Sit N Spin The Songs of Summer from Billboard
Billboard released an article about the biggest summer songs going back to the 60's. Then NPR.com added to the list for 60's through 1984. This was how they compiled that. "For the summers of 1962 through 1984, we looked through the June-August Billboard charts, taking note of which songs were on the charts the longest, in any position, and which had staying power at No. 1. It wasn't a perfect science, but we made our best educated decisions about which songs once ruled the radio and the cash registers."
1. JAN & DEAN "SURF CITY" 1963
2. THE TROGGS "WILD THING" 1966
3. JIM CROCE "BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN" 1973
4. STARLAND VOCAL BAND "AFTERNOON DELIGHT" 1976
5. PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION "WHEN DOVES CRY" 1984
6. PAULA ABDUL "COLD HEARTED SNAKE" 1989
7. SIR MIX-A-LOT "BABY GOT BACK" 1992
8. SMASH MOUTH "ALL STAR" 1999
9. BEYONCE FEAT JAY-Z "CRAZY IN LOVE" 2003
10. KINGS OF LEON "USE SOMEBODY" 2009
11. PSY "GANGNAM STYLE" 2012
12. DAFT PUNK FEAT PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND NILE ROGERS "GET LUCKY" 2013
10. LOS TIGRES DEL DORTE "AMERICA"
9. SPINAL TAP "AMERICA"
8. TOBY KEITH "MADE IN AMERICA"
7. FOZZIE "AMERICA"
6. WAYLON JENNINGS "AMERICA"
5. WEST SIDE STORY SOUNDTRACK "AMERICA"
4. SIMON & GARFUNKEL "AMERICA"
3. JAMES BROWN "LIVING IN AMERICA"
2. NEIL DIAMOND "AMERICA"
1. TEAM AMERICA "AMERICA, F*CK YEAH"
Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates & Myself!
Today I rapped with lead guitarist for Avenged Sevenfold Synyster Gates! We talked Mayhem Festival, Hellfest in France and WORLD CUP!! The USA/Belgium game was underway while we were doing the interview. Enjoy and catch Pain In The Grass Alumni Avenged Sevenfold next Tuesday at The Rockstar Mayhem Fest! Ticket info here gang! http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/dates
METALLICA: Out-Fox Brit Crits at Glastonbury With Film Metallica attempted to make light of some protesters at this weekend's Glastonbury Festival in England by introducing their set with a tongue-in-cheek seven-and-a-half-minute film. The protests came in reaction to frontman James Hetfield's hosting The Hunt, a History Channel mini-series about Alaskan bear hunters.
The short film, directed by Julien Temple -- who helmed the notorious Sex Pistolsdocumentary The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, among others -- seems to suggest that Britain's own sport of fox hunting is more inhumane than bear hunting. It ends with the four Metallica members in bear costumes shooting the fox hunters with rifles. Oddly, it begins as a tribute to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly actor Eli Wallach, who died last week, before abruptly shifting scenes to the fox hunt, accompanied by The Sweet's 1970s hit "Fox on the Run."
ROB ZOMBIE: Heading Up Tribute to Johnny Ramone Rob Zombie is heading up an event marking the 10th anniversary of Johnny Ramone's death.
The birthday tribute to Ramone will take place on August 24th at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Zombie will be hosting a screening of his movie The Devil's Rejects and leading an all-star band -- including Duff McKagan of Guns n' Roses and Steve Jones of TheSex Pistols -- through a selection of Ramones covers. And Kirk Hammett of Metallicawill be displaying his collection of horror-movie posters and memorabilia in the cemetery's mausoleum.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit cancer research through the Johnny Ramone Foundation and the Center for Applied Medicine at USC.
Pain In The Grass Blog! Theory Of A Deadman and Alice Cooper!
Pain In The Grass 2014 artist Theory Of A Deadman have a new album coming out. It’s dropping July 29th. The title track is called “Savages”. But what you may not know, is that it features FREAKING ALICE COOPER!!
Pretty cool eh?
Check out the song for “Savages” Theory Of A Deadman featuring Alice Cooper!
Today’s Sit N Spin pays tribute to the great local talent joining us for Mens Room Redfest this weekend! For more details and how to get tickets go here! http://bit.ly/1tchsyM
I had a great roundtable with members of each of the bands Sunday night for Loud & Local. Check out the podcast! http://bit.ly/1nB50VN
(Erik from Headswell, Ayron of Ayron Jones and The Way, Rane Stone of Klover Jane, myself & Paul Passarelli of Palooka.
#2 Ayron Jones And The Way “Feeding From The Devil’s hands” The current Sir Mix-A-Lot produced album is called “Dream” and it’s available now. Ayron will be preforming 2nd Friday night. http://ajandtheway.com/
#4 Klover Jane “Livin’ To Ride” Klover Jane will be closing things out Saturday night. Klover Jane are offering free downloads of their music this week in celebration of Redfest! http://www.kloverjane.net/ Forthcoming new album is called “Sacred' and will be released through Mental Itch Music Group.
10. Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, "Girl From the North Country"
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash met at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival and soon formed a tight friendship, culminating in February of 1969 when they spent a few days recording together at Columbia's Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee. They played everything from "Ring of Fire" to "One Too Many Mornings" to "You Are My Sunshine," but the only thing that wound up getting officially released was "Girl From the North Country." It's clearly a little unrehearsed and they even screw up some of the words, but it doesn't matter. It was the perfect way to kick off Nashville Skyline. Hopefully they get around to releasing the entire session on a future edition of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series.
9. Sonny and Cher, "I Got You Babe"
Less than a year after Bob Dylan released his caustic "It Ain't Me Babe," Sonny Bono decided to write what's essentially a response song. He'd recently fallen madly in love with Cher and Dylan's words just didn't speak to him. The song was an enormous smash, hitting Number One in the summer of 1965. It kicked off a long run of hits that eventually lead to a variety series, though they divorced in 1975. Still, the song had an extremely long afterlife. They sang it on Late Night With David Letterman on a famous 1987 episode and in the 1993 classic Groundhog Day, Phil Connors wakes up every single morning to the song. On Cher's ongoing tour, she sings the song as a virtual duet with Sonny Bono.
8. Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder (Temple of the Dog), "Hunger Strike"
Pearl Jam's early history is so convoluted that it's difficult to properly explain without a powerpoint presentation or at least a series of flowcharts and a laser pointer. Simply stated, some of the members played in the Seattle group Mother Love Bone until their frontman Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose in 1990. They recruited a young singer named Eddie Vedder and renamed themselves Pearl Jam, and around this exact same time Chris Cornell wrote a series of songs dedicated to Wood. He cut them with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and members of Pearl Jam under the name Temple of the Dog. "Hunger Strike" turned into a duet between Cornell and Vedder, though it didn't receive much attention until Pearl Jam blew up a couple years later. Temple of the Dog has reunited at a few Pearl Jam shows, and "Hunger Strike" always gets a huge reaction. It's basically become the grunge "National Anthem."
7. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream"
The Bees Gees were just about the least cool group in the planet by 1983. Disco was most assuredly dead and they seemed like fossils from another era. This posed a problem when the group wrote a sure-fire hit like "Islands in the Stream." They could either release it on their own and watch it sink like a stone, or they could give it to two huge stars like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The gambit worked and the song became a monster hit. Not many people even realized it was a Bee Gees song, but that didn't stop the money from flowing in to the brothers Gibb.
6. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Real-life couple Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson knew they had something special on their hands when they wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" in 1966. They even declined an offer from Dusty Springfield to record the track since they thought it was get them access to the hallowed halls of Motown. The plan worked and it became the first of many duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The duo had a brief run of amazing hits, but Terrell was sidelined by a brain cancer diagnosis that took her life in 1970. She was only 24.
5. Elton John and Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Elton John and Bernie Taupin were working on their 1976 LP Blue Moves when they decided to write a duet like the great Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell songs of Sixties. They recruited English pop singer Kiki Dee to sing the song with Elton and it shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Elton has since gone on to sing the song with everyone from Miss Piggy to RuPaul.
4. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, "Don't Give Up"
1986 was a really, really good time to be a member of Genesis, past or present. Phil Collins was still coasting off the huge success of No Jacket Required, Mike Rutherford's side project Mike and the Mechanics dropped "All I Need Is a Miracle," Steve Hackett's prog supergroup GTR scored a supremely unlikely radio hit with "When the Heart Rules The Mind," Genesis themselves reached a commercial peak with Invisible Touch and Peter Gabriel finally broke through to the mainstream with So. The track list nearly reads like a greatest hits collection ("In Your Eyes," "Sledgehammer," "Red Rain," "Big Time"), and the fifth single was "Don't Give Up," a beautiful and inspiring duet with Kate Bush. In recent years it's been covered by Alicia Keys with Bono and Willie Nelson with Sinead O'Connor.
3. Stevie Nicks and Don Henley, "Leather and Lace"
They've never talked much about it, but Don Henley and Stevie Nicks dated for a couple of years in the 1970s. They remained friends even after the breakup, and when Nicks cut her debut solo LP in 1981, Henley agreed to duet with her on "Leather and Lace," a track she originally wrote for Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. The country pair named their 1981 album Leather and Lace, but inexplicably cut the song from their disc. It was their loss since Henley and Nicks brought it to Number Six on the Hot 100, proving they didn't need the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac to land songs on the radio.
2. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
Stevie Nicks wasn't going to take any chances on Bella Donna, her first solo album. Not only did she recruit Don Henley for "Leather and Lace," but managed to get her hands on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," a song Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote and slated for a Heartbreakers album. Stevie worked some of her magic (with a little help from Jimmy Iovine) and the song moved to her album. It hit Number Three on the Hot 100. They've sung it together a number of times over the years, most notably on Petty's 2006 tour, which featured Nicks on many of the dates.
1. Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure"
In July 1981, David Bowie headed over to Montreux's Mountain Studio to record a track with Queen. He originally planned on singing on "Cool Cat," but the session didn't gel. Luckily, the four members of Queen and Bowie started jamming on a new piece that soon morphed into "Under Pressure." The whole thing came together within a matter of hours, though there's a dispute to this day over who exactly came up with the iconic bass line. The song became a worldwide hit, though the never performed it together live — even though Bowie's set immediately followed Queen's at Live Aid.
GUNS N' ROSES: Axl Makes Cameo in World Cup Ad
A new World Cup commercial features the Guns n’ Roses song “Paradise City,” some famous soccer players and a cameo from Axl Rose himself.
The Budweiser ad -- which is on YouTube -- imagines the players as rock stars performing a rap version of "Paradise City" with lyrics related to soccer. As the commercial ends, one of the players throws a guitar pick into the crowd that is caught by Rose. He uses the pick to open his Bud and toasts the band.
Theory Of A Deadman PITG Blog!
Pain In The Grass 2014 band Theory Of A Deadman have unleashed the video for the song “Drown”. It’s the first single from their upcoming “Savages” album! Don’t miss them at Pain 2014! http://kiswpaininthegrass.com/