Friday, June 25, 2010

Metallica - Fade To Black

Metallica wrote this after their equipment was stolen in early '84 and they had to start all over again. More specifically, James Hetfield wrote the lyrics in response to one of his amps being stolen. Not only was this amp his favorite, but it was also the first amp he ever owned so it had a lot of sentimental value to him. The song is about losing everything and wondering if it is worth going on.

The song's title is never mentioned in the lyrics, although the Metallica song "The Memory Remains" on their 1997 album Reload does have "fade to black" in the lyrics.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bob Marley - Legalize Marijuana

Listen to Bob, he knows what he's saying ;)

PS: The song is actually written by Peter Tosh, not Bob Marley.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself

From the same album as "July Morning", also named "Look At Yourself".

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States, this song also has a hopeful, optimistic tone with regard to the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Is this the best song ever, or what?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Accept - Winter Dreams

A power ballad from their 1983 album Balls to the Wall.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Nirvana - Come As You Are

Just a classic...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pink Floyd - Biding My Time

One of my personal favorites...

"Biding My Time" is a composition by Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. Prior to the Relics compilation album, "Biding My Time" was an unreleased recording, heard only by fans who attended concerts where the band performed their early concept piece, "The Man and the Journey", where the song appeared as "Afternoon".

Lyrics talk about narrator spending his time with a woman he loves and forgetting the "bad days" when they both were "workin' from nine to five".

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ebba Forsberg - Deep Denial

A self-taught musician, Swedish singer and actress Ebba Forsberg brings refreshing depth to haunting musical tales that reflect times of confusion and exploration. Her voice is strong, defiant with a touch of innocence.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman

"Black Magic Woman" is a song written by Peter Green that first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968, subsequently appearing on the 1969 Fleetwood Mac compilation albums.

It became a classic hit by Santana and sung by Gregg Rolie in 1970 after appearing on their Abraxas album, becoming more closely associated with Santana than Fleetwood Mac. However, here's the original version.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire

Kings Of Leon's percussionist, Nathan Followil, explained that the band never intended the song to be named "Sex on Fire".

"They were totally different lyrics. Depending on whether a song starts with a melody or starts with lyrics, you know if it starts with a melody you just keep playing the melody over and over until you get it down and just throw in any lyrics that fit the verbal flow. It was actually going to be "Set Us on Fire", but one of the sound mixers in the studio walked in as we were playing and said, "Sex on Fire", huh?" And it just kind of became a running joke, and we stuck with it.".

Nathan also said that some lyrics tried were "Socks on Fire", "Snatch on Fire" and "Cocks on Fire".