You Gotta Be

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Because we can always use some encouraging words to be the best version of ourselves we can be, today I’m tuning it back to “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 28, 1994

TRIVIA: Des’ree drew inspiration for “You Gotta Be” from the Shakti Gawain book Creative Visualization which had abetted the singer’s recovery from a painful romantic break-up; “I’ve always been blindly optimistic, and that [book] helped me rise from my melancholia,” explains Des’ree who it is said “swears by daily affirmations.”

See you next Tuesday!!

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of my 6-year wedding anniversary this weekend, I’m dedicating this week’s song to my incredible husband. I’m tuning it back 30 years to the 1987 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 30, 1987

TRIVIA: Featured as the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin, it hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1987 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks the following month and became the UK’s 2nd biggest selling single of 1987. The single became the first number one single by songwriter Diane Warren. At the time, it made Grace Slick (aged 47) the oldest woman to have a number one single in the United States though the record was later broken by Cher’s “Believe” in 1999 (aged 52).

The song also received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song” at the 60th Academy Awards.

In a radio interview, co-writer Albert Hammond said that the idea for the song came from his impending marriage to his live-in girlfriend of seven years, after his divorce from his previous wife was finalized. He had said to Diane Warren, “It’s almost like they’ve stopped me from marrying this woman for seven years, and they haven’t succeeded. They’re not gonna stop me doing it.” The song has been considered “feel good” propelled by a strong synthesizer beat.

See you next Tuesday!!

Jack & Diane

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today is the 30th Wedding Anniversary of my incredible parents. In honour of them, I’m tuning it back to “Jack & Diane” by John (Cougar) Mellencamp. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 1982

TRIVIA: According to Mellencamp, “Jack & Diane” was based on the 1962 Tennessee Williams film Sweet Bird of Youth. He said of recording the song: ‘Jack & Diane’ was a terrible record to make. When I play it on guitar by myself, it sounds great; but I could never get the band to play along with me. That’s why the arrangement’s so weird. Stopping and starting, it’s not very musical.” Mellencamp has also stated that the clapping wasn’t supposed to be included in the finished song. It was recorded with the clapping in order to help keep tempo and then it was to be removed. However, he realized the song did not work without it.

See you next Tuesday!

I Beg Your Pardon

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I hope everyone had a great Canada Day long weekend (and happy 4th of July to my American Friends)! Today I’m tuning it back to “I Beg Your Pardon” by the Canadian synthpop band Kon Kan.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1988

TRIVIA: The song contains various samples of other songs, including Lynn Anderson’s 1970 hit “Rose Garden”, as well as samples of GQ’s “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)” and Silver Convention’s “Get Up and Boogie”. Recreated samples of Spagna’s “Call Me” and the opening bars of the theme from the film The Magnificent Seven are also present in the song.

See you next Tuesday!