I’ve been sitting on a lot of music-related articles that I finally decided to consolidate them into one post. Ready? It’s gonna be fun!
Ever wondered how some successful musical duos met? Mental Floss is ready to tell you about ten of them. For instance, duos such as John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, and one of my favorite stories of Prince & Sheila (Shelia E) Escovedo who…
met in 1978 at a concert, where she was performing with her percussionist father, Pete Escovedo. After the show, Prince approached Sheila, saying that he and a bandmate were just “fighting over which one of [them] would be the first to be [her] husband.” (Neither of them ever were, though she did have a brief relationship with Prince in the mid-80s, while he was seeing the twin sister of The Revolution’s Wendy Melvoin.) In 1984, they joined forces for Purple Rain, which (among a slew of other impressive rankings) was labeled “the best soundtrack of all time” by Vanity Fair in 2007.
“Girl From Ipanema”
From NeatoRama, we get the follow-up of all-time! Who was The Actual Girl From Ipanema? This Bossa-Nova hit from the mid-60’s is a must-know for anyone who appreciates music. (BTW, she was a Brazilian model, of course!)
“Come On Eileen”
Mental Floss also profiled one of my favorite 80’s songs: “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners. I never really understood the song very well but I’ve since been able to unpack what the song is all about.
First of all, the lyrics start by referencing ‘Poor old Johnny Ray’. I probably should be embarrassed for not really knowing much about Mr. Johnny Ray, but his jazz/blues songs in the 50’s were considered to be one of the precursors to Rock And Roll.
Lead singer and songwriter Kevin Rowland is ‘serenading’ his childhood sweetheart, Eileen, by remembering their past (their mothers swooned over Johnny Ray) and their present (they are above their current Celtic culture of people with “beaten-down eyes [and] sunk in smoke-dried faces”). He gets so excited about Eileen that his thoughts move from love to lust within two verses!
But if you remember the song, you can’t forget the “Too-Rye-Ay” stanzas! Turns out its meaning is actually Irish Gaelic for “Goodbye and see you soon” coming from a Gaelic lullaby.
“One Night In Bangkok”
Another favorite songs from the 80’s comes from Murray Head entitled “One Night In Bangkok”. The story behind it might not be what you expected. You see, there was a musical in the early 70’s called “Chess” and it was about the world championship of chess between American Bobby Fischer and Russian Boris Spassky. Not surprisingly, it was a snoozer despite being written by the two dudes from ABBA (Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus) and Tim Rice of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita”. However, the story behind this hit is fascinating and outlined, again, by Mental Floss.
Have a great and musical weekend!