We wrapped up the worst sexy songs on the World's Worst iPod with the "classic" I'm Too Sexy by RIght Said Fred. This song was a hit around the world. It was also a hit with Triple M listeners this morning. Did you know the guy who produced the album was just a teen living in England at the time? His name is Tommy D and he actually came to Triple M last year on this date to perform a Studio M session with his new band Graffiti 6.
We've included both songs for your listening pleasure.
If the first-ever Make Music Madison signup is any indication, June 21st will be quite a lively day in Madison's history. Over 100 artists have signed up to give over 250 free performances at over dozens of venues. It's been an amazing response from our entire community and will lead to a very memorable day of music.
Of the 300-some cities that offer this event on June 21st, only New York and Vancouver had more performances its first year. Yes, Madison has greater first-year participation than Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles.
Virtually all genres of music will be performed by musicians of all ages and experience levels in this worldwide event celebrating the summer solstice. Over 450 cities have this annual event, and this will be Madison's first year of participation.
A few notables include: the disco band VO-5 at Bear Mound Park. The Gomers at the top of State Street. Ritt Deitz in front of Madison Children's Museum. MadCAP School of the Arts at Capital Kids. Mama Digdown's Brass band at Monona Terrace. Forward Marching Band, sailing down the Yahara River. Shadow Strings Irish trio at Hilldale Shopping Center. Beltline Street Band New Orleans music at Old Sugar Distillery. Bernie's Bernie's Beach will have continuous Celtic and old-time music most of the day. Library Mall will feature continuous South Asian music in the afternoon and evening from 4 til 8. And Emmy award-winning classical guitarist Jaime Guiscafre will be performing at the Alicia Ashman library.
Most libraries, Dane County Airport, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Children's Museum and many other public, private, and park spaces will feature music throughout the day. The Hohner harmonica company has donated 100 harmonicas for a massive lesson and concert, with DeWayne Keyes, aka the Harmonica Man. And four fire stations will have pianos out front donated by Grant Billings, available for anyone to stop by and play for a while.
Throughout the evening, musicians will offer paid performances at many Madison clubs and bars.
Volunteers are still needed for the big day, and in preparation leading up to it. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
And check the website as June 21 nears. Some great map-based technology is being created by the volunteer web team, designed to allow people to find every musician and venue throughout the city during the day and evening.
On June 22nd, Madison will have a big smile on its face.
In 1991 we all wanted to get sexed up by Color Me Badd. This song spent 4 weeks at number 2 on the charts. It couldn't make it to number 1. Maybe they were trying too hard? Either way you've got to love the video...
About this time every year, I see lots of articles on line and in magazines about great "beach reads."
What exactly makes a book a "beach read"? Is it just a book with a summertime feel? One that takes you all summer to read? One that you don't care if it gets splashed on or squirted with Coppertone?
I read books year-round, and I don't think there's one kind of book that I like to read more in the summer than the winter. If it's a book with interesting well-developed characters and a good story, I'll read it any time of the year.
Here's a book some might conisder a great beach read: Beaches, by Iris Rainer Dart. It's a great book, but it's really sad. I guess I would not want to read that one on a beach because I might use my towel to dry my tears, and would then get sand in my eyes.
If you have a good "beach read" you'd like to recommend, I'm open to suggestions. But I probably won't read it on the beach. I might just be outside on a plastic lawn chair.
In February of 1979, we were all getting cozy with Rod Stewart and his "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" song. Even if you hated the song, this fact may make you feel a little better about it. Stewart gave all the royalties from the song to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Stewart even performed the song for the United Nations General Assembly.
It's not that I have anything against bacon. Really, I don't. If I happen to be at a greasy spoon and the server offers me a choice between bacon and sausage, I will take bacon.
And without bacon, a B-L-T would just be an L-T.
But what is with the world's fascination with bacon? Do we really love it so much that it has to be included in every other kind of food? Why can't bacon just be bacon?
What pushed me to the edge on this issue? I found a news story online about a place in New York called Baconry. It's where bacon meets bakery, and they're now offering 23 carat gold chocolate bacon.
As if chocolate bacon weren't superfluous enough, does it have to be sprinkled with gold dust? By the way, this store offers "birthday bacon" which is sprinkled with candy confetti, chocolate chip bacon cookies, and gluten-free bacaroons...macaroon with bacon, I presume?
Several breweries offer bacon flavored beer. The best name? "Aporkalypse Now Oatmeal Bacon Stout," and it comes from a Canadian brewery with an appropriate name--Hogsback Brewing Company.
There's even bacon flavored lip gloss.
Enough already. Let's put bacon on the plate next to a couple of eggs, where it belongs!
The Broadway musical Wicked has flown back into town, thrilling fans at the Overture Center now through June 9th.
I got a chance to see the production for the 2nd time last night, and once again was blown away. Even though I saw Wicked in 2010, I had forgotten most of the story--so it was (almost) new to me...and unlike some musicals, the plot was intriguing, the songs and dialog were a great mixture of drama and humor, the dancing was amazing, and here's the kicker...even a Wizard of Oz purist like me enjoyed it!
I tried reading Gregory Maguire's book Wicked when it came out..but just couldn't get into it. Maybe now that I know the story, I'll give it another try.
If you want to go but don't have a whole lot of money--this is a pretty cool thing the Overture Center is doing...selling a limited number of $25 tickets for every show. Here's how it works--go to Overture Center 2 1/2 hours before showtime and get in on a drawing..and 30 minutes later they'll draw some names for a limited number of main floor seats for just 25 bucks! Sweet!
Today we traveled back to 1975 for a Rendezvous with The Hudson Brothers. This song didn't make it to high on the charts, but Kitty enjoyed it. Her favorite brother was Brett. She also loved their television show. We've included a skit from that show too.
I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.
The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and L.A. musician J.D. King, two guys who definitely have an old-school approach to recording. That means real instruments, real singing, recorded onto real tape...not a computer. And when they started recording, they really had no expectations, so the true inspiration shows through.
The Olms' self-titled album comes out June 4th.
If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song "Wanna Feel It."
Critics have been saying some good things about the new biographical Jimi Hendrix movie that's debuting at SXSW later this month.
For one thing, Jimi: All Is By My Side comes from film-maker John Ridley, who wrote the screenplay for the much...
"Move it in, move it out, move it in roundabout, Disco Lady!"
Those lyrics were just a little too suggestive to Kitty back in 1976 when this song was a hit. But lots of folks appeared to be in a disco mood this morning when we played that number one...
I made jambalaya for supper last night--today I think I'll celebrate Mardi Gras with my favorite Louisiana export, Sonny Landreth!
I've had a chance to see Sonny around a dozen times, and he never fails to impress. When he opened Eric...
To get through the Monday Blues, you're going to need something extraordinary (what makes the difference is that little extra), and here it is: Neon Trees' latest Sleeping With a Friend (slightly off-putting title insanely awesome jam!)
You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.
What are you doing Sunday March 9th? Why not spend the afternoon supporting a great cause, and enjoying some fantastic music?
It's a benefit for the family of a young Madison girl, Anna Mischnick, who is battling brain cancer.
The event goes...
Coldplay is supposedly working on a new album to follow their 2011 release, Milo Xyloto. But we don't have to wait until that album comes out, whenever that will be, to hear a new song.
This week the band debuted the song "Midnight" on their...