"I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)" is the debut single performed by Sandi Thom. The song was written by Tom Gilbert and Thom herself. EMI Music Publishing identifies Tom Gilbert as Ian Brown, Thom's manager. The song was originally released in October 2005 by Viking Legacy records, reaching number fifty-five in the UK singles chart, and going on to be the UK's fifth best selling single of the year. It was re-released in May 2006 on Sony's RCA Records label. Also successful in Australia, it was on the ARIA Charts for ten weeks at number-one, and finished the year as the country's highest selling single and accrediting double platinum. The music video was shot in Bethnal Green in London. Although only released physically on May 22, 2006 in the UK, download sales the week before are counted for the purpose of charts, and it achieved number fifteen on this basis in the general charts (and number seven in the download-only chart). The physical release had three formats: two CD versions (one featuring the radio mix and "A Light as Bright as Ours", another featuring the radio mix, the album mix, a further remix, "May You Never" and the ,music video), and also as a 7" vinyl record backed with Stranglers cover "No More Heroes". The single sold 39,797 copies in the week ending June 4, 2006, enough to reach number one, knocking Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" off the top spot after it was withdrawn following a nine week run.
Towa Tei presents the new sound: 2-step (or uk underground). The track Mars is impressive in all aspects from the strings arrengment to the vocal: by Ikuko Harada. The second track Happy2000 is also 2-step, very up, nobody can fell sad listening to this song, Sweet.
"Bulls on Parade" is a song released by Rage Against the Machine in 1996, and can be found on their second album Evil Empire. One of Rage's signature songs, it deals with what is commonly referred to as the "military-industrial complex", which is the tendency of industry (the arms industry in particular) to encourage military action in order to gain military contracts, and therefore increase its profits. Lines such as "Weapons; not food, not homes, not shoes, not need, just feed the war cannibal-animal," and "what we don't know keeps the contracts alive and moving / they don't gotta burn the books they just remove 'em" are just a couple of examples of the several allusions to the military-industrial complex throughout the song. With the words, "Terror rains, drenching, quenching the thirst of the power dons," the song suggests that the fear of terrorism is used to manipulate the American populace into supporting dubious military action. The phrase "terror rains" also serves as a double entendre, which suggests that "terror reigns" by way of the government terror as a tool. The song was performed on Saturday Night Live in April of 1996. Their two-song performance was cut to one song when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers, a protest to having presidential candidate Steve Forbes as guest host on the program that night. The song features one of Tom Morello's most famous guitar riffs and a highly unusual solo that sounds more like a turntable than a guitar by making use of the toggle switch and rubbing his hand along the strings parallel to the neck of the guitar. It is usually cited as the most famous example of Tom Morello's extremely innovative guitar playing antics, along with Calm Like a Bomb from their next album The Battle Of Los Angeles.
"Guerrilla Radio" is the second track from the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles by the band Rage Against the Machine. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for this song. Guitarist Tom Morello displays his skills of guitar effects in the solo, which sounds like a harmonica. This song is about the 2000 US presidential Election, and in particular the way media shaped the campaigns of the two competitors, George Bush and Al Gore. The line "More for Gore or the son of a drug lord" refers to the allegations that, while George Bush Sr. was President, the CIA was supplying drugs to inner city areas. The song is a statement about the worthlessness of democracy in the United States. Since the people don't truly understand "choice" and are only able to grasp a small glimpse of those running to represent them in office, they are unconsciously under a one-party system. The band is using music and sound as a weapon against such "low intensity warfare." This was the first single from The Battle of Los Angeles, and is the most recognizable as their sound in relation to their past releases. It's basically a manifestation of the band's goal and purpose, acting as "guerrilla radio" to alert the masses of the change to radical ideas. It has remained one of their signature tracks, along with Bulls on Parade and Killing in the Name off of Evil Empire and their debut album respectively.
"Creep" is the first single (not counting the Drill EP) released by the English rock band Radiohead, and a track on their 1993 debut album Pablo Honey. When it was first given limited release in September 1992, Radio 1 found it "too depressing", and removed it from their playlist after airing it only twice. However, it subsequently became one of the band's biggest hits. The song has been released in several versions because the original contains the phrase "you're so fucking special"; a radio edit which replaces this with "you're so very special" appears on several compilations and is a bonus track on the American version of Pablo Honey. Yorke has apparently said that the band was displeased with this edit, which had led to the song losing its anger. Other versions of "Creep" released as B-sides include a performance from the Town & Country Club in London on 14 March 1993 (also on a Japanese reissue of Pablo Honey), and a solo version performed by Yorke on acoustic guitar for KROQ in Los Angeles on 13 July 1993 with the clean version of the lyrics, which was also included on the EPs Itch and My Iron Lung in various territories.
Intimate and Live is the title of a live album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, released in 1998. The album was highly successful in Australia, with the track Dancing Queen receiving considerable radio airplay. Its popularity fuelled rumours that Minogue was planning a studio version for release as a single; however, this did not happen. She did, however, reprise her performance of the song at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics. The set list of the tour, from which the live album was recorded, is largely based on tracks from her two Deconstruction albums as well as some re-worked versions of her best known SAW hits. Also featured is a cover version of the song "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" by the Clash and a previously unheard track "Free".
Though never an actively touring band, Boards of Canada did perform a handful of shows. Early shows saw them supporting Warp labelmates Seefeel and Autechre in a handful of UK dates. They also participated in a few festivals and multi-artist bills, including two Warp parties: Warp's 10th Anniversary Party in 1999, and The Incredible Warp Lighthouse Party almost one year later. They made their most prominent showing in 2001 as one of the headliners at the Tortoise-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival. They have not performed a live show since. The band released a four-track EP, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country, in November 2000, their first original release in two years. A full-length album, Geogaddi, was then released in 2002. It was described by Sandison as "a record for some sort of trial-by-fire, a claustrophobic, twisting journey that takes you into some pretty dark experiences before you reach the open air again."
The Housemartins were an English alternative rock band that was active in the 1980s. The band was formed in 1983 by Paul Heaton (vocals), Stan Cullimore (guitar), Ted Key (bass) and Chris Lang (drums). The band's membership changed quite a lot over the years. Ted Key was replaced by Norman Cook — the future Fatboy Slim — and drummer Chris Lang was replaced by Hugh Whitaker, former drummer with The Gargoyles, who in turn was replaced with Dave Hemingway. The band often referred to themselves as "the 4th best band in Hull", referring to Hull, the city in England where the band formed in 1983. (The three bands that were "better" were Red Guitars, Everything but the Girl, and The Gargoyles.) In 1986, having recorded two John Peel sessions, the band broke through with the single "Happy Hour", which reached No.3 in the UK charts. The single's success was helped by a claymation animated pop promo of a type that was in vogue at the time, featuring a cameo by TV comedian Phill Jupitus, who toured with the band under the stage name "Porky the Poet". At the end of the same year, they narrowly missed out on the Christmas No.1 single with a cover version of Isley Jasper Isley's "Caravan of Love", when it was knocked off the top spot by Jackie Wilson's "Reet Petite" on 23 December.
Destiny is a 1978 album released by American band The Jacksons on the CBS/Epic Records label. Released on December 17, 1978, Destiny did what it was supposed to do for the group: re-establish them as a top-selling group. The album's success was largely based on the second single released from the album, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", which became a Top 10 single in the winter of 1979. The single, "Blame It on the Boogie", was also released. The album eventually peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and number three on the Billboard Black Albums chart and went on to platinum status cementing it as the first RIAA-certified platinum seller by the Jacksons as most of their Motown recordings were uncertifiable, despite their huge success on the charts. The accompanying tour was a huge success running on many legs and also toured overseas.
DJ Hell (real name Helmut Josef Geier, born in Munich on September 6, 1962) is a German House/Techno DJ. He is the label boss of International DeeJay Gigolo Records and has been responsible for many of the big records to come out of the Electroclash or German Squelch scene that emerged in Berlin in the mid-nineties. He is seen as the musical initiator of the 80s Revival movement later known as Electroclash popularizing the music from his hometown Munich from the mid to late 90s. "DJ Hell" is also a performing name of multimedia artist Darryl Hell (Sektor 6 Kommunikatons, Abstinence, Emergency Broadcast Network, Operation:Mindwipe). In 2006, DJ Hell was involved in an German Intel promotional campaign involving five renowned demogroups (Andromeda Software Development, Conspiracy, Fairlight, Farbrausch and mfx), who were set out to create promotional videos using short soundclips by DJ Hell.
THE AVALANCHES - SINCE I LEFT YOU Since I Left You (2000) is the first single from the debut album by Melbourne-based electronic music group The Avalanches, who by the way are all Philipino. It is composed almost entirely of samples from old records, films, and TV shows. It was a worldwide success, especially in the UK where it reached #8 on the commercial album charts. "Frontier Psychiatrist" was released as a single and became their most well-known song, hitting #48 in Australia and #18 in the UK. The song "Since I Left You" hit #16 in the UK and also entered the top 100 in Australia. The album also reached #8 in the UK, and was Planet Sound's #1 Album of 2001. Initial overseas versions of the album had some samples removed. Current pressings have most of these samples back in place. Avalanches also became the first act to get permission from Madonna to sample her work. "Since I Left You" contains elements from "Everyday" written by Jeanne Salo, Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp & Attraction Music, Inc (BMI) (Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.) Performed by the Main Attraction, used under license from Capitol Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc; Contains a sample from "Let's do the Latin Hustle" written by Edward Drennan, Published by Damit Music, Inc. (BMI), Administered by Golden Rule Administrators, Performed by Klaus Wunderlich, courtesy of Eastwest Records GmbH Germany, A Warner Music Group Company; and embodies portions of "By the Time I Get To Phoenix" Written by Jimmy Webb, published by EMI Sosaha Music, Inc. & Johnathan Three Music Co. (BMI), administered by Lastrada Entertainment Co. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
"Not everyone understands house music; it's a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing." That's it, folks. Fifteen words total. But the statement they made propelled Eddie into worldwide stardom and gave even more recignition to the Yoshitoshi label. This is the first, I believe, CD single they released. It's so damn simple to make; but YOU try doing it just right. Of course, Deep Dish provide two epic mixes here, giving the track a more tripped-out groove. Marques goes very deep, while KOT do what they do best (in both aliases). It would've been interesting to put Full Intention's mix on this, too; but they're not exactly a fit for the label. Still, this was required material for every DJ in the late 1990s....and created a mission statement for the genre. How many songs can say they've accomplished both?
Boards of Canada's unique sound is a product of their strong use of analog equipment, mix of electronic and conventional instrumentation, use of distorted samples as well as live and radio or film lyrics, and their layering and blending of these elements. Their deliberate eschewal of a purely synthetic sound gives their music a warmer, emotive quality, often meant to inspire nostalgia. Brief interludes or "vignettes" feature prominently in their music. Such songs are often weaving melodies or speech accompanied by atmospherics to capture a specific moment or mood. They often last less than two minutes, but, as Sandison says, "those short tracks you mention, we write far more of those than the so-called 'full on' tracks, and, in a way, they are our own favorites". Boards of Canada have written an enormous number of song fragments and songs, most of which will never be released. It does not appear that their music is made exclusively for commercial release; rather, albums seem to be the result of selecting complementary songs from current work. For instance, Geogaddi's development involved the creation of 400 song fragments and 64 complete songs, of which 23 were selected (one of which is complete silence). Says Eoin: "The idea of the perfect album is this amorphous thing that we're always aiming at [...] the whole point of making music is at least to aim at your own idea of perfection."
In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country is an IDM EP released by Boards of Canada. It was released on November 27, 2000 by Warp Records between Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi. The concept of the EP alludes to the countryside and nature. Fittingly, the record was pressed on sky-blue vinyl. References to the religious group Branch Davidians are also well-found. The title of the second track, Amo Bishop Roden, is the name of a noted Branch Davidian. The third track hints towards the location of the Waco compound previously inhabited by the religious collective, as well as a quote from the aforementioned Amo Bishop Roden. The artwork also features a small picture of David Koresh himself.
Boards of Canada is a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison (born 10 June 1969) and Marcus Eoin (born 21 September 1970). They have released a number of works, most notably Music Has the Right to Children, Geogaddi, and The Campfire Headphase, with little advertising and few interviews. Their music is reminiscent of the warm, scratchy, artificial sounds of 1970s television. Michael and Marcus admit to being inspired by the documentary films of the National Film Board of Canada, from which the group's name is derived. The duo have recorded a few minor works as Hell Interface.
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", released in December 1978, is a 1979 hit single recorded by The Jacksons for CBS/Epic Records The most successful of the Jacksons' disco/funk-era recordings for Epic, "Shake Your Body" (originally demoed as "Shake a Body") was produced by the Jackson brothers, written by Michael and Randy Jackson, and featured Michael on lead vocals. Released to radio in a single edit of three minutes and forty-five seconds and played in its full nearly seven-minute version by clubs, the single charted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number three on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. "Shake Your Body" sold over two million copies, attaining double-platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America. The single was later sampled by musical artist Shaggy for the single "Dance and Shout".
THE CARPENTERS - LIVE BBC Sept 1971 PART 2 OF 2 Live at the BBC was a live, videotaped studio concert performed by The Carpenters. They lip-synched some tunes, like "Help" and the Burt Bacharach Medley, but most of the songs on the BBC Concert were live. It was performed and aired on BBC on September 25, 1971. VH-1 has televised the concert for American audiences, however in order to fit it into a half-hour time slot, (with commercials), they left out "And When He Smiles", "I Fell in Love With You", "That on the Road Look", and "Lust for Earl and the Married Woman". In addition to singing, Karen also plays the drums during some of the songs. -Track Listings- 1. Help! (pre-recorded) 2. Love Is Surrender 3. Superstar 4. And When He Smiles 5. Rainy Days and Mondays 6. That on the Road Look (Tony Joe White) 7. I Fell in Love With You (Karen Carpenter and Doug Strawn) 8. Bacharach/David Medley (pre-recorded) 9. For All We Know 10. Lust for Earl and the Married Woman (Tony Joe White) 11. Sometimes 12. (They Long to Be) Close to You 13. We've Only Just Begun
"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.