5 On A Friday : MJ 1958-2009

June 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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RIP Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Although his eccentricities of the last few years were getting most of the spotlight time, Michael Jackson‘s musical influence over the past 40 years or so is undeniable, from his early days with his brothers in The Jackson 5 as an integral part of the Motown Sound to his impact on the dance music of the 80’s with his Off The Wall album and subsequent mega smash Thriller to his part in the MTV video revolution.  Who else could crown themselves The King Of Pop and actually having it stick.  The man leaves behind a pretty impressive musical legacy.

1: Graham Parker And The Rumour – I Want You Back(live)
Buy Squeezing Out Sparks + Live Sparks
2: The Jackson 5 – ABC
Buy Hitsville USA
3:Chris Cornell – Billie Jean
Buy Carry On
4: Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Buy Off The Wall
5: The Replacements(w Barrence Whitfield on Vocals) – I’ll Be There
Live 06.18.86 at The Channel Boston MA

Columbus Day Tripper

October 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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If you are like most people, chances are you had off from work today. Hopefully in the spirit of Columbus Day you spent it out discovering your own piece of America and really enjoyed the day off. Here’s a couple songs to cap off the theme of the day.

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Mr. Columbus
Buy This Is Somewhere
Graham Parker – I Discovered America

Buy Don’t Tell Columbus

5 On A Friday : Warning Labels

February 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Artists and record labels have always maintained a somewhat tentative alliance. Here’s five on that relationship today from the artist’s point of view and a bonus sixth track from the other point of view, Joni Mitchell‘s tribute to David Geffen, Free Man In Paris.
All kind of inspired today by the release of Nick Lowe‘s rare track, I Love My Label which will be a bonus track on the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the classic Jesus of Cool.

1: Nick Lowe – I Love My Label
Buy Jesus Of Cool 30th Anniversary Edition
2: Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning
Buy Passion Is No Ordinary Word
3: The Format – The Compromise (acoustic)
Buy Live From The Living Room Volume One
4: The Sex Pistols – EMI
Buy Never Mind The Bollocks
5: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Workin’ For MCA
Buy Thyrty

Bonus: Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris
Buy Court And Spark

Random Song Of The Day : Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning

March 14, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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In 1978 after becoming increasingly frustrated with a record company that he felt had mismanaged his output, Graham Parker recorded one of his best singles, the biting angry kiss off song to his label, Mercury Poisoning. One of his harder to find songs, it was originally released on a promo 12″ one-sided gray vinyl single with only his name and the song title. Arista, his new record comapny refused to be associated with it and insisted their name be left off of it. Parker then went on to record arguably the finest album of his career as his first release for Arista, the brilliant Squeezing Out Sparks.

MP3: Graham Parker And The Rumour – Mercury Poisoning