"Tell Me" (Suzanna Hoffs/Vicki Peterson) Copyright 1984 Illegal Songs Inc/Banglophile Music
The “Paisley Underground” scene birthed a lot of great bands in the ’80’s, but few went on to be as commercially successful as the Bangles. That success came with a price, as they were pulled away from the British Invasion and Power Pop sound that inspired them. But their first full-length album, All Over The Place, is one of the best records of the era. Before they were swayed by Prince or walked like Egyptians, they were one of the most promising successors to the sound of 60’s jangle pop.
"What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye, Al Cleveland and Renaldo Benson) Copyright 1970, 1971, 1972 Jobette Music Co, Inc.
Few albums in history have had the cultural impact as Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”. Universally loved by music fans around the world, it’s an album like none before it. Few records have captured the zeitgeist and remained as relevant as this album — Marvin’s crowning achievement. On this episode, we take a deep dive into the title cut to discover the elements that make up this masterpiece.
“What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye, Al Cleveland and Renaldo Benson) Copyright 1970, 1971, 1972 Jobette Music Co, Inc.
If you liked this episode, check out our previous episode featuring the great Marvin Gaye: lovethatsongpodcast.com/marvin-gaye-i-heard-it-through-the-grapevine/
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"Real Man" (Todd Rundgren) Copyright 1975 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp and Humanoid Music
Todd Rundgren never became a household name, but he has legions of fans around the world. I’m one of ’em. What has always drawn me to Todd, then and now, is not just his way with a tune and a willingness to do anything musically– it’s his search for something deeper, more meaningful, than your typical pop song. This is a prime example of melding melody and message, producing pop with purpose. What does it mean to be a “real man”? Todd answered that question in 1975.
“Real Man” (Todd Rundgren) Copyright 1975 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp and Humanoid Music
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"No Blue Sky" (S. Mullins, P. Droge, M. Altman, G. Phillips) Copyright 2003
When Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins & Pete Droge (aka The Thorns) recorded “No Blue Sky” almost in 2002, they had no idea that the skies over the Western US would be thick with smoke, or that a global pandemic would isolate us in our homes. “It ain’t right, it feels like forever…” pretty much sums up the year 2020. I’m fascinated in how songs can find new relevance years later. Let’s listen to this gorgeous song and watch the sun go down together.
“No Blue Sky” (S. Mullins, P. Droge, M. Altman, G. Phillips) Copyright 2003
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A Todd Rundgren album can vary between pure pop to bossa nova, guitar rock to wild experimentation; like the proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get with the next Rundgren album. Released in 1989, the Nearly Human album is Todd at his best, a pop masterpiece of well-crafted songs performed impeccably, live-in-the-studio. “Parallel Lines” is one of the strongest cuts, initially written for an off-Broadway musical based on the script for a never-produced 3rd Beatles movie.
“Rain” was the first glimpse of The Beatles exploration of psychedelia. Perhaps more than any other Beatles track, this song highlights the rhythm section with brilliant performances by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Add Lennon’s lyrics and great vocals, and you’ve got one of the best songs to come out of the trippy, mind-expanding ’60’s. On this episode, we take a closer look at the individual performances and studio trickery– backwards, forwards, sped up & slowed down– that went into this classic track.
"I Can't Get Next To You" (Barret Strong & Norman Whitfield) Copyright 1969 Jobette Music Co., Inc. All rights controlled and administered by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. on behalf of Stone Agate Music (A division of Jobette Music Co., Inc.)
The Temptations’ first #1 Hit on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart was
“My Girl” in 1965. 4 years later, they had their 2nd #1 with “I Can’t
Get Next To You”, and the difference between these 2 songs tells you a
lot about the 1960’s. “I Can’t Get Next To You” features a different
lead vocalist, a more aggressive, funky beat and a trippy vibe courtesy
of producer & songwriter Norman Whitfield. The early Temptations
songs are great, but for my money, they were never better than when they
teamed up with Whitfield and created “psychedelic soul”. Let’s listen
to each piece of the puzzle that created this masterpiece.
“I Can’t Get Next To You” (Barret Strong & Norman Whitfield)
Copyright 1969 Jobette Music Co., Inc. All rights controlled and
administered by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. on behalf of Stone Agate Music
(A division of Jobette Music Co., Inc.)
"I Wish" (Stevie Wonder) Copyright 1976 Jobette Music Co. Inc, and Black Bull Music c/o EMI April Music Inc.
Stevie Wonder was on an unrivaled creative streak starting in 1972, releasing 5 brilliant albums in a row, culminating with Songs In The Key Of Life in 1976. That album spawned 2 hit singles, including “I Wish”, the subject of this episode. A masterpiece blending funk with pop sensibilities, it’s a celebration of youthful innocence and simpler times. How does this song make *you* feel? Let me know on Facebook, write a review on iTunes or wherever you listen to this show. And share it with your friends!
“I Wish” (Stevie Wonder) Copyright 1976 Jobette Music Co. Inc, and Black Bull Music c/o EMI April Music Inc.
"Owner Of A Lonely Heart" (Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn & Chris Squire) Copyright 1983 Carlin Music Corp, Unforgettable Songs And Affirmative Music
Few bands have changed their sound as drastically as Yes did on their 90125 album, a radical departure from their previous progressive rock style. But it ended up giving them their one & only #1 hit, “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”. In this episode, we follow the song’s evolution from Trevor Rabin’s solo demo to the final production, including its innovative production techniques (such as being one of the first rock songs to use samples). This was the most challenging episode I’ve done yet, but I think it was worth it. If you enjoyed it, share it with your friends!
“Owner Of A Lonely Heart” (Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn & Chris Squire) Copyright 1983 Carlin Music Corp, Unforgettable Songs And Affirmative Music
"Space Oddity" (David Bowie) Copyright 1969 Onward Music Limited
50 years ago today — July 16, 1969 — Apollo 11 was launched and
human beings first stepped on the moon. Let’s celebrate that occasion
with the most famous song about space travel: David Bowie’s “Space
Oddity”, a song that exploits our fear and wonder of the final
In lesser hands, this track could’ve been nothing more than a goofy,
one-joke song for the Dr. Demento crowd, but the clever songwriting,
brilliant production and a vocal performance that captures Bowie’s
innate other-worldly, alienated style makes this track so much more than
a novelty song.
“Space Oddity” (David Bowie) Copyright 1969 Onward Music Limited