|#6 - Surviving Long Distances: Round One – Oldies (50s, 60s, 70s)
||[May. 16th, 2007|09:13 pm]
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Summer is approaching, and a lot of us are out of school already! A lot of us are going to be traveling, and you know what that means… Long hours stuck inside four-wheeled objects, planes, trains, whatever. So to counter the possible boredom, I propose to you survival music! I’ve been on a huge oldies kick lately, so round one will focus on just that! A mix of mo-town, rock n’roll, and hippie classics that will wake you up on those long road trips, plus bonus songs (read those descriptions!)! I don’t know many oldies outside of the US admittedly, so no flags this time.
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Doesn’t this song put a good feeling inside of you? This is the classic, grab-whatever’s-near-you-and-sing-into-it song.
Jackson 5 – ABC
SO CUTE AND FUNKY. It’s a pretty addictive sing-alonger.
The Carpenters – Close To You
It’s a very mellow lullaby with some super 70s sounds that I haven’t heard experimented with in ages (I’m not that old though haha), and I love Karen Carpenter’s vocals. Its so soothing. The movie MirrorMask featured a very eerie, interesting cover of this song by Josefine Cronholm. Check it out.
Martha and the Vandellas - Heat Wave
I love this mo-town hit. Songs like this really make me miss the style of one lead singer + backup singers.
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
Gotta love The Beach Boys. They really know how to liven up a dull mood.
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
You all have NO idea how hard it was to suppress the urge to fill this rotation with nothing but The Beatles. This song is a must-have for any car stereo.
The Monkees – I’m A Believer
Classic 60s goodness. The Smash Mouth version of this song is good too! I’ve upped that just for fun. You can grab it here.
Dee Dee Sharp – Mashed Potato Time
The only thing that nearly brings back that dance-named-after-a-food theme is Tootsie Roll. But nothing comes as close to the 50s swankiness that is Mashed Potato Time!
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Starts out slow and sweet, but ends with a big bang! Careful of sing along tendencies! I've also upped a fabulously sweet cover done by Tommy February6!
The Archies – Sugar, Sugar
This song is so cheesy with its hippy, sugar-coated 70s sound, yet so groovy!
James Brown – I Feel Good
SO GOOD, SO GOOD, I GOT YOU!
Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
You may have heard this song before Pulp Fiction, or after, but either way, this song is fun and easy to get into and you’ll probably find yourself dancing to it sooner or later.
Frank Sinatra – Luck Be A Lady
How can anyone not dig Frank Sinatra? This is a pretty jazzy big band song.
The Four Tops – Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
The Four Tops have such great songs! You should listen to them all! This one is zesty and has more of the authentic sound of its time I look for in oldies!
The Chordettes - Lollipop
This is SUCH a ridiculously cute song. Makes me long for one of those huge rainbow suckers!
Dionne Warwick – What The World Needs Now Is Love
This is the type of song you just sit back and listen to placidly while watching the scenery pass by the window.
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
I love the drum solo breaks in this song! And it’s Elvis, I mean c’mon, a playlist that’s missing an Elvis Presley song just isn’t a playlist.
Little Richard – Tutti Fruitti
This song is addictive, crazy and fun. Just like Elvis had great drum solos, this song uses great scat that breaks down the verses!
The Isley Brothers – Shout
I don’t care WHO you are or what genre you listen to, if you’re missing this song from your CD / mp3 collection… you’ve been missing out. I hold to this day that no other song has put people in such an enthusiastic mood as this song has.
And now… The MUST DOWNLOAD OF THE LIST!!
GospeRats – Hurricane
This is not only a recent song, but the group is Japanese! Their style of music is 50s bebop, and they even dress and apply make-up to themselves to give them the appearance of a 50s band. I picked this song because it’s likely none of you have it or have even heard it. GospeRats is pretty rare on the j-music circuit.
PVs with an Oldies twist!
Christina Aguilera – Candyman
I really like the effort put in to make this video seem as 50s nostalgic as possible. Good choreography, effects, and timing! Plus the song is bubblelicious and Christina's vocals are dazzling. I think Christina Aguilera channels the 50s element very well. It’s believeable.
Miyavi – Gigpig Boogie
Miyavi channeling his inner 50s rock n’roll bad boy! He does have a fondness for oldies after all. This video is pretty funny and caked up with Miyavi’s usual wicked crazy style (the other band members with paper bags on their heads?! WTF? XD).
Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (Film Clip)
This is my favorite musical sequence of all time! It’s from the 1956 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, featuring Marilyn Monroe in her infamous “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Her singing is top-notch and it’s clear from her presentation she was BORN for stardom. Not to mention this number is SO well timed and choreographed!!
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