Song of the Day #2,492: ‘Fight the Power (Live)’ – Public Enemy

do_the_right_thingMy next Oscar-snubbed song was the least egregious oversight the Academy made of this film.

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is unquestionably the finest film of 1989 (and a front-runner for best of the 80s), yet it failed to land a nomination for Best Picture or Best Director. Lee did earn a screenwriting nomination, and Danny Aiello was deservedly nominated for his supporting turn as Sal Frangione.

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Song of the Day #2,490: ‘If You Leave’ – Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

pretty_in_pinkFor those just joining the party, I am counting down ten songs inexplicably snubbed by the Oscars.

This list was inspired by the overlooked ‘Don’t You Forget About Me,’ and today I’m featuring another iconic track from another iconic John Hughes film.

If you think the Academy had something against John Hughes, you’re probably right. Not one of the man’s films was ever nominated for an Oscar. These films were beloved upon release and are even more beloved now, but apparently they weren’t “Academy material.”

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Song of the Day #2,489: ‘Crazy For You’ – Madonna

madonna_vision_questA week ago, when I finished counting down the songs I most associate with movies, I was surprised to learn that Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ was actually written for The Breakfast Club.

Given that fact, what’s even more shocking is that the song wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award. How on earth did that happen?

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Song of the Day #2,488: ‘The Right Thing To Do’ – Carly Simon

no_secretsI could wax poetic about the greatness of Carly Simon’s No Secrets, one of the best albums of my birth year, 1972.

But I just had the great idea to do a top five or top ten of the best albums from that year (that I know) followed by a list of albums from that year that I don’t know but should. I can sing Simon’s praises then.

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Song of the Day #2,487: ‘You’re Getting To Be a Habit’ – Frank Sinatra

sinatra_swingin_loversI’ve written quite a bit about my love of the melancholy Frank Sinatra — Only the Lonely, In the Wee Small Hours and all that good stuff.

But it’s hard to deny the appeal of Sinatra’s flip side, the uptempo, jazzy style epitomized on 1956’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers. This album was the unlikely successor to In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, making for one of the best one-two punches in music history.

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Song of the Day #2,486: ‘Bleeding Out’ – Wynter Gordon

wynter_gordonPrint may be dying, but I still love a good magazine. While I read the newspaper on my tablet, I haven’t been able to make that transition when it comes to Entertainment Weekly or Rolling Stone. There’s just something essential about the portability and disposability of a magazine.

Magazines are also one of my best means of discovering new music. Yesterday’s band, The Mountain Goats, appeared in Rolling Stone. Today’s artist, Wynter Gordon, comes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly‘s ‘Must List.’

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