Category: Pop

Carlene Carter “I Fell in Love”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#434in the Series) is Carlene Carter, I Fell in Love Youngsters from musical families have a huge advantage over the majority of society.  Not only is music given to them via their genes, but having it in their ears from before birth is just a wonderful way to grow up. A dear friend of mine was from a musical family.  He’s a guitar player/singer/songwriter etc. etc. He married a singer/dancer and yes, their two children have grown up to be extremely musical in their own write.  In fact the daughter has been headlining places like the Rainbow Room and Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles all this summer. But what else makes...

Paul Young “No Parlez”

Posted 25 Jun 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1983, Albums of the 80s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#415 in the Series) is Paul Young, No Parlez As a hit maker, Paul Young has made quite a bit of money for songwriters. His albums have many really good songs on them, but the hits have always been remakes.  I’m sure Paul doesn’t mind, a hit’s a hit right? This was Paul’s debut as a solo artist for CBS records. Previously he had been with some bands that no one ever heard of. Not only did it play well on top 40 radio stations but it also did quite well on the FM rockers.  His remake of the Joy Divison/New Order single was all over radio. This surprised me since it was...

China Crisis “Flaunt the Imperfection”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#396 in the Series) is China Crisis, Flaunt the Imperfection Flaunt the Imperfection is the third studio album from one of my favorite acts, China Crisis. I love their What Price Paradise album. Like I’ve mentioned before, it seems like my favorite albums coincide with the tours that I’ve seen, having said that, this is probably a better album. This one has a big name attached to it. That name is Walter Becker.  Who? Many of you know that name. He’s one half of the famed duo that fronts Steely Dan, the other half being of course, Donald Fagen. Mr. Becker produced Flaunt the Imperfection. He also ads some synthesizer touches along with...

Three Dog Night “Around the World With Three Dog Night”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#352 in the Series, and #29 in the Live, Saturday Night  Series) is Three Dog Night, Around the World With Three Dog Night. Yes, you read the title correctly. Today’s Cool Album is indeed Three Dog Night! I was about 14 when this was released, and I loved it. Around the World With Three Dog Night was a double live album. It was released in 1973.  It was actually their second live album, it followed Captured Live at the Forum from 1969. Forum was a short single album. For some odd reason it has been available for many years while Around the World has been a cut-out for decades.  In fact, I don’t...

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “Whipped Cream & Other Delights”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#337 in the Series) is Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream & Other Delights OK, A question for all the baby-boomer guys in the room. Do I even need to do a write-up for this album? I don’t think the music really mattered to us when we were curious young men! Back in 1965, Herb Alpert was the king of cool. This music was everywhere. It was in all the cool places as well. The popularity of this trumpet and brass driven jazz fit in well with the likes of the James Bond hits of the day.  Think Casino Royale! As I’m guessing most of you know that the great band-leader,...

John Hunter “Famous at Night”

Posted 03 Apr 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1984, Albums of the 80s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#334 in the Series ) is John Hunter, Famous at Night. Famous at Night was John Hunter’s first of two solo releases for Private I /Epic Records. It was released in late 1984. It featured the top 40 hit “Tragedy” which you can hear below. John, of course, was also known as founder and leader of the 70s and early 80s band The Hounds.  They found success with their single “Drug land Weekend.”  In fact, John gives new life to “Horses” here. “Horses” was previously recorded for the their album Puttin’ on the Dog. While The Hounds were more hard rock and roll, John Hunter solo was more of a synth based pop....

XTC “Oranges and Lemons”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#327 in the Series) is XTC, Oranges and Lemons OK, I was looking at some of the members in our facebook group. I know that we have many people involved in radio. If you’re one, I have a question for you. How could “The Mayor of Simpleton” NOT have been a huge hit? It only reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. How could a music director get a copy of this song and decide, “No, we’re not going to play this track.” What the heck could they possibly be thinking? “The Mayor of Simpleton” is one of the most perfect pop songs ever written. If there is a track that...

Nanci Griffith “One Fair Summer Evening”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#325 in the Series and #25 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Nanci Griffith, One Fair Summer Evening. “Variety; Learning about different types of music; bringing different genres to different people.”   These were just some of the objectives that we publically discussed when we started this project just about a year ago. We’re most definitely going to continue in that direction tonight.  This is one of those albums that requires you to “be in the proper” mood. However, when you are, this album is about as good as it gets. “What mood is that?” you ask?  Mostly a mellow feeling I’d say, interested in hearing some wonderfully written songs being sung by...

The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#308 in the Series and #2 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds. Beach Boys, Pet Sounds and The Beatles, Sgt. Peppers.   I think we know the relationship between these two albums.   If you don’t, really quickly, Pet Sounds was released directly before Sgt. Peppers.  The Beatles were heavily influenced by the  Beach Boys use of structure and over dubbing.  That story is well told, I’m not going to rehash it now.  Paul McCartney has even been quoted as saying that “God Only Knows,” a Pet Sounds single, is his favorite song.  (Hey Paul, if you’re reading… I’d lean towards “Caroline, No” actually.) This was another one of those...

The The “Soul Mining”

Posted 03 Mar 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1983, Albums of the 80s, Dance, Pop, Techno

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#303 in the Series) is The The, Soul Mining Matt Johnson is to The The, what Roddy Frame is to Aztec Camera, and what Karl Wallinger is to World Party. They’re really solo careers without putting their names up front.  In each of these cases, our star surrounds himself with different sidemen for each studio recording. Soul Mining was The The’s second most popular album. I think Mind Bomb edged it out for number one.  This one featured their hit ‘This is the Day.” You’ve heard it. If not, listen to it within the playlist below. As mentioned on a few of the comments on facebook, make sure you check out Jools Holland’s great piano...

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