Okay, here are the rules for the November theme, Chris. Open up iTunes (it has to be a fresh open). Go to your 5-Star playlist and hit shuffle. Write about the first song that comes up. No skips allowed, unless by some crazy circumstance, you hit the same song on your next post. So here goes. Wow…
“Lake Shore Driving”
by Duran Duran
from the album Big Thing
1988 Buy the album on Amazon
I’ve been in love with Duran Duran for years. I came a bit late to the party, missing their early-80s works when they were crazy popular. Big Thing was probably the album that first got me into them but I quickly added their more popular and poppier albums to my collection. Big Thing is kind of an odd album coming off the pretty funky turn they took with 1985’s Notorious which saw the once quintet reduced to a trio. If Big Thing is odd, then “LSD” is an accurate acronym for this weird-ass, but wonderful track. Continue reading November Five-Star Shuffle: “Lake Shore Driving”→
Dream a Little Dream Original Soundtrack
1989 Buy the album on Amazon
This one popped into my head because of a conversation Chris and I just had about Meredith Salenger. I don’t even remember what the conversation was, but good lord, did I have a crush on her in high school. In fact, this stupid little movie (and it is dumb, no doubt) is maybe one of my favorite films of all time. Let it be known, I have a crush on this movie. It might feature the Coreys and the main single from the soundtrack might be a cover done by a soap opera star, but dang it, this movie has a hold on me.
by Deftones (originally by Duran Duran)
from the album The Duran Duran Tribute Album
1997 Buy the album on Amazon
It’s completely rare to have one of my favorite bands covering one of my other favorite bands, particularly in this case when the genres they occupy are so far apart. The Deftones could probably best be described as alternative metal whereas Duran Duran best epitomize the 80s dance pop/new wave sound. That kind of sounds like mixing bacon and ice cream. But you know what? I’ve had bacon ice cream and it’s delicious.
by Natalie Imbruglia
from the albumLeft of the Middle
1997 Buy the album on Amazon
Like a wandering storyteller traveling the land, regaling the local townfolk with stories of adventures from afar, I often like to tell new friends and old tales of great karaoke adventures. As I’m also clearly not above self-deprecation, one of the stories I like to share is of the lowest karaoke moment for my dear friend Lance and I.
by Spandau Ballet
from the albumTrue
1983 Buy the album on Amazon
A quintessential classic 80’s song. There are songs that fit that description in all the wrong ways. This is not one of them. Unless you just have never heard it before, as soon as those breathy sighs start, I don’t think there’s a person who doesn’t love this song. It’s pure class (just look at the singer in the video!) and romance. Continue reading Karaoke Tuesday: “True”→
by David Lee Roth
from the album Skyscraper
1988 Buy the album on Amazon
Growing up, I was all about country and easy listening music because those were the only two radio stations I could reliably pick up with my clock radio (R.I.P. WSIX 98.6 and Easy 93). When I heard friends talking about Huey Lewis and the News, I thought he was an anchor on channel 13. Men At Work became “Minute Work” which I interpreted as some kind of scholastic study method (I was a weird kid). Eventually though, we got MTV. Although I missed out on a lot pop music as it was happening, I quickly caught up.
One of the first pop cassettes I bought for myself was David Lee Roth’s Skyscraper and I’m not ashamed to say that I absolutely adore it. I must have listened to that whole album a thousand times, although It took me a while to make the entire loop, I’d get hooked on a song, play it through and then quickly rewind and listen again. I became an expert in knowing just how long to keep the button down so that the track was queued perfectly. I can feel the vibration of my Panasonic boom box (with Ambience™) rewinding right now. “Just Like Paradise” and “Stand Up” were perfect singles. “Hina” was just a bizarrely amazing and beautiful song (it’s also a perfect night song). But the song that encapsulates a summer song for me is “Damn Good.”
“Time After Time”
by Cyndi Lauper w/ Sarah McLachlan
from The Body Acoustic 2005 Buy the album on Amazon
Cyndi Lauper, or at least my appreciation of her, is in the fine wine/better with age category for me. I didn’t have MTV growing up, but this song is one of the songs I associate with the times I got to watch it at a relative’s, and it was always my favorite of her hits.
by Steve Perry
from the album Street Talk 1984 Buy the album on Amazon
This was inspired by Lance’s selection for the day, in that it also falls firmly in the category of “I randomly heard or thought of this song one day and remembered how awesome it is and holy crap I can totally hear myself singing this and I’m going to bust this out at karaoke next time!”
by The Outfield
from the album Play Deep
1985 Sony Buy the album on Amazon
I tried to sing this song a couple of times at karaoke and completely botched it. The song has such a high register, even for me. I had given up all hope until I heard a buddy sing it a couple of octaves lower. It took on a completely different vibe – almost sinister. I’m still trying to master it, but it’s so fun giving it a shot.
“Hungry Like The Wolf”
by Reel Big Fish (originally by Duran Duran)
from the album The Duran Duran Tribute Album 1997 Koch Records Buy the album on Amazon.
I’ve had a few drinks and some Mexican queso fries so I’m feeling a bit silly. This is a totally fun ska cover of a Duran Duran classic (and Lance karaoke staple). It takes a song that should be fun to begin with and makes it a total riot.