Category Archives: My Albums

Revisiting Sia And Zero 7’s Simple Things

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screencap of Zero 7 with Sia and Sophie Barker singing Destiny 2001
Zero 7 with Sia and Sophie Barker singing Destiny 2001

The other day, while doing some research on the singer Sia, I discovered she worked with Zero 7. Their album ‘Simple Things’ is one of my favorite albums and it gave me an excuse to give it another listen. Sia’s vocals prove how great she is and she deserves all the acclaim she is getting now.
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Madonna Debuted 30 Years Ago

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photo of Madonna (1983) album coverJuly 27th marked the 30th anniversary of the first album by Madonna. The self-titled debut included hits ‘Holiday’, ‘Lucky Star’, and ‘Borderline’. I love those tunes and the album, but my favorite tune is ‘Burning Up’. I love the music and the video wasn’t bad either. I would like any song that had Madonna dancing on the street.
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Blue Monday is 30

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New Order today

A friend posted on Facebook that Blue Monday a song by the techno group New Order was released today in 1983. Thirty years ago?!? I am sooooo old. I remember when the song came out and I wanted to hear it on a loop forever – that’s how great and ground breaking it was then. It changed my taste in music for the better.
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RG’s Beatles Best Bets

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classic image of The Beatles showing the head shots of the four in shadow over their logoEven more than 40 years since playing their final notes as a band, The Beatles don’t sound dated. I could listen to their music 24 hours a day. I love the usual hits like “I am the Walrus” and “Hey Jude” but I wanted to share a playlist of some of the tunes I like the most.
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Who Knew Ocean Blue Was From Hershey, PA?

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Proof I bought the album

Whoa! Blast from the past. While looking for a different song I stumbled across Ocean Blue again. I knew I had one of their CDs from back in the day and sure enough in my Box-O-CDs I found their debut album from 1989. The first track “Between Something And Nothing” is why I bought it. It sounded like Echo and the Bunnymen and Cocteau Twins and I just found out Ocean Blue wasn’t from the UK they were from Hershey, PA
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So It Is Flim And NOT Film? WTF?

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Rare live performance from Flim & the BB’s – notice the IBM 8150 sitting on the right

One of the best things to happen to me in college – besides beer – was rooming with a music student my freshman year in the dorms. Mike turned me on to many bands and singers I never knew existed in my AM radio bubble while growing up. He showed me his CD of Flim & the BB’s album “Tricycle”. This was the mid 80’s and CD’s were the new thing and I was amazed. Mike had a kicking stereo system so the album sounded so good it spoiled me since then. Even after becoming a long time fan of Flim & the BB’s it wasn’t until the other day I realized I had been calling them Film & the BB’s finally solving the problem I had finding their music online.
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Never Can Say Goodbye To The Communards

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Richard Coles & Jimmy Somerville
of The Communards

In the mid to late 80’s the music genre that got all the play on the radio was Synthpop which was an outgrowth of New Wave with a fast heavy dance beat and loads of synths. Since I loved New Wave I also loved Synthpop. One song that caught my ears in 1987 was “Never Can Say Goodbye” by the UK band The Communards. I was familiar with the original by the Jackson 5 and the cover by Gloria Gaynor in the 70’s so I can see why this cover was popular in 1987.
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Don’t mess with Alanis Morissette

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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette’s album “Jagged Little Pill” ushered in the angry female pop singer in 1995. The album sold 15 million copies in the US and is considered the number one album of the 1990’s. It won a slew of awards worldwide and is also on many “Greatest Albums of all time” lists. “Head Over Feet” was the fifth single released and is my favorite from the album.
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