November 20

Friday Song: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ by Dean Martin

dean-martin-baby-its-cold-outsideWell, well, well…Every year, the first significant snowfall of the year is bearing down on us here in Michigan, and with it the non-stop warnings to be prepared for the end of the world. We’re predicted to get a few inches of snow, which means in reality we might see two, but that’s not stopping the media from issuing one WINTER STORM WATCH warning after another. Every year, it’s headline news. And every year, it drives me kind of crazy.

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November 13

Friday Song: ‘The Hip’ by The Sparkles

sparkles-the-hipThe Sixties saw the birth of a million and one garage bands, groups of friends getting together to jam and hopefully record some tracks and get famous like The Beatles. While fame and fortune were rare, many of these bands scraped together enough cash to record a song or two. Some of them even got airplay on regional radio, back when there was such a thing.

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October 30

Friday Song: ‘Zombie Jamboree’ by King Flash & Calypso Carnival

zombie-jamboreeWhat’s the deal with our obsession with zombies? It’s not anything new, as this tune will attest. ‘Zombie Jamboree’ is a zombie-themed calypso tune from 1956. That’s really all I know about it. It’s all I, or you, need to know about it.

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October 23

Friday Song: ‘Love Me’ by THE PHANTOM

the-phantom-love-meI’ve had some kind of sinus thing going on this week; stuffed up head, dull throbbing headache, plugged sore ears…and I need to do something about it. And I think this song right here might just do the trick. I’m talking about the 1958 blast of rockabilly insanity known as “Love Me” by the mysterious masked rocked known to the world only as THE PHANTOM.

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October 9

The Friday Song: ‘Any Way You Wanta’ by Harvey

harvey-any-way-you-wantaWell would you look at that, it’s Friday! Another end to another long work week (even though in this day and age the concept of the ‘work week’ seems somewhat antiquated…with technology, we work all weekend long, am I right? We’re always ON, but that’s a rant for another time.) On Fridays, I like to pay as little attention to the news as possible…it’s all bad anyway.

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September 24

A Short History of the (Short) Golden Age of Surf Music

The Ventures, 1960
The Ventures, 1960
Hey, what’s up everybody… Well, it’s official. Summer’s over. Before I leave my Songs of Summer Extravaganza in the rearview mirror, I wanted to share this article I came across about the heyday of the surf music craze.

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