Still from the video Friday Im In Love by The Cure

Friday I’m In Love

Kind of half assed today; the main reason I posted this song is because it was the first one I thought of with Friday in the name. I like it, it’s a silly pop song with a wacky video, but it’s catchy as hell. Robert Smith doesn’t even consider it a real Cure song, and he may be on to something because according to the bass drum, it’s actually by The Cures.

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The Cure – Friday Im In Love at YouTube.

Conor Maynard

Vegas Girl

The moment when you realize that you’re not as up on the current music scene as you should be. I first heard of Conor Maynard a few months back when he dropped his first single, Can’t Say No. I hadn’t seen the video at that point, so I had no idea who he was or what he looked like; I just thought it was a dope song. The other day I’m watching TeenNick, and the video for his latest, Vegas Girl came on. I had thought Maynard was a grown man, at the very least, college age; so you can imagine my surprise to find out that he’s a Frodo looking teeny bopper dude (actually, he’s a couple of months shy of 20, according to AllMusic). I don’t like this one as much as Can’t Say No, but it’s still a good track. This video isn’t the most original, in fact, it’s a pretty blatant ripoff of the video for Have A Nice Day, but I decided to post this one because my hometown looks great in it. Some of the locations featured:

  • In front of The B Cup Cafe, where Maynard first meets Alaura.
  • Various spots around The Lower East Side, where the street team posts banners/stickers.
  • The artists’ workspace and graffiti covered rooftop where Maynard dances and has the party is 5 Pointz in Long Island City, Queens. The Twitter invite at 2:42 has the actual Google Map location. Billy Idol‘s Hot In The City was also shot near here.
  • The shots of Alaura leaving the subway and walking with the elevated subway tracks behind her are also in Long Island City.
  • The bridge with the red fences Maynard walks across is the Williamsburg Bridge. He’s walking toward The Lower East Side.

Okay, this isn’t a travelogue, so I’ll digress for now. Enjoy the video; I think this kid is going to be massive in the next couple of years.

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Conor Maynard – Vegas Girl at YouTube.

Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

I remember when this shit first came out, it was all over the place. The way it exploded, you would think nobody had ever been boastful and narcissistic over some jazzy samples. It went to #15 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Rap chart, got a Grammy and everything. Yet, I’m sure that a lot of you who know this song probably didn’t know it was called Rebirth Of Slick, and I’m also pretty sure that a good number of you are wondering, “Who the fuck are Digable Planets?!” I think part of the reason a lot of people don’t remember this might be that a lot of people who enjoyed this song were smoking a lot of blunts, including the band. This shit is 4 minutes, 20 seconds long… coincidence?!? It probably is.

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Digable Planets – Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) at YouTube.

The Coasters


It seemed appropriate to throw this song up after I realized my mistake regarding my missing Tori Amos CDs. This 1958 tune written by Leiber & Stoller and originally recorded by The Coasters (aka The Robins) may seem familiar as it has been covered by myriad artists including Ritchie Valens, Jerry Reed and Cheech & Chong.

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Framed by The Coasters at Spotify.

Break On Through (To The Other Side)

From The Doors‘ 1967 debut album. I’ve loved this song most of my life; what else is there really to say about it? Have a great week, people.

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The Doors – Break On Through (To the Other Side) at YouTube.

Buddy Holly

This is a classic track from Weezer‘s debut album. I remember Weezer being kind of underrated when they first hit in the early 1990s. I think a lot of the music world was worshipping at the altar of grunge, and considered Weezer to be kind of lightweight. I always thought they were good, and over time, I have been proven right. The video below is what really catapulted the band to mainstream success. Inspired by the (then) groundbreaking special effects in the film Forrest Gump, director Spike Jonze digitally inserted the band into footage from an episode of the American hit television series Happy Days (specifically, the episode They Shoot Fonzies, Don’t They?). The video was so popular, Microsoft included it as a bonus on the Windows 95 operating system, back when they were still trying to convince the world they were cool.

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Weezer – Buddy Holly at YouTube.