Tuesday, July 24, 2018

YTunes Shuffle Episode 66: Brian Scolaro's Song Nuggets

This week's guest, Brian Scolaro, is a nationally touring comedian and television actor, recognizable from shows like Madmen, I'm Dying Up here, Girl Meets Word, Superior DOnuts, Conan, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, and Dexter, to name a few. These are Brian's #Fave5 songs and a little extra 'nugget' for you to further enjoy the artists as well!

WALL OF VOODOO "Mexican Radio"
This songs joins the ranks of ZZ Top's "Heard It On The X" and The Doors' "The WASP Texas Radio and The Big Beat" because it was inspired by the unregulated AM stations from Mexico that would bleed into American stations. The video for this song got tons of airplay on MTV in 1981. At the time MTV didn't have many videos to choose from and even the record company didn't want them spending any money on the video...or even do one. Lead singer Stan Ridgeway said "we had to push to get that thing out there ourselves. So in spite of the record company, whatever success it had was really the band's and mine."

EXUBA- The Obeah Man
Tony McKay moved to NYC from the Bahamas at 17 years old to study architecture. Didn't finish that and instead found himself the front of a group called Tony McKay and the Islanders. In the 1960's, he found himself performing with the likes of Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, and Barbra Streisand.

PETER GABRIEL "Washing Of The Water"
Founder of Genesis....in early concerts, they had a bad PA system so it made it difficult to hear what Peter was singing. This drove Gabriel to find other ways to impress his personality on the audience...so hestarted wearing various costumes. Everything from a dress-wearing fox head (which you see on the cover of Foxtrot) to batwings, to a Flower to "Britannia" which looks like a trans roman warrior.

ELO "Mr. Bluesky"

VERA LYNN "We'll Meet Again"
This song is sentimental and optimistically written for the British troops during WWII. This song is directly cited in Pink Floyd's 1979 Vera, from their album "The Wall." This song was used on a compliation in 2009 to coincide with the 70-year anniversary of the declaration of WWII. Suddenly, Vera, at the age of 92, became the oldest living artist to make it to #1 on the album chart.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

YTunes Shuffle Episode 64 Song Nuggets Ft. Monique Wyatt

Monique Wyatt is a creative writer and stand up comedian; add wife and super mom to that and you are about to meet amazing human being. Check out the soundtrack to her life and all the juicy nuggets that come with it:


This was supposed to be a duet with Prince. Producer Quincy Jones arranged a meeting with both superstars, and when Prince heard the song, he told Jones that it would be a hit without him. Turned down the project. Prince isn't exactly a fan on collaborations that he doesn't control...and appearing on Jackson's album would have been out of character for him.

TONY TERRY "When I'm With You"
Terry was featured in the movie Sisterella "co-produced by Michael Jackson. He also did a run on broadway as The Tin Man in The Wiz.

Beyonce chose to work with Kanye West (a frequent collaborator of her husband) after she heard his song "Runaway" which she admitted made her cry. "The fact that he's belting out his pain, his confusion, and his anger with no pre-written lyrics was so moving. He's singing his heart out for five minutes. He is so vulnerable. I love when an artist can be so honest." Also, her Destiny's Child co stars make an appearance in the music video!

As a teen, Alanis suffered from eating disorders. When she went to therapy to deal with these issues, she learned she had chronic depression and plagued by anxiety attacks, which happened when she was watching movies. She was prescribed medication, but never stayed on it, since she didn't like the way the pills make her feel. She opened for Vanilla Ice on his 1990 tour.

The song was sung by Jussie Smollett's character Jamal on the 7th episode of the third seaon in the scene where the Lyons were having dinner at Cookie's place with Angelo's family. It is dedicated to Jamal's mother, Cookie. Actually written by, Jussie Smollett.

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