For My Sunday Song #103, I am going with another classic rock song “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie. Two of the best come together to deliver what has become one of my favorite songs. The song went to #1 in the UK and only #29 on the U.S.’s Billboard Hot 100. We Americans can be stupid sometime. It was only Queen’s 2nd #1 song in the UK, the other was “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The song appeared on their 1982 album ‘Hot Space”.
“Under Pressure” is about how life’s pressure can really take a toll on your life and how it destroys everything; however, love is the answer and can make everything so much better. I definitely got all that from the song, but it was less about the words and more about the give & take of the vocals between Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Two of the best artist of all time duking it out vocally is one of the greatest things you can ever hear. I guess God wanted to hear this song too as now both have passed over to the other side.
The song is also famous for that simple, two note bass line by John Deacon. That “don don don dondo don” (or something like that) was immediately recognizable and played throughout. After Deacon had come up with that riff, the band went to lunch or something and completely forgot the riff. One of the band members (or maybe Bowie) helped remind him what it was. That famous bass line is not to be confused with “don don don dondo don don” the Vanilla Ice riff for “Ice, Ice Baby”…there is a difference and he will tell you…whatever.
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Oh the Holidays! The end of the year. Christmas time. The time John is not supposed to buy any albums since it is the holidays and it is my birthday time period so no record purchases as people need to have something to give me as a gift. Well, that didn’t quite work this year.
I did set aside a list of albums people could buy for me for Christmas and/or my Birthday and I made sure that anything I picked up was not from that list. December turned out to be a treasure trove of purchases, gifts and free stuff. I definitely hit the jackpot with a crap load of albums to listen to and some day write about.
It all started mid-November when the Coke reward program was giving away $5 Amazon gift cards for every 10 bottle caps redeemed. Well, I had been collecting them at work as I do drink one Coke product everyday and on really stressful, busy days, maybe two. The $5 Amazon Gift cards were actually $10 because they allowed you to redeem it twice. After setting up a several more accounts with different email addresses, I was able to redeem $40 worth of caps (I would have done more, but I ran out of caps). What did I get with the $40 from Amazon? Music of course. I picked up the following:
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It is Black Friday!!! As a result, a lot of bands don’t release albums the day after Thanksgiving. However we do have a few coming out…one studio release I might give a listen, one anniversary release, a couple live and a greatest hits (of ballads). Hopefully there is something for you. Have a great day and don’t shop too much!!! My choices are highlighted in Blue.
- Queen – News of the World 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe: The biggest release today is the 40th Anniversary Edition of News of the World. This looks great and I would get it, but it is pretty pricey and might be out of my reach for awhile. The album features the classics “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” so it is a must for anyone’s collection…if you can afford it. The Super Deluxe is $128…ouch!! If it is streamable, I will listen to it there first.
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon? – (Caroline): Oh the Gallagher Brothers…First Liam has a new album and now Noel. Since no more Oasis, I will take what I can get from each. Liam’s album was surprisingly good…I hope this will be just as surprising (even with the girl playing scissors on stage) and just as good.
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Happy Tuesday! Welcome to this week’s memes. We are tackling the band Queen this week and why not! Queen is so worthy of getting this treatment. So if you week has started off pretty crappy, maybe this will cheer you up a little. Enjoy!!
Here is the Real Most Interesting Man in the World!!
And a Phd in Astrophysics…pretty impressive:
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It has been a few months since I have done a post in my Turntable & Vinyl series and a lot has gone on since the last one. Mainly, the growing obsession with getting my favorite albums in vinyl. Everywhere I go, I am looking for a record store or thinking of an excuse to go to a store and just “look” around. It has become a growing obsession that isn’t getting any better, in fact, it is getting worse.
And thanks to a fellow blogger, I now have my collection in Discogs. I can’t remember who it was as it has been several months and I have a terrible memory…now what was I talking about…oh yeah…Discogs. I spent quite some time cataloging my newly started collection. The good news, now when I am out at a record store and I can’t remember if I have that album or not, I only need to pull it up on the phone and BOOM!!, I will know if it is in my collection or not. No more buying duplicates (I told you my memory is bad). I actually had to use it a few weeks back so I know it was well worth the time adding everything in. Plus, it tells me what my collection is worth (ain’t much which is sad!), but it is a great tool if the collection should get stolen or burned down, I have a record of my albums for insurance purposes. Nice!
One thing I have been wanting to do for quite a while is upgrade my shitty little stereo system I have been using. It was an old system with some shitty little speakers. Did I mention it was shitty? Well, I finally replaced it and gave the older system to my oldest daughter for her room. She loves it because that shitty system replaced her even shittier system. One man’s junk is another man’s (or teenager girl’s) treasure. I didn’t get anything real fancy, I did keep it very reasonable. I only bought a Yamaha Receiver and a couple of Polk floor speakers plus a sub-woofer (I like that bass a little). I could have gone with a surround sound system, but I really love this set up. it was the way I listened to the albums back in the day, plus the vinyl isn’t mastered in Surround Sound!!
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Ever since I started the whole resurgence in my vinyl collection which started from nothing just 10 months ago, I have been trying to put together “The List” of all the albums that are a must have for my collection. The list is long and it is going to be expensive to put together.
For me, albums from the 70’s must be in vinyl as that was the medium of choice at the time. That means that I need to have Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, early AC/DC, Queen and of course KISS, just to name a few. I am off to a good start with KISS thanks to the box of records I mentioned back in the first Turntables & Vinyl post.
The 80’s is the decade I grew up in and fell in love with music so there has to be a ton of vinyl from those years as well. Def Leppard, Van Halen, more AC/DC, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Ratt and any other rock band from that era. The collection is growing, but the list doesn’t seem to get smaller.
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Everybody wants something for Christmas. There are a bunch of albums I would like to get on vinyl so if anyone is feeling generous, the new Motley Crue ‘The End’ Box Set would be nice. My kids keep telling me what they want for Christmas despite the fact I keep telling them it is too late to put in new orders as Santa already has decided what they are getting. Plus, Mommy and Daddy are done shopping.
Musicians are no different. They want a lot of things for Christmas. What do they want you ask? I will tell you what they told me when I asked them. Here is what they said…
Huey Lewis & The News – “I Want A New Drug” – I think someone has a problem!!
Queen -“I Want It All” – Greedy much?
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Happy Friday! Take a look at the list of new releases and see what floats your boat. There are a few I am really excited and interested to hear, but one of those I don’t have much hope that it will be good (Bon Jovi). The ones I will be attacking first are highlighted in Blue.
- Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale – (Island Records): Bon Jovi’s track record over their last 3-4 albums has been piss poor. A couple songs I have heard so far suck!!!, but some were decent. Still doesn’t give me much hope that this will be any good. I will still listen off the extreme hope that one day they will find glory again.
- Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Show – (Robert Williams/Farrell Music): I am a huge Robbie Williams fan. I have never understood how he didn’t have much success stateside, but that is okay as I like him anyway. Eagerly anticipating this release. I am sure it will be great. Read my post on the Top 20 Robbie Williams songs. I wonder if any of these songs will force me to update that list???
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Do kids nowadays know what a B-Side is? With today’s music environment, they no longer exist. Now when a single is released, you just download that single. There is no longer another song purchased along with the single. That makes me sad.
I guess the so called Deluxe Edition of albums is like getting all your B-Sides at one time, but where is the fun in that. And are albums really “deluxe editions” if they don’t offer a non-deluxe edition? I think that would just be called an album.
Some B-Sides went on to be as big as the A-Side of even bigger. A couple examples would be with Kiss and Queen. For Kiss, “Beth” was the B-Side on the single for “Detroit Rock City”. A radio station added the song to their playlist and it went on to be Kiss’ biggest hit and reached #7 on the Billboard charts. Queen had the same thing happen. The B-Side for “We Are the Champions” was “We Will Rock You” The 2 songs now are played together and are 2 of the bands biggest and most played songs.
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The 80’s was a great time in music for me. It was the time I started really getting obsessed about with it. There were so many great songs, thanks to the dawn of MTV, during this time. They exposed us to so many more bands that our radio stations were not playing.
There are good songs, great songs, rock songs, dance songs, pop songs and some songs that are just too damn cool. This list is what I felt were the really cool songs of the decade. Cool could be the subject matter or the overall sound of the song and of course it is very subjective. I wasn’t very cool back in the day so my definition of cool might not equal yours. Come to think of it…I am not cool now. Oh well, I hope you enjoy the playlist.
Red Rider – “Lunatic Fringe”
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