Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MIDWEEK SALE PLAYLIST: Selections From Our 5-Pack

As you might know, if you see the ads at the bottom of each playlist post, The Musick Channel (the portal that hosts our blogs) is having a garage sale. We have a great deal on a 5-pack of classic vinyl albums in great shape that would fit nicely in your collection and we're blowing out the whole lot for a measly five bucks, plus low-cost media mail shipping.

See link at the bottom or click here: Classic Vinyl Five Pack On Sale!

Here are our top selections from each album...

"Cleveland Rocks" - Ian Hunter. Way before the "Drew Carey Show," Hunter...the lead singer of Mott the Hoople (rememeber "All the Young Dudes?")...put this song on his album 'You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic.

"Bastard" - Ian Hunter. Another great song from this album. Check it out.

"Touch 'n Go" - The Cars. Getting away from their signature sound a bit on the 'Panorama' album, the band still produced some great tunes on this one including the title track, "Don't Tell Me No," and this one.

"Wavelength" - Van Morrison. Man, this guy can belt out the blues. This album includes such gems as "Kingdom Hall," "Hungry for your Love," and "Santa Fe/Beautiful Obsession," but it was this title track that led me to go to my local Tower Records and plop down my money to buy it. Great album.

"Thunder Island" - Jay Ferguson. 70's island pop. Catchy tune, fun album.

"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar. Massive hit showing women can rock just as hard from the 70's. Also includes her follow up hit "I Need a Lover." Only album in the collection that is not in excellent shape, a smudge mars part of side one on the track "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" but the rest of the vinyl's in great shape.

Click the link below to buy this collection today.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: A Day at the Beach

It's been a helluva hot summer, hasn't it? Well, it's just about done. For a lot of you, This may be the last weekend you can pack up the family and heat to the beach before the kids get back to school For you parents with kids that have already gone back to school - congratulations.

Now, let's strike up some tunes for that last day on the hot sand...

5. "Upholstery" - The Juicy Fruits (Phantom of the Paradise Soundtrack). Back in the early days of his career, director Brian de Palma teamed up with actor and composer Paul Williams to come up with a brilliant send up of several themes...Faust, "The Picture of Dorian Grey," "Phantom of the Opera,"scheming record companies. Trust me, it all comes together in this comedic, horror musical. In fact, I think it'll be our Halloween night movie this year.

The basic story is a composer named Winslow writes a rock opera based on the story of Faust selling his soul to the devil. An evil record company exec steals his music...and his soul...and pumps out crass versions of it while the composer haunts his nightclub like the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera".

One of those rip off version is this one, a catchy tune by a manufactured Beach Boys ripoff band about the joys of car upholstery. Too bad for the band that Winslow takes offense at it.  See the scene from the movie at this link: Juicy Fruits - "Phantom of the Paradise" Video (2:53)

4. "Vacation" - The Go Go's. Why we take summer vacations, all wrapped up in a peppy, poppy song by the ultimate 80's girls band. Who wouldn't want to spend a day at the beach with them?

3. "Wipeout" - Surfaris. Who doesn't want to dance on the beach all day to this song?

2. "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band. Yep, shots and drinks on a pristine Mexican beach while the prawns are roasting on a stick over an open fire in the background. Perfect day at the beach.

1. "Sloop John B" - The Beach Boys. My ultimate beach song is more about a bad boat cruise in the Bahamas...very bad...something that we here can relate to.  My all-time favorite tune from one of the greatest California bands ever.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: Summertime Blues

God, it's been quite a hot summer here. Temps at times climbed up to 120 and beyond. 110 was almost normal and there were very few days under 100. Don't believe it when people say it's alway 70 degrees and beautiful here in Southern California, only a select and wealthy few can afford to live by the beach where it's more or less like that all the time.

Let's pour some gas on the fire with some hot tunes...

1. Some Like it Hot - Robert Palmer. I don't, summer just wears me down, but I do love me some Robert Palmer. The late blues singer could make anything sound good, even sweating it out to this intense heat. Sadly, Mr. Palmer died of cardiac arrest in Paris back in 2003.

2. Summertime Blues - The Who. Eddie Cochran did the original but I'm going with the Who for this one about having to spend your summer vacation hustling up a dollar instead of heading to the beach with your friends.

3. Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful. Before crafting the theme for "Welcome Back Kotter," John Sebastian sang this song that makes you feel uncomfortably hot just listening to it. Good song but, ugh, hate the feeling of the back of my neck feeling hot and gritty.

4. Heatwave - Martha and the Vandellas. More like it, a good Motown song always feels better. I can imagine listening to this on a hot summer day, sipping a cold, sweet soda next to the pier.

5. Fire - Bruce Springsteen. The Pointer Sisters had the big hit with it but Bruce wrote it and this is an acoustic, bluesy and slow version that I love, although I do really like the sisters version too.

There, five songs to turn up the heat with. Hopefully, we'll have some cooler weather and great songs to go with that, too.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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