Songs You May Have Missed #693

B.J. Thomas: “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love” (1983)

By 1983, having bounced around from label to label and ventured into contemporary Christian music for a bit, B.J Thomas was six years removed from his last top 40 pop hit.

British New Wave dominated the pop charts and shoved many a 70’s pop star to the fringes, to oldies act status, or to the country charts. For Billy Joe Thomas, the country scene made a comfy fit. “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love”, his final pop chart entry at #93, was a number one country hit.

Had it been the immediate follow-up to pop #1 hit (and longest-titled song ever to top the pop charts) “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” in 1975 it may have found a wider pop audience.

Even if you were familiar with classics like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, “Hooked On a Feeling”, “I Just Can’t Help Believing” and “Rock and Roll Lullaby” this is a song you may have missed.

Songs You May Have Missed #692

Atria: “Jazz Cigarette” (2021)

Total coincidence that we post Atria’s smoothed-out slice of electronic R&B “Jazz Cigarette” on 4/20.

Let the essence of that brass solo waft across the room as you breathe in a mellow message of social responsibility.

Video of the Week: Trio Mandili–Kakhuri

In 2014, three charming girls from Georgia “blew up” the World Wide Web and became stars. This “fairy tale” began on the day when three friends, during a walk in the village, decided to sing a song. Tatuli made a self- video and uploaded it to the Internet. This video dramatically changed the girls’ lives. Within two weeks the video was watched by a multi-million audience.

The popularity of “Trio Mandili” is growing every day. Today the group has about a million subscribers on Facebook. Fans from all over the world watch girls’ creations with interest on the “Trio Mandili” Facebook page.

This is their latest video. It will probably not be the last you’ll see posted here.

Did You Ever Realize…

Oscar Winning Short Film: Curfew

We’re delighted to share 2012 Oscar winner and possibly this writer’s favorite short film, Curfew:

Curfew (2012) on Vimeo

Local Dad Refers to Guitar as “Axe” Eight Times in 15 Minutes

(vie The Hard Times) BY ALEX SALCIDO 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Local dad Mike Berg astonished a group of young musicians yesterday by using the word “axe” in lieu of “guitar” eight times within 15 minutes of interrupting his son’s band practice, sources confirmed.

“When he first came into the garage, joking that we needed to tune our ‘axes’ or we’d never ‘get any,’ I just shook it off,” said 16-year-old son Justin Berg, guitarist and singer for the punk trio Idiot Fox. “But then he stuck around and asked my bandmates what they thought of the ‘sweet birthday axe’ he bought me — calling it ‘cherry,’ and ‘pretty money.’ We all just nodded politely and I said, ‘Thanks again, Dad.’ But inside, I’m screaming. Before I knew it, things just got worse.”

Read more: Local Dad Refers to Guitar as “Axe” Eight Times in 15 Minutes (thehardtimes.net)

On a Lighter Note…

Did You Ever Realize…

Songs You May Have Missed #691

ONR (feat, Sarah Barthel of Phantogram): “Must Stop (Falling in Love)” (2020)

ONR (pronounced like “honor”) is Scottish Singer Robert David Shields.

This radio friendly edit of his 2020 single replaces only one word from the explicit version, although that one different word significantly modifies the song’s meaning.

Either version is valid, though, and I actually prefer the one without the shock value of the more “adult” version.

Bit of an earworm, no?

Songs You May Have Missed #690

The Pogues: “Fiesta” (1988)

Sounding more diverse and more polished than on their previous outing, the Elvis Costello-produced Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, seminal Irish punk rockers the Pogues produced their finest album with1988’s If I Should Fall From Grace With God.

As Shane MacGowan’s wonderfully descriptive Anglo-Irish songwriting developed, he incorporated more elements into the mix. Middle Eastern and faux-Spanish flavors found their way into the stew, and the album contained one of the UK’s most beloved holiday tunes, the equally gritty and sublime Kirsty MacColl duet “Fairytale of New York”.

As for the origins of “Fiesta”, we quote the website Songfacts:

This song is based on a traditional Spanish fair ground melody. The Pogues guitarist Phillip Chevron on the Shane Macgowan website describes the genesis of this song: “Fiesta actually came out from our time in Spain. This song is about the time we were in Almeria filming Straight To Hell. We had peculiar hours. We would get up at 6 in the morning and drive to the set, which was about 25 miles from the hotel. This meant that we had to get to bed relatively early, which was difficult enough for The Pogues. The actual hotel in the film is the one we stayed in. Typically we would get back at 8 O’clock, have a bite to eat and a few drinks to unwind and then go to bed. We were filming at Fiesta time, and the Spanish take their Fiestas very seriously. The problem with the Fiesta is that they start at sun down and continue to sun up. That wouldn’t be too bad except the noise of the fiesta is something else. All through the time we were in Almeria there was two tunes that kept playing, they came like Chinese water torture. It would stop for five minutes and then start again. The first tune was what we made the main tune in ‘Fiesta’ and the other one was the coming from the doll-selling stall. You know the line ‘will you kindly kill a doll for me!'”

The song (and video) are, true the title, a veritable party. Whistles and gunshots puntuate the proceedings in Spike Jones fashion. The horn refrain nicks the “Liechtensteiner Polka”. The lyrics manage to humorously send up the band’s former bassist Cait O’Riordan leaving the band and marrying Elvis Costello. And in the always-raucous live performances, whistle player Spider Stacy provides added percussion by banging a beer tray against his head.

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