2018 was a tough year at times and the best year at times, it all depends on my perspective when looking back at it I guess. For my blog, we had a banner year with a vast improvement over the prior year. It is hard to believe that people continue to come back to the site to read what I have to say. It is rather humbling and much appreciated. I don’t make any money on this, it is all for fun so to know people find it and come back motivates me to keep doing it. I never thought I would be able to come up with material, but with over 730 posts so far, I seem to keep finding stuff to write about.
I will keep it to the blog as far as highlights for this past year, except I did turn 50, so that is pretty cool. They say that the first 50 years of childhood are the hardest, and I would agree. It should be smooth sailing from here.
The first highlight, is that I have finally reached 100,000 views on the site since its inception which was about 2 years & 7 1/2 months ago. That is hard to believe. Now, I hope to do 100,000 views in 2019 alone. That is at least my goal.
As far as posts, what were the biggest posts of the year. Here are the Top 5 new posts that were done in 2018:
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With Maroon 5 heading out for their next big tour this Summer, I thought I might go through and rank their albums from Worst to First. With a span of 6 albums over 16 years, they have put out some great albums and a couple not so great ones. I am going to keep this strictly to Maroon 5’s studio albums and not include any from them when they were known as Kara’s Flowers or any live or re-mix albums. This will keep it simpler and keep me sane from digging into everything else that is out there.
Now, take a seat and lean back and read on and find out how I rank the Maroon 5 albums from Worst to First. And of course, we will start with the Worst…
6 – THE WORST – ‘Overexposed’ (2012):
‘Overexposed’ was the band’s fourth album and the title pretty much sums up Adam Levine during this time. He was everywhere. With the success of his judging stint on ‘The Voice’, Adam became so overexposed and I tired of him quickly. The album was their most Pop album at the time (yes, even more so than the previous two). They brought in so many outside people including Max Martin and even Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and it seemed like a giant effort to match the sound of time rather than be who they really are.
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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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It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2017. My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2017. Go check it out by clicking on the link. These 20 songs are all genres other than rock. Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not. They are my favorites, that touched me in some way so don’t expect any indie bands or anything trendy. If you want that go to one of the cool sites out there, this ain’t it.
If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2017 or the Top Albums of 2017 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.
Let’s get started…
#20 – “Something Just Like This” by the Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay off the album ‘Memories…Do Not Open’: This song was a family favorite during the year. The one song the wife liked as well as all the kids and as a result, I heard it a lot and it grew on me to where I stopped and listened to it when it came on the radio. A catchy little song with a great beat.
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For this week, I figured we should poke fun at Maroon 5. I am a big fan, but they are easy to make fun of and I think we should do it. Adam Levine is everywhere on TV and the radio and I have to admit I get tired of him. Their music isn’t the same as it used to be, however they do always give us some great songs with each release. Enough about that, let’s have a smile and laugh at their expense.
Let’s start off with the songs…he looks so happy.
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Maroon 5 started off their career as a Pop/Rock/Funk band back in the very early 2000s and brought us the masterpiece debut album ‘Songs About Jane’. 15 year later the band is still going strong with the newest album called ‘Red Pill Blues’. The resemblance between these two albums is relatively zero. The Rock/Funk part of the band is non-existent and all you have is glorified POP!
Don’t get me wrong, there is some pop music I like. However, there is something about pop music that irritates me and that is most songs on pop radio seem to think the actually have to be “featuring” a hip-hop artist or at least another artist. Singers and bands today don’t seem to be able to do a song that is strictly their own.
Maroon 5 now believes in that theory whole-heartedly. As a result, they have six songs, that is right 6!!!, on their new album that feature another artist. They are as follows:
- “What Lovers Do (Feat. SZA)
- “Help Me Out (duet with Julia Michaels)”
- “Who I Am (Feat. Lunchmoney Lewis)”
- “Whiskey (Feat. A$AP Rocky)”
- ‘Don’t Wanna Know (Feat. Kendrick Lamar – yeah for like 10 seconds)”
- “Cold (Feat. Future)”
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Can you believe we are in November already. Christmas is just around the corner and with all the new releases today, what might be on your Christmas list? I don’t really have anything from these releases that I am dying to have, but there are a couple I will give a listen to. Not much in the rock world for me, it is all Pop. The ones I am interested in at least listening to are highlighted in Blue as always.
If you want to buy any of the albums, I have tried to make it easy for you. Click on the link after each album and it will take you to iTunes and you can download the release with just a few clicks.
- Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues – (222 Records/Interscope): Maroon 5 brings us another record, but with the over saturation of Adam Levine on TV with the Voice and the lack of greatness from the singles so far I am not overly excited. However, I have been a huge fan since the beginning so it will get listened to. I hope there are songs that only feature the band. I am sick and DAMN!!! Tired of the releases for this album so far that feature another artist. Why do songs today on Pop Radio have to be with someone else. I don’t get and this is a topic for another time. I do like “Cold” though.
- Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All – (Capitol Records): Finally the voice of Sam Smith is back with some new music. I know my oldest loves him and I have to admit he has a nice voice. I will give it a spin and see what he has to offer. The first two promotional songs have been good.
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Welcome to another edition of The Debut. This month is the debut album for Maroon 5 called ‘Songs About Jane’. Maroon 5’s debut album came out on June 25, 2002 and went as high as #6 on the Billboard charts. The album also has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.
When the album came out, there wasn’t a lot of good pop music and there wasn’t a lot of uniqueness or original sounding music. Then along came Maroon 5. With Adam’s tenor vocals, a killer falsetto and that funked up rock sound, Maroon 5 offered up something different, unique and oh so memorable.
Who is in the band you ask? Well, it consisted of the following members:
- Adam Levine – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- James Valentine – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Jesse Carmichael – keyboards, backing vocals
- Mickey Madden – bass guitar
- Ryan Dusick – drums, percussion, backing vocals
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I didn’t know what to listen to the other day, so I hit shuffle on my whole library. An old Maroon 5 song came up and I really loved that song. It wasn’t one of their hits, but it was just as good. It got me thinking about all their songs.
Maroon 5 is more than the songs you hear on the radio. Their albums are usually great all the way through. I love it when a band’s non-singles are just as good as their radio hits, if not even better. As a result of this one song randomly popping up on my shuffle, I decided to dive deep into their albums and put together a playlist of the Deep Cuts. It is what I like to call Deep Dive Playlist.
I have only done two others so far since I started the blog. One for Def Leppard and one for Bon Jovi. I hope you enjoy this one as much as people seem to enjoy the other ones. Here is my Deep Dive Playlist for Maroon 5. They are not being ranked, they are only a playlist. I love them all.
“How” off the album ‘Hands All Over Me’: “How” was the song I mentioned that popped up in my shuffle and the inspiration for this deep dive playlist. It is more of a ballad than a pure dance song and I love Adam’s voice in this song. Come to think of it, I love Adam’s voice. How a man can get that high is beyond me, but his voice is so unique and so recognizable the minute you hear it.
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Maroon 5 dropped a new song and video today. The song is “Don’t Wanna Know” and features Kendrick Lamar for just around 18 seconds. Sadly, he isn’t in the video. No announcement of a new album, but hopefully soon.
The song is pretty good and is growing on me. The video is massively disturbing. The band is dressed up as Pokemon characters and they are being chased all around by idiots with cellphones trying to capture them. Obviously poking fun at Pokemon Go. The video features Sarah Silverman and Vince Vaughn (probably because it was directed by the director the “Wedding Crashers” , David Dobkin.
With the video, I think they are also poking fun at how they probably feel with the media and crazed fans. They are always dodging the paparazzi and getting bothered by fans wanting a picture or an autograph. Maybe I am putting too much thought into it.
Alright, here is the video. Give it a view just to see the strangeness that is going on. Enjoy!