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Who Do You Want To Be

This song is a favorite from my youth. Before Danny Elfman became one of the hottest film composers around, he was the front man for new wave outfit, Oingo Boingo. This track appears on their underrated third album, Good For Your Soul, as well as a few different movies. A later recording of this song […]

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Little Sister

This is an interesting song. It’s a great little tune, written and performed by Lou Reed satirizing Bob Dylan. In Allan Arkush‘s 1983 comedy, Get Crazy, Reed plays Auden, a genius folk singer in a creative rut because success and fame have purged his life of tragedy and despair. Auden is coaxed out of his […]

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I Love Livin’ In The City

This is the first single from legendary L.A. punk band Fear, released four years before they recorded their first album. It’s been one of my favorites for a large part of my life; whenever I hear it now, memories of my (possibly misspent) youth come flooding back. Happy Friday, people. If the embedded audio player […]

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La Cotorra Criolla

The name of this song literally translates as The Creole Parrot, but the sentiment is really The Creole Rapper. Rapper’s Delight is widely acknowledged to be the pioneering rap record, but at the time, the genre hadn’t been named. Rap was still a slang word for talk or conversation, so when Rapper’s Delight was released […]

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