Amoeba Curates '80s Album Art Exhibit at Leimert Park Book Fair Aug. 1

Posted by Amoebite, July 27, 2015 05:57pm | Post a Comment

leimert park book fairAmoeba Music has curated the vintage album exhibit “Salute to ’80s Vinyl We Love,” featuring cover art from across the decade. It will be on display at the Ninth Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.

whitney houston self-titled albumFeatured albums includes Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album (1985), Tina Turner’s Break Every Rule (1986), the Do the Right Thing soundtrack (1988), Jungle BrothersStraight Out the Jungle (1988), N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton (1988), Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Vol. One (1989), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation (1989) and more.

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Top Ten "I Don't Wanna" Songs

Posted by Billyjam, December 3, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment

While walking through the subway station tunnel at 59th Street station here in New York, I heard someone across the platform loudly and repeatedly singing the refrain "I don't wanna, I don't wanna, I don't wanna..." until the increasingly distant voice trailed off completely as I climbed the steps to the street at Central Park South. The song kept echoing in my head as I tried to figure out what it was. I couldn't pinpoint it, but then I realized that it could be one of countless songs that have those same three words. "I don't wanna" is something people say a lot and naturally spin into song lyrics, hence this Amoeblog post. Here are the Top Ten "I Don't Wanna" songs with those words in its title or lyrics.

This list includes heavy hits such as Minor Threat's "I Don't Wanna Hear It" (my favorite of them all, and a song that has been covered by many other artists, including Slayer). Then there's The Ramones' song "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" from their !Adios Amigos! album and the Descendents' title track I Don't Want To Grow Up, both of which are included. The Ramones recorded several other "I Don't Wanna" songs, including "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement," "Don't Wanna Be Learned/Don't Wanna Be Tamed," and "I Don't Walk Around With You." However they did "Wanna Sniff Some Glue" - all four of these Ramones songs (some in demo format) can be found on the wonderful 2001 collection entitled The Ramones.

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10 Albums to Pick Up for Valentine's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, February 7, 2014 05:21pm | Post a Comment

Hey you! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like it’s next week. We’ll leave the chocolates and stuff to you, but we’ve got your music covered. Pick up any of these releases to help you seal the deal. Or to just enjoy quietly on your own with some white wine. That sounds great, actually.

Tina TurnerLove Songs

tina turner love songs amoebaThis compilation CD was just released and features some of Turner’s best songs, focusing on her comeback from 1983’s Private Dancer and on. Songs include a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “The Best” and more.



SadeThe Ultimate Collection

sade the ultimate collectionI mean, c’mon, duh. You can’t go wrong with any Sade album, but this readily available collection has all the hits, including later period songs like “Soldier of Love.”

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Fools In Love Songs

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2013 01:31pm | Post a Comment
There are a lot of songs on the topic of fools and even more songs on being in love. But for today, April Fool's Day, I have assembled some random songs about both - about fools in love or people falling foolishly into love. We've all been there and done that and hence can relate, no doubt, to the selection of songs I've assembled below (via YouTube) about fools in love.

Included is the song "Fools In Love" by Joe Jackson - the single off his great album Look Sharp in which he cynically muses, albeit from first hand experience, on: "Fools in love, are there any creatures more pathetic? Fools in love, never knowing when they've lost the game." Other songs about fools in love include the 1956 #1 hit from the very young Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (a live TV rendition from 1956 from WNEW's The Frankie Lane Show with a funny interview beforehand). The song, which has been covered by folks such as Diana Ross and Joe Ely, poses that eternal question: "Why do fools fall in love?"  Also below is Journey-man Steve Perry's 80's pop rock ballad mega-hit "Foolish Heart" (off his Street Talk LP) and Rod Stewart's version of Elvin Bishop's hit "Fooled Around And Fell In Love."

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I Can't Stand The Rain But I Like The Song

Posted by Billyjam, June 6, 2011 10:10pm | Post a Comment

Eruption "I Can't Stand The Rain" (1978)

For those of you currently not in the Bay Area let me report that the weather here has been pretty crappy of late with lots of wet days disrupting peoples' outdoor activity plans. Over the past week, for example, it has rained five out of seven days and seemingly always in the morning right as I'm trying to head outdoors on my bicycle. Not fun.  Saturday morning's heavy downfall put a damper on a lot of Bay Area festivals, street fairs, and outdoor events including the Berkeley World Music Festival which, even though it has a "rain or shine" policy, resulted in many vendors backing out at the last minute.

Luckily it didn't disrupt everything since many of the festival's events were also indoors including the Amoeba Berkeley in-store with Mamadou & Vanessa. Other East Bay events I attempted to attend over the weekend but couldn't due to weather included Shady Nate's canceled community BBQ in DeFrermery Park in West Oakland and yesterday's Temescal Sreet Fair in North Oakland which was,according to organizers, "postponed due to an inclement weather forecast" until July 10th.

Ann Peebles "I Can't Stand The Rain" (original version, 1973)

I know that rain is good for the environment and California water supplies sure can use a good back up of H2O. But personally I can't stand the rain, especially in June when I'm all ready for good outdoor weather. But I do like the song of the same name and for some reason it always pops into my head on rainy days.  Hence I've been humming "I Can't Stand The Rain" a lot lately and thought I would do a run down of some of the different versions of this much covered song that was first recorded by Ann Peebles in 1973 who co-wrote it with Don Bryant & Bernard "Bernie" Miller.

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