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Music History Monday: June 1

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 1, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: June 1, 1963 - "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for three weeks on June 15, 1963. Written by Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., and Herb Weiner, it is the debut single and biggest hit for the then 17-year-old pop singer from Tenafly, NJ. The song is originally recorded by British pop singer Helen Shapiro in early 1963 and producer Quincy Jones selects it out of over two hundred demo recordings he gathers for consideration for Gore's debut single. Jones will quickly assemble musicians and cut the track at Bell Sound Studios in New York City. Right about the same time, producer Phil Spector will also hear the same demo recording and is planning to record it with The Crystals. Jones will beat Spector to the punch, having acetates cut and mailed to key DJ's around the country, with the song hitting the airwaves within days of it being recorded. An immediate smash out of the box, "It's My Party" will become an instant pop classic. Entering the Hot 100 at #60 on May 11, 1963, it will rocket to the top of the chart three weeks later. "It's My Party" is the first of four consecutive top five singles that Gore has over the next eight months.
 

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Either Dead or Married: All my celebrity boyfriends are pretty much taken....

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 1, 2009 02:09pm | Post a Comment
Johnny depp male perfection vanity fair 2009
Anyone who's seen the recent Vanity Fair featuring a cover and interview/photo spread with Johnny Depp knows that his "celebrity boyfriend" cherishability index has increased exponentially with age. He is, however, a hopelessly taken family man, what with his kids, his mother-of-my-kids girlfriend, French chanteuse Vanessa Paradis, and his very own private Caribbean island escape. But the facts have never swayed my esteem for the Depp as a go-to example of male perfection. Indeed, given the average age in my stable of celebrity boyfriends, Johnny Depp has yet to fully bloom. 

I remember my first celebrity boyfriend fondly. His name was Lance. He wore a blue turtleneck and brown suede jacket when he wasn't in uniform "defending the universe" by piloting the Red Lion as second in command of the team-comprised mega-robot Voltron. The commanding officer, Keith, a very anime-handsome, if not overly serious young lad who displayed attractively obvious affection for Princess Aurora, always tempted my gaze, but then Lance's witty remarks and penchant for daring maneuvers always won me back. I never cared that Lance was a mere sketch brought to cartoon life. Besides, the very peak of hotness at that time belonged tmorten harket of a-ha in the take on me video rotoscope celebrity boyfriend o another animated hot guy, as A-Ha's hit music video for their single "Take On Me" dominated the rotation on MTV and VH1. I mean, who can deny the freaky-deaky rotoscope, "don't get too close to my fantasy" appeal of Norwegian lead singer Morten Harket, on or off paper? 

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Shoundtrack of Shame

Posted by Job O Brother, January 25, 2008 07:19pm | Post a Comment
As promised, here's the next installment in my new series: songs I absolutely love that I am ashamed of absolutely loving.


Norway's most popular export since... urr... eh....

Many of you are familiar with a-Ha's hit, "Take On Me". In fact - I'm going to say it - ALL of you are familiar with a-Ha's hit, "Take On Me". The video for the song is well-loved, and considered a rare gem in a genre that is all too often unremarkable (that is, music videos). But there's a sister video to it, and it features a song so over-wrought with romanticism that even Sandra Bullock would think twice before being associated with it. Even so, as predisposed as I am to disliking romance in my art, I - for whatever reason - swoon like a third grade girl whenever I hear a-Ha's lesser hit, "The Sun Always Shines On TV".

Below, you'll find the video. It strikes me as odd that the object of the singer's affection is a middled-aged woman in a bathrobe (...or is that just 80's "fashion"?). When watching, please take note of the "Channel 3" logo and tell me - is that not something you've seen scrawled on a men's room wall?

Anyway, I can poke fun all I want. I still love this silly thing. Feel free to beat me up after gym class...