Sweetest Thing

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite U2 songs, “Sweetest Thing”. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1987 (B-Side), October 19, 1998 (Re-recording)

TRIVIA: It was originally released as a B-side on the “Where the Streets Have No Name” single in 1987. The song was later re-recorded and re-released, as a single in October 1998 for the band’s compilation album, The Best of 1980-1990.

The song was reportedly written by Bono as an apology to his wife Ali Hewson for having to work in the studio on her birthday during The Joshua Tree sessions. At Alison’s request, profits from the single went to her favoured charity, Chernobyl Children’s Project International.

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Praise You

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1999 with “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim. This definitely ranks as one of my favourite music videos of all time. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 4, 1999 (UK) & February 16, 1999 (US)

TRIVIA: The song features a prominent vocal sample from the opening of “Take Yo’ Praise” by Camille Yarbrough, as well as a prominent piano sample from the track “Balance and Rehearsal” from a test album entitled Sessions released by audio electronics company JBL. The song also features a guitar sample from the opening of “It’s a Small World” from the Disneyland Records-released album Mickey Mouse Disco and the theme from the cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

The accompanying video for “Praise You” was directed by Spike Jonze with Roman Coppola. Jonze starred in the film under the pseudonym Richard Koufey, along with a fictional dance group: The Torrance Community Dance Group. The video intro described it as “A Torrance Public Film Production”.

The video was shot guerrilla-style – that is, on location without obtaining permission from the owners of the property – in front of puzzled onlookers outside a movie theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.

The “Praise You” video was made only because Jonze, unable to work with Fatboy Slim on the video for “The Rockafeller Skank”, recorded and sent his own solo dance video to “Skank” as a gift; Jonze’s ‘alternate’ music video was so well received by Slim that Jonze’s fictional Torrance Community Dance Group was green-lighted for the official video for “Praise You”.

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(You’re a) Strange Animal

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1985 with “(You’re a) Strange Animal” by Gowan. I absolutely LOVE Gowan and listening to any of his songs brings me back to my childhood home. Plus, I like to think of myself as a bit of a strange animal. Enjoy!

TRIVIA: Gowan’s inspiration for “(You’re a) Strange Animal” came from the writings of Hermann Hesse.

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Please Don’t Go

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1992 with “Please Don’t Go” by KWS. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: April 27, 1992

TRIVIA: Originally recorded and released in 1979 by KC and the Sunshine Band.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the original song…

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Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1970 with “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” by Middle of the Road. Love this tune!! Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1970

TRIVIA: The original recording of the song by its composer, Lally Stott, was a Top 15 hit in France and a minor hit in Italy, Australia and in the United States. Stott’s record company, Philips, was reluctant to release the song overseas, and apparently offered it to two other groups: Scottish folk-pop group Middle of the Road, who were working in Italy at the time, and the Trinidadian brother-and-sister duo Mac and Katie Kissoon. While it is unclear which group Stott offered his song to first, Mac and Katie Kissoon produced their cover version first. Middle of the Road’s version then initially became a hit in continental Europe only, but later grew in popularity in the United Kingdom.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s the original version by Lally Stott.

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Let It Go

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With all the snow we’ve been getting, I thought it only appropriate to tune it back to 2013 with “Let It Go” from Frozen (performed by the incredible Idina Menzel). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2013

TRIVIA: Although unintentional, the song’s composition was pivotal in the film’s characterization of Elsa. Although Elsa was originally written as a villain, co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee gradually rewrote Elsa into one of the film’s protagonists after “Let It Go” was composed. About that, Lee later explained, “the minute we heard the song the first time, I knew that I had to rewrite the whole movie.” Buck further clarified: “Jen had to go back and rewrite some pages in the first act to build up to that scene….. You have to set it up well enough in advance so that when the song comes, the audience is ready for it and there’s an emotional payoff.”

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Right Here, Right Now

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1990 with “Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 1990

TRIVIA: The song was inspired by events in Europe of the late 1980s, particularly Perestroika in the Soviet Union; Mike Edwards has since noted some of the lyrics were influenced by the band’s experiences playing in Romania in February 1990 right after the overthrow of Ceauşescu.

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Don’t Give Up

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY and Happy 2019!!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1986 with Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up (featuring Kate Bush). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 1986

TRIVIA: Gabriel originally wrote the song from a reference point of American roots music and he approached country singer Dolly Parton to sing it with him. However, Parton turned it down, so his friend Kate Bush took her place.

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Happy Ending

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 2007 with the beautiful “Happy Ending” by MIKA. If you haven’t seen this music video, you’re in for a treat! Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2007

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Hold Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1982 with “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 1982

TRIVIA: Due to the band members’ strained relationships at the time, the video shoot in the Mojave Desert was a “nightmare,” according to producer Simon Fields. “[They] were, um, not easy to work with,” agrees Steve Barron, who directed the clip. “It was so hot, and we weren’t getting along,” recalls Stevie Nicks.

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