For My Sunday Song #92, I am going with another ballad. This one is from Dokken and is called “Alone Again”. It seems I am on a kick of Power Ballads since last week saw “Fly To The Angels” by Slaughter. The song is off Dokken’s 1984 album ‘Tooth & Nail’ and only reached #64 on the Hot 100, but it was #1 in my heart.
Don wrote the song about 8 years earlier and had put it away not to think about it again. Well, that was until when they were finishing up ‘Tooth & Nail’ and the record company demanded a ballad as all bands had ballads at the time. Don went through a bunch of tracks when he and Jeff found it and thought they could work with the song. And work it they did as it came out beautifully.
The song is about a break-up and dealing with the depression that can result from being lonely. The song captures that sadness in the tone and pacing of the song. Also, Don’s vocals convey a deep sadness as well. It really is a sad, depressing and yet beautiful song. This is not a song to play to cheer you up and unless you really enjoy a good George Lynch guitar solo and some Mick Brown drums. Because there is that to brighten your day.
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My Sunday Song #91 is “Fly to the Angels” by Slaughter. The song was off their debut album ‘Stick It To Ya” and was there biggest selling single which charted #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It was the band’s only million selling song and was one of the best power ballads to come out of the 80’s Hair Metal scene. The funny thing is, the band isn’t an 80’s band. All of their albums were released in the 90’s starting with this one in 1990. To be fair, the 80’s Hair Metal scene hadn’t fully died off yet, that came a couple years later.
The song features Mark Slaughter’s unique vocals which were a little raw and scratchy which fit perfectly for the sound they were going for and helped them stand out on their own from other bands. The slow groove of the guitar heavy song hypnotically takes you through the story of the loss of someone that the person of the song truly loved. You can really feel the loneliness and the pain this person is feeling at his loss. It is a really touching song when you break it down and explore it.
I am sure everyone has lost someone at one point in time so that is probably why the song connected with so many people at the time. If you haven’t heard it in awhile, give it a listen.
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For My Sunday Song #90, I am going with “Burn” by the band Deep Purple. The song was the first single off the album of the same name and the first with new lead singer David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. The song wasn’t a big chart buster on its release in 1974, but it did chart at #45 on the UK Charts in 1978, but that was four years after its release. Not sure why the time difference.
The song at 6:40 in length features a blistering guitar solo by Richie Blackmore and a finger licking good organ solo by Jon Lord. The song has everything. The vocals are shared between David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. A pretty awesome duo to have in your band. In fact, the whole band for this song & album were pretty amazing.
- David Coverdale – vocals
- Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals
- Richie Blackmore – guitar
- Jon Lord – Hammond Organ
- Ian Paice – drums
It doesn’t get much better than that. After this version of Deep Purple broke up (the Mark III version), Coverdale would go on to form Whitesnake and at one time or another, Ian and Jon both played in the band with David.
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My Sunday Song #89 is going Country with Lady Antebellum’s song “Need You Now”. The song is the title track to their sophomore album and the single was released on April 11, 2009. The song became one of their biggest hits selling millions of copies and garnering a Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year a feat which not many Country Artists have ever been able to do. Only one other Country Artists has ever done that and it was the Dixie Chicks just two years earlier.
The song was written rather quickly according to one of the co-writers of the song Josh Kear. He stated the following (Songfacts.com):
“Actually, it was the second song we wrote that day,” he said. “We were only together for two-and-a-half hours. We finished the first one in the first 45 minutes. Charles had a guitar thing and an opening line for a song and we wrote ‘Need You Now’ really fast and went, ‘great, that was fun.’ It was the first day I’d ever spent with them. They went their separate ways: it was Charles wife’s birthday, I went home to my wife. Next thing you know it, it’s on the record, title track, first single and here we are. It was actually the very last song they played for the label for deciding what songs were going to put on the album.”
The song is about that late night hook-up. You get so lonely and you yearn to be with someone so you pick up that phone and the next thing you know…booty call. The record label was not real keen about one of the lyrics “It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now”. They had an issue with the little drunk part. Smart heads prevailed and the lyric remained and thankfully so because it does add a bit of truth to the whole story. Who hasn’t done that when they were drunk? Hell, that was probably when most people did it.
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My Sunday Song #88 is going to get downright sexy. The song of choice this week is “Lips on You” by Maroon 5. The song is off their most recent album ‘Red Pill Blues’ which was released back on November 3, 2017.
The song was co-written by Adam Levine with a slew of people including Kasher Hindlin, Jason Evigan and two people that are all over the charts right now, Julia Michaels and Charlie Puth. With that many people involved, I would hope a good song would come out of that collaboration and let me tell you…it sure as hell did!!
This is probably my favorite song on the album. The deep bass, the slower groove and the lyrics are all so damn hot. When you throw in Adam’s voice, you have pure magic. This is one song that should be played when you want to get busy and it will make your partner swoon and turn them in to jelly. The lyrics will guid you through what you should do. If this doesn’t do it, let me know and we will file a complaint with Maroon 5 and Charlie Puth.
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For My Sunday Song #87, I have chosen “Constant Craving” by the amazing k.d. lang. The song is off her album ‘Ingenue’ in 1992. The song did well on the charts, obviously, but it was the song that gave k.d. a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Performance in 1993. The song was also up for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
The song had a more commercial feel then her previous releases. She had been going for a more country style, but her androgynous appearance hindered her acceptance into Nashville and country music. She had hits on the country charts such as “Cryin’ (w/ Roy Orbison) and other songs, but they were never truly embraced her. Thankfully for us, she turned more pop and gave us this beauty of an album and song.
“Constant Craving” is such a beautiful song set at a mid-tempo with loads of different acoustic guitars, an accordion and of course k.d.’s amazing and gorgeous voice. For the background vocals, they used numerous layers of her vocals as well as the Reclines singer, Sue Leonard to assist on the high vocal parts. For me, it was the song that really turned me on to lang. It had such a haunting feel to it and with the utter desperation and wanting of the lyrics and I was hooked.
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For My Sunday Song #86, “Dark Horses” by Switchfoot is my choice. The song is off their ‘Vice Verses’ and the single was released on July 20, 2011. It reached #1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Songs and #1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (I don’t really know this chart very well). It went to #5 on the Rock Alternative Charts as well. Needless to say, it did very well for the band.
What I like about Switchfoot is they have Christian roots, but can pass as a mainstream act as well. They are able to get the message out and most people don’t even realize they are getting a positive, heartfelt message of some kind whether it is religious or some point they want to get across. I love how he can turn that message into such great music.
“Dark Horses” might be a familiar term to those in the sporting world. A dark horse is a term used to describe a person, team or horse that is not well-known but rises to the top. The song is talking about the homeless children that aren’t well known, but they have something to offer if they were just given the chance. Jon & Tim Foreman are wanting to spread the word and put the focus on helping these homeless kids so they have that chance to shine. For Jon, these kids are the kids he sees on the streets of his home town in San Diego and he works with the organization Stand Up For Kids. I agree with the band and we shouldn’t write them off, they deserve a chance to shine and succeed just as much as anyone.
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For My Sunday Song #85, it is time to go with a western feel with “Modern Day Cowboy” by Tesla. The song was the band’s second single on their debut album ‘Mechanical Resonance’ released in December of 1986. The single was released in 1987 and peaked at only #35 on the US Mainstream Rock chart which surprises me that this song and these guys didn’t blow up more than they did.
The song became an instant favorite of mine the second I heard it with that monster opening guitar riffs with Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch. Then the song changed up the guitars to acoustic and then back and forth with the electric guitars. The two were simply scary good. The whole cowboy theme song was probably take due to the success of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
“Modern Day Cowboy” takes you through some of the bad boy cowboys through time starting with Billy the Kidd; then going to the Original Gangsters Al Capone and Bad Boy Jones; and finally moving to present day with our leaders of U.S.A. & the U.S.S.R. and their six guns or in this case nuclear weapons.
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For My Sunday Song #84, I am going with “Numb” by Linkin Park. The song is the third single and the final track on their second album ‘Meteora’. The song only reached #31 on the Top 40 charts which is okay because it reached #1 on the Alternative Songs chart where it stayed for a mere 12 weeks.
This song to me was one of the band’s most powerful songs they had ever done up to that point. It was a very dark song and I love dark songs. The subject matter was about kids having to live up to their parent’s expectations and failing. Living as outcasts from their parents and from the world around them. They are smothered and aren’t allowed to be themselves. I have a feeling that more people feel that way then don’t. With Chester Bennington’s death last year, it makes me think how personal this song might have been for him as he sang it with such emotion and feeling.
The video for the song was amazing in that it depicted that very theme with a girl struggling to fit in and having issues with her peers at school and her parents. She ends up cutting herself and the marks spell out Numb on her arm. A real tragic story. The video also intersperses shots of the band performing in a church and I wonder what they were wanting to conveying with that imagery.
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My Sunday Song #83 is “Whistle for the Choir” by The Fratellis. The song is off their debut album ‘Costello Music’ which peaked at #2 on the UK charts and gave us a few hits including “Chelsea Dagger”. However, I really liked this song the best. “Whistle for the Choir” was their third single off the albums and it reached #9 giving them their 2nd Top 10 hit in the UK. I don’t see where they did very well in the States which is a shame.
The Fratellis are a Scottish trio with a very retro feel and garage rock sound. This song for me is more of the retro feel as it is a slow ballad using only an acoustic, bass and drum (well it’s a trio – what else are they going to use). The song has a Beatlesque quality to it and even a little Ray Davies vibe. I think for those reasons, the song struck a chord with me. The simple sound and hypnotic beat pulled me in and put me in a trance where I swayed back and forth while listening. It was encapsulating. There is a little guitar solo, but also a nice whistle solo as well.
The song tells the story of a guy, who after a night out on the town, meets a girl that is way out of his league. This doesn’t stop him. He is going to try and get her anyway. The nice thing is it doesn’t tell you if he gets the girl or not.
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