Today´s positive/magic song is Robert Palmer´s “Addicted to Love”, the third song on Palmer’s 1985 album “Riptide” and it was released as its second single. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending 8 February 1986. The song ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. It was one of the last 45 RPM singles to receive a million-selling Gold certification. It also reached number one in Australia and number five on the UK Singles Chart. “Addicted to Love” became Palmer’s signature song, thanks in part to a popular video directed by British photographer Terence Donovan featuring high fashion models with mannequin-like expression follow the style of women in Patrick Nagel paintings.

“Addicted to Love” was originally intended to be a duet with Chaka Khan, the song was made without her because her record company at the time would not grant her a release to work on Palmer’s label, Island Records. Chaka Khan is still credited for the vocal arrangements in the album liner notes.

Classic! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinetyfive

“Blake’s 7” is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC. Four 13-episode series were broadcast on BBC1 between 1978 and 1981. It was created by Terry Nation, produced by David Maloney (Seasons 1-3) and Vere Lorrimer (Season 4), and the script editor throughout its run was Chris Boucher. The main character, at least initially, was Roj Blake, played by Gareth Thomas. The series was inspired by various fictional media, including Robin Hood, Star Trek, Passage to Marseille, The Dirty Dozen, Brave New World and classic Western stories, as well as real-world political conflicts in South America and Israel. “Blake’s 7” was popular from its first broadcast, watched by approximately 10 million in the UK and shown in 25 other countries. Although many tropes of space opera are present, such as spaceships, robots, galactic empires and aliens, its budget was limited despite the need for action and special effects. Critical responses have been varied; some reviewers praised the series for its dystopian themes, strong characterisation, ambiguous morality and pessimistic tone, as well as displaying an “enormous sense of fun”, but others have criticised its production values, dialogue and perceived lack of originality (from Wikipedia).

I saw some episodes on Danish television late 70s or early 80s and I have always felt I wanted to see the whole series. And now finally I have had the chance to see all four seasons. It´s quite clear that the first two seasons with the original characters Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Vila Restal, Jenna Stannis, Cally and Olag Gan are quite nice in a campy sort of sci-fi way. And not to forget Supreme Commander Servalan and Space Commander Travis. Great characters as well. However, in the third season Blake and Jenna goes “missing” and the spacecraft Liberator is destroyed in the end which made the show less interesting and we are also introduced to Del Tarrant (whom I couldn´t stand) but also to the fierce and lovely Dayna Mellanby whom I really liked. And in the fourth season the crew get a new less intriguing ship called Scorpio, with a truly annoying main computer called Slave. The only treat is the introduction of the character Soolin played by the oh so lovely Glynis Barber. The fourth season is a bit of a drag and it´s obvious that the show had come to an end. But, thankfully we do get a proper ending with a small question mark. I like that. All in all, we get two great season and two less great seasons of “Blake’s 7” in my book.

 

 

When I saw the trailer to HBO’s and Damon Lindelof’s spin on “Watchmen” last year I felt this I got to see since I am long time fan of Alan Moore´s unique comic book and I did love Zack Snyder´s movie adaptation as well. The trailer revealed heavy topics such as discrimination, the normalizing of white supremacy and avenging women within the Watchmen universe. You could say the topics really hit the nail considering the upcoming tragic events in the US during the spring of 2020. However, the problem with the tv show was that it has such a messy storyline with plotholes a plenty and so many mysteries, inexplicable phenomenas and several characters that you kept on scratching your head as they didn´t really connect the dots to my mind. As critics Lorraine Ali and Robert Lloyd says in the below article, “It makes the obvious point that America has a really ugly past, and it’s not really the past because history keeps repeating itself. But then the heavy subject matter is mixed with outlandish subplots, so it feels like it’s dropped in for effect.” The idea was there, but in the end I was disappointed due to the fact it was simply a mess in my book.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2019-12-12/hbo-watchmen-regina-king-damon-lindelof-lost-critics

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Sir Alan Parker, the acclaimed British director of such great films as Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Fame, Pink Floyd The Wall, Birdy, Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning and The Commitments has died aged 76. The director died on Friday after a lengthy illness.

Rest in peace Mr. Parker.

Today´s positive/magic song is Eels “Saturday Morning”, the second track on the fifth studio album “Shootenanny!” released in 2003 by record label DreamWorks.

“Shootenanny!” received a generally favorable response, though some critics were divided. Greg Kot of Entertainment Weekly called the album “downright moving at its best”. A negative review came from Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork, who wrote: “Musically and lyrically, E is spent – out of ideas, out of innovation, unable to cough up anything but by-the-numbers pop in the fourteen originals he wrote for this disc.” Dom Passantino of Stylus opined that the album “suffers from a lack of identity”.

Eels is singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett project known by the stage name E. Band members have changed across the years, both in the studio and on stage, making Everett the only official member for most of the band’s work. Eels’ music is often filled with themes about family, death, and lost love.

Eels is underrated to my mind and I can only recommend this band warmly.
#CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinetyfour

 

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” ― Jack Kerouac

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Today´s positive/magic song is AC/DC´s “Back in Black”. It was released as the lead single from their seventh album “Back in Black” on 21 December 1980 through Atlantic Records. It is notable for its opening guitar riff as well as introducing the band’s new vocalist, Brian Johnson. The song was written as a tribute to their former singer Bon Scott, who died in February 1980. In 1981, it reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, it reached number 65 in Australia and number 27 in the United Kingdom.

As a single, “Back in Black” peaked in the U.S. at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 as well as at No. 51 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. “Back in Black” received the RIAA’s Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2× Platinum status in 2007. In a retrospective piece on “Back in Black”, Metal Hammer magazine hailed the song’s riff as one of the greatest riffs ever and wrote, “There are rock songs that appeal to metal fans. And there are metal songs that appeal to rock fans. Then there is Back in Black – a rock and metal song that appeals to everybody, from dads to dudes, to little old ladies beating noisy kids over the heads with their sticks – and it all hangs on that monumental, no-nonsense, three-chord monster of a riff.”

The album “Back in Black” has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide. It is one of the best-selling albums in music history.

What a song and what an album! Fantastic still today! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinetythree

40 years ago today. I love AC/DC, and this album truly reinvented the band with Brian Johnson taking over the vocals after the tragic death of Bon Scott. Amazing album. #ACDC #BackinBlack

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Today´s positive/magic song is Bananarama´s “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…”. Produced by Jolley & Swain, it is the second single released from their self-titled second album in 1984. The single is one of the group’s strongest performing releases, peaking at number three in the UK singles chart. (The single to date stands in a three-way tie as Bananarama’s highest-charting UK hit.) It made a brief appearance on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 95. Billboard named the song #74 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.

The album “Bananarama” peaked at no.16 on the UK album chart, also reaching the US top 40 album chart and was certified Silver by the BPI. The group continued their association with producers Jolley & Swain (who had produced some tracks on their debut album, Deep Sea Skiving). With this album, Bananarama had their first significant U.S. success with the single “Cruel Summer”, which became a top ten hit there (the song had also been a top 10 hit in the UK in 1983), bolstered by the song’s inclusion in the soundtrack to the movie The Karate Kid. Further hits from the album included “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…” (UK #3) and “Rough Justice” (UK #23). The track “Hot Line to Heaven” was also released as a single in the UK but failed to reach the top 40, peaking at #58.

Gotta love Bananarama. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinetytwo

 

Today´s positive/magic song is Billy Squier´s “Lonely Is the Night”. It appeared as the first track on side two of his triple-platinum 1981 album, “Don’t Say No” and became an AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio hit, reaching number 28 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1981. Despite not seeing a proper single release (although it appeared on the B-side of UK pressings of his other hit “In the Dark”) or a music video, the song is often considered as one of his greatest.

In the Led Zeppelin biography, “Hammer of the Gods”, the song is mentioned, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as one of the best singles Zeppelin ever put out, presumably for its similarity to another Led Zeppelin song. Although it doesn’t specify what song that is, the song’s tune is described as similar to “Nobody’s Fault but Mine”. Led Zeppelin had disbanded a year before the song’s release due to drummer John Bonham’s death.

Excellent song! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinetyone