August 15, 2010

Some Housekeeping and More Music Meme

Okay, so I'm probably not going to be around for a couple of days.  I'm having a tooth pulled Monday afternoon, under general anesthetic.  I'm sure that Monday night I'll be either too drugged or in too much pain to blog.  Hopefully sometime Tuesday I'll be functional enough to update here.

I've had too many bad experiences with dentists to be awake for this.  Hell, I went into shock during a teeth-cleaning once.  It's not the pain, that's nothing... it's the tugging and the pulling and the sounds.  I punched a dentist in the groinacological region once, but that was because he didn't wait long enough for the Novocaine to kick in before he poked at a cavity.  The stabbing pain just caused my right arm to jerk spasmodically; I really didn't mean to.  Heck, until then he was a friend of mine.  We played racquetball the weekend before, for heaven's sake (he won). 

So, yeah, with any luck I'll be back Tuesday.

More Music Meme featuring the letter "P": 

I couldn't believe I forgot these two songs, so I had to do another post to include them.

Bonus 1): Pump Up The Volume, M/A/R/R/S

This may have been the first real hit to have been created out of nothing but samples.  It's also not the song I remember (or have in my collection), but it turns out there's a reason for that.  For example, at 2:14, the lyrics in the video above go "Automatic pushbutton remote control / synthetic genetic command your soul".  The version I remember from my youth, and have on 45rpm single, is "Automatic systematic remote control...".  There's also no samples from Wolfman Jack or James Brown on it.  Turns out the video above is actually the original version of the tune, which was released in the UK.  The version I'm remembering is the US version, which pulled the samples for legal reasons.  Huh, who knew?  Pump Up The Volume was nominated for a Grammy award in 1989 in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category, and was M/A/R/R/S' only release. 

Bonus 2): Politics of Dancing, Re-Flex

I often feel like I'm the only person in the world who remembers this band and their only (legitimately) released album.  It's too bad, really, for Re-Flex should have been a lot bigger than they were.  This 1983 album (of the same name as the single) is chock full of great beats, blistering hooks, clever lyrics, everything you'd want from an '80s New Wave group.  It peaked at #53 here in the US, #23 in the UK, and the rumored second album never appeared.

Until 2002, that is, when the keyboardist for the band, Paul Fishman, unofficially released Humanication, and announced that a 6-CD boxset, called Re-Fuse, was going to be coming out sometime in 2010.  I'm hoping it's true.

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August 13, 2010

It's Music Meme Time Again

So over at Greyduck's place, it seems that he was tagged by another blogger with the following situation:

1. If you’d like to play along, reply to this post and I’ll assign you a letter.
2. You then list (and upload or link to the video, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I’m doing here, you’ll post the list to your journal with the instructions.

Of course, GD came through with flying colors.  Also of course, I couldn't resist a challenge of that sort so I requested a letter of my own.  Grey gave me "P".  Below, please find my five songs... and enjoy, won't you?


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