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October 20, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Moving time.

Well, I got what I wanted out of wordpress – I wanted to learn how to use it. Now that I’ve used it, I’ve decided that I’m not a fan. I’m taking this back to where it belongs… tumblr.

In short… I won’t be posting here anymore. If you would like to continue giggling at old music videos with me then click HERE.

October 19, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Barry Mann, Who Put The Bomp (in the Bomp Bomp Bomp)










I think the title speaks for itself. Absolute doo-wop gem! No matter what type of day you’re having I guarantee this will cheer you up!

Song: Who Put The Bomp
Artist: Barry Mann
Writers: Barry Mann & Gerry Goffin 
Year Released: 1961
Notes: In this song, Mann sings about the frequent use of nonsense lyrics in Doo-Wop music, and how his girl fell in love with him after listening to several such songs.

The single debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 on August 7, 1961, and remained for twelve weeks, peaking at # 7. Mann’s version did not chart in the UK, though a cover version by the Viscounts reached # 21 there in September, 1961, and another version by Showaddywaddy charted at # 37 in August, 1982.


October 18, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Bell Biv DeVoe, Poison










Make sure you persist with this music video, there are some real golden moments highlighting our history of video editing… and how can you beat those killer dance moves?!

Song: Poison
Artist: Bell Biv DeVoe
From Album: Poison
Year Released: 1989
Notes: Although the group peaked in popularity in 1991 with their debut album, Poison, they still continue to perform as a group today (…seriously!?).

Poison peaked at #1 in the U.S. R&B Billboard charts. It also reached #3 on the Billboard pop charts.

This song—in the style of New Jack Swing, a late-80s hybrid of R&B and hip hop—was the group’s most successful, and sings of the dangers of falling in love.


October 15, 2010 / forgotthosegems

The Beach Boys, God Only Knows










I was listening to an amazing cover of ‘God Only Knows’ by a really great band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr this morning and fell in love with the song for a second time. I can’t exactly remember when I fell in love with it the first time… probably when I was about 9 or 10; my parents had a Beach Boys love songs album which used to get played occasionally during dinner time and I used to sing along to ‘Help me Rhonda’ thinking I was pretty funny because that’s my grandmothers name… I was not a clever comedian.  Anyway, enjoy this gem 🙂

Song: God Only Knows
Artist: The Beach Boys
Other: composed and produced by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Tony Asher and lead vocal by Carl Wilson.
From Album: Pet Sounds
Year Released: 1966
Notes:  It was one of the first commercial pop songs to use the word ‘God’ in its title. The song was also far more technically sophisticated than anything the Beach Boys, or arguably any pop group, had ever attempted before — particularly the complicated melodic structure and vocal harmonies.

Mojo magazine ranked the song as the 13th greatest song of all time. Pitchfork Media named it the best song of the 1960s. The song is 25th on Rolling Stonelist of the 500 greatest songs of all time.


October 14, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Rolling Stones, Wild Horses








Personally I think that Wild Horses should be rated much higher up the ‘Rolling Stone Greatest Songs of All Time’ – it’s just such a great song. If you have the time, youtube a bunch of those covers mentioned below, there are some really lovely versions of the track, particularly Iron & Wine’s take on it.

Song: Wild Horses
Artist: Rolling Stones
From Album: Sticky Fingers
Year Released: 1971
Notes: Rolling Stone ranked it at #334 in its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list in 2004.

It has been covered by The Flying Burrito BrothersGarbageThe SundaysElvis CostelloNeil YoungOld and in the Way,Leon RussellGuns N’ RosesJohnny GoudieBushLabelleThe Lovemongers with Chris CornellRobin WilliamsonJewelDave MatthewsCharlotte MartinChantal KreviazukMolly HatchetAlicia Keys ft. Adam LevineTre LuxIron & WineStone SourHoneytribeSheryl CrowDeacon Blue, Summerhill, ElisaMelanie Safka, Kitty Hudson, John Barrowman andSusan Boyle.


October 13, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Ben Lee, Cigarettes Will Kill You









Remember when Ben Lee was all dark and emo? This song was really my introduction to Ben Lee when I was in high school, and I remember at the time he was dating Clare Danes who was super cool from having been in Baz Lurhmans Romeo & Juliet (1996) around the same time. I’ve always loved this track and so I think it deserves to be todays forgotten gem.

Song: Cigarettes Will Kill You
Artist: Ben Lee
From Album: Breathing Tornados
Year Released: 1998
Notes: It was voted number 2 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1998 and reached number 46 on the Australian singles chart.

During the April 24, 2006 concert at Irving Plaza in New York, Ben described how he came up with the title for the track. He recalled that he had been listening to The Verve who have a song called “The Drugs Don’t Work“. He was so impressed with the title of the song, that he decided to name his song with a similarly catchy title. The name is also a metaphor for continuing to go back to a bad relationship even though you know it’ll end up badly and you’ll end up getting hurt. Just like everyone knows cigarettes can cause health problems but they continue to smoke them anyway.


October 12, 2010 / forgotthosegems

Soft Cell, Tainted Love

I’ve been listening to Antony & the Johnsons new album ‘Swanlights’ today and I was intrigued to find out who Antony Hegarty’s main influences are (seeing as he’s such a unique artist himself!). Turns out one of his influences is Marc Almond (of Soft Cell), and I can totally see it! Soft Cell are best known for their cover of ‘Tainted Love’ which we all know and love right?! So here is todays gem, an 80s synth pop classic!

Song: Tainted Love
Artist: Soft Cell (Written by Ed Cobb of The Four Preps)
From Album: Non-stop Erotic Cabaret
Year Released: 1981
Notes: Originally recorded by Gloria Jones but it attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart.

Soft Cell’s version of the song was recorded in a day and a half with singer Marc Almond’s first vocal take being ultimately used on the record.

The band’s record label chose to release “Tainted Love” on July 7, 1981 as Soft Cell’s second single (their first was “Memorabilia”, which did not chart). The label implied that this single would be Soft Cell’s final release if the single did not sell.

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