We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last week the beautiful and talented Tina Turner celebrated her 77th Birthday! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourites, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”. Happy Birthday, Tina!!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 8, 1985

TRIVIA: In 1986, the song received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The music video received an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Female Video.

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O-o-h Child

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I feel like we need a promise of a better life for all. Today I’m tuning it back to “O-o-h Child” by The Five Stairsteps.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 1970

TRIVIA: Included on the band’s The Stairsteps album from 1970, it has become the Stairsteps’ signature song and has inspired more than twenty covers since its release.

The lyrics tell the listener that “things are gonna get easier” in times of strife. The song’s uplifting message helped it to become popular among pop and rhythm and blues audiences when it was released.

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Hallelujah

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! This past week has definitely been a trying one for many. Since Donald Trump won the US Presidential Election last week, there has been a rise in expressions of hate and violence. This is not okay. This is not something to ignore. More than ever we need to stand up for our fellow human beings, especially those being marginalized, and show them that we care and we love them no matter their gender, sexual orientation, colour of their skin, etc. We can’t allow the fear and hate to spread over our world like a disease. We must use our words to express to those who may be lost amidst the vast amount of misinformation and manipulation that every one of us is worthy of living a happy life with equal rights.

Sadly, this week we lost one of our greatest wordsmiths and musicians, Leonard Cohen. A true poet, his loss is another addition to the many great artists we lost this year. We need his words more than ever right now. So today I’m tuning it back to his incredible, classic song, “Hallelujah”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 1984

TRIVIA: Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for “Hallelujah”, with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor.

Since 1991, “Hallelujah” has been performed by a wide variety of singers: over 300, and in various languages. Different interpretations of the song may include different verses, out of the over 80 verses Cohen originally wrote.

BONUS VIDEOS: Here are a few of my favourite covers of “Hallelujah”

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Nasty

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of the US Presidential Election today, I’m tuning it back to “Nasty” by Janet Jackson. Here’s hoping Hillary Clinton becomes the first ever female President of the United States! Go out and vote, America!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 15, 1986

TRIVIA: “Nasty” was Jackson’s autobiographical account of confronting abusive men who tried to force their hand on her in Minneapolis. She said,

“The danger hit home when a couple of guys started stalking me on the street. They were emotionally abusive. Sexually threatening. Instead of running to Jimmy or Terry for protection, I took a stand. I backed them down. That’s how songs like ‘Nasty’ and ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’ were born, out of a sense of self-defense. Control meant not only taking care of myself but living in a much less protected world. And doing that meant growing a tough skin. Getting attitude.”

The music video was directed by Mary Lambert and choreographed by Paula Abdul.

See you next Tuesday!!

Angel of the Morning

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I recently (finally) watched Deadpool and LOVED it!! So today I’m tuning it back to the song featured in the opening credits, “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1981

TRIVIA: Written by Chip Taylor, “Angel of the Morning” has been recorded numerous times and has been a hit single for various artists including Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Nina Simone, P.P. Arnold, Olivia Newton-John, The Pretenders/Chrissie Hynde, Dusty Springfield, Mary Mason, Melba Montgomery, Vagiant, Billie Davis, Bonnie Tyler, Rita Wilson and Skeeter Davis.

The song “Angel”, by reggae artist Shaggy, heavily samples “Angel of the Morning”, using the melody with different words for the sung refrain.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the intro to Deadpool. It’s pretty fantastic.

See you next Tuesday!!