Blues Brothers – Rawhide (1980)

Blues Brothers soundtrack with a cover of RawhideJust returned from a short holiday in a rented house listening to The Blues Brothers soundtrack. In the house I found a very obscure CD compilation (called Golden Oldies vol 8) including the theme from Rawhide originally recorded by Frankie Laine together with Sabrina’s Boys (summertime love) – Who on earth found it a great idea to put Sabrina on that compilation? I missed the day when it was decided that Boys was both Golden and an Oldie… But listening to Rawhide made me long for the Blues Brothers soundtrack so back home again I of course give it a listen.

The Blues Brothers is an epic movie starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd that I have seen a number of times. Funny all the way with fantastic guest performances by for instance Ray Charles, James Brown and Aretha Franklin and naturally remembered for its totally absurd but still hilarious car chases. As I remember the Blues Brothers movie Rawhide is played doing a Blues Brothers gig in a country and western bar where they where hired to play some western classics (Hank Williams song I believe). If you have not seen the Blues Brothers movie do it as soon as possibleJ – fun movie and great music on the soundtrack including the theme from Rawhide.

Frankie Laine originally recorded Rawhide in 1959 as a theme for the western series Rawhide.

Here you can see all titles on the Golden Oldies vol 8. More or less a fine collection but what is Sabrina doing there?
What is Sabrina doing on this compilation of oldies?






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Blues Brothers together with Ray Charles

Mental As Anything – Live It Up (1986)

Mental As Anything one hit wonder Live It UpI remember my sister bringing home Live It Up by Mental As Anything on a 45” single. She had heard it in the Crocodile Dundee movie and played it out loud on repeat. This meant that I also had to listen to it! And soon I was as hooked as my sister with this great and to me happy song. So there we were two teens shouting (would not call it singing) the lyrics the best we could.

As far I know Live It Up is the only hit from Mental As Anything – at least I do not recall any other songs by them. A fantastic sing-a-long one hit wonder if you ask me.

You can find the song Live It Up on the album Fundamental by Mental As Anything.

Highest chart position: UK singles chart #3.

Relive your youth with a one hit wonder by Mental As Anything

Phil Collins – Two Hearts (1988)

Phil Collins cover to single Two HeartsTwo Hearts by Phil Collins is an easy pop song reflecting exactly what I was listening to in my youth – pop songs that the radio was playing without either much critics from my side or interest in digging into music that the radio did not play.

Two Hearts appears in the movie Buster also starring Phil Collins and although I may not have been a very critical youngster I did find Phil Collins a better musician that an actor. Nevertheless I listened to the Buster soundtrack quite a lot.

Two Hearts by Phil Collins can be found on the movie picture soundtrack Buster.

Highest chart position: US Billboard Hot 100 #1 and UK singles chart #6.

Buster movie poster feat. Phil Collins

Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me (1998)

Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer was a worldwide one hit wonder The song Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer with the beautiful Leigh Nash in front was a huge hit in my region as well as the rest of the world. You just could not avoid listening to it – it was present everywhere on radio and TV. It is a simple but very fine track that I still like to listen to. Maybe a success because of the lyrics – who doesn’t like to be kissed by their loved one?

Sixpence None The Richer is in my opinion a one hit wonder although they had a miner success with the cover of There She Goes by The La’s. Kiss Me also appears on the soundtrack to the movie She’s All That (starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, 1999).

Kiss me can be found on the album also called Sixpence None The Richer – but as a one hit wonder you can just stick to Kiss Me – I never liked the hole album.

Highest chart position: US#2 and UK#4

Sixpence None The Richer had a one hit wonder with Kiss Me

Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer is on the soundtrack to She's All That

Dodgy – Good Enough (1996)

Good Enough by Dodgy is a classic Britpop songGood Enough by Dodgy is part of my BritPop period. I really liked the BritPop bands like Suede, Oasis, Blur, Stereophonics etc. taken all the new styles in music, clothes and attitude and so on in. Building on some of the classisc rock and roll traditions the sound of BritPop was just “Good Enough” to  me for a few years.

Although Dodgy was not one of my favorite Britpop bands the song Good Enough hit something with the easy lyrics and the classic Britpop laidback guitar style. I first met the song on a compilation cd (Shine) that I used to explore BritPop acts that I did not know at the time.

If you want to be Good Enough and remember some classic Britpop listen to the Dodgy album Free Peace Sweet. And Good Enough can also be found on the Sliding Doors soundtrack with Elton John, Dido and Jamiroquai among others.

Highest chart position: UK#4

The Britpop band Dodgy