Dirty Vegas


Dirty Vegas is a British house music trio made up of Ben Harris and Paul Harris (no relation) on instruments and production and Steve Smith on vocals. The group formed in 2001, then broke up in 2005 before reforming in December 2008 to record new material.

They are best known for their international hit single “Days Go By”, which gained mainstream popularity in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse television commercial, and for remixing songs created by other artists.

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Side One

Roses
Home Again
Human Love
Walk into the Sun
Closer

Side Two

A Million Ways
Don’t Throw It Away
In This Life
Given You Everything
Save Me Now

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Third World Child


Jonathan “Johnny” Clegg (born 7 June 1953) is a British-born musician and anthropologist from South Africa, who has recorded and performed with his bands Juluka and Savuka, and more recently as a solo act, occasionally reuniting with his earlier band partners. He is an important figure in South African popular music history, with songs that mix Zulu with English lyrics and African with various Western music styles.

The name Savuka is based on the Zulu word for “we have risen” or “we have awakened”. At the height of the band’s success in 1988, Michael Jackson had to cancel his show in Lyon, France, as he attracted a smaller audience than Johnny Clegg and Savuka. A newspaper headline in France read “white man singing black music, out sells black man singing white music”. Their last album Heat, Dust and Dreams was nominated for a Grammy Award for best album in the category of World Music.

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Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Side One

Are You Ready?
Asimbonanga (Mandela)
Giyani
Gumba Gumba Jive
Great Heart

Side Two

Missing
Ring on Her Finger
Third World Child
Berlin Wall
Don’t Walk Away

Somebody To Love


I figured “Somebody to Love” would be a somewhat bittersweet way to end the Queen week on Valentine’s Day. Not a love song, but I posted enough early, but a song for those single folks out there that are perhaps curled up with their cats. Named Dawson and Daria. Me, okay, it’s me! It’s me, curled up eating chocolates I made Mr. Richard buy me on the couch with Dawson and Daria. It may not be the most upbeat singles anthem, but hey, it deserves a spot on the playlist.

I hope you have all enjoyed this week of Queen! I’m not sure who the next artist will be to deserve a full week of attention, but I’m sure somebody will be popping up soon. In the meantime, get the cats glammed up and spend the night rocking out to some Queen in your living room. Or cuddled with your loved one. Whatever fits your situation!

Somebody find me, somebody find me
Somebody to love, anybody find me
Can you find me? Can, can you find me?
Some, some, somebody, somebody to love, ya

(Find me somebody to love)
(Find me somebody to love)
Some, some, somebody to love me
Can you love me? Can you love me?
Oh, give love, give love, give love
Give love, somebody to love

Can anybody fine me?
Can anybody find me?
Find me, find me, find me, find, ooh ya
Some, yeah, somebody
Oh, oh somebody to love

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Side One

Somebody to Love

Side Two

White Man

Flash’s Theme


Written by Queen’s guitarist Brian May, “Flash” is the theme song of the 1980 film Flash Gordon. The soundtrack released to coincide with the film contained only the music composed and performed by Queen.

There are two versions of the song. The album version (“Flash’s Theme”) is in fact the start to the movie, with all the dialogue from the first scene. The single version features dialogue cut from various parts of the movie, most memorably, Brian Blessed’s character exclaiming “Gordon’s alive?!” This version was also included on Queen’s Greatest Hits compilation from 1981.

Flash is sung as a duet between Freddie Mercury and Brian May, with Roger Taylor adding the high harmonies. May plays all of the instruments except for the rhythm section.

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Side One

Flash’s Theme A/K/A Flash

Side Two

Football Fight

I Want It All And I Want To Break Free


Double whammy Queen post today! We’re getting down there with the singles and tomorrow’s the last day for Queen week. I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts here and on social media. Check back soon to see what the next week long feature may be!

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Side One

I Want It All

Side Two

Hang on in There

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Side One

I Want to Break Free

Side Two

Machines (Or ‘Back to Humans’)

Another One Bites the Dust


I told you I’d be sharing some memories of Queen and my childhood, and “Another One Bites the Dust” sparks yet another memory. A short memory, but still, from a slightly later point in my life.

I had to be in sixth grade, and I was staying over my best friend’s at the time. Her dad had to run some errands and we probably tagged along in the hopes of getting fast food. This song came on the radio and he laughed, saying they should have played it at a sister’s wedding. See, it was a short memory, but I’m pretty sure this is a relatively common “dad” joke.

Are you happy? Are you satisfied?
How long can you stand the heat?
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat, yeah, yeah, yeah

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust

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Side One

Another One Bites the Dust

Side Two

Don’t Try Suicide

Queen Plays The Game


Obviously, Freddie Mercury’s untimely death left us without the Queen everyone had come to love. Backing and touring members tended to be interchangeable, but to lose a lead singer like Freddie is so impactful. On this post, I want to focus on Queen’s members, past and present and the two attempts to continue without the legendary Mr. Mercury; Queen + Paul Rodgers and Queen + Adam Lambert.

Personally, I’d be really excited to see their work with Adam Lambert on stage. I wasn’t his biggest fan in his early days, but as he’s been able to grow into himself and his career, I actually kinda dig his work. He also seems like it would put on a really energetic stage show and I love highly charged shows.

Current members

Brian May – lead guitar, keyboards, piano, vocals (1970–present)
Roger Taylor – drums, rhythm guitar, percussion, vocals, tambourine (1970–present)

Former members

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar, tambourine (1970–1991; his death)
John Deacon – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals, triangle (1971–1997)

Long-term Queen + vocalists

Paul Rodgers (2004–2009)
Adam Lambert (2011–present)

Other guest vocalists

David Bowie (1981, 1992)
Annie Lennox (1992)
Lisa Stansfield (1992–1993)
George Michael (1992–1993)
Elton John (1997)
Zucchero (1998)
Robbie Williams (2001)
Kris Allen (2009)
Jessie J (2012)
Lady Gaga (2014)

Touring members

Morgan Fisher – keyboards, piano (1982)
Fred Mandel – keyboards, piano (1982)
Spike Edney – keyboards, piano, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1984–present)
Jamie Moses – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005-2009)
Danny Miranda – bass guitar, backing vocals (2005-2009)
Rufus Tiger Taylor – percussion, drums, backing vocals (2011–present)
Neil Fairclough – bass guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)

Queen + Paul Rodgers (sometimes referred to as Q+PR or QPR) were a collaboration between Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) and Paul Rodgers. Guitarist May had previously performed with Rodgers on several occasions, including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Throughout their career the band completed two world tours, issued the first studio album for Queen in nearly 15 years entitled The Cosmos Rocks, and released two live DVDs and a live album. Rodgers announced in May 2009 that the ‘Queen + Paul Rodgers’ collaboration had come to an end, saying “it was never meant to be a permanent arrangement”. He did, however, leave open the possibility for future collaborations.

Queen + Adam Lambert is a collaboration between Queen and American vocalist Adam Lambert. This is the first long-term collaboration of Queen since the Queen + Paul Rodgers project ended in 2009. The collaboration originated when Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on American Idol in 2009 when Lambert was a contestant. They began performing occasionally, conducted a short European tour in 2012, and in 2014 announced a world tour. Although there are currently no plans to release a studio album with this lineup May and Taylor have stated that there is a possibility of the group recording new material.

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Side One

Play the Game

Side Two

A Human Body

We Are The Champions, Yes We Are The Champions Of The World


I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I’ve come through

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions of the World

I believe it was on Instagram a few weeks ago that I mentioned Queen providing so many memories from different periods in my life. I think both the songs form this 45, “We are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” are the songs to go with my earliest Queen memory.

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As you can see from the above collage, I played softball for years. Those were some of the best years of my childhood, the camaraderie among my team, the sportsmanship you learn and of course, ultimately, the feeling when you win. One of my favorite parts was the cheers we’d sing. Of course there were the standard chants, made up and passed around to teams for years, but we also sang songs about being victorious. Obviously, that makes “We are the Champions” perfect for our games when we were up! When we needed motivation to kick some butt, it was “Will We Rock You”.

Buddy you’re a young man, hard man
Shoutin’ in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Wavin’ your banner all over the place

We will, we will rock you
Sing it now
We will, we will rock you

Buddy you’re an old man, poor man
Pleadin’ with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face, big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place

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Side One

We are the Champions

Side Two

We Will Rock You

 

Queen Is My Best Friend


Not really. Mr. Richard is my best friend, duh! Can you believe that we’ve lived together for nearly ten damn years. As roommates only, that’s it but also besides the point. We’ve gone through highs and lows and still have each others backs. We’ve joked about having a fre-dding, you know a friend wedding, and this song would certainly be on the play list.

Ooh you’re the best friend that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh you’re my best friend

Ooh you make me live
Ooh I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy at home
You’re my best friend

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Side One

You’re My Best Friend

Side Two

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