Monday, February 8, 2016

THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems. Feel free to nominate a song for March.


THE ANTHEMS 

2016
FEBRUARY
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME - 
Miquel Brown
Cover So Many Men, So Little TimeCanadian born Miquel Brown delivered a gay anthem with the memorable song title "So Many Men, So Little Time". The uplifting dancefloor hit was released as a single in 1983. Miquel is the mother of pop star Sinitta and step-sister of Amii Stewart.





JANUARY        2016

TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


THE BEATLES' ESSENTIAL 200 SONGS. This update: #25-21.  
More of the final quarter of this countdown tomorrow.
The 200 MOST ESSENTIAL SONGS of
The Beatles
Together & Apart
Two simultaneous countdowns related to the Fab Four. The group’s 100 most essential songs as well as the 100 best recordings from the members’ solo careers. Priority was given to original compositions, but some cover versions demanded inclusion. Songs are ranked in terms of sales, musical impact, influence and sustained quality.




 
2
5
I SAW HER STANDING THERE
"I Saw Her Standing There" was apparently written while skipping school. Paul constructed most of this early Beatles song, with input from John. Recorded in early 1963, the energy of the Fab Four bursts through the grooves. With a rock classic as accessible as this, the band was on its way.
MIND GAMES
John Lennon
"Mind Games" was the title track on Lennon's 1973 album. The song was written and produced by him. It fared well on the charts in both the UK and USA. It was an introspective song with its hypnotic draw.




 
2
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PENNY LANE
Penny lane ep aus"Penny Lane" referred to a place in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles. Paul sang lead on this song- largely his work with some lyrics from John.  The single, issued in 1967, peaked at #2 in the UK and topped the American Hot 100.
GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU
George Harrison
Harrison's chart comeback was kick-started in 1987 with the energetic pop release "Got My Mind Set on You". It was a remake of an obscure Rudy Clark song originally recorded by James Ray in 1962.  Harrison co-produced the cover version with Jeff Lynne. The latter augmented the overall sound, updating it without losing the singer in the process. In Britain, the single peaked at #2. It topped the charts in America, Australia and parts of Europe. Its success bolstered the chart fortunes of parent album 'Cloud Nine'. 





2
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DAY TRIPPER
Paul and John share lead vocals on "Day Tripper", a song mostly penned by the latter but with some additions from the former. The 1965 single was unleashed as a double A-side with "We Can Work it Out". While in the US the song climbed to #5, it debuted at the top in Britain where the disc reigned for 5 weeks.
(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER
John Lennon
"(Just Like) Starting Over" announced the return of Lennon. After years of self-imposed exile from the music scene, he and Yoko completed a comeback album entitled 'Double Fantasy'. The lead single had barely begun its chart life when the world lost him. The shock and grief that followed his assassination drove the disc to #1 around a planet in mourning.






2
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HELP!
The Beatles, standing in a row and wearing blue jackets, with their arms positioned as if to spell out a word in flag semaphoreJohn wrote "Help!" in April 1965 with some input from Paul. The Beatles recorded it a week later. John performed the lead vocal. Don't be distracted by the fast pace of the song, its lyrics are meaningful. John had wanted the track to be slower to bring more attention to the message. The track was the title song for The Beatles' movie 'Help!'. In July, the single was released and swiftly took over the top spot on charts around the world.
UNCLE ALBERT / ADMIRAL HALSEY
PAUL-McCARTNEY-WINGS-Uncle-Albert-Admiral-Halsey-Sheet-MusicPaul & Linda McCartney
McCartney scored his first post-Beatles #1 in the USA with the single "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey". It featured 2 tracks combined as a medley. While some regard it highly, the recording has been dismissed as self-indulgent. There are moments of brilliance, including the "hands across the water" chorus towards the end. The label credits both Paul and wife Linda as co-writers and producers of this single lifted off the 1971 album 'Ram'.






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A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
The Beatles' hit assembly line was efficient by 1964. It took about 24 hours for John to pen "A Hard Day's Night", then have it arranged, rehearsed and recorded by the group. That the result was one of The Beatles' most memorable songs is a testament to the members' skills. It was used as the title of the next film starring the band. The title was inspired by a remark made by Ringo. In both the US and UK, the single reached #1.
INSTANT KARMA (WE ALL SHINE ON)
John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
Lennon was an astute lyricist. He could coin a phrase or title and turn it into a drawcard or anthem. "Instant Karma" is one such song. He penned the song. Phil Spector handled production. Issued in early 1970, the single went Top 5 in Britain, America, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA: The Best Of 2012 (Winners).  
Continues next weekend with 2013.

60 YEARS OF
ROCK
BEST OF 2012
-WINNERS-
TOP VOCAL PERFORMANCE 2012
READ ALL ABOUT IT, PT. III Emeli Sandé
DRUNK Ed Sheeran
SKYFALL Adele
SAME LOVE Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ftg. Mary Lambert
NEXT TO ME Emeli Sandé
A THOUSAND YEARS Christina Perri
CLOWN Emeli Sandé
BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé
GIRL ON FIRE Alicia Keys
MY KIND OF LOVE Emeli Sandé

TOP MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 2012
PARADISE Coldplay
EARTHQUAKE Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah
I WILL WAIT Mumford & Sons
GANGNAM STYLE Psy
EVERYBODY TALKS Neon Trees
BOM BOM Sam & The Womp
THE HEIST [Album] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
LEVELS Avicii
50 WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE Train
DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia

TOP SONG 2012
WE ARE YOUNG Fun. featuring Janell Monåe
NEXT TO ME Emeli Sandé
CALL ME MAYBE Carly Rae Jepsen
DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia
SAME LOVE Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ftg. Mary Lambert
SKYFALL Adele
MEMORY OF THE FUTURE Pet Shop Boys
THRIFT SHOP Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
CLOWN Emeli Sandé
BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys

TOP ALBUM 2012
GIRL ON FIRE Alicia Keys
TAKE ME HOME One Direction
OUR VERSION OF EVENTS Emeli Sandé
THE HEIST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX Bruno Mars

TOP GROUP 2012
FUN.
PET SHOP BOYS
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
COLDPLAY
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

TOP MALE 2012
FLO RIDA
PAUL McCARTNEY
BRUNO MARS
ED SHEERAN
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

TOP FEMALE 2012
PINK
EMELI SANDE
KATY PERRY
ALICIA KEYS
ADELE

RECORDING OF THE YEAR 2012
CALL ME MAYBE Carly Rae Jepsen
I WILL WAIT Mumford & Sons
WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER Taylor Swift
GANGNAM STYLE Psy
THRIFT SHOP Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
SKYFALL Adele
WHISTLE Flo Rida
WE ARE YOUNG Fun. featuring Janell Monåe
DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia
SAME LOVE Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ftg. Mary Lambert

ACT OF THE YEAR 2012
FUN.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
TAYLOR SWIFT
PSY
EMELI SANDE
FLO RIDA
SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
ONE DIRECTION
ED SHEERAN
PITBULL

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 2012
NEXT TO ME
A THOUSAND YEARS
DRUNK
DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD
STRONGER (WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU)         
CLOWN
WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER
WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN
BRAND NEW ME
SAME LOVE- Macklemore; Ryan Lewis & Mary Lambert

MOST INNOVATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR 2012
THRIFT SHOP Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

INDUSTRY FIGURE OF THE YEAR 2012
SIMON COWELLSimon Cowell thumbs up

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:

1 Growing Up MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS ftg. ED SHEERAN    3wks                          1 5

2 Million Years Ago ADELE                                                                                          5 2

3 History ONE DIRECTION                                                                                           6 2

4 Timebomb TOVE LO                                                                                       8 2

5 Hopscotch EMMELIE DE FOREST                                                                                 9 2

6 Magic TINA ARENA                                                                                      NEW

7 Porcelain MIKA                                                                                  NEW

8 Hoops THE RUBENS                                                                                   NEW

9 All I Ask ADELE                                                                                                               3 11

10 Under Pressure  QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE                                                                          2 3

Saturday, February 6, 2016

60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA: 2012.
60 YEARS OF
ROCK
(1955-2015)
2012
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A green-tinted image of the James Bond gun barrel. Adele's face is stamped in the barrel, and Daniel Craig's Bond is coming out of the barrel towards the viewer. The text "Adele", "Skyfall" and the "007" logo are seen at the bottom of the image.   
    
-Etta James dies.
-Adele becomes the 1st British female to score 3 #1 singles from 1 album in the USA.
-Whitney Houston is found dead.
-Adele wins 6 Grammy Awards.
-Davy Jones (The Monkees) dies.
-Adele dominates the singles & albums charts. 
-Madonna scores her 8th US #1 album.
-Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) dies.
-Donna Summer dies.
-Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) dies.
-Snoop Dogg adopts the name Snoop Lion.
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In 2012, the world discovered K-pop. The internet made a star of Psy whose "Gangnam Style" became a YouTube sensation, attracting 1 billion hits. The single topped charts around the planet. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis broke through internationally through refreshing new music as evidenced on "Thrift Shop" and the powerful "Same Love". The latter was adopted as an anthem for those fighting for marriage equality. Other new talent that found success includes Emeli Sandé, Fun and Carly Rae Jepsen. The world grieved the loss of Whitney Houston, whose untimely death shocked fans.
    
          
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