sabato, aprile 25, 2015

Hit Parade - 17 - Hitparade

R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"



Oh life, is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up


That's me in the corner
That's me in the spot-light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough


I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try


Every whisper, of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up


Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing around
Now I've said too much


I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try


But that was just a dream
That was just a dream


That's me in the corner
That's me in the spot-light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough


I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try


But that was just a dream
Try, cry, fly, try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream





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I titoli finora pubblicati:

16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
 
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"  
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"

martedì, aprile 21, 2015

Hit Parade - 16 - Hitparade

Donovan - "Donna Donna"


E' una canzone teatrale yiddish ("Dana Dana", o "Dona Dona") circa un vitello che viene mandato al mattatoio. Donovan, e prima di lui Joan Baez, l'hanno scoperta per sé e resa famosa in tutto il mondo.



Se si legge bene il testo, i riferimenti alle deportazioni degli ebrei sono chiarissimi.

On a wagon bound for market
There's a calf with a mournful eye
High above him there's a swallow
Winging swiftly through the sky

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don

"Stop complaining", said the farmer
Who told you a calf to be?
Why don't you have wings to fly with
Like the swallow so proud and free?

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
Never knowing the reason why
But whoever treasures freedom
Like the swallow has learned to fly

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don

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I titoli finora pubblicati:

15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
 
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"  
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"

sabato, aprile 04, 2015

Hit Parade - 15 - Hitparade

Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"



... Nobody'd like to be in my place instead of me
Cause nobody go crazy when I'm bangin' on my boogie
I'm a king without a crown hanging loose in a big town
But I'm the king of bongo baby I'm the king of bongo bong
(King of the bongo, king of the bongo bong)
Hear me when I come, baby,
(king of the bongo, king of the bongo bong)
....




I titoli finora pubblicati:

14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"



sabato, marzo 28, 2015

Hitparade - 14 - Hit Parade

Iggy Pop & The Stooges: "The Passenger"



Un uomo solitario (ma con la credenza che il mondo è stato creato anche per lui), nomade metropolitano, va e va; o, come recita la canzone: "ride and ride". E' questa l'essenza della semplice ma trascinante canzone di Iggy Pop.







I titoli finora pubblicati:

13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"


mercoledì, marzo 18, 2015

Hitparade - 13 - Hit Parade


Elton John - "Rocket Man"





I titoli finora pubblicati:

12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"


Hit Parade - 12 - Hitparade

David Bowie - "Space Oddity"





Ground control to major Tom..
Ground control to major Tom..
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

(Ten) Ground control (Nine) to major Tom (Eight)
(Seven, six) Commencing countdown (Five), engines on (Four)
(Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may gods
(Blastoff) love be with you


This is ground control to major Tom, you've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare

This is major Tom to ground control, I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today...

Here am I sitting in a tin can far above the world
Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do..
Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles, I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows

Ground control to major Tom, your circuits dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you hear me, major Tom?
Can you...


Here am I sitting in my tin can far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do...



I titoli finora pubblicati:

11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"


Hitparade - 11 - Hit Parade

Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"



"There s a little man that s going round,
turning the joints upside down
stoool pigeon ...ha chaa chaa chaa!!!!"






I titoli finora pubblicati:

10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"


venerdì, marzo 13, 2015

Hitparade - 10 - Hit Parade

Dire Straits: "Money for Nothing"



Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and chicks for free


Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's

See the little faggot with the earring and the make-up
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's millionaire

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's

I shoulda' learned to play the guitar
I shoulda' learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin' in the camera
Man we could have some fun
And he's up there, what's that ? Hawaiian noises ?
Bangin' on the bongos like a chimpanzee
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Get your money for nothin' get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's, Lord

Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' get your chicks for free
Money for nothin' get chicks for free

 





I titoli finora pubblicati:

9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"

venerdì, marzo 06, 2015

Hitparade - 9 - Hit Parade

Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"



Secondo me, la più splendida canzone di Elton John... anche se lo stesso Elton John spiegò di non apprezzarla tanto, giacché la scrisse in un momento buio della sua vita.

Nel video sottostante, anni dopo - stessa canzone - dal vivo insieme a George Michael: