Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Jaki Graham rules....

Since I just can't get enough of Jaki Graham, here's the better-audio version of "Round And Round" (Click Here)

And here's another video of here #5 UK hit with David Grant, "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love".

With the record selection and the mirror's affection...


Well about a year ago today I was in New York for my birthday and popped into the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. After I got a couple things and sauntered up to the cash register there was a bin of import box sets. For 19.99. OMFG. Of course I gave in to the gods of impulse buying and dove in like Greg Louganis in 1984 at Los Angeles (and no, not like your thinking...). I did enough to control myself to just allow myself one. And of course the 80's won out. The 80's always win out. Nothing speaks of my coming of somewhat-adulthood like the crazily-coiffed bands of England. And with 108 songs, how can I go wrong? I looked at the tracklisting. One-hit wonders, check. UK songs I could never find here, check. Jaki Graham (I'll get to her in a bit), check. I'm sold.

EMI gold's The Best Of The Eighties is a six-CD hodgepodge of tracks which hit at least the top100 on the UK chart (most are top 10, but a smattering of lesser hits are there). As with a lot of English compilations, there seems to be more or less no real coherency on how songs were chosen, though each of the disc has a skeletal theme. The set goes through most of the genres of music at the time, well at the for the UK, since rap, country, and soft rock are pretty much left alone. Also as with a lot of UK "supermarket" hits CDs, there's a lot of major artists, but not with the songs you think. There are your standby defaults, like Toni Basil's "Mickey", J. Geils' "Centerfold", Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" and the corker, Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science" (which seem to be on every set I seem to find). But there are surprises. For Dexy's Midnight Runners, no "Come On Eileen", but "Geno" (which did hit #1 there). For Human League not "Don't You Want Me", but "Mirror Man". For Duran Duran, not "Hungry Like The Wolf", but "Planet Earth". You get the picture. And it's actually a good thing. There's just enough familiar stuff to make it representative, but enough more obtuse choices to make it interesting. There is a few duds on here, but they're dotted around the set.

The first CD is basically your nerdy proto-alt-rock section. You've got XTC, Public Image Limited, and even a couple Talking Heads tunes (why would you put the same artist twice on the same CD of a box set? Especially "Wild Wild Life", in my opinion one of their worst songs? It seems strange, but then they probably don't care what I think). Anchoring the flow of the disc is Blondie's "Call Me", with Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself", Sinead O'Connor's "Mandinka", and the Vapors' "Turning Japanese" being the best track on here. Surprising gem on this disc is Public Image Ltd.'s "Rise", being quite melodic for a Johnny Rotten track.

Disc two is more the American crossover of the bunch. There's Pat Benatar ("Love Is A Battlefield"), Belinda Carlisle ("Heaven Is A Place On Earth"), Kim Carnes ("Bette Davis Eyes"), and Stevie Nicks ("Rooms On Fire", which I've really never seen on a compilation before). There's also Americanized UK or UK-based acts like John Waite ("Missing You") and Katrina & The Waves ("Walking On Sunshine"). Even UK acts that rock radio at the time would consider touching are here like Kim Wilde ("Kids In America") and Go West's Wham!-like "We Close Our Eyes". But then oddly enough there's two Whitesnake songs (and neither not their most known). But all and all this disc will remind you the most of US radio of the six.

The third disc is more new wave/New Romantic of them all. Starting with Culture Club's groundbreaking "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and Duran Duran's "Planet Earth" displaying the beginning of the 2nd British Invasion, this CD has classic tracks like Talk Talk's grand "It's My Life" (one of my fave 80s songs ever), Japan's arty "Ghosts", and Ultravox's apocalyptic "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes". A couple obvious choices are here like Dolby's "Blinded Me WIth Science" and Spandau Ballet's "True". (sidebar: I, and a boatload of other people, love this song. But can anyone tell me what the lyrics are about? I mean really?) Hidden loves on this include Marc Almond's sweet duet with the great 60s singer Gene Pitney with "Something's Got A Hold Of My Heart" and Midge Ure's dramatic "If I Was".

Disc four is all over the place, with some soul songs (Freddie Jackson's sexy "Rock Me Tonight", Loose Ends' groovy "Hanging On A String") with some whitish rockish numbers (Julian Lennon's "Too Late For Goodbyes", Cutting Crew's "Died In Your Arms"). Making a welcome appearance is Danny Wilson's "Mary's Prayer", made more famous now by the movie There's Something About Mary, and the breezy duet of Jaki Graham and David Grant of the Spinners' classic "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love". Though it is a shock the disc starts off with such a great funky band, Hot Chocolate (the "You Sexy Thing" Hot Chocolate) with the blandest, most unsoulful of their or anybody's songs "It Started With a Kiss".

The next CD is commissioned apparently for all the dance songs, and makes it the most fun of the set. From the kickoff classic "Pump Up The Jam" (which still sounds fresh today), this set mines more lesser-known songs like house music diva Adeva's remake of Aretha's "Respect", gay-disco hi-energy star Hazell Dean's "Searchin' (I've Got To Find A Man)", Jaki Graham smooth English-disco hit "Round And Round", and the funky, well, whiteness of "Living In A Box". And even a couple songs from the closing days of classic disco, the Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On" and the BBQ Band's Chic-ish "On The Beat", are on here. Even new-wave dance makes an appearance, with Re-Flex's "The Politics Of Dancing" and Paul Hardcastle's almost quaint dance ode to the Vietnam war, "19".

The last disc is pretty much split between ska and reggae cuts like the Special AKA's "Free Nelson Mandela" and nondescript 80s songs like Toni Basil's "Mickey". You get Soul II Soul's breakthrough hit "Keep On Moving" (which would've made sense on the fifth disc, but is still welcome), Limahl's uber-gay one-two punch of "Too Shy" (with Kajagoogoo) and "Neverending Story" (by himself) back-to-back, and Sheena Easton's AM-radio staple "Morning Train (Nine To Five)". They even slip in a couple goodies like Sly Fox's one-hit-wonder "Let's Go All The Way" and the Specials' "Ghost Town". I wish I would've gotten a better Bananarama song than the "AInt What You Do" bimbo-fest that's here.

But all in all, The Best Of The Eighties doesn't really pretend to give you "the best of the eighties". It does give you a good flashback though to radio in the UK in the decade though, and is a good find, if you can find it.

Grade: B
Best Cuts:
Sinead O'Connor's "Mandinka", Blondie's "Call Me", Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes", Kim Wilde's "Kids In America", Talk Talk's "It's My Life', Spandau Ballet's "True", Japan's "Ghosts", Freddie Jackson's "Rock Me Tonight", Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam", Adeva's "Respect", Hazell Dean's "Searchin'", Mel & Kim's "Showing Out", Jaki Graham's "Round And Round", Living In A Box's "Living In A Box", The Whispers' "And The Beat Goes On", Special AKA's "Free Nelson Mandela", Soul II Soul's "Keep On Moving", Toni Basil's "Mickey"
Weakest Links: Department S's "Is Vic There?", Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life", Hot Chocolate's "It Started With A Kiss", Fun Boy Three & Bananarama's "It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It", Toto Coelo's "I Eat Cannibals"

This set is hard to find but you can search half-com or Virgin's store for it.

And here to brighten up your cloudy summer day is the best example of a protest-message song I've ever heard, Special AKA's sublime "Free Nelson Mandela". Click here to download to listen (right click to bring it up in a new window)

and I had said I would say more about Jaki Graham. I had first heard Jaki on one of those "Now That's What I Call Music" tapes imported from England I used to buy at the local mall record store. The "Now" series exposed me to such great music, and the UK series now in its 64th volume, so kicks the US version's ass. You can't go wrong picking up a copy to hear what's going on in the UK pop music scene. Here's Jaki Graham's video for her classic "Round and Round".

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for August 29, 2006....

Where has the summer gone? Okay, folks, here's my songs for this week. As per the drill you can click on the name of the artist highlighted to bring up their handy-dandy webpage (you can rightclick to bring it up in a new window). This week Xtina spends another week at the top, and big moves are by Under The Influence Of Giants, Audioslave, and L.E.X. Saying goodbye are songs by Rihanna, Jack Johnson, and Angels & Airwaves. And yeah, Paris Hilton's on here twice now, I don't wanna hear any grief. Ciaozers for nowzers...

ThisWeek Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (1)
2. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (3)
3. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (5)
4. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (2)
5. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (4)
6. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (6)
7. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (11)
8. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith (8)
9. Move Along - All-American Rejects (9)
10. Miss Murder - AFI (10)
11. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (7)
12. Savin' Me - Nickelback (12)
13. Unfaithful - Rihanna (15)
14. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (20)
15. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (17)
16. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (21)
17. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (13)
18. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (22)
19. Face The Music - Conjure One (19)
20. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (18)
21. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (23)
22. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (14)
23. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (29)
24. Get Together - Madonna (16)
25. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (30)
26. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (31)
27. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (27)
28. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (36)
29. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan (25)
30. The World - Brad Paisley (24)
31. C'est La Vie - Kim English (40)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. Swing - Trace Adkins (37)
34. Star With You - Goo Goo Dolls (34)
35. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (33)
36. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (43)
37. High - James Blunt (26)
38. World Hold On - Bob Sinclar f/Steve Edwards (28)
39. Who Knew - Pink (41)
40. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (35)
41. How To Save A Life - The Fray (44)
42. Far Away - Nickelback (49)
43. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden (39)
44. Hate Me - Blue October (45)
45. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (47)
46. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (48)
47. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (54)
48. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (50)
49. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (51)
50. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (62)
51. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield (38)
52. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (60)
53. I Will - Dolce (46)
54. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (55)
55. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (56)
56. Lost - Roger Sanchez (67)
57. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (58)
58. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (79)
59. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (70)
60. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (52)
61. Original Fire - Audioslave (82)
62. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (63)
63. Bad Day - Daniel Powter (53)
64. Boston - Augustana (65)
65. MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday (66)
66. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (68)
67. Give It Away - George Strait (71)
68. Cafe Con Alegria - Tony Moran f/Deep Influence (57)
69. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (69)
70. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (80)
71. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (100)
72. When You Were Young - The Killers (92)
73. I Will Stand - Claudja Barry (42)
74. To Call My Own - Barton (85)
75. Strut - Kevin Aviance (86)
76. Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts (64)
77. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (77)
78. Everything Changes - Staind (78)
79. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (DEBUT)
80. The Glamourous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (DEBUT)
81. Faster Kill Pussycat - Oakenfold f/Brittany Murphy (59)
82. Summertime - Kenny Chesney (75)
83. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas (81)
84. Make A Move On Me - Joey Negro (61)
85. Faith - Leana (73)
86. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (99)
87. Yee Haw - Jake Owen (88)
88. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (91)
89. You Can Turn Me On - Muzzaik f/Mia (74)
90. The Time - Chris "The Greek" Panaghi (90)
91. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (93)
92. I Don't Know What She Said - Blaine Larsen (94)
93. Love You - Jack Ingram (95)
94. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (DEBUT)
95. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (DEBUT)
96. Don't Forget To Remember Me - Carrie Underwood (84)
97. 8th Of November - Big & Rich (97)
98. New Strings - Miranda Lambert (72)
99. Underground Baby - Adam Freemer (DEBUT)
100. I Loved Her First - Heartland (DEBUT)

Monday, August 28, 2006

Life is so hard needlessly, no fairy tales tell me I'm history....


Ahh, the things you find in the import clearance bin. Music Of The Year: 1987 is a hodgepodge in a series of apparently K-tel supermarketlike 80s throwback collections in the UK. Put together with odds and sods singles from 1987, not exactly the greatest year musicwise, it intrigued me in it's weird choice of songs enough to buy the sucker.

In its 19 songs are mostly skewed towards moderately successful English singles, a lot which never got any play here in the states. Thus you can find UK top 10ers like the Style Council's totally non-Style Council-y "It Doesn't Matter", troubadour Black's "Wonderful Life", as well as Swing Out Sister's amazingly excellent single "Surrender". There is a smattering of crossover hits, most prominently Jody Watley's "Looking For A New Love", but also ABC's saccharin "When Smokey Sings", The Jet's bubbly "Crush On You", and the hard-to-find fun romp of Was (Not Was)' "Walk The Dinosaur". There's even inexplicably a non-hit (but not bad) version of "Living In A Box" done by soul crooner Bobby Womack.

The cream of this crop is Watley, Swing Out Sister, Squeeze's deserved comeback "Hourglass", an awesome version of the great Love song "Alone Again Or" done by the band The Damned, and beyond all the delightfully cheesiest of all, the ex-Wham! backups Pepsi & Shirlie's "Heartache" (a song I was SOOO in love with in 1987). But these songs are mixed with some real drivel, not the least being the totally awful (and one of my worst songs of all time) version of "Wipeout" done by the Fat Boys and The Beach Boys. Ugh. Not even campy good. More like they needed the coke money bad. Also Kim Wilde is represented by a dated sub-par duet "Another Step", and Sly & Robbie put in "Boops (Here To Go)", proving they were better producing for other people.

This isn't exactly a CD you're gonna find everyday. You'll find a few good finds on it, but as a whole listen, it's kinda skittish.

Grade: C
Best Cuts:
"Looking For A New Love", "Heartache", "Surrender"
Weakest Links: "Wipeout", "Another Step", "Boops (Here To Go)"

Music Of The Year:1987 contains...
Black's "Wonderful Life" hit #8 in the UK.
ABC's "When Smokey Sings" hit #5 pop, #1 dance club, #2 Adult Contemporary, and #11 in the UK.
Curiosity Killed The Cat's "Misfit" hit #42 pop, #43 dance club, & #7 in the UK.
Pepsi & Shirlie's "Heartache" made #78 pop, #2 dance club, & #2 in the UK.
The Christians' "Forgotten Town" made #22 in the UK.
Level 42's "Running In The Family" hit #83 pop, and #6 in the UK.
Was (Not Was)' "Walk The Dinosaur" hit #7 pop, #11 dance club, #30 Modern Rock, and #10 in the UK.
The Style Council's "It Doesn't Matter" made #9 in the UK.
Kim Wilde & Junior's "Another Step" made #6 in the UK.
Jody Watley's "Looking For A New Love" hit #2 pop, #1 Dance club & R&B, and #13 in the UK.
Swing Out Sister's "Surrender" made #22 dance and #7 in the UK.
Squeeze's "Hourglass" made #15 pop, #22 rock, and #16 in the UK.
The Damned's "Alone Again Or" hit #27 in the UK.
Zodiac Mindwarp's "Prime Mover" hit #18 in the UK.
The Jets' "Crush On You" made #3 pop, #4 both dance club and R&B, and #5 in the UK.
The Fat Boys/Beach Boys "Wipeout" made #12 pop, #42 dance club, #10 R&B, & #2 in the UK.
Cameo's "Back And Forth" hit #50 pop, #6 dance club, #3 R&B, & #11 in the UK.
Sly & Robbie's "Boops (Here To Go)" hit #22 dance club, #12 in the UK.

To commemorate the loss of the great Arthur Lee, click here to get the Damned's version of the Love song (not love song) "Alone Again Or"(right click to bring new window)

And on the other hand, as much as I love the slap-happy silliness of Pepsi & Shirlie's "Heartache", the video rank as one of the horribly funniest of all time. Watch as Pepsi shows no soul, and Shirlie is having some sort of seizure apparently.


We can't let the government bother me...


As I had written before, getting a dance mix CD is a hit-or-miss proposition. With a tracklist that can either be obscure, boring, or frivolous, they sometimes can have a shelf life a little longer than my milk in the frig. Usually signs of a worthy one are either 1) contains hard-to-find but popular tracks, 2) a good percentage of anthemic hit songs, or 3) an interesting mix format (you can usually never find all three together). Party Groove: Soakin' Wet 2 is pretty good with two of the three.

Since it's put out by Centaur Records, which pretty much is committed to dance music, the mixer David Knapp is able license out a lot of top-shelf hits, including five #1 Dance Club play songs, as well as a couple more hitting the top 5. That's half the tracks, so so far so good. The CD begins with the 2006 remix of Jody Watley's "Looking For A New Love" which darkens up the original without making it too overly tribal. Next comes Blaze's "Most Precious Love" featuring Barbara Tucker. Great retro-house anthem kinda remindful of Sounds Of Blackness. Georgie Porgie brings "Sunshine", a nice summer breezy dance song that's like a latin freestyle act like TKA doing a Whispers song. That's three #1's in a row to kick it off. Not bad.

Next Knapp pulls out a remix of "Le Freak" done by Japanese dance-jazz artists GTS with Norma Jean and Luci M from Chic itself. As this song is way hard to find anywhere, it's way appreciated, though I still prefer the original. From here though comes a little lull, with 3 lesser songs (Ceevox's OK "Quick Fix", and the forgettable instrumentals "Tabasco" and "Latin Express") losing your interest for a little bit. If you can hang on through that, though, you have the excellent Cruz mix of Deepa Soul's "As I Am", which pairs a dark tribal groove to a positive lyric message for a change. That flows into the sleeper diva-ish "Ain't No One" then to a version of Chus & Ceballos' "Low Frequencies" which is better utilized on other comps like DJ Boris' Unleashed. Then we're back in the larger acts with Funky Green Dogs' "Reach For Me" (not their best song, but not crap). Then when you least expect it comes another one-two punch of #1 songs, this time two gospel tinged house burners - Vernessa Mitchell's hard-to-find "Accept Me" and Sisaundra's uplifting "Shout". If it would end there it would be fabulous, but Knapp adds an expendable if not totally horrible version if "Could It Be Magic" be Vic & Chicola (I mean, we can get current remixes of Barry Manilow's, for cryin out loud). That choice of final song fizzles out the CD when it could've been more effective closing with "Shout".

Knapp mixes up awkwardly between the songs, making it almost seem saturday-night radio mixshow muddled. No breakdowns, no interplay, just straight beatmixing. Nothing's really taken for a chance here, so for that it misses it's total potential. However with a couple really hard-to-find songs like "Le Freak", "As I Am", "Accept Me", and "Shout", Party Groove: Soaking Wet 2 in end the has more assets than debits. Though you may be tempted to hit the forward button a couple times, not good for a mixtape.

Grade: B-
Best Cuts: "Most Precious Love", "Sunshine", "As I Am", "Shout"
Weakest Links: "Could It Be Magic", "Tabasco"

"Looking For A New Love" hit #1 on the Dance Club Play chart.
"Most Precious Love" hit #1 on the Dance Club Play Chart and #17 in the UK.
"Sunshine" made #1 on Dance Club Play, and #17 on Dance Radio.
"Le Freak" made #2 on Dance Club Play.
"As I Am" hit #4 Dance Club Play.
"Accept Me" made #1 Dance Club Play.
"Shout" made #1 Dance Club Play.

You can buy Party Groove: Soaking Wet either here or here.

To listen to the GTS version of "Le Freak" click here. (right click to bring new window)

And here's the very cheesy video to Georgie Porgie's song on this CD, "Sunshine".

Why I hate record companies, part 394...

Y'know, with all the whiny-ass-titty-babies in the CEO offices of the maybe 2-3 music conglomerates left about the lack of growth in music sales, may I remind them that you have to release some shit to get some sales. Case in point: the dance music industry, which for years has catered to the "we're gonna only release this remix/dance song to the 50 dj's we like, and the public just has to like buying the regular song off the album. Stupid idea. Don't they realize how short a shelf life that stuff has? And do you think a club kid's gonna shell out 18$ to get the ballad version of their fave e-fueled rave-up? Nah. Some of then have got the picture, putting things out on I-Tunes, which I commend wholly. Hell it doesn't have any overhead, and you're making a buck a shot you didn't have before. Possibly even a convert to the artist. But Noooo.... some of them don't. Lookie here. India. Not exactly a breakthrough artist, whether it be in teh Latin or the dance community. Has the #4 dance song out right now, Just For Another Night. The album version? You get to choose either salsa or reggaeton. Ugh. By the time if they ever get their butts in gear to offer this song, it'll be way forgotten.


so here it is.

Click here to hear the Rosabel remix of India's "Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche)"
. (right click to bring in another window)

enjoy.

RS500 #89 - Can I borrow a minute of your tomorrow, don't let it cause you sorrow...

In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine put together a list of the 500 best albums in rock, which was compiled from a combination of haughty-taughty music critics, pajama'd journalists, assorted musicians, and Britney Spears. It caused a little stir not just for what it included, but what it left out. But I honestly thought they did a pretty good job, considering (Michael Jackson's Bad is on there, but no Four Tops or Temptations). In fact the top 100 is pretty solid. I made it a point to have and to write about each of the 500 as I get them. Well I have the top 90 so far, and here's the first one I've managed on here. Although to be fair, Dusty In Memphis in a fairer world would at least be in the top 20.

Dusty Springfield, actually Mary O'Brien to be concise, was unlike any import from England to the states. Originally part of a folky group with her brother called the Springfields, Dusty went solo in 1963 with a sound that drew more on the girl-group sonics that the Merseybeat that was breaking here like a tsunami with the Beatles and the Stones. Becoming bigtime in the UK with singles like "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", she had moderate if not consitent success in America. Which made the arrival of Dusty In Memphis all the more startling in retrospect. Switching labels from the Sun-associated Phillips label to Atlantic records, home of the booming soul movement, and especially Aretha Franklin. Inspired by the music coming from Muscle Shoals studio, she put together an album with Aretha's team of Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin that does more than emulate the soul sounds of the label, it transcends it. It simply is the finest blue-eyed soul album. Ever. Hell one of the best soul albums ever. You wonder why Dusty's an icon to the gay community? Look here. There's more pain, heartbreak, love, elation, and genuine feeling than a million new-jack albums put together. In 1999, Rhino & Atlantic re-released (for the second time) the album with 14 extra tracks, more than doubling the number from the original. And how usually padded packages like this would give you tossaway numbers and alternate takes good for the rabid uber-fan, this CD not only justifies, but improves it raison d'etre.

Starting with a greatly cleaned up version of the original album, Dusty in Memphis basically clobbers you with one of the best album sides ever devised. Starting with the swirling "Just A Little Lovin'" which is such a no-brainer since you an just picture Dusty waking up in her nightgown, running through the house (with the orchestra in the background, mind you) and pushing out the window shutters to belt this sweet request for love. And if "Just...." was Dusty's "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)", "So Much Love" was her "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman". With backup from Aretha's Sweet Inspirations, Springfield draws upon gospel stylings to the secular, which ups the love/devotion ante in droves. But then comes the coup de grace, "Son-Of-A Preacher Man". Here Dusty sounds like no one but Dusty. It's been done by others, even the Queen of Soul, but never bettered.

From the triple take on love, Dusty finds heartbreak, with "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", which works so well in it's imagine of how claustrophobic loneliness can be. From there she revisits her girl-group style of the past with "Don't Forget About Me", with background music and harmonizing not unlike the Motown of the Four Tops. "Breakfast In Bed" follows, which portrays Dusty in the "symapthetic ear" light (something I can definitely relate too). But then we're back to heartbreak, with "Just One Smile", which pleads with her love to basically throw her a crumb, and it's sung so sweetly that you can't avoid a tear in your eye. "The Windmills Of Your Mind" was taken from the Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair and reflects that brooding pace rather than the other songs in the album. That's followed by "In The Land Of Make Believe", which compliments the previous song, and ventures more in the pop arena.
But then Dusty returns to Memphis soul with the melancholy "No Easy Way Down" and "I Can't Make It Alone" which close the original album with two anthems of heartbreak and reflection. In Fact "I Can't Make It Alone" is such a great display of vulnerability and passion that it chokes me up every time.

For the additional tracks, Rhino culls the 3 tracks from the 1992 version, with two great songs (the non-album single "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", which listening to it you can see the musical inspiration for "Night The Lights Went Down In Georgia"; and the Motown-y "Where Do You Go When Love Dies", with it's two-song meshtogether) and one ok number (the kinda-Carole-King-forced-like "That Old Sweet Roll", which is still worth a listen). What follows this is songs from the sessions from her next album, Brand New Me, and cuts from an aborted third album. These are newfound gold to any lover of soul and women's vocals. Classics like "Love Shine Down", "All The King's Horses", and Springfield's take on "You've Got A Friend" show you how much untapped talent was thrown away after the less-than-successful results of the first couple of albums. Caught in the tide change which the Sgt. Pepper/Summer of Love brought on, this music truly predated the plaintive soul which rode the 70s until disco took over.

Even those who already have earlier versions of this CD should get the heck out and get Dusty In Memphis all over again not only for the way-improved sound, which brightens Dusty's voice and cleans up the instruments, but also for the treasures included. And If you've never heard this album at all, all I can say is put down the Rihanna and Beyonce and get thee to find out what real soul is all about.

Grade: A+
Best Cuts:
"Just A Little Lovin'", "So Much Love", "Son Of A Preacher Man", "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", "Don't Forget About Me", "Just One Smile", "In The Land Of Make Believe", "No Easy Way Down", "I Can't Make It Alone", "Love Shine Down", "All The Kings Horses", "Have A Good Life Baby"

Dusty In Memphis made #99 on the Pop Albums Chart.
"Son Of A Preacher Man" hit #10 pop and #9 in the UK.
"Don't Forget About me" made #64 pop.
"Breakfast In Bed" (the b-side of "Don't Forget") hit #91 pop.
"Windmills Of Your Mind" made #31 pop and #3 Adult Contemporary.
"Willie & Laura Mae Jones" (non-album single) hit #78 pop.

To listen to "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore" click here. (right click to bring up new window).

To buy this album you can go here and here.

And here again thanks to the grace of youtube, is Dusty singing "Son Of A Preacher Man"

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hi Ho Silver, Away....


I almost forgot to post pictures from the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association trail run from the beginning of August. I had a kick-ass time, and thankfully no Auntie Mame moments.. An hour and a half of going through hills, forests, creeks, whatnot. Below here's me trying to be all sedate on the horse.





For more info on LGRA click here. We're gonna be doing a trail run about every run, with the next one probably the beginning of October.

Get along lil doggies...



Last Saturday a few members of the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association and I had a "rodeo play day" in southern New Jersey, when we learned a couple rodeo events, like chute dogging (wrestling a steer basically to the ground), steer deco (getting a steer over a line from the chute and tying a ribbon to it's tail), and goat dressing (running up to a tied goat and "dressing" it with briefs then running back, tres funny). It was hella fun, and totally worth it. The picture above is me getting a grip on the steers head before pulling it up to try to take it down.

Here's my buddy Jeff chute dogging.

Here's Mike coming out of the chute....

Here's me waiting for the chute to open for "steer deco".

We're trying to get the steer stopped to get the ribbon on but he was spinning around. Priceless crazy-ass look on my face.

Me and Jeffie trying to put the underwear on the goat. (Lord what a sentence to type)...

Jeff and I running our butts off from the goat dressing.


Bart, me, and Mikie trying not to look like it's a million degrees out.

You can get info about the different events from the ASGRA website (click here).

To learn about the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association (click here).

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Single Life....August 23, 2006...

I just realized it's been a while since I've had a "single life" post, so here it goes...you can get the tunes here at either I-Tunes, Beatport or Perfect Beat. Click on the artist to bring up their webpage.

The Killers - "When You Were Young" Well the new-new-wave is back. And with fuzzy distortion. Brandon Flowers et al leave Duran Duran-ism partially behind and head into British neo-rock, a la Coldplay and Snow Patrol. Not bad, a little overdramatic, but that's what I expected. Grade: B-

The Feeling - "Sewn" I-Tunes had pushed this UK top-10 debut single from the neo-soft rock group (there's a lot of neo this week, no?) as a freebie single of the week. A real find, from a group that continues the tradition of nonassuming melodic bands like Bourgeois Tagg and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Grade: B

Jason Walker - "Movin' On" The fifth hit dance single from ultra-high voiced Walker, it takes the usual "wash that bad man outta my hair" turn away from the power-divas and put a falsetto on it. Very well done, and remixed to accentuate the drama. Grade: B+

T-Funk featuring Inaya Day
- "Glamorous Life (Mike Cruz Remix)" I know, every old song seems to be remixed to death, but I love the original, and Inaya Day does pretty much stick to the original Sheila E. delivery and it works with the tribal background. I always thought it was an underappreciated song to begin with, and it's good to see it back in some form. Grade: B+

Paris Hilton
- "Turn It Up (Paul Oakenfold Remix Edit)" Like Paris doesn't have enough exposure, here we are now with two of her songs in the top-20 dance chart. And y'know, I'm embarassed to say I kinda like this. I mean, I know with enough money you can probably make a cow turd shine like brass, but this mindless little ditty doesn't overdo what it's set out to do, to throb on the dancefloor. Paul Oakenfold does an appropriately glitzy remix, which is a shame I-Tunes only has the edit. However you can find the CD single (I know, what's that) in the stores... Grade: B

Lonestar - "Mountains" Regrouping from the lackluster performance of the single of their last album, Lonestar comes back with a preachy little ditty that's like going to Sunday School run by fans of the Eagles. Sunny, but a little self-damn-righteous. Grade: C

Scissor Sisters
- "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Leave it to me to hide the single of the week in the middle of this. Elton John helps out on this, and turns out better than anything he's done in years (and I like some of the stuff he's been doing). It's great to hear Elton's musicality free from the seriousness that's been his calling card recently. And the "Sisters" totally exude funkiness without being a sitting joke. Classic. I can't wait till the album, Ta-Da, drops. Grade: A+

Anna Nalick - "Wreck Of The Day '06" The current opening act for the Dixie Chicks revamps her debut album, and releases the title track, a moody little piece that's a nice change of pace from the current crop of self-empowered grrrl singers. Very remindful of Fiona Apple without the eccentricity, albeit Anna's second hit single that's a waltz, even. Building to a crescendo of heartbreak, it's her best song yet. Grade: A-

Rihanna
- "Unfaithful (original, Hamel Club mix, and Tony Moran Club mix)" The Barbados native breaks completely free from her pseudo-reggaeton past with the one-two punch of "SOS" and this single, which takes Rihanna thin voice and wraps it around a convincingly haunting song told in the lesser-used "cheater's" viewpoint. The Hamel remix makes it more techno, which is kinda jarring, and less satisfying than the Tony Moran treatment, which cashes on the darker notes of the song to make it a slinky yet sorrowful bouncer. Grade: B+ (original) C (Hamel Mix) A- (Tony Moran Mix)

Evanescence - "Call me When You're Sober" It seems like forever since the debut from the band had come and gone, with member Ben Moody leaving the band without it's major songsmith. After much regrouping (and more personnel changes) the group's back with an return to form, with Amy Lee's haunting voice complimenting so well the crunch of the band. As much as this, per Lee's admission, a missive to ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan of the band Seether, you can also relate this to the struggle with Moody's alcoholism and drug addiction. Grade: B+

will do more after the break....

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for August 22, 2006...

Hey boys and girls, here's my tunes for the week. Like always you can click on the name of the artist to bring up their webpage (right click to bring up in a new window). Xtina finally makes it to the summit, and leaving the list are songs by DJ Mike Cruz and Keith Anderson. Big jumps this week for Panic At The Disco, Pussycat Dolls, and Roger Sanchez. And this week has three, count 'em three songs from Rascal Flatts, though they're on different formats.

ThisWeek Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (2)
2. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (1)
3. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (3)
4. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (4)
5. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (8)
6. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (6)
7. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (5)
8. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith (10)
9. Move Along - All-American Rejects (13)
10. Miss Murder - AFI (11)
11. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (20)
12. Savin' Me - Nickelback (12)
13. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (9)
14. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (15)
15. Unfaithful - Rihanna (16)
16. Get Together - Madonna (7)
17. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (19)
18. Steady As She Goes - Raconteurs (14)
19. Face The Music - Conjure One (21)
20. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (22)
21. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (29)
22. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (26)
23. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (28)
24. The World - Brad Paisley (18)
25. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan (25)
26. High - James Blunt (17)
27. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (23)
28. World Hold On - Bob Sinclar f/Steve Edwards (24)
29. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (36)
30. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (37)
31. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (39)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (30)
34. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls (34)
35. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (31)
36. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (38)
37. Swing - Trace Adkins (41)
38. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield (27)
39. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden (33)
40. C'est La Vie - Kim English (43)
41. Who Knew - Pink (48)
42. I Will Stand - Claudja Barry (35)
43. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (54)
44. How To Save A Life - The Fray (50)
45. Hate Me - Blue October (45)
46. I Will - Dolce (40)
47. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (49)
48. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Days To Mars (52)
49. Far Away - Nickelback (53)
50. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (51)
51. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (55)
52. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (44)
53. Bad Day - Daniel Powter (47)
54. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (63)
55. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (56)
56. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (64)
57. Cafe' Con Alegria - Tony Moran f/Deep Influence (68)
58. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (58)
59. Faster Kill Pussycat - Oakenfold f/Brittany Murphy (42)
60. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (75)
61. Make A Move On Me - Joey Negro (46)
62. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (87)
63. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (65)
64. Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts (61)
65. Boston - Augustana (67)
66. MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday (71)
67. Lost - Roger Sanchez (97)
68. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (81)
69. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (82)
70. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (94)
71. Give It Away - George Strait (86)
72. New Strings - Miranda Lambert (68)
73. Faith - Leana (73)
74. You Can Turn Me On - Muzzaik f/Mia (74)
75. Summertime - Kenny Chesney (70)
76. Now That We Found Love - Bunny Rugs (69)
77. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (77)
78. Everything Changes - Staind (79)
79. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (DEBUT)
80. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (DEBUT)
81. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas (78)
82. Original Fire - Audioslave (DEBUT)
83. SOS - Rihanna (62)
84. Don't Forget To Remember Me - Carrie Underwood (72)
85. To Call My Own - Barton (91)
86. Strut - Kevin Aviance (DEBUT)
87. Paralyzed - Rock Kills Kid (60)
88. Yee Haw - Jake Owen (90)
89. Upside Down - Jack Johnson (76)
90. The Time - Chris "The Greek" Panaghi (92)
91. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (93)
92. When You Were Young - The Killers (DEBUT)
93. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (100)
94. I Don't Know What She Said - Blaine Larsen (DEBUT)
95. Love You - Jack Ingram (DEBUT)
96. The Real Thing - Bo Bice (66)
97. 8th Of November - Big & Rich (99)
98. The Adventure - Angels & Airwaves (69)
99. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (DEBUT)
100. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (DEBUT)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Just be close at hand....

I'm gonna tackle the first "essential disc" from Rolling stone's 500 that I'd be writing about very soon, but until then I'm reminiscing with this tidbit - Dusty Springfield performing "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" from Top of the Pops. Gives me the chills. In a good way.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Back from the grind...

Sorry, little lazy right now, since I'm just done working for 10 days straight. But here's the new and way-cooler-than-cool Scissor Sisters video. Enjoy!

The best darn cartoon ever made....

I totally have to thank Michelle Collins of You Can't Make It Up for posting this, but I couldn't help putting it on here for y'all to see.

Behold the power of Warner Bros.

Blind Item Bands, August 16, 2006...

I love me some Mai Tai. The only British based female group of Surinamese (?) heritage that I can think of, they had 2 top-10 songs in England, which I absolutely adored. I used to get the "Now That's What I Call Music" tapes imported from the UK back in the 80s, and along with cheese like this exposed me for the first time to the Smiths, Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, just to name a few.

Click here to hear their #9 song "Body And Soul" from 1985.

and here's the video for "History" which made #3 on the Dance chart and #8 in the UK..


More Macaca-mamie...

So Senator George Allen of Virginia had this little stump speech out in the western part of the state. Attending, as happens a lot in campaigns, was a staffer from his opponent Jim Webb's campaign. He was just there filming it, which is reasonable, they want to know what each other is campaigning on. Not to disrupt, or say a thing. Just to record. Well Sen. Allen had to "call out" the young man to the crowd. I guess he was trying to guess the young man's name, kinda like how the girl at Six Flags guesses your age and weight, and came up with....

Macaca.

Now Allen has been offering a slew of explanations on this, most prominently that it looked like the man had a "mohawk".

Here's the man, SR Sidharth.


Nice mohawk.

And how in the world do you get Macaca from mohawk?
You don't.

Apparently, macaque is a type of monkey, and a slang word in white North African neighborhoods as a slur to mean "dark skinned Arab".

mmm.

George Felix Allen's mother of a French citizen who lived in Tunisia. In north Africa.

hmmm.

you can read more about it here or here or here.

here's the crazy video....

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Special girl, real good girl, biggest thing in my itty-bitty world...

I get a chuckle at the "I listen to everything....but rap" cliche I read online soooo many times. It's understandable, given the violent, misogynist, homophonic, and basically puerile crap that is spoonfed to the masses on "pop" radio. Between the series of penis-extension braggadocio and indecipherable grunts, the poetry of the streets has become it's worst nightmare at times because of its own success. However, the hip-hop story doesnt start and end with 50 Cent, Master P, and Lil' Jon. Throughout the last 25 years or so of the evolution of the genre, there was been an underground to the underground, a niche of alternative hip-hop music which not only emphasizes the poetry and beat structure so vital to rap, but infusing influences from different musical styles to create more of an eclectic musical experience than most of anything seen before. A Tribe Called Quest were essential artists in this aspect, bringing jazz and free-flow poetry inspirations to the street grit of rap. After five classic albums, the three-piece split, with highest-profile member Q-Tip released just one album so far since, the funky beyond all funky Amplified.

The music on this disc is a natural progression from the beats of ATCQ, jazz-influenced drum times and old-school samples put together without relying on nostalgic coolness that goes with a lot of jazz-rap hybrids (read: Digible Planets). Though as compared to the preachiness of a lot of ATCQ's work, Amplified drops all the pretense and goes for the party. "Wait Up" starts it off with a skittish riff that carries its conversational call-out. Next comes "Higher", a soulful groove chugging along while Q-Tip brags his game. The club fave "Breathe and Stop" is made for dancin', with it's stop-start chorus and smoothly bitchy rhymes. The CD continues with track after track of interesting time signatures and funky guitar samples. Of note is the Kraftwerk-like "Go Hard" and the suave but anthemic "Vivrant Thing". The production is so futuristic though, that the whole album sounds fresh even seven years later. Closing the CD is two cool collaboration tracks, the retro-rap cut N.T. with Busta Rhymes and the experimental cut "End Of Time" with rap-metal pioneers Korn. All and all Amplified is a rich experience that you can groove to at a cocktail party with your beatnik friends but still be cool.

Grade: B
Best Cuts:
"Breathe & Stop", "Vivrant Thing", "Go Hard"

Amplified hit #28 on the Pop Albums and #4 on the R&B Albums chart.
"Vivrant Thing" made #26 Pop, #7 R&B, and #39 in the UK.
"Breathe & Stop" hit #71 Pop, #21 R&B, and #12 in the UK.

To buy Amplified, you can check out here and here.

To listen to the "club mix" of "Vivrant Thing" you can click here.

And here's the video for "Breathe & Stop" though it does fit the stereotypical rapper'n'hoes pattern...


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Monday, August 14, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for August 15, 2006

Hey folks, it's that time again. As usual you can click on the name of the artist to bring up their webpage (right click to bring it up in a new window). This week finds Rodney Atkins on top for the third week, and says goodbye to songs by Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, and Sugarland. Big moves are by 30 Seconds To Mars, Dierks Bentley, and Jessica Simpson.

This Wk Song/Artist (Last Week In Parentheses)
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1. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (1)
2. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (4)
3. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (3)
4. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2)
5. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (5)
6. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (6)
7. Get Together - Madonna (8)
8. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (11)
9. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (10)
10. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith (13)
11. Miss Murder - AFI (14)
12. Savin' Me - Nickelback (12)
13. Move Along - All-American Rejects (18)
14. Steady As She Goes - Raconteurs (15)
15. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (16)
16. Unfaithful - Rihanna (20)
17. High - James Blunt (9)
18. The World - Brad Paisley (7)
19. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (23)
20. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (30)
21. Face The Music - Conjure One (27)
22. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (24)
23. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (19)
24. World Hold On - Bob Sinclar f/Steve Edwards (25)
25. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan (21)
26. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (36)
27. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield (17)
28. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (33)
29. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (39)
30. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (28)
31. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (26)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden (24)
34. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls (34)
35. I Will Stand - Claudja Barry (35)
36. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (43)
37. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (47)
38. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (40)
39. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (44)
40. I Will - Dolce (41)
41. Swing - Trace Adkins (46)
42. Faster Kill Pussycat - Oakenfold f/Brittany Murphy (29)
43. C'est La Vie - Kim English (51)
44. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (38)
45. Hate Me - Blue October (45)
46. Make A Move On Me - Joey Negro (31)
47. Bad Day - Daniel Powter (37)
48. Who Knew - Pink (53)
49. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (52)
50. How To Save A Life - The Fray (55)
51. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (54)
52. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (82)
53. Far Away - Nickelback (65)
54. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (83)
55. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (68)
56. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (60)
57. Cafe Con Alegria - Tony Moran f/Deep Influence (63)
58. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (59)
59. Now That We Found Love - Bunny Rugs (56)
60. Paralyzed - Rock Kills Kid (62)
61. Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts (61)
62. SOS - Rihanna (42)
63. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (84)
64. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (71)
65. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (67)
66. The Real Thing - Bo Bice (57)
67. Boston - Augustana (70)
68. New Strings - Miranda Lambert (69)
69. The Adventure - Angels & Airwaves (49)
70. Summertime - Kenny Chesney (66)
71. MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday (77)
72. Don't Forget To Remember Me - Carrie Underwood (72)
73. Faith - Leana (74)
74. You Can Turn Me On - Muzzaik f/Mia (75)
75. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (92)
76. Upside Down - Jack Johnson (48)
77. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (78)
78. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas (73)
79. Everything Changes - Staind (80)
80. It's Over - DJ Mike Cruz f/Joi Cardwell & Georgie Porgie (50)
81. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (90)
82. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (86)
83. I Am Not My Hair - India.Arie (58)
84. Fade Away - Sarah Atereth (64)
85. Every Time I Hear Your Name - Keith Anderson (79)
86. Give It Away - George Strait (94)
87. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (DEBUT)
88. Miracle - Foo Fighters (88)
89. My Love Is U - Eyes Of Love (85)
90. Yee Haw - Jake Owen (93)
91. To Call My Own - Barton (DEBUT)
92. The Time - Chris "The Greek" Panaghi (100)
93. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (96)
94. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (DEBUT)
95. Favorite State Of Mind - Josh Gracin (99)
96. Vicarious - Tool (95)
97. Lost - Roger Sanchez (DEBUT)
98. Supermodel (Ru-Mix) - RuPaul (DEBUT)
99. 8th of November - Big & Rich (DEBUT)
100. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (DEBUT)