The much anticipated Spectre hits theaters November 6 in the States. And while Bond himself, Daniel Craig, seems ready to hang up his Walther PPK, audiences still can't get enough of these films. From a series that is stuffed with cinematic iconography, from nude silhouettes to tongue-in-cheek one-liners, the Bond theme songs are as instantly recognizable as names like "Pussy Galore." From Dame Shirley Bassey to Louis Armstrong, Garbage to Adele, Bond's got hits. Can't say that Sam Smith's new theme really does it; it seems to be too far out of the Bond mold and much more "really sad love song" that Smith does so well. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine tune, it's just not Bond. Let's break 'em down, and you tell us if you agree (number 1 is not up for discussion, just so we're clear.)
Nike Snow Day Commercial
On Thursday, Nike debuted a commercial to kick off the company’s new #GetOutHere campaign, which encourages people to get out and be active even during the winter months. The commercial evokes memories of everyone’s favorite days growing up: snow days. Featuring a slew of athlete’s, including the NFL’s Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh, Odell Beckham, Jr., the NBA’s Paul George, and Carli Lloyd of the US women’s national soccer team, the two-minute ad is a must watch.
Tonight is Halloween and if you haven't already done so, now is the time to pick the playlist for your party, treat giving evening, or just your personal enjoyment. There are a lot of Halloween-themed songs, but only a subset that have entered into the public consciousness over the years. These songs range from album singles to television and movie themes. Here are the ten that best represent Halloween:
Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London"
Quite possibly one of the few songs in all of music history to feature its singer howling like a werewolf, this 1978 classic was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell, and Waddy Wachtel, and also included accompaniment by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. Rounding out the star power on this one is Jackson Browne, who was the song's producer. The song ultimately became one of Zevon's best-known songs.
Mike Oldfield - "Tubular Bells Part 1"
Strongly associated with the 1973 film The Exorcist, the song comes from Oldfeld's 1973 debut album of the same name. It has since become one of the themes people generally conjure when they think of "spooky music." For his part, Oldfield was reportedly not happy with how the song was used in the movie.
New Haven, CT native and talented songwriter, Ian Biggs, is about to break out. Or at least, I genuinely hope he is. Recently signed to Niveo Records and with a radio-friendly tune (“Head in the Clouds”) bubbling just under the radar and yearning for heavy-rotation radio play, Biggs is poised to become a one-man hit machine. Transcending genres and crafty enough to nail as many danceable tunes as melodic folk ruminations, I can say that one dip into his SoundCloud profile has made me a fan. Chances are, it will make you one, too.