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Monday Music Rewind: The Cars – Drive

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“Drive” is a 1984 song by the Cars, the third single from the band’s Heartbeat City album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit. Written by the late Ric Ocasek, the track was actually sung by bassist Benjamin Orr.

The music video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton and features 18-year-old model/actress Paulina Porizkova, who would later become Ric Ocasek’s wife.

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Monday Music Rewind: Somebody’s Watching Me


Kennedy William Gordy (aka Rockwell) is the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy. To avoid the appearance of nepotism, he secured his record deal without his father’s knowledge.

Rockwell’s 1984 debut single release of “Somebody’s Watching Me”, features guest vocals by childhood friend Michael Jackson (in the chorus) and Jermaine Jackson (additional backing vocals).

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Monday Music Rewind: Paul Young – “Everytime you go away”

Paul Anthony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English singer and musician most known for his cover version of a Hall & Oates song “Everytime you go away.” Young’s version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 27, 1985. It remains his only number-one hit and was one of two top 10 hits he had on the U.S. pop singles chart. It also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart for two weeks. At the end of the 1987 film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the song is performed by Blue Room.

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Monday Music Rewind – Taylor Dayne

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Leslie Wunderman, better known by her recording and stage name Taylor Dayne, recorded “Tell It To My Heart” in 1987 and was her first Top 10 hit. Many more followed including the song “Love Will Lead you Back” (a Diane Warren composition) in 1990.  She is still writing and performing today.

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Monday Music Rewind: KC & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up

Like if the film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” brought you here.

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1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year


Via Rolling Stone

At no point between “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Nookie” was the alternative bubble more booming than 1994. A record breaking eight alt-rock albums topped Billboard that year, and Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” let alternative nation plant a rare flag atop the singles charts. The Offspring sold more of their indie label record than Pink Floyd did on their major label record. Green Day stole Woodstock ’94 from Bob Dylan. New Kids on the Block broke up and Earl Sweatshirt was born. Here’s the 40 best albums from the year where the losers finally won.

I would not have ranked them in this order, but it is a solid list.

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Monday Music Rewind: Rufus Wainwright – April Fools

Music video by Rufus Wainwright performing April Fools (1998). Buy the song here.

Appropriate song for today.

Monday Music Rewind: Tom T. Hall “I Love”


Thomas “Tom T.” Hall (born May 25, 1936, in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is a retired American country music singer-songwriter. He has written 11 No. 1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the No. 1 international pop crossover smash “Harper Valley PTA” and the hit “I Love”, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became known to fans as “The Storyteller,” thanks to his storytelling skills in his songwriting. Buy the song here.

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Monday Music Rewind: Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome

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I’m now realizing these guys were the “Nickelback” of the 90’s.

Formation and members
Seven Mary Three formed in 1992 when Jason Ross and Jason Pollock met while attending The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally an acoustic duo, Ross and Pollock split song-writing duties and performed with Ross singing and Pollock playing guitar. Later, drummer Giti Khalsa and bassist Casey Daniel joined the band, and the foursome played coffeehouses and clubs. Paul Smith of Megaphone contributed guitar tracks to Seven Mary Three’s second and third studio albums (Rockcrown, and Orange Ave.), and toured as an additional guitarist with the band in support of both albums.
The present members of the band are Casey Daniel, Jason Ross, Thomas Juliano, and Mike Levesque. Giti Khalsa has stopped touring with the band, but still performs on studio recordings.

Origin of group name
Jason Pollock revealed in The Cavalier Daily that they came up with the name while watching the 1970s TV series CHiPs. ‘7 Mary 3’ was the call sign for Officer Jon Baker, who was played by actor Larry Wilcox. (7M3: police radio call sign; 7 designates the patrol beat, M for Mary designates that he is a motorcycle unit and 3 is his unit number.) Pollock noted, “There’s no great significance or anything. We were just tired of trying to think of a cool name.”


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