This is pure K-pop ! ! ! Slick and stylish and bold and brassy ! ! ! But actually it has at very personal meaning to me. When I came home this summer dad came to meet me the airport (mum was at home cooking – I think she was expecting the red army for lunch) Dad had the top down on the car, and the sun was shining. We drove along and this track came on the radio and dad put the sound high and we sang along to the track together as loud as we could. So why do not you try it also ? ? ?
2: Rob Thomas – Smooth (with Santana) ~ Tincanman
A perfect pop song for a hot day (which means it’ll never be heard in England he he). I’m not big on asking people to deconstruct a song, but there is so much detail in the lyrics, playing and production of this that its worth it. They lose it from the middle 8th on, but I’m still willing to change my life to suit your mood.
3: The Dreamlovers – You Gave Me Somebody To Love ~ SweetHomeAlabama
Philadelphia hit that couldn’t break nationwide despite two releases on major labels (Warner Bros., then Mercury). The Dreamlovers were a doowop vocal group that backed Chubby Checker on many of his releases. This breakup song from near the end of their existence as a group has a more mature sound somewhere between the Righteous Brothers and Motown. I love the chorus and the string arrangement. British groups like the Fortunes and Manfred Mann liked it too, the latter’s stripped-down cover becoming a #36 UK hit, but this is the original version.
4: Bob Marley – Lively Up Yourself ~ Tincanman
There’s so much perfect about the playing here. The bass, the guitar, the percussion, the horns .. so judicious. I like to listen 10 times and pretend I’m the ____ player. My analogy is throwing in a splash of lemon or some chilis when cooking. Lively up yourself, but do it right.
5: NRBQ – Still In School – Treefrogdemon
It’s a bouncy little number by a band that’s new to me (but hey, I’m always three decades behind) about being in love with a schoolgirl – but not in a pervy way, as far as I can tell having studied the lyrics carefully.
6: Terence Trent D’Arby – Wet Your Lips – DarceysDad
How many DsD boxes does this tick? Pounding drums? Check. Loud guitars? Check. Filler screams in the vocals? Check. Gospel backing vocals? Check. Handclaps? Check. Aw, you get the picture.
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