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).

See you next Tuesday!

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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Make Your Own Kind of Music

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of the Pride celebrations happening in Toronto (and elsewhere in the world), I’m tuning it back to “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Mama Cass. To everyone out there who feels or has ever felt alone or an outcast, know that you’re an amazing and unique individual. Don’t let others take that way from you. Love yourself and show the world who you are. Happy Pride!!!! #LoveIsLove

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 1969

TRIVIA: Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, “Make Your Own Kind of Music” was first recorded in 1968 by the New York City-based trio the Will-O-Bees (Janet Blossom, Steven Porter, and Robert Merchanthouse), who regularly performed Mann/Weil compositions.

Tiny Dancer

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1972 with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. The official music video for the song was just released a few weeks ago! Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 7, 1972

TRIVIA: The song’s lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin to capture the spirit of California in 1970 encapsulated by the many beautiful women he met there. The song was dedicated to Maxine Feibelman—Taupin’s first wife—on the album Madman Across the Water.

See you next Tuesday!