April 2020


Today´s positive/magic song is Zero 7´s “Destiny” ft. vocal performances by Sia Furler (who performs the verses) and Sophie Barker (who performs the choruses) from their debut studio album “Simple Things” released in 2001. The song’s lyrics deal with two lonely hearts whose paths in life will eventually tread into one another. In August 2001, the song debuted at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the top 75 for a total of three weeks. The song was included on the soundtracks for the films “Blue Crush”, “Obsessed” and “Raising Helen”, the TV series “Roswell”. The song was also featured in the Sky Movies promo of the Star Wars saga, and also in the US television series “Smallville”. Lacoste used the song as background music for their official website. The song was also featured in the Season 3 episode of “The West Wing”, “Night Five”, as well as a 2001 episode of the US daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless”.

This fantastic live performance shows Zero 7 ft. Sia Furler and Sophie Barker performing “Destiny” on April 30, 2002 at the radio program ‘SETS Without A Net’, produced by the County of San Diego and radio station KPRI. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayForty

Today´s positive/magic song is Happy Mondays “Step On” from their third studio album “Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches” released in 1990 by Factory Records.. It´s a cover of John Kongos “He’s Gonna Step on You Again” (a.k.a. “Step On”) released in 1971. It became their biggest-selling single, peaking at No. 5 in the UK and even making it on to the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 57. The repeated phrase in the song “you’re twisting my melon, man” was later reused for the title of Shaun Ryder’s autobiography Twisting My Melon. The band chose British DJ Paul Oakenfold and his frequent collaborator Steve Osbourne to produce the “Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches” album based on their work on various remixes for the band’s previous singles. It was recorded at Eden Studios in London throughout 1989 and early 1990. The album was the band’s commercial breakthrough in the band’s country of origin, propelling the Happy Mondays to the top of their commercial success amidst the height of the Madchester and baggy cultural scenes. Along with the Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album, it is considered to be the centerpiece of the Madchester movement.

I still remember hearing this song in early 1990 and I was so blown away by the sound and crazy lyrics. At that point I hadn´t heard about Happy Mondays and when they released “Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches” later that year it became an album I listened to over and over again and I simply couldn´t get tired of it. It´s still a fantastic album. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtynine

Today´s positive/magic song is Howard Jones “Things Can Only Get Better” from his second studio album “Dream into Action” released in 1985. The single reached number six in the UK Singles Chart and number five in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Curiously, the song also crossed over to the R&B charts in America, peaking at number 54. A typically upbeat Jones composition, it was one of two songs from the album to feature all-female singing group Afrodiziak on backing vocals. John Leland from Spin magazine wrote that “It mines the best of the Anglo soul movement: a clean slap-bass line, precise horns and synths, and some well-paced and inviting singing”.

The cover of the 12″ single featured a photograph of Jones, in profile, sitting on a high bar stool. This image was used in silhouette for the 7″ artwork, the single being issued in several alternative sleeves with different colour backgrounds. This song was featured in an episode of the “Watchmen” TV series, in a short sequence set in 1985.
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Today´s positive/magic song is Nick Drake´s “Pink Moon” from his third and final studio album “Pink Moon” released in the UK by Island Records in 1972. It was the only one of Drake’s studio albums to be released in North America during his lifetime: the only previous release there had been a 1971 compilation simply entitled Nick Drake featuring tracks from both his first two albums, which were not released in North America in their original forms until 1976. Pink Moon differs from Drake’s previous albums in that it was recorded without a backing band, featuring just Drake on vocals, acoustic guitar and a brief piano riff overdubbed onto the title track. Released two years before Drake’s death in November 1974, at the age of twenty-six, the lyrical content of “Pink Moon” has often been attributed to Drake’s ongoing battle with depression. The songs are shorter than on his previous albums, with a total album running time of just over twenty-eight minutes. “Pink Moon”, like Drake’s previous studio albums, did not sell well during his lifetime, but has since garnered significant critical acclaim. “Pink Moon” was voted number 131 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2003, the album was ranked number 320 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In the UK “Pink Moon” was placed at number 48 in the Melody Maker “All Time Top 100 Albums” in 2000, and at number 126 in Uncut’s “200 Greatest Albums of All Time” in 2016.

When I hear this beautiful melancholic song it takes me back to my childhood in the 70s somehow, despite the fact I hardly think I heard this song at that point in life. The album was nevertheless released during my birthyear. I love this song and I reckon it´s sad that Nick Drake didn´t get the appreciation he deserved during his short lifetime. Rest in peace Nick. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtyseven

 

Today´s positive/magic song is Hüsker Dü´s “Makes No Sense at All” from their fourth album “Flip Your Wig” released in September 1985. Written by Bob Mould, the song was one that Mould felt aged well. The song was released as the debut single from the album, reaching number 2 on the UK indie charts. The song has since seen positive critical reception and has been performed live by both Hüsker Dü and Mould at his solo shows. “Flip Your Wig” was the band’s first self-produced album. It was the best-selling album to that point for the band’s label SST Records, and the last album they made for that label. The band spent months in the studio to achieve higher-quality production for the album’s melodic power pop songs.

In a review on Allmusic, the song is called “perhaps the group’s greatest fusion of punk and pop…Mould had, quite simply, written one of his best melodies, capable of containing the furious energy of his guitar style while still offering a potent melodic hook that made the most of the band’s psychedelic undertow.” Rob Tannenbaum of Rolling Stone said the song “could almost be termed catchy.” #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtysix

Today´s positive/magic song is Hurts “Wonderful Life” from their debut album, “Happiness” released in 2010 by RCA Records. It was released as their debut single in Denmark on 3 May 2010, and was released as their second single in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2010. The song peaked at number two in Germany, and reached top ten positions in Denmark, Switzerland, Poland and Austria. It also charted in Belgium.

THe album “Happiness” received mixed reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart, selling 25,493 copies in its first week — the fastest-selling debut album of 2010 by a band in the United Kingdom. It reached number one on the Greek Foreign Albums Chart, number two in Austria, Germany, Poland and Switzerland, and the top ten in Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Sweden. “Happiness” has sold 180,218 copies in the UK and over two million copies worldwide. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtyfive

 

Lest We Forget. 🌺 #AnzacDay #Australia #NewZealand

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Today´s positive/magic song is XTC´s “Senses Working Overtime” from their excellent fifth studio album “English Settlement” released in 1982 on Virgin Records. Singer Andy Partridge based the song on Manfred Mann’s “5-4-3-2-1” (1964). The album and single became the highest-charting records XTC would ever have in the UK.

“English Settlement” was well-received critically and continues to be regarded by many critics as XTC’s finest album. It reached number 5 on the UK Album Chart during an 11-week stay, as well as number 48 on the US Billboard 200 during a 20-week stay. An international tour was scheduled in support of the album, but it was canceled after several dates due to Partridge’s worsening exhaustion. XTC’s popularity in the UK faltered, and for the rest of their career, they remained a studio-only band. In 2002, English Settlement was ranked number 46 on Pitchfork’s list of “The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s”.

At the suggestion of its director, the song’s music video was filmed at half-speed and then slowed down. Partridge recalled: “That one was done really quickly, in Shepperton Studios while we were rehearsing for the English Settlement tour. And so that’s us rehearsing. … The half-speed idea has] been used a hell of a lot since then, but I think we were the first ones to do it.” #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtyfour

 

 

Today´s positive/magic song is Swedish House Mafia´s “Save the World” from their second studio album “Until Now” relased in 2012. The song features uncredited vocals from Swedish singer John Martin, who co-wrote the song with Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Michel Zitron and Vincent Pontare. It was released on 13 May 2011 as a digital download, and it premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 22 April 2011 by Pete Tong. The song debuted in the UK single chart at No. 11, and reached No. 10.

Jon Watts directed the video, which features dogs as superheroes. The song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States, becoming the group’s second consecutive number-one single following “Miami 2 Ibiza” (2010). On 30 November 2011 the song received a nomination in 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording. The song has sold over 463,000 copies in the US. “Save the World” was well-received from music critics. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtythree

 

Today´s positive/magic song is Spacehog´s “In the Meantime” from their debut album “Resident Alien” relased in 1995. It samples the Penguin Cafe Orchestra song “Telephone and Rubber Band”. Released in 1996, the single peaked atop the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and the UK Rock Chart. In addition, it reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 29 on the UK Singles Chart while reaching the top 50 in Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand and Sweden.

Lead singer Royston Langdon said about the song: It’s me trying to reach people. It’s using some kind of metaphor of a worldly or inner-worldly search for the end of isolation, and the acceptance of one’s self is in there. At the end of the day it’s saying whatever you gotta do, it’s OK, it’s alright. And I think that’s also me talking to myself, getting through my wan anxieties and fear of death. That’s what it all comes down to. What’s so beautiful about it is that it continues to connect with people. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayThirtytwo

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