How are all my friends faring from the weekend Jonas blizzard? Princess Nagger was bummed that that kind of snow waited until after we moved away from PA since she so would have loved to have gone out and played in it. I echo her sentiment.
It’s Monday – and you know that music always makes Monday so much better. This week our Spotlight Dancer, Tiffanie from Sounds Like Life To Me, has chosen the theme of “Everyone’s favorite 80’s Rock Bands” – what a fun theme, particularly since the 80’s music is awesome in general.
Let’s start off with a rock band whose guitarist wrote this song, claiming the idea came to him in a dream. He wanted to create a song that the audience could participate in – he definitely hit the mark there.
Next up is a group who came up with the lyrics to this next song from a poem one of the members wrote for his then girlfriend. This song, however, didn’t hit US #1 until a year after the album was released, the third single from that album where the first two singles apparently flopped.
One of the previous singles, however, became a hit following this particular single’s success. Crazy, no?
Give a listen to Guns N’ Roses with “Sweet Child O’ Mine”:
Next up is a song that marked a turning point in this band’s legacy here in America – their 1982 album contained a side of disco-tinged tracks at a time when disco was anathema to rock fans. The album had disappointing sales in the US, and also cost the group in credibility.
Their tour to support the album would be one of the main members’ last with this group in America, and the band was largely forgotten here for the rest of the decade. When Wayne’s World revived this song, American listeners remembered how cool the group really was, and they had the ringing endorsement from Wayne and Garth to back them up.
Here’s Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
Next up is a song that is this groups first #1 hit and their only #1 hit with the original lead singer, and finally came about in spite of in-band bickering that commenced during the creation of the song.
While it kinda looks ridiculous today, the video was groundbreaking and set the standard for cheap performance videos that hapless directors still try to emulate. To produce such a video, the band is recorded performing the song several times from beginning to end. Then, the band members are shot doing random stage moves without the pretense of actually playing the song. Some candid footage is shot with the band goofing around, and it’s off to the edit room where the footage is chopped up into a video.
The video won Best Stage Performance Video at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. MTV quickly discontinued the category as music videos became more creative and relied less on footage of bands performing the song.
Last, but not least, is a band who reached #39 in the US with a song from their debut, self-titled album. The band was big in the New Jersey area, but got little attention elsewhere.
When the group was signed by a Polygram Records executive, he said he saw the drive and the ambition of the lead singer, despite the fact that he could only sing five notes and most of them out of tune. Interesting, no?
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!