunes, “Ahead By A Century”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 22, 1996

TRIVIA: It is the most successfully charted single in Canada in the band’s history.

The song is one of several Tragically Hip singles which were developed from improvised bridge jams during live performances of the band’s signature song “New Orleans Is Sinking”.

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Material Girl

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today is Madonna’s 58th Birthday!!! To celebrate the birth of the Material Girl, I’m tuning it back to… “Material Girl”! Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 30, 1984

TRIVIA: Madonna has often remarked that she regrets recording “Material Girl” as its title became a nickname for her in the mainstream media.

The music video was a mimicry of Marilyn Monroe’s performance of the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

“Material Girl” has been covered by a number of artists, including Britney Spears, The Chipettes and Hilary and Haylie Duff. It has appeared in the films Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).

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Don’t Look Back In Anger

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! This past weekend I payed a visit to the summer camp I worked at for 15 years. I love visiting and remembering all the great times I had there as a kid, teenager, and twenty-something. It’s always hard to leave that place after a visit. As I was driving away, the song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis came on the radio. I was immediately taken back to being a 15-year-old Counsellor-In-Training back in the summer of ’96. What great memories.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 19, 1996

TRIVIA: The title was picked as a reference to the 1979 David Bowie song “Look Back In Anger” from the seminal art rock album Lodger, with Bowie’s work being a massive Oasis influence.

It is one of the band’s signature songs, and was played at almost every single live show from its release to the dissolution of the band. It was ranked number one on a list of the ’50 Most Explosive Choruses’ by the NME, and was voted as the fourth most popular single of the last 60 years in the UK by the public in conjunction with the Official Charts Company’s 60th anniversary.

“Don’t Look Back in Anger” was also the first Oasis single with lead vocals by Noel (who had previously only sung lead on B-sides) instead of his brother, Liam.

Noel admits that certain lines from the song are lifted from John Lennon: “I got this tape in the United States that had apparently been burgled from the Dakota Hotel and someone had found these cassettes. Lennon was starting to record his memoirs on tape. He’s going on about ‘trying to start a revolution from me bed, because they said the brains I had went to my head.’ I thought ‘Thank you, I’ll take that’!”

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Summer in the City

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Today I’m tuning it back to the summer of ’66 with “Summer In The City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 4, 1966

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