"Crying" is a rock and roll ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and sung by Orbison. The song was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and went to No. 2 on the Billboard pop music charts. The song contains "a vivid combination of hurtful romantic longing combined with near operatic vocals" (Roy Orbison Biography, no date). It is remarkable in that Roy Orbison begins singing the climactic, final note slightly flat, sliding up by the end of the note to just under the correct pitch. That this was done for effect was confirmed in a live performance, Live at Austin City Limits, as well as on the 1987 re-recording from the album In Dreams, on which he sang that note perfectly on key. The song also appears on Orbison's 1962 album with the title Crying and his 1989 posthumous album A Black & White Night Live from the 1988 HBO television special. In 1987, Orbison rerecorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out. Their collaboration won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Rebekah Del Rio performed an a cappella Spanish language version of the song, entitled "Llorando" in the 2001 David Lynch film Mulholland Dr. The song had also previously been used on the soundtrack for the 1997 cult film Gummo, directed by Harmony Korine, in which two of the central characters even discuss the song at length. In 2002, "Crying" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004,Rolling Stone Magazine named it as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Carrie Underwood performed the song on the TV Talent show, American Idol (Season 4). She later went on to win the show, and is now a successful country music artist. The winner of Australian Idol Damien Leith also performed the song, in 2006. In a 2006 poll for a Channel 5 program Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs, "Crying" was voted 13th.
"The Joker" is a song by the Steve Miller Band from their 1973 album The Joker. The song is one of two Steve Miller Band songs that feature the neologism "pompatus". The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1974. More than 16 years later, in September 1990, it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart after being used in a Levi's television advertisement, thus holding the record for the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers. "The Joker" is covered by k.d. lang on her album Drag on which all the songs have the theme of smoking or cigarettes. It has also been covered by the rap duo Twiztid on the album Cryptic Collection 3. A version was also recorded by Jason Mraz for the movie, Happy Feet. It is sampled in Shaggy's song "Angel", and artist Fatboy Slim reworked the song on his 2004 album Palookaville. The song is sometimes misidentified by the title "Space Cowboy" because of the first line of the lyrics, which are actually referring to an earlier song by that title from Miller's Brave New World album. The following lines refer to two other earlier songs, "Gangster of Love" from Sailor, and "Enter Maurice" from Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden.
"Blasphemous Rumours" is Depeche Mode's twelfth UK single (released on October 29, 1984), from the album Some Great Reward. It is the first Double A-Side Depeche Mode single in the UK, although the U.S. has several more (including See You/The Meaning of Love and Home/Useless). "Somebody" is the first single with Martin Gore as lead vocals, and only one of three. Other than the 7" mixes, there are no remixes of "Blasphemous Rumours" or "Somebody". The single version of "Somebody" includes a heartbeat added most noticeably to the beginning of the song, whereas the original album version only has the beat towards the end. The single version of "Blasphemous Rumours" is exactly the same as the album version, though it fades out during the final choral repetition, eliminating the "life support machine" outro of the album version. The "Blasphemous Rumours" music video and the "Somebody" music video were directed by Clive Richardson. The two incidents mentioned in the lyrics to "Blasphemous Rumours" are reportedly based on true stories. Singer Dave Gahan tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl's failed attempt to kill herself by slitting her wrists, and the story of an eighteen-year-old girl who renews her faith in God only to be struck by a car, end up on life support, and die shortly afterwards. The conclusion: "I think that God's got a sick sense of humour, and when I die, I expect to find Him laughing." By contrast, "Somebody," which was sung by Martin L. Gore himself, is a softer, more gentle love song in which Gore sings of his desire to find someone to be his lover and his confidant and who respects his opinions about "the world we live in and life in general," though she may not necessarily agree with them.
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" is a power ballad written, edited, composed, and produced by Jim Steinman, inspired by the classic novel, Wuthering Heights. It was originally performed by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler in 1983. It has been covered several times, and rewritten (with Michael Kunze) for the musical Tanz der Vampire as "Totale Finsternis". It is probably Steinman's most successful commercial composition to date and Bonnie Tyler's most successful song, going to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and number one in Canada, Australia and the UK singles chart. At its peak, it sold 60,000 copies per day, and approximately 5-6 million copies in total, and was number one throughout (almost) the entire world charts according to Bonnie Tyler's greatest hits manual. It is therefore widely considered not just a hit, but a "smash hit".
"Waterloo" is the first single from ABBA's album Waterloo, which was their second album for Polar and their first for Epic and Atlantic. This was the song that won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and began their path to worldwide fame. The single was coupled with "Watch Out" as the B-side. "Waterloo" was originally written as a song for the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, after the group placed third with "Ring Ring" in the previous year's national heats. Since it focused on lead vocalists Frida Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson chose it in place of another of their songs, "Hasta Mañana". It is about a girl who is about to surrender to romance, as Napoleon had to surrender at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The song proved to be a good choice. It sailed through the Swedish heats (in Swedish) in February 1974 and won the 1974 Eurovision Song contest final on April 6 by six points. "Waterloo" was one of ABBA's few songs to be written with simultaneous rock music and jazz beats, something later discarded in favor of more disco-esque rhythms.
"Adia" is a Sarah McLachlan song that originally appeared on her 1997 album Surfacing. It was co-written by McLachlan and her longtime producer, Pierre Marchand. "Adia" was the third of four songs from "Surfacing" to be released as a single. The single, released July 7, 1998, contains four tracks: the radio mix of "Adia", the Surfacing mix of "Angel", the original studio version of "I Will Remember You" (as opposed to the live version included on the Mirrorball album, also released as a single), and a live version of "Building a Mystery". A live version of "Adia" appears on the Mirrorball album. McLachlan was nominated for Best Pop Female Vocalist at the 1998 Grammy Awards for "Adia", losing to Celine Dion and "My Heart Will Go On"
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon is a song written by Neil Diamond, whose recording of it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967. This song appears on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, as performed by Urge Overkill. Other versions have been done by the Biddu Orchestra (on their 1978 album Journey to the Moon) and Cliff Richard. Music from the Motion Picture Pulp Fiction is the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction. It contains a mix of rock and roll, surf music, pop and soul, as well as dialogue from the film. Many of the songs on the soundtrack were suggested to Tarantino by musician Boyd Rice through their mutual friend Allison Anders, including Dick Dale's "Misirlou". The album reached No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and the single, Urge Overkill's cover of the Neil Diamond song, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", peaked at No. 59.
"What I Like About You" is the title of a well-known power pop song by the American rock 'n roll band The Romantics. The song, written by Romantics members Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole, and Jimmy Marinos, is featured on the band's self-titled 1980 debut album, and was also released as a single. Marinos, the band's drummer, is the lead vocalist on the song. The band filmed a music video for the song that appeared frequently on MTV during the early 1980s. When first released, "What I Like About You" was already a popular song on the Romantics' concert playlist. In terms of record sales and radio airplay, however, the song was only a moderate success at the time of its release, reaching only Number 48 on the Billboard charts. It was only towards the end of the 1980s, after the song had been licensed for use in television commercials for Budweiser beer, that "What I Like About You" grew to become one of the most popular rock anthems of all time. "What I Like About You" has become a staple of modern rock, appearing on numerous compilation albums of 1980s pop and rock music hits and heard in frequent rotation on modern rock and classic rock radio. The song is also often played at sporting events, parties, and at bars and clubs. In addition to Budweiser, the song has also been heard promoting products, services, and institutions including the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, Barbie toy dolls, and T.G.I. Friday's restaurants.
"Uptown Girl" is a song performed by musician Billy Joel. It was first released in 1983 on his album An Innocent Man. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts in the US, and #1 in the UK. The style of music, including the doo-wop beat, the close harmonies and Joel's frequent use of falsetto singing, is intended to be reminiscent of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The song is also unique in that it changes key from the original two times before going back, giving the song three keys. Covers of this song have been performed by Alvin and The Chipmunks, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Aaron Carter, and Westlife. In 1988, Rolling Stone ranked "Uptown Girl" #99 on their list of the 100 most important singles of the period 1963-1988. The title character in the music video was played by Joel's girlfriend (later wife) Christie Brinkley, who was the inspiration for the song in real life. They divorced in 1994. Different versions of the music video opening were produced, in which an auto mechanic is watching the end of Joel's previous hit "Tell Her About It" on a small TV. Then, depending on the version, the next image on the TV is either a blank screen or the logo of the network or TV show the video was on. The only logos known to be used are MTV and Friday Night Videos.
Avalon, released in June 1982, was Roxy Music's eighth studio album; it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of the band's later work. It was a huge commercial success, hitting #1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year. Although it only climbed as high as #53, Avalon is notable as the band's only platinum record in the US. Continuing a Roxy Music tradition, Ferry's girlfriend Lucy Helmore appeared on the cover wearing a medieval helmet and carrying a hawk. The image evoked King Arthur's last journey to the mysterious land of Avalon. The lush arrangements and synthesizer drenched sound of Avalon later found its way onto Bryan Ferry's solo follow-up album Boys and Girls (1985). A single, "More Than This", preceded the album and was a Top 10 hit in Britain (#6), Australia (#6) and most European countries. Although a chart failure in the US, the song was popular on the college radio circuit. It is unusual for a pop song in that Ferry's vocal ends at 2.45 minutes, leaving the last 1.45 minutes as a synth-driven instrumental. It has since become regarded as a classic Roxy Music song; in Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation, actor Bill Murray sings "More Than This" in a Tokyo karaoke bar. The title track was released as the album's second single and also became a UK Top 20 hit. A third extract, "Take A Chance With Me", with a remixed version of album track "The Main Thing" on the b-side, reached UK #26 and was Roxy Music's last UK hit single. The extended remix of "The Main Thing" is only available on the 1995 box set, The Thrill Of It All. New York DJ duo Rub N Tug released an official dance remix in early 2007.
"Don't Bring Me Down" is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra. The song was the last track from the album Discovery. Unlike all its predecessors, this was the first song by ELO not to include a string section. It was also the band's biggest hit in the United States. A music video for the song was produced, which showed video of the band performing the song interspersed with various animations relating to the song's subject matter. A common mondegreen in the song is the perception that, following the title line, Jeff Lynne shouts "Bruce!" . However, according to liner notes, he is actually saying a made-up word "Groos". This is similar to a German word for "greeting", Gruß. However, after the song's release, so many people had misinterpreted the word as Bruce that the band actually changed the lyrics and began to sing the word as Bruce. The song is dedicated to the NASA Skylab space station, which reentered the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean and western Australia on July 11, 1979. The chord structure of the song is also quite similar to the popular hit song by blues pioneer Jimmy Reed, "Baby, What You Want Me To Do".
"Heroes" is a song written by David Bowie together with Brian Eno in 1977. Produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, it was released both as a single and as the title track of the album "Heroes". A product of Bowie's fertile 'Berlin' period, life in the city was crystallized into the simple tale of two lovers who come together in the shadow of the 'Wall of Shame' (though here "the shame was on the other side"). While not a huge hit at the time, the song has gone on to become one of Bowie’s signature tunes and is well-known today for its appearance in numerous advertisements. The title of the song is a reference to the 1975 track "Hero" by the band Neu!, whom Bowie and Eno admired. It was one of the early tracks recorded during the album sessions, but remained an instrumental until towards the end of production. The quote marks in the title, a deliberate affectation, were designed to impart an ironic quality on the otherwise highly romantic, even triumphant, words and music. Producer Tony Visconti took credit for inspiring the image of the lovers kissing "by the wall", when he and backing vocalist Antonia Maass embraced in front of Bowie as he looked out of the Hansa Studio window. Bowie's habit in the period immediately following the song's release was to say that the protagonists were based on an anonymous young couple but Visconti, who was married to Mary Hopkins at the time, contends that Bowie was protecting him and his affair with Maass. Bowie confirmed this in 2003.
"Ashes to Ashes" is a single by David Bowie, released in 1980. It made #1 in the UK and was the first cut from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, also a #1 hit. As well as its musical qualities, it is noted for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet. Bowie has said that with this song he was "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it". The video clip for "Ashes to Ashes" was one of the most iconic of the 1980s. Costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made. It incorporated scenes both in solarised colour (helped by an innovative Quantel Paintbox technique) and in stark black-and-white, featuring Bowie in the gaudy pierrot costume that became the dominant visual representation of his Scary Monsters phase. Also appearing were Steve Strange and other members of the London Blitz scene, forerunners of (later participants in) the New Romantic movement that was heavily influenced by Bowie’s music and image. Bowie described the shot of himself and the Blitz Kids marching towards the camera in front of a bulldozer as symbolising "oncoming violence". Scenes of the singer in a space suit - that suggested a hospital life-support system - and others showing him locked in what appeared to be a padded room, made reference to both Major Tom and to Bowie’s new, rueful interpretation of him. Contrary to received opinion, the elderly woman lecturing Bowie at the end of the clip was not his real mother. Record Mirror readers voted "Ashes to Ashes" and Bowie's next single, "Fashion", the best music videos of 1980.
"Superfly" is a song by Curtis Mayfield, the title track from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film of the same name. It was the second single released from the album, following "Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)". The lyrics celebrate the craftiness and determinaton of the film's main character. The song plays over the film's closing credits. The bassline and the rototom percussion break from the song's introduction (performed by Joseph "Lucky" Scott and "Master" Henry Gibson, respectively) have repeatedly been sampled in songs including The Beastie Boys' "Egg Man" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die Intro". Mayfield himself sampled the original song in "Superfly 1990", a duet he recorded with Ice-T.
BEASTIE BOYS: ANTHOLOGY PART 5 OF 5 -Reviews- "This is, without a frickin' doubt, the absolute best DVD treatment a compilation of music videos has ever received. It's a benchmark that I don't think can be topped..." "This is a really, really great disc set from Criterion and they should be proud." by Todd Doogan, www.thedigitalbits.com "Fantastic audio, video, and extras blend together for one of the most entertaining and vibrant music DVDs yet made." by Dan Lopez, www.digitallyobsessed.com "The influential rap act the Beastie Boys has over a dozen of its videos collected on this release. Included are the promotional clips for such fan favorites as "Sabotage," "Intergalactic," "Hey Ladies," "Body Movin'," and "So What'cha Want." The DVD release of this collection offers remixes of the songs that can be accessed while the video plays, commentaries, interviews, and a photo gallery." Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
BEASTIE BOYS: ANTHOLOGY PART 4 OF 5 -Disc Two Song Index (with supplements)- Sabotage with video information, 4 video angles, Ciao L.A. short directed by Spike Jones, photo gallery by Spike Jones and the 4/8/94 script treatment Shadrach with video information, 3 video angles and 6 mix tracks Three MCs and One DJ with video information, 6 video angles Ricky's Theme with video information, a photo gallery by Spike Jones Pass the Mic with video information, 5 mix versions Holy Snappers with video information, a photo gallery by Robin Moore Root Down with video information, 4 audio tracks Netty's Girl with video information, a photo gallery entitled Science by Spike Jones Alive with video information, 9 video angles and 7 mix tracks
BEASTIE BOYS: ANTHOLOGY PART 3 OF 5 -Disc One Song Index (with supplements)- Intergalactic with video information, 9 video angles, 6 mix tracks, storyboards and The Robot vs. The Octopus Monster Saga short Shake Your Rump with video information, 4 video angles and 5 mix tracks Gratitude with video information, 2 video angles and the Live Version with optional commentary by director Ari Marcopoulos Something's Got to Give with video information Sure Shot with video information, 2 video angles, 6 mix versions and a photo gallery by Spike Jones Hey Ladies with 5 mix tracks Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun with video information, 6 mix tracks Body Movin' with video information, 5 mix tracks, Don't Lose Your Head short and storyboards So What'cha Want with video information, 3 video angles and 5 mix tracks
BEASTIE BOYS: ANTHOLOGY PART 2 OF 5 -Special Features- Two-disc set features 18 videos: Intergalactic, Shake Your Rump, Gratitude, Something’s Got to Give, Sure Shot, Hey Ladies, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun, Body Movin’, So What’Cha Want, Sabotage, Shadrach, Three MCs and One DJ, Ricky’s Theme, Pass the Mic, Holy Snappers, Root Down, Netty’s Girl and Alive. -Over100 video angles and audio tracks switchable at any time during playback. -More than 40 remixes by Beastie Boys, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fred C., Mario Caldato, Joey Chavez, Colleone & Webb, Count Bass D, DJ Cheapshot, Dj J-Rocc & Dj Truly OdD, DJ Moe Love, DJ Strictnine and Paranorm, Dub Hackers, Egon & Jon Doe, Evidence, Fatboy Slim, Kut Masta Kurt, Large Professor, Latch Brothers, Madlib, Micky Finn & Special K, Moby, Mum’s the word, Mike Nardone, DJPaul Nice, OD, Peanut Butter Wolf, Shawn J. Period & Wizdom Life, Prince Paul, Prisoners of Technology, Prunes, J Rawls, Sam Sever & Johnathan Hoffman, Soul Assassins, and T- Ray, including many new remixes created exclusively for this release. -Audio commentary by the band and the video directors, including Adam Bernstein, Evan Bernard, Tamra Davis, Spike Jonze, Ari Marcropoulos, and David Perez. -The world-premiere director’s cut of Nathanial Hornblower’s “Intergalactic” spin-off “The Robot vs. the Octopus Monster Saga.” -Interview with the cast of “Sabotage”
BEASTIE BOYS: ANTHOLOGY PART 1 OF 5 The Beastie Boys are among the most influential groups of the last two decades. As their music has opened hip-hop to a wider audience and changed the parameters of its sound, their ambitious music videos have carried the medium to new levels of artistic expression. This groundbreaking two-disc Anthology showcases the vast potential of DVD technology, with most of the 18 videos containing alternate visual angles and multiple audio tracks. There are hundreds of possible image and sound combinations, including new surround mixes, a cappella versions, instrumentals, and more than 40 remixes (by such artists as Moby, Fatboy Slim and The Prunes), including many new remixes created exclusively for this release. Loaded with never-before-seen footage and unreleased music tracks, this special edition also contains a trove of rare still photos and exclusive audio commentary by the band and the video directors. And the coup de grâce; the world-premiere director's cut of Nathanial Hornblower's "Intergalactic" spin-off "The Robot vs. the Octopus Monster Saga." Criterion
"Ice Ice Baby" is rapper Vanilla Ice's most famous and popular song, released from his second album To The Extreme. The song samples Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure". "Ice Ice Baby" was the second rap single ever to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, after Blondie's 1981 single "Rapture." The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1991 but lost to MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This". The single, released by SBK Records, sold 15 million copies. Vanilla Ice drew controversy by claiming that he owed no royalties for sampling "Under Pressure", citing one minor alteration to the bass line. Although no lawsuit was ever filed, the rapper supposedly settled out of court, and songwriting credits were made to members of Queen and to Bowie. This song also brought troubles for him years later, when convicted felon and famous CEO of Death Row Records Suge Knight claimed his friend had written the lyrics to the song, and allegedly dangled him by the ankles over the balcony to get royalties from the song. Vanilla Ice has verified and denied this claim many times, first telling of it, then telling a toned-down version which involved him talking to Suge Knight calmly. He later said he has no regrets of the incident, because he claims it helped fund Snoop Dogg and 2pac. Despite the song's success, Eminem has claimed that the song almost turned him off of rap music altogether, although this may or may not have been a ploy to defuse the many comparisons between the two artists.