As we round the bend on the new year, it seems appropriate to do a little digging on one of U2’s most popular songs, “New Year’s Day.” With a killer bassline, catchy hook and consciousness-raising content that used to define U2, the song is a definite winner. Here are 10 things you might not know about it:
1. It was the lead single from the band’s 1983 album, War
2. The song was originally a love song between Bono and his wife but it was rewritten to be about the Polish Solidarity movement.
3. It was the band’s first UK hit single, peaking at number 10, and the band’s first international hit, hitting the charts in Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the US.
4. The song was ranked among the best songs of all time by Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.
5. The bassline was inspired by bassist Adam Clayton working out the chords to the Visage songs, “Fade to Grey.”
6. The Edge plays both piano and guitar on the song. When performing it live, he switches back and forth between the two instruments.
7. The B-side of “New Year’s Day” is a song titled “Treasure (Whatever Happened to Pete the Chop?).” It was never performed live.
8. During the Vertigo Tour at Silesian Stadium in Poland, the crowd waved red and white colored items, creating the Polish flag and, as the story goes, “stunning the band.”
9. The video for the song was filmed in a very, very cold Sälen, Sweden in the middle of winter. It was so cold that Bono, who refused to wear a hat, had trouble even mouthing the lyrics.
10. In the video when it shows the band riding horseback, it’s actually four Swedish teenage girls disguised as the band because U2 was too cold from the day before to shoot again.
Earlier this week, the Black Keys released a short video in which they talk about their initial realization that touring was an essential part of being a musician, the addiction of being on the road, and how whether they’re playing an arena or tiny club, the most important thing is connecting with the audience.
Burger Records done did it again!! Last week we got a bunch of cassette tapes from Burger Records and lately my cassette game has been slippin’ so…
I bought two off the strength of the cover art, one because it said Fresno on it, and the last one was because I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it. I’ll start with what I listened to first, which also happens to be in the order of why I bought them.
Chico Sonido – Nalga (booty) Bass
Let me tell you, this tape right here will boogie woogie on your brain. I was not prepared for this tape at all. I was not expecting it to sound like I was at some cumbia club. It reminded me of walking down the strip in Acapulco on Friday night which is nothing but a party almost every five steps. The track with Ninas Fresas featuring Camila Sodi is a lot slower than the rest of the tape but might be my favorite track on the whole tape.
Death Valley Girls – Street Venom
What could easily be mistaken as delinquent biker gang actually turned out to be a new favorite group. The best way to describe it would be…they sound like the Go Go’s if they said F word to MTV and the lineup change, then added Kathleen Hanna’s voice somewhere in there, and at the same time went a little heavy sort of like L7. That’s the best way to describe what I think Death Valley Girls sound like.
Various Artists – Party in the Tower
The only reason I bought this tape was because it said Fresno and that is a town near where I’m from so of course I bought it. It’s a compilation of four different bands from Fresno between 1980-88 and each band has four songs. I’m glad I bought it because it was all really good. I especially liked the Clams, on the first side of the tape. It’s always really awesome when you find out good music came from near where you’re from.
Pizza Time – Quiero Mas
Again, another tape that I thought was just gonna be silly and I was oh so wrong. The whole thing is sung in Spanish. So they could be talking about how candy is gross or that ice cream is the worst thing ever invented (I totally disagree) but I’ll never know because I don’t understand that so if that’s what they’re talking about, whatever, cuz I don’t understand it. I finally got my hands on this cassette and I’m glad I did because this thing always sells so fast and after listening to it I understand why. So get yours before it’s gone!!
If I had to pick one singer to call my favorite, I couldn’t pick just one. But, what I can say, is that April March is definitely one of my top picks. The first time I heard an April March song (which is actually a Serge Gainsbourg song) was in high school when I saw the movie But I’m a Cheerleader. Even though I had no idea what she was saying, I have been a fan ever since. Here are five things about April March you should know:
1) She was once a principal animator for Ren and Stimpy
2) She performed the theme song for I Am Weasel
3) She worked as an animator on Pee Wee’s Playhouse
4) She worked on the movie Who’s That Girl
5) She was in the bands the Pussywillows and the Shitbirds (If you find any of these records you better buy them damn things or you’ll regret it forever)
I have been waiting for what seems like forever for Paris in April to come back into Streetlight. Now, finally, after waiting for hecka days, it is finally here. As soon as I saw it I bought the dang thing. Half of the album is in English the other half is in French.
Although Paris in April came out in 1995 it is very ’60s pop influenced—not in a cheesy, all the band members’ clothing matches and everyone is tilting their head to the side at the same time, kind of way, but in a cool, you just walked into this room and this girl’s voice made you forget where you were going, way. If you like Francoise Hardy or girl singers or just good music then Paris in April by April March is a must-have album.
So here’s the song I fell in love with:
by Mari Stauffer
“How’s Annie?,” a Bob-possessed Agent Dale Cooper mockingly asks as he maniacally laughs with blood streaming down his face. This is the famous final scene of the last season of the cult-status and legendary TV show Twin Peaks. I became an instant fan, as I remember being in high school when the show first aired on television (PRIME TIME, mind you….yeah, along with mainstream, glossed-over sitcoms like Who’s The Boss).
I still don’t know how David Lynch and Mark Frost managed to do it…my friends and I were floored at the brazen, twisted and disturbing themes, mixed with a fascinating surreal and paranormal undercurrent, along with, of course, that silly and innocent sense of humor that runs throughout. This, I thought, was unlike anything before, and anything since.
Since that last scene of Season 2 (yes, there were only two), hordes of fans have been speculating and pleading for more….it seemed like there would be, judging by that cliffhanger! The only release since then has been the epic, more blatant and less mysterious (spoiler alerts galore for those who haven’t watched the entire series), movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Since then….crickets.
Until July 29th, that is! On this date, a 10-disc Blu-ray set will be released, called Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. Hmmm…guess I’m shopping for a Blu-ray player now. This long awaited collection features every single episode from the entire TV show, the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and around 90 minutes of never-before-seen, deleted and alternate scenes from both the movie and TV show, and much, much more.
I can barely contain myself as I type these words, drinking my, excuse me, damn fine cup of coffee. That TV show I like seems to have come back in style.
There are too many blogs and websites on the subject at this point to count, but here’s a Tumblr with more info about the release. Also, check out the teaser with some of the “missing pieces!”
Tomorrow, the Black Keys drop their new album, Turn Blue. To celebrate, we’re raffling off some really cool goodies including a vinyl test pressing of the album, a canvas print of the album cover, slipmats, posters, buttons and more.
To be entered in the raffle, come in and pick up the new album ON TUESDAY 5/13. We’ll give you a raffle ticket. Winners will be called on Wednesday. Here’s the single “Fever” to get you in the mood: