Planet Earth

Today’s selection is the first song I ever heard by the English new wave/art-rock/new romantic band Duran Duran. Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, the band takes its name from the character Dr. Durand Durand from the 1968 science fiction film Barbarella, which starred American actor, environmentalist and political activist Jane Fonda. Duran Duran isContinue reading “Planet Earth”

Crazy Lowdown Ways

Happy Friday! This afternoon, I was looking for a song with a Friday kind of beat. Then as I scrolled down my YouTube feed, it serendipitously served up the suggestion of the Birmingham, England band Ocean Colour Scene’s “Crazy Lowdown Ways.” I’ve featured the group once before; please see my post on their song, “UpContinue reading “Crazy Lowdown Ways”

Up on the Downside

One of our lads introduced me to Ocean Colour Scene’s music many years ago when he lived with us and went to university. I’ve always enjoyed his eclectic taste and have posted several songs I’ve heard him play at home or in his car. I always appreciate people turning me on to new music, andContinue reading “Up on the Downside”

Higher Love

Birmingham, England’s Steve Winwood has been a fixture in my musical history. However, I don’t have any records of his — just a couple of singles, including his hit, “Valerie,” which is on the three-CD set, Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records. Many of his songs have received extensive airplay, and I have alwaysContinue reading “Higher Love”