Daily Archives: December 5, 2009

Saturday Night Music Byte

Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines; December 31, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of music, earning the title “The Queen of Disco”.

Summer was trained as a gospel singer before her introduction to the music industry and has always been known for her “powerhouse” vocal delivery. Though she is most notable for her disco hits, Summer’s repertoire has expanded to include contemporary R&B, rock, pop, and gospel. Summer is one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums hit number one on the Billboard charts. She also became the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a thirteen-month period. Summer’s website claims that she has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

Born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Summer was one of seven children raised by devout Christian parents. She sang in church, and in her teens joined a psychedelic rock group called The Crow, so named because Summer was the only black member of the group. At eighteen, Gaines left home and school to audition for a role in the cast of the Broadway musical, Hair. Unsuccessful in getting the part in the Broadway show (Melba Moore got the role), she was offered the European Tour when the show moved to Germany, where Summer also performed in the German versions of several musicals including Godspell and Show Boat. She settled in Munich and also performed with the Viennese Folk Opera and the pop band Munich Machine.

In the summer of 1975, Summer had an idea for a song. She had come up with the lyric “Love to love you, baby” as the possible title for the song. Record producer Giorgio Moroder was interested in developing the new sound that was becoming increasingly popular (which later would become known as Disco), and used Summer’s lyric to develop the song. He had the idea that she should moan and groan orgasmically, but Summer was reluctant. Eventually she agreed to record the song as a demo. She has stated that she was not completely sure of some of the lyrics, and parts of the song were improvised during the recording. Summer later stated on a VH1 “Behind the Music” program that she pictured herself as Marilyn Monroe acting out the part of someone in sexual ecstasy. Moroder was so astounded with Summer’s orgasmic vocals that he insisted she release the single herself. The song, titled “Love to Love You”, was released to modest success in Europe. When it reached America to the hands of Casablanca president Neil Bogart, he was so ecstatic over the demo that he asked Moroder to produce a twenty-minute version of the song. Summer, Moroder and producer Pete Bellotte cut a seventeen-minute version, renamed it “Love to Love You Baby”, and Casablanca signed Summer and issued it as a single in November 1975. Casablanca distributed Summer’s work in the US while other labels distributed it in different nations during this period.

“Love to Love You Baby” was Summer’s first big hit in America, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1976 and becoming her first Number-One Hot Dance Club Play chart hit. The single was quickly certified Gold with 1,000,000 copies in the US. The album (side one of which was completely taken up with the full-length version of the title track) was also released in late 1975 and was soon certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 US copies. The song was branded “graphic” by some music critics and was even banned by some radio stations for its explicit content. Time magazine reported that 22 orgasms were simulated in the making of the song, and some of the music press dubbed Summer “The First Lady of Love.” Two successful, Gold-selling concept albums followed: A Love Trilogy which featured the single “Could It Be Magic” and Four Seasons Of Love which featured the uptempo “Spring Affair” as well as the ballad “Winter Melody” which was a top-30 hit in the UK – the first of Summer’s singles to be aired on Radio 1 and a hit on the US R&B charts.

Here is a late 1970’s performance by Donna Summer of “Love To Love You Baby.”


Dick Cheney: Potential Torturor In Chief?

Today’s edition of, “It’s So Stupid It Must Be True” features the ever lovable and cuddly Dick Cheney. You remember this guy don’t you? He is the ex Vice President that left office in 2008 with the worst approval numbers in the history of numbers. He enjoyed hurting people. Remember when he shot his best friend in the face and then started torturing detainees? Well, apparently even draft dodging cowards can find a fan base.

CNN.com reports that a new group has formed and its goal is to convince Dick Dasterdly to run for President in 2012. This is not a joke. The group is known as “Draft Dick Cheney 2012” and it unveiled its website this week. You would think that the organization could have come up with a better name in that Cheney has a habit of running away from any type of draft. Then again, you can’t imagine too much intelligence from a group organized around such a ridiculous goal. For his part, Cheney has not yet provided a definitive answer as to whether or not he will run. Come on, Dick stop “dithering” and give us an answer.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Janie’s Got A Gun song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv1N6TVCnLs


(sung to the Aerosmith song “Janie’s Got A Gun”)

Dumb, dumb, dumb, Dickie what have you done
Dumb, dumb, dumb, that’s the sound of your gun
Dumb, dumb, dumb, Dickie what have you done
Dumb, dumb, dumb, that’s the sound, that’s the sound…
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah…
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah…

Cheney’s got a gun
Cheney’s got a gun
He’s having lots of fun
While drinking out in the sun
What did the VP do?
Nobody’s saying, “boo”

They say while he was out huntin’,
He shot his buddy in the face
He should have seen it comin’
Cuz that Cheney had a gun
And the drinkin’ sure made him a waste

Cheney’s got a gun
Cheney’s got a gun
The cover-up’s begun
Those chicken-hawks are on the run
What did Dick Cheney do?
Will his best buddy sue?

He gun blasted Harry Whittington
And then told him to shut his mouth
Cheney told him not to say a peep
Or he would take the big sleep
That’s the way we handle things down South

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away, run, run, run away

Cheney’s got a gun
Cheney’s got a gun
The cover-up’s begun
This guy would tell lies to a nun
What did W do?
That jerk didn’t have a clue

Bush had to let him off easy
Cuz he needs Dick to be his brain
Bush says we gotta go on TV
But Dick is such a sleaze
He’ll find someone else to pin the blame

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Cheney’s got a gun
Cheney’s got a gun
Cheney’s got a gun
Dick and George are on the run

Cheney’s got a gun
Shootin’ folks is so fun
Now Dick and George are on the run (Cheney, Cheney what’s your problem)
Cuz Cheney’s got a gun (Tell me it ain’t right)
Cheney’s got a gun ( Bush is Cheney’s little Robin)
The cover-up’s begun (Who will Cheney shoot tonight)
Chicken-hawks on the run
Cheney’s got a gun

Friday Night Music Byte

We hope you enjoyed last night’s music byte which highlighted the song “Sweet Jane” being performed in two very different variations by Lou Reed. Well, since we like that particular song so much, tonight’s music byte consists of the Cowboy Junkies‘ version.

Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Michael (songwriter, guitarist), Margo (vocalist) and Peter Timmins (drummer), and Alan Anton (bassist).

The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto’s Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!,ambisonic microphone in the family garage. recorded using an

The group’s fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988.

The Trinity Session was recorded live on a single Calrec stereo microphone at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto by producer Peter J. Moore. This album also included a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” based on the 1969 Live album version rather than the studio version from Loaded. The single featured in the films Natural Born Killers and The Good Girl.

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named “one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world” by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In June 2007, Cowboy Junkies performed alongside the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall conducted by Keith Lockhart. The program was titled Edgefest. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session.

Please enjoy the Cowboy Junkies rendition of “Sweet Jane.”