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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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Schoolhouse Rock!, created by David McCall: a Video Shorts Review

Synopsis:

A series of Educational Children’s Shorts that were mostly written in the 1970s and played on children’s television in between cartoons and other family programs to help to teach abstract or difficult concepts in bite sized songs that could and would carry through with them until adulthood.  The Compilations are as follows with their subject in italics after the song title:

Multiplication Rock:

  1. Elementary, My Dear – multiplying by 2
  2. Three Is a Magic Number – multiplying by 3
  3. The Four-Legged Zoo – multiplying by 4
  4. Ready or Not, Here I Come – multiplying by 5
  5. I Got Six – multiplying by 6
  6. Lucky Seven Sampson – multiplying by 7
  7. Figure Eight – multiplying by 8
  8. Naughty Number Nine – multiplying by 9
  9. My Hero, Zero — multiplying by 10
  10. The Good Eleven – multiplying by 11
  11. Little Twelvetoes – multiplying by 12

Grammar Rock:

  1. A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing – what is a noun?
  2. Verb: That’s What’s Happening – the function of verbs
  3. Conjunction Junction – how conjunctions work
  4. Interjections! – using interjections in sentences!
  5. Unpack Your Adjectives – what does an adjective effect?
  6. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here – how do you use adverbs?
  7. Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla – utilizing pronouns to shorten sentences
  8. Busy Prepositions – what is a preposition and what does it do?
  9. The Tale of Mr. Morton – subjects and their predicates

America Rock:

  1. No More Kings – the story of American Independence
  2. The Shot Heard Around the World – the start to the American Revolutionary War
  3. The Preamble – the first part of the American Constitution
  4. Sufferin’ ‘till Suffrage – the Women’s Suffrage Movement!
  5. I’m Just a Bill – how does a bill become a law?
  6. The Great American Melting Pot – Immigration and how wonderful it is for America
  7. Elbow Room – the Territorial evolution of the US
  8. Fireworks – how the Declaration of Independence came to fruition
  9. Mother Necessity – the story of inventions and inventing
  10. Three Ring Government – what the branches of American Government do
  11. I’m Gonna Send Your Vote to College – how the Electoral College works
  12. Presidential Minute (The Campaign Trail) – Voting for the President

Science Rock:

  1. Victim of Gravity – how gravity works
  2. Interplanet Janet – the solar system and plants
  3. The Body Machine – how the digestive system works
  4. Do the Circulation – body circulation
  5. The Energy Blues – conserving energy
  6. The Not-So-Dry Bones – how your skeletal system works
  7. Electricity, Electricity – all about electricity
  8. Telegraph Line – what does your nervous system do
  9. The Greatest Show on Earth (The Weather Show) – WEATHER!

Money Rock:

  1. Dollars and Sense – how interest and loans
  2. Tax Man Max – taxes
  3. Where the Money Goes – family budget, bills, and expenses
  4. $7.50 Once a Week – personal budgeting
  5. Tyrannosaurus Debt – budget deficit and the US National Debt
  6. This for That – Bartering and the history of currency
  7. Walkin’ on Wall Street – how the stock exchange
  8. The Check’s in the Mail – how to use checks

Earth Rock:

  1. Report from the North Pole – what is Climate Change?
  2. The Little Things We Do – Global Energy conservation
  3. The Trash Can Band – how Recycling works
  4. You Ought Be Savin’ Water – Global water conservation
  5. The Rainforest – all about the rainforests
  6. Save the Ocean – global Ocean conservation
  7. Fat Cat Blue: The Clean Rivers Song – marine debris and how to help
  8. A Tiny Urban Zoo – gardening!
  9. Solar Power to the People – solar energy
  10. Windy and the Windmills – wind energy
  11. Don’t Be a Carbon Sasquatch – reducing carbon footprints
  12. The 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

General Information:

-Genre: Educational Music Videos

-Creator: David McCall

-Length: vary in length…no more than 5 minutes each with most clocking in at around the 3 minute mark

-Rating: TV-E (children’s educational songs mostly from the 1970s so there are a few clips with a cat smoking or other “questionable” materials…)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Review (contains spoilers):

Multiplication Rock:

I grew up listening to this CD and watching the songs when they were on TV between cartoons on Saturday mornings.  To this day I still can’t do some of my multiplication tables without singing some of the songs.  They are incredibly effective. 

The music is catchy and easy for kids to understand.  The tunes stick in your head years later.  They teach the concepts quickly and in ways that are memorable which is what good educational programming should do.

Grammar Rock:

Just like with Multiplication Rock, I grew up listening to these on CD.  I love how they took more complicated concepts like conjunctions and predicates (which as an adult I still don’t always remember how they work… I just know they do) and made them easy for kids to learn and use.  Like all of the other Schoolhouse Rock! songs, these are incredibly catchy and memorable.  They do a great job with all of the difficult concepts for kids to learn!  And who doesn’t need better grammar these days?

America Rock:

This is a series that I know I saw in bits and pieces as a kid but don’t know by heart the way I know multiplication rock and grammar rock.  The songs are quite decent in this series but do tend to gloss over some of the more difficult moments in history (like the Louisiana Purchase going smoothly and totally not stealing the land from Indigenous people….ugh) but I think the general concepts are pretty decent.

There are a few songs I really love like The Preamble which got me out of a few tests and a LOT of bonus points in government classes through the years, and The Great American Melting Pot because we should hold the idea that we welcome all immigrants to our land.

Overall, this isn’t my favorite of the Schoolhouse Rock! series.

Science Rock:

I didn’t grow up with these.  I discovered them later in life when I bought the 30th anniversary DVD release.  These ones would have been so helpful in school, but I still love them now as an adult.  From the 1950s sock hop rock to the wonderful Interplanet Janet and her catchy ride through the stars it is hard to get upset with these ones.  Really fun renditions of proven scientific theories like gravity, how your body works and how to conserve energy…even the weather.  They are like 3-minute Magic Schoolbus Episodes.  And that is awesome.

Money Rock:

I am looking for the videos of all of these to do a proper review… this will be updated.

Earth Rock:

I am looking for the videos of all of these to do a proper review….this will be updated.

Final thoughts:

Overall, I highly recommend this series to people with kids. There are some questionable moments because it was made mostly in the 1970s and some of what is deemed “acceptable” is different now but none of it really felt troubling or damaging upon re-watch.  Definitely be willing to talk to your kids about why some of the things they animate aren’t ok (the man chasing the woman during “pursuit of happiness” in Fireworks comes to mind).

I love that the music styles and animation styles change for nearly every song.  It makes all of them so distinct and more difficult to mix up when you are trying to recall the information they were talking about and teaching.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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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.

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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!

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PAC-MAN Fever, by Buckner & Garcia: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Pac-Man Fever

-Artist: Buckner & Garcia

-Release Year: 1981

-Song Length: 3:48

-Genre: Elecronica

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

-Page of Reference in RPO: 222-223

Lyrics:

I got a pocket full of quarters, and I’m headed to the arcade.
I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m bringing everything I made.
I’ve got a callus on my finger, and my shoulder’s hurting too.
I’m gonna eat them all up, just as soon as they turn blue.

[Chorus]
‘Cause I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
It’s driving me crazy.
Driving me crazy.
I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
I’m going out of my mind.
Going out of my mind.
I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
I’m going out of my mind.
Going out of my mind.

I’ve got all the patterns down, up until the ninth key.
I’ve got Speedy on my tail, and I know it’s either him or me.
So I’m heading out the back door and in the other side;
Gonna eat the cherries up and take them all for a ride.

[Chorus]

I’m gonna fake it to the left, and move to the right;
‘Cause Pokey’s too slow, and Blinky’s out of sight.

Now I’ve got them on the run, and I’m looking for the high score;
So it’s once around the block, And I’ll slide back out the side door.
I’m really cookin’ now, eating everything in sight.
All my money’s gone, so I’ll be back tomorow night.

‘Cause I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
It’s driving me crazy.
Driving me crazy.
I’ve got Pac-Man fever;
Pac-Man fever.
I’m going out of my mind.
Going out of my mind.
Repeat and fade

Review:

I’m honestly not sure about this one.  Its not my favorite for a few reasons.

One, I don’t really like electronica.

And two…I grew up with other groups that play geek music and I feel like they do it much better than this.

I just can’t get past the fact that there are other songs about video games that are better than this…I’ll even link one of my favorites below!

But overall it’s a decent try.  And for the time period and the fact that songs about videos were still new it did a good job.  Its just not one that I will be listening to regularly or adding to my personal Geek Chic playlist on Spotify.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

(decent but doesn’t stand up to stuff like Frogger: the Musical by Paul and Storm)

Pac-Man Fever by Buckner & Garcia
Frogger: The Musical by Paul and Storm…personally one of my favorite (and arguably better) song about a video game…
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Freddie’s Final Concert Line Up

Here is how Queen’s final performance with Freddie Mercury played out. If you would like to listen you can go to our Spotify page for both the Freddie’s Final Concert playlist (listen without shuffle to follow along) as well as our choices for Queen’s Greatest Hits which include the final songs that Mercury ever wrote as well as the chart topping hits of Queen throughout their career!

One Vision

Tie Your Mother Down

In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited

Seven Seas of Rhye

Tear It Up

A Kind of Magic

Freddie’s Vocal Improv— there isn’t a lot of good recordings of this so it is not on our Spotify playlist

Under Pressure

Another One Bites the Dust

Who Wants to Live Forever

I Want to Break Free

Impromptu— this was a live creation that showcased Freddy’s vocals as well as the fact that the band was amazingly tight and able to create on the fly. Again, there isn’t a lot of great audio of this so it isn’t included in the Spotify playlist

Guitar Solo— Brian May’s turn to rock out and showcase his awesome skills (which are still pretty amazing). This is not included on the Spotify Playlist.

Now I’m Here

Love of My Life

Is This the World We Created…?

You’re So Square (I Don’t Care), Hello Mary Lou, and Tutti Frutti— Freddy rocking a set of vintage 50’s rock and roll songs. This was traditional for the band to show how well they could build music on the fly but also create amazing tribute to the music that came before them… I can not find a good audio of this so it is not on the Spotify Playlist.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hammer to Fall

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Encore 1: Radio Ga Ga

Encore 2: We Will Rock You

Friends Will Be Friends

We Are the Champions

God Save the Queen

If you would like to listen to Freddie’s final concert with Queen, below is the Spotify playlist that I have created with the songs in order (as long as you listen on normal mode and not on shuffle!):

The Best of Queen (I like to listen to this one on shuffle):

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Bohemian Rhapsody, the (slightly fictional) story of Freddy Mercury and Queen: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The story line basically follows the life of Freddy as he goes from working in London Heathrow Airport as a young man to his final days after leaving Queen for a solo career, and his subsequent return for the Live AID concert which would become the most well known Queen concert of all time.

Do note that some of this film is said to be slightly exaggerated, changed or inferred which is why it is not a true documentary but rather a biopic. The other members of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, did consult on the film and possibly filled some gaps or lesser known information about Mercury and his life.

General Information about the film:

-Genre: Slightly Fictional Biopic

-Creators: Brian Singer, Anthony McCarten, Graham King, and Queen manager Jim Beech. Brian May and Roger Taylor served as consultants.

-Length: 134 minutes

-Film Rating: PG-13

-Where to watch: Hulu (with HBO subscription), Amazon Prime Video (rent or purchase), HBO Go, DVD, Blue-Ray, or at your local library

-Main Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers

Review (contains spoilers):

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable film.

I can see how die hard Queen fans could get irritated by the fictionalizations within the film but that is neither here nor there for me. While I love the band I am also in the film and television profession and understand that sometimes adding a bit of drama, changing a bit of the story or even shining a better or worse light on part of a situation sometimes happens. Its one of the many issues that comes from telling the story of someone who has passed on.

Rami Malek did a stunning job capturing Freddie Mercury’s attitude, movement and singing ability. He truly channelled the entire situation with grace and compassion…even going so far as wanting to show more of the relationships that Freddie had throughout his life. Honestly I was quite sad that we got more of Freddie’s relationship with Paul (though they did a good job showing how controlling and abusive this relationship was) than his relationship with Jim, who was reported as being sweet and caring throughout the end of Freddie’s life.

The soundtrack was on point from the opening scene to the full LIVEAID concert. i took the time to watch the two side by side and applaud both the cast and crew for capturing not only the essence of the event but the entire personality and choreography and playlist for the band.

Casting was beautifully done and I loved that Brian, Roger and John all helped throughout the film. It always helps the authenticity to have the people the biopic is about involved. Sadly we couldn’t have Freddie’s input but the rest of the band seemed to do a wonderful job.

Though there are many issues with the film that have been argued about in length I did find the film a wonderful and artistic take on Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.