Month: January 2021

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Cover Me!

My favorite covers of songs made popular by other artists. "After the Love Has Gone" - Jay R"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Dionne Bromfield featuring Zalon"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" - Spice Girls featuring Luther Vandross"American Woman" - Lenny Kravitz"Baby I'm Yours" - Arctic Monkeys"Betcha, By Golly Wow" - Sugababes"Cupid" - Amy Winehouse"Jolene" - Sophie Ellis-Bextor"She's Out of My Life" - 98 Degrees"So Sick" - Fall Out Boy"Sound and Vision" - Franz Ferdinand"Sukiyaki" - 4PM"Teenage Dirtbag" - Girls Aloud"You Got It All" - Britney Spears"You Know I'm No Good" - Arctic Monkeys

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Build God, Then We’ll Talk

She looked at him pointedly. Then, amidst the fervor of the green room of the Empire Ballroom, he got the hint. Only a few people knew of their love affair – and if the rest of them knew, they played dumb. They left in their respective tour buses for the budget hotel the record label sprung for them on tour. As always, she got her own room, being a solo artist. She unceremoniously dumped her Gucci valise and oversized messenger bag near the dresser and waited. It was excruciating. Luckily, the feeling was temporary. A soft knock echoed in her…

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Artwork from the Song Diaries era

The Song Diaries by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Of all the pop girls that I've listened to from the U.K., she has consistently put out high-quality music since she went solo from her band, theaudience, in 2001. Hit after hit. My favorite song of hers is If You Go from the "Trip the Light Fantastic" album. It's sonic perfection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFZTXX0wfYs There isn't anything that she's put on her albums - and I'm talking deep cuts like Let's Get Physical - that haven't found a space in the jukebox of my heart. That's how much I love her. Just as I was going through serious withdrawal after the release…

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Boys in the Band

I didn't even like the band, but my friends were dragging me along. Who am I to turn down a free show? The band's name was Love Split Mystery. They were part of the post-punk revival; you might even call them emo with their shitty lyrics and bass lines that sounded exactly the same. It was payday, and my best friend Natalie called me before I left work. I had bills out my ass, and this paycheck was going to keep them at bay for a little bit longer."Ingrid, guess what?" Natalie said cheerfully over the phone. "Wha?" I replied,…

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