Oh boy, have I got a surprise for you! Though you will have to tell me whether it is a nice surprise or not. Please read on…Since this is a big post, in more ways than one, I thought i’d try Using the read more feature… (I hope this works or you’ll have a big email!)
Please note that this post was scheduled well before the Coronavirus outbreak, so please don’t be offended by the title of the song… (I did think about swapping it for another song, but it is quite humorous in a ‘dark’ sort of way).
OK – some of you may be glad to know that this is the last in this series. (Hooray, I hear you cry). I know it’s not been that popular, but it has filled in some gaps, which I may well fill this coming year with some other random posts (yet to be determined).
Anyway, for my last song, it seemed appropriate to play this one by Just Jack, called the Day I Died. I had the pleasure of watching Just Jack live at the D Club in Lausanne some years ago. He introduced this as a ‘happy song’, so who am I to argue. Whatever, I think the lyrics and video are superb. (In case you didn’t know Just Jack (Allsop) appears at the end of the video, as the medic who shakes his head).
For my penultimate song, I’ve chosen another 80’s dance classic, this time by Shalamar. Hopefully it makes you feel good too. 😊
I think this is the third song on my list by Madonna. As I may have mentioned, I was a big fan… 😊
I guess many of you will have never heard of this jazz-funk band, called Shakatak, but I was a huge fan when I was younger. Still am I suppose. They were ‘big’ (at least in the UK and possibly Japan) in the 1980’s.
Only 4 more weeks to go after this one, (you may be glad to read), but this series wouldn’t be complete without this classic from George Benson. Despite listening to this song many, many times, I never have managed to sing or mimic that “duh, duh” guitar thing at the right time. It always seems to be in the wrong place to me, but it absolutely makes the song what it is, so it’s obviously perfectly placed. Enjoy!
I thought I’d get your week off to a happy-go-lucky start with this classic from Chic…
Everybody dance, ooooh, clap your hands, clap your hands… 👏👏
Have a great week!
When I started this series I had thought about mentioning my favourite line or piece of music in each, but I decided against it, as I thought it might prove too difficult for some songs. With this one, however, it was a no brainer… The words “She dashed by me in painted on jeans” just conjures up an image which makes me smile every time. 😊 The saxophone solo is also a classic. What’s not to like?
In a slight departure from my usual dance and soul sounds, this week we have a song by the fabulously named Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five (featuring Melle Mel) with a very clear message “Don’t do it!”
The Fugees released a rather excellent version of this song in 1996. Call me a traditionalist if you like, but I prefer this original from 1973 by Roberta Flack…