This weekend, the outgoing commander of the International Space Station, Canada's Chris Hadfield, gave a bit of a farewell message as he prepared to depart the space station. With acoustic guitar in hand, he (with some help from "Ground Control") produced a music video from the space station, featuring a slightly modified cover of David Bowie's classic tune "Space Oddity." The revised lyrics are great, and with that voice Hadfield could probably make it as lead singer of a band back home, but it's the visuals that really make the thing come together. Take a look.
I was not particularly in on the “Gangnam Style” craze when it first happened, but I was kind of the only one. I could recognize its significance, though, in that it was one of the first songs to come complete with its own dance moves since Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How To Dougie." Psy's song joined the ranks of the equally beloved and reviled collection of wedding-songs-everyone-is-required-to-dance-to, like "Macarena" and "Electric Slide."
Because of that, most seemed to assume Psy would be a one-hit wonder and fade away just like Lou Bega (“Mambo No. 5”) and Baha Men (“Who Let the Dogs Out?”). Maybe he'd come back for a reality show at some point (like Vanilla Ice) but if not, we likely would never hear from him again.
Not only did Beyonce release a great promo video today, but Kinky Boots opens on Broadway. I'm so stoked because CYNDI! LAUPER! Kinky Boots was originally a 2005 UK film, based on a true story about a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner. But the onstage, musical version features lyrics/music by the one-and-only Cyndi Lauper. In honor of her Broadway debut, here are my picks for top three Cyndi Lauper songs of all time.
#3 True Colors
Listen to the opening notes and it's already obvious that this ballad comes straight out of the 1980s. If that isn't a dead giveaway, then the video is, especially if you skip straight to 2:18 and check out the male love interest whose hair is longer than Cyndi's. The video has drama (sooo much drama) and glitter and neon and jean jackets and a skirt made out of newspapers (perhaps the inspiration behind Leslie Knope's wedding dress this season on "Parks"?). The song itself was from Cyndi's second album and went to #1 on the Billboard charts.
In case you've been following the Return of the '90s Saga, featuring acid wash jeans, scrunchies, revivals/reboots of television shows, and boy bands you never thought you'd hear from again, 98 Degrees recently announced a new single.
It comes just after New Kids on the Block announced a new album, as both groups are gearing up for the '90s nostalgia fest known as "The Package Tour," starring New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men. The new 98 Degrees single, "Microphone," is actually the band's first song in more than a decade. (Do you feel old now?)
What do you think? And how is 'NSYNC not cashing in on this '90s madness right now?!
I have a 45 minute commute into work, sometimes longer, in my really old car, with no iPod hookup. To say I get tired of the Top 40 hits on the radio would be a severe understatement. So I always love when those hits are re-imagined in a new way that make me love listening to the song again. (That’s also part of what makes YouTube so great.) Here are a few of my favorites!
Suit and Tie
I’m pretty sure I post about Justin Timberlake almost as much as I post about Beyonce, so he’s obviously on my list of people I like. It hasn’t gotten too much radio play that I know of, at least not on the stations I’m listening to, so I haven’t gotten sick of the song just yet. Still, I think YouTube’s Tori Kelly does a pretty great cover of the song!