Tag: singles

Club 99: Teresa Brewer, “Pickle Up A Doodle”

Club 99: Teresa Brewer, “Pickle Up A Doodle”

Music
In Club 99, I look at songs that peaked at position #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and help to put them into context. Together we can decide if the song deserved more success or got too much. The Song: “Pickle Up A Doodle” The Artist: Teresa Brewer #99 Chart Date: September 1, 1958 I don't know that this entry necessarily counts as a novelty song, but it sure sounds like one upon first listen. The problem with making that determination is that at this point in American music history, the definition of pop music was much broader and more inclusive than it is today. So I'll let you listen and make that call yourself: Any idea? Pop? Novelty? Traditional? A little of each? It's fun no matter what you call it, albeit somewhat inconsequential. I tracked down a liv
Club 99: Billy Williams, “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)”

Club 99: Billy Williams, “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)”

Music
In Club 99, I look at songs that peaked at position #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and help to put them into context. Together we can decide if the song deserved more success or got too much. The Song: "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" The Artist: Billy Williams #99 Chart Date: August 4, 1958 Today's entry is the first #99 in the Billboard Hot 100 era, "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" by Billy Williams. Williams charted several times going back to the mid-1940s, but by far his biggest hit was "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," which hit #3 in the summer of 1957. Just over one year later he released "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)" as the b-side of "It's Prayin' Time." In just about every important way, "I'll Get By" is a carbon c
Billboard Time Capsule — August 14, 1965

Billboard Time Capsule — August 14, 1965

Music, Retrotisements
In Billboard Time Capsule, we journey through an old issue of Billboard to see what the most popular and advertised albums of the day were. Not through charts, but rather through advertisements. In each capsule you'll see ads for classic songs and albums, both promoting new recordings and trumpeting ones that had already gained traction. Some songs listed here have YouTube video links for your enjoyment. Clicking on almost any song title brings you to Amazon, where you can be a good, law-abiding citizen and download. Remember that any purchase made through this site helps me out immensely. For those
The Ultimate Hit Collection Spotify Playlists

The Ultimate Hit Collection Spotify Playlists

Music
Because I can't get enough of Spotify playlists or of gathering things into lists, I have undertaken what I think you'll agree is a great public service that combines those two loves. I am in the process of creating playlists -- which I've helpfully dubbed "Ultimate Hit Collection" -- that gather together every song to chart in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 U.S. singles chart. These aren't your typical hits playlists, in that I'm not curating but collecting. That means if a song ever got into the top 10 and it's on Spotify, it goes into the playlist. So you get to hear some all-time classics and some head-scratching dross. Thus far I've completed my playlists for the 1980s, am almost halfway through the '70s, and have just started the '60s. I may one day get to the 1990s but that...
Pop Culture Capsule — November 14-20, 1993

Pop Culture Capsule — November 14-20, 1993

Capsules, History
While the nation should be celebrating another win by my Rutgers Scarlet Knights, apparently it's considered bigger news that Notre Dame is back at #1 for the first time in 19 years. In fact, almost exactly 19 years. Before this week, the Fighting Irish last held the top spot in college football in the poll released November 16, 1993. To put all of this into context, here's what was going on in the world of American pop culture the last time Notre Dame was at the top of the college football world. Top 10 Movies 1. Addams Family Values 2. The Three Musketeers 3. Carlito's Way 4. My Life 5. Mrs. Doubtfire 6. Man's Best Friend 7. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 8. The Remains of the Day 9. Cool Runnings 10. A Perfect World Will you look at that -- the top movie of...
Listening Booth — The New Mastersounds, “You Mess Me Up”

Listening Booth — The New Mastersounds, “You Mess Me Up”

Listening Booth, Music
With all the crap I've been dealing with thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I've had precious little time for music listening. And that means I haven't been able to really dig into the new record from the New Mastersounds, Out on the Faultline. I mean to correct that today, and the first step is sharing the official video for the first song off the LP, "You Mess Me Up." It's a fun video for an even funner song. That's right, funner. The group's last album, Breaks from the Border, made my 2011 year-end best of list, and I have a feeling this one will too. Out on the Faultline is available now! And if you're on Spotify, you can check out this track and most of the ones featured in my Listening Booth series by subscribing to this playlist.
Listening Booth — Ben Folds Five (w/ Fraggle Rock), “Do It Anyway”

Listening Booth — Ben Folds Five (w/ Fraggle Rock), “Do It Anyway”

Listening Booth, Music
How do you make a Ben Folds Five reunion more awesome than it already is? Why, you add a beloved childhood TV icon - the cast of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock! So that's what we have in the official video for "Do It Anyway," the first single from The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Yeah, this kicks ass. Not only is the video -- also starring Rob Corddry, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Hardwick -- clever and fun, but the song is great too. The classic BF5 sound is back, baby. Jazz-pop with that distinctive Robert Sledge fuzz bass. I don't think I'm letting nostalgia could my judgment when I say this crackles with the Five energy of old. It's certainly more upbeat than just about anything from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (save "Army" perhaps), an admittedly fantastic record. ...
Listening Booth — Jim Noir, “Tea”

Listening Booth — Jim Noir, “Tea”

Listening Booth, Music
Longtime GFS readers know that I'm a Jim Noir fan, and have been for years. So it tickles me that he has a new album -- Jimmy's Show -- coming out in September. Here's the lead single and video from the album, "Tea." The song is typical Noir -- bouncy, fun, and full of quirky production flourishes and sterling, multi-tracked vocal harmonies. The video is... well, just watch. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the British are weird. But in a good way. Jimmy's Show is out September 17, and you can pre-order it from Jim Noir's website now. Hopefully the single will be available on Spotify soon.
Listening Booth — No Doubt, “Settle Down”

Listening Booth — No Doubt, “Settle Down”

Listening Booth, Music
It's been waaaay too long since we got new music from No Doubt, but I guess Gwen Stefani was busy raising kids and releasing stupid clothes. But finally, after more than a decade without new music, the band is back and set to release Push and Shove in September. Here's the first single from the record, "Settle Down." Sounds like classic No Doubt to me, although not as traditionally rock as from around the Tragic Kingdom era. But it's poppy, fun, and catchy, and that's all we can ask for at this point. Welcome back!