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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Ode To A Flower

April 24, 2016

Richard Feynman – Ode To A Flower,” the voice of physicist Richard Feynman, Nobel-Prize laureate, with animation by Fraser Davidson, from the BBC Horizon program ‘The Pleasure of Finding Things Out.”

h/t: TKSST

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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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King of America

April 23, 2016

“King of America” by the I Don’t Cares (Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield), from the album Wild Stab.

I’ve cleaned your floors
Scrubbed your toilets
Man, I’ve swept under your feet
Worked in your stores
Every boy gets one chance
You’re laughing at me
Now it’s my turn to bleed
Shout it out
King of America
I wanna be king of America

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