Go Your Own Way

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 1976

TRIVIA: The song was written on a vacation in Florida in a house the band rented. By this point, the members of Fleetwood Mac were not getting along very well. Mick Fleetwood, the band’s drummer, remembers the tense atmosphere during this time:

“It was hardly a vacation. Aside from the obvious unstated tension, I remember the house having a distinctly bad vibe to it, as if it were haunted, which did nothing to help matters…and that’s where Lindsey played some of his stuff for the album. It was rough but it was great, though the setting didn’t do it justice…”
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Total Eclipse of the Heart

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today (in honour of yesterday’s Solar Eclipse), I’m tuning it back to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1983

TRIVIA: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” had to be shortened for radio play. Tyler did not believe that the song was radio-friendly at its full length; the song was reduced from seven minutes and two seconds to four minutes and thirty seconds.

Producer Jim Steinman said in an interview with Playbill:

“with Total Eclipse of the Heart, I was trying to come up with a love song and I remembered I actually wrote that to be a vampire love song. Its original title was Vampires in Love because I was working on a musical of Nosferatu, the other great vampire story. If anyone listens to the lyrics, they’re really like vampire lines. It’s all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love’s place in dark…”

BONUS VIDEO: If you’ve never seen the “Literal Video” version of the song… watch it NOW… (p.s. You’re welcome).

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Stand

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I was recently going through some old Mix Tapes (yup, still have them) and came across one that I made during my last year as a Counsellor-In-Training at my summer camp back in 1996. It was very interesting to see the mixes I put together at 15 years old. One of the songs on that tape was “Stand” by R.E.M. … which I’m tuning it back to today. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 1989

TRIVIA: Singer Michael Stipe has said of the song’s origin that he and the other band members were discussing The Banana SplitsThe ArchiesThe Monkees, and similar 1960s pop groups. “They threw these super bubblegummy songs at me, and I said, ‘I’ll raise you and see you one.’ And I wrote the most inane lyrics that I could possibly write. Now, it was a very intentional thing to do that. I really like most of those songs, in fact.” Guitarist Peter Buck described “Stand” as “without a doubt, […] the stupidest song we’ve ever written. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though”, comparing the song to “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen in terms of ‘stupid’ lyrical content.

“Stand” was used as the theme song for the 1990–1992 Fox sitcom Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott.

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Waterfalls

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1995 with “Waterfalls” by TLC. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 29, 1995

TRIVIA: The background vocals are performed by the members of TLC, as well as Debra Killings and Cee-Lo Green.

The lyrics of the song reference 1990s issues such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic and violence associated with the illegal drug trade. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins said that it was important for the group to “get the message across without seeming like preaching.”

The video won four awards at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards: Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best R&B Video, and the Viewer’s Choice Award.

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Poison

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of this week’s episode of GAME OF THRONES (without getting into detailed SPOILERS), I’m tuning it back to “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 24, 1990

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