Friday Music

Sorry it’s a bit late today, kids — I’m up to my armpits with work — a major release coming later today.

Anyway:

I was a huge fan of Men at Work, and although I liked the quirky new-wave-y tracks written by Ron Strykert (the ones which never got any airplay), it’s really no secret that the heavy lifting in the songwriting department was done by frontman Colin Hay. Well, Hay is still touring, but doing mostly accoustic sets. Here is a great accoustic version of one of my favorites: Colin Hay – “Overkill.”

New song and new artist, brought to my attention by . More Neo-new-wave. I like it quite a bit: Shiny Toy Guns – “You Are The One.”

More with the new — this is an absolute earworm of a track. I’m warning you: once you’ve put it into your brain, it’s damn near impossible to shake loose. A brilliant dance track featuring, of all things, a children’s chorus: Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”

More from the soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine, just because. Coincidentally, my favorite track by Brian Eno. Brian Eno – “Needle in the Camel’s Eye.”

Late-90s attitude-heavy hip-hop from DMX. Warning for those at work: The language in this track is definately not work-safe, and depending on your personal views on the so-called “N-word”, this might not be your thing. DMX – “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem.”

A while back, Jimmy Fallon did an SNL skit where he played Barry Gibb running a talk show. He and Justin Timberlake sang the theme of the talkshow, which was based on this song. The skit was funny, but it reminded me that I hadn’t heard this song much since the anti-disco backlash of the 1980s, and I really liked it. The Bee Gees – “Nights on Broadway.”

Lastly, another new track, from an electronica act from Santa Ana, California. These guys mix jazz and breakbeat into a swinging whole. Old meets new. Very cool: Free The Robots – “Jazzhole.”

There you go. Hope you like ’em. Now, back to the grind.

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