Here's a couple rarer tracks by Tina to round out my week of obsessing. Happy Bday, Tina, and Happy Thanksgiving to the rest of ya.
Tina Turner - Fruits of the Night
The lead track from the solo album Rough. It's kind of frenetic, veering between funk, disco and rock all in a few minutes time. Get into that wacky keyboard part.
Tina Turner - I Wrote a Letter
An early b-side from the Private Dancer sessions. It's written by German rock legend Inga Rumpf. I personally think this should have been on the album. A very strong song and performance. Maybe it was too rock.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tina Turner - I Might Have Been Queen
Much of the Private Dancer album is ubiquitous. But this track, the first track, is still a stand out for me. It was written specifically for her, as you can tell from the lyrics. I'd go so far as to say the bridge is one of the best moments of her career.
A ballad from the Break Every Rule album, and a beautiful lament from a performer who spends her life on the road. I love the pulse of this song and the simplicity of the arrangement.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Ike & Tina Turner - Bold Soul Sister
Riffing on a classic R&B groove, very similar to Sly and the Family Stone, this heavy number features the funkier side of the Ike and Tina and a bevy of ridiculous lyrics a la James Brown.
Ike & Tina Turner - Crazy 'Bout You Baby
This is a subtler number from the same era as the song above. It's got a longing feel, and a blend of classic soul and backwoods twang that really let's Tina shine. I think her delivery is perfection.
Friday, November 20, 2009
On November 26, Tina turns 70. So I will be posting some of my favorite recordings by her over the next week.
Ike and Tina Turner - Contact High
This song is a mess! It's built for speed, honey. Tina's not interested in your pot, because she already has a contact high. But you might be able to tempt her with some coke. "I said OH!" It's a vinyl rip. Get into the fuzz, and the stereo mix.
A cover of the Sly Stone classic. This is actually the A-side to "Contact High." It's pretty faithful to the original, which is probably it's downfall. Cover songs like this were a staple of their live revue, which pretty much kept their act afloat for at least a decade.
If you're in New York, I encourage you to come out for Tina Turns 70, my special tribute to my favorite artist on Saturday night.
Numbers @ Nowhere presents
TINA TURNS 70
Saturday November 21
In honor of the goddess Tina Turner's 70th birthday, DJ Jeff Jackson will feature her hits, from the 60s to the 80s, throughout the nite. Plus other major mammas to pepper the ragout of funk and rock.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Annie - My Love Is Better
I'm not crazy about the new Annie album Don't Stop, but I do like this number. Reminds me of Heartbeat from the first album, Anniemal.
Les Rita Mitsouko - C'est Comme Ça
A legendary song by a legendary group. My French is terrible, so I have no idea what it's about. Except that I think the title loosely translates to "It's Like That."
Friday, November 13, 2009
Devo - That's Good
Full on synthpop for the 80s. I totally forgot about this song until a friend sent me this video. Zoinks! Makes me feel like dancing!
Devo - Jerkin' Back 'N Forth
Thinly-veiled masturbation allegory. All hail the keyboard solo, which repeats quite deliberately. (Thanks to BJ who donated the New Traditionalists LP to my collection last year.)
Toni Basil - Be Stiff
Did you know that Devo were the backing musicians on Toni Basil's first album? And that she covered Be Stiff??? I sure didn't! Thank you, internet.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - 15 To 20
Ooh, a talky-rap! My favorite. I have no idea who these folks are, but the vocals are by the Lady Tigra formerly one-half of L'Trimm. M'kay!
Simian Mobile Disco featuring Beth Ditto - Cruel Intentions
A steamy mid-tempo workout from Beth and SMD. She's virtually unrecognizable in this setting, which is really interesting to me. Does she only sound like herself when there are guitars in the room?
Monday, November 9, 2009
My two favorite songs of the moment. For those regular readers of beyourblog, you've probably heard me carry on about both these bands before. Well, they both have new records out this season.
Alphabeat - The Spell
I may have been influenced by Popbitch's take on this new record (90's revivalism? perhaps.) but I think they sound a lot like Ace of Base, without the reggae-lite and Nazi past, of course. It's bouncey!
These Canadians have a knack for songwriting that is so pop, almost every song on the new album sounds like a single. Clearly 80s influenced, they are constantly serving me Missing Persons and The Cars realness. They're currently on tour, so try and check them out in a city near you.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Exclusively 1974 number one hits to brighten your Friday.
Kiki Dee Band - I've Got The Music In Me
I just picked up a 45 of this at the WFMU record fair. It's so ubiquitous that I kind of forgot how amazing it is. It's proto-disco, it's pop, it's rock, it's an anthem. Hell, it's a crossroads moment. I recommend checking out the Cher vs Tina Turner version on YouTube. AMAZING!!!
Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
Never heard this one before yesterday when I was doing a little wiki-research. Bubblegum euphemisms for fucking are my favorite. This is back when you could be ugly AND have a number one hit. Check the video...
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
A couple mid-80s R&B tracks to warm up your November.
Midnight Star - Midas Touch
This is probably my favorite Midnight Star track. I love the "Tuh-touch. Tuh-touch." part at the start. They had a lot of hits, but aren't really that well known anymore.
Cheri - Murphy's Law
I love this group and I love this song. I remember it from when I was a kid, but didn't really remember it (for reals) until I picked up the 12" earlier this year.