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"The Other Woman" by Ray Parker, Jr.

 The stats:

  • Released in 1982
  • US - #4
  • Canada - not sure
By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38020243

As I just wrote on special.fish:
All Ray Parker, Jr. songs have a bit of dirty in them. Example? This is currently playing on the radio beside me: youtube.com/watch?v=8fCipql58x0 Also, listen carefully to Ghostbusters.

That pretty much sums it up but I do like Ray Parker, Jr.'s stuff and his videos are amazing to watch, especially the low budget looking A Woman Needs Love, yet another song that makes you feel like you need a shower after hearing it.

Good times. 

"Don't Turn Around" by Tina Turner / Ace of Base

 The stats (Ace of Base):

  • Released in 1994
  • US - #4
  • Canada - #1

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6551388

The most interesting thing to me about "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base is that it was not originally written for Ace of Base. It was originally written for Tina Turner by Albert Hammond ("It Never Rains in Southern California") and Diane Warren. It was released as the B-side of Tina Turner's #2 hit, "Typical Male" but did not appear on her 1986 album Break Every Rule.

Compare the versions below and see which is your favorite.

I think they are each unique and have merits on their own but I lean toward Tina's version but the Ace of Base recording holds up quite well also.



"Wondering Where the Lions Are" by Bruce Cockburn

The stats:
  • Released in 1979
  • US - #21
  • Canada - #39


"Wondering Where the Lions Are" is a song I have always enjoyed. In the past few years, I have associated it personally with getting older. It's actually about the dangers of war according to Bruce Cockburn in a 1986 interview quoted at https://cockburnproject.net/songs&music/wwtla.html.
"There was nearly war on the Sino-Russian frontier. I had dinner in Ottawa with someone who worked in defense research at one of those jobs about which he could say nothing. He and his colleagues were really scared because at the time, while the Soviets and Americans had an 'understanding' by which they would avoid surprising each other, China was the wild card in the deck. That night I experienced a rerun of a dream I'd had some years before in which lions roamed the streets in terrifying fashion, only this time they weren't threatening at all. When I woke up in the morning some things connected, and I wrote the beginning of this song while driving out of town along the Queensway."
-- from "All The Diamonds" songbook, edited by Arthur McGregor, OFC Publications 1986. Submitted by Rob Caldwell - shared at https://cockburnproject.net/songs&music/wwtla.html


Regardless of the meaning, it's a special song. It's beautifully written and masterfully performed. Five stars. All the awards. A classic in my book.

"Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale

 The stats:

  • Released in 1975 (International) and 1976 (US)
  • US - #2
  • Canada - #5
By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45275370

There are a few songs I never get tired of hearing this is one of them. It's like medicine. It makes you feel better. It snaps me out of any negative mood I am in. 

Some disco songs feel dated now but I would say that this song is more pop than disco and that's why it feels a bit more timeless, at least to me.

If I had a star rating, this would be 5 of 5 and it lives somewhere in my top 20 all time favorites.

"Stay (I Missed You)" by Lisa Loeb

 The stats:

  • Released in 1994
  • US - #1
  • Canada - #1
By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26114643

I heard this on the radio a few days back and I don't hear it that often these days so it sort of stuck out a bit and I concentrated more on the lyrics than I probably have in the past and thought, "Wow. That's something."

It's a whole story in a song and I don't think we're getting a lot of that anymore. The song was on the soundtrack for "Reality Bites" which was very dated about two years after it came out and is darn near unwatchable now even if you make fun of it the whole time. The song has held up much better.

"Show and Tell" by Al Wilson

The stats:

  • Released in 1973
  • US - #1
  • Canada - no information
By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47994231


I am making "Show and Tell" by Al Wilson my first song because I think it changed music. It has the bounce of what would become yacht rock and the soul of many records that were to come, an example being Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" from 1976.

What a voice. What great background singers. This one is a gem.

Introduction

Turn Up Your Speakes! originates from an email I received in the early days of the web. It came from a friend of mine with a link to a pre-YouTube video. All he wrote in the email was Turn Up Your Speakes!

Over the years, Turn Up Your Speakes became a label on my former blogs for any entries related to music I liked. 

Since I'm in the middle of a blogging rebirth lately, I've decided that I might as well have a third standalone blog dedicated to brief thoughts on songs I like, especially those that I Shazam so I don't lose track of them. As of this moment, I have 4,142 songs in my Shazam so I've got plenty to write about.

I am hoping I will be able to provide YouTube links that can be seen in both the United States and Canada but that's a crapshoot these days. I'll do the best I can.

That's all the intro you need. Now it's time to 

Turn

Up 

Your

Speakes!