Manic Monday #7 Challenge – Hello Again

For those that enjoy challenges, and if you like music… you might have some fun with this.  It’s called Manic Monday.  Welcome to the 7th installment!

Each Monday, I’ll present a new song title, and you come up with a post using it by next Sunday. Ping back to this post, so others can read!  I just got back to blogging, so this is a few days late!

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It can be fiction/non-fiction, poetry, subject can be dark, serious or humorous – however many characters you want- just have fun with it!  It doesn’t have to pertain to the song, whatsoever. (click here for past song titles)

The rules are…there are no Rules!  (except using the title of the song part)

Since I was on hiatus – the whole relocating to a different state…which put me in a different state-of-mind, let me tell you!  I’m hoping I’m back…even if in bits…

I’ve always loved The Cars!  They were considered one of the first “new wave” bands.  It only seems appropriate to pick “Hello Again.”

Maybe you guys can tell me how great it is I am back, and how wonderful I am, and how much I was missed!  (tee hee)  On a serious note, this song was about sex and violence that was reflected in videos of the time, which falls in line with the whole bringing attention to sexual assault and the #metoo campaign of today.

The 80’s hair cuts and attire in this video is AWESOME, and was directed by Andy Wahol, who was also an extra in the video, along with some of his friends.  I recall watching so many videos by The Cars on early days of MTV – when it was music television / all the time.   More song info on  Wikepedia

Use that song title anywhere in your blog post, ping back this post! (visit others that posted, if you want) If you need more inspiration, you can Click here for lyrics

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Love them 80’s – Siouxsie Sioux and Banshees – Passenger

Today’s prompt is Passenger

…and immediately, I began singing in my head.

Singin’ la la la la la-la-la la / La la la la la-la-la la / La la la la la-la-la la la-la

I grew up in the 80’s when music videos were just beginning…and Richard Blade was becoming Iconic for KROQ, local radio station in Southern California.  That radio station ended up becoming HUGE to high schoolers and college students, and any adult that liked music they eventually dubbed “Alternative” and many of these bands were discovered by legendary, Rodney on the Roq.  He enjoyed the darker bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, those that wouldn’t get normal air-time by other radio stations, he would play these bands late in the evening.

There was an old TV show that started called Video Hits 1, and they played on Channel 9 or 13, after school – around 3:30 in the afternoon. I think I was 9 or 10 and Richard Blade was the announcer between videos.  During commercials, they kept airing advertisements for this MTV, Music Television Video, that was coming.  In 1981, MTV was launched.  And it was so amazing, so much better than what it has become today…with reality shows and such.  That Video Hits 1 T.V. show was short lived, later in 1985 it became VH1 and a cable competitor of MTV.

I spent so many hours watching MTV in my youth, where all this New Wave music, such as Adam Ant’s Stand and Deliver. I wanted to put on Indian War Paint and Siouxsie and Banshee’s Spellbound, where she wore this mesmerizing red cloak, somewhat like a dress, and danced around. “You’re spinning, you have no choice.”   I can’t find that version of the video any longer.  Then it was more punk rock Billy Idol would be up there Dancing with myself, and White Wedding.

And it wasn’t just New Wave/Punk Rock Bands making videos, but rock bands such as Van Halen.  Frontman, David Lee Roth, was a natural for making videos.  My favorite intro ever, is him in a medicine man Headdress at a gas-n-mini mart.  I believe it was the Yankee Rose Video,  With the famous line

“Gimme a bottle of anything, and a glazed donut…to go!”

And we can’t leave out rap music, RUN DMC – and they paired up with Aerosmith to make their version of Walk This Way.

In Billy Idol’s book, he talks about how he was coming up with a lot of great artists, and in fact, he and Siouxsie used to hang out when they were teens and just making names for themselves.  And he talked about how if anyone was going to make it, they were forced to do these videos as they were the future and only way to really make it in the industry. The original White Wedding Video MTV refused to play until it was a toned down a bit.

Wow, so much happened during the 80’s decade, and The Passenger is a perfect way to sum it up, it was a great ride!

Million Miles Away – A to Z Challenge

Letter M of A to Z challenge

The only “M” word that immediately popped into my head, was this 80’s tune that I just loved!  A Million Miles away, by The Plimsouls, was featured in one of my favorite 80’s flicks, Valley Girl. (1983)  It had Nicholas Cage before he was “known.”  And I was just 12 years old.

Anyway, KROQ (Southern California radio station, known for alternative/new wave music) blasted them all the time.  I think they were one of my first tape cassettes I bought, yeah, if you remember those.  (Before CDs and the internet.)  I immediately liked other songs of theirs.  MTV provides a great biography, how Rodney Bingenheimer (KROQ DJ on late at night called “Rodney on the Roq”) was known for playing unknown bands and having them discovered.  I believe he was the first to play the Plimsouls.  In 2007, he got a Hollywood Star and is almost 70 years old.  Rodney is still on between 12AM – 3AM

Actually, this video held up well over the years.  It’s funny to watch and immediately see things from the 80’s – they are on a bus and there’s a Flash Dance movie poster on the marquee.  The crazy hair dos at the party.  It makes me miss that time, and I wish I had been a little older when all these bands were really coming on the scene, as I would have loved to have gone to their concerts.  The Plimsouls were getting their start in the late 70’s, from Paramount, California.  I believe they formed in 1978.  By 1980, people already knew who they were.  1983, they were all over the radio.

 

Idol – A to Z Challenge

I grew up as a 70’s/80’s kid. I graduated high school in 1990.  So the  80’s music heavily influenced me in my teen years.  It was one where everyone was experimenting with mixing sounds and creating videos for the newly launched MTV.  Music television all the time.  I was a fan of it all, some of the genres I wasn’t certain how they differed, such as  new wave/pop, mod/ Sqa or is it Sqaw?  As some bands seem to fall in multiple categories.  Anyway, I liked anything in those categories, as well as, Punk/post punk, alternative, classic rock/arena rock, hip hop/Rap/reggae.  Everyone was mixing it up and having fun and I loved it all.  I was an avid KROQ and POWER 106 listener, with KLOS and Pirate Radio rolled in, along with KIIS.  (anyone growing up in Southern CA during this time would know those radio stations)

MTV was playing videos by Run-D-MC who had mixed it up and created their version of Aerosmith’s Walk This Way, featuring Steven Tyler screaming out “walk this way!”  You had the Beastie Boys kind of falling in multiple genres.  Then you had the synthesizer music.

Letter I of A to Z challenge

According to Billy, he was intrigued with the various early sounds of synthesizer music, where he references Human League.  (Known for their hit Don’t you want me…baby) and Roxy Music (known for a few hits, mainly ‘more than this’) and Art of Noise (known for Peter Gunn and Paranoimia  with Max Headrom) – He aimed to incorporate different sounds than the typical punk sound.  I believe Art of Noise would later be responsible for the intro to Eyes Without a Face.  He references Iggy Pop, David Bowie, early influences to The Who.  He used to  hang out with one of my favorites Siouxsie Sioux, of Siouxsie and the Banshees.  He almost joined her band.   Of course, they were following the Sex Pistols and at that time The Police were getting their start.

With that said, Billy Idol successfully combined sounds to appeal to a variety of people and has been played on radio stations across the board from KROQ to KIIS and MTV played him continually.  Loved by women and men alike, because he was HOT, cool, just had the IT factor for everyone.

If you grew up in the 80’s you couldn’t listen to radio without hearing Dancing with myself, or White Wedding or seeing the videos on T.V.  His songs have remained on stations years later, and he has been casted in small roles, in the films The Wedding Singer and The Doors.  My own children, recognize and sing along.  You haven’t seen anything cuter than a 3-year-old with curls, singing to Dancing with myself “oh…oh…oh-oh”

Billy Idol SneersIn 2014, he played a very small venue,  The Galaxy Theater, in Costa Mesa. (now called The Observatory)  My husband got us tickets, and it was a blast!  He’s still awesome.  Before we went, I had my kids attempt to do his signature “sneer.”

His book explains the many risks taken, combined with tenacity, mixed in with some luck of constant exposure on MTV (due to early lack of artists videos, it was all new) and radio stations being willing to pair his music with other songs that wouldn’t make things too “far out” strange to the listeners…it all worked!  BTW:  His iconic platinum hair, was an accident.

It’s a shame he has such an addictive nature.  He is very candid about his early drug usage, and how it spirals into full-blown addiction and the struggles, and the destruction of relationships (sex addiction/infidelity) and nearly killing himself with this damaging life style.  Overdosing, crashes on motorcycle, etc.

It’s very interesting, especially if you grew up during this time when it was all happening and we were hearing it on the radio.  He is very blunt and even apologizes to people, like Tom Petty, for some of his stupidity while being bombed at an event to benefit disabled children, that the kids were backstage and witnessed his drugged out mess.

If you like this time in music, it’s well worth the read as it discusses the start of Punk, and new wave, electronica music and his encounters with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sex Pistols (PIL), The Clash, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Human League, Art of  Noise, The Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett, and even the iconic band, KISS.   Artists we’ve grown to love, his version of how he saw it…albeit often through a purple haze.

I want Money

We are watching the Wedding Singer this morning.  I am a HUGE 80’s fan.  New Wave/Punk music, I always laugh when I hear something that reminds me of high school days.

So, I laughed, because one of the songs on the movie sound track is the Money (That’s What I want) song. This version was by The Flying Lizards in 1979.  The Whole B52’s like alien “beep” at the end of the song is awesome.

When I Googled, it was surprising to see just how many artists have covered this song.  Basically, every genre of music.  For instance, Great White Glam/Hard Rocked it.  Led Zeppelin put their spin on it.

The original was by Barrett Strong in 1959, and I’ve always liked it as my dad listened to the oldies, but goodies radio station, K-Earth 101.  I grew up dancing and singing to it 2 decades later. Then, you always heard the version by The Beatles, and Rolling Stones, as my mom listened to the Rock station, KLOS.  However, I didn’t really care for these versions.  Apparently, the Doors recorded a cover, but I don’t recall what that sounded like and I can’t find on the internet.   I’m sure I heard it, because my mom was a Doors fan.  I never liked them, so I’m sure I didn’t care for this version either.

Even the current generation is covering this hit, such as Bruno Mars.  It was featured in the movie Josie and the Pussy Cats. (performed by Deborah Kaplan)

I’m curious to see what future bands might make this a hit.

 

 

Camel Walk meets Peter Gunn

Now, this Camel Walk is the kind of dancing I can DO.  And I can walk like an Egyptian too… I don’t know what made me think of this song the other day, but it’s a funky, twangy tune.  Reminds me of Art of Noise/Duanne Eddy  (see the video below)  LOVE IT … and one day, I was like “Whew, little Debbie, little Debbie…”

… where did that come from, where on Earth would I get that phrase, it had to originate somewhere…

GOOGLE is my friend, because I would never had known a band called Southern Culture On the Skids.  That would never, ever, come to mind or their song CAMEL WALK.

There’s so many endearing qualities to this video/song.  Although this song is from 1995, the beehives remind me of one of my favorite 80’s bands The B52s that mimicked the 60’s.  There are bits of a movie inter-twined with the music video and I love Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller, the 1996 movie Flirting with Disaster.  I’m not familiar with those scenes, but they perfectly go with the music video.  I’ll have to watch that movie now on Netflix.

Above I mentioned how Camel Walk reminds me of the Art of Noise (featuring Duanne Eddy), the Peter Gunn theme.  So, I watched that video for the first time ever, and never knew HOW Funny, it was…

 

 

Chicken Outlaw

My recent post, my buddy Paul over at the attic, made some comments about his having numerous kids he lost count.  When I stated they were running amok, and why a state-wide/nation-wide notice wasn’t sent warning us…he stated some made the Top Wanted list, while others were the honor students referenced on other people’s bumper stickers.

Well, Paul, this post goes out to you… because I responded your kids are honor students and outlaws, and that there is a post for you in that somewhere, now I can’t get this 80’s tune out of my head.  YES, I was a huge 80’s new wave fan.  And loved me Adam and the Ants.  This band, one of the guys used to play for Adam Ant.  It’s a fun, kid-friendly, jig by Wide Boy Awake, “Chicken Outlaw”  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good quality video.  I tried MTV and VH1, but to pull up 80’s archives, is so challenging.