Song of the Day: That Thing You Do (R.I.P., Adam Schlesinger)


Earlier today, COVID-19 claimed the life of singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger.  Schlesinger was only 52 years old.

Adam Schlesinger may be best known for his work with Fountains of Wayne but he also wrote and produced songs for several films.  He was Oscar nominated for writing the title song to That Thing You Do, one of the best rock and roll films of the 90s.  The song was not only catchy but it was also the epitome of everything that was great about pop music.  With this song, Schlesinger and the film paid tribute to every single band that has ever had a one-hit wonder.

In tribute to Adam Schlesinger, here’s That Thing You Do:

You,
Doin’ that thing you do,
Breaking my heart into a million pieces,
Like you always do
And you,
Don’t mean to be cruel,
You never even knew about the heartache,
I’ve been going through
Well I try and try to forget you girl,
But it’s just so hard to do,
Every time you do that thing you do
I,
Know all the games you play,
And I’m gonna find a way to let you know that,
You’ll be mine someday
‘Cause we,
Could be happy can’t you see,
If you’d only let me be the one to hold you,
And keep you here with me
‘Cause I try and try to forget you girl,
But it’s just so hard to do,
Every time you do that thing you do
I don’t ask a lot girl,
But I know one thing’s for sure,
It’s the love I haven’t got girl,
And I just can’t take it anymore
‘Cause we,
Could be happy can’t you see,
If you’d only let me be the one to hold you,
And keep you here with me
Cause it hurts me so just to see you go,
Around with someone new,
And if I know you you’re doin’ that thing,
Every day just doin’ that thing,
I can’t take you doing that thing you do
RIP, Adam Schlesinger.

Music Video Of The Day: I Love Rock N Roll by Arrows (1976, directed by ????)


Though everyone is probably most familiar with Joan Jett’s cover of the song, I Love Rock N Roll was originally recorded by a London-based group called Arrows.

Though Arrows were only together for three years (from 1974 to 1977), they were popular with British teenagers and they even had their own TV show on Granada Television, where they would play their own songs and introduce other acts.  This video for I Love Rock N Roll comes from that television show.  This is probably from the same episode of the show that Joan Jett saw in 1976 while she and the Runaways were on tour in the UK.  She liked the song so much that she covered it when she made her first solo album.  Her version, of course, went on to become a huge hit.

(As popular as they were in the UK, Arrows were basically unknown in the United States.  During the time they were together, they only performed in the U.S. once and that was for an episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1975.  When Jett released her version of I Love Rock N Roll, most American listeners were unaware that it was a cover.)

The song was written by Alan Merrill, who was the lead singer for Arrows.  Sadly, Merrill, who was sick with COVID-19, died on Sunday.  Today’s music video of the day is dedicated to his memory.

Music Video of the Day: Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls (1997, dir by Marcus Nispel)


Are you tired?

Are you bored?

Are you stuck in a go-no where life?

Are you living in a dystopian future that was apparently inspired by Blade Runner?

Well, don’t worry.  Spice Girls are here!

One thing that I like about the Spice Girls is that you could always sing along to their songs.  The other thing I like about them is that, regardless of how simple their music may have been, their music videos were almost always ludicrously overproduced.  That’s the case here, where Spice Up Your Life is transformed into an anthem for revolution.

Spice Up Your Life was directed by Marcus Nispel, who has subsequently directed a few features film that I didn’t care much for.

Enjoy!

Paddies Reminder; Wash Your Hands!


I know this video has been making it’s rounds thru social media lately and I wanted to expresses my greatest and utmost *Washing of my Hands* of it!

 

This is a great Beatles song remake…. and a great reminder to wash your hands!

*Nor I or TSL own any copyrights or contribution to this song or video* *We are washing our hands of it!*

*Although, every member of the TSL staff is completely sanitized!* We are proud of keeping our work spaces clean!

WASH YOUR HANDS, PEOPLE!

Music Video Of The Day: Dance Again by Selena Gomez (2020, dir by ????)


For the record, even under lockdown, I’m still dancing.

Of course,  now, I have to either go do it in the backyard or clear some space in the living room.  But that’s okay.  It’s not important where you dance.  Instead, it’s just important that you do it.

Enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: Fiori di Chernobyl by Mr. Rain (2020, dir by Enea Colombi)


Today’s music video of the day comes to use from Italy.

Don’t ask me to explain what all is happening in the video.  I’ll just say that it I appreciate the ominous atmopshere and the feeling of doom the permeates nearly every minute of this video.  This is a video to haunt your dreams.

Enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: Immigrant Song by Dread Zeppelin (1989, directed by ????)


I don’t know about you but I’m in the mood for a reggae-flavored cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, hopefully one that’s performed by a 300-pound Elvis impersonator.

Fortunately, when you get those type of cravings, you can turn to Dread Zeppelin.  Dread Zeppelin is certainly not the only band to cover Led Zeppelin but they are probably the best known.  Actually, it’s somewhat unfair to describe Dread Zeppelin as being only a Led Zeppelin cover band.  They’ve actually covered a wide variety of artists and I believe they’ve released some original material as well.  They even did a disco record at one point.

Dread Zeppelin is one of those bands where members come and go.  As of this writing, the band is still recording and touring but bassist Gary Putnam is the only member who has appeared on every recording and taking part in every tour.

Enjoy!