"China Girl" is a song written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie during their years in Berlin, first appearing on Pop's debut solo album The Idiot (1977). The song became more widely known when it was re-recorded by Bowie, who released it as the second single from his most commercially successful album, Let's Dance (1983). The UK single release of Bowie's version reached No. 2 for one week on 14 June 1983, while the US release reached No. 10.
"Tennessee" is the title of a number-one R&B single by alternative hip hop group Arrested Development, from its album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of.... The song contains a sample of Prince's "Alphabet St." It peaked at number six in the United States and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1993. The music video for the song was directed by Milcho Manchevski and shot in Georgia, with friends of the group and people from the local area appearing in the clip.
"Parents Just Don't Understand" is the second single from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's second studio album, He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance at the 1989 Grammy Awards, one of the two songs to do so before the award was discontinued in 1991. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was released as a single in spring 1988. The song was referenced several times in the television show The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. The song was ranked number 96 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop, and the music video was featured in the 2003 film Malibu's Most Wanted.
"Feel the Pain" is a single by alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. from their 1994 album Without a Sound. Written after Mascis came up with the riff on tour, the song features a dry arrangement. It was released as the debut single from the album the same year, reaching number four on the Modern Rock charts in the US and number 25 in the UK. A music video for the song was also released, helping boost the song's popularity.
Since its release, the song has been praised by critics for its guitar work and lyrics. It has since become one of the band's most popular songs.
"Move The Crowd" is off of the album Paid in Full. It is the debut album of American hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, released on July 7, 1987, by Island-subsidiary label 4th & B'way Records. The duo recorded the album at hip hop producer Marley Marl's home studio and Power Play Studios in New York City, following Rakim's response to Eric B.'s search for a rapper to complement his disc jockey work in 1985. The album peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart and produced five singles: "Eric B. Is President", "I Ain't No Joke", "I Know You Got Soul", "Move the Crowd", and "Paid in Full".
"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" is a 1992 song by jazz rap trio Digable Planets which was released as the first single from their debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). The black-and-white music video was directed by Morgan Lawley.
The song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 6, 1993, becoming the group's only top-40 single. During that time, the song also topped the Hot Rap Singles chart at No. 1. Shortly after, the single was certified gold by the RIAA on March 16, 1993 for sales of 500,000 copies. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 36th Grammy Awards.
The song contains a sample from "Stretching" by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.
The song was also sampled by E-40 from his 2006, Gold certified album My Ghetto Report Card on a song titled "Yay Area". The song was also featured in the film Freedom Writers, the 2009 commercial for Tide and on the VH1 show Hindsight where it appeared along with "The May 4th Movement" in the shows's eighth episode. It was also featured in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, the 2015 crime comedy-drama film Dope and the Netflix series Master of None.
"Wildside" is a song by American hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. It was released in October 1991 as the second single from their 1991 album Music for the People. It heavily samples Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side". All vocals on the track are performed by the group's leader Mark Wahlberg.
"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" is a song by Timbuk 3. It is the opening track from their debut album, Greetings from Timbuk3. Released as the album's first single in 1986, it was the band's only significant mainstream hit.
"Girlfriend in a Coma" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. Released in August 1987, it reached No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the first of three UK singles from the band's fourth and final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come.
"Girls on Film" is the third single by Duran Duran, released on 13 July 1981.
The single became Duran Duran's Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 5 in July 1981. The band personally selected the song for release following the failure of its predecessor, "Careless Memories", which had been chosen by their record company, EMI. Its popularity provided a major boost to sales of the band's eponymous debut album, Duran Duran, which had been released a month earlier.
The song did not chart in the United States on its initial release, but it became popular and widely known after receiving heavy airplay on MTV when the Duran Duran album was re-issued in 1983. The song was used as the opening theme song for the anime series Speed Grapher in the Japanese-language version (the song wasn't able to be licensed for releases outside of Japan), and the night version appeared on 2012 Square Enix video game Sleeping Dogs.
"You Might Think" is a song by American rock band the Cars from their fifth studio album, Heartbeat City (1984). The track was written by Ric Ocasek and produced by Mutt Lange and the Cars, with Ocasek also providing the lead vocals.
The song was released on March 13, 1984, as the first single from Heartbeat City. "You Might Think" peaked at number seven in the United States and number eight in Canada. It also reached number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US, the band's first song to do so. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 88. It was featured heavily, and served as a plot device, in the 2016 American television series BrainDead.
"Watch Out Now" is the first single from A Musical Massacre, a 1999 album by East Coast hip hop group The Beatnuts. It was released by Relativity Records in 1999 in both 12 inch and CD format. The song is produced by The Beatnuts and features materialistic raps by Juju and Psycho Les, as well as a chorus performed by Yellaklaw. The track's fast-paced Latin beat samples "Hi-Jack" by Enoch Light.
"Watch Out Now" is the most commercially successful Beatnuts single; it reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the second Beatnuts single to appear on the pop chart. It additionally appeared on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart and Canadian Singles Chart. Its popularity landed it on two Beatnuts hits compilations: Beatnuts Forever and Classic Nuts, Vol. 1. It can additionally be found on hip hop compilations including 1999's The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 3, 2000's Louder Than Ever, Vol. 1 and 2004's Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 2. A "Watch Out Now" remix produced by Trouble Men was released as a single in France, but did not receive music video treatment as the original version did. Diane Martel directed the "Watch Out Now" music video. The song lyrics deal with the ability to "watch out" in the present time "now" and were considered lyrically very advanced for their time.
"Bring the Noise" is a song by the American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero; the song was also released as a single that year. It later became the first song on the group's 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The single reached No. 56 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The song's lyrics, most of which are delivered by Chuck D with interjections from Flavor Flav, include boasts of Public Enemy's prowess, an endorsement of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, retorts to unspecified critics, and arguments for rap as a legitimate musical genre on par with rock. The lyrics also have a notable metrical complexity, making extensive use of meters like dactylic hexameter. The title phrase appears in the chorus. The song includes several shout-outs to fellow hip hop artists like Run–D.M.C., Eric B, LL Cool J and, unusually for a rap group, Yoko Ono, Sonny Bono and thrash metal band Anthrax, allegedly because Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs. Anthrax later collaborated with Chuck D to cover the song.
The song's production by The Bomb Squad, which exemplifies their characteristic style, features a dissonant mixture of funk samples, drum machine patterns, record scratching by DJ Terminator X, siren sound effects and other industrial noise.
Critic Robert Christgau has described the song as "postminimal rap refracted through Blood Ulmer and On the Corner, as gripping as it is abrasive, and the black militant dialogue-as-diatribe that goes with it is almost as scary as "Stones in My Passway" or "Holidays in the Sun". "Bring the Noise" was ranked No. 160 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
"Low" is a song by American rock band Cracker. It appears on their 1993 album, Kerosene Hat. Despite popular belief, lead singer David Lowery has stated that the song is not about drugs, with the phrase "being stone" often misheard as "being stoned", a misnomer that forced Lowery to write a letter to several radio stations affirming his claim.
"Low" reached number 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1994. The song's biggest success was on the rock charts, reaching number three on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in November 1993 and number five on theBillboard Album Rock Tracks chart in March 1994. The music video, directed by Carlos Grasso, portrays Lowery badly losing a boxing match with actress/comedian Sandra Bernhard.
The song was featured in the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and its accompanying soundtrack in addition to The Wolverine and an episode of Hindsight and Rectify. B-side track "Whole Lotta Trouble" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 film Empire Records.
Special Beat Service by The English Beat is a second wave ska album from 1982. One of the most celebrated ska tunes from the 80's would have to be "Save It For Later" - found on side 2 of this original-press vinyl album. The opening track, "I Confess", is another great track. Check out SKAturday over at www.myoldmixtape.com/listen every Saturday from 2PM to 5PM Pacific time.
Poolside by Nu Shooz is a great dance/pop album from 1986. Heard at every skate rink in the late 80s, this original-press vinyl album is sure to spark some nostalgia. The most popular track, "I Can't Wait", is quickly followed by "Point Of No Return". I also love the opening track, "I Lost Your Number". Check out Skate Night at www.myoldmixtape.com every Saturday from 5PM to 9PM Pacific time for this and similar tunes.
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I live in the past - musically. I love 70's, 80's and 90's music. I have been getting into vinyl over the past few years and enjoy listening to original-press albums, in their entirety. Creating mixtapes for people has always been a passion of mine. Now, they come in mp3 format. I host an independent, non-commercial internet radio station at www.myoldmixtape.com. You will hear Reggae and Jazz on Sundays, Metal on Mondays and Old School Hip-Hop on Wednesdays. Either way, enjoy the music and give me feedback, please.