Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Profetul - Viata ta

One of my latest discoveries, it's not Iron Maden, but it sounds quite nice.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Saxon - Live to Rock

Saxon are an English heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. As leading lights in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal they had huge success in the 1980s. However, "Live to Rock" comes from their latest 2009 album "Into the Labyrinth" and still sounds heavy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Black Sabbath - Anno Mundi

A good song to start a Monay and a new week, this is the opening track from their "Tyr" album, from 1990.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Angel Dust - When I Die

Angel Dust are a German heavy metal band. Initially active from 1981 to 1990 as speed and thrash metal band, they dropped their thrash roots in favor of a power/progressive metal sound upon reforming in 1998.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Accept - Drifting Apart

Pure rock!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok

From 1984, this one's music was written by former ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Opus - Live Is Life

"Live Is Life" is a popular song originally recorded in 1984 by Austrian pop-rock group Opus. It was successful and was covered by many artists throughout the years.

The song was created during a concert in Oberwart, on September 2, 1984, while the group celebrated its eleven years of existence. Recorded in a live version, the audience also sings the verses. In the lyrics, the song expresses "the enthusiastic attachment of the group to the stage".

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Turn the Page

"Turn the Page" is a song originally released by Bob Seger in 1973 on his Back in '72 album. Seger's version never made the charts, but an evocative live performance on his 1976 Live Bullet album became a mainstay of album-oriented rock radio stations, and still gets significant airplay to this day on classic rock stations.

The song was later covered in 1998 by Metallica and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 11 consecutive weeks, the highest number of weeks Metallica has ever spent at the top;

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Billy Idol - Speed

Speed
Give me what I need
Yeah
White lightning

Monday, March 22, 2010

Iggy Pop / Goran Bregovic - Get the Money

In 1992, Iggy Pop collaborated with Goran Bregović on the soundtrack for the movie Arizona Dream by Emir Kusturica. Pop sang four of the songs: In the Deathcar, TV Screen, Get the Money, and This is a Film. This is Get the Money.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Scorpions - The Zoo

"The Zoo" is a song by the German heavy metal band Scorpions, written by band members Rudolf Schenker (guitar) and Klaus Meine (vocals). It first appeared on the band's 1980 album Animal Magnetism.

Schenker wrote much of the song's music during the band's first tour of the United States in 1979. When Meine first heard Schenker's riff, it reminded him of the band's earlier visit to a street in New York City, which was humorously called a "zoo." Meine later composed the song's lyrics, which contain references to city streets - most notably, New York's 42nd Street.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Uriah Heep - Time To Live

From the Salisbuty album, this song was written by Mick Box, Ken Hensley and David Byron. Byron wrote the lyrics about a man who is about to get released from prison after 20 years, which he had to serve for killing a man who was assaulting his woman.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Rasmus - In the Shadow

A hit song from the Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus, from 2003.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

AC/DC - Rock 'N Roll Train

Time again for AC/DC! The first track from their latest album, Black Ice. Pure hard rock!

The song was notable for being the first song from a major artist to be leaked online legally when one Scottish fan, at the shooting of the music video in London, memorized the riff and sung it on YouTube on the 17th of August.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Queen - Fat Botomed Girls

A classic from the 1978 Jazz album.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier

"Buffalo Soldier" is a reggae song co-written by Bob Marley and Noel G. "King Sporty" Williams from Marley's final recording sessions in 1980. It did not appear on record until the 1983 posthumous release of Confrontation, when it became a big hit and one of Marley's best-known songs. It is often considered Bob Marley's most famous song, and is his most played radio single.

The title and lyrics refer to the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as "Buffalo Soldiers", that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a fight for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance.

The song's bridge, with the lyrics woy! yoy! yoy!, is similar to the chorus of the Banana Splits' "The Tra-La-La Song".

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason


"Give Me One Reason" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album New Beginning. It is also Chapman's biggest US hit to date.

The song is a classic twelve-bar blues, both in musical structure and the repeated lyrics in each verse and chorus. It is the story of an ending relationship, and a plea from the narrator to her partner for the partner to convince her to remain, to "give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around." At the end of the song, the partner is apparently given voice for the last line, "said I told you that I loved you, and there ain't no more to say."



Text/Image source: Wikipedia

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends

Released on June 13, 2005, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is the fourth single from Green Day's seventh studio album, American Idiot.

There was once much debate regarding the meaning of this song, one of the most common initial beliefs being that it was about the events of 9/11. In the liner notes, the song is dated September 10, and it is track 11 on the album. However, Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day's vocalist and guitarist, has confirmed that the song was written as a memorial to his father, a jazz musician and truck driver, who died of esophageal cancer in 1982 when Armstrong was only ten years old.

In this ballad, Armstrong revisits his painful childhood and thinks about the day he lost his innocence when his father died. Like many faced with such a traumatic event, he never truly recovered, and he cannot believe that twenty years have passed since that September day, thus the lyrics Like my father's come to pass, twenty years has gone so fast. Armstrong associates September with pain; he would rather not deal with anything related to the month, prompting him to sing Drenched in my pain again/ Becoming who we are"

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Acoustic version.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Daniel Powter - Bad Day

"Bad Day" is a pop song written by Canadian singer Daniel Powter. It was released as the first single from his second album Daniel Powter (2005) and achieved the #1 spot in the U.S. and Ireland. In the U.S. it became the most successful single of 2006 as ranked by Billboard Magazine.

Despite the song's success, Powter failed to release any more pop hits, proving to be a very successful one-hit wonder.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chris de Burgh - Snows of New York

There are those who fail, there are those who fall,
There are those who will never win,
Then there are those who fight for the things they believe,
And these are men like you and me;

Monday, March 8, 2010

Kid Rock - All Summer Long

"All Summer Long" was released in 2008 as the third single from his ninth studio album Rock N Roll Jesus. The song is based on Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama".

The song was a Number One hit in eight countries across Europe and Australia, including the UK, and has even crossed over to country music radio, giving Kid Rock his first Top Ten country hit.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bryan Admas - Summer Of '69

From Adams' fourth studio album, Reckless, this is one of his most recognizable and popular songs.

In a 2008 interview with thecelebritycafe.com, Adams said: "I think 'Summer of '69' — I think it's timeless because it's about making love in the summertime. There is a slight misconception it's about a year, but it's not. '69' has nothing to do about a year, it has to do with a sexual position... At the end of the song the lyric says that it's me and my baby in a 69. You'd have to be pretty thick in the ears if you couldn't get that lyric".

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Meat Loaf - For Crying Out Loud

The final track from the Bat Out Of Hell album.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting

Yet another one hit wonder, from 1974. Asian producer Biddu asked Douglas to record a song he wrote with Larry Weiss called "I Want To Give You My Everything," and Douglas convinced him to use "Kung Fu Fighting" as the B-side. They recorded "Kung Fu" in 10 minutes, figuring it was just a B-side, but the record label loved it and made it the A-side. After a slow start, it began selling and Biddu became the first Asian to produce a UK #1 hit. It went on to sell 10 million copies worldwide.

Kung Fu movies were very popular at the time, and this capitalized on the craze. Bruce Lee was a big star.

Douglas is from Jamaica. He was the first Jamaican-born singer to have a #1 hit in the US.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wes - Alane

"Alane" is a 1997 song recorded by Wes. It was his debut single from his album Welenga, and was released in 1997 in Francophone countries and in 1998 in other European countries. It became a smash hit, topping the charts in France, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands.

Wikipedia has an interesting page about Wes' music.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pink Floyd - Hey you

A classic from the 1979 "The Wall" album. Like the other songs on the album, "Hey You" is told from the point of view of the protagonist, Pink. Pink realises the mistake he made completely shunning society, and attempts to regain contact with the outside world. However, he cannot see or hear beyond the wall. Pink's call becomes more and more desperate as he begins to realise there is no escape.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

R.E.M. - Drive

This was released two months before the U.S. national election between Bush and Bill Clinton. Clinton won that one, but 8 years later Bush's son became president. When the younger Bush ran for re-election in 2004, R.E.M. performed concerts to benefit his opponent, John Kerry.

This song has no chorus. That doesn't happen very often in hit songs.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is a song by Billy Joel that makes reference to a catalogue of headline events during his lifetime, from March 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) to 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. The events are mixed with a refrain asserting "we didn't start the fire".

Wikipedia has a very nice explanation of the historical items referred in the song.