Just a quick notice before getting to this week’s selections — there will be no Friday Music next week (Saint Patrick’s Day), as I’m flying back from Vegas on a red-eye that morning, and expect to spend most of my day sleeping. You’ll all just have to soldier on without me.
Now — on to the tunes:
I’m starting with the one that I’ve been listening to the most this week. It’s the title track from the newest album by the Swedish electronic act, The Knife. I have had this sucker on loop for most of the past week. It’s really well done. The Knife – “Silent Shout”
Funky, Jazzy, Rock….from Japan. Tokyo Jihen – “Himitsu” The name means “Tokyo Incident”, and the title is “Secret.” I was expecting to hear schoolgirlish anime-squeek, and instead got what I can only describe as Jamiroquai in Japanese. Really cool.
A track from the new album by the alternative-country act, BR549. This one features them doing one of those vaguely-gospel rockabilly-honky-tonk tunes, backed by Elvis Presley’s old back-up singers, The Jordinaires: BR549 – “The Devil & Me.”
Something to getcher asses moving: Donna Summer – “I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Mix)”
What the heck ever happened to Quarterflash? They had a few hits in the early 80s, and I really liked them. Here’s one of them…love the sax in this. Quarterflash – “Harden My Heart.”
From the soundtrack to the film version of The Shadow (the closing credits). Taylor Dane singing a song by Jim Steinman, complete with his signature sound (bombastic chorus, epic orchestration, etc.): Taylor Dane – “Original Sin (Theme From ‘The Shadow’)”
I’ll go with another soundtrack piece for my final selection this week: The opening titles of Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome. It didn’t become a single (that was reserved for “We Don’t Need Another Hero”), but I really liked this song much more: Tina Turner – “One of the Living.”
There you go. More tunes in 2 weeks.