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We've Got Tonight - Odd Pairings in Music

Posted by Miss Ess, October 30, 2008 07:33pm | Post a Comment
With the recent advent of the Jack White/Alicia Keys James Bond theme song, a fellow employee and I got to thinking about odd pairings. What was up with the 80s anyway? It was the era of the power ballad, which means it was also one of the main eras of odd pairings (although I do seem to remember Bob Dylan popping up in Wyclef Jean's "Gone Till November" video in the 90s, but blessedly that was not an artistic pairing).

The first one that comes to mind, of course, is Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. Paul was the "cute" Beatle and Michael was the "cute" Jackson, so this seemed like it could work...until you realize that Paul lived on a Scottish farm with his wife of many years, Linda, and their children, eating vegetarian food and lovingly raising animals. Michael, on the other hand, lived on Neverland Ranch, allegedly with groups of small children shuttling in and out of his Playland, complete with caged exotic animals. And these guys duetted twice, on "Say Say Say" and also "The Girl is Mine!" Without even considering the legal issues that came about soon after the duets due to Jackson buying the Beatles' songbook despite McCartney's wishes, it's no surprise they never talked again after creating these tracks. Here's "Say Say Say":

Another odd pairing that is a favorite of mine has always been Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton's "We've Got Tonight." Kenny's a down home kind of guy, into primping but still at home in cowboy boots-- a classic Texan. Sheena's an intense, romantic gal hailing from grey Scotland and specializing in dance-pop. I think all these two had in common was that they were selling a heck of a lot of records on their own back in 1983. I've heard they really did not get along at all in the studio though. At least they could come together this once, just for this night, of course. From the intro chatter to the mic control, I absolutely love this performance:

Now that I have had a little more time to think about it, one of my very favorite odd pairings (not from the 80s this time though) actually made for an entire album: Lee Hazlewood and Ann-Margret duetted on 1969's The Cowboy and the Lady, of course. I suppose there is a connection in that she was born in Sweden and he eventually lived there for a time, but musically they sound like they are from entirely different planets, especially as they take on "The Dark Side of the Street," with his conversational, deep dark baritone and her fluttering, operatic and over the top vocals competing back and forth. Sadly there are no videos of this bizarre duo that I could find, so you'll have to rustle up that CD here at Amoeba. Trust me, it's worth it -- perhaps the ultimate odd pairing.

There are so many fantastically weird pairings in music beyond these three examples! I will have to think of many more in the near future -- feel free to leave your own faves.


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                                       Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five 10:11:08

1) Madlib The Beat Konducta WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip (Rapster/BBE)

2) The Streets everything is borrowed (Vice)

3) T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

4) Murs Murs For President (Warner)

5) Bishop Lamont The Confessional (mixtape CD)

Thanks to Scott who works in hip-hop at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store for this week's chart, which has the great new album from LA beatmaster/producer Madlib The Beatkonducta on Rapster/BBE as its number one. WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip, also selling well at the other two Amoeba stores, is a hip-hop feast of cool beats with a ton of talented guests joining the gifted producer, including emcees Murs, Defari, Prince Po, Oh No, and Guilty Simpson (whose name is truly accurate this week with the latest OJ news). My personal favorite tracks are "Life" featuring Karriem RIggins (former Common/Kayne sideman), "I Want It Back" featuring Oh No with Madlib as The Professionals, "The Way That I Live" with ATL female vocalist Stacy Epps, and especially all of the Madlib solo/guest-less joints on this album including "The New Resident" and "Disco Dance." Madlib is such a talented producer that I even don't need to hear any emcees or singers on top of his beats.

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out today 2/12...morrissey...michael jackson...

Posted by Brad Schelden, February 11, 2008 10:38pm | Post a Comment
My love for Morrissey is as strong as ever. Morrissey fans are a very interesting and devoted bunch. Our devotion to Morrissey is strong and never ending. Ask any Morrissey fan and they will try and explain it. But it really is hard to understand unless you are yourself a devoted Morrissey fan. From the first moment I heard him for the first time I was a huge fan. One of my friends in high school made me a tape of Morrissey's first album. From that moment on I fell in love with the man and his music. Some of us may have lost a little interest in his music over the last decade. But we never lost interest in Morrissey. The love and excitement surrounding just the mention of his name was as strong as ever. However, the insterest in his albums was not the same. But Morrissey put out an amazing album a couple of years ago. "You Are the Quarry" came out in 2004. I think he probably surprised some people with this album. He had finally made an album as exciting as those early albums. I think that a lot of fans still loved him because of their memories of his early solo albums and those of The Smiths. Those albums created a lasting bond between album and fan. They sort of became our best friend and were always there for us. Morrissey was great to listen to by yourself in your room. But also to sing along to with your best friend driving around in your car. It was exciting to also have a new album to be excited about. The first single was "Irish Blood, English Heart." I think I listened to it just as much as "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Sing Your Life" from the first two albums. Instead of buying every British magazine with articles about Morrissey, I was searching the fansites and blogs and reading interviews online. Instead of staying up late to try and catch videos on MTV, I was watching his videos on YouTube. I was a bit older and the media had changed a bit. But Morrissey was in my life just as he was in 1988.

A couple of years later, Morrissey put out another great album. "Ringleader of the Tormentors" came out in 2006. We may not get an entire new album until the end of 2008. But a greatest hits album hits the shelves as an import today. The album is mostly a compilation of the last two albums with a couple older Morrissey songs and two new unreleased songs. Two new songs makes it worth it for us Morrissey fans. We like to own anything he puts out. I love having that exciting feeling you get when you think about one of your favorite artists. It is what music is all about. I seriously can't even wait to hold this new album in my hand. I will be dreaming about it all night. Here is the entire track listing...

1. First of the Gang to Die (You are the Quarry)
2. In the Future When All's Well (Ringleader of the Tormentors)
3. I Just Want to See the Boy Happy (Ringleader)
4. Irish Blood, English Heart (You are...)
5. You Have Killed Me (Ringleader)
6. That's How People Grow Up (new song)
7. Everyday Is Like Sunday (Viva Hate)
8. Redondo Beach (Live at Earls Court)
9. Suedehead (Viva Hate)
10. The Youngest Was the Most Loved (Ringleader)
11. The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Bona Drag)
12. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get (Vauxhall & I)
13. All You Need Is Me (new song)
14. Let Me Kiss You (You are...)
15. I Have Forgiven Jesus (You are...)

I also have to make a quick mention about Roy Scheider. I am probably just as obsessed with Jaws as I am with Morrissey. Again, I can't really explain it. It is just something that I don't really question. He passed away yesterday. I was a big fan of his mostly because of my love of Jaws. The movie came out the year after I was born and I have been obsessed with that movie since I can remember watching movies. I will drop everything whenever it comes on TV. I just can't get enough of that movie. It freaks me out and intrigues me and is just a perfectly made film. And it has a perfect performance from the great Roy Scheider. Actors are often attached to and remembered for one role. I will never forget him and will continue to enjoy watching Jaws over and over again.

Michael Jackson's amazing album "Thriller" gets reissued today. It is a deluxe version available with two different covers. It is also out on vinyl. 

also out today...

"Thriller" Deluxe Edition by Michael Jackson

"Do You Like Rock Music" By British Sea Power


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Michael Jackson
's album Thriller is celebrating its 25th year anniversary. The 1982 album was a follow up to 1979's Off The Wall, which was a big hit. Thriller would become an even bigger hit  -- much, much bigger -- going on to become the biggest selling album of all time, with worldwide sales of over a hundred million to date!  

Thriller was such a large scale hit that it stayed on the Billboard Top 10 Album chart for a solid year and produced a total of seven Billboard Top Ten singles -- and the album only had nine tracks!

When Thriller was relased in late 1982 it was a different world in many ways -- besides the fact that people still loved Michael Jackson. For one thing, it was a time when a pop star of that scale could exist. Nowadays the fame pie is divided many more times and there are now no artists such a broad cross-section of the population could all agree on liking.

But Thriller era Micheal Jackson appealed to all demographics. Quincy Jones' perfectly produced sound -- whose key instrument was Michael's voice -- somehow captured the best of everything in music at that time, and beyond too. Thriller had everything -- rock, dance, rhythm, soul, groove and strong melody. It advanced disco into a new space, and tapped into (and topped) the imported new wave sound that was gaining popularity then.     

Thriller is available at Amoeba Music, both new and used, vinyl and CD. And note there are different versions/editions of it. In addition to the original 1982 version (see tracking below), there is also the 2001 Thriller Special Edition Release CD which has 21 tracks, including several Quincy Jones interview clips. But there is also the brand new 25th Anniversary edition of Thriller  which comes as a CD/DVD bundle.

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