LastFM recommendation radio station! This power pop classic, which I guess it is somewhere where I don't live, certainly deserves a place among the better rock 'n' roll songs of the 70's. Released in 1979, "Starry Eyes" was a near hit for The Records, peaking at #56 in the U.S. While it did not set the world on fire, it became a cult classic and eventually landed on the Pitchfork 500 (the online music critic site's list of the greatest 500 songs of the past 30 years).
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
funk and soul! You can tell just from the fantastic album cover that these songs will groove along. And they do, but what sets That's the Way of the World apart as a funk/soul record is the song writing and musicianship. Not only a fun record, Earth, Wind & Fire succeed in making an interesting one as well. There are certainly some elements of jazz here. Fortunately, the band manages to almost completely avoid the self-indulgent side effect of most records which blend jazz and pop, soul, rock, etc.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
John Lennon hadn't been murdered and the Beatles had been able to get back together they would have sounded like the album this track appears on, White Pepper. (And if you believe an uncited source on Wikipedia, the album title is in reference to the Beatles' The Beatles a.k.a. "The White Album," and Sgt. Pepper's)
Monday, November 9, 2009
She's So Unusual," it would be a billion times better than it is. Cyndi Lauper's sound here is peppy and fun, the lyrics generally straightforward and simple, but all of it is earnest and good. And for an 80's record with a certainly 80's sound, it has worn well and still sounds fresh 25 years later.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
hardcore punk because what I know about it is contemporary. But "New Day Rising" is really, really good! The guitars are fuzzed out. The singing is, well, actual singing. I mean, I like 70's punk, but contemporary hardcore punk sounds pretty stupid usually. This sounds like sped up garage rock and I love garage rock...and speed (or not). The vocals sound a bit pop-y, but not whinny like contemporary bands. Another plus.