Category Archives: Music

ESG UFO

Classic new wave / funk / breakbeat from 1981 at 33 1/3 RPM

and 45

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire & Gold) from the South Bronx: sisters Maria Scroggins (congas, vocals), Renee Scroggins (vocals), and Valerie Scroggins (drums), and friends David Miles (guitar) and Leroy Glover (bass).

You can hear the influence on The Beastie Boys and other 80s NYC bands.… Read the rest

Beach House

I can’t get enough of this band.

I don’t think I’ve had a favorite band in 20 years, but I do now.

Part of the appeal is the singer’s (Victoria Legrand’s) voice, which is deep and reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter, although the style is very different, more like that of male singers in 70’s pop and rock bands. Another part of the appeal is the songwriting, the chords and the melody and how the pieces are put together – the kinds of songs I would like to write. The songs are written by Legrand and Alex Scally. And the third part of the appeal is the dreamy, droning style of constant arpeggios, like if Philip Glass were to have written pop songs. This … Read the rest

Boogie in Your Butt – Eddie Murphy

From his 1982 album.

Say, put some fleas in your butt
Say, start to sneeze in your butt
Say, put a tin can in your butt
Put a little tiny man in your butt

Say, put a light in your butt
Say, make it bright in your butt
Say, put a TV in your butt
Say, put me in your butt
Everybody say

In your butt, put the boogie in your butt
Put, put the boogie in your butt
In your butt, put the boogie in your butt
Put, put the boogie in your butt

I, hey that’s, man, I ain’t putting no trees in nobody’s butt
No bees in nobody’s butt, putting nothing
You must be out your mind, man
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Doctor Who Theme

One of the most memorable TV theme melodies. The ‘B’ section in particular has a quality that is very sweet and very British-sounding.

“The Doctor Who theme music is a piece of music written by Australian composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Created in 1963, it was one of the first electronic music signature tunes for television.”

More at Wikipedia

Video explaining how it was made (years before synthesizers had been invented!)
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Etana – “Bad Mind”


I heard this song on “The Joint”, channel 80 on XM/Sirius. It was a complete earwig for me – just couldn’t get it out of my head, like the first time I heard Rhianna’s “Umbrella” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. I wonder if this will be the big song of the summer. When I lived in New York, particularly in Harlem, it seemed each summer there would be one song that I heard constantly throughout the day, from cars and apartment windows and those guys who walk around with boomboxes on their shoulders; although that doesn’t seem quite so common anymore.

Her MySpace page has a download link:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/bwnfcy

I listened to some more of her songs on Last.fm but I didn’t particularly care for any of … Read the rest