Son of a Preacher Man

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1968 with the classic “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield. I think the first time I really noticed this song was when I first saw Pulp Fiction. I always picture Uma Thurman dancing when I hear this.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 8, 1968

TRIVIA: The song was originally offered to American Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. However, it was recorded by Aretha’s elder sister Erma Franklin and was included on her 1969 Brunswick album Soul Sister. It was only upon hearing Springfield’s version that Aretha Franklin reconsidered and recorded the song herself including it on her 1970 album, This Girl’s in Love with You.

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Supermodel (You Better Work)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of the Season 9 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race this coming Friday, I’m tuning it back to RuPaul‘s “Supermodel (You Better Work)”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 17, 1992

TRIVIA: The music video for the song, featuring RuPaul in various outfits prancing around town, became a staple on MTV. Singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana cited the song as one of his favorites of 1993, and the two were photographed together at the MTV Video Music Awards that year.

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Take On Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite music videos of all time… “Take On Me” by A-ha. The song also happens to be my default ringtone on my phone. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 19, 1984

TRIVIA: The first release of “Take On Me” in 1984 includes a completely different recording, and was featured in the first video, which shows the band singing with a blue background.

The second video, directed by Irish-born British film director Steve Barron, is the most recognized video for the song. It was filmed in 1985 at Kim’s Café (now called “Savoy” cafe) and on a sound stage in London. The video used a pencil-sketch animation / live-action combination called rotoscoping, in which the live-action footage is traced over frame by frame to give the characters realistic movements. Approximately 3,000 frames were rotoscoped, which took 16 weeks to complete.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the original music video (and original recording) from 1984…

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Blue Monday

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to March 7, 1983 (34 years ago today!), when “Blue Monday” by New Order was released. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 7, 1983

TRIVIA: It was released as a 12-inch single on 7 March 1983 through Factory Records and later remade by the band in 1988 and 1995. The song has been widely remixed and covered since its original release, and became a popular anthem in the dance club scene. It is the best-selling 12″ single of all time.

According to Bernard Sumner, “Blue Monday” was influenced by four songs: the arrangement came from “Dirty Talk”, by Klein + M.B.O.; the signature bassline with octaves came from Sylvester‘s disco classic, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”; the beat came from “Our Love”, by Donna Summer; and the long keyboard pad on the intro and outro was sampled from the Kraftwerk song “Uranium”, from the Radio-Activity album.

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