No Rain

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to the early ’90s with Blind Melon’s “No Rain”. So bust out your bee costume and groove to this awesome track. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 22, 1992

TRIVIA: VH1 ranked the “No Rain” video 83rd on its “100 Greatest Videos of All Time” list.

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Tom’s Diner

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite songs, “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. Watch both the original version and the DNA remix below…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 1, 1987

TRIVIA: The “Tom’s Diner” of the song is Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, a diner on the corner of Broadway and 112th Street. Singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega was reputedly a frequent patron of the eatery during the early 1980s when she was a student at nearby Barnard College. The mid-twentieth century diner would later become famous as a location for some exterior scenes in the popular 1990s television sitcom Seinfeld.

In 1990, two British record producers remixed “Tom’s Diner”, grafting her vocals onto a dance beat from Soul II Soul and turning her simple ad-libbed outro – “Da da da duh, doo da-doo doo” – into the song’s driving hook. Without permission from Vega, her record label, or publisher, the duo released the remix on a limited basis for distribution to clubs as “Oh Suzanne” by “DNA featuring Suzanne Vega”. Vega’s record company of the time, A&M, decided to buy and release the remix rather than take DNA to court for copyright infringement. A&M struck the deal after consulting with Vega, who liked the interpretation, and DNA, who conducted the transaction through intermediaries without revealing their true identities.

An article in the now defunct magazine Business 2.0 revealed that “Tom’s Diner” was also used by Karlheinz Brandenburg to develop the audio compression scheme known as MP3 at what is now the Fraunhofer Society. He recalled: “I was ready to fine-tune my compression algorithm…somewhere down the corridor, a radio was playing ‘Tom’s Diner.’ I was electrified. I knew it would be nearly impossible to compress this warm a cappella voice.”

BONUS VIDEO: Here is the DNA Remix…

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Holding Out For A Hero

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back almost exactly 33 years ago to “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 13, 1984

TRIVIA: Recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 film Footloose, and later included on Bonnie Tyler’s 1986 album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s a great cover of the song from Shrek 2 performed by Jennifer Saunders.

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Easy Street

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last week, ANNIE (the 1982 version) was added to Netflix. I used to watch this movie all the time when I was a kid. So today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite numbers (although there are SO many wonderful songs) “Easy Street” performed by Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 17, 1982

TRIVIA: The first incarnation of the show-stopping “Easy Street” was literally performed in a street, with the three enthralling villains of the film, Hannigan, Rooster, and St. Clair, displaying their joyous greed against a backdrop of dozens of dancing street vendors. After it was shot, director John Huston decided it wasn’t intimate enough and, more importantly, the setting distracted from the three enormous personalities at the center of it. Tim Curry, Carol Burnett, and Bernadette Peters were more interesting to watch just by themselves than in a whole studio full of performers.

After primary shooting, Carol Burnett underwent surgery to correct her overbite and align her jaw. When she was called back to re-shoot “Easy Street,” she had a new face.  As quoted in the Chicago Tribune, she told her director about her concerns. “Mr. Huston,” she remembers saying, “Two months ago, when I went into the closet, I didn’t have a chin.” “Dear,” he responded, “just come out looking determined.”

BONUS VIDEO: Check out the behind-the-scenes video featuring the original version of “Easy Street”.

See you next Tuesday!