Category: Pop

Swing Out Sister “It’s Better To Travel”

Posted 12 Feb 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1987, Albums of the 80s, Dance, Pop

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#284 in the Series) is Swing Out Sister, It’s Better to Travel. We’re going with another of a little ‘change of pace’ entry for today.  I have a feeling that some of you are familiar with Swing out Sister.  How can I explain them to those that don’t know of them? I’ve heard them described as anything from ‘Sophisti-pop’ or ‘synth-pop’ to even few others. They had some success with It’s Better to Travel. Getting the most play were ‘Breakout’ and ‘Twilight World.’ I felt that another track, ‘Fooled By a Smile’ was the strongest of the bunch. The band has continued on to this day with few changes in personnel.  They did...

Marshall Crenshaw “Marshall Crenshaw”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#263 in the Series) is the self-titled debut from Marshall Crenshaw. Here is some great singer-songwriter pop for your listening pleasure. Marshall Crenshaw was one of the best artists of this genre to emerge from the early 80s. This album featured his first top 40 hit, ‘Some Day, Some Way.’  Other tracks of some note included, ‘Mary Anne’ and ‘Cynical Girl.’ ‘Some Day, Some Way’ was the only song to actually chart, it reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album itself reached #70 on the Top 200 chart. His next album, Field Day was a nice follow up. That is where you’d find another Crenshaw classic, ‘Whenever You’re On My...

Skeeter Davis and NRBQ “She Sings,They Play”

Posted 18 Jan 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Country, Pop

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#259 in the Series) is Skeeter Davis and NRBQ, She Sings, They Play. I’m really disappointed that I couldn’t find more videos for this album. This one is really special to me. NRBQ is one of my favorite all time bands. I love when bands do something totally out of their element. That’s what we have here. Skeeter Davis was a country/pop star from the early to mid-sixties. She was best known for the huge hit she had in 1963 called ‘The End of the World.” NRBQ has often been called the world’s best bar band or world’s best garage band etc. They were much more than that. Some of their fans include...

The Babys “Broken Heart”

Posted 15 Jan 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1977, Albums of the 70s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day(#256 in the Series) is The Babys, Broken Heart. Broken Heart was the second album by The Babys. It was released in 1977 and contained one of the bands biggest hits, ‘Isn’t It Time.’ It was produced by Ron Nevison. We’ve heard from him quite a few times.  Dave Mason, UFO, Joe Cocker etc. It peaked at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. Tw singles also charted. The previously mentioned ‘Isn’t It Time’ made it to 13. The follow up was ‘Silver Dreams.’ Unfortunately, ‘Silver Dreams’ only made it to #53. The main Baby was John Waite.  His solo career was even more popular than his Baby’s career.  He would have some...

The Style Council “My Ever Changing Moods”

Posted 07 Nov 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1984, Albums of the 80s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#186 in the Series) is The Style Council, My Ever Changing Moods. The Style Council was a 1980’s band made up of guitarist Paul Weller and keyboard player Mick Talbot. Weller was previously a member of The Jam while Talbot was in various bands including Dexy’s Midnight Runners.   They released six albums in the decade. My Ever Changing Moods was probably their most successful in the US. The album was known as Café Blue world-wide but not here.  Record label Polydor was trying to capitalize on the success of the single with the same name.  Plus we have a thing against the French.  Ok, maybe that had nothing to do with it! The...

Court Yard Hounds “Court Yard Hounds”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#171 in the Series) is self-titled debut from, Court Yard Hounds. This was my surprise find of the year.  It’s one of my favorite albums of 2010. For those of you not familiar with Court Yard Hounds, they are Emily Robison and Martie Maguire from the Dixie Chicks. I’ve always liked the Dixie Chicks.  Taking their name from a Little Feat song got them going in the right direction from the start with me!  However, I never was a huge fan that saw them in concert or bought more than an album here or there. (I do think the single “Not Ready to Make Nice” is superb!) So one night I’m watching David Letterman...

Nick Lowe "Labour of Lust"

Posted 29 Sep 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1979, Albums of the 70s, Pop, Power Pop

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#153 in the Series) is Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust. When you’re in a crappy mood there is nothing better than popping on a good ol’ Nick Lowe disc! We already did Rockpile about four months ago.  Rockpile was, of course, the joint effort of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds.  This was Nick on his own.  Well supposedly it was.  However, even though it’s a Nick Lowe album, the band lineup is the same as the Rockpile album. Nick on bass, Dave Edmunds on guitar, Billy Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums.  Elvis Costello added harp to American Squirm. There are 11 tracks totaling 33 minutes of music here.  Or as...

Mandy Moore "Coverage"

Posted 09 Aug 2010 in 00s, Albums of 2003, Albums of the 00s, Pop, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#117 in the Series) is Mandy Moore, Coverage. I told you I’d pull out some weird things on this blog. Well I bet this one really blows your mind! Back to Ms. Moore. I bet your saying ‘What the ^%$( is he smoking!’ But take a look at this album. It’s an album full of cover tunes. (How many of those have we seen the past few years?) But what makes this one interesting is the song list that she chooses. Her performance of these songs was quite good. Some not so much but others were pretty solid. But let’s look at the songs. I was shocked when I saw this list. She...

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