Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Tears of A Clown

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - "The Tears of A Clown", 1967

This song was in my head for the past three days and I could only remember the instrumental part... and it was driving me nuts... but now I've found it, so I'm ok.

Co-written by Stevie Wonder, The Tears of A Clown was released in 1967, but was not successful as a single until 1970 when it was released in the UK and it went to #1. The same year it was a #1 hit in the US on both Billboard's "Hot 100" and "Black Singles Chart".

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sealed With a Kiss

I have been listening to this song quite consistently the past few weeks. It's a good one. I really enjoy the echoey production of his vocals. The video features some pretty bad lip-synching and some oddly mesmerizing choreography.

Brian Hyland - "Sealed With a Kiss", 1962

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Acceptable in the Disco Era

I heard this song by Calvin Harris the other day: Acceptable In The 80s, (2007) and it made me think of this song by Casino Music: Faites Le Proton, (1979).
I love them both.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Let's Dance!

Chris Montez - "Let's Dance", 1962

This is one of my most favoritest songs ever... and probably the first US hit single sung by a Mexican-American. I heard an amazing live cover of it the other day and nobody in the audience seemed to recognize it. Astounding. This is why I need to pursue my museum project.

Monday, August 10, 2009

hang around baby, we'll be baking a cake for you

I can't stop listening to this song, it's so catchy. The video is interesting.
They're also working on a "carefully-crafted mix-tape soon of all the songs and 'songs' that inspired See Mystery Lights," almost like the Late Night Tales series of albums.