Music Monday: 29/08/16

Music Monday: 29/08/16

This weeks songs are:

1) The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes

I think that this is one of the most underrated songs by the Smiths which appears on their compilation album, Hatful of Hollow (1984). I really love this song mostly because of the guitar riff and the bass beacuse they’re soo good and, like most songs by The Smiths, it’s a little bit depressing. In this song, Morrissey criticises Christianity and believes that people are misleading themselves by following Jesus. Even though I have opposing views on the meaning of this song, check out this great song below:

The Smiths – This Night Has Opened My Eyes

2) TLC – Kick Your Game 

Kick Your Game was released by the R&B/Hip-Hop group, TLC and this is the third track  on their second debut album, CrazySexyCool (1994). TLC are the best-selling American girl group and their one of my favourite girl groups of all time. I really like this song and my favourite part is when Left Eye is alternating between being the man and being herself while rapping. Lisa “Left Eye” describes how she first met her then boyfriend, Andre Rison. This whole song states the fact that even though she knows he wants to take her home, if he can’t catch her attention then she’s not going home with him. Check out this cool song below:

TLC – Kick Your Game

3) Lemar – If There’s Any Justice

Lemar is an English R&B and If There’s Any Justice is the first single from his second album, Time To Grow (2004). This song peaked at no.3 on the UKs singles chart between 2004-2005. The lyrics of this song is so sweet to me because it is about a girl that he has fallen in love with but she already has a man. He states that if he had met her first, they would have been together instead of her and that other guy. Check out this song below:

Lemar – If There’s Any Justice

I hope you especially enjoy this weeks music choices and please comment on what you think about these songs!

Omone 😀

Music Monday: 25/07/16

Music Monday: 25/07/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Diddy – Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me

I Hate That You Love Me is an R&B song released in 2010 by the Hip Hop/R&B group, Diddy – Dirty Money. The groups consists of Sean Combs (P. Diddy), singer-songwriter, Kalenna Harper and dancer and singer, Dawn Richard. I really love the chords of the piano in this song and I think this is why I fell in love with this song. The piano in the background repeats the same chords all the way through the song however this track is a song that gets everyone dancing and moving to the rhythm. This is the third song in their album Last Train to Paris (2010), so please check out this awesome song below:

Diddy – Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me

2) Laura Welsh – Undiscovered

Laura Welsh is a indie pop singer from England who previously went by the name Hey Laura after a split from her band, Laura & The Tears. She has opened for Ellie Goulding and she was the vocalist in the song Here for You by Gorgon City. This song is the second track on the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Of Grey as well as peaking at no.38 on the Rock Songs chart. I enjoy listening to Laura’s vocals on this song as she sings about how she really wants to get to know a guy that is ‘undiscovered’ and is hard to decipher. Check out this great song below:

Laura Welsh – Undiscovered

3) James Morrison – Up ft. Jessie J

Up is a contemporary, pop song released in late 2011 by the British singer James Morrison featuring Jessie  J. This song is the second single in his third studio album, The Awakening (2011). James expressed his worry on if Jessie J was the right ‘character’ for the lyrics because he initially wanted to sing this duet with Adele however, he was ultimately blown away by Jessie’s amazing vocals. I think this song brings out the more intimate and vulnerable side of Jessie J’s voice. Check out this song below:

James Morrison – Up ft. Jessie J

Please tell me what you think about this weeks song choices!☺️
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My Top Ten Favourite Songs By The Smiths

My Top Ten Favourite Songs By The Smiths

The Smiths are my favourite band and consisted of the lead singer, Morrissey, the guitarist, Johnny Marr, the bassist, Andy Rourke and the drummer, Mike Joyce. The combination of Morrissey’s unique vocals and Johnny Marr’s great song writing made them one of the greatest alternative rock bands in history. Here are my top ten favourite The Smiths songs:

10) Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Know

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This song was released in May 1984 and reached no.10 in the UK’s Singles Chart in June 1984. This song appears in the album Hatful of Hollow (1984). Marr wrote this song in an 1hr in New York and then he wrote the B-side of the song called Girl Afraid.

9) That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

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This is the fifth track on The Smiths album Meat is Murder and it was composed by the vocalist, Morrissey and the guitarist, Johnny Marr. Marr’s guitar rhythm leads to a saddening vibe in the song as well as the depressing lyrics sang by Morrissey.

8) Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before

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This song was released in 1987 and appeared on their album, Strangeways, Here We Come. The music video features the iconic Salford Lads Club and the guys cycling around the Manchester. This song was eventually included in the compilation album Stop Me and The Very Best Of The Smiths.

7) What Difference Does It Make?

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What Difference Does It Make? appeared of The Smiths self-titled album, The Smiths  in 1984. This song peaked in the UK’s singles chart at no.12 and it’s often recognised by the opening riff by Johnny Marr and the incredible falsetto by Morrissey at the end of the song.

6) The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

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This song was released as single months before it appeared on their third album The Queen is Dead and the single peaked at no.23 on the UK’s Singles Chart in 1985. The Smiths performed this song on The Top Of The Pops as well as making a promotional video for this track.

5) Asleep

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I first heard this track while watching The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and I instantly loved it. This song features on the compilation album, The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs. This is one of the band bleakest songs which features mostly a piano.

4) This Charming Man

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This is one of The Smiths’ most known songs, which is due to Johnny Marr’s unique guitar riff and Morrissey’s lyrics which centre around sexual attraction and lust. They released this as a single in October 1983 and it did moderately well in the charts, peaking at no.25, however when the song was re-issued in 1992 it reached no.8 on the UK’s singles chart.

3) Bigmouth Strikes Again

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Bigmouth Strikes Again was the lead single on their third album The Queen Is Dead and it was the closing single on The Smiths’ only live album, Rank. This song was released in 1986 by the label Rough Load and peaked at no.26 on the UK’s singles chart. The song is about the frustration of the narrator because even though he’s said some nasty things…he was only joking.

2) How Soon Is Now?

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This song was written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and he called this song “possibly our most enduring song. It’s the people’s favourite, I think”. How Soon Is Now? is about a person who wants to get over his shyness so he can be in a relationship with someone. A cover of the song by Love Spit Love was used as the theme song to the show Charmed. This was one of the most difficult songs to produce and perform live for The Smiths.

1) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

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This is the ninth song in The Smiths’ album The Queen Is Dead but it was only released as a single in France. This song received critical acclaim and it is definitely known as one of The Smiths’ best songs, being covered by numerous artists including Noel Gallagher, The Lucksmiths and William Francis. The 80’s were full of love songs, especially dark ones like this, where the narrator feels so happy with being with his partner that even though they might die, it would be the best way that he could ever die.

Music Monday: 18/04/16

Music Monday: 18/04/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Bob Marley & The Wailers – Natural Mystic141114-bob-marley-arp-1145a_6a60a906b67904ea4a5ceaba1e7a65a9.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000

‘Natural Mystic’ is the first song in Bob Marley & the Wailers’s ninth album, Exodus (1977). The album Exodus’ incorporates Jamaican reggae with other genres including blues, soul, funk and British funk. This is one of my favourite songs from this album besides Jammin’. This song is great when you just want to relax and chill out, but also to think about the deeper meaning of life and the world we live in. The link to this song is below:

Bob Marley&The Wailers – Natural Mystic

2) The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again

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The Smiths are my favourite alternative rock band and this is one of my favourite songs from their third album The Queen Is Dead (1986). ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ was the leading single in this album and reached no.26 in the UK singles chart in 1986. Morrissey, the lead singer of the band, compares himself to Joan of Arc when he says As the flames rose to her Roman nose’. In the background, there is a high-pitched voice which is Morrissey’s voice in a higher pitch. In this song, he regrets what he’d said by saying ‘I was only joking’. The link to this song is below:

The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again

3) Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It

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‘This Is How We Do It’ by Montell Jordan is an R&B/Hip-Hop soul track released in 1995 by Def Jams, which was the first R&B song Def Jams had releasedThis song reached no.1 in the US Billboard hot 100 in 1995 for seven weeks. Jordan uses an enhanced sample of Slick Rick’s ‘Children’s Story’The song refers to how Montell and his friends party and celebrate. This is an ultimate party track, that everyone can dance and sing to! Here’s the link to this song:

Montell Jordon – This Is How We Do It

Comment if you like any of the songs I’ve chosen this week and suggest any songs I should do next week!