Monday, July 28, 2008

Forgotten Gem: Simply Red - 'Something Got Me Started"

By the time Simply Red released its hit 1991 album, Stars, it had already been around for half a dozen years - building success through tracks like 'Holding Back the Years' (1985) and 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' (1989).

However, it was Stars' opening track, 'Something Got Me Started,' that got me started listening to Simply Red.

The song's dance grooves and jazzy keyboards were a pleasant shift from the group's easier-listening, soul-pop leanings. The album as a whole was funkier than the group's previous three offererings. While the album's title track went on to become the bigger single, 'Something Got Me Started' still deserves recognition for its pure clubability.

To start your own 90s dance party, click the song below:

Simply Red - 'Something Got Me Started'.mp3

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kenny Loggins - 'Playing with the Boys' - Video

Taking a page out of Title IX litigation, Kenny Loggins pleads for athletic gender equality with his eighties video, 'Playing with the Boys.'

The video's storyline is pretty cliche: cocky-jock men challenge a modest group of women to a game of volleyball, in a gymnasium packed full of spectators. The men have no problem in the beginning running up the score and partaking in outrageous dance celebrations. But the women refuse to give up, keep working hard, and tie the score toward the end of the game. Who ends up winning the match? Think "Mentos Commercial," and you can easily figure out the answer.

'Playing with the Boys' may be cheesy and dated, but its a sweet song nonetheless. Watch the video for 'Playing with the Boys' below:

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Fleet Foxes - 'Blue Ridge Mountains'

Fleet Foxes is arguably one of my favorite new bands of 2008.

An amalgamation of folk-gospel, soft-rock and Brit-pop, the band's retro stylings fall somewhere among the likes of America and Iron & Wine.

'Blue Ridge Mountains,' a track from the group's self-titled June release, builds from acoustic strummings and subtle vocal harmonies into a full-fledged piano rocker.

The band makes such a convincing argument here for Southern-fried folk-rock, it would be hard to peg Fleet Foxes as a Sub Pop act from Seattle.

You can stream 'Blue Ridge Mountains' below:

Fleet Foxes - 'Blue Ridge Mountains'.mp3

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dick Prall - 'The Cornflakes Song'

Iowa-born, Chicago-based Dick Prall's 'The Cornflakes Song' is one of 2008's sleeper hits. Lo on the fi, and high on the cheer, the song is a breezy indie tune.

Stream 'The Cornflakes Song' below:

Dick Prall - 'The Cornflakes Song'

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Journey - 'Something to Hide'

Journey's Infinity first introduced the band to FM audiences with such hits as 'Wheel in the Sky' and 'Lights.' But it was the album's deep cuts that really shaped the album into one of the band's best.

One such track was 'Somethin' to Hide.' Not only did Perry's incredible vocals shine through, but Schon's bluesy guitar riffs and Rolie's keyboard arrangements provided perfect complements as well.

You can stream 'Somethin' to Hide' below:

Journey - 'Somethin' to Hide'

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Monday, July 14, 2008

New GNR Song Featured on Rock Band 2

A new Guns N' Roses song, "Shackler's Revenge," apparently from the decade-in-the-works album "Chinese Democracy," will be included in the video game "Rock Band 2," according to a report in the New York Times.

The game will be released in September.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Pigeon Detectives - 'This Is An Emergency'

Like its other alt-rock analogues, the secret ingredient to 'This Is An Emergency' is its chorus. Frolicking and rollicking, this raucous song can be streamed below:

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Plants and Animals - 'Bye Bye Bye'

The first track to begin Plants and Animals' Parc Avenue is 'Bye Bye Bye.' Endearing and melodic, the song channels The Beatles and Arcade Fire.

Stream 'Bye Bye Bye' below:

Plants and Animals - 'Bye Bye Bye'

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