The Friday 5×2: Your Booze Songs

You all came up with a few good songs after last week’s theme of “booze.” Fifteen in total, eight which actually had the name of an alcoholic beverage in the title, and seven more that had lots of booze in the song. Here they are.

  1. The Andrews Sisters, “Rum And Coca-Cola” Kip told me that the song was written by comic genius Morey Amsterdam. Most of you know who he is. If you don’t, look him up.
  2. Toby Keith with Willie Nelson, “Beer For My Horses” Jeanne, who usually recommends hard rock and heavy metal songs, had three country songs she wanted to recommend, including this one. It was the fourth and final single from his seventh album, 2003’s Unleashed. The song peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 but spent six weeks at #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart, making Willie (at age 70) the oldest person to have a #1 on the chart.
  3. Joe Nichols, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” The first single off his 2005 release III, it went to #1 on the Hot Country Singles chart, Joe’s second #1.
  4. John Anderson, “Straight Tequila Night” Here’s kind of an oldie for you. It was released in December 1991 from John’s Seminole Wind album, and it reached #1 on the country chart, his first #1 since 1983.
  5. Frankie Yankovic, “Beer Barrel Polka” Uncle Jack suggested this polka classic. Every polka band on the South Side of Chicago (and trust me, there are a lot of them) plays this one at least once a night. Frankie Yankovic is the Polka King, so I chose his version. Another good polka favorite is “In Heaven There Is No Beer.”
  6. The Champs, “Tequila” Stephen suggested this one, and informed me that “tequila” is the Spanish word for “little jail.” Members of The Champs included Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, who went on to folk-rock fame and fortune in the Seventies.
  7. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby” Newcomer Jamie came up with this one, warning me that it’s a sad song, and the video just makes it sadder. It was from his 2003 album Mud On The Tires and peaked at #3 on the country chart in 2004.
  8. Bob Dylan, “Moonshiner” Eugenia came up with this. I wasn’t sure whether to include it with the songs with booze in the title or the ones with lots of booze in them, so I put it in between. The history of this song is a bit unclear, with some sources saying it came to the US from Ireland and others insisting it was the other way around. Dylan recorded it in 1963, and it was included in his Bootleg Series.
  9. The Irish Rovers, “Wasn’t That A Party” Birgit suggested it, but not by name, and I was able to find it anyway. I’m getting pretty good at this.
  10. Ella Fitzgerald, “I Get A Kick Out Of You” Another Birgit choice. The song was written by Cole Porter and included on Ella’s The Cole Porter Songbook, just not sure if it’s on volume 1 or 2. If you’re a jazz fan, Ella’s “Songbook” albums are a must-have.
  11. Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” Another of Eugenia’s choices. From his 2011 release Clancy’s Tavern, it reached #9 on the Hot Country Singles chart and #15 on the Hot 100 in 2011-12.
  12. George Thorogood, “I Drink Alone” Some of you were disappointed that I chose John Lee Hooker’s version of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” so I was glad Eugenia suggested this one. It was on his 1985 release Maverick and reached #13 on the Mainstream Rock chart that year.
  13. Frank Sinatra, “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” Uncle Jack recommended this. Sinatra recorded it so many times he made it his song, but it was first done by Fred Astaire in the 1943 movie The Sky’s The Limit.
  14. AC/DC,”Have A Drink On Me” Another Jeanne suggestion. From their 1980 album Back In Black.
  15. Neil Diamond, “Cracklin’ Rosie” Eugenia suggested this, and at first I wasn’t going to include it, then I remembered one of the US wineries (Gallo or Paul Masson, most likely) had a wine they called Crackling Rosé. At least I think they did. Anyway, it’s a good song. It was on his 1970 album Tap Root Manuscript and was his first #1 single.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for April 27, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your “Star” Songs

So Friday I came up with a list of ten songs with “star” in the title, Kip came up with four more, the rest of you came up with five, and I cam up with two more, so here are eleven more “star” songs.

  1. Garry Miles, “Look For A Star” Arlee used this in one of his Battles of the Bands, which I don’t remember, but then, I forget a lot of stuff. Garry Miles is a pseudonym for James “Buzz” Cason, who’s been around the block a while. This went to #16 for him in 1960.
  2. Perry Como, “Catch A Falling Star” This was Perry’s first Gold Record, and it reached #2 in the US and #9 in the UK in 1958. Arlee and Jeanne suggested this.
  3. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, “Stars” Barbara thought of this one, and said it gave her chills whenever she heard it. It only reached #95 on the Hot 100 in 2012, but #27 on the Adult Pop Chart, #15 on the Adult Alternative chart, #13 on the Rock chart, and #14 on the US Rock Digital chart. Kind of makes you wonder about the Hot 100…
  4. Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” Marilyn and Billy were members of The Fifth Dimension who got married in 1969 and left to do their own thing in 1975. This song topped the Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1977. Kip suggested this.
  5. Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards), “When You Wish Upon A Star” This was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Disney’s 1940 animated feature Pinocchio. This is as much an icon of The Disney Company as Mickey Mouse. Another Kip suggestion.
  6. Lee Marvin, “I Was Born Under A Wandering Star” From the 1969 film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon. The film was a flop, but the soundtrack was a success. Lee Marvin, not a singer by any stretch of the imagination, insisted on doing all his own songs, and I don’t think anyone could have done this any better. It was a #1 hit in the UK and Ireland for three weeks in 1970. Another Kip choice.
  7. Jimmy Buffett, “Stars Fell On Alabama” The state next door used this on their license plates for a few years. A jazz standard, it was written by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish in 1934. This recording was from an episode of ABC’s short-lived but very funny Fridays in the 1980’s. Kip’s last suggestion (this time).
  8. David Bowie, “Ziggy Stardust” From the 1972 concept album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. This was suggested by Mary B.
  9. Bad Company, “Shooting Star” A track from 1975’s Straight Shooter, this was a popular track on AOR stations in the mid-’70’s, but was never released as a single. Suggested by Jeanne.
  10. The United States Marine Corps Band, “The Stars And Stripes Forever” I usually pull out Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops’ version of this, but using the Marine Corps Band’s version of the song seemed most appropriate. As the conductor says at the beginning, this has become the official march of the United States.
  11. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” I’m surprised this wasn’t the first song everyone suggested. Based on a Mozart melody, which is also used for “The Alphabet Song,” appropriate during April. This version has a nice instrumental break in the middle and a cute video.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 2, 2018.

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The Friday 5×2: Your “Saint” Songs

I’m impressed: you came up with quite a few songs with “saint” in the title. Eight, plus one with a band that had “saint” in the name. I added a tenth that I remembered, to bring us up to ten. And here they are…

  1. Foo Fighters, “Saint Cecilia” Cathy came up with several suggestions, starting with this one. She had it down as “St. Isabella,” and I could have sworn I had seen that one, but couldn’t find it. It might have been this one, which Jeanne also suggested. It was the title track from their 2015 EP, and reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart the following year.
  2. Mötley Crüe, “Saints of Los Angeles” I impress myself sometimes: I got all the umlauts in! Cathy also suggested this. It was the title track from their ninth and final LP from 2008. Helped along by its presence in the video game Rock Band, it reached #5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
  3. U2 and Green Day, “The Saints Are Coming” Ever since the “free album on iTunes” debacle, U2 has been on my “naughty” list. Also from Cathy, this was originally done by the Scottish punk-rock band Skids on their 1979 debut album Scared To Dance. The cover reached #51 on the Hot 100 in 2006.
  4. Doris Day, “Ol’ Saint Nicholas” Birgit said she remembered a song by either Doris Day or Kate Smith (or both) that had “saint” in the title, and I found this. I know, it’s not Christmastime until after Thanksgiving, but it’s like everyone is starting “the most wonderful time of the year” early, so I added it.
  5. J. S. Bach, “St. Matthew Passion (Final Chorus)” Ed told me he sang this in college, where his choir director used it as a way to teach people who didn’t speak German how to sing it, and that the words, when translated, are beautiful. The whole piece is almost three hours long.
  6. Judas Priest, “Saints In Hell” Jeanne contributed this one. From their 1978 album Stained Class.
  7. Sara Evans, “Saints and Angels” Sandi wasn’t sure if The Waterboys or country singer Sara Evans did this originally. From what I gather, The Waterboys got it from Sara. This was on her 2000 album Born To Fly, and was the third single from it, released in September 2001. It peaked at #16 on the Hot Country Singles chart and at #3 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” Hot 100.
  8. Orbital, “The Saint” Jeanne also recommended this theme song from the Sixties TV show The Saint starring a young Roger Moore, who would have made a dynamite James Bond when the show was on. I think he was a bit long-in-the-tooth to play him in the Seventies. I haven’t done a collection of TV Themes in a while. Maybe next week?
  9. St. Paul and The Broken Bones, “Call Me” SDC suggested this one, and while the song title doesn’t have “saint” in it, the band’s name does. They’re a six-piece “blue-eyed soul” band from Birmingham, Alabama, and they’ve released two albums and two EP’s. This is from 2014’s Half The City.
  10. “St. Trinian’s Fight Song” From the British “St. Trinian’s” movies, popular in the Fifties and based on a cartoon of the same name about a girls’ school where the girls are little hellions. Mary and I used to watch them when Channel 11 in Chicago would run them as the late Sunday evening movie. The first, 1954’s The Belles of St. Trinian’s, featured the redoubtable Alistair Sim in dual roles, as the headmistress as well as her bookie brother. They attempted a reboot of the series not long ago, and it was much less innocent and much less successful.

Thanks to all who contributed. That’s your Friday 5×2 for November 3, 2017.

The Friday 5×2: Your Autumn Songs

You all managed to come up with ten songs about Autumn to go along with the ten I did on Monday, and I’m sure that you’ll come up with even more after we finish here. Here’s your list.

  1. Guns ‘n Roses, “November Rain” My brother Patrick came up with this suggestion, and apologized that it’s a long one. G n’ R released this in 1992 from their Use Your Illusion I album. It climbed all the way to #3 on the Hot 100, making it the longest song ever to break the Top Ten.
  2. Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” Ed Thierbach had several suggestions for this list. I was always under the impression that the event this song remembers happened a hundred years ago, but it happened in November 1975. Almost exactly a year later, this song reached #1 in Canada, #1 on the Cash Box survey, and #2 (behind Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s The Night”) on the Hot 100.
  3. Neil Diamond, “September Morn” Another one from Ed. Since they won’t be playing Neil’s “Sweet Caroline” at Red Sox games until next spring, it’s oddly appropriate. It was the title track from Neil’s 1979 album, and his 30th Top 40 single, reaching #17 on the Hot 100, #14 on the Cash Box survey, #7 on the Record World survey, and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
  4. Jerry Orbach, “Try To Remember” Sandi gave me this suggestion and the next. This is from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks and is sung by the man who first sang it on Broadway, who many of you know as Det. Lenny Briscoe from Law & Order. I like this the best of any version of it.
  5. Robert Goulet, “If Ever I Would Leave You” Sandi’s second suggestion is from the 1960 musical Camelot, written by Lerner & Loewe. Robert Goulet is the first to sing it on Broadway, another man with a fantastic voice.
  6. Justin Hayward, “Forever Autumn” Eugenia thought of this. The song was written by Jeff Wayne, Gary Osborne and Paul Vigrass and was part of Wayne’s musical Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds.
  7. Basil Poledouris, “Hymn To Red October” Ed came up with this. It was part of the soundtrack for the 1990 film The Hunt For Red October.
  8. Sonny Boy Williamson II, “November Boogie” This was from Dan Antion, who said a blind man who was at his father’s bowling alley heard Dan’s birthday was in November and started playing this one. It was on a 1966 EP with several other songs.
  9. Vivaldi, “Autumn” Birgit went classical on us and took this from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It full name is Concerto No. 3 in F Major, Opus 8, RV 293, “L’Autunno.”
  10. Green Day, “Wake Me Up When September Ends” 15 And Meowing thought of this one, which I wouldn’t have. It was released in 2005 as the fourth single from their 2004 album American Idiot, rose to #6 on the Hot 100, and has been certified platinum.

Thanks to everyone who suggested songs. That’s the Friday 5×2 for October 13, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Your “Body Parts” Songs

Last Friday (today as I write this), I gave you ten songs that mentioned body parts in the title and asked for more suggestions. This was not an easy topic, as Kip pointed out, and as of 4 PM Eastern Time on Friday you only came up with eight, so I added two of my favorites at the end. If I get any more suggestions over the weekend, I’ll be sure to add them.

Monday Morning: I had a couple of additions to this list come in after I finished it, and wanted to add them. So we’re up to twelve.

  1. Al Martino, “Spanish Eyes” Birgit came up with this suggestion. There are lots of versions of this one, but Al’s is my favorite, the title track from his 1966 album. As a single, it reached #15 on the Hot 100, #16 on the Cash Box chart, #1 on the UK’s Adult Contemporary chart, and #5 on the UK Pop chart.
  2. Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Back” Birgit goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with this one, which most people know as “I Like Big Butts.” Released in 1992 on his Mack Daddy album, the song was the #2 top-selling record (after Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”) of the year, despite being banned from MTV and radio stations everywhere for its rather blatantly sexist lyrics.
  3. Queen, “Fat Bottomed Girls” Arlee said that if I planned on playing the last one, I might as well play this one. From Queen’s 1978 Jazz album, it was the B side to “Bicycle Race.” It charted pretty well for a B side: #24 on the Hot 100, #18 on the Cash Box survey, #17 on Canada’s RPM Singles chart, and #11 in the UK.
  4. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” Janet suggested this one, and I thought it was a Fleetwood Mac song until I went to find it. It was the first single from Stevie’s first solo album, 1981’s Bella Donna. Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote this originally for The Heartbreakers, and it’s the only song on the album not written or co-written by Nicks. It peaked at #3 in the US for six consecutive weeks, but only reached #50 in the UK.
  5. Pat Benatar, “Heartbreaker” Kip gave us this and the next three. This was the lovely Ms. Benatar’s first Top 40 single, reaching #23 in the US, #16 in Canada. It was from 1979’s In The Heat of The Night, her debut album.
  6. Original Cast, “Hair” I think Kip was worried I’d pull the version by The Cowsills out again, because he specifically said “Original Cast.” The show debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1968; hard to imagine it’s fifty years old…
  7. Foreigner, “Hot Blooded” From their second album, 1978’s Double Vision, the song reached #3 in the US and Canada and #42 in the UK that year.
  8. Chu Chu TV, “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” There are about eight bazillion versions of this kid’s song out there, and I must have chosen the strangest one to highlight here. Enjoy!
  9. Spinal Tap, “Big Bottom” I picked the next two, and with this one got into the backside game. Featured in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap which starred Saturday Night Live’s Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer as everyone’s favorite heavy metal band. I trust that everyone has seen the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s hilarious.
  10. Cheech & Chong, “Earache, My Eye!” “Turn That Thing Down” by Alice Bowie (Cheech) is the song that the kid (Chong) plays when he gets up that has his father (Cheech again) so upset. A life study of parent-teen relationships in the Seventies, it’s from the duo’s 1974 Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album, and reached #9 in July of that year.
  11. Journey, “Open Arms” Jeanne Owens recommended this one. From their 1981 album Escape, it’s their biggest Hot 100 hit, reaching #2 and staying there for six weeks, behind The J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock & Roll,” in 1982.
  12. Rex Harison, “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” Uncle Jack came up with this one, from the Lerner & Loewe musical My Fair Lady. Rex Harrison, who played Professor Henry Higgins in the West End and Broadway musicals and in the 1964 film, doesn’t sing it so much as speak it, but it’s just as effective. Maybe more so.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 18, 2017.

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