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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

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

 

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

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

Today´s positive/magic song is Foster The People´s “Sit Next to Me (Around The World)”, the third track on the band’s third studio album “Sacred Hearts Club” and was released as the record’s third single by Columbia Records on July 13, 2017. “Sit Next to Me” (Versions) was released on October 13, 2017 and featured a radio edit, acoustic version, and a reworked version of the song. It was then released to US modern rock stations on September 5, 2017.

Despite the mixed reception of “Sacred Hearts Club”, the album’s single “Sit Next to Me” has reached a peak of number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over two million copies across North America.

To me this is such an excellent hit song. It makes me happy to hear this song. And the video makes me think of truly good times before the Corona virus… #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinety

Today´s positive/magic song is Dire Straits’s “Money for Nothing” taken from their fifth studio album “Brothers in Arms”, released on 13 May 1985 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. The song’s lyrics are written from the point of view of two working-class men watching music videos and commenting on what they see. The song features a guest appearance by Sting singing background vocals, providing both the signature falsetto introduction and backing chorus of “I want my MTV.” The groundbreaking video was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on 1 August 1987.

It was Dire Straits’ most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks in the United States, number 1 for three weeks on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band’s native UK. “Money for Nothing” won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986 at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards and the video won Video of the Year at the 3rd MTV Video Music Awards.

The music video for the song features early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. The video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release.

“Brothers in Arms” charted at number one in several countries, spending a total of 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart, nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. “Brothers in Arms was the first album certified 10-times platinum in the UK and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history, is certified nine-times platinum in the United States, and is one of the world’s best-selling albums, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

What a song and what an album! I can still remember how massive this album was when it was released in 1985. Good memories! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayEightynine

Today´s positive/magic song is Blind Melon’s “No Rain”. It was released in 1993 as the second single from the band’s debut album “Blind Melon”. The song is well known for its accompanying music video, which features the “Bee Girl” character. The music video, directed by Samuel Bayer, received heavy airplay on MTV at the time of its release. It subsequently helped propel Blind Melon to a multi-platinum level. The song is the band’s highest-charting song, reaching number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on both the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. It proved to be successful internationally, hitting number one in Canada and number eight in Australia.

Although the song is credited to the whole band, it was bassist Brad Smith who wrote the vast majority of “No Rain”. He said: “The song is about not being able to get out of bed and find excuses to face the day when you have really, in a way, nothing.” At the time, Smith had been dating a girl who was going through depression (she would sleep through sunny days and complain when it didn’t rain), and for a while he told himself that he was writing the song from her perspective, though Smith later realized that he was also writing about it himself.

Still such a great song and a great album debut. Sadly the original lead vocalist Shannon Hoon died of a drug overdose on the band’s tour bus in New Orleans on October 21, 1995. Rest in peace Shannon. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayEightyeight

 

 

Today´s positive/magic song is Prefab Sprout’s “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” which was the second single taken from their third album “From Langley Park to Memphis” released by Kitchenware Records in 1988. It remains the band’s biggest success in their native UK, reaching No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, where it spent 10 weeks.

Paddy McAloon wrote “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” in February 1985 as a companion piece to another new song he wrote at that time, “Cars and Girls”. The lyric was prompted by an NME article about an Edwyn Collins gig where Collins covered Kevin Johnson’s “Rock and Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life)”. McAloon’s dislike for songs with ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ in the title compelled him to write one of his own. The song’s lyrics concern a washed-up 1950s star who is only remembered for his one-hit novelty song, which is sung in the chorus (“Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque”). McAloon has described “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” as a purpose-built catchy song, and Rolling Stone’s David Wild has described the song as a “bouncy, seemingly upbeat pop tune” that “actually tells the rather barbed tale of a middle-aged one-hit wonder condemned to sing the same juvenile ditty over and over”. The song’s commercial and singalong qualities are unlike the work Prefab Sprout were known for in 1985, and McAloon initially felt the song was of no use to his band. He changed his mind and felt a lighter song may surprise fans used to his work being “very precise and delicate”. That year he joked in an interview while promoting the album Steve McQueen, “you won’t catch Prefab Sprout with a title like ‘King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll’!”

The song entered the UK Singles Chart on 23 March 1988 at No. 77, eventually reaching two weeks at No. 7 from 28 April to 10 May. Ultimately, the song spent 11 weeks in the top 100, and remains the band’s only top ten single. An unusual music video was produced for the song, featuring the band lying beside a pool and attended by a frog butler, a diver who is reluctant to jump into the pool until the end, and dancing human-size hot dogs.

“From Langley Park to Memphis” peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position for any studio album released by the band. Recorded in Newcastle, London and Los Angeles, it has a more polished and commercial sound than their earlier releases, and features several guest stars including Stevie Wonder and Pete Townshend. Five singles were released to promote the album: in order of release, “Cars and Girls”, “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (the band’s only top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart), “Hey Manhattan!”, “Nightingales” and “The Golden Calf”.

Classic! Great tune and the video is nicely surreal. #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayEightyseven

Today´s positive/magic song is Jamiroquai’s “Seven Days in Sunny June” from sixth studio album, “Dynamite”, released in 2005. Written by lead singer Jay Kay and new keyboardist Matt Johnson, the track is considered to be a throwback to the old acid jazz sound upon which Jamiroquai made its name. The song is about a tale of unrequited love, and peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The video features the band having a pool party in a garden, where they do random things such as playing with a beach ball, riding minibikes, throwing confetti, as well as having ketchup lowered from a helicopter, as Jay Kay sings the lyrics. However, the word “bomb” in “drop the bomb on me” is cut out, as it—alongside the radio edit—released a month after the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London. Kay changes his clothing seven times, representing the 7 days of the week, with one of the garments being a Peru-national-football-team-inspired jacket. The video ends with Kay on the ground, laughing.

The album “Dynamite” was released after the 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite” featured the Jamiroquai song “Canned Heat” in its climactic dance scene. “Feels Just Like It Should” was the first single, reaching No. 8 in its first week on the UK charts. It has since become a No.1 hit on the Billboard dance charts in the United States. The single was also certified Gold in Japan for selling 100,000 copies. The second single, “Seven Days in Sunny June”, was released in the UK in August 2005, peaking at No. 14 on the UK singles chart. The song also featured in the film “The Devil Wears Prada”.

By far one of my absolute favourite Jamiroquai songs. It has such a great summer vibe and I love the video. That´s my kind of summer party! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayEightysix

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