Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:

1 Take Me To Church HOZIER  1wk                                                                                    3 2

2 You Keep Me Hangin' On ARETHA FRANKLIN                                                             2 4

3 I Didn't Know My Own Strength WHITNEY HOUSTON [Live]                                         6 2

4 I'm Every Woman/ Respect ARETHA FRANKLIN                                                          1 5

5 Mr Sandman BETTE MIDLER                                                                                NEW

6 Do They Know It's Christmas? BAND AID 30                                                                     NEW

7 Travesty JIMMY SOMERVILLE                                                                                 NEW

8 Add Me In CHRIS BROWN                                                                      7 8

9 Wrapped Up OLLY MURS featuring TRAVIE McCOY                                                       NEW

10 Uptown Funk MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS                                                NEW

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1697 HALLELUJAH (New Version) K.D. Lang
Countless artists have tackled Leonard Cohen's majestic "Hallelujah". K.D. Lang's measured remake is as close to perfect as one gets. Lang's re-recording was included on her 2010 compilation 'Recollection'.

#1698 FEEL LIKE MAKIN' LOVE Roberta Flack
Eugene McDaniels wrote "Feel Like Makin' Love". Roberta Flack performed and produced (credited as Rubina Flake) the song . In 1974, the song reached #1 on the (American) R&B, Pop and AC charts. Lovers have been drawing inspiration from it ever since.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#102 MY LITTLE TOWN Simon & Garfunkel
The duo Simon & Garfunkel parted ways at its peak, with the classic album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. Both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel began recording solo albums around 1972. Years later, the former began writing a song for the latter's upcoming LP. 
Simon penned "My Little Town'; based around the idea of a person needing to break out of his small town. When Garfunkel came to start work on the song, the 2 began harmonizing. The former then suggested they record it together.  
"My Little Town" was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Both Simon and Garfunkel co-produced, along with Phil Ramone. Treated as a new song for the duo, the track appeared on the 2 artists' new albums: Garfunkel's 'Breakaway' and Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years'; both unleashed in October 1975.    
Released as a single, "My Little Town" reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 AC. The disc also charted in Spain, Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand. This whet the appetite of fans hoping for a more permanent reunion. 
The 2 performers recorded together in 1977, collaborating with James Taylor on a remake of Sam Cooke's "(What A) Wonderful World". This single returned Simon & Garfunkel to #1 on the AC chart in early 1978. 
In 1981, the duo re-formed for a one-off concert in New York before 500,000 fans. The event in Central Park spawned a TV special and successful live album. In the early 1980s, Simon & Garfunkel re-united for a world tour. A studio album was in the works, but never emerged as tensions between the 2 re-surfaced.
Their relationship was still sour when the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. They toured again 3 years later, but differences re-emerged. In 2003, Simon & Garfiunkel earned a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy, where they performed "The Sound Of Silence". A lucrative American and European tour followed. They re-united again in 2009 for a tour of Australia and Asia. The possibility of future concerts is now more likely.
 
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the Top 2000 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Friday, November 21, 2014


The Icons Gallery


  This is a hall of fame for performers whose music has meant a great deal to the gay & lesbian community. Below are the 95 musical acts already in the Icons Gallery. A new act will be added each month. Nominate a soloist/ group here for December 2014.

BARBRA STREISAND DUSTY SPRINGFIELD THE CARPENTERS ABBA
JIMMY SOMERVILLE SHIRLEY BASSEY MARCIA HINES GEORGE MICHAEL KATE BUSH ELTON JOHN DAVID BOWIE RENEE GEYER BETTE MIDLER
PET SHOP BOYS K D LANG ANTHONY CALLEA DONNA SUMMER CHER
KYLIE MINOGUE ANNIE LENNOX FREDDIE MERCURY HUMAN NATURE
TINA TURNER MADONNA ALISON MOYET DIANA ROSS OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN
VILLAGE PEOPLE TRACY CHAPMAN KATE CEBERANO SUZI QUATRO
WHITNEY HOUSTON MICHAEL JACKSON DEBBIE HARRY LIZA MINELLI
JUDY GARLAND DOLLY PARTON SADE CLIFF RICHARD TINA ARENA
HELEN REDDY CYNDI LAUPER SUPREMES MAMA CASS PAT BENATAR
BOY GEORGE PETER ALLEN SPICE GIRLS
BEYONCE` QUEEN STEVIE NICKS
GLORIA GAYNOR MELISSA ETHERIDGE
LADY GAGA ROXETTE GRACE JONES
MARTHA WASH
CHRISSIE AMPHLETT POINTER SISTERS BONEY M ERASURE BANANARAMA BEE GEES MARY J. BLIGE DARREN HAYES JOAN ARMATRADING
SCISSOR SISTERS MORRISEY EARTHA KITT RUFUS WAINWRIGHT KIM WILDE CHRISTINA AGUILERA RICKY MARTIN CHRISSIE HYNDE DIONNE WARWICK PATSY CLINE BARRY MANILOW PETULA CLARK PINK ARETHA FRANKLIN DORIS DAY SYLVESTER STEPS BRITNEY SPEARS JANIS IAN SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR ALCAZAR LULU WHAM! MARIAH CAREY BRONSKI BEAT THE B-52s JANET JACKSON HOLLY JOHNSON
NOVEMBER 2014 - This month's new Gay & Lesbian Musical Icon:

PATTI LABELLE
Patti Labelle was born in 1944 in Philadelphia. Her start as a singer was as part of a church choir. In the early 1960s, she formed a girl group that would evolve into Labelle. The decade that followed saw the female trio reach #1 with the funky disco global hit "Lady Marmalade". The group split around 1976. Patti launched a solo career which has spawned the hits "On My Own" (a US #1 duet with Michael McDonald), "If Only You Knew" and "New Attitude".

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1695 SUMMERTIME Diana Ross
Diana Ross drew from an unlikely source when recording the 'Red Hot Rhythm & Blues' album in 1987: "Summertime", a song written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson. The former Supreme's breathy vocal delivery makes for a new angle to the composition.

#1696 UNDERGROUND David Bowie
David Bowie charted well in 1986 with 2 songs from films. "Absolute Beginners" -the more successful of the 2- and "Underground" (from 'Labyrinth') an upbeat song with a gospel feel. The latter was a #21 UK hit written by Bowie that he co-produced with Arif Mardin.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#103 UNDER ATTACK Abba
The final song released by ABBA before it became apparent that they had dissolved was "Under Attack". Issued after 'The Visitors' LP, this song was later added as a bonus track on a repackaged version of the album. 
"Under Attack" was written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. It features Agnetha Faltskog on lead vocals, whose approach adds to the paranoia contained within its lyrics. Andersson's contribution on the synthesizer is prominent. 
By the time of the single's release, ABBA was at a crossroad. Creatively, the group had moved forward. Andersson was constructing clever arrangements for their new material and Ulvaeus' writing had evolved considerably. The tracks were more insightful and mature, if not as hook-driven. The previous release, "The Day Before You Came", is 1 of the Swedish band's best songs. Unfortunately for ABBA, its fan base had not grown with them. Their sales in the early 1980s paled compared to the truckloads sold in the group's heyday. "Under Attack" was most likely discovered by more members of the public through its inclusion in the musical "Mamma Mia!" than when it was out as a single in late 1982.
 
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the Top 2000 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1693 SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana
The grunge generation's anthem is "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Lead singer Kurt Cobain's lyrics blasted out from the 'Nevermind' CD in 1991. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic also contributed to its creation. It has been a watershed recording ever since.

#1694 GOIN' BACK Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield delivered the definitive interpretation of "Goin' Back", which charted in both the UK and Australia in 1966. The melancholic and beautiful song was penned by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.