Boney M. was formed in the early 70s, based out of Germany. They were a popular disco and dance group. From what I’ve read they’ve had a number of number one hits under their belt. However, I guess because they were based out in Germany, I’m having trouble finding the stats I want. My favorite song produced by them was released in 1976, and the song was called “Sunny.” I know this song was their second #1, but I don’t know how long it was on the charts. I’m going to make an assumption that it was number one in Germany (don’t quote me). This song truly represented the spirit of just one of the many disco styles we had from back in the day. This song was actually a cover to Bobby Hebb‘s original “Sunny.”
Do you guys remember a group called Yes? Yes is an English band that does mostly rock music. They formed in the very late sixties in London. Now, when it comes to music from the UK I can be very picky (actually I’m picky with most music); They’ve had many hits, but I don’t really dig their music to be honest. However, there was one song that became a major hit that I love. It’s called “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” The song was released in 1983, and stayed number one for two weeks! It lasted on the charts for about 23-24 weeks, so, the song was really huge. The style of this particular song reminds me very much the kinds of music you would hear Sting/The Police produce. Once you hear this song I know you’ll remember!
Well, if you hate this group, like it or not, this became the hottest hit on the mid 80s dance charts. The band that called themselves “Dominatrix,” released their one and only hit single called “Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight.” This song came at the right time, as freestyle music literally dominated the club world in the 1980s. When I first heard this song, I was like “WTF is this?” It was so different, I really didn’t know what to make of it. I think part of what through me off was that, this was an American band, but when you listen to the song, they sound very much European. The video is even weirder; I remembered first watching it during the start of MTV. The song climbed up to #2 and stayed relevant for about 18 weeks or so. It was said that the video caused a lot of controversy, however, I don’t think the band pushed any more buttons than Madonna did during her prime.
You know, to be honest, I’m not sure if this group had other notable hits. But, as far as I’m concerned, this was the only song I liked from the group. “You’re Too Late,” was released in 1980, and peaked at #1 on the U.S. Dance Charts, and #28 on the R&B/Hip Hop Charts. As far as I can tell, this was their one and only major hit Now, personally speaking, it’s not that I think the band was horrible; their music was pretty decent; its just that it wasn’t enough for me to spend money on their albums. Much of their music contained a pop and funk style to them. It’s hard for me to place their kind of music, because when I listen to the groups albums spanning 10 years, their kind all over the place. This is a band you definitely have to have an acquired taste for.
I’d like to share with you guys my thoughts on the difficulty of finding good music (more so new good music). Let me tell you, I tip my hat to all the new young bloggers out in the cyber-sphere who write new music reviews. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it is for some of these bloggers, in terms of finding quality music they deem worthy of writing about. Having said this, services like Spotify are even more important than ever. YouTube, or even google for that matter isn’t enough! I would imagine that for those who didn’t use legal streaming services to do their blogging, they’d have to rely purely on “word of mouth.” By the way, I’m not underestimating the power of word-of-mouth, but I am questioning whether that method still work as efficient as it once did 20-30 years ago? We didn’t have YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook (or they were at their infancy). The sheer amount of music that are being pushed to the public via social media are sometimes not only overwhelming, fewer and fewer of them are worth listening to.
For the past few months, I’ve been trying really hard to find new good music on Facebook groups (both Spotify and non-Spotify groups); and I was just disappointed with the heavy pushing of really, really, REALLY BAD hip hop. Granted, I’ve stated that I don’t care for today’s hip hop; but at the same time, I know a good beat, and a good lyricist when I hear one. These new hip hop artists that are getting on Spotify are just awful. Not only are most of them awful, they all copy each other, sounding like exact replicas. How can one call themselves an “artist,” or a “writer,” when very few are original? I may not know everything about the inner workings of the music business; but as a fan of music; we’re not interested in copycats; we want to hear something different, and music that makes sense. So, if you’re trying to grab our attention, really really focus on that. Copying from other artists, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily learning anything from that artist.
If you don’t want to do the right thing and use legal services like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, or Internet Radio, that’s your prerogative. But understand without these services, finding music that fits your personal taste could be a lot harder for you. Even playlists I find difficult to tell you the truth. Why? Because often times they’re not hand picked. They’re just thousands of random music dumped in a list. I think a better strategy, is to find a blogger, or user where you match tastes with each other. This is the one thing I kind of miss when I was on Rhapsody/Napster. Napster gave you a numeric percentage of music compatibility between you and another user. Although Spotify’s algorithms are on point, you’d still like to know what other human beings are listening to.
You know, I agree that the music labels were all greedy *ssholes, that took advantage of music fans around the world; and the fact that they were so powerful they actually controlled what we listened to on the radio. However, looking back, censoring what we listened to back then, now doesn’t seem like it was a bad thing anymore. I know a lot of people would disagree, but think about it. No record label back then, would introduce to the public an artists, they didn’t spend a sh*t load of money grooming, preparing, and trained to do their job first! Because that artist or group is representing that label. Today, because labels are pretty much defunct at this point (with the exception of many of the older labels), there is no longer a filtering system. Therefore finding good music can literally be a nightmare.
This is one of my favorite classic 60s-70s CD. This should have been called “The Greatest Hits” CD, because it includes some pretty big songs from back in the day. Starting from Rufus & Chaka Khan’s “You Got The Love,” Jean Knight’s “Mr Big Stuff,” King Floyd’s “Groove Me,” and ending the CD with Brenda & The Tabulations’ “Right On The Tip Of My Tongue.” All of the songs on this CD were high ranking songs on the Music Billboards. This CD illustrates what true R&B was back in the day. Back in my time! All are the original songs the way they sang them. No redoes…. Check it out on Spotify.
The Trammps were not only one of the biggest musical groups of the 70s, they were also one of my favorite soul & disco infused groups ever. First off, let’s talk about their outfits back in the day. Look how boss they look above! These were the perfect color; I mean, the people who took the time to design and make these outfits were talented beyond belief. Now, a group like The Trammps didn’t really need fancy clothing, cause they were talented on their own. However, when they did perform with outfits like these, it made their act even more exciting!!! I miss this era so much.
Their album called Disco Inferno, released in 1976, under Atlantic Records, is chuck full of amazing hits. When The Trammps released this album, they laid down the law, and they hit hard! Almost every single song on this album was a powerhouse hit! Starting with my favorite song (which happens to be the same title of the album), “Disco Inferno.” This song offered 10 minutes and 59 seconds of pulsating disco beats, and vocals that meant business. Within the first 3 beats of this song being played at a party, we all immediately knew what song it was. That’s how popular! When “Disco Inferno” was put on the 4 album deluxe “Saturday Night Fever” sound track, it immortalized the group as the album became 16x platinum.
It’s been a long time since I’ve heard anything from singer and actress, Thelma Houston. I forgot what a talented singer she really was. I may be wrong, but, it doesn’t look like she has had any hits, or released any albums since the late 70s. The last CD I saw released was 2010, but unfortunately, it only had her old hits on it. Thelma, is best known for her iconic cult classic, reinterpretation of “Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes'” 1975 version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” released in 1977. The song instantly went to #1. Now, today’s song though, is about another reinterpretation she did called “I Got The Music In Me,” released in 1976. The song was originally performed by Kiki Dee in 1974. This was what I called “WTF” kind of song 😀 The reason why I say this, is because if we listen to the lyrics, I can’t make out what the song is actually about.
Ain’t got no trouble in my life, No foolish dream to make me cry. I’m never frightened or worried, I know I’ll always get by. I heat up (I heat up) I cool down (I cool down) When something gets in my way I go round it. Don’t let life get me down Gonna take life the way that I found it. [Chorus] I got the music in me, I got the music in me, I got The………
I think to myself, is the song talking about drowning her sorrows in music? Is she actually talking about the struggles of the music business? I never had a clue. Every once in a while we get one of those WTF songs, and this is one of them for me. However, It was a great song to dance to. Thelma was named “Best Female Artist” in 1977. She is still performing today in her early 70s. Rock on Thelma!!!