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Donald Trump (Black Version)

April 29, 2016

“Donald Trump (Black Version),” written by Prince, recorded by Morris Day and The Time.

“Sweet words of love are helpful.
But what goes a lot farther than that?
A hundred dollar dinner at Adriano’s?
A brand new coat or a brand new hat?
Yes, I can do this!

.. Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need …”

More:

“Prince once wrote a song called ‘Donald Trump.’ Here are the lyrics, annotated.” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

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Lonnie Mack, 1941– 2016

April 28, 2016

Lonnie Mack, 1941-- 2016

Virtuoso electric guitarist Lonnie Mack died last Thursday at the age of 74. In 1963 he recorded the groundbreaking electric guitar instrumentals “Memphis,” “Wham!”, “Chicken Pickin,” and “Suzie Q” and is considered the father of the “Blues Rock” genre.

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Prince & Kate Bush: ‘My Computer’

April 25, 2016

Prince & Kate Bush: 'My Computer'

Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) started with personal computers in the early 1980s, and used the PC as a metaphor in 1983’s “Computer Blue” before writing a song about online dating (“Emale“) and dropping a few more computer references in other tunes. At times Prince mistakes his own computer’s memory for the Internet, which seems a natural consequence of a vast imagination.

Prince and Kate Bush recorded “My Computer” in 1996. It starts and ends with AOL audio prompts:

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‘A’ Train Lady

April 24, 2016

“”A’ Train Lady,” written by David Forman and Duke Levine, sung by Willy DeVille  with harmony by Mr. Forman, performed by the band Mink DeVille (bassist Rubén Sigüenza, Thomas R. “Manfred” Allen Jr. on drums, Ritch Colbert on keyboards, guitarists Robert McKenzie [“Fast Floyd“], Deville, and Louie X. Erlanger) with Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) on piano; sax solo by co-producer Steve Douglas (or possibly Jackie Kelso); background vocals by  Cleon Douglas and “Max & Bees.” Arranged by producer Jack Nitzsche. Released in 1978 on the Mink DeVille album Return to Magenta.

The A Train is New York City’s 8th Avenue subway line that runs the length of Manhattan, through Brooklyn, and into the borough of Queens (Billy Strayhorn wrote about it). The lyrics here mention High Street, the station in Brooklyn Heights.

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Tainted Love

April 24, 2016

“Tainted Love,” written by Ed Cobb (a former member of the Four Preps), recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. A big synth-pop hit for Soft Cell in 1981.

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Inunu

April 24, 2016

“Inunu,” by the Soul Brothers.  Moses Ngwenya on keyboards; David Masondo lead vocalist.

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I Got A Reason To Smile (Cause I Got You)

April 24, 2016

“I Got A Reason To Smile (Cause I Got You),” written by David WeatherspoonEddie Floyd and  Joe Shamwell, performed by Mr. Floyd.

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Don’t Think About Her When You’re Trying To Drive

April 23, 2016

“Don’t Think About Her When You’re Trying To Drive,” by Little VillageJohn Hiatt (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Ry Cooder (electric guitar), Nick Lowe (backing vocal, bass), and Jim Keltner (drums).

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Isithothobala

April 23, 2016

“Isithothobala,” by the Soul Brothers. Moses Ngwenya (organ), Tuza Mthethwa (guitar), David Masondo (lead vocal).The title apparently means “those stupid ways” in Zulu. Great tune; great video.

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Baltimore

April 23, 2016

“Baltimore,” written and played by Prince, with vocals by Eryn Allen Kane. Released in advance of Prince’s 2015 Rally 4 Peace in memory of Freddie Gray. Video by Ralston Smith.

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