Songs from the Past: Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby

This week’s song of choice for me when joning in with Hugh’s ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘ with a theme of including some uncomfortably questionable lyrics is the lovely Eartha Kitt from 1953 with ‘Santa Baby’…

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the catchy tune and the sensual cheekiness of it but yet it still feels plain wrong on so many levels! It smacks of the old traditional male-meal-ticket expectation and female-sexual-exploitation dynamic as if Santa is some kind of benevolent indulgent sugar daddy, but still I find myself singing along even though I disagree with every sentiment behind the rather dubious-to-me lyrics πŸ™‚

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Songs from the Past: Dancing in the Street

Oh no, I’m way behind when it comes to keeping up with Hughs 51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks, now at week 35 – eek! – but as this week’s theme is duets how could I not join in with one of my all-time favourite duets, Mick Jagger and David Bowie from 1985 singing (and dancing along to) ‘Dancing in the Street’

This song was first a hit in 1964 for Martha & the Vandellas – I also love the original Motown version, but somehow the chemistry between Jagger and Bowie having such obvious fun making their video version always makes me smile that much more… πŸ™‚

Songs from the Past: Cee Lo Green – Forget You

OK, so this week Hugh has asked for our favourite song to work out to – ha ha ha ha ha… work out? Me? Nope, traditional gym bunny I am not! But when it comes to motivational songs to do the housework to, Cee Lo Green always does it for me with ‘Forget You’ from 2010.

I mean, seriously, the video is such fun and what’s not to love with lyrics like:

‘Yeah I’m sorry I can’t afford a Ferrari

But that don’t mean I won’t get you there

Guess he’s an X-Box, I’m more an Atari

But the way you play your game ain’t fair’

Actually, my preference is for the original lyrics of ‘Fuck You’ (perhaps because it’s the version of the song I heard first), but for public consumption (like here on my blog), I can appreciate that perhaps the more widely-played clean version may be more appetising for everyone else, so have included links to both – feel free to take your pick! πŸ™‚

 

Songs from the Past: Darius – Colourblind

This week Hugh’s theme for his series ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘ is to share a favourite song by someone from a reality show, so I’ve chosen Darius (originally known as Darius Danesh but he now goes by Darius Campbell) who reached the finals of UK TV talent show Pop Idol in 2002.

Darius had an immediate hit with his single ‘Colourblind’ released in 2002, which I happily sang along to, but the main reason I remember him so clearly is neither from his Pop Idol nor pop star days but from his run playing Billy Flynn in the West End musical ‘Chicago’ – for me he excelled in that role, he completely owned the character and I was really impressed with his entire stage performance – bravo Darius!Β  πŸ™‚

Songs from the Past: Advertising

I’ve not been feeling very musical lately, life has been hitting a bit of a flat note recently so I’ve missed the last few weeks of joining in with Hugh’s series of posts ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 weeks‘. However, today’s theme of old songs used in new-ish adverts immediately conjured up Cadbury’s 2007 drum-playing gorilla putting his heart and soul into Phil Collins’ 1981 hit ‘In the Air Tonight’ – I’ve always been partial to a bit of Phil Collins even from his Genesis days, so here’s both an actual and extended version of the 2007 adΒ  πŸ™‚

PS I just love the way he cricks his neck from side to side before beginning! πŸ™‚

 

Songs from the Past: Bill Withers – Lovely Day

Hugh has asked us this week about a Song from the Past we’d love to wake up to every day. To be honest I’m actually not keen on music first thing, I always prefer to wake up in peace and quiet wherever possible – at least until I’ve had my first cuppa, anyway!

However, if I did have to wake up to one song, it would probably be ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers, from 1977… ❀

Songs from the Past: Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

Amazingly we’re already at week 24 of Hugh’s fun series ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘, and this week Hugh asked about a song listened to at a sad time in your life.

As someone who has certainly had my share of sad times over the years, I’ve always been soothed by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel’s original version ofΒ  ‘The Sound of Silence’ from 1964.

I love the haunting beauty of the lyrics, the melody, the harmony, and the simple acoustic accompaniment – even today it still resonates profoundly with my sad old soul… ❀

‘Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence’

 

Songs from the Past: Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

A bit of a fun track for this week’s Songs from the Past – Taylor Swift from 2014 with ‘Shake it Off’ – my 5 year old granddaughter absolutely adores this song, so having spent some quality time with my family recently I’ve inevitably heard it a lot and I’ve found it’s been firmly stuck in my head since I got back on Monday.

Hugh has a theme of cover versions for this week, but as I’ve posted a few cover versions already in past posts I thought I’d share my favourite non-standard video instead. OK, so technically it’s not actually a cover version, but OMG it’s such fun!Β  πŸ™‚