Thursday, September 27, 2007

I can't get to sleep....

Song for the night. 143.

Twostepcub's music chart for September 28, 2007...

Hey folks, its time again for my tunes for the week. This week Rascal Flatts spends a third week at the summit, while Darren Hayes (pictured above) holds on in the top-10. I say goodbye to songs by Keith Urban, Ne-Yo, Enrique Iglesias, Pink, Erika Jayne, and Taylor Swift, and in the same time big moves are made by Colbie Caillat, Barbara Tucker, Garth Brooks, Simply Red, and the Perry Twins. Link-O-Mania is back in full force, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to take you to their webpage (if you rightclick, you can bring it up in another window or tab). HBSB!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (1)
2. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (3)
3. Who Knew - Pink (2)
4. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (4)
5. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (5)
6. Rockstar - Nickelback (6)
7. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (7)
8. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (11)
9. Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (9)
10. Step Into The Light - Darren Hayes (10)
11. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (8)
12. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (14)
13. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (16)
14. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (13)
15. First Time - Lifehouse (17)
16. Because Of You - Reba McEntire f/Kelly Clarkson (15)
17. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (27)
18. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (31)
19. Stranger - Hilary Duff (12)
20. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (22)
21. Online - Brad Paisley (32)
22. Fall - Clay Walker (28)
23. Feels Like Home - Meck f/Dino (23)
24. Icky Thump - White Stripes (20)
25. Home - Daughtry (21)
26. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (34)
27. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (33)
28. Like This - Kelly Rowland (29)
29. Love Is Gone - David Guetta (39)
30. Stop Me - Mark Ronson (30)
31. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (25)
32. Lost And Found - Delerium (24)
33. Everyday America - Sugarland (35)
34. 1973 - James Blunt (44)
35. My Man - Amuka (36)
36. So Small - Carrie Underwood (42)
37. Umbrella - Rihanna (18)
38. She's Madonna - Robbie Williams f/Pet Shop Boys (41)
39. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (19)
40. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk f/Jessica Sutta (49)
41. Over You - Daughtry (51)
42. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (54)
43. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (53)
44. So Far - Miguel Migs (40)
45. All At Once - The Fray (45)
46. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (48)
47. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (56)
48. Love Vibrations - Barbara Tucker (62)
49. More Than A Memory - Garth Brooks (79)
50. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (50)
51. Firecracker - Josh Turner (57)
52. Live Love Dance - Ron Perkov (52)
53. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (60)
54. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (55)
55. Stay - Simply Red (78)
56. Time - Speakerbox (38)
57. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (67)
58. Just Might Have Her Radio On - Trent Tomlinson (66)
59. Proud Of The House We Built - Brooks & Dunn (59)
60. Activate My Body - Perry Twins f/Jania (77)
61. Make It Last - Dave Aude f/Jessica Sutta (69)
62. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (68)
63. Deep Into Your Soul - Friscia & Lamboy (64)
64. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (65)
65. Sound Of Freedom - Bob Sinclar (37)
66. What I've Done - Linkin Park (26)
67. Outta My Mind - Ohsha Kai (73)
68. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (61)
69. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (58)
70. Hollywood - Collective Soul (74)
71. Whine Up - Kat Deluna (43)
72. Stronger - Kanye West (83)
73. You Never Take Me Dancing - Travis Tritt (75)
74. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (82)
75. Hold On - KT Tunstall (84)
76. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (86)
77. Walk Away - Tony Moran f/Kristine W. (DEBUT)
78. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (80)
79. I'm Not Featuring You - Taylor Dayne (DEBUT)
80. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel (46)
81. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (72)
82. Pictures Of You - The Last Goodnight (97)
83. Stand Back (Remixes) - Stevie Nicks (47)
84. With Every Heartbeat - Kleerup f/Robyn (89)
85. Everybody - Keith Urban (99)
86. Oil And Water - Incubus (98)
87. Living Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (87)
88. Love Me If You Can - Toby Keith (88)
89. Measure Of A Man - Jack Ingram (90)
90. Put 'Em Up - Edun (63)
91. Dig - Incubus (70)
92. Give Me Danger - Dangerous Muse (DEBUT)
93. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (95)
94. Nothing Better To Do - LeAnn Rimes (DEBUT)
95. Calling You '07 - Blue October (DEBUT)
96. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich (94)
97. As If - Sara Evans (DEBUT)
98. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (DEBUT)
99. Heaven, Heartache, and the Power Of Love - Trisha Yearwood (DEBUT)
100. Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston (DEBUT)

And now for the clips...first off, two awesome club songs debut the highest this week and the highest is mixer extraordinaire Tony Moran with dance goddess Kristine W. with "Walk Away"...



Next up, Taylor Dayne, yes Taylor Dayne, comes back with an slammin' new song, go buy it now! Here's "I'm Not Featuring You" (rightclick to here it in a new window)...

Listen: "I'm Not Featuring You" by Taylor Dayne [click to listen]

The third debut is by dance duo Dangerous Muse, playing continuously on Logo, with "Give Me Danger" - here's them performing it live, giving it a real 80's new wave vibe...



I've always been a fan of LeAnn Rimes, and even though she's apparently slipped off the edge and on the Sean Hannity fucktard circus tour, I still like the new song, here's "Nothing Better To Do"...



Blue October debut with a song that original hit a few years ago, "Calling You"...



And speaking of Republican fucktards, here's Sara "karma got you bigtime" Evans with "As If"...



Californian Sara Bareilles debuts with her adult-pop gem "Love Song" - here she is on the Craig Ferguson show...



Trisha Yearwood's back with a rockin' new song, "Heaven, Heartache, and The Power Of Love"...



Finally, Sean Kingston conjures up Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" to produce "Beautiful Girls"...



night night...

Snap!

Watch, as Senator Tom Harkin (D-Of course) hand General Peter (it's ironic my name's a synonym of "dick") Pace his ass on a lovely Mikasa platter.




This is how you make a passionate, sincere argument without becoming heated (like I would).

Classical music is fun!



(H/T to the great political blog Hullabaloo - go read it for some great political writing)...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Something for SB...

Sing it, Donna.

Turn down the lights, turn down the bed, turn down these voices inside my head...



Mike Reid, former pro-football star for the Cincinnati Bengals and country singer/songwriter, was unfortunately caught in the middle of having a stronger career in the music world as a singer by having his success in the nebulous early 90’s, before the deluge led by Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Garth Brooks. His first album, Turning For Home, produced five country hits, including the #1 "Walk On Faith". Sophomore effort Twilight Town came out at the wrong time, and floundered. Even though the set is dated, and has the requisite 80s-early 90s cliché-ridden lyrics at times, does have worthwhile material, as well as a couple classic songs made more famous by others. Both of those songs are at the end, with “Love Without Mercy”, covered later on by Lee Roy Parnell, and the sublime yet heartbreaking “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, which Bonnie Raitt converted into an adult-pop classic. Personally, I like Reid’s more mournful take on “I Can’t” than Raitt’s, while Parnell’s “Mercy” narrowly outshines Reid’s more bluesy rendition, but not by much. Singles “Keep On Walkin’” and “Call Home” are standard pop-country fare, though simple enough to not be of the “rhinestone cowboy” kind. The pleading “One Night” and rock-ish “Back In The Fire” are the better album cuts, while the rest are pretty much unmemorable. Twilight Town isn’t a bad find in a used record shop, where the best moments are the previews of hits-tb-be.

Grade: C+
Best Cuts:
“I Can’t Make You Love Me”, “Love Without Mercy”
Weakest Links: “Workin’ With The Right Tools”, “A Man With A Hammer”

Twilight Town hit #59 country albums.
"Keep On Walkin'" hit #45 country singles.
"Call Home" hit #43 country singles.

Listen: "I Can't Make You Love Me" [Click here to listen]

Buy: You can pick up Twilight Town at websites like here and here.

And here's the clip for "Keep On Walkin'" (short ad before the song)...

Mike Reid - Keep On Walkin'

Posted Nov 07, 2006

And here's the second, "Call Home"...

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I'm home safe and sound, sugarbear...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

No man on earth can say that he don't wanna...

Oh Robbie, what in the world has happened to you? You’ve gone from the superstar of British pop to a drug-addled male version of the Britney/Winehouse/Whitney class. Leaving British boy-band Take That, Robbie Williams became a British singing legend, racking up millions of record sales and racking up 24 top-10 singles in the UK (every one he put out save two). Every album he released in England hit #1 except his live one, which made #2. However, in the US, somehow inexplicably he hasn't caught on, only releasing 3 of his albums here physically (his latest two studio albums are on I-Tunes). After losing both original collaborator Guy Chambers and fill-in Stephen Duffy, Robbie Williams’ latest album, Rudebox, is a disappointingly scattershot stopgap affair that has a few moments of splendor amongst a lot of faux-rap dreck. Somehow Robbie fancied himself at this point of his career more of a rapper than a singer (or was his voice suffering?) and the album is strewn with weird attempts to ape Mike Skinner (from the Streets) in a bombastic pop setting. This is from the get-go with first single “Rudebox”, which besides the hilarious line “dance like you just won at the Special Olympics” is an unfunky mess of rhyming non-sequitors, all revolving around an apparent euphemism for his “lady’s” privates. “Viva Life On Mars” is just as strange, though it’s at least fun in its own spacey mindless way. The only true glimmer of the “old” Robbie is “Lovelight”, a swirling crescendo of pop sugar goodness disguising a heartbreaking lyric. Unfortunately the momentum is immediately broken by the dreadfully inane remake of Manu Chao’s “Bongo Bong and Je Ne T’Aime Plus” which may have worked for the world artist writer, but certainly not here – it sounds like he’s scrambling for lyrics and spitting out gibberish. The second of the three charmers on this set, “She’s Madonna”, sounds more like a Pet Shop Boys record featuring Robbie then vice versa, even though the song was not written by PSB, but rather the sole Stephen Duffy co-write on here. A transparent dig on Ms. Ciccone’s husband Guy Ritchie’s unceremonious dumping of his former girlfriend (with “I love you baby, but face it, she’s Madonna”) fits their cutting schtick perfectly, and Williams is a better voice to come across as someone who can afford to dump someone for Madonna (no offence, Neil.). The flow again veers off track to stumbling hip-hop filler “Keep On” (though backing help from Lily Allen tries her best to save it), pill-popping ramble “Good Doctor”, and inexplicably namedropping “The Actor” (again naming the Ritchie). “Never Touch That Switch” is a confusing somewhat futuristic song that probably would have been pitched to Britney if she was more coherent at this point (of course changing English town names to American). He next cover is the Human League’s minor hit “Louise”, which he passably carried, though by no means overtakes or deviates from the original. The “boys” are back, though not in a good way, with the horrible paean to the band “We’re The Pet Shop Boys”, which somehow was Robbie singing that he is one, along with tossed in titles of PSB songs. Blech. Following an unassuming “Burslem Normals”, Williams find inspiration again, this time oddly with a remake of his ex-partner Stephen Duffy’s “Kiss Me”, which is revamped and discofied, though not totally original, at least campy entertaining. Williams’ then delves back into rap with the autobiographical “The 80’s” and “The 90’s”, which are interesting to Williams fanatics are those seeking bile towards Gary Barlow, but meandering as songs themselves otherwise. The wistful “Summertime” sputters the album out to an anticlimactic close, though after a spell a “bonus” rant, “Dick head”, furthers the pain. I’ve read that Robbie has reconciled with Guy Chambers, and if that’s so, I have higher hopes for his next set. Otherwise, I’m afraid he may be slipping into muddled mediocrity that doesn’t befit him. In the meantime, I-Tunes carries the album, where you can get the best cuts (and if you’re really into it, “Louise” and “Viva Life On Mars”), and avoid the rest.

Grade: C-
Best Cuts:
“Lovelight”, “She’s Madonna”, “Kiss Me”
Weakest Links: “Bongo Bong and Je Ne T’aime Plus”, “Good Doctor”, “Rudebox”, “We’re The Pet Shop Boys”, “Summertime”, “The Actor”, “The 80’s”, “The 90’s”

Rudebox hit #1 in the UK album charts, and #17 on the US digital album chart.
"Rudebox" hit #4 in the UK.
"Lovelight" made #8 in the UK.
"She's Madonna" made #12 dance club in the US and #16 in the UK.
("Bongo Bong..." was released as a single and was a minor hit in New Zealand and Switzerland)

Listen: "Kiss Me" [Click here to listen]

Buy:
You can pick up Rudebox at I-Tunes or websites like here and here.

You may like this if you're into Justin Timberlake or Mika.
If you do like this you'd like his earlier albums.

And now the clips...first up the wacky video for the painful title track...



next up, my fave track from the album, "Lovelight"...



And I've posted this on my top-100 chart, the ultimate wacky video of the year for "She's Madonna"..



I couldn't find an official video for "Bongo Bong" but here's a fan clip...



And here's the new "official" video for the 80's



I'm not sure where this is from, but here's "The 90's"



Finally, the clip for the ultra-fun Joey Negro-produced "Kiss Me"

guess the song before she sings....

Yes, it's Sugarland in concert. Wow.



(h/t to Country Universe for this)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

'Happy birthday to you' was created for you....

Out of all the pop-inflected new wave bands of the early 80’s, it’s been Duran Duran who have been holding on to relevance by the skin of their teeth. I know this because the second box set of singles from the group covers a period up to twelve yeas ago! The Singles 1986-1995 is the follow-up 14-disc set that chronicles DD’s British singles after their meteoric rise. It’s a labor of love that’s clearly meant for fans since each CD only contains between 3-10 songs, mostly remixes but also scattered album cuts and earlier hits. While the first box set ended with “A View To A Kill”, their second (and final) #1 pop hit, Singles 1986-1995 starts out with a fractured lineup, as their Notorious album pared the group to a trio of Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, and Nick Rhodes (Andy Taylor contributed only on a couple of tracks to the album). The side projects of Arcadia and the Power Station have clearly driven battle lines, and the funk-art of Arcadia basically won out. “Notorious”, produced by Nile Rodgers, tries to do to Duran Duran with “Let’s Dance” did to Bowie, supplying the trademark Chic guitar sound and prominent bass line, though to a slinky and more British backdrop. This CD has two other longer remixes, an “extended” and one done by the “Latin Rascals” (not sounding too Latin) that merely extrapolate on the same theme without adding much, and include the passable album cut “Winter Marches On”. “Skin Trade” was the groups first taste at commercial disappointment. Barely scraping the top-40, the song has aged better than some of their more notable efforts, with LeBon’s Prince-ish falsetto giving way to an anthemic horn-filled climax. Again, the remix isn’t revelatory, though not bad (the single has the edit and album versions), and also you’ll find a non-album cut “We Need You” that resembles the Rolling Stones’ (different) song and Beatles’ styling. The third single from Notorious, “Meet El Presidente”, isn’t as exciting as the others, but has a good melody and nonsensical lyric. You get the 7” remix and extended versions, as well as a unnecessary dub (“Meet El Beat”) and a far superior album track in the slow white-funk of “Vertigo (Do The Demolition)” that possibly could have have better success given the chance.










Their next album, Big Thing, at least proved that Notorious wasn’t a total fluke, with lead-off single “I Don’t Want Your Love” reaching the top-5. This disc only has the basics, the 7” mix, the album version, and the extended “Big” mix. However it’s the best song for them in this middle period (before the “first” comeback). The men (now including Zappa/Missing Persons alum and sporadic porn star Warren Cuccurolo) have gone from “New Romantics” to adult cads, with lyrics such as “I don’t want your love, to bring me down.” That’s continued with the slinky “All She Wants Is”, which became transformed into their biggest US dance club play success. Besides the single mix, the US Master Mix is included, as well as the peppier (though lyrically challenged) “Euro Dub Mix”. Also on this disc is a “Parisian” mix of “Skin Trade” which doesn’t deviate too much from the original, and the okay bonus cut “I Believe All I Need To Know”. The third release from Big Thing, “Do You Believe In Shame”, is a low-key moody piece, followed by a couple weird spoken-word tracks and a couple slightly better songs in Big Thing album tracks “Palimino” and “Drug”, along with a live version of “Notorious”, which is better here than later in the collection.










Closing out the 80’s with the greatest hits set Decade, the label promoted it with an odd choice of single – a duo of “dub megamixes” containing somewhat recognizable snippets from various songs without a major hook, save the “Save a Prayer” backdrop on “Decadance” that puts it slightly ahead of the totally scattershot A-side “Burning The Ground”, but both (and the redundant “2 Risk E Remix” of “Decadance”) are mostly-annoying collectors’ items. Though this pales compared to the utter drivel of their followup single, “Violence Of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)”, which is presented by seven back-to-back excruciatingly painful remixes. Leading off the deserved bomb of Liberty, its puerile lyric and too-bouncy arrangement (with the remix ripping off Roberta Flack’s “Look Out Here It Comes”) was the nadir of their career, and effectively sunk their momentum almost for good. (The single also has the toss-off “Throb”, not the Janet Jackson song but rather an instrumental of album track “My Antartica”, which come on later as the B-side to “Ordinary World”) The thud of the reception prevented any excitement over the second single “Serious”, which is slightly more passable in an atmospheric way (and hit big in Japan), and is accompanied by both awful experiments (“Yo Bad Azzizi” is a riff of their line in “Is There Something I Should Know”) and bad dance songs (two versions of “All Along The Water”, one called “Water Babies”, and both not so good).










After three years of pop purgatory, Duran Duran rose like a phoenix with the unexpected smashes “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone”, which capitalized on everything that was good about the band, and putting it in both a more modern and adult setting. “Ordinary World” is by far the anchor to this whole box, as since EMI was reintroducing the group to new fans, besides the passable aforementioned “My Antartica” B-side and album version of the single, the single (now CD singles) included a mini-greatest hits set, with five of their best songs: the single version of “Save A Prayer” (studio, not the live), the already-represented “Skin Trade”, their initial #1 single mix of “The Reflex”, their breakthrough hit “Hungry Like The Wolf”, and their underground fave “Girls On Film”. The subsequent “Come Undone” also tacks on three more of their best-known earlier hits, the silly but important “Rio”, the Beatlesque “Is There Something I Should Know?”, and their final #1, the theme to the James Bond flick “A View To A Kill”. This all astronomically increases the value of the set, though of course the fans this collection was made for already have all of these songs. Besides the single and album versions, “Come Undone” also has two clunky remixes that take away from the dark yet dreamy eeriness of the original. The disc for “Too Much Information” is by far the biggest, with ten tracks, though half of those are various mixes of the song, a vague cut on being a “video boy-band”, and two of those mixes are instrumental mixes. The single edit, curiously the ninth song on here and not the first (that’s the album version), is the best representation. The Ben Chapman mix is a little too muddled, though not totally without merit. The “B-side”, “Drowning Man”, was a dance club hit it its own right, and there’s two mixes here, one by British dance act D:Ream and an “ambient mix”. “Come Undone” shows up in two versions as well, a well-done live version and a Soul-II-Soul-ish dance mix which is nominally better than the ones on the “Come Undone” single proper. Finally on the disc is a horribly off-key live version of “Notorious”.







After the success of Duran Duran II (The Wedding Album), which had the aforementioned songs, instead of building on the success, the group astonishingly released a “covers album”, Thank You, supposedly intended to be a tribute to their “influences”. How both Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy (who came on the scene way after the DDs) serve in any way as influences confused everybody, and again the momentum was lost. The two singles represented by this collection bob between the different tacks this set was trying to go in. “Perfect Day” is a mini-EP of different tracks, starting with two Lou Reed songs, which are the qualitative best of the bunch; “Perfect Day” gives LeBon a lazy backdrop to sing on, while there’s an alternate version of “Femme Fatale” (originally an album track on The Wedding Album) which improves on their original try. By no means does either come close to eclipsing Reed’s originals, but are the most believable of Duran Duran’s tribute. Also put in for good measure is a more pop-inflected mix of album track “Love Voodoo” to I guess put one dance-like track on here, two sub-par remakes that didn’t make the cut (Neil Young’s “The Needle And The Damage Done” and Steve Harley’s “Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)”), and the totally inane “911 Is A Joke”, which unbelievably made the album. There’s no reason for that. Likewise goes for second single “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”, which surprisingly was a dance club hit in 1995, where the band come across as a too-white-for-words frat party band who can’t keep up with the lyrics, let alone the meaning. This final disc has four mostly ghastly mixes, the least annoying only by a scooch being the “Junior Vasquez Mix”. Another Wedding Album track, “None Of The Above”, even in its mediocrity outshines the rest, and an off-key live version of “Ordinary World” closes.








As a whole, The Singles 1986-1995 is a labor of love for hardcore Duran Duran fans, and as such does the job. For the less rabid fan or casual listener, obviously this is way too much and way too clunky to be enjoyable, though if you can get it at the right price (which I did at 60% off when Tower Records closed) it has enough of the hits (only missing “Union Of The Snake” out of their top-5 songs) to distill a good playlist into your MP3 player or computer.

Grade: C
Best Cuts:
“Notorious (45 mix)”, “Skin Trade (radio cut)”, “I Don’t Want Your Love (7”, Album, and Big Mix)”, “Ordinary World (single and album mix)”, “Save A Prayer (single version)”, “The Reflex (7” version)”, “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “Girls On Film”, “Come Undone (edit and album mix)”, “Is There Something I Should Know”
Weakest Links: “Burning The Ground”, “Violence Of Summer (all mixes)”, “Notorious (live)”, “911 Is a Joke”, “White Lines (album and Oakland Fonk mix)”

"Girls On Film" hit #26 dance club play, #19 rock, and #5 in the UK.
"Hungry Like The Wolf" hit #3 pop, #36 dance club, #1 rock, and #5 in the UK.
"Save A Prayer" made #2 in the UK. (the live version made #16 in the US)
"Rio" made #14 pop, #5 rock, and #9 in the UK.
"Is There Something I Should Know?" hit #4 pop, #34 dance club, #3 rock, and #1 in the UK.
"The Reflex" hit #1 pop, #6 rock, and #1 in the UK.
"A View To A Kill" made #1 pop, #11 rock, and #2 in the UK.
"Notorious" made #2 pop, #26 dance club, #4 rock, and #7 in the UK.
"Skin Trade" hit #39 pop, #18 rock, and #22 in the UK.
"Meet El Presidente" hit #70 pop, #22 rock, and #24 in the UK.
"I Don't Want Your Love" made #4 pop, #1 dance club, #8 rock, #13 modern rock, and #14 in the UK.
"All She Wants Is" made #22 pop, #1 dance club, #13 rock, #24 modern rock, and #9 in the UK.
"Do You Believe In Shame" hit #72 pop and #30 in the UK.
"Burning The Ground/Decadance" hit #23 dance club and #31 in the UK.
"Violence Of Summer" made #64 pop, #36 dance club, #13 modern rock, and #20 in the UK.
"Serious" made #48 in the UK.
"Ordinary World" hit #3 pop, #3 rock, #2 modern rock, #14 adult contemporary, and #6 in the UK.
"Come Undone" hit #7 pop, #14 rock, #12 modern rock, #19 adult contemporary, and #13 in the UK.
"Too Much Information" made #45 pop, #17 dance club, #24 rock, #30 modern rock, and #35 in the UK.
"Drowning Man" hit #40 dance club play.
"Perfect Day" made #28 in the UK.
"White Lines" made #67 pop airplay, #5 dance club, and #17 in the UK.

Listen: "I Don't Want Your Love (Big Mix)" [click here to listen]

Buy: You can pick up a copy of The Singles 1986-1995 at websites like here and here.


And for some extra clips... first "Girls On Film"..



next up, "Hungry Like The Wolf"...



here's the video for "Rio"..



next, their Beatlesque "Is There Something I Should Know?"..



This was my fave for a long while, "The Reflex"...



finally, their over-the-top James Bond video for "A View To A Kill"...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for September 21, 2007...


Hey folks, it's time again for my tunes for the week. This week Rascal Flatts holds on to the top for a second week, while newly-coiffed Dierks Bentley (pictured above) moves within the top-10. Colbie Caillat, Barbara Tucker, The Perry Twins, and Pat Monahan make the biggest jumps, while songs by Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Ben Macklin, and Nickelback drop off. Happy Autumn!

This Week Title/Song (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (1)
2. Who Knew - Pink (2)
3. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (6)
4. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (4)
5. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (3)
6. Rockstar - Nickelback (7)
7. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (9)
8. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (5)
9. Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (10)
10. Step Into The Light - Darren Hayes (14)
11. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (17)
12. Stranger - Hilary Duff (13)
13. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (11)
14. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (20)
15. Because Of You - Reba McEntire f/Kelly Clarkson (16)
16. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (21)
17. First Time - Lifehouse (18)
18. Umbrella - Rihanna (8)
19. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (12)
20. Icky Thump - White Stripes (15)
21. Home - Daughtry (19)
22. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (29)
23. Feels Like Home - Meck f/Dino (28)
24. Lost & Found - Delerium (25)
25. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (26)
26. What I've Done - Linkin Park (22)
27. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (34)
28. Fall - Clay Walker (32)
29. Like This - Kelly Rowland (31)
30. Stop Me - Mark Ronson (30)
31. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (46)
32. Online - Brad Paisley (41)
33. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (39)
34. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (44)
35. Everyday America - Sugarland (37)
36. My Man - Amuka (43)
37. Sound Of Freedom - Bob Sinclar (35)
38. Time - Speakerbox (38)
39. Love Is Gone - David Guetta (50)
40. So Far - Miguel Migs (40)
41. She's Madonna - Robbie Williams (51)
42. So Small - Carrie Underwood (48)
43. Whine Up - Kat Deluna (23)
44. 1973 - James Blunt (55)
45. All At Once - The Fray (47)
46. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel (24)
47. Stand Back (Remixes) - Stevie Nicks (27)
48. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (49)
49. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk (59)
50. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (54)
51. Over You - Daughtry (57)
52. Live Love Dance - Ron Perkov (53)
53. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (65)
54. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (67)
55. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (56)
56. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (66)
57. Firecracker - Josh Turner (64)
58. The Great Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (45)
59. Proud Of The House We Built - Brooks & Dunn (60)
60. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (73)
61. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (62)
62. Love Vibrations - Barbara Tucker (79)
63. Put 'Em Up - Edun (33)
64. Deep Into Your Soul - Friscia & Lamboy (68)
65. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (70)
66. Just Might Have Her Radio On - Trent Tomlinson (72)
67. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (81)
68. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (74)
69. Make It Last - Dave Aude f/Jessica Sutta (82)
70. Dig - Incubus (36)
71. I Told You So - Keith Urban (42)
72. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (58)
73. Outta My Mind - Ohsha Kai (86)
74. Hollywood - Collective Soul (80)
75. You Never Take Me Dancing - Travis Tritt (77)
76. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (52)
77. Activate My Body - Perry Twins f/Jania (96)
78. Stay - Simply Red (DEBUT)
79. More Than A Memory - Garth Brooks (DEBUT)
80. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (85)
81. How I Feel - Martina McBride (61)
82. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (97)
83. Stronger - Kanye West (DEBUT)
84. Hold On - KT Tunstall (95)
85. Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias (63)
86. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (98)
87. Livin' Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (87)
88. Love Me If You Can - Toby Keith (89)
89. With Every Heartbeat - Kleerup f/Robyn (93)
90. Measure Of A Man - Jack Ingram (92)
91. U & Ur Hand - Pink (78)
92. Tough - Craig Morgan (69)
93. A Different World - Bucky Covington (84)
94. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich (88)
95. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (100)
96. Rollercoaster - Erika Jayne (71)
97. Pictures Of You - The Last Goodnight (DEBUT)
98. Oil & Water - Incubus (DEBUT)
99. Everybody - Keith Urban (DEBUT)
100. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (90)


This week six songs come onto the chart, starting with the latest by Simply Red, "Stay"...



Next up , out of retirement, is country megastar Garth Brooks with "More Than A Memory" (here's a fan video)..



Kanye West won the battle of the sales, debuting with just under 1 mil of his newest album, here he is with Daft Punk with "Stronger"...



The Last Goodnight puts their first song on the chart with "Pictures Of You"..



Incubus is descending the chart with former top-10 "Dig", and debuts with their newest, "Oil & Water"...



and finally Mrs. Nicole Kidman, er, I mean Keith Urban, who is also on the chart with "I Told You So", enters with "Everybody"...




May all your leaves be changing, and all your bridges be covered...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Whiny-ass titty babies of the week...

So the "honored" general and just about every other Bush-apologizer or lemming is pissing their pants over this ad? WTF? We actually had to spend taxpayer money for those fucktards to pass a bill "condemning" the Petraeus/Betray Us ad? Is the witty bitty genewal too scared? Go to the MoveOn.org site to get the real information. Seems the dicks can attack the credibility of any military man that goes against the dickhead of a president's wishes, but this snow job of a report is supposed to get a free pass because he's playing dressup? Can we say Swift Boat, people? If Ambassador Negroponte, whom I'm not a fan of, thinks he's full of shit, tell me why should I? Huh? Republican douchebags (and the fucked up Democrats who went along with that shit). Hope those every-increasing senseless deaths of our men and women aren't hovering over your heads too badly. He is a liar, he did fudge the numbers, and he is a willing pawn in a political dance more honorable men in uniform would have demurred on. Jackass.

For a different insight on what happens to one of his former subordinates, Col Ted Westhusing, who committed suicide over the fallacy in Petraeus and Iraq, read this story from the Austin Chronicle...

Addendum: If Admiral Fallon, chief officer of CENTCOM, can call Petraeus an "ass kissing little chickenshit", then what does that make him?

And to the indignant pearl-clutchers that are in a tizzy over mocking a military man...

Fuck you, cunts.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Single Life: September 18, 2007...

Hey guys, I had "retired" the single file for a while since I was so hectic, but it's back. Woohoo!

I Nine - "Seven Days Of Lonely" - This South Carolina band is a low-tier rock band straddling between the sing-song juvenality of Avril Lavigne to the female-led pop-rock of Sixpence None The Richer. Pleasant jangle of 90's pop-rock, though not earthshattering to bring across-the-board success. Grade: B-

Flyleaf - "All Around Me"
Now Evanescence has a full-fledged Christian-rock clone. Hailing from Texas, this track comes of their already almost two-year old album. Not as lyrically and musically complex as Amy Lee et al, it tries a little hard to push the right alt-buttons. Grade: C



Trisha Yearwood - "Heaven Heartache & The Power Of Love" An awesome return for Yearwood, who puts through a much looser and enjoyable track than the serious return for husband Garth. Clearly a woman putting music out for her standards, and not country radio. Grade: B+



Gary Allan - "Watching Airplanes" Gary's been hit-and-miss, but this song is straightfoward enough to not be the schlock he had veered towards...Grade: B-



Billie Holiday - "But Beautiful" (Tony Humphries THP Remix) Interesting music track, but incongruous to the sultry Holiday track it accompanies. Very odd, I'm glad Holiday can be on any chart, but I'm not totally sold on it as yet. Grade: C+


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for September 14, 2007...


Hey guys, it's time for my tunes for the past week. This time Rascal Flatts take over the top spot, while Fall Out Boy (pictured above) move within the top-10. Songs by Smashing Pumpkins, iio, Kim English, and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus drop off the chart, while Darren Hayes, Matchbox Twenty, Mark Ronson, and Robbie Williams make some of the biggest moves. (whisper whisper whisper whisper....)

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (3)
2. Who Knew - Pink (4)
3. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (2)
4. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (8)
5. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (6)
6. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (11)
7. Rockstar - Nickelback (9)
8. Umbrella - Rihanna (1)
9. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (10)
10. Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (12)
11. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (7)
12. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (5)
13. Stranger - Hilary Duff (15)
14. Step Into The Light - Darren Hayes (28)
15. Icky Thump - The White Stripes (13)
16. Because Of You - Reba McEntire f/Kelly Clarkson (23)
17. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (27)
18. First Time - Lifehouse (22)
19. Home - Daughtry (17)
20. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (30)
21. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (39)
22. What I've Done - Linkin Park (18)
23. Whine Up - Kat Deluna (24)
24. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel (20)
25. Lost And Found - Delerium (25)
26. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (31)
27. Stand Back (Remixes) - Stevie Nicks (16)
28. Feels Like Home - Meck f/Dino (38)
29. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (35)
30. Stop Me - Mark Ronson (46)
31. Like This - Kelly Rowland (33)
32. Fall - Clay Walker (43)
33. Put 'Em Up - Edun (14)
34. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (50)
35. Sound Of Freedom - Bob Sinclar (37)
36. Dig - Incubus (21)
37. Everyday America - Sugarland (42)
38. Time - Speakerbox (40)
39. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (47)
40. So Far - Miguel Migs (45)
41. Online - Brad Paisley (59)
42. I Told You So - Keith Urban (26)
43. My Man - Amuka (52)
44. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (54)
45. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (34)
46. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (69)
47. All At Once - The Fray (49)
48. So Small - Carrie Underwood (56)
49. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (43)
50. Love Is Gone - David Guetta (66)
51. She's Madonna - Robbie Williams f/Pet Shop Boys (81)
52. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (32)
53. Live Love Dance - Ron Perkov (55)
54. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (58)
55. 1973 - James Blunt (65)
56. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (57)
57. Over You - Daughtry (70)
58. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (41)
59. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk f/Jessica Sutta (72)
60. Proud Of The House We Built - Brooks & Dunn (60)
61. How I Feel - Martina McBride (51)
62. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (62)
63. Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias (36)
64. Firecracker - Josh Turner (71)
65. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (77)
66. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (76)
67. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (85)
68. Deep Into Your Soul - Friscia & Lamboy (72)
69. Tough - Craig Morgan (44)
70. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (74)
71. Rollercoaster - Erika Jayne (49)
72. Just Might Have Her Radio On - Trent Tomlinson (80)
73. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (86)
74. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (82)
75. I Need You - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (19)
76. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi (29)
77. You Never Take Me Dancing - Travis Tritt (87)
78. U & Ur Hand - Pink (64)
79. Love Vibrations - Barbara Tucker (99)
80. Hollywood - Collective Soul (83)
81. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (91)
82. Make It Last - Dave Aude f/Jessica Sutta (97)
83. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson (67)
84. A Different World - Bucky Covington (61)
85. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (90)
86. Outta My Mind - Ohsha Kai (98)
87. Living Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (88)
88. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich (79)
89. Love Me If You Can - Toby Keith (89)
90. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (68)
91. Feel Together - Ben Macklin f/Tiger Lily (63)
92. Measure Of A Man - Jack Ingram (96)
93. With Every Heartbeat - KLEERUP f/Robyn (DEBUT)
94. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (85)
95. Hold On - KT Tunstall (DEBUT)
96. Activate My Body - Perry Twins f/Jania(DEBUT)
97. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (DEBUT)
98. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
99. Way Back Texas - Pat Green (DEBUT)
100. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (DEBUT)

This week seven new songs enter the chart, leading off with Swedish act Kleerup with blast from the past Robyn (remember "Show Me Love" and "Do You Know (What It Takes)"?). Here they are with international hit "With Every Heartbeat"...



Scottish singer KT Tunstall returns with the first single from her upcoming album Drastic Fantastic, here's "Hold On"...



The next video is mindblowing. Apparently the Mormons - yes the MORMONS, put out a shirtless calendar of what is called "Men On A Mission"...a beefcake calendar - and are promo=ing it on You-Tube with the Perry Twins featuring Jania and "Activate My Body"...behold...



It's the time for rock band lead singers to go solo - this time Train's Pat Monahan debuts with "Her Eyes"...here's an acoustic version..



Kenny Chesney's album came out this past week, and here's the second single off of it, Don't Blink (click here for the "official Video")...



Alt-country star Pat Green comes back with "Way Back Texas"..

Listen: "Way Back Texas" by Pat Green [Click link here to listen]

And finally here's country stalwart George Strait with "How 'Bout Them Cowgirls"...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Throw da bum out!

Joe Lieberman has finally what was left of his rational mind. Here watch the douchebag actually bring up attacking Iran. Holy friggin Christ! He really need to be removed from the Democratic caucus ASAP before he brings us his own Yiddish armeggedon...

Look around, wonder why, we can live a life that never satisfied...

I must be on a roll. Three CDs in a row I wasn’t crazy about. Hey, that’s the breaks. But I didn’t expect too much for Bomb The BassBeat Dis – The Best Of Bomb The Bass save for the title-named song, “Beat Dis”. A smorgasbord of samples in the vein of the classic dance track “Pump Up The Volume”, “Beat Dis” is a six-minute string of non-sequitors driven by a hypnotic bassline that rides the entire track. Tim Simenon went on from there to use the BTB name to put out records of English break-beat (yes, English Break-beat) that don’t really measure up to the promise of the debut. The other notable song on the set is a remake of “Say A Little Prayer” that veers into Soul II Soul territory. Otherwise for the casual listener, Beat Dis – The best Of Bomb The Bass is heavy on beats, low on melody or substance.

Grade: D
Best Cuts:
“Beat Dis”
Weakest Links: “Liquid Metal”, “Run Baby Run”, “Hey You”

"Beat Dis" hit #1 dance club and #2 in the UK.
"Megablast/Don't Make Me Wait" hit #6 in the UK.
"Say A Little Prayer" made #10 in the UK.
"Winter In July" made #7 in the UK.
"The Air You Breathe" hit #52 in the UK.

Listen: "Say A Little Prayer" [Click link to hear]

Buy: You can pick up a copy of Beat Dis at sites like here and here.

Here's the video for the Classic track "Beat Dis"...





next up, a clip of apparently someone playing "Megablast"..



next, a video seeming made in Asia for "Don't Make Me Wait"..



and finally, the promo for "Winter In July"...

'Coz if everything were plain sailing, oh tell me what would there be left to exalt?...


I love me my English pop. Which should make (British) Pop Idol Will Young’s Keep On a no-brainer. However, Young’s third album seems to be a muddied affair at being current, with Young’s voice whining and hidden under too-busy instrumentation at times. When he’s left pretty much alone, like in “All Time Love”, he’s sublime. A couple of the beat-ier number work to some effect, like kiss-off track “Ain’t Such A Bad Place To Be” or the lush “Home”. "Who Am I" is nicely ambient. And admittedly most of the album is listenable, in a “I’m trying real hard to take over from George Michael” way. However it suffers from a severe lack of hooks, and I really can’t remember succinctly many of the songs after hearing the whole disc twice. For a pop album, that’s not good. The worst is the swamp of “Switch It On” which was promoted as a single, no less. With "Happiness", Young channels Basia, and on "Think It Over" he attempts to be funky. At a discount, and if you’re an “Idol” fan, Keep On isn’t horrible. But it’s far from either his debut From Now On, or his supreme sophomore effort Friday’s Child.

Grade: C
Best Cuts:
"All Time Love", "Who Am I"
Weakest Links: "Switch It On", "Save Yourself"

Keep On hit #2 on the UK albums chart.
"Switch It On" hit #5 on the UK singles chart.
"All Time Love" made #3 on the UK Singles Chart.
"Who Am I" made #11 on the UK Singles Chart.

Listen: "Home" [Click Link to hear]

Buy: You can pick up Keep On at sites like here and here.

And for the clips...here's the first single "Switch It On"...which I have to admit is way sexy in its "Gay Top Gun" pastiche...



And continuing the big-screen drama, here's "All Time Love"



And for the final single "Who Am I", here's the "Official" spoof-style video..



and in a special version for SB...