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The Music of Star Wars- John Williams: a Composer’s review

General Information:

-Album Title: varies by soundtrack, score, and media type

-Artist: Composed by John Williams

-Release Year: varies by soundtrack and score from 1977 to the present

-Song/Album Length: varies by soundtrack and score

-Genre: Soundtracks and Scores

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: not explicitly listed but Star Wars and George Lucas are mentioned throughout the book

Lyrics:

TYPICALLY, NONE

MOST Star Wars Soundtracks and Scores are instrumental compositions created by John Williams

Some contain a chorus of around 10-120 voices but most of his music is orchestral for around 80 to 120 players

Review:

Film scores and soundtracks are so essential to the production of movies.  The same can be said of other media such as video games but most of my experience comes from the world of film.

John Williams is one of the most prolific and well-known composers in the industry.  His name is synonymous with Star Wars and Lucasfilm in general.  He has composed for the Star Wars universe since the first film in 1977 and to this day creates compositions for the latest television shows like The Clone Wars animated series and The Mandalorian as well as for the newest video games that are coming out centered around the universe of Star Wars.

His scores pull from a variety of different inspirations.  From the romantic leanings of Richard Strauss to the big band and full orchestral sounds of old Hollywood Williams ability to weave the fantasy elements of Star Wars with the epic narratives of the writing and action are unmatched by anyone else.

Williams and Lucas focused on the swelling orchestral score for the first film Star Wars: A New Hope.  They drew inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The ups and downs of the music composed for that film are often considered one of the first of its kind…music that enhanced the actions of the film rather than just accompanied it.

When the pair were figuring out how the film should be approached it was Williams who brought up the idea that the score should be a series of repeating themes that built upon each other.  As you listen to the soundtrack as a whole you can hear this throughout the music.  Often times the score is the same music repeated, overlaid with other music, with instruments added or subtracted to enhance the action on screen. It is a unique way of creating depth to a world that takes place mostly in the vast reached of the vacuum of space.

Williams played on these ideas throughout the movies and games he has scored.  You will find so often the same ideas played in different ways from single instruments joined by others to huge orchestral renditions of the same pieces.  The ups and downs, orchestrations as well as the swells and falls of the music is just astounding on its own.  Yet when paired with the visuals of the film you feel completely emersed in the entire world.

And while this review is for the Star Wars Franchise Williams is famous for so many other scores that you may be familiar with (and many that will be reviewed on this blog) such as E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park I & II, Schindler’s List, Jaws and even some of the Harry Potter films.

He works closely with George Lucas and Lucasfilms and Steven Spielberg, in addition to making appearances amongst some of the most epically scored movies of all time.  He has won Academy Awards, BAFTA nominations, Golden Globes, and even Grammys for his work.  And it is all well-deserved in my opinion.

My favorite place to experience his music for the Star Wars Universe is out in nature.  When Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World brought the planet of Batuu to life Williams was brought in to compose the main theme to the world.  As you wander amongst the people, shop in the small stores, dodge Stormtoopers, eat at Oga’s or anywhere else…even wait in line to help the resistance (and the smugglers) fight the Imperial forces… you are emersed in the musical score of the great John Williams.

He is a legend in his own right but his hand in building the world of Star Wars not only added depth to the story but a heart and soul to the galaxy far, far away.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Don’t Let’s Start, by They Might Be Giants: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: They Might Be Giants

-Artist: They Might Be Giants

-Release Year: 1986

-Song/Album Length: 2:36

-Genre: Alternative Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 199

Lyrics:

Don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

When you are alone, you are the cat, you are the phone
You are an animal
The words I’m singing now
Mean nothing more than ‘meow’ to an animal
Wake up, smell the cat food in your bank account
But don’t try to stop the tail that wags the hound

D, world destruction
Over and overture
N, do I need
Apostrophe
T, need this torture?

Don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

No one in the world ever gets what they want
And that is beautiful
Everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful
They want what they’re not and I wish they would stop singing
“Deputy-dog-dog-a-ding-dang-depadepa”
“Deputy-dog-dog-a-ding-dang-depadepa”

D, world destruction
Over and overture
N, do I need
Apostrophe
T, need this torture?

Don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

I don’t want to live in this world anymore
I don’t want to live in this world

Don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
This is the worst part
Could believe for all the world
That you’re my precious little girl
But don’t, don’t, don’t let’s start
I’ve got a weak heart
And I don’t get around how you get around

Review:

Apparently, I have been really lucky in my life and in this project when it comes to music because, unlike some of the visual and literary references in RP1, I actually love a lot of the bands and songs that are included in the book.

Like They Might Be Giants.  I’ve listened to them for years because I listen to a variety of other bands that are similar like Paul and Storm (and their former band – DaVinci’s Notebook), everything that The Guild: The Webseries recorded as a full-length song, Tom Lehrer, Tripod, and a variety of other alternative and comedy rock groups.

This song has been on many of my personal playlists as have a lot of other They Might Be Giants songs.  So, its not hard for me to rate or asses in regards to the fact that I just like the song.

And, unlike many of the other songs I’ve been reviewing, while this song has some pretty deep lyrics they were never meant to mean anything.  They are just nonsense that lyrically worked with the melody of the song.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Rebel Yell, by Billy Idol: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Rebel Yell

-Artist: Billy Idol

-Release Year: 1983

-Song Length: 4:47

-Genre: Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 184

Lyrics:

Last night a little dancer came dancin’ to my door
Last night a little angel came pumping on my floor
She said come on baby, I got a license for love
And if it expires, pray help from above, because

In the midnight hour, she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
In the midnight hour babe more, more, more
With a rebel yell more, more, more
More, more, more!

She don’t like slavery, she won’t sit and beg
But when I’m tired and lonely she sleeps in bed
What sets you free and brought you to me, babe
What sets you free, I need you here by me, because

In the midnight hour, she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
In the midnight hour babe more, more, more
With a rebel yell more, more, more

He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the seven eleven
Well, he’s out all night to collect a fare
Just as long, just as long it don’t mess up his hair

I walked the world for you, babe
A thousand miles for you
I dried your tears, of pain, babe
A million times, for you

I’d sell my soul, for you, babe
For money to burn, for you
I’d give you all, and have none, babe
Just to, just to, just to, just to, to have you here by me, because

In the midnight hour, she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
In the midnight hour babe, more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
More, more, more!

Ooh yeah, little baby
She want more
More, more, more, more, more!
Ooh yeah, little angel
She want more
More, more, more, more, more!

Review:

Once again, a song that was a solid 4 because it is generally great overall but nothing spectacular (sorry Billy Idol) gets a 5-star review BECAUSE IT HAS A RIDICULOUS STORY BEHIND IT!

So, Idol himself has confirmed the story behind the title of the song and album.  It all stemmed from a night out at a party with the Rolling Stones where he came upon them drinking a bottle of Bourbon.  The label had a man dressed in Confederate Grey riding a horse.  The brand? Rebel Yell.

The song isn’t about bourbon but only Billy Idol could: 1. Tell a story like that about where he got the title for a song and B. have us all believe it because it’s just that crazy.

He did say the song was about women being the strongest force in the world and the lyrics overall tell the story of the love between a man and a woman.  There has been a lot of speculation about the specifics of what is talked about…but honestly.  Its just a really good song.

The lyrics are solid, the music is catchy.  And it’s just fantastic all around.

And yes, you can still get Rebel Yell Kentucky

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Beds Are Burning, by Midnight Oil: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Diesel and Dust

-Artist: Midnight Oil

-Release Year: 1987

-Song Length: 4:18

-Genre: Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Lyrics:

Out where the river broke
The blood-wood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty-five degrees

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
Now to pay our share

Four wheels scare the cockatoos
From Kintore East to Yuendemu
The western desert lives and breathes
In forty-five degrees

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent now
To pay our share

The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
We’re gonna give it back

How can we dance
When our earth is turning
How do we sleep
While our beds are burning

Review:

Pretty solid light rock song.  It isn’t hard on the years…the lyrics are really similar to a lot of what I’m used to hearing throughout the late-‘80s.  Some of it is kind of nonsensical but overall, it’s pretty catchy and is definitely one that I’ll be adding to a few of my personal playlists.

As I looked for the lyrics for this song, I learned that it is a political protest song. Honestly, I’m finding it really interesting that a lot of the music that I’m listening to for this blog happen to be protest songs or off-kilter, off-trend music.  Though I guess that shouldn’t be too odd considering the nature of the book.

So, Midnight Oil is an Australian band… go listen to this song and their other music because its all pretty cool in my opinion.  But this song in particular was a protest against the government in Australia.  Apparently, there was forcible removal of the native Pintupi peoples from the Gibson Desert (it seems like a combination of what happened here in the US to our native peoples as well as the Japanese Internments of the 1940s…and well…if you’ve kept up with the US news the last few years is still occurring to other BIPOC).  These people weren’t and still haven’t been given apologies by the Australian government for their treatment of Aboriginal peoples even now.  Though the Pintupi people seem to be trying to return to their land since the early 1980s.

I find things like this absolutely fascinating because music is just a form of art and art can be so many things.  This song is catchy, the lyrics and melody are really easy to pick up and follow.  You can take it for that.  Or you can look deeper into the lyrics and the background of the band and the song.  And sometimes you find that it was actually something really deep and important.

So important in fact that Midnight Oil’s frontman, Peter Garrett, said of the song: “In retrospect it was the song we were born to record. It’s got all the bits to make it work, strong rhythms, good melody and the lyrics had some punch, while being very Aussie. t took a while to stick. It’s incredible how much it still gets played around the place… Who would have thought an Aboriginal land rights song would travel that far?”

So important that the Australasian Performing Right Association has placed it #3 on their Top 30 Australian Songs of the past 75 years.

And so important that my opinion of the rating for this song went from a 4 out of 5 (as a decent and pretty standard sounding, yet solid, late-1980s song) to a 5 out of 5.

Sometimes knowing what something is about makes it that much more powerful.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Safety Dance, by Men Without Hats: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Rhythm of Youth

-Artist: Men Without Hats

-Release Year: 1982/1983

-Song Length: 2:44

-Genre: Soundtrack, New Wave, Synth-Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, Pandora, iHeart Radio, or look for the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: 180

Lyrics:

S-A-F-E-T-Y
Safety-dance!

Ah we can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re are no friends of mine

I say, we can go where we want to, a place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind,
And we can dance

We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re are no friends of mine
I say, we can go where we want to a place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance.

Ah we can go when we want to the night is young and so am i
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise ’em with the victory cry

I say we can act if want to if we don’t nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile

I say we can dance, we can dance everything out control
We can dance, we can dance we’re doing it wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance everybody takin’ the chance

Safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Ah yes the safety dance

S-A-F-E-T-Y
Safety-dance

We can dance if we want to, we’ve got all your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it
Everything’ll work out right
I say, we can dance if we want to we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re are no friends of mine

I say we can dance, we can dance everything out of control
We can dance, we can dance we’re doing it wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance everybody’s takin’ the chance

Oh well the safety dance
Ah yes the safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Oh yes the safety dance
Oh the safety dance yeah
Oh it’s the safety dance

It’s the safety dance
Well it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance

Review:

This song is something else.

I’ve listened to it throughout my life because my dad was a DJ (in another lifetime).  He always played awesome music around the house.  And I go through phases where all I listen to is insane gems like this one.

And while the song is fun and silly and is really great to dance to it is the music video that is a blast.

So honestly maybe this is more a review of the vintage fantastic-ness that is the idea of a pop song that really doesn’t make much sense lyrics wise (I mean “everyone look at your hands”…really?) set in what I can only guess is a Renaissance Faire in the 1980s.  Which is just fabulous on its own but come on.

A “heroically” dressed guy in a mix of 1980s fashion and really poorly researched Renaissance fashion is partnered with a little person in a full jesters outfit are joined by a girl in a horrid facsimile of peasant wear walking through an old city in Europe(???) and eventually stumble on a parade of people that all go and join up to create some sort of revelry in a renaissance faire -esque setting.

All while singing about how they “can” dance.  And dancing to a ridiculous dance that makes absolutely no sense.

Its just perfection. And the song is the kind of catchy that you get stuck in your head.

Ok…and I just went and looked some things up about it because why not when you are listening to the thing on repeat to get a good feel for the song overall….

And apparently it was written in protest against the bouncers who were tossing people out who were doing the New Wave dances like pogoing (which is a dance that is done by keeping the upper body stiff and jumping or moving around like that).  I guess it was deemed dangerous to other club goers, particularly the disco dancers. 

Which mean it just earned another half point in my book.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(only because the music video is so absolutely ridiculous that its just vintage perfection at this point! And it’s a protest song…so there…)

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Three is a Magic Number, by School House Rock!: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Multiplication Rock

-Artist: Bob Dorough

-Release Year: 1973

-Song Length: 3 minutes

-Genre: Educational Music

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 308

Lyrics:

Three is a magic number
Yes it is, it’s a magic number
Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity
You get three as a magic number
The past and the present and the future
Faith and hope and charity
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three as a magic number

It takes three legs to make a tripod or to make a table stand
It takes three wheels to make a vehicle called a tricycle
And every triangle has three corners
Every triangle has three sides
No more, no less, you don’t have to guess
When it’s three, you can see
Its a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes, they did
They had three in the family
And that’s a magic number

Three, six, nine
Twelve, fifteen, eighteen
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
Thirty
(Three, six, nine
Twelve, fifteen, eighteen
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
Thirty)

Now the multiplies of three
Come up three times in each set of ten
In the first ten
You get three, six, nine
And in the teens’ ten
It’s twelve, fifteen and eighteen
And in the twenties you get-a
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
And it comes out even on thirty

Three times ten is (thirty)
Three times nine is (twenty-seven)
Three times eight is (twenty-four)
Three times seven is (twenty-one)
Three times six is eighteen
Three times five is fifteen
Three times four is twelve
And three times three is nine
And three times two is six
And three times one is three, of course
(Now dig the pattern once more!)

Twelve, fifteen, eighteen (Twenty-one)
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
Thirty (Yeah)

Three times ten is (thirty)
Three times nine is (twenty-seven)
Three times eight is (twenty-four)
Three times seven is (twenty-one)
Three times six is eighteen
Three times five is fifteen
Three times four is twelve
And three times three is nine
And three times two is six
And three times one
What is it? (Three)
Yeah, thats a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes, they did
There had three in the family
That’s a magic number

Review:

I grew up listening to School House Rock!… Three is a Magic Number was one of my favorites.  They are beautiful songs used to help children learn different subjects.  Some are better than others but this one is truly one of the best.

I did a little research of it for my review because I didn’t know much about the song other than I love the whole thing…its sweet and catchy and simple to remember and sing (and still helps me remember my 3 multiplication tables 25 years after I first heard it).

This song was the premiere episode of School House Rock! Which gives it so much more meaning as to why Halliday chose to use it in his quest.

Besides the fact that Halliday learned that his friendships should have been the most important thing in his life (and why he created the need for the final task to need more than one person to open)… it is such a great symbolism that the first part of something amazing wasn’t about grammar, or history but about what happens when two people come together to make something great—their kid…and suddenly become more than themselves…a family.

And while the song uses the traditional (and outdated) definition of a family it is abundantly clear that Halliday meant that unit to be CHOSEN… your Chosen family. The people you truly love and trust to help you get to where you want to go and succeed.

Faith and Hope and Charity…because Three truly is a Magic number.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Ladyhawke: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, by Andrew Powell: a Album review

General Information:

-Album Title: Ladyhawke

-Artist: Andrew Powell

-Release Year: 1985

-Album Length:

-Genre: Instrumental Film Score, Medieval Dark Fantasy

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 106

Lyrics:

NONE…all instrumental

Song Titles:

  1. Main Title
  2. Phillipe’s Escape
  3. The Search for Phillipe
  4. Tavern Fight (Phillipe)
  5. Tavern Fight (Navarre)
  6. Phillipe Describes Isabeau
  7. Navarre’s Ambush
  8. The Chase, the Fall & the Transformation
  9. “She Was Sad at First…”
  10. Navarre Returns to Aquila
  11. Narvarre’s and Marquet’s Duel
  12. Marquet’s Death
  13. Bishop’s Death
  14. End Title

Review:

This is a beautiful soundtrack.  It is one that plays throughout the background of the film and adds an incredible depth to the storyline.  The majority of the music seems to have medieval themes throughout it and many of the moments feel truly like what I imagine life in this time period would have been like (if you had the ability to carry music with you always).

The ups and downs of the score follow the action in ways that enhance, not detract from the story and the action that is going on upon the screen.

This is one of the few scores I can listen to that helps me focus.  Usually I need talking or singing to stimulate my brain well enough to focus but the depth here is just so beautiful that it is easy to listen to in the background.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Doctor Jones, by Aqua: a song review

General Information:

Band: Aqua

Album Title: Aquarium

Release Year: 1997

Song Length: 3:20

Genre: Pop

How to Listen: Spotify (free with ads or on paid subscription), Apple Music (buy), YouTube, iHeart Radio, or look for the album at your local library or used bookseller!

Page of Reference in RP1: 171

Lyrics:

Sometimes the feeling is right

You fall in love for the first time

Heartbeat, and kisses to sweet

Summertime love in the moonlight

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Now that the summer is gone

You had to go back home

Please come and see me again

I’ve never felt more alone

(Baby I am missing you)

I want you by my side

(And I hope you’ll miss me too)

Come back and stay

(I think about you every day)

I really want you too

(You swept my feet right off the ground

You’re the love I found)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Get up now

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Wake up now

(Wake up now)

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

All I think of is you,

And all of the things we had

Doctor, what can I do?

Why does he have to be like that?

(baby I am missing you)

I want you by my side

(and I hope you’ll miss me too)

Come back and stay

(I think about you every day)

I really want you too

(You swept my feet right off the ground

Youre the love I found)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Get up now

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Wake up now

(Wake up now)

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Please, please, cure me

Please, please, cure me

Please, please, cure me

Please, please, cure me

Doctor Jones, Jones

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Wake up now

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Ah yippie yi yu

Ah yippie yi yeah

Ah yippie yi yu ah ah

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Get up now

(Wake up now)

Doctor Jones, Jones

Calling Doctor Jones

Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones

Wake up now

(Wake up now)

Review:

I grew up with Aqua as a pop band I listened to during junior high and high school.  This song is quite nostalgic and is even on my personal “getting ready mix” for when I need to be psyched up to go outside.

Overall it is a solid pop song from the 1990s full of repetitive lyrics that occasionally don’t make sense but still is one of those that is super catchy and will get stuck in your head.  I absolutely love this song however to be objective it isn’t great… but I still LOVE it!

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Be sure to check out the song through the link at the top of the post OR play our cultivated Valentine’s Day mix here:

We recommend listening to the list on shuffle. It is compiled of the top 10-20 love songs from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s alogn with some of the most popular love songs in history and some of my personal favorites!

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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, by WHAM!: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Make It Big

-Artist: WHAM!

-Release Year: 1984

-Song Length: 3:51

-Genre: Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 190

Lyrics:

Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug

You put the boom-boom into my heart
You send my soul sky-high
When your lovin’ starts
Jitterbug into my brain
Goes a bang-bang-bang
‘Til my feet do the same

But something’s bugging me
Something ain’t right
My best friend told me
What you did last night
You left me sleeping in my bed
I was dreaming
But I should’ve been with you instead

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high, yeah yeah

You take the grey skies outta my way
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
You turned a bright spark into a flame
My beats per minute never been the same

‘Cause you’re my lady
I’m your fool
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel
Come on baby
Let’s not fight
We’ll go dancing
Everything will be alright

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high, yeah yeah yeah, baby

Cuddle up baby
Move in tight
We’ll go dancing tomorrow night
It’s cold out there
But it’s warm in bed
They can dance
We’ll stay home instead
(Jitterbug)

Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
Wake me up before you go-go
Don’t you dare to leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Take me dancing
A boom-boom-boom-boom, oh!
A boom-boom-boom-boom (Yeah, yeah)
(Take me dancing tonight) Yeah!

Yeah, yeah

Review:

WHAM! is not one of my favorite bands but I grew up with this song as well.  Between it being played on the radio in the ‘90s to my house (thank my DJ-in-a-former-life, music junkie father) I’m familiar enough that I know all of the lyrics to this song.

Its upbeat and catchy.  Its got a fun chorus.  A song that I put on when I do housework to keep me up and going…and using the broom, or hairbrush, as a microphone… because why not.

Solid, fun, kind of superfluous and airy…overall silly and upbeat.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or on our cultivated Valentine’s Mix below:

We recommend listening to this mix on shuffle as it contains the top 10-20 love songs from the last 40 years as well as some of my favorites that didn’t make the list and others that are popular from history.

Posted in 8-Tracks, Blog Posts, Week of Love

Pour Some Sugar on Me, by Def Leppard: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Hysteria

-Artist: Def Leppard

-Release Year: 1987

-Song Length: 4:27

-Genre: Hard Rock, Rock, Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 217

Lyrics:

Step inside
Walk this way
You and me babe
Hey hey

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man? (your man)

Razzle ‘n’ a dazzle ‘n’ a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah, yeah

Now c’mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

Listen, red light, yellow light, green-a-light go
Crazy little woman in a one man show
Mirror queen, mannequin, rhythm of love
Sweet dream,…

Review:

A solid song that most people know be it from parents playing it in our childhood to going to concerts and hearing covers of the song…or even going to the Mad T Party event at Disneyland in the mid 2010s.  this song is super popular at clubs of all types (ugh remember clubs and concerts?)…. I rarely run into someone who is over the age of 18 who hasn’t heard this song in some capacity.

Pretty typical of Def Leppard and their style of rock.  Catchy.  I know all the lyrics…a solid song.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or in our cultivated Valentine’s Day mix below:

We recommend listening to the mix on shuffle. It is a mix of the top 10-20 most popular love songs from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s along with other top rated love songs from history and some of my personal favorites that didn’t seem to make any list!