Friday, November 30, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for November 30, 2007...

Hey everyone, it's time for my tunes for the week (on time, this time!). This week Maroon5's second single from their new album reaches the summit, while Rihanna (pictured above) jumps within the top-10. The biggest jumps come from Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, and Linkin Park (all the bigger jumps in red), while Barbara Tucker, David Guetta, and Fall Out Boy drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in full effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to bring up their website (you can rightclick and bring it up in another window for handy-dandy convenience). Now that's a muffin!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (2)
2. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (1)
3. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (3)
4. Love Today - Mika (4)
5. Over You - Daughtry (6)
6. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (9)
7. Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (5)
8. More Than A Memory - Garth Brooks (12)
9. Who Knew - Pink (7)
10. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (11)
11. Into The Night - Santana f/Chad Kroeger (15)
12. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (8)
13. Stay - Sugarland (17)
14. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (10)
15. So Small - Carrie Underwood (16)
16. Firecracker - Josh Turner (18)
17. Everybody - Keith Urban (19)
18. In My Arms - Plumb (20)
19. Fall - Clay Walker (13)
20. Pictures of You - The Last Goodnight (26)
21. I'm Not Featuring You - Taylor Dayne (14)
22. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (23)
23. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (27)
24. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (24)
25. Watching Airplanes - Gary Allan (33)
26. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (22)
27. Disrespectful - Chaka Khan f/Mary J. Blige (28)
28. Heaven Heartache & The Power of Love - Trisha Yearwood (34)
29. Your Love Is Mine - Corinne Bailey Rae (39)
30. Amazing - Seal (45)
31. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (29)
32. Stronger - Kanye West (31)
33. As If - Sara Evans (37)
34. Apologize - Timbaland f/One Republic (47)
35. Stronger - Inez (36)
36. Nothin' Better To Do - LeAnn Rimes (43)
37. 1973 - James Blunt (21)
38. Calling You '07 - Blue October (42)
39. Do It - Nelly Furtado (41)
40. The More I Drink - Blake Shelton (49)
41. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (35)
42. 1234 - Feist (52)
43. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk f/Jessica Sutta (25)
44. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (44)
45. Seven Days Of Lonely - I Nine (46)
46. Fake It - Seether (54)
47. Hold It, Don't Drop It - Jennifer Lopez (30)
48. First Time - Lifehouse (38)
49. The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls (50)
50. Straight Lines - Silverchair (51)
51. Do It Well - Jennifer Lopez (81)
52. Carry Me Away - Chris Lake f/Emma Hewitt (59)
53. Breathe In Breathe Out - Mat Kearney (58)
54. Winner At A Losing Game - Rascal Flatts (64)
55. Hollywood - Collective Soul (55)
56. International Harvester - Craig Morgan (76)
57. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (40)
58. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi (65)
59. I Want Your Soul - Armand Van Helden (60)
60. About You Now - Sugababes (68)
61. Sorry - Buckcherry (80)
62. Nolita Fairytale - Vanessa Carlton (62)
63. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (48)
64. Empty Walls - Serj Tankian (83)
65. Again - Kim Leoni (66)
66. Two Times Blue - Debbie Harry vs. Soulseekerz (86)
67. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (56)
68. You Don't Know What Love Is - The White Stripes (78)
69. Livin' Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (69)
70. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (72)
71. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (71)
72. Big Casino - Jimmy Casino (87)
73. With Every Heartbeat - Kleerup f/Robyn (57)
74. No One - Alicia Keys (97)
75. Be With You - Taxi Doll (85)
76. Walk Away - Tony Moran f/Kristine W. (32)
77. Misery Business - Paramore (63)
78. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice (94)
79. Shadow Of The Day - Linkin Park (100)
80. Somewhere Beyond - Michael Gray f/Steve Edwards (92)
81. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (61)
82. Falling Down - Duran Duran (93)
83. Online - Brad Paisley (74)
84. Gimme More - Britney Spears (89)
85. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (75)
86. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (53)
87. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (70)
88. Umbrella - Marie Digby (88)
89. Our Song - Taylor Swift (90)
90. What Do Ya Think About That - Montgomery Gentry (91)
91. It's Got To Be Love - Rachel Panay (79)
92. What Kinda Gone - Chris Cagle (98)
93. Keep Your Body Workin' - Tony Moran f/Martha Wash (DEBUT)
94. Rockstar - Nickelback (84)
95. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (67)
96. But Beautiful - Billie Holiday (73)
97. Ready, Set, Don't Go - Billy Ray Cyrus f/Miley Cyrus (DEBUT)
98. No, No, No - Ono (DEBUT)
99. Stealing Cinderella - Chuck Wicks (DEBUT)
100. The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson (DEBUT)

This week sees five songs debut, starting with Tony Moran, who is descending with the utterly awesome "Walk Away", this time pairing up with the formidable Martha Wash and "Keep Your Body Workin'"....



Fifteen years after he debuted with "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus comes on with his daughter Miley (aka Hannah Montana) with "Ready Set Don't Go"...here's the original...



Now talk about longevity, Yoko Ono, age 74, enters the list with a dance remix of "No, No, No". Wow.

Listen: "No No No (Eric Kupper Vocal Mix)" - Ono [Click here to listen]

Reality show dropout Chuck Wicks debuts his first single, the wedding day wannabe staple "Stealing Cinderella"...



And finally, Ingrid Michaelson channels her inner Lisa Loeb with "The Way I Am"....




H10MASB(143)!!!!!!

I would like to shout it from the highest mountain, to tell the world I've found love and what it means to me...

I had written earlier about Bronski Beat, the “gayest band ever” in my eyes. Well, after one album and an aforementioned remix set, lead singer Jimmy Somerville left the group. Instead of going solo, he formed the Communards with childhood friend Richard Coles. This pairing didn’t stray too far from the Bronski formula of political angst, but including more orchestral-styled pieces as well. Well Coles and Somerville lasted for just two albums, before Somerville finally embarked on a solo career. Heaven is a compilation of songs from both albums and a few live and stray tracks. Rather than a hits collection, it is more of a sampler of their work. If you are looking for their two biggest successes, the remakes of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “Never Can Say Goodbye”, neither are here. It may be understandable that Somerville or the record company wouldn’t want to focus (or pay royalties) for non-Somerville-written material, but then there’s “Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart”, while Somerville-penned "Disenchanted" and "For A Friend" are missing. But what is here includes good work, and his most representative song with the group, the buoyantly anthemic “There’s More To Love (Than Boy Meets Girl)”, making a defiant yet exuberant statement against homophobia. “Hold On Tight” explores a more subdued, jazzier pop sound, while “If I Could Tell You”, one of their most poignant laments on the AIDS crisis, represents the more sparse, classically-influenced tack Coles had on the group’s material. “Tomorrow” and “You Are My World” are fast-paced songs that glean from the Bronski Beat book of busy keyboards but focus more on the interpersonal relationships than activism. And adding “So Cold The Night” as well as concert interlude “Czardas gives a glimpse of Somerville’s “socialist camp” side. There are a couple non-album songs on here besides “Zing…”, and “Sanctified” and “Judgement Day” are passable pop, while “Annie” and “I Do It All For Love” are just a little forgettable. Closing out the set are “Heavens Above” from their debut, and a live version of “Victims”, another AIDS-activist piece. In total, Heaven almost succeeds in portraying the “soul” of the Communards, even without including the groups singles, though ignoring at least one of Somerville’s “hairdresser on fire” falsettos on their most successful remakes makes this a couple notches below essential.

Grade: B
Best Cuts:
“Hold On Tight”, “There’s More To Love”, “You Are My World”, “Tomorrow”, “If I Could Tell You”
Weakest Links: “Czardas”, “Annie”, “I Do It All For Love”

"You Are My World" made #21 in the UK single chart.
"So Cold The Night" hit #25 on the US dance club play chart and #8 in the UK.
"Tomorrow" hit #23 in the UK.
"There's More To Love (Than Boy Meets Girl)" made #20 in the UK.

Listen: "Hold On Tight" [Click Here To Listen]

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

And now for some clips. First off, the jubilant lovesong "You Are My World" gets the "cute" treatment with a guy preparing for a date...



Next up, the Middle East is the backdrop musically and visually for "So Cold The Night"..



And here's the Bronski-ish "Tomorrow", a triumphic stab at domestic violence...



And finally, their ode to equality, "There's More To Love"...



But WAIT, there's a bonus! Songs that SHOULD'VE been on here...

The fantastic remake of "Don't Leave Me This Way"...



They followed it up on their next album with "Never Can Say Goodbye"...



On a heavier note, a tearful parting note in "For A Friend"...



And even more Bronski Beat-like is the driving "Disenchanted", a sort of sequel to "Smalltown Boy"...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for November 23, 2007

Hey boys and girls, finally my cold is starting to break. I hate being sick on a holiday, and I made it through Thanksgiving wheezing and swooning. Now I'm back, and ready for my tunes for the week. This week, Colbie Caillat spends a fourth week at number one, while Daughtry (pictured above) sees their third single move up within the top-10. Simply Red, Maroon5, the Perry Twins, and Gwen Stefani have songs dropping out, while Rascal Flatts, Buckcherry, and Seal make the biggest jumps (the big moves are in red). Link-O-rama is still is full effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to bring of their webpage (rightclick to bring it up in another window). I am Beowulf!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (1)
2. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (2)
3. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (4)
4. Love Today - Mika (6)
5. Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (3)
6. Over You - Daughtry (8)
7. Who Knew - Pink (5)
8. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (9)
9. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (12)
10. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (10)
11. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (15)
12. More Than A Memory - Garth Brooks (16)
13. Fall - Clay Walker (13)
14. I'm Not Featuring You - Taylor Dayne (7)
15. Into The Night - Santana f/Chad Kroeger (21)
16. So Small - Carrie Underwood (18)
17. Stay - Sugarland (19)
18. Firecracker - Josh Turner (20)
19. Everybody - Keith Urban (23)
20. In My Arms - Plumb (25)
21. 1973 - James Blunt (11)
22. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (14)
23. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (24)
24. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (28)
25. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk f/Jessica Sutta (17)
26. Pictures Of You - The Last Goodnight (32)
27. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (33)
28. Disrespectful - Chaka Khan f/Mary J. Blige (36)
29. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (27)
30. Hold It, Don't Drop It - Jennifer Lopez (30)
31. Stronger - Kanye West (31)
32. Walk Away - Tony Moran f/Kristine W. (22)
33. Watching Airplanes - Gary Allan (37)
34. Heaven Heartache & The Power Of Love - Trisha Yearwood (38)
35. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (29)
36. Stronger - Inez (40)
37. As If - Sara Evans (39)
38. First Time - Lifehouse (26)
39. Your Love Is Mine - Corinne Bailey Rae (46)
40. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (41)
41. Do It - Nelly Furtado (45)
42. Calling You '07 - Blue October (43)
43. Nothin' Better To Do - LeAnn Rimes (47)
44. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (44)
45. Amazing - Seal (62)
46. Seven Days Of Lonely - I Nine (52)
47. Apologize - Timbaland f/One Republic (61)
48. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (35)
49. The More I Drink - Blake Shelton (50)
50. The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls (54)
51. Straight Lines - Silverchair (55)
52. 1234 - Feist (63)
53. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (53)
54. Fake It - Seether (69)
55. Hollywood - Collective Soul (57)
56. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (34)
57. With Every Heartbeat - Kleerup f/Robyn (48)
58. Breathe In Breathe Out - Mat Kearney (68)
59. Carry Me Away - Chris Lake f/Emma Hewitt (74)
60. I Want Your Soul - Armand Van Helden (60)
61. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (49)
62. Nolita Fairytale - Vanessa Carlton (66)
63. Misery Business - Paramore (64)
64. Winner At A Losing Game - Rascal Flatts (86)
65. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi (73)
66. Again - Kim Leoni (77)
67. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (67)
68. About You Now - Sugababes (82)
69. Livin' Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (70)
70. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (58)
71. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (71)
72. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (78)
73. But Beautiful - Billie Holiday (65)
74. Online - Brad Paisley (51)
75. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (59)
76. International Harvester - Craig Morgan (85)
77. Love Vibrations - Barbara Tucker (56)
78. You Don't Know What Love Is - The White Stripes (88)
79. It's Got To Be Love - Rachel Panay (80)
80. Sorry - Buckcherry (100)
81. Do It Well - Jennifer Lopez (DEBUT)
82. The Love Is Gone - David Guetta f/Chris Willis (76)
83. Empty Walls - Serj Tankian (DEBUT)
84. Rockstar - Nickelback (72)
85. Be With You - Taxi Doll (90)
86. Two Times Blue - Debbie Harry vs. Soulseekerz (94)
87. Big Casino - Jimmy Eat World (95)
88. Umbrella - Marie Digby (97)
89. Gimme More - Britney Spears (91)
90. Our Song - Taylor Swift (92)
91. What Do Ya Think About That - Montgomery Gentry (93)
92. Somewhere Beyond - Michael Gray f/Steve Edwards (98)
93. Falling Down - Duran Duran (DEBUT)
94. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice (DEBUT)
95. Piece Of My Love - Debby Holiday (99)
96. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (42)
97. No One - Alicia Keys (DEBUT)
98. What Kinda Gone - Chris Cagle (DEBUT)
99. Hold On - KT Tunstall (75)
100. Shadow Of The Day - Linkin Park (DEBUT)

This week there are seven new songs, starting with Jennifer Lopez, who is already in the top-30 with "Hold It, Don't Drop It". Her label wasted no time releasing the second single "Do It Well" I gotta tell you, she can still dance tops...



Next, System Of A Down lead singer Serj Tankian has his first solo single with "Empty Walls"...



Duran Duran is back with a new album and new single, Falling Down they've gone full-out for the video (natch) and it's my pick of the week...



Next up, French dance act Justice debuts with a song with a kick-ass video, "D.A.N.C.E." - awesome special effects on this one...



Alicia Keys is returning with a great new song, "No One"...



Country hunk Chris Cagle puts "What Kinda Gone" on the list...



And finally, Linkin Park's Bleed It Out finally reaches the top-40, while new song "Shadow Of The Day" already pops in at #100...



I am Beowulf!!!

Leave in the morning with everything you own in a little black case...

Bronski Beat is the gayest band ever. Ever. And that is not a slight. The boys from London combined insightful pondering about being persecuted as a class in the 80s with socialistic views and bubbly but subversive dance-pop beats. They were truly the first stars to truly be out-of-the-closet from the start, and a big chunk of that was due to the out-of-this-world falsetto of lead singer Jimmy Somerville, who channeled soul divas of the 70’s into a totally new direction, while being accessible enough to get a top-40 rank and gold record status in the States with their debut album, Age Of Consent. Internal band turmoil after that saw the departure of Somerville, who would later front the Communards before setting off for a completely solo career. But before that, the band’s stopgap after the first album was a hodgepodge of extended mixes from AOC as well as new songs in a package called Hundreds and Thousands. Five of the ten tracks are alternate versions from their debut, and include their three English top-10 singles. “Why” is a simple anti-homophobia anthem pulsed by a breakneck-speed drum machine, while the most essential “Smalltown Boy” is the best recitation of gay youth angst and solitude and desperation that I had heard at my tender age. I guess being sixteen right when this came out deeply affected me, being the first exposure to something artistically expressing my nascent feelings that I was only figuring out myself. On the other side of the coin, Somerville’s diva tendencies come out in full force on their medley with Soft Cell member Marc Almond. This album’s version goes one better by expanding it to almost ten minutes to include Donna Summer’s “I Feel Loveand “Love To Love You Baby” with “Johnny Remember Me”. Album track “Heatwave” starts things off oddly with sound effects like those in a local version of “Curves” exercise center, while “Junk” mocks the American fast-food gluttony complete with an added “commercial break” bridge. As for the other half of the CD, “Run From Love” and “Hard Rain” would have been at home on Age Of Consent with its victimized rumination, while “Infatuation/Memories” almost goes a little too long for a mood piece. “Close To The Edge” is worthy though more slight, and baffling closer “Cadillac Car” sounds like they co-opted Mike Love from the Beach Boys to write something for them in promise for apparently more coke money.

Many remix albums are meant as toss-offs, either to stop the hemorrhaging of fans waiting on an artist’s next album, or a capitalization of those same fans’ hunger for their fave band’s work. Hundreds and Thousands is more enjoyable than that, offering both extended versions of their seminal work as well as original material without too much fluff. And for the evolution of the gay music scene, Bronski Beat in any incarnation is indispensable.

Grade: B
Best Cuts:
“Why”, “Smalltown Boy”, “I Feel Love Medley”
Weakest Link: “Cadillac Car”

Hundreds and Thousands hit #18 as an album on the dance club play chart in the US and #24 in the UK.
"Why" originally hit #27 dance club play and #6 in the UK.
"Smalltown Boy" originally made #48 US pop singles, #1 dance club play, and #3 in the UK.
"I Feel Love (Medley)" made #50 dance sales in the US and #3 in the UK.

Listen: "Run From Love" [click here to listen]

Buy:
You can pick up a copy of Hundreds & Thousands at websites like here and here.

And now from some video goodness. First up, their initial single, "Smalltown Boy"...



Next up, their followup, "Why"...



And now, here's an awesome live performance of "I Feel Love" with SoftCell's Marc Almond...



and the original video...



and finally, watch the record spin round and round to "Junk"..



And to get some more insight on what he's doing these days, check out Steve Bronski's website...

Monday, November 19, 2007

The sun isn't yellow, it's chicken...

Bob Dylan is the ultimate adult music. Why? Show me a child who likes Dylan’s recordings and I’ll show you a freak of nature. If you asked me when I was young what was the worst singer, in a heartbeat I’d give his name. Of course, I didn’t have that much exposure to him at the time, so I was mostly basing my bias on his whining tone of “Just Like A Woman”. Now that I’m scraping 40, I’ve come to appreciate the bard. And the release of the movie I’m Not There prompted me to dig out the initial big-name boxset that was ever released, Dylan’s Biograph. Originally released in 1985, this now 3-CD collection paved the road that many, many box-set compilations followed its recipe of hits, cult favorites and rarities. And while Biograph doesn’t contain as much meat as the new 3-disc Dylan “best-of”, it succeeds in giving a rounder picture of Dylan the performer as well as the artist.

However, the collection betrays its age most by two reasons – obviously coming too early to capture Dylan’s renaissance in the 2000’s, and by going by midlife myopia and putting “Lay Lady Lay” as the first track. The most un-Dylan of Dylan songs performance-wise, this song him crooning in a smooth baritone to make this his most “accessible” if not more slighter compositions. Interspersed on this disc are classic earlier tracks like the quietly powerful “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” serving as a counterpoint to the vitriolic “Masters Of War” (which is so totally valid in this age of elitist Bushism) and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (better known as the one with the video where he has cue cards). There are album nuggets like the poor family strife of “Tombstone Blues” as well as the CSI narrative of “The Death Of Hattie Carroll”. But the centerpiece of Biograph resides here: the cornerstone of Dylan’s work – “Like A Rolling Stone”. That song encapsulates Dylan at his best, with his acetic voice used in one of his more personal songs.

Speaking of personal, the two most essential songs on disc two are ruminations about relationships, though coming from two separate standpoints (and artistic periods). “Positively 4th Street” is cutting though still 60’s jangly, while “Tangled Up In Blue” presents Dylan at his most skeptic. His influence on pop music of the time is represented by songs made more popular to the general public through others, either by the faithful (The Byrds with “Mr. Tambourine Man”), the eclectic (the Turtles with “It Ain’t Me, Babe), or the silly (Manfred Mann with “Quinn The Eskimo”). The first two are interesting first-takes (and “Tambourine” is one of the highlights of his Bringing It All Back Home album), while the third belies Dylan’s regard to the inane song, in the liner notes not even knowing where the character was doing in the story). Other notable songs on here are a live version of “Visions Of Johanna” from Blonde On Blonde, the rueful “Abandonned Love”, and the single release “Can You Please Walk Out Your Window”. Inexplicably a snippet called “Jet Pilot” is tacked on to the end with the explanation that is was a prehistoric version of “Tombstone Blues”, but it seems to be 50 seconds about a transsexual. Huh?

The final disc is weighted more to Dylan’s later (now mid-career) work, with Blonde On Blonde singles “I Want You” (which I love) to the aforementioned “Just Like A Woman”, which I still am not crazy about, though not of the loathing state of my younger years, but rather the distaste of the realistic misogyny in the lilting lyric. Having songs like “Gotta Serve Somebody”, “I Believe In You”, and “Solid Rock” signify Dylan’s “born-again” phase put that period in a better light than listening to albums of songs worth of spiritual preachiness, while the classic track “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” would have been possibly a better closer than a rough demo of “Forever Young”.

The bonus of having demos and unreleased songs on Biograph is a feeling of intimacy where the creative process is being observed, and what songs are revealed that wouldn’t “fit” on a particular album. The live tracks pep up the collection and prove the Dylan had the knack to choose backup that would compensate for his singing strength. And while “All Along The Watchtower” may not rival Hendrix’s, it allows a peek into the lyrical pace of the song apart from the guitar pyrotechnics.

By all means, if you’re a “newbie” seeking a first-time experience with Dylan’s work, I’d probably now say to shell out first for the 3-CD Dylan package from this year (2007). But once you’re in, Biograph is an excellent next step to get an overview on his persona before you can tackle his individual albums. There’s enough rare stuff for aficionados, but not totally off-putting to the casual listener.

Grade: B-
Best Cuts:
“The Times They Are A-Changing”, “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Masters Of War”, “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Mr. Tamborine Man”, “Tangled Up In Blue”, “Positively 4th Street”, “I Want You”, “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”
Weakest Links: “Quinn The Eskimo”, “Jet Pilot”, “Caribbean Wind”

Biograph hit #33 on the US albums chart.
"Lay Lady Lay" hit #7 in the US, and #5 in the UK.
"The Times They Are A-Changin'" hit #9 in the UK.
"On A Night Like This" made #44 in the US.
"Gotta Serve Somebody" made #24 US Singles.
"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" made #58 US singles, and #17 in the UK.
"Most Likely You Go Your Way" hit #66 US singles.
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" hit #12 US singles, #5 adult contemporary, and #14 in the UK.
"Positively 4th Street" hit #7 US singles, and #8 in the UK.

Listen: "Up To Me" [click here to listen]

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

And now for some clips...I knew the first one's gotta be for "Subterranean Homesick Blues". Kiddies, he did not rip off INXS..



Next up, here's Dylan at his smarmiest, with "Lay Lady Lay"...



Here's a live version of "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" with the Band...



Here's "If Not For You, later made famous by Olivia Newton-John...



Here's a clip someone made for "The Times They Are A-Changin'"



Now, for Bob way back in the day, say 1963, with "Blowing In The Wind"...



Now for the most moving song on here, the classic "Masters Of War"..



And here's "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll" from the Steve Allen Show.



From "Blonde On Blonde" here's "Tombstone Blues"...



Don't mind the picture, focus on the music for "Like A Rolling Stone"...



Here's a live version of "Mr. Tambourine Man"...



Here's another fan video for "Tangled Up In Blue"...



"Positively 4th Street"...



Here's "I Want You"



And to close, from Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, here's Knockin' On Heaven's Door"

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for November 16, 2007...

Hey guys, I know it's back to back charts, but I've been fighting a cold. More rambling goodness coming shortly. Until then, here's my tunes for the week. This week Colbie Caillat enjoys a third week at the top, while Mika (pictured above) jumps up within the top-10. The biggest moves come from I Nine, Seal, Feist, and Seether (I redmarked the best leaps) while Daughtry, Luke Bryan, and Mark Ronson have songs dropping off the list. As usual, Link-O-Rama is in full effect, and you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to bring up their webpage (you can rightclick to bring it up in another window). More egg nog, please!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (1)
2. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (4)
3. Free And Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (2)
4. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (5)
5. Who Knew - Pink (3)
6. Love Today - Mika (10)
7. I'm Not Featuring You - Taylor Dayne (8)
8. Over You - Daughtry (13)
9. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (11)
10. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (12)
11. 1973 - James Blunt (7)
12. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (18)
13. Fall - Clay Walker (15)
14. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (6)
15. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (17)
16. More Than A Memory - Garth Brooks (20)
17. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk f/Jessica Sutta (9)
18. So Small - Carrie Underwood (21)
19. Stay - Sugarland (29)
20. Firecracker - Josh Turner (22)
21. Into The Night - Santana f/Chad Kroeger (28)
22. Walk Away - Tony Moran f/Kristine W. (14)
23. Everybody - Keith Urban (27)
24. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (25)
25. In My Arms - Plumb (31)
26. First Time - Lifehouse (19)
27. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (23)
28. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (32)
29. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (24)
30. Hold It, Don't Drop It - Jennifer Lopez (33)
31. Stronger - Kanye West (30)
32. Pictures Of You - The Last Goodnight (37)
33. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (38)
34. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (35)
35. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (26)
36. Disrespectful - Chaka Khan f/Mary J. Blige (50)
37. Watching Airplanes - Gary Allan (46)
38. Heaven Heartache & The Power Of Love - Trisha Yearwood (39)
39. As If - Sara Evans (43)
40. Stronger - Inez (51)
41. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (44)
42. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (16)
43. Calling You '07 - Blue October (49)
44. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (45)
45. Do It - Nelly Furtado (52)
46. Your Love Is Mine - Corinne Bailey Rae (61)
47. Nothin' Better To Do - LeAnn Rimes (55)
48. With Every Heartbeat - Kleerup f/Robyn (48)
49. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (41)
50. The More I Drink - Blake Shelton (64)
51. Online - Brad Paisley (34)
52. Seven Days Of Lonely - I Nine (72)
53. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (54)
54. The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls (59)
55. Straight Lines - Silverchair (56)
56. Love Vibrations - Barbara Tucker (36)
57. Hollywood - Collective Soul (57)
58. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (40)
59. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (47)
60. I Want Your Soul - Armand Van Helden (63)
61. Apologize - Timbaland f/OneRepublic (75)
62. Amazing - Seal (91)
63. 1234 - Feist (88)
64. Misery Business - Paramore (66)
65. But Beautiful - Billie Holiday (65)
66. Nolita Fairytale - Vanessa Carlton (69)
67. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (71)
68. Breathe In Breathe Out - Mat Kearney (76)
69. Fake It - Seether (89)
70. Livin' Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (70)
71. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (68)
72. Rockstar - Nickelback (58)
73. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi (77)
74. Carry Me Away - Chris Lake f/Emma Hewitt (84)
75. Hold On - KT Tunstall (53)
76. The Love Is Gone - David Guetta f/Chris Willis (67)
77. Again - Kim Leoni (83)
78. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (80)
79. Stay - Simply Red (42)
80. It's Got To Be Love - Rachel Panay (82)
81. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (62)
82. About You Now - Sugababes (92)
83. Activate My Body - Perry Twins f/Jania (60)
84. Everybody Dance (Clap Your Hands) - Deborah Cox (78)
85. International Harvester - Craig Morgan (DEBUT)
86. Winner At A Losing Game - Rascal Flatts (DEBUT)
87. Girl I Told Ya - Valeria (87)
88. You Don't Know What Love Is - The White Stripes (DEBUT)
89. Make It Last - Dave Aude f/Jessica Sutta (73)
90. Be With You - Taxi Doll (98)
91. Gimme More - Britney Spears (96)
92. Our Song - Taylor Swift (94)
93. What Do Ya Think About That - Montgomery Gentry (95)
94. Two Times Blue - Debbie Harry vs. Soulseekerz (100)
95. Big Casino - Jimmy Eat World (99)
96. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (74)
97. Umbrella - Marie Digby (97)
98. Somewhere Beyond - Michael Gray f/Steve Edwards (DEBUT)
99. Piece Of My Love - Debby Holiday (DEBUT)
100. Sorry - Buckcherry (DEBUT)

This week there are six new songs, starting with a fantastic sleeper from country singer Craig Morgan, here's my pick for the week, "International Harvester"...



Next up is Rascal Flatts' more-Eagles-than-the-Eagles followup to former #1 "Take Me There", here's "Winner At A Losing Game", a great twostep song...



The White Stripes are back with "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Do What You're Told)"...



Dance singer Steve Edwards teams up with Michael Gray for "Somewhere Beyond"...



Underground dance singer Debby Holiday returns with "Piece Of My Love"...

Listen: "Piece Of My Love" by Debby Holiday [click here to listen]


And finally rock group Buckcherry debuts on the chart with "Sorry"...



SB, I'm sorry I've been cranky, being sick does that to me. Blech. Still love your "uninteresting" stories...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for November 9, 2008...

Hey guys, I'm back from Kansas City, and trying to catch up. Here's my tunes for last week, and I'll be on my way. This week Colbie Caillat spends a second week in the top position, while late-80's dance superstar Taylor Dayne (pictured above) is back in the top-10 with her current single. Darren Hayes, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Kenny Chesney have songs dropping off the list, while Sugarland, Inez, and Blake Shelton make some of the biggest moves. Now what did you order again?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (1)
2. Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go) - Dierks Bentley (3)
3. Who Knew - Pink (2)
4. Wake Up Call - Maroon5 (7)
5. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (6)
6. Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake (4)
7. 1973 - James Blunt (5)
8. I'm Not Featuring You - Taylor Dayne (10)
9. White Lies - Paul Van Dyk f/Jessica Sutta (9)
10. Love Today - Mika (13)
11. Dreaming With A Broken Heart - John Mayer (11)
12. How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty (12)
13. Over You - Daughtry (14)
14. Walk Away - Tony Moran f/Kristine W. (15)
15. Fall - Clay Walker (18)
16. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (8)
17. The Pretender - Foo Fighters (21)
18. Shut Up And Drive - Rihanna (22)
19. First Time - Lifehouse (17)
20. More Than A Memory - Garth Brooks (24)
21. So Small - Carrie Underwood (25)
22. Firecracker - Josh Turner (26)
23. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (19)
24. Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal) - Fergie (23)
25. The Way I Are - Timbaland f/Keri Hilson (27)
26. Take Me There - Rascal Flatts (16)
27. Everybody - Keith Urban (28)
28. Into The Night - Santana f/Chad Kroeger (33)
29. Stay - Sugarland (40)
30. Stronger - Kanye West (31)
31. In My Arms - Plumb (37)
32. Don't Blink - Kenny Chesney (36)
33. Hold It Don't Drop It - Jennifer Lopez (34)
34. Online - Brad Paisley (20)
35. Wait For You - Elliott Yamin (35)
36. Love Vibrations - Barbara Tucker (29)
37. Pictures Of You - The Last Goodnight (39)
38. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (44)
39. Heaven, Heartache, and the Power Of Love - Trisha Yearwood (42)
40. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (41)
41. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (30)
42. Stay - Simply Red (32)
43. As If - Sara Evans (50)
44. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park (46)
45. Her Eyes - Pat Monahan (45)
46. Watching Airplanes - Gary Allan (52)
47. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (38)
48. With Every Heartbeat - Kleerup f/Robyn (49)
49. Calling You '07 - Blue October (51)
50. Disrespectful - Chaka Khan f/Mary J. Blige (60)
51. Stronger - Inez (63)
52. Do It - Nelly Furtado (77)
53. Hold On - KT Tunstall (53)
54. Famous In A Small Town - Miranda Lambert (55)
55. Nothin' Better To Do - LeAnn Rimes (59)
56. Straight Lines - Silverchair (61)
57. Hollywood - Collective Soul (57)
58. Rockstar - Nickelback (48)
59. The Great Escape - Boys Like Girls (64)
60. Activate My Body - Perry Twins f/Jania (43)
61. Your Love Is Mine - Corinne Bailey Rae (69)
62. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (58)
63. I Want Your Soul - Armand Van Helden (65)
64. The More I Drink - Blake Shelton (79)
65. But Beautiful - Billie Holiday (66)
66. Misery Business - Paramore (71)
67. The Love Is Gone - David Guetta f/Chris Willis (47)
68. Never Too Late - Three Days Grace (68)
69. Nolita Fairytale - Vanessa Carlton (70)
70. Livin' Our Love Song - Jason Michael Carroll (74)
71. Another Side Of You - Joe Nichols (72)
72. Seven Days Of Lonely - I Nine (76)
73. Make It Last - Dave Aude f/Jessica Sutta (56)
74. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (54)
75. Apologize - Timbaland f/OneRepublic (95)
76. Breathe In Breathe Out - Mat Kearney (82)
77. Lost Highway - Bon Jovi (85)
78. Everybody Dance (Clap Your Hands) - Deborah Cox (78)
79. Give Me Danger - Dangerous Muse (62)
80. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - George Strait (84)
81. Home - Daughtry (67)
82. It's Got To Be Love - Rachel Panay (89)
83. Again - Kim Leoni (93)
84. Carry Me Away - Chris Lake f/Emma Hewitt (91)
85. Evolution - Korn (86)
86. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (73)
87. Girl I Told Ya - Valeria (88)
88. 1234 - Feist (DEBUT)
89. Fake It - Seether (DEBUT)
90. Stop Me - Mark Ronson f/Daniel Merriweather (75)
91. Amazing - Seal (DEBUT)
92. About You Now - Sugababes (DEBUT)
93. Love Me If You Can - Toby Keith (87)
94. Our Song - Taylor Swift (96)
95. What Do Ya Think About That - Montgomery Gentry (97)
96. Gimme More - Britney Spears (100)
97. Umbrella - Marie Digby (DEBUT)
98. Be With You - Taxi Doll (DEBUT)
99. Big Casino - Jimmy Eat World (DEBUT)
100. Two Times Blue - Debbie Harry vs. Soulseekerz (DEBUT)

This week eight new songs enter the chart, leading off with Canadian artist Feist with "1234" which has received a lot of exposure due to the Ipod ad...



Next up, South African rock band Seether are back, seemingly with an answer to Shaun Morgan's breakup with Evanescence's Amy Lee, with "Fake It"...



Seal (aka Mr. Heidi Klum) is back with an awesome new single, "Amazing"...



English girl-group Sugababes debut with "About You Now"...



You-Tube star Marie Digby so far has over 2.5 million views of her version of "Umbrella"..



Rock band Jimmy Eat World are back with "Big Casino"..



Finally Debbie Harry arrives with a new single, "Two Times Blue"....



Nite Nite, SB...