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World's Worst iPod: Jump 'N The Saddle Band "The Curly Shuffle"

A silly novelty tune with a jump swing beat took the country by storm--at least parts of it--in early 1984.

A Chicago band called Jump 'N The Saddle scored a #15 with the Curly Shuffle...and it seems a lot of people have some pretty awesome memories to go along with it.

Here you go kids, enjoy.

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World's Worst iPod:The Human League "(Keep Feeling) Fascination

It was almost a clean-sweep this morning for the synthesizer heavy "(Keep Feeling) Fascination") by the Human League. Everybody was in the mood for a little 80s fun!

It made it up to #8 on the charts in 1983, a couple of years after the British pop band had a huge hit with "Don't You Want Me."

Interesting point about this video--the building near the end was actually painted red/orange because computer generated effects hadn't been invented yet. Old school!

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World's Worst iPod:Dr. Hook "When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman"

Here's a song that inspired high-schoolers to act like 12-year-olds back in the late 1970's. The lyric "when you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard," was just so darn hilarious!!

Dr. Hook had a lot of hits in the 70s, and this is one of their big ones. It made it up to #6 in 1979.

Apparently Conway Twitty also recorded this song, but we're not brave enough to look it up.

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World's Worst iPod:Escape Club "Wild Wild West"

Remember when we were headed for the 90s..and grooving to the Escape Club?
This band from London scored a number 1 hit in 1988 with the song "Wild Wild West." It's probably the only song you remember from that band--but they weren't a One Hit Wonder. They got to #28 with "Shake for the Sheik," also in 1988, and made it to #8 with a song called "I'll Be There."

 
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World's Worst iPod: Wayne Newton "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast"

With Father's Day coming up, we thought we'd choose one of the greatest dad songs of all time.  But since that song wasn't on the iPod, we decided to go with "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" by Wayne Newton.

This song made it all the way up to #4 on the charts in 1972, and was really quite a tearjerker.   Dad is leaving Mom and walking away--but after his child pleads with him to not walk so fast, he decides to come back and stick it out with a woman he doesn't love for the sake of his kid. Great idea!   That always works!

This record sold more than a million copies, so it seems a lot of heartstrings were tugged on, back in the day.

 
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Day 4: The Final Day of Bonnaroo

Today was another busy day at Bonnaroo. We started the day off by seeing Shakey Graves. I missed his show in Madison earlier this year so he was a must see on my list. Loved him!



Right as he ended, a press conference with Ed Helms, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, and Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION. 



Up next was a mad dash to see Twenty One Pilots. And by mad dash, I really mean a dash. They put on THE best show, so don't mind all the screen shots. They had the crowd hold up the drummer and the drum kit, the lead singer ran off stage and up to where all the cameras film the stage, they jumped off of everything! In fact, the show started 20 minutes late because the artists were signing paperwork at the last minute promising that they wouldnt climb anything or else they wouldnt be welcomed back to Bonnaroo! 

   

Shortly after Twenty One Pilots, we headed to the Media Compound to do some social media posting but got pulled back in to Centeroo by AWOLNATION. We were just in time to catch "Sail." 


Next up was claiming a good spot for Florence and the Machine, but while we we waited, we were entertained by some Spoon.



Florence was next! She came out so serious but warmed up and was flying around the stage and the pit. You could tell she was having a blast which made us have a blast. That girl can SING. 



With barely any down time, it was time for Betty Who playing on the Who stage, ironically. I bet they planned that on purpose! 



Finally, it was time for the man himself, Billy Joel! 



Overall, I had a fantastic time at Bonnaroo 2015 and want to plan to go again next year! Thanks for following my blogging! Be sure to check Facebook and Twitter for more posts, videos and pictures!
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Day 3: Saturday

Saturday was a very busy day! So many Triple M bands to see! So many concerts were back to back, so we did a lot of walking back and forth from the stages to the media compound. If you're ever in need of getting more steps in during the day, definitely head to Bonnaroo :)

We started off the day seeing Priory. I only knew one song of theirs "The Weekend," but that didn't matter. They were very energetic and even did some crowd surfing!
  

Up next was another press conference with Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Rhiannon Giddens, Denis Leary, Liz Gilles, Reggie Watts and Shakey Graves!


After that, we headed back to Centeroo to catch part of Catfish and the Bottlemen. We got there just as they started to play "Kathleen."

  

Finally we had some down time, so we went to cool off. Have I mentioned that its been 90 and sunny pretty much every day we've been here? Talk about HOT. We headed to the water area and then to the ferris wheel just for a chance to sit in some shade. It was cool to see how far the general admission camping goes on. I heard the area was big, but had no idea how big until getting on the ferris wheel. 

    

Up next was Bleachers! I had the chance to see them play at the Majestic earlier this year, and could NOT pass up the opportunity to see them again. They put on a fantastic show! Jack was running all over the place, tossing his guitar high in the air and catching it multiple times, the guitarist would play with the guitar behind his back, up high on ladder, standing on speakers. It was nuts!

   

After Bleachers, we had a nice break for dinner and some resting in shade before hitting up X Ambassadors. They played on a smaller side stage, but I can just see them coming back next year for a bigger stage. They worked the crowd very well! Their keyboard player was rocking harder than any artist we've seen...and here's the catch. He's blind. Talk about powerful!



After X Ambassadors, we hustled over to see Childish Gambino playing nearby. So many people were there to see him though that I couldn't really get a clear picture. He was well worth all the hype. Wandering around all day, we kept hearing people speculate on what his show would be like or even if he would show up (apparently he has just not shown up to shows before), but he did show and it was awesome. He closed with my favorite hit "3005" which I can upload once back home with better internet.

After Childish Gambino, we had one more show to hit: Mumford and Sons. We tried to get to the VIP seating area, but by the time we got there, they were already at capacity so we worked our way into the general admission standing crowd. Man, can these guys sing. They sounded spot on...just like the album...but live...and better. You could feel the passion in every single song. They even brought out Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Office) to play some banjo on a few songs! Check it out on Triple M's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/1055triplemradio/videos/vb.127127436536/10152784515396537/?type=2&theater

Can't wait to see what today brings! I'm hoping to see Shakey Graves, Twenty One Pilots, Knox Hamilton, Brandi Carlile, Florence + The Machine, Betty Who, and Billy Joel!
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Day 2: Friday - Variety, the Spice of Life

Day 2 is upon us! Despite being up fairly late and not sleeping super well (first time camping...I'll get used to it I'm sure), I was hoping to sleep in just a little bit, but my body had other plans. It woke me up at 5:45am for the hell of it. I waited til a reasonable time (6:30am is reasonable, right) before waking my sister so we could wander The Farm and see what's going on. And what's there to do that early, you may ask? Well, not a whole lot. 

   

I'd say we say maybe 5-7 other people (who were not employees/volunteers) wandering around. Not many people experience The Farm empty, so I snapped a few shots to show you guys. We parked our butts on a picnic table after doing a few laps around, and decided to just enjoy the weather.

We decided since we needed to kill time before anything opened or music started, we'd join the Yoga-Roo session. It was a perfect way to start the day!


After that, we still had a few hours to kill before any of the entertainment tents opened up, so we scavenged for free swag! We came back with a couple bandanas, stickers, and...a free pair of rainboots! All you had to do to win was toss one rain boot into a taped-off area and you win! 



FINALLY, it was time for some music. While Triple M may be more rock, indie and alternative, Bonnaroo seems to be known for bringing together a wide variety of musical genres to one festival, and we definitely took advantage of that. We saw a country (Kacey Musgraves), rap (Kendrick Lamar), and EDM (Deadmau5). Don't worry though, Saturday should be filled to the brim with Triple M artists!

   

Besides the shows at night, we hung out quite a bit in the Media Compound where only those VIPs like Backstage Bloggers have access to. Three pretty cool things happened throughout the day.

1. While waiting for a show, we saw Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant. I couldn't grab a picture with him because he kept bouncing from interview to interview, but still cool nonetheless (Did any of you see them at the sold out show at the Orpheum the other week??).



2. We got to see Ben Folds (in a panel with other for a press conference) discuss his new upcoming album that will be released on September 11th. He mentioned that he's excited for his fans to go on this "new journey" with him. Can't wait to see what that could mean!



3. Last bit of awesome for the day? Meeting and interviewing X Ambassadors! I had a few questions prepared for the 2 minute interview. I was pretty nervous but think I did well for my first go at interviewing a band! I promise I'll get that up in a post, but I can't do audio editing as my sister is sleeping right next to me as I blog away at 2:30am.  Stay tuned for it though!



Talk to you all tomorrow! Can't wait!
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Day 1: Thursday

Hey all! It's your Bonnaroo Backstage Blogger Kellie here! I finally have some down time to write about my experiences. 

My sister and I left for Bonnaroo at about 5:30am on Thrusday morning with quite a full car. Both the back seat and the trunk were packed to the brim. It's my first time camping, so I'm sure it won't all be needed, but hey, better safe than sorry right? We hit some pretty bad traffic during Chicago rush hour (we left from Milwaukee), took some time in Louisville for lunch, and then hit rush hour again in Nashville, but otherwise it was smooth sailing.
 


We got to the camp site around 7:30pm and then took awhile to pitch the tent, organize the campsite, and eat some dinner before heading into Bonnaroo! We wandered around for a bit, getting the lay of the land, which I felt was slightly overwhelming to do in the dark, but my sister kept us on track!

Our first stop was none other than Houndmouth! We caught a few songs, and they sounded great! 



Next on tap was Glass Animals, but the bass was turned up so loud and we were so far back, we decided to just wander, which is when we came across Tove Lo. We both had heard of a song or two by her but figured, rather than continue to walk around aimlessly, we'd give her a shot, and boy am I glad we did! She put on a great show! She's not really Triple M type of music, but definitely worth a listen if you're into pop at all. We took advantage of our Backstage Blogger Access and got ourselves right near the front for taking some cellphone-quality pics. It was great being that close to the action!
 
 

After a long drive, we were pretty pooped so we decided to call it a night earlier than the majority of Bonnoroovians and chilled at our campsite before hitting the hay to gear up for a busy Friday!
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World's Worst iPod: Engelbert Humperdinck "After the Lovin'"

One of the great things about radio in the 60s and 70s is the variety of music that made it onto the radio.  A rock song by Led Zeppelin could be followed up by Paul Anka or Andy Williams. A polka could make it to top 40 right alongside a disco song or a novelty song about CB radios.

That means Engelbert Humperdinck's song in late 1976 or early 1977 could be followed by anything from "Jet Airliner" by the Steve Miller Band, to "New Kid in Town" by the Eagles, or "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers. What a beautiful glorious mess!

While a lot of listeners thought "After the Lovin'" had too high of a creep factor, enough people wanted to experience it that we actually played the song on the radio.

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Breese Stevens Field

With the big concert with the Avett Brothers and Brett Dennen coming up at Breese Stevens Field in October, I did a little digging to find out more about the facility that was just put on the National Register of Historic Places last year.

1. I always thought it was named after 2 people named Breese and Stevens, but it actually pays homage to Breese Stevens, who was mayor from 1884-1885. His widow sold the land for $35,000 and the naming rights.

2.  The original brick grandstand was built in 1925, and the stone wall was built in 1934 by workers from the Civil Works Administration, using quarry rock from Madison's Hoyt Park.

3. The field has been used as a location for professional baseball and football games, boxing matches, prayer services and even marble competitions. n 1946, the New York Yankees held a 3-day tryout camp there.

4. In 1938, Olympic gold medalist sprinter Jesse Owens ran three races at an exhibition following a Madison Blues baseball game.

5. Some really scary looking clowns have hung out there. Check out this picture from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Discover & Download: Donavon Frankenreiter "Big Wave"

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"To create his fifth full-length album Start Livin', Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed upin a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy - and no one else. The follow-up to 2010s Glow, Start Livin' is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter's rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Star Livin' bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. "Start Livin' is basically a love album," says Frankenreiter, who co-produced the record alongside Matt Grundy and Adam Ableman. "Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we've built together in Hawaii." Thanks to Frankenreiter's infectuious warmth and finely honed pop sensibilities, each of those songs has the singular effect of drawing the listner into that bright and breezy world for a blissed-out moment."

Available until June 10, 2015.
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World's Worst iPod:Willie and Julio "To All the Girls I Loved Before"

The unlikely duo of Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias had a #3 pop hit in 1984 with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before."   The song was one of those crossover country hits--and hit number 1 on the country charts.

A couple of years after it was a hit, the duo performed it live at Farm Aid.

Best part:  Willie in cut-off jean shorts. His legs weren't too bad!

Bonus World's Worst iPod trivia: the song was co-written by Albert Hammond who had two songs that we THINK are on the iPod--"It Never Rains in Southern California" and "I'm a Train."

 

And here's that video of Johnny Carson as Willie Nelson--he does a pretty great job!

 
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Dancing, Romance, Laughter, Tears: Dirty Dancing the Musical

I got a chance to go see Dirty Dancing The Musical at Overture Center last night. Before I tell you what I thought of it--here's the deal. I am not a fan of sappy love stories that seem like really long MTV videos (Sleepless In Seattle, I'm looking at you!)

While this was a love story with a lot of music like an MTV video, I didn't like it--I loved it!

I hadn't seen the movie since the 1980s and had completely forgotten the story. So I was sucked in by the plot, the amazing singing and dancing, fantastic costumes, and elaborate staging. I actually cried a litle at the end.

But will folks who know the movie by heart love this version? If my friend Wendy is any indication, YES they would! She said it stayed true to the movie and didn't cut much out--and she says she would go back every night if she could.

It's at Overture Hall thru Sunday. More info here.


 
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World's Worst iPod:Leo Sayer "When I Need You"

Boy this one really re-kindled the fire of teen angst!  Leo Sayer had a number 1 hit in 1977 with the song "I Need You," a sad song about being on the road and away from the one you love.

It was such a popular song, he got to sing it on the Muppet Show! We're not sure what's actually going on here. The muppets sing along with Leo, yet seem to be longing for his destruction.

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And we're back for 2015!

Hey Triple M Fans!

Have you signed up to become the official Triple M Bonnaroo Backstage Blogger yet?  Bonnaroo is coming up June 11 - 14th in Manchester, Tennessee and we could send you there!

Go here and tell us about your favorite concert experience for a chance to be our official Triple M Backstage Blogger at Bonnaroo! Our Backstage Blogger will recieve the Bonnaroo grand prize access of guess passes for all four days with prime camping accommodations (plus access to premium seating and viewing areas at the main stages)!

It's a super cool experience that will get you up close and personal with the Bonnaroo artsits and the entire atmosphere. All we ask of the winner is to treat us with a few blog posts about the lead up to the shows and relay your experience back to use. We'll share it with the entire Triple M community, so we can all pretend we went too! 

So do you think you've got what it takes to be our Backstage Blogger? Sign up today!
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World's Worst iPod:Terence Trent D'Arby "Sign Your Name"

"Sign Your Name," Terence Trent D'Arby's follow-up to "Wishing Well" was on the radio a lot in 1988...it made it up to #4 on the charts in the United States.

Its repetitive chorus is almost hypnotic, and most likely ear worm inducing (sorry.) 

So you might be wondering where Mr. D'Arby is now....he's changed his name to Sananda Maitreya and has toured as recently as last year under that name.

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Late, Great B.B. King

When B.B. King passed away May 14th, he left behind a legacy that's impossible to measure, influencing everybody from John Lennon and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the man born Riley B. King in a sharecropper's shack.

1. Before he was a famed bluesman, King was a DJ in Memphis, hosting a show called the Sepia Swing Club on radio station WDIA.

2. His songs have been sampled by many artists in varying genres, including Ice Cube and Christina Aguilera.

3. B.B. King was an FAA certified pilot, but he stopped flying at the age of 70.

4. He had a bunch of hits on the Rhythm and Blues charts, but he had a few hits that crossed over to the pop charts in the United States. "The Thrill is Gone" went to #15 in 1969.

5.  He made guest appearances on many TV shows, including The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Young & The Restless, General Hospital, Sanford and Son, and Sesame Street.

 

Photo courtesy Getty Images.
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World's Worst iPod: Neil Sedaka "Laughter in the Rain"

Neil Sedaka had a bunch of hit singles in the 1960's, and some folks probably wished he would have stayed back in the land of Moldy Pre-Beatle Oldies. But Neil came roaring back to life in the 1970's.

Somehow, his falsetto singing voice still seemed to fit in and he had several hits--including "Laughter in the Rain" which made it all the way up to #1 on the charts in February of 1975.

One thing you can say about this song, it's not as awful as "Bad Blood."

 
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Discover & Download: Ryan Montbleau Band "Pacing Like Prince"

From RyanMontbleau.com
Ryan Montbleau, who has been recording and touring both as a solo act and bandleader for much of the last 15 years, moves people. A gifted songwriter, he has developed a very special history and bond to a deeply-rooted fanbase taht now stretches all over the United States and beyond. Montbleau's transcendent songcraft and powerful, uplifting voice can tackle intense topics just as easily as expressing life's simple, everyday joys. He continues to speak to a generation of fans who have been along for his rise. LIke an intesne, slow-burning wildfire, Montbleau has toured relentlessly and connected with audiences night after night, year after year.

Available until April 13.
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World's Worst iPod: Jump 'N The Saddle Band "The Curly Shuffle"
A silly novelty tune with a jump swing beat took the country by storm--at least parts of it--in early 1984. A Chicago band called Jump 'N The Saddle scored a #15 with the Curly Shuffle...and it seems a lot of people have some pretty awesome...
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World's Worst iPod:The Human League "(Keep Feeling) Fascination
It was almost a clean-sweep this morning for the synthesizer heavy "(Keep Feeling) Fascination") by the Human League. Everybody was in the mood for a little 80s fun! It made it up to #8 on the charts in 1983, a couple of years after the British pop...
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World's Worst iPod:Dr. Hook "When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman"
Here's a song that inspired high-schoolers to act like 12-year-olds back in the late 1970's. The lyric "when you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard," was just so darn hilarious!! Dr. Hook had a lot of hits in the 70s, and...
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World's Worst iPod:Escape Club "Wild Wild West"
Remember when we were headed for the 90s..and grooving to the Escape Club? This band from London scored a number 1 hit in 1988 with the song "Wild Wild West." It's probably the only song you remember from that band--but they weren't a...
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World's Worst iPod: Wayne Newton "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast"
With Father's Day coming up, we thought we'd choose one of the greatest dad songs of all time.  But since that song wasn't on the iPod, we decided to go with "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" by Wayne Newton. This song made...
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Day 4: The Final Day of Bonnaroo
Today was another busy day at Bonnaroo. We started the day off by seeing Shakey Graves. I missed his show in Madison earlier this year so he was a must see on my list. Loved him! Right as he ended, a press conference with Ed Helms, Abigail...
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Day 3: Saturday
Saturday was a very busy day! So many Triple M bands to see! So many concerts were back to back, so we did a lot of walking back and forth from the stages to the media compound. If you're ever in need of getting more steps in during the day,...
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Day 2: Friday - Variety, the Spice of Life
Day 2 is upon us! Despite being up fairly late and not sleeping super well (first time camping...I'll get used to it I'm sure), I was hoping to sleep in just a little bit, but my body had other plans. It woke me up at 5:45am for the hell of it. I...
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