My Sunday Song – “Sunset Station” by Jorn Lande

For My Sunday Song #118, I am going to highlight “Sunset Station” by Jorn Lande. I know most people in the U.S. probably aren’t familiar with Jorn and that is a shame.  Jorn Lande is a Rock/Metal singer from Norway and has been in bands such as Ark, Millenium and Vagabond.  However, I came to know him thanks to Melodicrock.com and his solo work as well as with Power Metal band Masterplan.  I even highlighted him in a post way back in my early days on this blog (check it out – Jorn Lande).

One of my favorite songs by Mr. Lande is “Sunset Station” off his 2nd solo album called ‘Worldchanger’.  The album was released back in 2001 and really stood out for me (not in that year – I came across it a few years later).  This song in particular jumped out of the speakers and grabbed hold of me.

Jorn’s vocals are solid and a cross between David Coverdale of Whitesnake and Ronnie James Dio (both obvious influences on Jorn).  That alone was enough to catch my attention.  He sings with such power and lays it all out every time. Musically, it is loud, heavy and very melodic but more metal than melodic rock.   The guitar work is another attention grabber for me as it just screams and comes at you with blistering veracity.

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My Sunday Song – “Bellyache” by Billie Eilish

For My Sunday Song #117, I am going with a song my kids love that has grown on me immensely called “Bellyache” by Billie Eilish.  The song is from her 2017 album ‘Don’t Smile at Me’.  The song has done really well and has gone Gold in the States.  My kids are always listening to her, so naturally I end up hearing it quite often especially when we are all in the car together.

The song is very dark both lyrically and mood.  The singer has killed her lover and is a sure fire psychopath.  She has some regret that causes her stomach to hurt, but in the end she really doesn’t give a shit.  Should I worry that my kids like this song???

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Just look at these disturbing lyrics…

“Sitting all alone
Mouth full of gum
In the driveway
My friends aren’t far
In the back of my car
Lay their bodies

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My Sunday Song – “Everybody Out of the Water” by The Wallflowers

For My Sunday Song #116, I am tackling “Everybody Out of the Water” by The Wallflowers.  The song is off their 2002 album, ‘Red Letter Days’.  It was never released as a single, but was used for an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigator.  However, I know the song from the album.  It was one of the standout tracks from that album for me.

The song is very aggressive and much heavier than anything before it.  I big change for the band.  It has this cool little guitar riff that is played throughout.  It is just a couple of notes repeated over and over, but it works and is really cool. The overall guitar work on this was really exceptional and made it a really guitar-heavy song.

The aggressive nature of the song also leaked into the lyrics.  The song appears to be about some catastrophic event, but is it a natural disaster, an apocalyptic event, or is it a metaphor for a relationship is all unclear.  That is the great thing about the song, you can make it mean whatever you want it to mean.

Being this is in 2002 and after 9/11, this could be a bleak view of the “New Frontier” after such a horrific event.  He states that “Got to learn how to pray / Love won’t be enough” is really a dark view point and a sign of that whatever we are doing isn’t enough to save us.  To me, this kinda fits the song that maybe it is a shout-out to those events.

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My Sunday Song – “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock

For My Sunday Song #115, we are tackling “Bawitdaba” by Detroit’s own Kid Rock.  The song comes off his mutli-platinum selling album ‘Devil Without a Cause’.  The song came out in 1999 and the song had moderate success on the radio, but massive success on MTV.  He seemed to be everywhere in 1999/2000.

The song is a mixture of hop-hop and a little nu-metal and that combination threw Kid Rock into the mainstream, pop culture and made him a star.  Love him or hate him, he was a major part of pop culture at the time.

The lyrics weren’t poetic genius, the song made absolutely no sense, and it is hip hop which I have never been a fan.  However!!  I couldn’t help but love this song.  There was something about driving down the road, with the windows down (I didn’t have a convertible), music cranked up as high as it would go and sing the ridiculous line of “bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy”.  It was awesome!!

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My Sunday Song – “Who Can It Be Now?” by Men At Work

For My Sunday Song #114, we will discuss the song “Who Can’t It Be Now” by Men at Work.  The song was off the Australian band’s debut album ‘Business as Usual’ and went all the way to #1 in the US Billboard chart thanks in large part to MTV.  MTV didn’t have a ton of videos around 1982 and this would was in constant rotation as a result.

The song is so recognizable when the first note of the Greg Ham’s saxophone kicks in.  The sax is the better than a guitar riff in this case.  Originally the saxophones was only played in the middle of the song, but the record producer felt it was such a great hook that it should be the main musical focus of the song.  And I would say he was correct.

The song was written by singer Colin Hay and was about a place he lived in St. Kilda, Victoria.  The apartment complex at the time was in a shady part of town and all these scary figures would be around.  Someone was selling drugs on his floor and would mistakenly knock on his door and that might have frightened him a little based on the lyrics in this song.

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My Sunday Song – “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band

My Sunday Song #113 is “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band.  The song was released in 1973 and appeared on the album ‘The Joker’.  The song did really well for Steve and the band as it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 110 chart.  It is probably the highest pot smoking song ever charted.

The song has this slow, laid back groove that is so cool and relaxing thanks to his stellar rhythm section of Gerald Johnson on Bass and John King on drums.  The slide guitar by Steve brings this really interesting feel to the song and when he does the wolf whistle on it, damn, it is just fantastic.  It really does feel like a stoner song and I don’t even smoke it, but if I did this song would be playing for sure.

However, the lyrics are king here. The song is famous for it’s pot reference for the chorus that goes…

“I’m a joker
I’m a smoker
I’m a midnight toker”

How could you not sing along to that.

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My Sunday Song – “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

For My Sunday Song #112, I am going to talk about “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman.  Released on April 6th, 1988, and on her self-titled album, “Fast Car” was a massive hit reaching all the way to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.  I remember seeing the video on MTV and thinking what an amazing and beautiful song.  It was not like anything else on the radio at the time.

The song is an acoustical track with just Tracy, an acoustic guitar and some percussion.  Tracy is a folk pop or folk rock singer and her haunting vocals are so impactful and heartfelt that you believe the hardships this person is facing.  It was her vocals performance that made me fall in love with this song (and this album).  It was the most honest performance from I song I had heard on the radio at that time.  It made me think, if she could write such a powerful song, what else can she write about.  And the album doesn’t disappoint.

The song is about a young woman who has grown up with a very rough life.  Her dad is an alcoholic and her mom left them.  She had to quit school to take care of her dad and they were very poor.  She has a boyfriend and she dreams about taking a fast car and driving to the city and starting over and having a better life in the city.  Sadly, her boyfriend is a drunk just like her dad and she can’t break free from the hold poverty has on her world.  Such a sad song and story, yet it is so beautiful.

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My Sunday Song – “Blue On Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

For My Sunday Song #111, we are going to examine “Blue On Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  The song was released in 1998 and was off their album ‘Trouble Is”.  “Blue on Black” was #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart where it stayed for 6 weeks and it stayed on the charts for around 42 weeks.  It also won the Billboard Music Award for Rock Track of the Year.  Not bad for a Blues song.

“Blue on Black” as a song can mean anything to the listener.  Kenny won’t say what it means, but people interpret it as either losing someone whether by death or end of a relationship or that the relationship was abusive.  For me, I view at as the end of a relationship.  I don’t see it as abusive but it ended badly with things were said that shouldn’t have been and maybe anger got the best of them and someone was push and shoved.  But you interpret it as you want.

Another interesting thing about the term ‘Blue on Black’.  The idea for the song came from Kenny wearing a shirt and those two colors were the main colors of the shirt.  Tia Sillars, one of the songwriters, thought how when you take those two colors and put them together you actually don’t get a new color.  The dominance of the black just absorbs the blue and still makes black.  I take that to mean when things are dark and you are blue, you can get consumed by it and things just get bleaker.

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My Sunday Song – “Lakini’s Juice” by Live

For My Sunday Song #110, we are going to explore the world of Live and their song “Lakini’s Juice”.  The song is off their 1997 album ‘Secret Samadhi’ and was the first single off the record.  It did pretty well as it went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Track chart and when it came out it caught my attention.

But what is Lakini’s Juice?  For that, you have to delve into the world of Hindu.  Lakini is goddess and is described below…

She has a black or dark-blue vermilion color; three faces, each with three eyes; is four-armed; holds a thunderbolt, the arrow shot from the bow of Kama, fire and makes the gesture of granting boons and dispelling fear. She is seated upon a red lotus. (wikipedia).

Lakini is the goddess of the Manipuraka Chakra and Lakini’s Juice comes from this…

In Hinduism, Lakini is the goddess of the Manipuraka (city of jewels), which is the third of the seven Chakras. This Chakra represents the solar plexis of the human body, just above the navel, and is responsible for the pancreas and gall bladder as well as intuition (gut feelings). Lakini’s “juice” is the bile, pancreatic fluid, and other chemicals produced by this region of the body that aid in digestion and excretion. (popdose.com)

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My Sunday Song – “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead

For My Sunday Song #109, “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead gets the focus this week.  This is one of the most iconic Motorhead songs and it reached #15 on the charts when it was released back in 1980 on the album titled ‘Ace of Spades’.  The song actually hit the UK charts again after Lemmy’s death in 2015.  It went all the way to #13, two spots higher than the original run.

The song is all about gambling and has every known gambling cliche known to man included in the song and yet it works.  It was only 2:48 in length yet so memorable and impactful.  The menacing opening bass riff by Lemmy and that fast driving, dirty rock sound matched up with that gritty vocal by Lemmy is what makes this one of the great rock songs of all time.  It was the song that introduced me to Motorhead and I am sure I am not the only one.

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As I am not a gambler (ok I am not a good one), I was curious about the dead man’s hand.  It turns out the Dead Man’s Hand relates to the hand that Wild Bill Hickok had when he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall while playing poker back in 1876.  The hand he supposedly had was 2 Black 8’s and 2 Black Aces.

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