Last Christmas

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!!! With the passing of George Michael on Christmas Day, I’m tuning it back to “Last Christmas” by Wham! for the final TuneBack of 2016.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 3, 1984

TRIVIA: Wham! had already had two number ones in the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and news that they were planning a Christmas single meant that a battle for the coveted Christmas number one spot in the UK seemed set to be between Wham! and the year’s other big act, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, who had achieved a third number one in early December with “The Power of Love”. However, the Band Aid project helmed by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, produced the number one single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. Wham!’s offering peaked at number two for much of the period, although George’s involvement in Band Aid meant that Wham! still had an input. Wham! subsequently donated all of their “Last Christmas/Everything She Wants” royalties to the Ethiopian famine.

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Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With only 5 days until Christmas, I’m tuning it back to “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 3, 1984

TRIVIA: The song was written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid, a supergroup put together by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time.

The single’s worldwide success in raising awareness and financial relief for the victims of the Ethiopian famine led the recording of several other charity singles in the UK and in other countries, such as “We Are the World” by USA for Africa. The song also led to various spin-off charity events, such as Comic Relief, and the Live Aid concert which would take place seven months later in July 1985.

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Black or White

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” album recently celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary! I remember listening to that tape over and over in my bedroom when I was 10 years old. I loved it! I also vividly remember when the music video for “Black or White” premiered… so today I’m tuning it back to the original (uncut) music video for “Black or White”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 11, 1991

TRIVIA: Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself. Then he walks outside to perform some of his most physically complicated dance techniques, in a similar way to “Billie Jean”. This part contained sexually suggestive scenes when Jackson starts to grab his crotch, and then zips his pants up. In the original version, Jackson is seen smashing windows,destroying a car and causing an inn (called the “Royal Arms”) to explode. Jackson later apologized saying that the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation of the animal instinct of a black panther, and MTV and other music video networks removed the last four minutes from subsequent broadcasts. To make the vandalism and violence more understandable to viewers, an altered version was produced, adding racist graffiti to the windows Jackson breaks.

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Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I am blessed to have so many incredible women in my life. They have taught me so much and I’m the man I am today because of them. In honour of all the women in my life, I’m tuning it back to “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 1985

TRIVIA: The song is considered to be a modern feminist anthem and was written by Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. They had originally intended to duet with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so the duo approached Aretha Franklin instead.

The track also features three of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers; Stan Lynch on drums, Benmont Tench on organ, and Mike Campbell on lead guitar, plus session bassist Nathan East.

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