Song Lyric Sunday: Riding the New Wave.

Jim Adams

Hi this week Jim Adam our knowledgeable host for Song Lyric Sunday is here with prompt. This week it’s New Wave Music. Well that’s a huge pallet for us to cover Jim…. I could spend a month on this subject and barely scratch the surface. So we are talking late seventies, eighties and beyond so I was young married and had small children to look after.. but I always made time for music , this shows in our lads eclectic tastes!

So what is New Wave Music, as always I shall get Wiki to explain, as I said it’s a huge subject!

New wave is a loosely defined music genre that encompasses pop-oriented styles from the late 1970s and the 1980s. It was originally used as a catch-all for the various styles of music that emerged after punk rock, including punk itself. Later, critical consensus favored “new wave” as an umbrella term involving many popular music styles of the era, including power pop, synth-pop, ska revival, and more specific forms of punk rock that were less abrasive. It may also be viewed as a more accessible counterpart of post-punk. A number of common characteristics of new wave music include a humorous or quirky pop approach, the use of electronic sounds, and a distinctive visual style in music videos and fashion. In the early 1980s, virtually every new pop/rock act – and particularly those that employed synthesizers – were tagged as “new wave”. Although new wave shares punk’s do-it-yourself philosophy, the artists were more influenced by the styles of the 1950s along with the lighter strains of 1960s pop and were opposed to the generally abrasive, political bents of punk rock, as well as what was considered to be creatively stagnant “corporate rock”. New wave commercially peaked from the late 1970s into the early 1980s wit h numerous major artists and an abundance of one-hit wonders. MTV, which was launched in 1981, heavily promoted new-wave acts, boosting the genre’s popularity. In the mid-1980s, new wave declined with the emergence of the New RomanticNew Pop, and New Music genres. Since the 1990s, new wave resurged several times with the growing nostalgia for several new-wave-influenced artists. More information here.

As said above where to start. So I am going with three yup three and believe me it was hard to stop at three! Thr first one is a real catchy tune I used to dance around the house baby in one arm hoover in over hand and if they were not at school, the older boys either dancing with me or telling me to turn it down so they could hear their music!

Doctor! Doctor!” is a song performed by the British new wave band Thompson Twins. It is the second single from the band’s fourth studio album, Into the Gap (1984). It was written by Tom BaileyAlannah Currie and Joe Leeway, and prominently features a keyboard solo. Following the successful chart performances of the Into the Gap single “Hold Me Now“, “Doctor! Doctor!” was released in the UK on 27 January 1984 as the album’s second single. In 1983, after the commercial success of their third album Quick Step and Side Kick, the Thompson Twins collaborated again with producer Alex Sadkin to record Into the Gap at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. Bailey and Sadkin co-produced the album’s tracks, including “Doctor! Doctor!”.

I saw you there, just standing there
And I thought I was only dreaming, yeah
I kissed you then, then once again
You said you would come and dance with me
Dance with me across the sea
And we can feel the motion of a thousand dreams

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Ships at night give such delight
We all leave before the morning light
Please don’t go, no, please don’t go
‘Cause I don’t want to stay here on my own, ooh

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Fever breathe your love on me (breathe your love)
Take away my name (take away)
Fever lay your hands on me (breathe your love)
I’ll never be the same

Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Doctor! Doctor! Can’t you see I’m burning, burning
Oh, Doctor! Doctor! Is this love I’m feeling?

Come with me and make believe
We can travel to eternity

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Alannah Joy Currie / Joseph Martin Leeway / Tom Bailey

Doctor! Doctor! lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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So I fell in love with Aha from the get go, their first release Take on me had me hooked but here’s my favourite one of theirs. I don’t think any of the lads were keen on these guys by then they had developed their own tastes!

The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” is a song by Norwegian band A-ha, released as the third single from their debut studio album, Hunting High and Low (1985). The song was written by guitarist Pål Waaktaar. In some commercial markets the single was not as popular as their previous (debut) single “Take On Me“, which had achieved the top spot in the United States and several other countries around the world, but in the United Kingdom and Ireland it improved upon the number-two charting of “Take On Me”, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 1986, having been released there on 16 December 1985. Its success secured for the band the prestige of having achieved number-one single status in both the primary Anglo-American popular music charts on either side of the Atlantic.

The band’s Paul Waaktaar-Savoy said… we wrote “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.,” that Andrew Wickham’s secretary felt was a hit. She convinced him to make room for it. When we recorded it, we were really sick with influenza. Magne and Morten were lying in the studio on camping beds with high fevers. The bass line for the song was performed using a Yamaha DX7. Other synthesizers include PPG WaveRoland Juno-60 and sampled instruments. The oboe during the song was played on a sampler. Information from Wiki.

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me…

I Reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure off
My ever worried mind

All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror’s sending me
These Days

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Please don’t ask me to defend
The shamefull lowlands
Of the way I’m drifting
Gloomily through time
(Touch me)

I reached inside myself today
(Give all your love)
Thinking there’s got to be some way
To keep my troubles distant

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Paul Waaktaar-savoy

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The boys were older by now and Tears For Fears were liked by all of us. In fact later our youngest worked, for a time, for a record company who had Tears for Fears on their books.

The Seeds of Love is the third studio album by British pop rock band Tears for Fears, released on 25 September 1989 by Fontana Records. It retained the band’s epic sound while incorporating influences ranging from jazz and soul to Beatlesque pop. Its lengthy production and scrapped recording sessions cost over £1 million. The album spanned the title hit single “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” as well as “Woman in Chains,” and “Advice for the Young at Heart”, both of which reached the top 40 in several countries.

The Seeds of Love was an international success, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one, and top ten in other countries including the U.S. It has been certified Gold or Platinum in several territories including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands. Despite its success, personal tensions during recording led to band members Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal splitting up at the conclusion of their 1990 world tour, with Orzabal remaining as the band’s sole official member until the two reunited in the early 2000s.

In October 2020, the remastered reissue of The Seeds of Love was released in several formats including a super deluxe edition, with B-sides, remixes, and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Information from Wiki

High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
D.J.’s the man we love the most
Could you be, could you be squeaky clean
And smash any hope of democracy?
As the headline says you’re free to choose
There’s egg on your face and mud on your shoes
One of these days they’re gonna call it the blues yeah

Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds

I spy tears in their eyes
They look to the skies for some kind of divine intervention
Food goes to waste
So nice to eat, so nice to taste
Politician granny with your high ideals
Have you no idea how the majority feels?
So without love and a promise land
We’re fools to the rules of a goverment plan
Kick out the style!
Bring back the jam!

Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love (Anything is possible)
Seeds of love (When you’re sowing the seeds of love)
Sowing the seeds

The birds and the bees
My girlfriend and me
In love

Feel the pain
Talk about it
If you’re a worried man, then shout about it
Open hearts, feel about it
Open minds, think about it
Everyone, read about it
Everyone, scream about it!
Everyone (Everyone yeah, yeah)
Everyone (Everyone), read about it, read about it
Read in the books in the crannies
And the nooks there are books to read for us!

Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
We’re sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds

Sowing the seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love

Sowing the seeds of love

Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes
Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes

High time we made a stand (Time to eat all your words)
And shook up the views of the common man (Swallow your pride)
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast (Open your eyes)
Every minute of every hour
“I love a sunflower ” (Open your eyes)
And I believe in love power (Open your eyes)
Love power
Love power (Open your eyes)

Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
The seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
The seeds of love
Sowing the seeds

An end to need
And the politics of greed
With love

Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love (Anything, anything)
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds

An end to need
And the politics of greed
With love

Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds
Sowing the seeds of love
Seeds of love
Sowing the seeds…

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Roland Orzabal / Curt Smith

Sowing the Seeds of Love lyrics © Bmg Vm Music Ltd.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE 💜

Song Lyric Sunday: Country Music.

Jim Adams

Now this week our host Song Lyric Sunday Jim Adams, has set us the prompt of Country Music.

So what is Country Music ? Country (also called country and western) is a music genre originating in the Southern and Southwestern United States. First produced in the 1920s, country primarily focuses on working class Americans and blue-collar American life. Country music is known for its ballads and dance tunes (also known as “honky-tonk music“) with simple form, folk lyrics, and harmonies accompanied by string instruments such as electric and acoustic guitarssteel guitars (such as pedal steels and dobros), banjosfiddles, and harmonicas. Though it is primarily rooted in various forms of American folk music, such as old-time music and Appalachian music,[6][7] many other traditions, including African-AmericanMexicanIrish, and Hawaiian music, have also had a formative influence on the genre.[8] Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history more information here .

Before I start proper with my two classic Country choices here is what I consider a great piece of country music from James Blunt ….yup! I said James Blunt. HALFWAY.

Nobody drives to the middle of nowhere
Just to turn around, to turn around
Nobody sleeps in the middle of the bed
When they got someone else, someone else
And nobody walks up the stairway to hell
Just to walk back down

‘Cause it’s there or it’s not
It’s heartbreak or it’s love
There’s no such thing as halfway
You’re in or outta luck
We made it or we lost
There’s no such thing as halfway

Nobody’s searching for the middle of the rainbow
To find the gold, to find the gold
Nobody sails to the middle of the ocean
And calls it home, and calls it home
And nobody stands in the middle of a dance floor
To dance alone

‘Cause it’s there or it’s not
It’s heartbreak or it’s love
There’s no such thing as halfway
You’re in or outta luck
We made it or we lost
There’s no such thing as halfway

Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah
Hey, yeah

So here we are in this halfway house
There’s no way in and there’s no way out
If you stay, or if you go
I don’t care, just let me know
If you feel it, do you feel it?

‘Cause it’s there or it’s not
It’s heartbreak or it’s love
There’s no such thing as halfway
You’re in or outta luck
We made it or we lost
There’s no such thing as halfway

Hey, yeah
There’s no such thing as halfway
Hey, yeah
There’s no such thing as halfway

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Samuel Barnes / Benjamin Alexander Kohn / Peter Norman Cullen Kelleher / James Blunt / Cleo Tighe

Halfway lyrics © Emi Music Publishing Ltd, Kobalt Music Services Ltd Kms


Now I have never been a big fan of country music but there are a few great exception one is the great Dolly Parton. . My favourite track by the great Dolly is Better Get To Livin.

I have chosen the video below, it is really a firm favourite of mine. The young lad in the video is cute and obviously a talented artist. I also love the way he adds positive photos in of himself and his partner and their life together it just embodies the meaning of the song.

“Better Get to Livin'” is a song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on August 28, 2007, exclusively to the iTunes Store as the first release by Parton’s own record label, Dolly Records.The song was subsequently sent to country radio on September 28 as the first single from Parton’s 2008 album, Backwoods Barbie. An upbeat country pop song, its lyrics deal with keeping a positive attitude and overcoming negative emotions. The song garnered positive reviews from critics and reached number 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The music video featuring Parton and Amy Sedaris premiered November 26.
The idea for the song came from Parton’s co-producer and band leader Kent Wells, who co-wrote the song with her. According to Parton, Wells suggested that she write a song about her attitude since so many people ask what the secret to her happiness is. According to Parton, the song is about coping with the pressures of life and trying to keep a positive outlook in the midst of difficult times: information from Wiki.

People always comin’ up to me and askin’
“Dolly, what’s your secret?
With all you do, your attitude
Just seems to be so good
How do you keep it?”
Well, I’m not the Dalai Lama, but I’ll try
To offer up a few words of advice.

You better get to livin’, givin’
Don’t forget to throw in a little forgivin’
And lovin’ on the way
You better get to knowin’, showin’
A little bit more concerned about where you’re goin’
Just a word unto the wise
You better get to livin’.

A girlfriend came to my house
Started cryin’ on my shoulder Sunday evening
She was spinnin’ such a sad tale
I could not believe the yarn that she was weavin’
So negative the words she had to say
I said if I had a violin I’d play.

I said you’d better get to livin’, givin’
Be willing and forgivin’
Cause all healing has to start with you
You better stop whining, pining
Get your dreams in line
And then just shine, design, refine
Until they come true

And you better get to livin’.

Your life’s a wreck, your house is mess
And your wardrobe way outdated
All your plans just keep on falling through
Overweight and under paid, under appreciated
I’m no guru, but I’ll tell you
This I know is true.

You better get to livin’, givin’
A little more thought about bein’
A little more willin’ to make a better way
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Keep your chin up
Just hang tough
And if it gets too rough
Fall on your knees and pray
And do that everyday
Then you’ll get to livin’.

The day we’re born we start to die
Don’t waste one minute of this life
Get to livin’
Share your dreams and share your laughter
Make some points for the great hereafter.

Better start carin’
Better start sharin’
Better start tryin’
Better start smiling
And you better get to livin’…

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Dolly Parton / Kent Wells

Better Get to Livin’ lyrics © Velvet Apple Music, Clear Shot

My second choice is the fabulous John Denver who I have loved since I can’t remember when, beautiful voice, fabulous lyric, gorgeous smile and a true gentleman died too soon.

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American guitarist, singer, composer, actor, activist, and humanitarian whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was one of America’s best-selling performers; AllMusic has called Denver “among the most beloved entertainers of his era”.

Take Me Home, Country Roads“, also known simply as “Country Roads“, is a song written by Bill DanoffTaffy Nivert and John Denver about West Virginia. It was released as a single performed by Denver on April 12, 1971, peaking at number two on Billboard‘s US Hot 100 singles for the week ending August 28, 1971. The song was a success on its initial release and was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18, 1971, and Platinum on April 10, 2017. The song became one of John Denver’s most popular songs. It has continued to sell, with over 1.6 million digital copies sold in the United States.

Well there we go HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE 💜💜

It’s heavy man heavy Metal .

Hi all this week Jim Adams has set the prompt for Song Lyric Sunday. Today it is January 15, 2023 – Metal Music. Happy days around getting married and then having our eldest who love Heavy Metal as we call it here in the UK.

Jim Adams

Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and United States. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock and acid rock, heavy metal bands developed a thick, monumental sound characterized by distorted guitars, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats and loudness.
read more here

There are Oh! so many great group to pick from and so I am in a quandary as to who to go with. Okay I am going with my heart…
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group comprised vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. With a heavy, guitar-driven sound, they are cited as one of the progenitors of hard rock and heavy metal, although their style drew from a variety of influences, including blues and folk music. Led Zeppelin have been credited as significantly impacting the nature of the music industry, particularly in the development of album-oriented rock (AOR) and stadium rock.
Read more here.

What better track even if a tad obvious is the one the only Whole lota love !

You need cooling
Baby I’m not fooling
I’m gonna send ya
Back to schooling

A-way down inside
A-honey you need it
I’m gonna give you my love
I’m gonna give you my love

Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love

You’ve been learning
Um baby I been learning
All them good times baby, baby
I’ve been year-yearning

A-way, way down inside
A-honey you need-ah
I’m gonna give you my love, ah
I’m gonna give you my love, ah oh

Whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love

You’ve been cooling
And baby I’ve been drooling
All the good times, baby
I’ve been misusing

A-way, way down inside
I’m gonna give ya my love
I’m gonna give ya every inch of my love
I’m gonna give ya my love

Hey!
Alright! Let’s go!

Whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love
Want to whole lotta love

Way down inside
Woman, you need, yeah
Love

My, my, my, my
My, my, my, my
Lord
Shake for me girl

I wanna be your backdoor man
Hey, oh, hey, oh
Hey, oh, hey, oh
Ooh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Cool, my, my baby
A-keep it cooling baby
A-keep it cooling baby
Ah-keep it cooling baby
Ah-keep it cooling baby
Ah-keep it cooling baby

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: James Patrick Page / John Bonham / John Paul Jones / Robert Anthony Plant

Whole Lotta Love lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Then of course there is Black Sabbath. Another Banging Metal band!

War Pigs” is an anti-war protest song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1970, it is the opening track from the band’s second studio album Paranoid (1970).

Black Sabbath were an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music.[1] The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes following Osbourne’s departure in 1979 and Iommi is the only constant member throughout their history.

After previous iterations of the group – the Polka Tulk Blues Band and Earth – the band settled on the name Black Sabbath in 1969. They distinguished themselves through occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and down-tuned guitars. Signing to Philips Records in November 1969, they released their first single, “Evil Woman“, in January 1970, and their debut album, Black Sabbath, was released the following month. Though it received a negative critical response, the album was a commercial success, leading to a follow-up record, Paranoid, later that year. The band’s popularity grew, and by 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, critics were starting to respond favourably.

So much more to read here.

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerer of death’s construction

In the fields, the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds
Oh lord, yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor, yeah

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning
Ashes where their bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour

Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees, the war pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing, spreads his wings
Oh lord, yeah!

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: William Ward / Tony Iommi / Terence Michael Butler / John Osbourne

War Pigs lyrics © Westminster Music Ltd., Westminster Music Ltd.

Happy Sunday everyone 💜💜

Banging Tunes in Da Garage.

Happy New Year to everyone, be safe, healthy and happy in 2023.

Jim Adams

Today the first day of 2023 Jim Adams, our host for Song Lyric Sunday has asked us to us the prompt : January 1, 2023 – Garage Rock.

I immediately thought of : UK garage, abbreviated as UKG, is a genre of electronic dance music which originated in England in the early to mid-1990s. The genre was most clearly inspired by garage house, but also incorporates elements from dance-pop, R&B, and jungle. It is defined by percussive, shuffled rhythms with syncopated hi-hats, cymbals, and snares, and may include either 4/4 house kick patterns or more irregular “2-step” rhythms. Garage tracks also commonly feature ‘chopped up’ and time-stretched or pitch-shifted vocal samples complementing the underlying rhythmic structure at a tempo usually around 130 BPM.UK garage. Info from Wiki.

So I spoke to my eldest son this morning, I asked him for what he thought was a defining Garage track and he came up with 187 Lockdown UK Garage. This was his scene so even though I also remember plenty of tracks, some which still hold up today as good as they ever were. I figured why rack my brain when I have an expert on hand. I have search high and low for the lyrics and sorry it was a big fail.

187 Lockdown was a British speed garage act, comprising Danny Harrison and Julian Jonah. The duo produced one album, with four singles released from it, and remixed many songs towards the end of the 1990s.

The duo also recorded under a number of other aliases, such as GantGround ControlNu-Birth and M Factor. Of these, M Factor was the most commercially successful, notching up a UK top 20 hit with the vocal version of “Mother”.

After M Factor, Harrison went on become part of remix outfit Moto Blanco. Jonah still continues to work as a producer. Information Wiki.

Then there is American Garage which is from a completely different era.

Garage rock (sometimes called garage punk or ’60s punk) is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada, and has experienced a series of subsequent revivals. The style is characterized by basic chord structures played on electric guitars and other instruments, sometimes distorted through a fuzzbox, as well as often unsophisticated and occasionally aggressive lyrics and delivery. Its name derives from the perception that groups were often made up of young amateurs who rehearsed in the family garage, although many were professional. Information Wikipedia .

Pushin’ Too Hard“, originally titled “You’re Pushing Too Hard“, is a song by American rock group The Seeds, written by vocalist Sky Saxon and produced by Saxon with Marcus Tybalt. It was released as a single in 1965, re-issued the following year, and peaked at number 36 on the Hot 100 in February 1967 and number 44 in Canada in March.

The song became the signature tune for the group and a template for their musical style – so much so that Creem magazine later wrote, not disapprovingly, that “the Seeds, of course, managed to work ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ into every song they ever did.” It was included on the influential Nuggets compilation in the 1970s, and earned a reputation as a protopunkgarage rock classic. The song is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s exhibit showcasing “The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”. The Seeds performed “Pushin’ Too Hard” during a 1968 episode of the television sitcom The Mothers-in-Law. Saxon revisited the song on his 2008 solo album The King of Garage Rock. Read more here.

Which do I prefer….that for me to know and you to wonder!

Song Lyric Sunday: Indie-pen-dance.

Jim Adams

This week Jim has asked us to use Indie Rock or Indie Pop songs as this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt. What is the definition of indinmusic? : Independent music (also commonly known as indie music or simply indie) is music that is produced independently from commercial record labels or their subsidiaries, a process that may include an autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing. The term indie is sometimes used to describe a genre (such as indie rock and indie pop), and as a genre term, “indie” may or may not include music that is independently produced, and many independent music artists do not fall into a single, defined musical style or genre and create self-published music that can be categorized into diverse genres. The term ‘indie’ or ‘independent music’ can be traced back to as early as the 1920s after it was first used to reference independent film companies but was later used as a term to classify an independent band or record producer

Those of you who visit my blog regularly know that I am a true fan of Imogen Heap. I have put together a little collection of her more unusual music and video. I hope you enjoy! Plus a video where she explains her Mi Mu gloves.

I love  Imogen Heap, you may  of  already noticed that. Her  words  really  impact on  my  life.  When I  was  recovering  from  my  accident  she  kept  me  going  and  helped  me  to walk again. I would  say  to myself I  shall walk  for  one more  song, maybe  one  more  and  so on!

She  has  made  songs  that I  associate  with  joy  and sadness.

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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE. 💜💜

Songlyric Sunday: Tamala Motown.

Jim Adams.

It’s Sunday again and time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday, this week Jim said Tamala Motown is our prompt! What an amazing catalogue to pick from …

http://www.britannica.com

The Supremes

en.wikipedia.org

The Miracles

en.wikipedia.org

The Temptations

google.com

Marvin Gaye

1939–1984

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Four Tops

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Stevie Wonder

image of Martha and the Vandellas

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Martha and the Vandellas

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Smokey Robinson

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The Jackson 5

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The Contours

image of Berry Gordy

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Berry Gordy

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Michael Jackson

1958–2009

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The Marvelettes

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Diana Ross

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Mary Wells

1943–1992

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The Velvelettes

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Jimmy Ruffin

1936–2014

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Gladys Knight & the Pips

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Barrett Strong

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Brenda Holloway

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Commodores

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Tammi Terrell

1945–1970

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Kim Weston

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Gladys Knight

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The Isley Brothers

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Teena Marie

1956–2010

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Lionel Richie

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Rare Earth

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Syreeta Wright

1946–2004

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Holland-Dozier-Holland

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Rick James

1948–2004

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The Originals

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The Undisputed Truth

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Edwin Starr

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Jr Walker All Stars

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Erykah Badu

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The Andantes

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Eddie Kendricks

1939–1992

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Shorty Long

1940–1969

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Lamont Dozier

1941–2022

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The Spinners

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Eddie Holland

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David Ruffin

1941–1991

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Bobby Darin

1936–1973

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The Pointer Sisters

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Chuck Jackson

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Willie Hutch

1944–2005

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Earl Van Dyke

1930–1992

image of Billy Preston

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Billy Preston

1946–2006

image of Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

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Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

image of Boyz II Men

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Boyz II Men

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I have chosen The End Of The Road from Boys to Men…yes it was a Tamala Motown and it was one of the record labels last great hits!

End of the Road” is a song by American R&B group Boyz II Men for the Boomerang soundtrack. It was released in 1992 and was written by Babyface, Antonio L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons. “End of the Road” achieved domestic and international success. In the United States, “End of the Road” spent a then record breaking 13 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, a record broken later in the year by Whitney Houston‘s 14-week number one hit “I Will Always Love You“; Boyz II Men would later match Houston’s record with “I’ll Make Love to You“, which spent 14 weeks at number one in 1994, and then reclaim the record with “One Sweet Day” (a duet with Mariah Carey), which spent 16 weeks at number one from 1995 to 1996.

Motown Records is an American record label owned by the Universal Music Group. It was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records on June 7, 1958, and incorporated as Motown Record Corporation on April 14, 1960. Its name, a portmanteau of motor and town, has become a nickname for Detroit, where the label was originally headquartered.

All information from Wikipedia

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Song Lyric Sunday: I ‘ll name that tune in five!

Jim Adams.

Hi it’s Sunday and time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday. This week our prompt is Songs with recognizable intros suggested by Clive from Take It Easy.

Our middle son was born in 1975 which puts him in the perfect age group for Brit Pop and boy did he and his mates embrace it when it exploded on to the scene. Verve and Oasis….They all travelled around following their hero’s…. They walked the walk, talked the talk sang the songs and danced the dance oh! Yes they had the haircuts!

Anyway I got to like the music too …..I had too to survive! Anyway 1997 Verve released Bitter Sweet Symphony and I loved it. I only have to hear those amazing strings on the intro to be cast back to the days of Brit Pop look alikes filling the house with music blaring.

I do think the intro is magic and definitely is up there with the most recognisable tracks like Ticket to ride, Layla, Chains and many many more.

A an aside a few years back middle son told me he and some friends were going up North to see Richard Ashcroft, having not listed properly I replied, ” That’ll be good, were you at school with him” ….he’s still laughing at me!

Bitter Sweet Symphony” is a song by the English rock band the Verve, from their third studio album, Urban Hymns (1997). It was produced by Youth and released on 16 June 1997 by Hut Recordings and Virgin Records as the album’s lead single.

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” is based on a sample from a 1965 version of the Rolling Stones song “The Last Time” by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra. The Verve added strings, guitar, percussion and vocals. They obtained rights to use the “Last Time” sample from the copyright holder, Decca Records, but were denied permission from the Rolling Stones’ former manager, Allen Klein. Following a lawsuit, the Verve relinquished all royalties and the Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were added to the songwriting credits. In 2019, after Klein’s death, Jagger, Richards and Klein’s son ceded the rights to the Verve songwriter Richard Ashcroft.

The music video features Ashcroft walking down a busy pavement in Hoxton, London, bumping into passersby. It was played frequently on music channels and was nominated for several awards. The music video was nominated for Video of the YearBest Group Video, and Best Alternative Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, and stayed on the chart for three months. It was released in the US in March 1998 by Virgin Records America, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was named Rolling Stone and NME Single of the Year and was nominated for Best British Single at the 1998 Brit Awards. In 1999, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” is considered one of the defining songs of the Britpop era.

The Verve songwriter Richard Ashcroft heard the Andrew Oldham Orchestra version of “The Last Time” and thought it could be “turned into something outrageous”. The Verve sampled and looped four bars, then added dozens more tracks, including additional strings, guitar, percussion and several layered vocals from Ashcroft. Ashcroft said he imagined “something that opened up into a prairie-music kind of sound”, similar to the work of the Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and that “the song started morphing into this wall of sound, a concise piece of incredible pop music”. He likened the use of the sample to the golden age of hip hop: “To take something but really twist it and fuck it up into something else. Take it and use your imagination.”

The strings that open “Bitter Sweet Symphony” are not sampled; they were arranged by Wil Malone based on the melody in the sample. Malone expanded on the melody to add “bounce” and “jump”. The strings were recorded in Olympic Studios, London, and performed by a group of 24 players. Malone instructed them to “make the strings tough, determined, not pretty, not to make them poetic”. He observed that the song is built on a single chord, and likened it to Arabic music.

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” was produced by Youth at Olympic Studios. According to Youth, Ashcroft initially recorded a version with the producer John Leckie but had decided not to proceed with it; Youth persuaded him to record another version. Youth said: “It was only once we’d put strings on it that he started getting excited. Then, towards the end, Richard wanted to chuck all the album away and start again. What was my reaction? Horror. Sheer horror. All I could say was, I really think you should reconsider.”

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE 💜💜

Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, that’s life
Tryna make ends meet, you’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah

No change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people
From one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
(Have you ever been down?)

Well, I’ve never prayed but tonight I’m on my knees, yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airwaves are clean and there’s nobody singin’ to me now

No change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
From one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no
(Have you ever been down?)
I can’t change, oh, no
I can’t change, oh

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, that’s life
Tryna make ends meet, tryna find somebody then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah

You know I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people
From one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no,
I can’t change my mold, no, no, no, no
It’s just sex and violence, melody and silence
It’s just sex and violence, melody and silence
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
Been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Have you ever been down?
Have you ever been down?
Have you ever been down?

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger / Richard Ashcroft

Bitter Sweet Symphony lyrics © Abkco Music Inc.

Song Lyric Sunday they are COVERED in Moss.

Jim Adams

Hi its Sunday and time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday. This week our prompt is November 13, 2022 Songs by an artist or a group that was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

The Herd were an English rock band, founded in 1965. In 1966, 16-year-old Peter Frampton joined as lead singer and guitarist. I was a huge fan even though I was only 12 years old. I have followed him through the years he is three years older than me, same as my husband so we have kept pace! What is he doing now? He says that “there’s much to follow, including a blues album—the sequel to 2019’s All Blues—and another solo record currently in the works. “This is a period in my life where I can do whatever I want musically,” he adds, “and I’m experimenting with all new types of material.”21 Jan 2022. Go man I still love you! There are nine covers of him that I know of.

His music makes me so happy like Imogen Heap does 😊😊😊

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by Jann Wenner, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its coverage of rock music and political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine broadened and shifted its focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music.[2] It has since returned to its traditional mix of content, including music, entertainment, and politics. More information here.

my favourite image of Peter Frampton from Goodreads

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Peter Kenneth Frampton (born 22 April 1950) is an English guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was previously associated with the rock bands Humble Pie and the Herd. As a solo artist, he has released several albums, including his international breakthrough album, the live release Frampton Comes Alive!, which spawned several hit singles and has earned 8× Platinum in the United States to date. He has also worked with Ringo Starrthe Who‘s John EntwistleDavid Bowie, and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, among others.

Frampton is best known for such hits as “Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” and “I’m in You,” which remain staples on classic rock radio. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Madam Secretary. He is known for his work as a guitar player (including his work with a talk box), and his tenor voice.

Early life

Peter Kenneth Frampton was born to Owen Frampton and Peggy (née ffitch) Frampton in Beckenham, Kent. He attended Bromley Technical High School, at which his father was a teacher and the head of the Art department. He first became interested in music when he was seven years old. Having discovered his grandmother’s banjolele in the attic, he taught himself to play it, going on to later teach himself how to play guitar and piano as well. At the age of eight, he began taking classical music lessons.

His early influences were Cliff Richard & the Shadows (featuring guitarist Hank Marvin) and American rockers Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran and later the VenturesJimi Hendrix and the Beatles. His father introduced him to the recordings of Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

information from Wikipedia

No lyrics included today as there is not a lyric theme this week!

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE 💜💜💜

Song Lyric Sunday: Following in Father’s footsteps. Following the dear old man.

Jim Adams

It’s Sunday again and time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday. It’s November 6, 2022 – This week’s prompt is Songs from artists who have famous musician parents, suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

I have chosen Dhani Harrison son of George Harrison. Dhani is very much his father’s son.


Dhani Harrison (/ˈdæni/; born 1 August 1978) is a British musician, composer and singer-songwriter. He is the only child of George and Olivia Harrison. Dhani debuted as a professional musician assisting in recording his father’s final album, Brainwashed, and completing it with the assistance of Jeff Lynne after his father’s death in November 2001. Harrison formed his own band, thenewno2, in 2002 and has performed at festivals,

Harrison was born on 1 August 1978 at HRH Princess Christian’s Hospital in Windsor, Berkshire.[9] He grew up with his parents in Henley-on-Thames, in Friar Park, the estate on which his father had lived since 1970. His mother, Olivia Harrison, is an American of Mexican descent. One of Harrison’s earliest memories, from the age of six, is receiving a drumming lesson from his father’s friend and bandmate, “Uncle” Ringo Starr. He recalled that before the lesson, he had been an avid drummer. However, when Starr began to play, the loud noise frightened him so much that he ran out of the room screaming.

Harrison attended Dolphin School near Twyford, a Montessori method school, followed by Badgemore Primary School, Henley-On-Thames. He later attended Shiplake College, also near Henley, where he enrolled in the Combined Cadet Force, and showed a keen interest in rowing which continued into his later years.

Harrison is an alumnus of Brown University, where he studied industrial design and physics, earning a bachelor’s degree. Harrison pursued a career as a car designer at McLaren Automotive before deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps as a professional musician.

all information from Wikipedia

And here is Dad my favourite Beatle.

Happy Sunday Everyone 😊😊

Jim Adams Song Lyric Sunday. Tactile.

Hi everyone it’s Sunday again and time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday. Our prompt this week is– Embrace, Hug, Kiss.

Jim Adams.

I have chosen Wild is the Wind , but not from Nina Simone or the wonderful Johnny Mathis version but The David Bowie version. The words Kiss and Caress are in the lyrics so I reckon I am covered. Anyway this is such a lovely song and this version , as much as I love the others is my favourite.

David Bowie recorded a version of “Wild Is the Wind” for his 1976 album Station to Station. Bowie was an admirer of Simone’s style, and after meeting her in Los Angeles in 1975, he was inspired to record the song for his album. Bowie later said that Simone’s version “really affected me… I recorded it as an hommage to Nina.”

Bowie took special care with the contemporary rock arrangement and production of “Wild Is the Wind”, committing to an emotional and romantic vocal performance, the words drawn out more slowly and with a greater sense of loss, following the 1966 Simone version rather than the Mathis original.

information from Wikipedia.

Love me, love me, love me, love me
Say you do
Let me fly away
With you
For my love is like
The wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

Give me more
Than one caress
Satisfy this
Hungriness
Let the wind
Blow through your heart
For wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

You
Touch me
I hear the sound
Of mandolins
You
Kiss me
With your kiss
My life begins
You’re spring to me
All things
To me

Don’t you know you’re
Life itself

Like a leaf clings
To the tree
Oh my darling,
Cling to me
For we’re like creatures
Of the wind
Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

You
Touch me
I hear the sound
Of mandolins
You
Kiss me
With your kiss
My life begins
You’re spring to me
All things
To me

Don’t you know you’re
Life itself

Like a leaf clings
To the tree
Oh my darling,
Cling to me
For we’re like creatures
In the wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Dimitri Tiomkin / Ned Washington

Wild Is the Wind lyrics © Reservoir Media Management Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Wild Is the Wind” is a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington for the 1957 film Wild Is the WindJohnny Mathis recorded the song for the film and released it as a single in November 1957. Mathis’ version reached No. 22 on the Billboard chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1958, but lost to “All the Way” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn from The Joker is Wild.

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