‘Love Letters,’ the title song from their latest album, is an intriguing (though repetitive) little New Wave number. It’s catchy in a lo-fi, give them points for trying kind of way.
I recently heard, during a discussion about marketing, that when you are promoting a product or service, right around the moment you are borderline nauseated by the sheer volume of references you’ve thrown at your audience… that’s when they’ve noticed it for the very first time.
Most of what you say disappears into the ether. Only the bruisingly persistent are ever heard.
Here’s an old Elvis Costello B-side, which I know from the album Taking Liberties. It was later released a few other times on various reissues of the Armed Forces album, which was recorded around the same time.
As usual with these Elvis Costello bonus tracks, I will leave the commentary to the man himself, who opined as follows in the Armed Forces liner notes:
Morning Phase has the same somber tone and cry-in-your-beer lyrical style as Sea Change but goes in some different melodic and production directions, with some of its songs reminding me of everything from Simon & Garfunkel to Pink Floyd.
Season Six as a whole was one of the more scattered of the series’ run, at least partly by design. As the 60s started to bleed into the 70s, the outside world increasingly encroached on the usually insulated characters. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, as well as the Vietnam War, left everybody shaken.
But occasionally I happen upon a song in my daily adventures and want to find a place for it on the blog. Such was the case with today’s SOTD, Josh Rouse’s ‘Jersey Clowns.’
After being introduced as “Adele Dzaeem,” Menzel seemed to struggle a bit during her performance. She appeared visibly nervous, rushed the song a bit and faltered on the last big note. I don’t know if we can pin all of that on Travolta, but I’ll do it anyway.