SONG OF THE WEEK: Each week I’ll try to post a song which I like or which affects me in some way. This week’s song is 1993’s “Nadie Entiende (Nobody Understands)” by the German studio group B-Tribe featuring Paco Fernandez, from the album “¡Fiesta Fatal!”. Part of the surge in electronica-meets-world music of the early Nineties (Enigma, Deep Forest, Cuzco, the “Pure Moods” albums), the three producer-musicians behind the group combined ambient and house music with flamenco and classical Spanish guitar. I heard the tune, as with several on this weblog, on the BBC Radio programme “Multitrack III” when it first came out, and thankfully it lives on as a Youtube recording. Enjoy.

SONG OF THE WEEK: Each week I’ll try to post a song which I like or which affects me in some way. This week’s song is 1985’s “Hunting High And Low,” the title track from the debut album by Norway’s “a-ha,” just one of four Norwegian acts to hit the charts in recent years (the others being Frida from ABBA, One 2 Many and the Ylvis brothers). Five singles came from the album, with this tune one of four released internationally. Though it peaked at No. 4 in France and Ireland and No. 5 in the UK, it only made the AC chart in America. As with “a-ha“‘s biggest single “Take On Me,” the video for this record is partly animated. Enjoy.

SONG OF THE WEEK:  Each week I’ll try to post a song which I like or which affects me in some way.  Returning to the Seventies flashback, this week’s song is 1976’s “It’s A Long Way There” by Melbourne, Australia’s Little River Band.  From their eponymous debut album, the tune was the third single released but the first to be an international hit, peaking at No. 28 on “American Top 40” and No. 14 in Holland (but only No. 35 in Oz).  Most people are familiar with the shortened radio edit but I prefer the LP version presented here with its great guitar licks and symphonic backing.  And I always daydreamed about being at Uluru (Ayers Rock to the haoles) at night with this record as background music.  Enjoy, mates.

See, you can make money investing in a FAG - - -
as long as you pay it forward…

See, you can make money investing in a FAG - - -

as long as you pay it forward

Hi folks.  What happened to all the holiday music on the radio (unless it’s one of those dedicated Internet streams)?  If you still want to hear just one more song, well you’ve come to the right place for the SONG OF THE WEEK, in fact two this time around.  The first is “December” by Georgia alternative rock band Collective Soul from their 1995 eponymous album.  Yes, the tune is about a girl named December, but shouldn’t it had been on a holiday playlist?  Anyway, the record topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, went to No. 2 on the Modern Rock chart and even appeared on “The Weekly Top 40.”  The video is from the group’s 2006 DVD “Home” and features the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Enjoy.

The second song is 2008’s “December Song (I Dream Of Christmas”) by George Michael.  Less popular than Wham’s “Last Christmas” (and less remade), the tune originally was released as a digital download from Michael’s website, with a physical single issued only after he performed the piece a year later on “The X Factor.”  It includes a sample of the chorus from Frank Sinatra’s “The Christmas Waltz.”  The EP was re-issued in 2010 and 2011 but has not appeared on a regular album.  (I think it complements “Jesus To a Child,” no?)  The accompanying video is his second animated one; enjoy and Happy Rest-Of-The-Holidays (Dr. King Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Passover and Easter).

"nu shooz fo’ da niu yia"

"nu shooz fo’ da niu yia"

seems like the only chance i get to travel great distances …

- - - is while i’m asleep …

seems like it’s also the only time i have sex …

(and i hate it when the bed is wet)

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- - - happy christmas, dear lurkers …

ever been to a party honoring someone that’s just outside your periphery of people you know …

like the 100-day anniversary of your parents’ contractor’s grandchild …

and everybody there is speaking Chinese …

- - - and you don’t know anything squat in Chinese …

oh, just me?  all right …

Westboro Baptist Church, American Family Association and Catholic League better be smitin’ on El Torito for serving this abomination (and by waithelp wearing rayon and acrylic clothing, for shame!) …

Westboro Baptist Church, American Family Association and Catholic League better be smitin’ on El Torito for serving this abomination (and by waithelp wearing rayon and acrylic clothing, for shame!) …