Saturday, June 24, 2017

TOP 100 1-HIT WONDERS. This post: #30-21. Continues tomorrow.
Caffé Latté presents a tribute to the  All-Time 100
MOST ESSENTIAL
ONE HIT WONDERS
This group of musical acts is responsible for only 1 major hit in Britain & /or America spans the decades. After that initial taste of chart success, a significant  follow-up eluded them.
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30
I LOVE YOU ALWAYS FOREVER
Donna Lewis (1996) 
Welsh singer / songwriter Donna Lewis penned her only chart hit, a Top 5 smash in Britain, America, Australia and Canada. She released a duet with Richard Marx the following year entitled "At The Beginning" which never made the Top 40.
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29
CA PLANE POUR MOI
Plastic Bertrand (1977)
Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand was born Roger Jouret. "Ca Plane Pour Moi" was a mix of disco and punk performed in French. It was a Top 10 smash in Europe, Australia and the UK.
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28
BREAK MY STRIDE
Matthew Wilder (1983) 
American soloist Matthew Wilder co-wrote "Break My Stride". The single went Top 10 in the US, Britain, Europe, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Wilder had previously worked as a session singer for Bette Midler and Rickie Lee Jones. In 1995, he produced the No Doubt album 'Tragic Kingdom'.
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27
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
Debby Boone (1977)
Despite ruling over the US Chart for 10 weeks, "You Light Up My Life" remains Debby Boone's sole Top 40 entry. The ballad was a cover of the Academy Award- winning title song from a film starring Didi Conn.
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26
CRUSH
Jennifer Paige (1998) 
American singer Jennifer Paige reached #1 in Canada and Australia, as well as peaking in the US & UK Top 5 with "Crush". In 2008, she recorded the duet "Beautiful Lie" with Nick Carter. Paige still records to this day, having released 'Starflower' in 2017.
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25
SPIRIT IN THE SKY
Norman Greenbaum (1970)
American soloist Norman Greenbaum shot to the top in Britain, Canada and Australia (and #3 in America) with his only hit "Spirit In The Sky". After retiring from music, he became a full time dairy farmer. Greenbaum limited his later musical endeavours to managing artists and promoting concerts. 
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24
DOCTOR'S ORDERS
Carol Douglas (1974) 
American singer Carol Strickland is the cousin of Sam Cooke. She changed her surname to Douglas and scored an early disco hit with her remake of "Doctor's Orders". The single peaked at #11 in America. 
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23
MANIAC
Michael Sembello (1983)
American Michael Sembello  topped the US and Canadian chart with "Maniac", from the 'Flashdance' film soundtrack. The singer has written songs for Diana Ross and played guitar on Stevie Wonder albums.
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22
KUNG FU FIGHTING
Carl Douglas (1974) 
Carl Douglas was born in Jamaica and raised in America. He wrote "Kung Fu Fighting", which became 1 of the 1st disco #1 singles. The disc reached the top in America, Britain, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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21
TURN THE BEAT AROUND
Vicki Sue Robinson (1976)
American disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson peaked at #10 in America with "Turn The Beat Around". She appeared in the original Broadway productions of the musicals "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hair". Robinson died of cancer in 2000.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

200 FAVOURITE MUSIC ACTS: Spotify playlist.
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   200   
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
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An image of Puth sporting a green jacket, posing a front a yellow backdrop, with his name and the title, "Nine Track Mind" appearing in the portrait's center.A black-and-white photograph of Chapman looking down
Each update features 5 highlight tracks for the latest music act added. As a new act is included, the 5 will become 2 songs that remain on the playlist to make way for a new set of 5 choice tracks.
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200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #169: A-HA. Continues in 2 days.
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Third release (1985)
#169
A-HA
Many are only familiar with A-Ha because of the group's enduring 80s synthpop 80s hit "Take On Me". Delve beyond that smash and you will discover many other delights featuring unique instrumentation and soaring harmonies.
In much the same way as ABBA put Swedish music on the map, A-Ha has been Norway's most successful musical export. The trio, formed in Oslo in 1982, consists of Morten Harket, Pal Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen.
Relocating to London, A-Ha was eventually signed to WEA Records. "Take On Me" was selected as the debut single. The first 2 attempts to launch the disc failed. It was re-issued a 3rd time in 1985, this time accompanied by an unforgettable music video. The single finally shot up the charts, peaking at #2 in Britain and then to #1 in America, Europe and Australia. 
Follow-up "The Sun Always Shines On TV" topped the UK Chart. Other singles included "Hunting High And Low", "Cry Wolf" and "Summer Moved On".
In 1987, A-Ha performed the title song for the James Bond film 'The Living Daylights'. There was a 7-year gap between 1993's 'Memorial Beach' and 'Minor Earth Major Sky'. 
A-Ha announced its retirement in 2009. The trio re-united for the 'Cast In Steel' album in 2015. A world tour followed. The same line-up remains intact to this day.


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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 
This playlist is now available on Spotify!
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2017
JUNE
RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Relax single.jpgBritish group Frankie Goes To Hollywood made a massive splash with its debut single "Relax". Unleashed in late 1983, the single initially took some time to attract attention. Once it was noticed, controversy helped sales. Its risque lyrics and the accompanying music video, set in a gay venue, resulted in a ban for both the song and the clip. All of this publicity swept the single to #1 in Britain. It was a massive hit internationally. After several remixes of "Relax", the disc is among the all-time best selling singles in UK history.

2017

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


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200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #130: BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS. Continues: next week.
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.
#13O
BULLETS WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS
“…The world is a vampire
 sent to drain...
Billy Corgan, lead singer of The Smashing Pumpkins, wrote "Bullets With Butterfly Wings", one of the most insightful and relatable tracks of the 1990s. 
Its lyrics obviously touched a chord with the Generation X audience, enthusiastically embracing the chorus: "despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage". 
The song has elements of punk and grunge, fuelled by anger. It was included on the group's 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness'. Both the single and its parent album came out in 1995. 
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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #170: GLEN CAMPBELL. Continues tomorrow.
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#170
GLEN CAMPBELL
During the 1970s, Glen Campbell became one of the leading figures in the country / pop genre. The American was born in 1936 and learned to play the guitar from the age of 4. He started performing in bands during his teens. As a young adult, he developed a reputation as a competent session musician, playing for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys.
His solo aspirations began bearing fruit first on the country chart in the late 1960s. "Wichita Lineman" was his 2nd #1 on that listing and became his 1st major pop crossover hit. Campbell was soon a regular on the Top 40, with singles such as "Galveston", "Try A LIttle Kindness", "Bonaparte's Retreat" and his 2 US #1 Pop singles "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights". 
Over recent decades, the recordings grew rarer. In 2011, the 75 year old Campbell revealed that he had Alzheimer's Disease. A farewell tour followed. The documentary 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me' was released in 2014. Its soundtrack included the moving song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You". A final album entitled 'Adios' was issued in 2017.


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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: #131: WHAT MAKES A MAN. 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.
#131
WHAT MAKES A MAN
“…The answers come from
 those who make,
 the rules that some of us
 must break,
 just to keep living.
 I know my life is not a crime,
 I’m just a victim of my time...
French music veteran Charles Aznavour penned "What Makes A Man" in its original French version "Comme Il Disent". 
It is a snapshot of life as a Continental gay man. The song describes his home life, cohabitating with his mother and an assortment of pets. He works as a female impersonator, before catching up with his friends in the early hours of the morning. The protagonist recounts the subjects of their conversations, before the mood switches. Now the lyrics deal with the loneliness in his loveless life and the discrimination targetted towards him. 
The frankness of the song remains impactful, decades since its release in 1972. Marc Almond (formerly of Soft Cell) covered the song in 1993.
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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #171: DIRE STRAITS. Continues tomorrow.
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FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
Dire Straits
#171
DIRE STRAITS
English rock band Dire Straits formed in 1977. The original line-up featured lead singer / guitarist Mark Knopfler, his brother David and roommate bassist John Illsey. A year later, the trio unleashed its self-titled debut LP. It proved successful internationally, even topping the charts in Australia and reaching the Top 5 in America, Europe, Britain and Canada.
In 1982, 'Love Over Gold' made #1 in the UK and Australia. It contained the singles "Private Investigations" and "Industrial Disease". Follow-up 'Brothers In Arms' was issued 3 years later. This proved to be the band's zenith, reaching #1 in numerous countries, including the U.S.A. "Money For Nothing" was lifted off the LP and made #1 in North America. 
Dire Straits lay dormant for many years following that album until 'On Every Street' emerged in 1991. The group then disbanded in 1995. Mark Knopfler has since been releasing solo albums.


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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