Inspired by a post from my fellow blogger and friend LA whose writing’s can be found here.
- Note some songs aren’t from the time period they are in, this is essentially a look into my discovery of music.
Your a lucky fellow Mr Smith – The Andrew Sister’s. My introduction to Swing at an early age was for my love of Abbott & Costello films shown every Sunday on Channel’s 11 & 48 in the 1970’s.
Welcome to my nightmare – Alice Cooper. Another 1970’s memory. I used to like to watch the likes of Chiller Theater, Dr. Shock Cinema and Creature Double Feature, shows that played old horror films. Well one day Creature Double Feature played this Alice Cooper concert, I remember as a kid being annoyed by it because it wasn’t strictly horror but I was also entranced by this particular song in the film.
Da Doo Run Run – Shawn Cassidy. My first 45 single as a kid. I think I heard this on the radio and begged my parents to buy me this. I wore this record out.
Rock And Roll All Night/Beth – My introduction to Kiss, essentially my childhood favorite band culminating in meeting the band in the early 2000’s.
With Rock And Roll all Night, my friend Rich brought the 45 single over to my house to play and I was hooked. On my 8th birthday my next door neighbor Joey gave me his copy of Kiss Alive II, I guess he didn’t like it. I remember getting excited because horror kid that I was thought there was a song called Deth, but Joey corrected me that it was a love song called Beth. Either way I loved this album, still do to this day.
There he is again – The Hughes Corporation. Yeah, same group that did Don’t Rock The Boat. This song appears on a soundtrack to, in my opinion, the best blaxploitation romantic horror tragedy ever, Blacula. The group landed a record contract after appearing in and on the soundtrack of this film.
Snowbird/Danny’s Song – Anne Murray. Arguably my Mom’s favorite songs she wore these out and danced every time. My Mom had a habit of listening to the same record 100’s of times in a row. I really love both of these songs. They bring comfort to me (lost my Mom to cancer in 2002). Had members of a local band I am friends with sing Danny’s Song as a memorial to my Mom at my wedding in 2013.
Dream Lover – Bobby Darin. My Dad was a huge Bobby Darrin fan. He had a best of record, that I liked to listen to a lot. But this song was my favorite on the album. Still love it. Warms my heart, being that I lost my Dad in 2019.
The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack. In 1981 at age 11, my brother and I saw the Movies at Midnight in the Afternoon one Special Presidents Day weekend at a local movie theater. Looking back on it, how weird was that ? I took this record into music class at middle school and cemented myself as that weird dorky kid. 😁
I sing the body electric – Fame Soundtrack. OMG I still love this song. We saw the original version of this film as a family in 1980. As soon as this song hits the Gospel notes I am on another plane. What’s great about this song is that it combines, Classical with Rock and Gospel. Incredible.
Light my fire – The Doors. In the 80’s I was really into music from the 60’s. I remember trying to emulate the essence of Jim Morrison when singing along to this record.
Bike/Pow R Toc H – Pink Floyd. The incredibly weird psychedelic Syd Barret version of Pink Floyd. It’s the very end of this song with the strange quacking/Kazoo sounds that really drew me to loving Bike. Pow R Toc H is another weird nonsensical song that eventually morphs into an incredible jazz piece by the late Richard Wright.
Tangerine – Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass. Yes, I was drawn to this artist because of his iconic album cover for Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Bought this album for a quarter at a used book store in 1983. But the opening note on this song really moves me and the groove just takes off from there.
Funiculi Funicula – Mario Lanza. I borrowed a Mario Lanza record from the Allentown Public Library when I was 12. It was my introduction to opera, even as a youngster my tastes in music were eclectic.
Rapture – Blondie. My brother is a Blondie fan. He had the album this rap song was on. Essentially I was introduced to punk & hip hop from my brother. I managed to memorize this song. Another classic song I know all the words to.
When Doves Cry – Prince. I saw Purple Rain when it came out. I was instantly hooked as a Prince Fan. This was one of my first pick me up and out of depression songs.
Fuck You – Dean & The Weenies. I rented this NYC Underground Scene documentary on video called Mondo New York. This song is hilarious. Especially the droll delivery of the lyrics ie. …”Why are you staring at me…please leave…immediately…your lack of character shows…I hate your clothes…and you’ve got something disgusting hanging out of your nose……Fuck….You…”
Respectable Street – XTC. My introduction to this band was through another video rental for a concert film called URGH! A Music War. I always had a knack for finding not your average video rental.
Just Once/I know what Boys Like/That’s the way I like it – James Ingram/The Waitresses/KC and the sunshine band. Yup you guessed it. All of these songs appeared in a teen sex comedy from the early 80’s called The Last American Virgin. I will say I have discovered a lot of music through my love of films.
Somebody’s Baby/Moving in Stereo – Jackson Browne/The Cars. Another film experience, this time Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The first when a character loses her virginity, the second during a masturbation fantasy of the older brother of the girl that lost her virginity.
Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckingham. The theme to National Lampoon’s Vacation. One of two films my grandmother took me to see the other film couldn’t be more further from this film LOL In Search of Historic Jesus.
All cried out – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force. My Buddy Darrel turned me on to this ballad when we were in High School.
True Love Part 2 – X. Another kind of weird song. My brother had the album this song was on.
Time after time – Cyndi Lauper. Probably my favorite Lauper song. Greatest memory was mid 2000’s Cyndi played Penn’s Peak I was in the center but in the back in front of me was a railing. Cyndi, barefoot, came over and stood on the railing and asked me to hold her hand to keep her balance as she sang. I was smitten on a star struck level and she had pretty feet LOL.
Bullet the Blue Sky – U2. The Song I lost my virginity to.
Ted, just admit it – Jane’s Addiction Featuring this harsh lyric “Some people should die, it’s just unconscious knowledge.” I had a friend in 1988 that likened this band to hippie music, it was far from that for sure.
Juice (Know the ledge)/Fight The Power – Eric B & Rakim & Public Enemy. Yup more films. Both Juice with Tupac Shakur and Spike Lee’s Do the right thing were legendary new school blaxploitation flicks, that I had the pleasure of seeing in the theater in both cases, as the only white guy.
Three little Birds/ Get Up Stand up – Bob Marley. Three little birds became yet another pick me up out of failed relationships and get up stand up is just so empowering.
Tennessee – Arrested Development. Again another one of those pick me up songs. Still use it as such to this day.
Breed – Nirvana. Hands down the best heaviest punk like Nirvana song ever.
Hunger Strike – Temple of the dog. Wow Cornell & Vedder. This song just resonates to the core with me.
Giving him something he can feel – En Vogue. Sultry. I really like a lot of female singers. And this group at the time was incredible.
Professor Booty: Beastie Boys. From the seminal Check your head album where they played their own instruments for the first time since their days as a punk band. This is an attack song on the group 3RD Base especially when MCA spits his rhymes.
Goblin Girl – Frank Zappa. This song is all over the place in style. Kind of strange and morphs into a completely different feel. Out of all of the Zappa catalog, this is my favorite.
Armada Latina – Cypress Hill with Pitbull & Marc Anthony. Been a fan of the Hill since their first album, but this song is so upbeat utilizing a sample from Stephen Stills.
Soulful Strut – The Young-Holt Unlimited. Man this is my theme song, I walked into my wedding reception to this song. I once tried to hum this song to a radio station because I couldn’t remember the name. They thought I was humming the theme to American Band Stand.
Escape (Pina Collada Song) – Rupert Holmes. Cheese but good cheese.
I shall be released – The Brothers & Sisters. Another one of those pick me up songs. This was a Gospel Group that released an album of Dylan Covers. This song which was also done by The Band is taken to a whole other level. LOve this track.
O Holy Night – Easton Baptist Choir. I saw this performed live at a local Christmas concert, done right this song is incredible. I’m not a church goer but I really love this song.
Good as Hell – Lizzo. I love this artist she can rap and carry a tune. The album this song is on is incredibly empowering for women. But I love it. My wife gets a kick out of me when I mimic and sing along to the lyric “…I do my hair toss, check my nails…baby how feeling..feel good as hell…”
I’ll be missing you – Faith Evans & Sean Combs. Man every time I hear this song, I think of family and friends that are no longer here. This is an incredible love letter to the late Biggie Smalls by his best friend Puffy Combs.
My Way – Aloe Blacc. This song currently defines who I am to a tee. Every morning I listen to this track on the way to work to help me get through my day.
And there ya have it a glimpse into just some of the music, that if there was ever a movie made about me, each of these songs would be on the soundtrack.