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JULY 12, 2006

Song of the Day #693

Song of the DayLover Come Back to Me features the music of Sigmund Romberg and the lyrics of birthday boy Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally from the 1928 Broadway musical, "The New Moon," the song has been recorded by many artists. Listen to audio clips from renditions by a young Barbra StreisandBillie Holiday (here too), a swingin' Bobby Darin, and a blazin' Dinah Washington. Speaking of "coming back," I'll "come back" to you when Notablog returns from summer hiatus. No new entries or new comments will be posted till then. So ... keep the music playing ...

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JULY 11, 2006

Song of the Day #692

Song of the DayBe Without You features the words and music of Johnta Austin, Brian Michael Cox, Jason Perry, and its singer: Mary J. Blige. While the original mix is classic Blige, nothing compares to the scalding Moto Blanco dance remix (audio clips at those links). "Put Your Hands Up!"

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JULY 10, 2006

Song of the Day #691

Song of the DaySOS (Rescue Me) features the words and music of Jonathan RotemE. Kidd Bogart, and Ed Cobb, whose "Tainted Love" is generously sampled. Listen to an audio clip of this huge dance-pop hit for Rihanna.

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I am by no means a kanye devotee. But this video appears to me the most sure and best developed video of the 2000�s. The sequence 'tween 1:27-1:41 in specific - the coordination between the picture and the music is virtually the hottest thing I experienced in videos the total past decade. And the great sorrowfulness of that sequence (which ends with the lyric, �what do i know?�) exactly appears to me to total up the whole unhappiness and disarray of the last decade so succinctly, so judiciously, so definitively.

Posted by: Lise Golish | March 3, 2010 05:43 PM

Cheers for writing this! I am a very big Rihanna fan so I enjoy to talk more about her on a regular basis.

Posted by: Garfield Guglielmina | May 26, 2010 03:01 PM


JULY 09, 2006

Song of the Day #690

Song of the DayTainted Love (full-length Soft Cell audio clip at that link), words and music by Ed Cobb, has been recorded by many artistsGloria Jones first recorded it in the 1960s, and even Marilyn Manson recorded it (audio clip at that link), but no version was a bigger hit than the one by Soft Cell (which paired the song with The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?").

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Tainted Love is fantastic and so are The Supremes. Your fine musical tastes keep on impressing.

Posted by: Nick Manley | July 9, 2006 10:50 AM

This song reminds me of the worst sunburn I ever had. That song was popular in the spring of my freshman year at college. A friend and I had just finished our last final in the morning and headed to the beach to relax and celebrate. The day was overcast with the marine layer that is typical in San Diego during May and June. I slathered myself up with Hawaiian Tropic oil and just laid in the sun for hours. The sun was hidden behind the marine layer for much of the day and I never felt warm.

Bad idea. After I got home the sunburn showed itself and it was BAD--so bad I took to my bed, shivering and nauseated. I felt ill for two days afterwards and the worst blisters I have ever had formed all over my body, including the backs of my knees.

Two days later, I felt well enough to venture out, in considerable pain, with my friend and her then-boyfriend to see a movie. Both my friend and her boyfriend were shocked at how badly I was sunburned. As we drove home from the movie, "Tainted Love" came on the radio and my friend's boyfriend sang along with improvised parody lyrics about my sunburn. I don't remember all of his marvelous improvisation, except for one line: "Don't touch me, please/I've got sunburned knees..." and I was able to laugh and wince at the same time.

I haven't been able to listen to that song since without remembering that sunburn, and my friend's kind and funny ex-boyfriend.

Posted by: Peri Sword | July 10, 2006 10:27 AM

That was hilarious, Peri... but I was wincing thinking of your sunburn. :)

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | August 13, 2006 09:22 AM


JULY 08, 2006

Song of the Day #689

Song of the DayThou Swell, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, is a classic song, first heard in the 1927 Broadway musical, "A Connecticut Yankee." It was also heard in the 1943 revival (audio clip from that production here). The song has been recorded by many musicians and singers through the years, including Fats Walleran early Bill Evans with Don ElliottJoe WilliamsSarah VaughanBetty Carter and Ray BryantTony BennettThe Supremes, and Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, each with a swingin' big band.

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JULY 07, 2006

Song of the Day #688

Song of the DayLaia LaDaia (Reza), words and music by Norman GimbelEdu Lobo, and Ruy Guerra, is a Brazilian sparkler, which has been recorded by several artists, including Marvin Gaye in a live rendition at the Copa. Listen to audio clips of renditions by Vikki CarrBrasil 66, and Nancy Ames.

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JULY 06, 2006

Song of the Day #687

Song of the DayPolovetsian Dance No. 2, composed by Alexander Borodin, is a selection from the opera "Prince Igor." It is perhaps best known in popular circles as the theme of "Stranger in Paradise," with words and music by Robert Wright and George Forrest (adapted for the Broadway musical, "Kismet"). Listen to the original composition performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy conducting, and to the popular vocal renditions by Tony Bennettthe Four Aces, and Tony Martin.

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ROFLMAO. Chris, since we've already ascertained that you and I had nearly identical TV viewing habits in our youth, surely you remember the TV commercial in which "The Polovetsian Dance #2 by Borodin" played such a key role? I can visualize that guy like it was yesterday.

Posted by: Aeon J. Skoble | July 7, 2006 02:16 PM

LOL ... Aeon... I just KNEW you were going to recollect this... OF COURSE I remember this commercial ... it was, after all, the first time I was exposed to "The Polovetsian Dance #2 by Borodin." LOL What was that guy's name who did that? He had that British accent... darn... senility is setting in.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | July 7, 2006 10:55 PM

Although I can clearly see his face and hear his voice in my mind, I cannot remember his name. I'll ask around.

Posted by: Aeon J. Skoble | July 8, 2006 02:33 PM

Since the last comment in this thread was made on July 8th, right before Notablog went on a summer hiatus, I just wanted to take the liberty of posting information that Aeon sent me, with regard to the mystery man in the classical music commercial.

This comes via one of Aeon's friends: The actor's name is John Williams (the actor, not the composer), who was also in such films as "Dial M for Murder" and "To Catch a Thief" (two wonderful Hitchcock films... and today being August 13th is Hitchock's birthday!).

John Williams, btw, also played the character "Mr. French" for one season on the show "Family Affair."

Check out more information on Williams here and here. And thanks again, Aeon and Aeon's friend!

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | August 13, 2006 09:20 AM


JULY 05, 2006

Song of the Day #686

Song of the DaySubway features the music and lyrics (with a bow to Petula Clark) of Paul Statham and Peter Murphy, who greatly influenced so-called "Goth Rock." Murphy moved from Bauhaus to a complex solo career; he has recorded this song several times. My favorite version is a live rendition, captured on the album "Alive Just for Love" (audio clip at that link), which includes a soaring electric violin solo by Hugh MarshHappy Anniversary, Sweetie.

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This is a great Blog!

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JULY 04, 2006

Song of the Day #685

Song of the DayStars and Stripes Forever (audio clips at that link), composed by the "March King," John Philip Sousa, is one of those rousing compositions that one hears on Independence Day. I can't think of this day without fireworks and this American staple. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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JULY 03, 2006

Song of the Day #684

Song of the DayTristeza (Goodbye Sadness) features the words and music of Haroldo Lobo and Niltinho, with English lyrics by Norman Gimbel. I love a version by Brasil 66 (who else?), from their album "Look Around" (audio clip at that link).

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JULY 02, 2006

Song of the Day #683

Song of the DayHooked on You, words and music by Joseph Malloy and David Sanchez, was recorded by Sweet Sensation. Back in 1986, I packed the dance floors with a custom remix that I did of this song, using its "Diamond Dub" version. Listen to an audio clip of the original mix here.

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JULY 01, 2006

Song of the Day #682

Song of the DayLet's Face the Music and Dance is a classic Irving Berlin song that has been recorded by many artists.  Listen to audio clips of a finger-poppin' version by Tony Bennett and a Brazilian-influenced take by Diana Krall.

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