Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your “Body Parts” Songs

Last Friday (today as I write this), I gave you ten songs that mentioned body parts in the title and asked for more suggestions. This was not an easy topic, as Kip pointed out, and as of 4 PM Eastern Time on Friday you only came up with eight, so I added two of my favorites at the end. If I get any more suggestions over the weekend, I’ll be sure to add them.

Monday Morning: I had a couple of additions to this list come in after I finished it, and wanted to add them. So we’re up to twelve.

  1. Al Martino, “Spanish Eyes” Birgit came up with this suggestion. There are lots of versions of this one, but Al’s is my favorite, the title track from his 1966 album. As a single, it reached #15 on the Hot 100, #16 on the Cash Box chart, #1 on the UK’s Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 on the UK Pop chart.
  2. Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back” Birgit goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with this one, which most people know as “I Like Big Butts.” Released in 1992 on his Mack Daddy album, the song was the #2 top-selling record (after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”) of the year, despite being banned from MTV and radio stations everywhere for its rather blatantly sexist lyrics.
  3. Queen, “Fat Bottomed Girls” Arlee said that if I planned on playing the last one, I might as well play this one. From Queen’s 1978 Jazz album, it was the B side to “Bicycle Race.” It charted pretty well for a B side: #24 on the Hot 100, #18 on the Cash Box survey, #17 on Canada’s RPM Singles chart, and #11 in the UK.
  4. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Janet suggested this one, and I thought it was a Fleetwood Mac song until I went to find it. It was the first single from Stevie’s first solo album, 1981’s Bella Donna. Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote this originally for The Heartbreakers, and it’s the only song on the album not written or co-written by Nicks. It peaked at #3 in the US for six consecutive weeks, but only reached #50 in the UK.
  5. Pat Benatar, “Heartbreaker” Kip gave us this and the next three. This was the lovely Ms. Benatar’s first Top 40 single, reaching #23 in the US, #16 in Canada. It was from 1979’s In The Heat of The Night, her debut album.
  6. Original Cast, “Hair” I think Kip was worried I’d pull the version by The Cowsills out again, because he specifically said “Original Cast.” The show debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1968; hard to imagine it’s fifty years old…
  7. Foreigner, “Hot Blooded” From their second album, 1978’s Double Vision, the song reached #3 in the US and Canada and #42 in the UK that year.
  8. Chu Chu TV, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” There are about eight bazillion versions of this kid’s song out there, and I must have chosen the strangest one to highlight here. Enjoy!
  9. Spinal Tap, “Big Bottom” I picked the next two, and with this one got into the backside game. Featured in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap which starred Saturday Night Live’s Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as everyone’s favorite heavy metal band. I trust that everyone has seen the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s hilarious.
  10. Cheech & Chong, “Earache, My Eye!” “Turn That Thing Down” by Alice Bowie (Cheech) is the song that the kid (Chong) plays when he gets up that has his father (Cheech again) so upset. A life study of parent-teen relationships in the Seventies, it’s from the duo’s 1974 Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album, and reached #9 in July of that year.
  11. Journey, “Open Arms” Jeanne Owens recommended this one. From their 1981 album Escape, it’s their biggest Hot 100 hit, reaching #2 and staying there for six weeks, behind The J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock & Roll,” in 1982.
  12. Rex Harison, “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” Uncle Jack came up with this one, from the Lerner & Loewe musical My Fair Lady. Rex Harrison, who played Professor Henry Higgins in the West End and Broadway musicals and in the 1964 film, doesn’t sing it so much as speak it, but it’s just as effective. Maybe more so.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 18, 2017.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: 9-11

The theme for today’s M4 is, of course, a remembrance of the terrorist attacks sixteen years ago today. I only did 5 today; these have maybe the most meaning to me.

  1. Congress sings “God Bless America” On the night of 9-11, the House and Senate leadership, along with a number of members of both chambers, took a moment from their bickering and not getting anything done to express their concern for those who had been affected by the attacks on New York and Washington. Spontaneously, the members broke into an impromptu rendition of “God Bless America.”
  2. Congress sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” On the tenth anniversary of the attacks (actually on September 12th because the 11th was a Sunday), the members of Congress again put their differences aside and met on the steps of the Capitol Building for a memorial, and sang the National Anthem. Appearances notwithstanding, that is not John Boehner singing the lead.
  3. Diana Ross sings “God Bless America” when baseball resumes Baseball took the rest of that week off after the attacks, and when the Mets started their first home series after the attacks, they played the Braves. There was a big ceremony that night, with members of the New York Police and Fire Departments standing on the field, the Mets wearing caps that said “NYPD” and “NYFD” in their honor, and Diana Ross singing. (I know for a fact that, while baseball was away, Mets manager Bobby Valentine helped out at Ground Zero, and I believe other members of both the Yankees and Mets visited the area and lent at least their moral support, if not their help with the cleanup.) For the record, the Mets beat the Braves 3-2.
  4. Jack Buck addresses the St. Louis Cardinals fans Jack had been the voice of the Cardinals for years and had retired because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease. As ill as he was, he agreed to address the fans when baseball resumed. This is one of the more memorable statements from that address.
  5. Jack Buck’s 9-11 poem Jack also read a poem he had written for 9-11 and left an impression on all who attended, most definitely the players. As ill as he was (he passed away the following June), he still sounded pretty strong.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 11, 2017.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Flash Mobs!

We were given a choice for today’s M4: we could either do songs about work and the end of summer, orwe could use the day as a freebie. I did playlists of summer songs here and here, and did a selection of songs with “work” in the title in an early Friday Five, so I’m going with the “freebie” option.

Last Friday’s 5×2 included a flash mob of swing dancing at the Denver Airport. Arlee Bird commented that he’s “a sucker for flash mobs.” Says he, “It’s a weird idea, but I guess to be expected in our age of the internet and YouTube.”

I’m with Arlee: I’m a sucker for flash mobs, especially videos of flash mobs on YouTube. Here are some of my favorites.

  1. Som Sabadell Flash Mob Banco Sabadell is a banking group headquartered in Sabadell, Spain. This grows from a single cellist into a more-or-less full orchestra and chorus, doing a portion of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
  2. Irish Dancing Flash Mob in Essex Aer Lingus (the flag-carrier airline of Ireland) was beginning service to Dublin from London’s Southend Airport, and used a flash mob to announce it.
  3. Bagpipes and Drums Flash Mob Around Christmas 2013, members of the Pacific Coast Highlanders and Gold Coast Pipe Band showed up at The Oaks shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, California and played a couple of Christmas songs, including “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “The Green Hills of Tyrol,” “When The Batlle’s O’er,” and “Scotland The Brave.” Well, not all of them are Christmas songs…
  4. The US Air Force Band At The Smithsonian Again during Christmas, the Air Force Band and Chorus (comprised of some very senior NCO’s, by the way) made an appearance (one at a time or so) at the National Air & Space Museum (a pretty fascinating place, by the way) and gave us “Jesu, Joy of Men’s Desiring” and “Joy To The World.”
  5. Ravel’s “Bolero”, amazing youngest flash mob! I can only go by the title here. The Banda Simfònia d’Algemesí (Spain) gathered in the town’s Plaça del Algemesí on February 23, 2013 and gave us this rendition.
  6. “Do Re Mi” Train stations tend to be large and echo-y spaces, making them perfect for flash mob activity. Here, at the Antwerp train station, members of the crowd broke out in song and brought everyone with them.
  7. Heathrow Airport Welcome Some international passengers disembarking from flights into Heathrow got the welcome-home of their lives from various staff at the airport…
  8. Mamma Mia! So, you’re sitting in the food court at a shopping mall, minding your own business, and suddenly someone’s dancing on your table… At Vila Olimpia shopping mall, I’m guessing in São Paolo, Brazil.
  9. Verdi’s “La Traviata” Lest you believe there’s nothing flash mob-wise for you opera fans… At De Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam.
  10. “Best Flash Mob Ever” At least in the opinion of the person who posted it. I’m thinking this might be in Dubai, maybe the airport. But anyway, some great dancing in this one.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 4, 2017. Have a good Labor Day!

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Dance Moves!

Let me preface this by saying I am not a dancer (and Marie, don’t try and tell me I am). I detail my misadventures on the dance floor here in a piece I wrote for the 2012 A to Z Challenge. That said, here are eleven songs about dances and moves.

  1. Traveling Wilburys, “Wilbury Twist” The last song on The Traveling Wilburys’ second album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3. John Candy makes a cameo appearance here.
  2. Rolling Stones, “Harlem Shuffle” The Stones covered this on their 1986 album Dirty Work. It was done originally by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963.
  3. The Blues Brothers featuring Ray Charles, “Shake A Tail Feather” I’ve actually walked past the building with the mural on it, on East 47th Street in Chicago, though I don’t think it was a pawn shop. From the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, as if I had to tell you.
  4. Rufus Thomas, “Do The Funky Chicken” Come on, you and I both know you can’t talk about songs with dances in the title and not talk about Rufus. Taken from the 1972 movie Wattstax.
  5. Chubby Checker, “Limbo Rock” Chubby’s pretty famous for his songs about dance moves, especially “The Twist,” so I thought I shouldn’t do that one. This was almost as popular.
  6. Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Time Warp” I first heard this on a Dr. Demento album long before I saw the video for it, and the rest is history.
  7. PSY, “Gangnam Style” Might not be a dance per se, but there’s tons of dancing in this and it’s been watched close to three billion times, so I’m counting it. The young lady in the video is Hyuna, from the K-Pop group 4Minute, in case you were curious (I was).
  8. Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers, “Monster Mash” The classic Hallowe’en song that was recorded in May 1962 and released 55 years ago last Friday.
  9. Los Del Rio, “Macarena” The song we all love to hate, this was really popular in 1996 and made temporary stars of Los Del Rio.
  10. Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5” A hilarious, and somewhat culturally-insensitive, take-off on this song can be found here.
  11. Frankie Yankovic, “Beer Barrel Polka” I’m from Chicago, Mary (who’s Lithuanian) played the accordion, my sister-in-law is Polish, I had to do a polka, even though, as my sister-in-law would tell you, the polka is not a Polish dance and Yankovic isn’t Polish, either (he’s Slovene).

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 28, 2017.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your Men’s Names Songs

I didn’t think we’d have enough suggestions, but this week you came up with ten song suggestions, one band suggestion, and I came up with a song for that band and one additional song that was suggested by an artist you named, so we have twelve big songs here for this week. Albums didn’t have that many songs in the old days, so you got a lot of music here.

  1. ABBA, “Chiquitita” Not sure if Chiquitita is a man’s name, but I’ll take Birgit’s word for it.
  2. Elton John, “Daniel” Dan said it was probably self-serving, but it was a classic by Sir Elton.
  3. Elton John, “Levon” Dan’s suggestion brought this one to mind. As I pointed out a while back, “Levon” is “Novel” spelled backward, but really, it’s a great song. I did “Bennie and the Jets” last week for Two for Tuesday, but that’s another one.
  4. Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue” Uncle Jack came up with this, and I thought it was perfect. The first time I heard it, hearing the 1000 Hz tone that blotted out the (for 1968) mild profanity made me just about jump out of my skin. Now the term “son of a bitch” (Shel Silverstein’s original words) is no big deal. Maybe it should be, I don’t know.
  5. Dion, “Abraham, Martin, and John” Janet thought of the next three. This came out in 1968, shortly after Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King were assassinated, and I still get a lump in my throat when I hear it. Particularly now.
  6. Toni Basil, “Mickey” Janet also thought of this, and yes, it’s annoying, but it really sold a lot of records, reaching #1 worldwide in 1982. The song was written as “Kitty” by the Australian songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, sort of the Scott Aitken Waterman of the Seventies, and Ms. Basil changed it so she could sing it.
  7. Genesis, “Jesus He Knows Me” From the band’s 1991 album We Can’t Dance, it’s a satirical piece that was inspired by the financial hijinks of televangelists such as Jim Bakker, Robert Tilton, and Jimmy Swaggart. This is the uncensored version, so careful playing it at work or when the kiddies are listening.
  8. The Beatles, “Hey Jude” Joey suggested this, and though it was probably my least favorite Beatles song (though it’s okay up until the nah-nah-nahs) it was probably their biggest hit, certainly one of their last. The flip side was the rocker “Revolution.”
  9. Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Louie, Louie” Joey mentioned Paul Revere in ther comment, and I couldn’t find a song named that anywhere, so I improvised, assuming she meant Paul Revere the musician. It’s not clear whether The Kingsmen or Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded “Louie, Louie” first, but both bands recorded it in the same studio in Oregon.
  10. Herman’s Hermits, “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” Suggested by Mary B, this evidently was an old English music hall song, written by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston in 1910 and originally popularized by Harry Champion. When Herman and the boys recorded it in 1965, it became the fastest-selling record in history.
  11. Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John” Another of those songs I heard a lot when I was a kid, also suggested by Mary. Jimmy’s probably better known for pork sausage now, but he was a hell of a singer in his day.
  12. Murray McLauchlan, “Me and Joey” Arlee gave us this one. Murray was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada when he was five, living in a suburb of Toronto. He plays guitar, piano, and harmonica, and was the second singer-songwriter on True North Records, the first being Bruce Cockburn.

And that about wraps it up. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 21, 2017.

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