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29 November 2011

New Music Tuesday - This Week's New Spins On Jivewired Radio

Our featured label for the month of December, as if you couldn't tell by the ginormous logo above, is Merge Records (you know, the indie icon started by Superchunk in 1989 as the first, real DIY label), and we have no shortage of new music from that great indie outfit. What a way to close out the year, featuring bands and artists like The Rosebuds, Wild Flag, Wye Oak (who recently released the killer album "The Knot" on vinyl for Record Store Day), Telekinesis, Lambchop, Superchunk, Destroyer, Teenage Fanclub, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Imperial Teen, Crooked Fingers, Archers Of Loaf......

I could go on and on.

We also have our first holiday entries into regular rotation. Songs by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward aka She & Him (also on Merge Records), Shauna Burns and Vanessa Carlton will help get you into the holiday spirit without that dreaded radio overkill.

Speaking of which.....there is a terrestrial radio station here in Milwaukee, who shall remain nameless, that has been playing holiday music since about mid-August (Oldies 95.7 -- oops!). Okay, in fairness, they didn't start in August, but it has been non-stop holiday music since the last Milwaukee trick-or-treater checked in at home with a bag full of candy. Now that's overkill. Seriously, they have an ad that says, and I quote: "Not Ready for Christmas Yet? Listen to Oldies Commercial-Free!" What is that? We get the non-stop holiday music but not the holiday commercials?

Actually, you get a split internet broadcast that plays, well, oldies by bands like The Eagles and Stealers Wheel, etc. But I digress.

Excuse me if I am feeling a little nauseous because Andy Williams and Perry Como have been playing every hour on the hour since November 1st. Do the words "cruel and unusual punishment" mean anything anymore? Welcome to Holiday Hell.

Derp......no more indie music fests for 2011.

Sad to say, we are taking a break from the Jivewired Indie Music Festival World Tour until Folk Alliance International at the end of February, but I will be in Seattle to hang with my friend James Chapple of the band Triptaka January 21-24 to check out some of the exciting indie bands from that historically significant city.

And that allows me to seamlessly segue into a word about social significance........

Hey - an aside here -- I have a new twitter account that is less Jivewired and well.... more me, and I'd like you to follow. Mention that you read the blog as well and I'll send you something really groovy. Follow me on twitter: @JivewiredCEO -- I'll even make it easy for you, here is a direct link -- @JivewiredCEO - I'm not sure but I think all you have to do is click on that underlined thingy and it will teleport you directly to my twitter account. I love technology.

Every Tuesday we air "New Spins Tuesday", a show dedicated solely to the new music we add into rotation each week, usually between 40 and 60 tracks. The show airs from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM CST followed immediately by The Metal Deli from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and then The Mixtape Jones Radio Show from 8:00 PM to midnight. The songs we air on "New Spins" are also placed into permanent rotation so you can catch them by listening to Jivewired Radio anytime if you cannot catch us on Tuesdays. Enjoy!

Jivewired supports independent musicians by paying royalties for airplay on Jivewired Radio. Please help us support indie artists by listening to our station and by purchasing indie music. Thank you.

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This Week's New Spins:

01. Baby Lee by Teenage Fanclub
02. Bad Blood by Crooked Fingers
03. The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie by The Joy Formidable
04. Two Rings by Ice Choir
05. 12 Fingers by Young The Giant
06. The Sun And The Sea And The Sky by Stephin Merritt
07. The Dream by Thee Oh Sees
08. What A Wonderful World by Shauna Burns
09. Carol Of The Bells by Shauna Burns
10. Harnessed In Slums by Archers Of Loaf
11. Damn These Vampires by The Mountain Goats
12. Non-Fiction Love Song by Jillian Edwards
13. Watchman by Anton Mink
14. Go Ahead by The Rosebuds
15. Super Duper Rescue Heads! by Deerhoof
16. Fall Hard by Shout Out Louds
17. What The Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine
18. A Thousand Miles (Acoustic Holiday Version) by Vanessa Carlton
19. Hear The Bells by Vanessa Carlton
20. Relator by Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
21. Traitor by OK Sweetheart
22. Romance by Wild Flag
23. Saints & Sinners by Flogging Molly
24. Balance by Future Islands
25. Rings In The Trees by Yellowbirds
26. Try Colour by The Jezabels
27. Sighs by Asobi Seksu
28. My Mistakes by Eleanor Freidberger
29. Everything Will Be Fine by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
30. Forward by Bad Lucy
31. Black Candles by Crooked Fingers
32. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall by Coldplay
33. Volcanic Vacation by Anton Mink
34. Car Crash by Telekinesis
35. Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
36. Lemonade by Braids
37. Betray by The Stray Dead
38. 1981 by Graham Colton
39. Cough Syrup by Young The Giant
40. Bottled Up In Cork by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
41. Sail by AWOLnation
42. Siamese by Wye Oak
43. Mellow Doubt (Teenage Fanclub Cover) by Diamond Rings
44. In Love With Dusk by Keep Shelly In Athens
45. Black Tiles by Wild Flag
46. Freud Links The Teeth & The Heart by Tellison
47. The Christmas Waltz by She & Him
48. Baby It's Cold Outside by She & Him
49. Chronic by Anton Mink
50. I Really Need Love by The Bees
51. Oregon Girl by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
52. For Prayer by Wye Oak
53. Julius by Starfucker
54. Something Came Over Me by Wild Flag
55. I Heard You Say by Vivian Girls
56. Blue Eyes by Destroyer
57. Deep Sea Diving Suit by Magnetic Fields
58. Es-So by TuNe-YaRdS
59. Breaking Up On The Beat by The Ladybug Transistor
60. Soft by Washed Out
61. Take Ecstasy With Me by The Magnetic Fields

Previous In This Series: New Spins 15 November 2011

28 November 2011

Jivewired Top Ten Articles For 2011

Well, here it is, our first of many, many Top Ten Lists for this year. We'll start out simple, showcasing the most-read articles on Jive Talkin' for 2011 and a sincere thank you for 40,000+ reads this year. We are so humbled and honored by your support, you have no idea.

Our Year in Music 2011 coverage will continue throughout December and will include our Top 100 Spins on Jivewired Radio, as well as our Top 25 Indie Releases of the year.

We'll also list our Top 10 Music Videos, The Top 10 Indie Music News Stories Of The Year (ARCADE FIRE WINS A THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR GRAMMY FOR 2010!!!), Our Favorite Indie Music Fests of 2011, Favorite Concerts, the Year in Photos and (MY FAVORITE) the Best & Worst Album Covers of the year, along with our list of Top Compilation, Soundtrack and EP releases of the year.

So sit back, grab a cold beverage, and read an article. Or all ten. Make sure you listen to Jivewired Radio while you're gettin' your read on, and thank you for the support over the past twelve months.

Jivewired supports independent musicians by paying royalties for airplay on Jivewired Radio. Please help us support indie artists by listening to our station and by purchasing indie music. Thank you.

You can listen by clicking on the following link: Launch Jivewired Radio

Jivewired would like to wish you and yours a wonderful and musically enriched holiday season. We thank you for listening to Jivewired Radio and for supporting indie music, and we hope you will continue to listen throughout the new year.

And now, on to the Top 10 Articles of 2011...

10. CD Review: "Eclipse" by Mai Bloomfield
801 Total Views

"Eclipse" is a perfectly executed and well-produced EP that finds Mai Bloomfield balancing traditional folk structures with a significantly more expansive sound. This is a lush and gorgeous record that is small without being still. Largely an unassuming first-person soliloquy, Bloomfield conquers the contemporary folk format, creating a masterful soundtrack that is both fluid and intricate but beautiful in its simplicity. Her string work (cello, acoustic guitar) is nothing short of fabulous. Additionally, Bloomfield is a talented vocalist with a very accomplished backing band and a brilliant production team. Read the entire article here

09. CD Review: "Red Velvet Car" by Heart
814 Total Views

Upon hearing "Sand", the first single released from Red Velvet Car by Heart, I immediately checked to see that I had not accidentally grabbed a copy of their 1978 release Dog & Butterfly. "Sand" has that acoustically-hip, chanteuse feel that consistently landed Heart at the top of the charts in the late 1970's. That isn't to say sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson confine themselves to the popular classic rock and folk-rock aesthetic. Though they certainly have a solid grasp of this, there is a lot more going on. In a way, Red Velvet Car both expands on the elements found in the early work of Heart while still conquering new ground. The Wilson sisters haven't lost any of the bohemian charm that has been a staple in their acoustic music, and yes, they can still melt your soul with the fiery energy that is their signature, arena-rock sound. This time around, however, they successfully counter with elements that only maturity and experience can provide. Read the entire article here

08. Drinks Are On Pearl: The Overdose Death Of Janis Joplin
820 Total Views

Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970)

She was a bawdy, hard-drinking Texas mama who swore like the boys and savaged her white vocal chords to sing the blues. When friends suggested her health could not withstand her rowdy lifestyle, she replied, "Maybe I won't last as long as other singers, but I think you can destroy your now worrying about tomorrow." Janis Joplin never had to worry about tomorrow. She was found dead in her room at the Landmark Motel in Hollywood on the evening of October 4, 1970, a victim of a heroin overdose. Read the entire article here

07. The Best Of Folk Alliance International 2011
839 Total Views

The International Folk Alliance Conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. It is an event of celebration, education, and entertainment. Jivewired.com made it's first FAI appearance at the 23rd Annual Folk Alliance Festival on February 18th and 19th, and we are thankful to have participated and honored to have been invited. Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers and Managing Director Cindy Cogbill and their entire staff made me feel like family within five seconds of our initial meeting.

This article focuses on the highlights from our second day at the event, Saturday, February 19, 2011. Read the entire article here

06. The Twelve Days Of Beatles Day One: Love Me Do
851 Total Views

The Beatles' debut single, 'Love Me Do' was released in the UK on October 5, 1962. The song was an early Lennon-McCartney composition, principally written by Paul McCartney in 1958–59 while playing truant from school.

"Paul wrote the main structure of this when he was 16, or even earlier. I think I had something to do with the middle."
-- John Lennon, 1972

" 'Love Me Do' is Paul's song. He wrote it when he was a teenager. Let me think. I might have helped on the middle eight, but I couldn't swear to it. I do know he had the song around, in Hamburg, even, way, way before we were songwriters."
-- John Lennon, 1980

" 'Love Me Do' was completely co-written. It might have been my original idea but some of them really were 50-50s, and I think that one was. It was just Lennon and McCartney sitting down without either of us having a particularly original idea."
-- Paul McCartney, 1998
Read the entire article here

05. Friday Flashback 2004
878 Total Views

Nearly eight years on from 2004, it’s easy to forget what a good year it was for almost every kind of music. Some of the decade’s biggest indie-rock acts, including TV on the Radio, the Black Keys, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse asserted themselves with definitive albums. Madvillain, Pharell, Diplo and Snoop Dogg kept rap’s cutting edge sharp. The year’s finest EDM spanned Annie, Junior Boys, Fennesz and Mouse on Mars, while pop ranged from Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce to Janet Jackson and the Scissor Sisters. Most notably, Green Day’s "American Idiot" summed up the year’s socio-political tenor. There aren’t many overlapping picks on our 2004 playlist, which only goes to show how strong the year actually was. Read the entire article here

04. Twelve Days Of Beatles Day Six: If I Needed Someone
891 Total Views

Musically, The Beatles broadened their sound, most notably with influences drawn from the contemporary folk-rock of the Byrds and Bob Dylan. Also, George began to contribute significantly as both a writer and as a musical influence on the recordings. On this album he first introduced the use of the sitar in the recording studio, most notably on the song Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown). A broadening use of percussive arrangements can also be heard throughout the album.

"We were getting more fine-tuned really. More of the same but fine-tuning it. I mean we certainly knew we were making a good album then."
-- George Harrison, The Beatles On Record

" 'Rubber Soul' was really a matter of having all experienced the recording studio, and having grown musically as well, but mostly having experienced the studio and knowing the possibilities."
-- John Lennon, The Beatles On Record

Recreational drug use, particularly marijuana, had also become an influence on the band and their music.

"Grass definitely had an influence. Particularly with the writers."
-- Ringo Starr, 2009
Read the entire article

03. Listener's Poll: Top 50 Spins On Jivewired Radio For 2010
1,005 Total Views

How The Songs Were Chosen:

The list is based upon listener ratings for the period of July 11, 2010 (when Jivewired Radio powered by Live365 launched) through December 20, 2010. Listeners can rate songs through an application on our radio player. A minimum of 10 spins for any one month is required to qualify.
Read the entire article here

02. Friday Flashback 1989
1,007 Total Views

Ultimately 1989 was the year when everything changed in music, when what was popular and what was cool became the same things, far different from what actually sold, and genres of hip-hop, dance and rock interbred with thrilling results. We said goodbye to the standard genres for good, with genres and subgenres being redefined and restructured based on location as much as musical styles and following. De La Soul were sampling the Turtles, the Monkees and Led Zeppelin and acid house was incorporating breakbeats and chilling a little. New Order hung out in Ibiza long enough to record and release their "Balearic" album. In England, Warp Records was founded, providing an outlet for homegrown futuristic rave hits and electronic music as musicians really immersed themselves into new and developing digital technology.

But wait, there's more......... Read the entire article here

01. Jivewired Top Spins For September 2011
1,258 Total Views

"Hipster Kids/Sexy Beards" by Dr. Pants takes the top spot for the month!

Dr. Pants is David Broyles, Dustin Ragland, Kenneth Murray and Devin Donaldson. They are the purveyors of a style known as NERD POWER GROOVE ROCK; Weezer and Beck made a baby with Phish, and that baby is Dr. Pants. These four musicians currently find themselves in the midst of THE TRIP; a double album that they are releasing as four separate EPs. In other words, Dr. Pants are giving the world a double album, one side at a time. THE TRIP, SIDE 1: ILLUSION & TRUTH is set for release on June 7.

Dr. Pants is the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist/composer David Broyles. With a songwriting style that borrowed initially from the Beatles, R.E.M. and They Might Be Giants, David's first musical ventures took shape in OKC in the early 90's, when he started releasing self-produced cassettes and playing acoustic shows in local coffeehouses. Read the entire article here

23 November 2011

Singers, Songwriters & Storytellers -- A Special Thanksgiving Edition Of Friday Flashback

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Every Friday we set the Hot Tub Time Machine to one year in rock history and give you the best (and worst) music from that year, all day long beginning at 1:00 AM EST and running for 24 hours on Jivewired Radio powered by Live365.

This week: Singers, Songwriters & Storytellers
Next week: 1994

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Well, well, well - it's a holiday weekend and I'm phoning it in just a little. Friday Flashback this week will be a two-day affair, and will run all day on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday (Oooooooooh, Black Friday), this way you can all enjoy time with your family and also have some time for shopping and football. In between all your holiday excursions, we just ask that you spend a little time listening to your favorite feature on your favorite radio station, this week's two-day edition of Friday Flashback.

So I totally stole this idea from one of those Time-Life infomercials hosted by the band America, yes, they're included, and I thought that featuring storytellers and songwriters would actually be perfect for this weekend. Plus, we aren't just featuring one year: We are including all of your favorite storytellin' hits of the entire decade, and we even dipped into the late 1960s here and there. Most of these songs cover the years 1970-1979 however.

Personally, if any of you go and buy the Time-Life Series because you listened in all weekend I should get a commission. Make sure you tell them Jivewired Radio sent you - who knows - maybe I'll get a Starbucks Gift Card or something.

The festivities start at midnight tonight, CDT, and continue through Saturday morning at 9am CDT.

We wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings -- and we'd like to extend our gratitude to all of our listeners, thank you so much, you make it all so very worth the efforts of the entire Jivewired staff.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Michael Canter

Playlist For Friday Flashback - Singers, Songwriters & Storytellers:

001. Conditional Discharge by Long John Baldry
002. Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock & Roll by Long John Baldry
003. Sweet Seasons by Carole King
004. (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song by BJ Thomas
005. Piano Man by Billy Joel
006. American Pie by Don McLean
007. Just You 'N Me by Chicago
008. Midnight Blue by Melissa Manchester
009. What's Going On? by Marvin Gaye
010. Brother Louie by Stories
011. Drift Away by Dobie Gray
012. Nothing From Nothing by Billy Preston
013. Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin
014. Ride Like The Wind by Christopher Cross
015. New York State Of Mind by Billy Joel
016. A Horse With No Name by America
017. Baby, I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton
018. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
019. Main Street by Bob Seger
020. With A Little Luck by Wings
021. Mr. Bojangles by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
022. At Seventeen by Janis Ian
023. Take The Money & Run by The Steve Miller Band
024. Lowdown by Boz Scaggs
025. Workin' At The Car Wash Blues by Jim Croce
026. Get Closer by Seals & Crofts
027. One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) by Coven
028. Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
029. Miracles by Jefferson Starship
030. You Wear It Well by Rod Stewart
031. American Girl by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
032. Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon
033. Time Passages by Al Stewart
034. Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel
035. Baby I'm A-Want You by Bread
036. Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
037. Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
038. Amie by Pure Prairie League
039. The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies
040. Kodachrome by Paul Simon
041. Wild Night by The Van Morrison
042. Mockingbird by Carly Simon & James Taylor
043. My Maria by B.W. Stevenson
044. Let Your Love Flow by The Bellamy Brothers
045. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon
046. Loving You by Minnie Riperton
047. Fire & Rain by James Taylor
048. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band
049. Hello Old Friend by Eric Clapton
050. I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song by Jim Croce
051. Israelites by Desmond Dekker
052. A Song For You by Gram Parsons
053. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head by BJ Thomas
054. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight by James Taylor
055. Just When I Needed You Most by Randy Van Warmer
056. Dweller On The Threshold by Van Morrison
057. Father & Son by Cat Stevens
058. Year Of The Cat by Al Stewart
059. Waymore's Blues by Waylon Yennings
060. Sunshine On My Shoulders by John Denver
061. FM by Steely Dan
062. Me & Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul
063. I Got A Name by Jim Croce
064. Stoney End by Barbra Streisand
065. Don't Go Breakin' My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee
066. Rocket Man by Elton John
067. Just The Two Of Us by Grover Washington, Jr.
068. Woodstock by Crosby, Stills & Nash
069. How Long by Ace
070. Jazzman by Carole King
071. Brand New Key by Melanie
072. Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills & Nash
073. The Weight by The Band
074. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia by Vicki Lawrence
075. Jungleland by Bruce Springsteen
076. You're No Good by Linda Ronstadt
077. Ain't Misbehavin' by Leon Redbone
078. Annie's Song by John Denver
079. Sara Smile by Hall & Oates
080. Tonight's The Night by Rod Stewart
081. If I Were Your Woman by Gladys Knight & The Pips
082. You're So Vain by Carly Simon
083. Any World (That I'm Welcome To) by Steely Dan
084. Wild World by Cat Stevens
085. You're In My Heart by Rod Stewart
086. On & On by Stephen Bishop
087. (Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher & Higher by Rita Coolidge
088. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
089. Will It Go Round In Circles by Billy Preston
090. Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
091. Welcome Back by John Sebastian
092. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
093. The Fever by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
094. Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
095. I'd Really Love To See You Tonight by England Dan & John Ford Coley
096. Garden Party by Ricky Nelson
097. Say You Love Me by Fleetwood Mac
098. Ventura Highway by America
099. Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett
100. Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon
101. Mandolin Wind by Rod Stewart
102. Dancing In The Moonlight by King Harvest
103. Whenever I Call You Friend by Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks
104. Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel
105. The City Of New Orleans by Arlo Guthrie
106. Love The One You're With by Stephen Stills
107. Sister Golden Hair by America
108. Midnight At The Oasis by Maria Muldaur
109. In My Hour Of Darkness by Gram Parsons
110. It Don't Matter To Me by Bread
111. Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me) by Steely Dan
112. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
113. Your Song by Elton John
114. Call On Me by Chicago
115. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
116. Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
117. Long Train Runnin' by The Doobie Brothers
118. Operator by Jim Croce
119. My Love by Paul McCartney & Wings
120. You Belong To Me by Carly Simon
121. Never Be The Same by Christopher Cross
122. Let's Stay Together by Al Green
123. Rocky Mountain High by John Denver
124. It's Too Late by Carole King
125. Running On Empty by Jackson Browne
126. All By Myself by Eric Carmen
127. I Just Can't Help Believing by BJ Thomas
128. What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers
129. That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be by Carly Simon
130. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
131. Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers
132. Hurricane by Bob Dylan
133. Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce
134. Southern Nights by Glen Campbell
135. Lido Shuffle by Boz Scaggs
136. Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
137. I'm Still In Love With You by Al Green
138. Here Comes My Girl by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
139. It's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall by Leon Russell
140. Good Hearted Woman by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
141. I Can Help by Billy Swan
142. Lotta Love by Nicolette Larson
143. We Just Disagree by Dave Mason
144. Shambala by Three Dog Night
145. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies
146. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
147. Still Feeling Blue by Gram Parsons
148. Northern Sky by Nick Drake
149. Right Place, Wrong Time by Dr. John
150. Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
151. Jackie Wilson Said by Van Morrison
152. Margaritaville by Kimmy Buffett
153. Everybody's Talkin' by Nilsson
154. Please Come To Boston by Dave Loggins
155. Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphy
156. Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John
157. You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac
158. So Far Away by Carole King
159. You Don't Mess Around With Jim by Jim Croce
160. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
161. I Feel The Earth Move by Carole King
162. Longer by Dan Fogelberg
163. Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel
164. Peace Train by Cat Stevens
165. Night Moves by Bob Seger
166. Sunshine by Jonathan Edwards
167. Mexico by James Taylor
168. Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed
169. Fooled Around & Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop
170. Hooked On A Feeling by BJ Thomas
171. Lean On Me by Bil Withers
172. Your Mama Don't Dance by Loggins & Messina
173. Lay A Little Lovin' On Me by Robin McNamara
174. Dirty Work by Steely Dan
175. Leader Of The Band by Dan Fogelberg
176. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
177. Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
178. Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt
179. Southern Man by Neil Young
180. Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
181. Breakdown by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
182. If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot
183. Abraham, Martin & John by Dion
184. I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton
185. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
186. Spirit In The Night by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
187. An Old Fashioned Love Song by Three Dog Night
188. Old Man by Neil Young
189. The Pretender by Jackson Browne
190. Diamond Girl by Seals & Crofts
191. Chicago by Graham Nash
192. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) by Three Dog Night
193. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground by Willie Nelson
194. Saturday In The Park by Chicago
195. Black Water by The Doobie Brothers
196. Bell Bottom Blues by Eric Clapton
197. No Regrets by Tom Rush
198. Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John
199. Daniel of Elton John
200. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
201. If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder
202. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) by Marvin Gaye
203. Slip Away by Clarence Carter
204. Third Rate Romance by The Amazing Rhythm Aces
205. Hello It's Me by Todd Rundgren
206. Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
207. Chevy Van by Sammy Johns

Previous In This Series: Friday Flashback 1985

21 November 2011

Misunderstood Lyrics: Someone Saved My Life by Elton John

Providing a service for those who think they know the lyrics to this 1975 classic from the album "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" by Elton John, but actually have no clue.

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

When I think of those East End lights, muggy nights
The curtains drawn in the little room downstairs
Prima Donna lord you really should have been there
Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair
And it's one more beer and I don't hear you anymore
We've all gone crazy lately
My friends out there rolling round the basement floor

And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

I never realized the passing hours of evening showers
A slip noose hanging in my darkest dreams
I'm strangled by your haunted social scene
Just a pawn out-played by a dominating queen
It's four o'clock in the morning
Damn it listen to me good
I'm sleeping with myself tonight
Saved in time, thank God my music's still alive

And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

And I would have walked head on into the deep end of the river
Clinging to your stocks and bonds
Paying your H.P. demands forever
They're coming in the morning with a truck to take me home
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight
So save your strength and run the field you play alone....

And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

  • "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is an Elton John song from his album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. When released as the album's only single in 1975, it reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and entered the top 25 on the UK Singles Chart.In the U.S. it was certified Gold on 9/10/1975 by the R.I.A.A. In Canada, the single narrowly missed being his ninth number one there, hitting #2 on the RPM 100 national Top Singles chart on August 30.
  • Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy tells the story of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's early years together as friends and writing partners - the songs are in chronological order. The album entered the US chart at #1. Elton was very hot at the time, and advance orders for the album were well over a million.
  • The lyrics on this album were co-written by Bernie Taupin. "Someone Saved My Life" refers to a time in 1969, before John was a popular musician, when John was engaged to be married to his girlfriend, Linda Woodrow.
  • John and Woodrow were sharing a flat with Taupin in Furlong Road in the East End of London, hence the opening line "When I think of those East End lights." While having serious doubts about the looming marriage, John contemplated suicide.
  • Sir Elton took refuge in his friends, especially Long John Baldry, who convinced John to abandon his plans to marry in order to salvage and maintain his musical career.
  • As a sign of his respect and gratitude for Baldry, Taupin wrote him into the song as the "someone" in the title. "Sugar Bear" refers to Bernie Taupin.
  • Some radio stations banned or altered the song, due to the use of the words "damn it" in the second verse.
  • In the liner notes to the Deluxe Edition of Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy, writer Paul Gambaccini related a recollection from producer Gus Dudgeon. During the recording of the song's lead vocal, Dudgeon said he was pushing Elton for more in terms of his delivery of the vocal, not paying attention to the lyric. Also in the control room, Davey Johnstone, according to Gambaccini, leaned over and told Dudgeon, "You know he's singing about killing himself." Dudgeon was apparently mortified by the revelation and relented.
  • Elton John has allegedly tried to commit suicide twice.
  • Despite it's cutting harshness, the song maintains optimism and beauty. The line about the woman being a "slip noose in his darkest dreams" portrays dark imagery, for a pop song especially, and conveys John's feelings perfectly.
  • The song, which at 6:45 was one of Elton's longest singles, was supposed to be edited to a shorter version for radio consumption. However, John refused to let MCA Records pare it down, saying that it was to be released as a whole, and the record company acquiesced.
  • "Clinging to your stocks and bonds" refers to his fiancĂ©'s inherited investment portfolio. "Paying your H.P. demands forever" refers to his fiancĂ©'s penchant for the more luxurious things in life that they would not be able to sustain with said portfolio but would require Hire Purchase (H.P.) packets to satisfy. Hire Purchase Packets use the same concept as an Installment Loan, with the exception being an H.P. is drawn directly from your pay check directly by your employer.
  • Someone Saved My Life Tonight was also well-known among die-hard Elton John fans for its flip-side, House of Cards, a track recorded along with the album's other songs, but left off the final edit of the album.
  • John has referred to this incident as his Woody Allen attempt at suicide. He did in fact put his head between two pillows while the gas poured out of the stove in his kitchen, but the windows in his flat were left open. Bernie Taupin did "save" him, but both acknowledged later it was probably a cry for help more than a failed suicide attempt.
  • In the 1991 Two Rooms tribute project, Elton explained: "I was going to get married once when I was younger, and I went out and got drunk with Long John Baldry and Bernie and John said I shouldn't get married. I knew he was right but I didn't know how to get out of it so, I just got drunk and went home and said I'm not getting married." He did not mention the widely reported attempt at suicide.

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18 November 2011

Friday Flashback 1985

FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Every Friday we set the Hot Tub Time Machine to one year in rock history and give you the best (and worst) music from that year, all day long beginning at 1:00 AM EST and running for 24 hours on Jivewired Radio powered by Live365.

This week: 1985
Next week: 1994

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1985 Album I Wish I Owned: Hard Line by The Blasters
1985 Album I'd Give Back If I Could: Empire Burlesque by Bob Dylan
1985 Most Underrated Song: Life And How To Live It by R.E.M.
1985 Most Overrated Song: Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
1985 Most Memorable Song: Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
1985 Most Significant Song: We Are The World by U.S.A. For Africa
1985 Most Forgotten Song: The Big Heat by Stan Ridgway
1985 Fan's Choice For Most Popular Song: Careless Whisper by Wham!
1985 Please Don't Play Anymore Song: I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
1985 Song That I Like More than I Actually Should: One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head
Absolute Worst Song of 1985 That I Will Always Love: Superbowl Shuffle by The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
Overplayed In 1985: Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp
Not Played Enough In 1985: The Jesus & Mary Chain
Greatest Single Chart Re-Entry from 1985: My Lover's Arms by Otis Redding
Best Cover Song Of 1985: Suspicious Minds by Fine Young Cannibals
An unheralded great album from 1985: Tim by The Replacements
An unheralded great single from 1985: I Got Loaded by Los Lobos
Best Soundtrack of 1985: The Breakfast Club

Our Top Five Songs Of The Year
01. Life And How To Live It by R.E.M.
02. Can't Get There From Here by R.E.M.
03. Inside Me by The Jesus & Mary Chain
04. In Between Days by The Cure
05. Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears

Our Top Five Albums Of The Year
01. Psychocandy by The Jesus & Mary Chain
02. Fables Of The Reconstruction by R.E.M.
03. Tim by The Replacements
04. Little Creatures by The Talking Heads
05. The Head On The Door by The Cure

Thanks largely in part to MTV and it's ability to reach worldwide audiences, 1985 was the year that the alleged second British Invasion reached its pinnacle -- and then began a precipitous decline, as the new romantic wave in music suddenly lost much of its glitter. The revolution in music created by the music video had spurned a backlash as well. Knowledgeable consumers realized that those bands that looked so great on film didn't translate very well to the turntable and especially to live performance. There was entirely too much style that was desperately lacking musical substance. Discerning audiences sensed that hearing, and not seeing, was believing. Anyone who could press a single key on a synthesizer or program a drum machine could manufacture a hit, and it seemed that nearly everyone was doing so. Even legendary and masterful artists like Eric Clapton ("Behind The Sun"), Jefferson Starship ("Knee Deep In The Hoopla") and The Rolling Stones ("Dirty Work", released in 1986) employed studio treachery to create the sound that seemed to answer more the demands of MTV than the desires of their fans.

In an article from 2008 by Peter Brewis from his The Week That Was project in Uncut Magazine, Brewis proclaims that "There's long been a critical consensus that the worst ever year for pop was 1985". I had to think about that for a bit, mainly because 1985 was indeed one of the worst years for modern music. That being said, it was the reasons Brewis gave that didn't sit well with me. Crap is crap, and there was a lot of it in 1985 no doubt, but 1985 wasn't horrendous simply because post-punk fizzled out, indie had yet to start shambling and house music wasn't yet jacked up. How about Glenn Frey solo music, the formation of Mike & The Mechanics, a horrible album from Bob Dylan, Robert Plant's Honeydrippers project, over-saturation of Born In The U.S.A. and the overuse of synthesized music, just for starters? Oh yeah.....Phil Collins too.

It was later revealed in the article that Brewis' bold statement was merely a lead-in, as with most articles by Brewis, to a one-note, shock-and-awe statement: that any great, contemporary band is ultimately influenced by (apparently) uncool music. Brewis' reply? "1985? But that was the year Hounds of Love by Kate Bush came out!".

Much has been made of the Brewis brothers and their love for uncool music. They certainly reveal the neophilic and fad-obsessed nature of the alternative music press that adheres to the premise that something out of current fashion is so uncool and so must-avoid that you actually need to embrace it. It's a completely narcissistic and short-sighted way to view music and the reason why a band such as The Smiths probably became more popular than they may have been entitled to. Good? Yes. Great? Debatable.

That being said, after exhaustive research and sifting through a lot of bad music, turns out 1985 had a number of gems as well. Releases by R.E.M. ("Fables Of The Reconstruction"), The Cure ("The Head On The Door"), The Replacements ("Tim"), The Talking Heads ("Little Creatures"), The Jesus & Mary Chain ("Psychocandy"), U2 ("Wide Awake In America"), Lloyd Cole & The Commotions ("Easy Pieces"), Camper Van Beethoven ("Telephone Free Landslide Victory") and Dire Straits ("Brothers In Arms") have remained relevant for over 25 years now, making them timeless classics. In fact, "Brothers In Arms" became the first LP to reach one million in sales in the CD format, making them pioneers of the new digital age.

And though not a gem (but a personal favorite), 1985 gave the world "The Super Bowl Shuffle." In 1985, the Chicago Bears had their most amazing season ever and the video and subsequent national radio hit was actually nominated for a Grammy Award.

As fans, our foray into digital music was in its "baby steps" phase. Worldwide, record and cassette sales were up 14% from the previous year, with cassettes outselling albums for the first time ever. The number of albums certified platinum in the U.S. increased by 46% over the previous year. Though compact discs only accounted for 21 million of the 643 million total units sold, this was a huge increase of 250% versus 1984.

On the legal front, songwriter Willie Dixon filed a complaint alleging that Led Zeppelin's big 1970 hit "Whole Lotta Love" was plagiarized from his song "You Need Love," which was recorded in 1962 by Muddy Waters. Spandau Ballet alleged that Chrysalis Records had mismanaged their affairs and requested termination of their contract. Jefferson Starship lost its court battle to retain the "Jefferson" prefix. Elton John and Bernie Taupin lost a six-month court battle to recover the copyright to 169 songs published by DJM Music; however, the court ordered Dick James to cough up millions in unpaid royalties he owed the pair. Michael Jackson hit the mother of all home runs, purchasing the rights to the entire ATC Music catalog, which included 5,000 songs, including all of the Beatles' songs that were penned as a collaborative effort by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, for $40 million dollars.

1985 was also the year that charity hit rock and roll as music reacquired it's collective conscience. Parlaying the success of Band-Aid's charitable Christmas song "Do They Know It's Christmas?", a galaxy of stars joined together under the name USA For Africa to sing "We Are The World." Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the song was at #1 worldwide in four weeks and sold four million copies, making it the biggest selling and most significant single of the decade. Proceeds were used to fight famine in Africa. Furthermore, "We Are The World" set the bar for the artists-giving-back movement.

The Live Aid concerts, held in in London and Philadelphia captured 1.6 billion television viewers in 170 countries and raised $80 million for famine relief. Organized by Bob Geldof, performers included Geldof wth Midge Ure, Sting, Queen, Madonna, U2, Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Duran Duran and many others.

Artists United Against Apartheid recorded "Sun City" to protest South Africa's racist policies; the 36 artists involved included Hall and Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Peter Gabriel.

Finally, Farm Aid, featuring Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and John Cougar Mellencamp raised $10 million to help distressed American farmers. Additionally, Bruce Springsteen wore himself and the E Street Band out with a year-long tour that netted millions and millions of dollars; Springsteen personally made massive donations to food banks and homeless shelters at each stop on his tour.

Nevertheless, 1985 is more about memories than classic music. And that's okay. Good or bad, music always has a way of connecting us to the past. Though it may skew our opinions of what is actually good and what is really bad, music is and always has been a constant placeholder in our personal historic timelines. And if that's the best we can say about 1985, it's still saying a lot.

Wait, what do we do with all of these videos from Hall & Oates?

On January 1, 1985, the newest music video channel, VH-1, debuted on American cable. Owned by Viacom, which also owned MTV, VH-1 was aimed at an older demographic than its sister station, meaning all those videos by Hall & Oates, Chris Isaak, Toto, Fleetwood Mac and Phil Collins finally had a home. Oh yeah, and "That's What Friends Are For" as well. Yeah, I just mentioned that song. Sorry if it's stuck in your head now.

Like MTV however, VH-1 eventually started phasing out the video music concept.

Though VH-1 still occasionally plays music videos and it's Top 20 Video Countdown today, its more recent claim to fame has been in the area of music-related reality programming, such as Behind the Music, the I Love the... series, the Celebreality block of programming, and the channel's overall focus on popular culture. So, instead of music we get to see how far Hall & Oates and Phil Collins have fallen since VH-1 stopped playing their videos and their music subsequently stopped selling. How nice.

When you've become a caricature of yourself and no one notices, go solo...

....and massacre a Beach Boys hit and a Louis Prima classic.

After months of squabbling, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to begin a solo career. It has been widely rumored that not one member of the band tried to stop him from leaving. Unfortunately, Van Halen was more cognizant of Mr. Roth's lack of talent and range as well as his tiring schtick than Roth was himself.

Roth characterized Van Halen's music just before his departure as "morose". He had wished to record an album quickly, tour, and then shoot a movie (the latter never coming to fruition). So he decided to go solo. And we have terrible versions of "Just A Gigolo" and "California Girls" to thank as well as a guest appearance on the reality show "I Want To Be A Hilton" and a VH-1 episode of "Where Are They Now" plus countless numbers of annual Van Halen reunion rumors that Roth starts himself. I guess some dreams do come true.

When you're too proud to blame your parenting, blame the music.....

Two young fans of Judas Priest in Sparks, Nevada shot themselves two days before Christmas 1985, one fatally, after listening to the band's records. A lawsuit was brought against the group in 1986 claiming that they were compelled by backwards subliminal messages hidden in their music.

Lawyers for the families of Raymond Belknap and James Vance argued that the musicians had placed subliminal messages in several recordings, including the album "Stained Class," thereby inciting the two troubled young men to try to kill themselves. Both the group and its record label were charged in a civil suit with the liability arising from the manufacture and marketing of a faulty product, as well as negligence and intentional and reckless misconduct.

The essential facts of the case were not in dispute. After smoking marijuana and drinking beer while listening to songs from several Judas Priest albums, Mr. Belknap and Mr. Vance agreed to a suicide pact, went to a nearby church playground, and shot themselves in their heads using a 12-gauge shotgun.

Mr. Belknap, 18 years old at the time, died instantly. Mr. Vance, then aged 20, destroyed most of his face but survived, underwent several painful and costly reconstructive surgical operations, became a born-again Christian, lapsed back into drug consumption, and died late in 1988.

Both young men were high school dropouts with criminal records and both had problems holding jobs. Each also came from a family with a history of domestic violence and child abuse and had received counseling.

It's a sad story certainly. I am not buying into the fact that the music was responsible. The verdict absolved the British heavy metal quintet and their record company, CBS Records, from responsibility for the suicide attempts of the two boys.

Go forth, for you are the future of rock & roll.....

The following bands all formed in 1985: Radiohead, Poi Dog Pondering, Guns 'N' Roses, Erasure, Screaming Trees, White Zombie, Crowded House, Stabbing Westward and Salt-n-Pepa. On the flipside, 1985 also gave us Lisa Lisa & The Cut Jam, Swing Out Sister and Gang Starr.

Playlist For Friday Flashback 1985:

001. Obsession by Animotion
002. Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody by David Lee Roth
003. I Got Loaded by Los Lobos
004. I Feel For You by Chaka Khan
005. Jungle Love by Morris Day & The Time
006. Everything She Wants by Wham
007. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
008. Shake The Disease by Depeche Mode
009. California Girls by David Lee Roth
010. How Will The Wolf Survive? by Los Lobos
011. Border Ska by Camper Van Beethoven
012. I Got A Woman by The Honeydrippers
013. Shout by Tears For Fears
014. The Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys
015. Sanctify Yourself by Simple Minds
016. Minutes To Memories by John Mellencamp
017. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
018. Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
019. So Far Away by Dire Straits
020. Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
021. You're Not Drinking Enough by Don Henley
022. Easy Street by David Lee Roth
023. Method Of Modern Love by Hall & Oates
024. Left Of The Dial by The Replacements
025. In & Out Of Love by Bon Jovi
026. Lost Weekend by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
027. Election Day by Arcadia
028. Dirty Old Town by The Pogues
029. Road To Nowhere by The Talking Heads
030. A View To A Kill by Duran Duran
031. Forever Man by Eric Clapton
032. Inside Me by The Jesus & Mary Chain
033. Take Me Home by Phil Collins
034. Life & How To Live It by R.E.M.
035. Talk To Me by Stevie Nicks
036. One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head
037. Part-Time Lover by Stevie Wonder
038. Raspberry Beret by Prince & The Revolution
039. Hiding Out by Pete Townshend
040. Rockin' At Midnight by The Honeydrippers
041. Look At Little Sister by Stevie Ray Vaughan
042. Cut Dead by The Jesus & Mary Chain
043. Life In A Northern Town by The Dream Academy
044. Dancin' by Chris Isaak
045. And She Was by The Talking Heads
046. Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
047. Take On Me by A-Ha
048. What You Need? by INXS
049. Bobby Jean by Bruce Springsteen
050. Walls Come Tumbling Down! by The Style Council
051. Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
052. The Boys Of Summer by Don Henley
053. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears
054. Moon Over Bourbon Street by Sting
055. Sea Of Love by The Honeydrippers
056. Holding Back The Years by Simply Red
057. Television Man by The Talking Heads
058. Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid
059. Broken Wings by Mr. Mister
060. Can't Get There From Here by R.E.M.
061. Bad Times by Michael McDonald
062. Darlington County by Bruce Springsteen
063. Lay Your Hands On Me by The Thompson Twins
064. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free by Sting
065. Every Time You Go Away by Paul Young
066. Marlene On The Wall by Suzanne Vega
067. Listen Like Thieves by INXS
068. Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams
069. E=MC2 by Big Audio Dynamite
070. Sweet Freedom by Michael McDonald
071. White City Fighting by Pete Townshend
072. Shout To The Top by The Style Council
073. Smuggler's Blues by Glenn Frey
074. Love Is The Seventh Wave by Sting
075. Stay Up Late by The Talking Heads
076. Close To Me by The Cure
077. Centerfield by John Fogerty
078. One More Night by Phil Collins
079. The Perfect Kiss by New Order
080. All You Zombies by The Hooters
081. Love Comes Tumbling by U2
082. Smooth Operator by Sade
083. King Of Rock by Run-D.M.C.
084. These Dreams by Heart
085. Into The Groove by Madonna
086. I Can't Wait by Stevie Nicks
087. Suspicious Minds by Fine Young Cannibals
088. Tangled In Love by Eric Clapton
089. Better Be Good To Me by Tina Turner
090. Lonely Old Night by John Mellencamp
091. The Big Heat by Stan Ridgway
092. You Belong To The City by Glenn Frey
093. She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult
094. Kohoutek by R.E.M.
095. A Private Future by Love & Rockets
096. Things Can Only Get Better by Howard Jones
097. West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys
098. Johnny Come Home by Fine Young Cannibals
099. Would I Lie To You? by Eurythmics
100. Voices Carry by Til Tuesday
101. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
102. My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen
103. Slave To Love by Bryan Ferry
104. In Between Days by The Cure
105. Too Late For Goodbyes by Juian Lennon
106. We're All Crazy In Chicago by Johnny & The Leisure Suits
107. Crazy For You by Madonna
108. The Superbowl Shuffle by The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
109. Everything She Wants by Wham!
110. Head Over Heels/Broken by Tears For Fears
111. The One You Love by Glen Frey
112. Some Like It Hot by The Power Station
113. Bad (Live) by U2
114. One Vision by Queen
115. We Are The World by U.S.A. For Africa
116. Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush
117. Goodbye by Night Ranger
118. Invincible by Pat Benatar
119. A Pair Of Brown Eyes by The Pogues
120. No Lookin' Back by Michael McDonald
121. You Spin Me Right Round by Dead Or Alive
122. Only The Young by Journey
123. Cannonball by Supertramp
124. Just Another Night by Mick Jagger
125. Tonight She Comes by The Cars
126. Tarzan Boy by Baltimora
127. Kyrie by Mr. Mister
128. Driver 8 by R.E.M.
129. Pretty Girls Don't Cry by Chris Isaak
130. Like A Virgin by Madonna
131. Alive & Kicking by Simple Minds
132. Swingin' Party by The Replacements
133. Walking On Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
134. Take The Skinheads Bowling by Camper Van Beethoven
135. A Sort Of Homecoming (Live) by U2
136. We Said Hello Goodbye by Phil Collins
137. Don't Stop The Dance by Bryan Ferry
138. The Edge Of Forever by The Dream Academy
139. Don't Break My Heart by UB40
140. Wendell Gee by R.E.M.
141. Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen
142. Something About You by Level 42
143. Small Town by John Mellencamp
144. I Got You Babe by UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde
145. Overjoyed by Stevie Wonder

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15 November 2011

New Music Tuesday - This Week's New Spins On Jivewired Radio

Black Friday is coming, a mere ten days away, so we really had to get creative when adding this week's new spins (read: Not everything is essentially new TODAY, per se, but new in the sense that, yeah, it was released within the last few months - or older. Yeah. Sorry.). We did get some R.E.M., Thee Oh Sees, Future Islands, The Joy Formidable, Florence + The Machine, plus great new music from Jared Lekites and Anton Mink. We also feature a catchy song from a band called The Bandana Splits as well as lots of stuff from my excursion to Austin last weekend for Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Fun Fun Fun Fest was the most Fun Fun Fun I had all year, and I'll have a full report in a few days. Today, however, we must focus on the new stuff, so I digress.

But wait.

We're still holding off on the holiday music until after Thanksgiving. Much, much, much after Thanksgiving. It just seems like the right thing to do. Heck, with today's economy, the last thing we want to do here at Jivewired is put any pressure on all y'all to accelerate the already far-too-early holiday shopping season. That being said, we have "A Christmas Story" playing on repeat on the home office television. OK, peer pressure accounted for. Again, sorry.

Here's something interesting. When you get a chance, rent the movie "Slapshot" starring Paul Newman from 1977. Aside from the wacky antics of Newman and the Hanson Brothers and some great hockey scenes, there is a pillow talk scene between Paul Newman and Melinda Dillon, the woman who plays Ralphie's mom in "A Christmas Story". I guarantee you will see Melinda Dillon in a whole new light because you will see a whole lot more of Melinda Dillon. Amazing. Who knew that the person credited only as "Mother" in that Christmas classic was so amazingly sexy? They're real and they're spectacular. Enough said.

We also officially say goodbye to R.E.M. with three songs off of their final greatest hits collection that was released on 11.11.11 -- "Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage (1982-2011)" -- good luck and godspeed to one of the most influential bands of all time and a personal favorite, that for me, is right up there with the Beatles.

You may disagree with that statement, but R.E.M. was that good and though maybe not nearly as innovative, they are the fathers of college rock, and that says a whole lot. I'm left feeling a little verklempt. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Hey - an aside here -- I have a new twitter account that is less Jivewired and well.... more me, and I'd like you to follow. Mention that you read the blog as well and I'll send you something really groovy. Follow me on twitter: @JivewiredCEO -- I'll even make it easy for you, here is a direct link -- @JivewiredCEO - I'm not sure but I think all you have to do is click on that underlined thingy and it will teleport you directly to my twitter account. I love technology.

Every Tuesday we air "New Spins Tuesday", a show dedicated solely to the new music we add into rotation each week, usually between 40 and 60 tracks. The show airs from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM CST followed immediately by The Metal Deli from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and then The Mixtape Jones Radio Show from 8:00 PM to midnight. The songs we air on "New Spins" are also placed into permanent rotation so you can catch them by listening to Jivewired Radio anytime if you cannot catch us on Tuesdays. Enjoy!

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This Week's New Spins:

01. Contraption/Soul Desert by Thee Oh Sees
02. Spinning In Circles Is A Gateway Drug by Red City Radio
03. 1981 by Graham Colton
04. Volcanic Vacation by Anton Mink
05. DIY by Keep Shelly In Athens
06. Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
07. Hey Love by Nappy Roots
08. Everything Will Be Fine by JC Brooks & The Uptown Five
09. Come Pick Me Up by Ryan Adams
10. Sometimes by The Bandana Splits
11. Helena Beat by Foster The People
12. Maracas by Mates Of State
13. Balance by Future Islands
14. Elevator by Crown Imperial
15. Chronic by Anton Mink
16. The Ever Changing Spectrum Of A Lie by The Joy Formidable
17. West Side Street by The Deep Dark Woods
18. What The Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine
19. Not Your Fault by awolnation
20. Trails by Asobi Seksu
21. Midnight City by M83
22. A Month Of Saturdays by R.E.M.
23. Give Love A Try by Sunbears!
24. The Mountain by Heartless Bastards
25. The Dream by Thee Oh Sees
26. Watchman by Anton Mink
27. Killa by TuNe-YaRdS
28. Bottled Up In Cork by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
29. Half Light by Young Statues
30. Sunglasses by Crown Imperial
31. Too Far Gone by Jared Lekites featuring K.C. Clifford
32. Woke Up Near Chelsea by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
33. In Love With Dusk by Keep Shelly In Athens
34. Look Around (Be A Man) by Betty Wright & The Roots
35. Rock It by Little Red
36. Sail by awolnation
37. Soft by Washed Out
38. Same Mistake by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
39. Sing In My Meadow by Cowboy Junkies
40. Lemonade by Braids
41. Try Me Out Sometime by Broncho
42. We All Go Back To Where We Belong by R.E.M.
43. Cold Feet by Lost Lander
44. My Winding Wheel by Ryan Adams
45. Hallellujah by R.E.M.
46. Into Your Alien Arms by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
47. Es-So by TuNe-YaRdS
48. If You Ain't Lonely by Jared Lekites
49. Oh by Fidlar
50. Along The Lines Of Love by Jared Lekites

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