Aunt Rosemary?!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

I don’t know what the public thought about the song, “Pet Me, Poppa,” in 1955 (that was before my time, don’t cha know), but, um…well, I’ll bet they weren’t singing it in Sunday School.  For anyone who thinks Madonna invented sexually-charged pop music, take a listen to this bit of wink-and-wiggle from Rosemary Clooney.  I […]

“Dancin’ With Joey Ramone”

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Take a rock and roll break with Amy Rigby.  In 2005, four years after Joey Ramone died of lymphatic cancer, Amy recorded this great little song about her fantasy dream date with the legendary punk rocker.  Not only do we get a tribute to Joey Ramone, we also get a quick tour of Amy Rigby’s […]

“Hey, Eugene” by Pink Martini

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Ever heard of Pink Martini?  No?  Don’t worry…you aren’t alone.  In a world where Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj have two or three hits out at a time, a band like Pink Martini doesn’t stand a chance.  They perform grown-up music (for grown-ups!), covering several styles and decades of music.  A lot of their material […]

“Tears of a Clown (Ska!)”

What is better than a Smokey Robinson classic from 1967?  Nothing!  So you gotta give The English Beat credit for being bold enough to take a thing of perfection, like “Tears of A Clown,” and record their own bouncy, ska version.  If you like this song, I highly recommend the full album (1980).  It’s an instant […]

The Original “Hound Dog”

There’s no disputing that the Elvis Presley recording of “Hound Dog” is a monumental classic…but something about it just doesn’t feel right.  Does it bother anybody else that the lyrics don’t make sense?  “Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine.”  Huh?  (Well, first of all, that’s about a quadruple-negative.)  To whom […]