April 27, 2021 — Song #117

This is possibly the ugliest record cover I have covered so far (maybe some of you like it… no judgment…) Since this week I am doing 80s fun songs, here is another that comes to mind, “Rio” by Duran Duran. I have always thought about that band name and how it sounded let’s say, “familiar,” but I couldn’t quite remember where I heard it. So I looked it up. Ready? It is a character from the movie “Barbarella” with Jane Fonda by Roger Vadim (who was I think her husband the time?)! Of course…


April 26, 2021 — Song #116

I have a super busy week ahead, so I decided to go for great, fun, and silly 80s songs. The first one that comes to mind is definitely “Ghostbusters”! “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.” This is possibly the most fun song ever, and hey, surprise surprise it was ripped off from another song (adding it to the list of songs that came from other songs: “This Land is My Land,” “The Times They Are A-Changing,” and “Surfin’ in the USA.” This song was written by Ray Parker Jr. …


April 25, 2021 — Song #115

The song “Grandola Vila Morena” was recorded by Portuguese singer-songwriter José Afonso (also known as Zeca Afonso). It is a song about a town in the south of Portugal, Grandola, where people are considered equal. The song is the flagship of the Portuguese carnation revolution of 1974 when the dictatorship was deposed by a military coup. There were two songs used during the coup and broadcasted over the radio to give the signal to the troops to advance. The first song was “E Depois do Adeus” by Paulo de Carvalho and the second song…


April 24, 2021 — Song #114

This is my last entry on the topic of songs with a color name in the title. I wanted to use the color white and I immediately thought about Velvel Underground’s song “White Light/White Heat.” Most sources claim this song is about injecting methamphetamines and the rush sensations it is supposed to cause. It is said that John Cale’s solo is supposed to mimic “the throbbing, ear-ringing effects experienced during the methamphetamine rush.” However, I found another and much more interesting interpretation.

There is a Dangerous Minds post called “The Occult Book that Inspired…


April 23, 2021 — Song #113

Here is another song with a color in the title, “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. Most people seem to think this song is about a bad acid trip: Purple haze, all in my brain/Don’t know if I’m coming up or down/I’m talking about hard stuff.” All these lines do indeed sound like some sort of acid or another bad drug experience. I read somewhere that there was a “purple microdot” that is placed directly in an eye and makes people see everything through a “purple haze.” …


April 22, 2021 — Song #112

For the color green the song that comes to mind is “It’s not easy being green” as sung by Kermit the Frog. It’s about ordinary people who don’t stand out, get passed over, it can be hard, but there are also a lot of other things they can do — since green is the color of so many wonderful things. Basically, it is a song about accepting who you are and moving forward to do great things that are true to your nature. Furthermore, it is Earth Day, so yeah for a greener Earth…


April 21, 2021 — Song #111

This week I have been writing about songs with a color in the title. Yesterday Derek Chauvin was convicted on all charges in the murder of George Floyd. Even though there is a lot left to do, it is an important step, police officers need to be accountable — and if they have an issue with that, maybe it is time to look for a different job — or be willing to face the consequences of their actions, just like any other citizen. No one disputes that it is a dangerous profession, if someone…


April 20, 2021 — Song #110

For the color red, I picked the song “99 Red Balloons.” This song is about broken dreams and nuclear war. The singer releases 99 red balloons to say that germans have dreams as well, but the radar sees them as UFO and as potential threats inadvertently starting a nuclear war. This song was written during the cold war and was a commentary on the war hysteria of the time. The song was originally written in German, but was liberally translated by Kevin McAlea — however, the band was never too happy with the translation…


April 19, 2021 — Song #109

Continuing the topic of songs with colors on the title, one that immediately comes to mind is “Mellow Yellow.” I have never looked into the meaning of this song, it just seemed like general non-sense to me, but alas, there are some attributed and real meanings to it. Apparently, when it came out there was a rumor that smoking banana peels would get a person high (which is not the case) and that the song was about that. Donovan however clarified that it is not the true meaning of the song. The song was…


April 18, 2021 — Song # 108

This week I will write about songs following the topic of “colors.” The first song I picked was “Blue Velvet.” It is a song written in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris, it was first performed by Tony Bennett and then in 1963 it was recorded by Bobby Vinton and made #1. The song appeared in many films, most notably in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” where Isabella Rosselini sings it.

Here is the song:

She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet was the night
Softer than satin was the light
From the stars…

Sara Bizarro

PhD in Philosophy, Professor, Artist, Movie Buff.

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