12/3/2014

The Doobie Brothers: What a fool believes

The Doobie Brothers formaron en los 70 una banda de rock que obtuvieron gran éxito comercial, sobre todo con la incorporación de Michael McDonald, que dió al pop-rock inicial de la banda, un estilo más elegante influenciado por el soul. Su fantástica voz recubierta de un alma soul, ofrecieron al grupo un arco iris musical más amplio; el sonido blue-eyed soul les venía como anillo al dedo. Surgieron canciones tan maravillosas como este "What a fool believes", compuesta por Michael Mcdonald y Kenny Loggins, y con la que obtuvieron varios Grammys. Estaba incluida en el álbum 'Minute by minute' de 1978, y permaneció durante varias semanas en lo más alto de las listas de ventas gracias a este sencillo que ya es todo un clásico.

Gran armonía vocal con un falsete escalofriante, una letra que te engancha, y una melodía envolvente que te atrapa desde el primer momento. Uno de esos momentos en que la música no tiene color y lo blanco se solapa con lo negro, universalizando uno de los lenguajes más bellos.




Letra

He came from somewhere back in her long ago
The sentimental fool dont see
Tryin hard to recreate
What had yet to be created once in her life

She musters a smile
For his nostalgic tale
Never coming near what he wanted to say
Only to realize
It never really was

She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
Hes watching her go

But what a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
Is always better than nothing
And nothing at all keeps sending him...

Somewhere back in her long ago
Where he can still believe theres a place in her life
Someday, somewhere, she will return

She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
Hes watching her go

But what a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
Is always better than nothing
Theres nothing at all
But what a fool believes he sees...

10/1/2014

Cherry Laine: Catch the cat

En pleno apogeo de la música disco, la jamaicana Cherry Laine puso a rugir en todas las pistas de baile su "Catch The Cat". En españa se convirtió también en todo un éxito, conviertiéndose en una de las canciones más solicitadas para escuchar. Su "Coge El Gato" es puro desenfreno rítmico de principio a fin, como asi lo podemos recordar en este videoclip de hace ya unos cuantos añitos.

Letra
Catch the cat she killed the budgie last night
She killed the grandma with fright
And so now nothing is right
Catch the cat she killed the budgie last night
She ran away in the night and now the world isn't right

Catch that man he ran away with the till
And now the manager's ill
And so his wife lost the pill
See her cry because she doesn't know why
Her only daughter is sly she kissed her future goodbye

The world's turnin' circles, the cat got away again
The world's filled with madness, the cat got away again
The world's like a madhouse, the cat got away again
And we all know the cat's to blame to blame
To blame, to blame, to blame,to blame,to blame,that's right

Catch the cat she killed the budgie last night
She's causing chaos and fright
And now the people ain't right
Catch that house before it falls to the ground
A shilling's more than a pound
A plane's a terrible sound
Everybody's going mad and crazy and insane
Holding shut their eyes and ears and always feeling pain
Pain, pain, pain, pain,that's right...

10/11/2013

Ace Of Base: The Sign

Después de Abba y Roxette, Ace of Base son sin duda la banda sueca más exitosa de la musica. Melodías que contaban con altas dosis de originalidad y pegajosamente comerciales, alcanzando un buen número de ventas de su primer disco, Happy Nation -The Sign en su distribución a nivel mundial- con el que alcanzaron entrar en el libro Guinness de los Records con el disco de debut con mayores ventas del mundo. Tienen también el mérito -junto a Avril Lavigne y Lady Gaga- de haber conseguido tres singles nº1 consecutivos en Estados Unidos.

"All That She Wants" fue su primer éxito y la canción más conocida, pero prefiero recordar la canción que sirvió de lanzadera para el relanzamiento del álbum a nivel mundial titulada "The Sign".

Letra
I got a new life
you would hardly recognize me
I'm so glad
how can a person like me care for you
why do I bother
when you're not the one for me
is enough enough

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign
life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign
no one's gonna drag you up
to get into the light where you belong
but where do you belong

Under the pale moon
for so many years I've wondered
who you are
how can a person like you bring me joy
under the pale moon
where I see a lot of stars
is enough enough

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign
life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign
no one's gonna drag you up
to get into the light where you belong
but where do you belong

I saw the sign and it opened up my mind
and I am happy now
living without you
I've left you
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign
no one's gonna drag you up
to get into the light where you belong

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign

20/9/2013

Rocky Sharpe and the Riplays: Rama Lama Ding Dong

A finales de los años 70 se formó el grupo Rocky Sharpe and The Replays con la intención de interpretar clásicos del sonido  Doo wop. Éste se caracterizaba por el empleo de voces a capella que acompañaban a la voz principal, y todo ello basándose en una originaria fusión del Rythm'n'blues y el gospel, a la vez que del sonido del Rock And Roll. La existencia de este grupo fue bastante efímera -apenas 5 años- pero no por ello dejaron temas que hoy en dia siguen estando frescos en mi memoria.

Rama Lama Ding Dong es una de esas canciones. Originaria del quinteto de Cleveland The Edsels, estaba llena de optimismo y vitalidad,  a la vez que sonaba fresca y divertida. Con ella alcanzaron un éxito espectacular en media europa, dando un nuevo impulso a este género en plena época punk o new wave. Quizás los últimos momentos de gloria para un género que nunca ha logrado establecerse y adquirir un sitio distinguido en la música.



Letra
Oh oh oh oh
I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
She's everything to me
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
I'll never set her free
For she's mine, all mine
Oh oh oh oh
I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong,
She's fine to me,
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
You don't believe that she's mine, all mine
I love her,
Love her, love her so.
That I'll never, never let her go.
You may be certain she's mine, all mine,
She's mine all of the time.
Oh I got a girl named Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
She's everything to me
Rama Lama, Rama Lama Ding Dong
I'll never set her free
For she's mine, all mine

17/7/2013

Eighth Wonder: I'm not Scared

La banda de pop británica Eighth Wonder publicaron en 1988 la canción "I'm Not Scared". La canción fue escrita por Pet Shop Boys y coproducida por estos junto a Pete Hammond. Una canción que te invitaba a moverte con la sensual compañía de la cantante del grupo, Patsy Kensit. Una bella rubia con ojos de color violeta, que tras su marcha hacia rumbos cinematográficos, obligó la disolución del grupo.



Letra

Take these dogs away from me

Your life's a mystery, mine is an open book
If I could read your mind, I think I'd take a look
I'm not scared
Baby, I don't care

What have you got to hide? What do you need to prove?
You're always telling lies, and that's the only truth
I don't care
Baby, I'm not scared

Tonight the streets are full of actors
I don't know why
Oh, take these dogs away from me
Before they, they bite

What have you got to say of shadows in the past?
I thought that, if you paid, you'd keep them off our backs
Where do we have to be, so I can laugh and you'll be free?
I'd go anywhere
Baby, I don't care
I'm not scared
I'm not scared

Tonight the streets are full of actors
I don't know why
Oh, debarrasses-moi de ces chiens
Avant qu'ils mordent
Avant qu'ils mordent
Tonight I fought and made my mind up
I know it's right
I know these dogs still snap around me
But I can, I can fight

If I was you, if I was you
I wouldn't treat me the way you do
If I was you, if I was you
I wouldn't treat me the way you do ; you
If I was you, if I was you
I wouldn't treat me the way you do
If I was you, if I was you
I wouldn't treat me the way you do ; you

I'm not scared
Baby, I don't care
I'd go anywhere
Baby, I'm not scared
J'ai pas peur
J'ai pas peur
I'm not scared

8/6/2013

Men At Work: Who Can It Be Now?

Men At Work son una banda australiana de rock influenciados por el reggae que en aquellos años 80 hacían furor. Y pese a que su gran éxito sucedió en sus inicios musicales, y que por una de sus canciones bandera -"Down Under"- fueran acusados de plagio por su riff de flauta, no empaña el valor e influencia de un grupo que con canciones como "Who Can It Be Now?", o "Down Under", han ocupado un lugar destacado en el rincón de la música que nos hace disfrutar.

Letra
Who can it be knocking at my door?
Go 'way, don't come 'round here no more.
Can't you see that it's late at night?
I'm very tired, and I'm not feeling right.
All I wish is to be alone;
Stay away, don't you invade my home.
Best off if you hang outside,
Don't come in - I'll only run and hide.

Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?

Who can it be knocking at my door?
Make no sound, tip-toe across the floor.
If he hears, he'll knock all day,
I'll be trapped, and here I'll have to stay.
I've done no harm, I keep to myself;
There's nothing wrong with my state of mental health.
I like it here with my childhood friend;
Here they come, those feelings again!

Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?
Who can it be now?

Is it the man come to take me away?
Why do they follow me?
It's not the future that I can see,
It's just my fantasy

Oh...Who can it be now?
Oh...Who can it...Who can it...
Yeah yeah yeah

7/5/2013

Katrina and The Waves: Que te quiero

Surgidos a comienzos de los años 80, la banda anglo-estadounidense Katrina and the Waves ocupan un lugar preferente entre las bandas de pop-rock más importante de esta década en el Reino Unido. Su extraordinario éxito  "Walking on Sunshine" les lleva a ser nominados a los Grammy y a copar las listas de éxito de medio mundo. Años más tarde obtuvieron otro pico de popularidad al conseguir  ganar el Festival de la Canción de Eurovisión con un record de puntuación con la canción "Love Shine A Light" y representando a Inglaterra.

Pero a parte de esos dos grandes éxitos, hay otra canción con la que pretendo recordarles. Se trata de un tema en el que emplean el castellano en su estribillo titulado "Que Te Quiero". Estribillo pegadizo, sonido divertido, puro pop de los 80 con ese toque de sonido fronterizo mexicano que le da un toque especial.


Letra
People keep telling me
Don’t go South of the border
People keep telling me
You’re the captain’s daughter
But I don’t mind
No, no, no
Cause I love a boy
Down in Mexico
Que te quiero mi vida, quiero
Que te quiero mi vida, quiero
Que te quiero mi vida,
Well, people keep telling me
Don’t get on that bus
Oh, people keep telling me
That he’s not like us
But I don’t mind
No, no, no
Cause I love a boy
Down in Mexico
Que te quiero mi vida, quiero
Que te quiero mi vida, quiero
Que te quiero mi vida