Inside Out

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Today I’m tuning it back to 1995 with “Inside Out” by Culture Beat. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 3, 1995

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The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! A couple days ago Cher celebrated her 72nd Birthday! In honour of the dark lady, I’m tuning it back to her version of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 7, 1990

TRIVIA: Written and composed by Rudy Clark, it was first released as a single in 1963 by Merry Clayton that did not chart. The song was made a hit a year later when recorded by Betty Everett, who hit No. 1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international hit once again when remade by Cher in 1990.

Cher’s remake was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single’s U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! With the release of the Teaser Trailer today for the upcoming movie about Queen, I’m tuning it back to the incredibly classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 31, 1975

TRIVIA: Freddie Mercury wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody” at his home in London. The song’s producer, Roy Thomas Baker, related how Mercury once played the opening ballad section on the piano for him: “He played the beginning on the piano, then stopped and said, ‘And this is where the opera section comes in!’ Then we went out to eat dinner.” Guitarist Brian May says the band thought that Mercury’s blueprint for the song was “intriguing and original, and worthy of work”. According to May, much of Queen’s material was written in the studio, but this song “was all in Freddie’s mind” before they started.

Although critical reaction was initially mixed, “Bohemian Rhapsody” remains one of Queen’s most popular songs and is frequently placed on modern lists of the greatest songs of all time.

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Jump (For My Love)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1984 with “Jump (For My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters! Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 11, 1984

TRIVIA: Released prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics games, the song’s video featured footage of athletes competing in track and field events, as well as NBA stars Julius Erving and Magic Johnson. The Pointer Sisters were awarded the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Jump (For My Love)”, and Steve Mitchell (co-writer) received his nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1985 for his musical performance as the principle musician on the song’s recording.

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Saturday Night

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1975 with “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 29, 1975

TRIVIA: The ‘Hey Ho Let’s Go’ chant in “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones was according to Tommy Ramone inspired by “Saturday Night.”

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Knowing Me, Knowing You

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to some classic ABBA with “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 14, 1977

TRIVIA: “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and was released as a single in February 1977, becoming one of the group’s most successful hits.

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Ice Ice Baby

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of this “Spring” weather, I’m tuning it back to “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1989

TRIVIA: The song’s hook samples the bassline of the 1981 song “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, who did not receive credit or royalties for the sample. In a 1990 interview, Van Winkle said the two melodies were slightly different because he had added an additional note, an anacrusis (“pickup”) between odd-numbered and subsequent even-numbered iterations of the “Under Pressure” sample. In later interviews, Van Winkle readily admitted he sampled the song and claimed his 1990 statement was a joke; others, however, suggested he had been serious. After representatives for Queen and Bowie threatened a copyright infringement suit against him, the matter was settled out of court, with Van Winkle being required to pay financial recompense to the original artists. Bowie and all members of Queen were also given songwriting credit for the sample.

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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1978 with “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1978 (UK), January 1979 (US)

TRIVIA: The song was originally recorded as a mid-tempo piano driven gospel song, however after producer Patrick Cowley saw a rehearsal of the song at San Francisco’s city disco, he offered to remix the song. The result was one of the pioneering disco records using some electronic instrumentation and effects, following closely on “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer which heavily used electronic instrumentation ahead of its time. These 1970s songs using electronic instrumentation would have an influence on 1980s and 1990s dance music, which in turn, would have an influence on dance music in the next century.

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South Side

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 2000 with “South Side” by Moby (featuring Gwen Stefani). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2000

TRIVIA: During the recording sessions for Moby’s fifth studio album Play, Gwen Stefani, lead singer of the rock band No Doubt, offered to perform guest vocals for “South Side”. Around the time of the song’s recording, No Doubt had recently achieved substantial commercial success with their album Tragic Kingdom, and Moby reflected that he “couldn’t figure out why she’d want to go into the studio with me. She was a big rock star and I was a has-been.” Moby was impressed by her vocal performance, but he struggled to produce an adequate mix of the song with her vocals, and ultimately left them off the version included on Play.

“South Side” originally appeared as the fifth track on Play. It was released as the seventh single from the album on November 7, 2000. By this time, Moby had managed to tap a friend of his to produce a new mix of “South Side”, and for the single release Stefani’s vocals were restored to the song, as originally intended.

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Something

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! No matter what’s going on in my life… whether it be good… bad… or mediocre… whenever I listen to The Beatles it ALWAYS connects to my soul, opens my heart, and broadens my mind. It’s nearly impossible for me to pick just one favourite song of theirs, but “Something” is definitely up there. Hoping wherever you are in life, this song strikes a chord in you.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 6, 1969

TRIVIA: “Something” was the first Harrison composition released as a Beatles A-side and the only Harrison composition to top the US charts before the Beatles’ breakup.

It has been covered by over 150 artists, making it the second-most covered Beatles song after “Yesterday”. Artists who have covered it include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, James Brown, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Smokey Robinson, Ike & Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Isaac Hayes, Julio Iglesias and Neil Diamond. Harrison said his favourite version of the song was James Brown’s, which he kept in his personal jukebox.

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