Moday’s Music Moves Me: Smoke Alarm Battery Charge (Change?)

Cathy pulled out her calendar again for this week’s M4 theme. Evidently today is National Battery Day, so have a good one. She gave us four words, smoke, alarm, battery and charge, around which to center our songs. I added a fifth, change, because I thought there might have been some miscommunication; after all, Time Change Sunday is coming, a day when we not only change the clocks, we change the batteries in the smoke detectors. Sound good?

So, the list starts with two songs about smoke. First is Buck Owens, the Bard of Bakersfield, with his cover of Red Ingle and His Natural Seven’s “Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women.” I usually use the version done by Peter Sellers and The Muppets, so I figured you could use a break. Then, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke That Cigarette,” the 1947 original by Tex Williams, who wrote it with the Dean of Fingerstyle Guitar Players, Merle Travis.

Next, a couple about alarm. First is “Incense and Peppermints,” the 1967 hit by Strawberry Alarm Clock (see what I did there?). It was their one and only hit, reaching #1 and earning a Gold record. Next is Peter, Paul & Mary’s “If I Had A Hammer,” because, after all, hammering/ringing/singing out danger and warning sounds like an alarm to me.

On to battery… now, in this case, I relied on the fact that the French word for a drum kit is la batterie and chose a couple of songs that feature some amazing drumming. First, a couple of scenes from the 1941 comedy classic Ball of Fire, which starred Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck and featured the incredible drumming of Gene Krupa, appearing with his orchestra, on “Drum Boogie.” Miss Barbara’s voice was dubbed by Martha Tilton on the song. Then, The Surfaris with their 1963 hit song “Wipeout.” A friend of mine (who came from another school) said that he and his friends all owned copies of the record and would play the drum part on their desks when the nun was out of the room.

Next is charge. To do this, I looked up songs that had “charge” in the title, coming up with the finale of Rossini’s “William Tell,” also a part of the Overture and the theme song for the radio and TV versions of The Lone Ranger, and a song called “Charge” done by an electronic band called Bossfight. I have no clue if this is music from a video game or just stands on its own, but I thought it sounded interesting.

Finally, since I thought change was appropriate (also giving me five groups of two songs), we have a couple of “lite rawk!” favorites: The Little River Band’s “Cool Change” from their 1979 album Just Under The Wire, a song that reached #4 in the US that year, and Jimmy Buffet’s “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” title track from his 1977 album.

And that’s your Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 18, 2019.

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Song Lyric Sunday: “I Can’t Move No Mountains”

I know I just used this in a Battle of the Bands, but when Jim chose “hill/mountain” as the words for the week, I had to use it again, because it’s such a great song.

I’ve used The Free Movement here before, too, at the end of December when I played their 1971 hit “I’ve Found Someone Of My Own.” I really wish they had gotten more attention, because they were really good. This song was written by Robert John and Michael Gately and has been covered many, many times, including Blood Sweat & Tears. From 1973, “I Can’t Move No Mountains.”

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

Can’t stop the rain or keep the night from falling
Sometimes I just don’t hear you when you’re calling
I’m not a one man band, can’t write no songs about you
Can’t even tell you I’d be lost without you
But I can do things that will keep you smiling
Keep your face warm baby, make you feel like flying
Without to have trying

I can’t move no mountains
No I never said I could
I can’t make you love me
But I’ll make you feel so good
Or I could now

Can’t cool the sun or make a rock give water
Sometimes I treat you like a rich man’s daughter
But I can make your heart pound with desire
Make wonder, baby, how I keep the fire
Taking you higher

I can’t move no mountains
No I never said I could
I can’t make you love me
But I’ll make you feel so good

I can’t move no mountains
I can’t move no mountains

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for February 17, 2019.

Coping With Ennui #socs

I remember learning the word “ennui” in seventh grade. It stuck with me because it was the first time I had a word for how I really felt about school. It was more than merely boredom, it was boredom that annoyed me. Evidently “ennui” and “annoy” have the same Latin root. In school, there was really nothing to do about it but feign interest and try not to fall asleep.

One day (I was in seventh or eighth grade) I yawned in class and the nun asked “Are we boring you, Mr. Holton?” I made my apologies and tried harder not to yawn. Now that I think about it, I should have said “You’ve been boring me since kindergarten.” It would have been closer to the truth. Maybe that’s why I connected so well with Calvin & Hobbes: I understood Calvin. My flights of fantasy to fight the boredom of the classroom were nowhere near as colorful as Calvin’s, though.

Wonder what would have happened if I had answered that question the way I should have. I’d probably have been in serious trouble, but I think it would have been worth it.

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The Friday 5×2: 3FOX (Fox FM Melbourne, Victoria), 1990

I was still more or less listening to pop radio in 1990, although I found myself seraching the radio dial for alternatives, so I decided to go with this survey from Fox FM (3FOX), which Wikipedia tells us is the most listened-to radio station in all of Australia. I’m impressed…

  1. Black Box, “Ride On Time” Wikipedia tells us that they were a house music trio who employed Katrin Quinol (the attractive woman seen in the video) as its alleged frontwoman (as they called her, the band’s “image”). There was quite a bit of controversy when it was discovered that Katrin was merely lip-syncing and the actual singer was a woman named Martha Wash. There was a lot of that going on around this time, as you’ll soon see. The song did well in Australia, reaching #2.
  2. Midnight Oil, “Blue Sky Mine” Midnight Oil is an Australian rock band based in Sydney. They’ve won 11 ARIA awards (the Australian equivalent of the Grammys) and are members of the ARIA Hall of Fame. This went to #1 in the US on the Mainstream Rock and Alternative charts and #8 in Australia.
  3. The B-52’s, “Love Shack” This alternative band from Athens, Georgia (from whence R. E. M. also comes) has been around since 1979, but I didn’t hear of them until they released this and it went to #3 in the US. It went to #1 in Australia and sold enough records to earn double platinum status.
  4. Milli Vanilli, “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” Around the same time that Black Box had their controversy over their alleged lead singer not actually sung their hits, Milli Vanilli, who had won the Grammy for Best New Artist, admitted that they hadn’t actually sung any of their songs. They returned the Grammy and they never achieved that kind of success again. This reached #1 in the US and #3 in Australia.
  5. Michael Bolton, “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?” Say what you will about Michael Bolton, he did his own singing, and continues to do so to this day. This reached #1 in the US on the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and #2 in Australia.
  6. Peter Blakeley, “Crying In The Chapel” Not a cover of the Elvis tune, but pretty good nonetheless. Peter is an Australian White Soul and Adult Contemporary singer and songwriter. This record went double platinum in Australia, but I couldn’t find chart performance data.
  7. Alannah Myles, “Black Velvet” This was the Canada-based singer-songwriter’s lone #1 in the US, but as her previous single, “Love Is,” reached #36 in this country, technically she’s not a one-hit wonder, but she might as well be. It reached #1 in the US and #3 in Australia, where it achieved Gold status, but only reached #10 in Canada.
  8. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much” Linda had a magnificent voice until Parkinson’s disease (not MS as I told someone else) robbed her of it, but she left an impressive catalog of songs, including this one with R&B singer Aaron Neville, with whom she released three singles. No data on how well it did in Australia, but it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US.
  9. Lisa Stansfield, “All Around The World” A song that still gets some airplay on Smooth Jazz stations, this reached #9 in Australia and earned Gold status, while it reached #3 in the US on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Dance and R&B charts.
  10. Aerosmith, “Janie’s Got A Gun” The Bad Boys From Boston reached #2 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and #1 in Australia with this song. What more is there to say?

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for February 15, 2019 (which would have been my dad’s 87th birthday).