Thursday, July 20, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #146: EURYTHMICS. Continues tomorrow.
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#146
EURYTHMICS
English duo Eurythmics consisted of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. The 2 had previously been members of The Tourists. At this time, they were a couple. When their relationship ended in 1980, so did the group. Although no longer romantically involved, Lennox and Stewart opted to continue working together as a duo.
Debut album 'In The Garden' emerged in 1981. It was well received by critics, but failed to attract significant sales. Everything changed 2 years later, with follow-up album 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)'. Its title track and "Love Is A Stranger" reached the British Top 10 and the former made #1 in America. 
Eurythmics embraced music videos as an effective tool to attract attention to its music. 'Touch' reached #1 in late 1983. More hits followed, including "Who's That Girl?", "Right By Your Side" and "Here Comes The Rain Again".
Next, the duo recorded a soundtrack for the new film version of George Orwell's classic novel '1984', which starred Richard Burton and John Hurt. It spawned the Top 10 hit "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)".
 In 1985, "Would I Lie To You" topped the Australian chart. Follow-up single "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" reached #1 in Britain. The track featured Stevie Wonder. Aretha Franklin shared lead vocals with Lennox on the hit "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves". 
Further success followed with the singles "When Tomorrow Comes", "Thorn In My Side" and "Missionary Man". As the 1980s neared its end, the hits were drying up, although 'We Too Are One' made #1 in the UK in 1989. A compilation album also reached the top in many countries. The duo took a break in 1990. Both members continued pursuing solo projects. 
Eurythmics were back 9 years later with 'Peace'. It featured the singles "I Saved The World Today" and "17 Again". In 2005, "I've Got A Life" became the duo's final (to date) chart entry. 


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147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE
149 CARL RISELEY
150 TONI BRAXTON
151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES
153 LUTHER VANDROSS
154 ERIC CLAPTON
155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER
157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD
162 GLORIA GAYNOR
163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING
165 MEAT LOAF
166 JAMES REYNE
167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE
169 A-HA
170 GLEN CAMPBELL
171 DIRE STRAITS
172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT
174 ANTHONY CALLEA
175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE
177 MICHAEL BUBLE`
178 TRACY CHAPMAN
179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS
181 LITTLE RIVER BAND
182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES
184 CERRONE
185 MODELS
186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES
188 PETULA CLARK
189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
191 ART GARFUNKEL
192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN
194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG
195 S CLUB 7
196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES
198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI

200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #111: COME DOWN IN TIME. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
#111
COME DOWN IN TIME
“…While a cluster of nightjars 
sang some songs out of tune, 
a mantle of bright light 
shone down from the room...
The sweet "Come Down In Time" was included on Elton John's 1970 album 'Tumbleweed Connection'. It is a song about unrequited love.
Bernie Taupin's lyrics set the scene. Night has fallen. Outside, nightjar birds are singing. The verses continue, now referring to the woman the protagonist is keen for. He feels encouraged to go to her but fears she will not show. By the song's end, there is a line about the women that hold you tight, while others leave you waiting in vain under the stars.
Each word appears to have been thoughtfully selected by Taupin to capture the song's sad mood. The lyrics flow as a result of his delicate songwriting.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

200 FAVOURITE MUSIC ACTS: Spotify playlist.
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200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #147: TOTO. Continues tomorrow.
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#147
TOTO
In 1977, some of Los Angeles' most in-demand session musicians formed a group of their own. The founding members of Toto had written/ played on hits for George Benson, Boz Scaggs and (later) Michael Jackson. 
The band's self-titled debut album was issued in 1978. It made the US Top 10 and peaked at #2 in Australia. First single "Hold The Line" reached #5 in America. Other key tracks that attracted radio play were "Georgy Porgy" and "Rockmaker".
 'Toto' was followed by 'Hydra' in 1979. It contained the lovely ballad "99" but proved unable to match the success of its predecessor. Third LP 'Turn Back' fared even worse upon release in 1981. 
In 1982, the group came back stronger than ever with 'Toto IV'. This new album included the US #1 "Africa" and the #2 hit "Rosanna". The ballad "I Won't Hold You Back" reached the Top 10. Toto capped this golden period with a swag of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rosanna").
David Hungate left the band 2 years later. In 1988, Steve Porcaro quit. In 1992, his brother and drummer Jeff Porcaro died of a heart attack. More line-up changes plagued the band before Steve Lukather disbanded Toto in 2008. He and David Paich were the only founding members when the group re-united in 2010. 'Toto XIV' became the band's most recent album release in 2015.


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148 BARRY WHITE
149 CARL RISELEY
150 TONI BRAXTON
151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES
153 LUTHER VANDROSS
154 ERIC CLAPTON
155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER
157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD
162 GLORIA GAYNOR
163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING
165 MEAT LOAF
166 JAMES REYNE
167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE
169 A-HA
170 GLEN CAMPBELL
171 DIRE STRAITS
172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT
174 ANTHONY CALLEA
175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE
177 MICHAEL BUBLE`
178 TRACY CHAPMAN
179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS
181 LITTLE RIVER BAND
182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES
184 CERRONE
185 MODELS
186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES
188 PETULA CLARK
189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
191 ART GARFUNKEL
192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN
194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG
195 S CLUB 7
196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES
198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI
THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2017
Supermodelsingle.jpgJULY
SUPERMODEL (You Better Work) - RuPaul
Drag queen RuPaul released the single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" in 1992. It was lifted off the performer's 'Supermodel of the World' album. The dance track cracked the UK Top 40 and peaked at #2 on the US Dance Chart.


2017

RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
FINALLY - Ce Ce Peniston
DANCING QUEEN - Abba
BEAUTIFUL - Christina Aguilera
SEARCHIN' - Hazell Dean
I FEEL LOVE - Donna Summer

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2016

WHY? - Bronski Beat
OUTSIDE - George Michael
SAN FRANCISCO - Village People
JOHN, I'M ONLY DANCING - David Bowie
VOGUE - Madonna
SOMEWHERE - Barbra Streisand
I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
RISE LIKE A PHOENIX - Conchita Wurst
I WANT TO BREAK FREE - Queen
SAME LOVE - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME - Miquel Brown
TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #112: NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
#112
NOTHING COMPARES 2 U
“…It’s been 7 hours 
& 15 days 
since you took your love away...
Prince penned "Nothing Compares 2 U". It was recorded by the group The Family in 1985. A remake by Sinead O'Connor became the hit version, topping charts in America, the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 1990. Her cover was also included on the Irish performer's 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got' album. 
The song involves a couple that has broken up. Sung from the perspective of the abandoned half of the pair, the lyrics deal with the void left by the partner that has moved on. The protagonist tries all manner of distractions and methods to start over, but cannot stop missing the one that got away.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at:

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CHECK CAFFE` LATTE` OUT ON SPOTIFY.
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 featuring:
- HOT CURRENT TRACKS
- EUROVISION
-PERFECT POP SONGS
- BEST SONG LYRICS
- MOTOWN
- ABBA
- ROCK ANTHEMS
- ONE HIT WONDERS
-ELTON JOHN
GLBTIQ ANTHEMS
- ROLLING STONES
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200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #148: BARRY WHITE. Continues tomorrow.
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A new playlist has been added to spotify, featuring a sample of recordings from each of the:
The Caffé Latté
200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
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#148
BARRY WHITE
Texan Barry White was born in 1944 and was pivotal in laying the foundation for disco in the late 1960s- early Seventies. After teaching himself to play the piano, the young White made his recording debut aged only 11. Later, he pursued a career in music as an A&R Man for various record labels. This led to production work and the creation of Love Unlimited. The female group enjoyed some success.
 Next, White set his sights on working with a male vocalist. He worked on 3 demos which resulted in his being persuaded to record the songs himself. Barry White, recording artist emerged. His debut album 'I've Got So Much Love To Give' was issued in 1973 and topped the US R&B Album Chart. His next 3 albums repeated that achievement. 
White's singles frequently reached #1 on the Soul Chart. "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" also topped the US Pop Chart. During this time, he also created the #1 hit "Love's Theme" for his side project Love Unlimited Orchestra. 
By 1977, White had scored 5 Soul Chart #1s. In 1990, he was a guest on "The Secret Garden" from Quincy Jones' album 'Back On The Block'. White collaborated with Isaac Hayes on "Dark And Lovely (You Over There)" in 1992 and with Lisa Stansfield and Chaka Khan in 1999 with "The Longer We Make Love". He topped the Soul Chart one final time in 1994 with "Practice What You Preach".
White's health deteriorated this century. In 2002, he had kidney failure. His trademark seductive deep voice was silenced forever with his passing the following year.   


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149 CARL RISELEY
150 TONI BRAXTON
151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES
153 LUTHER VANDROSS
154 ERIC CLAPTON
155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER
157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD
162 GLORIA GAYNOR
163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING
165 MEAT LOAF
166 JAMES REYNE
167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE
169 A-HA
170 GLEN CAMPBELL
171 DIRE STRAITS
172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT
174 ANTHONY CALLEA
175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE
177 MICHAEL BUBLE`
178 TRACY CHAPMAN
179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS
181 LITTLE RIVER BAND
182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES
184 CERRONE
185 MODELS
186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES
188 PETULA CLARK
189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
191 ART GARFUNKEL
192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN
194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG
195 S CLUB 7
196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES
198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI