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Aug IndyMcGrath’s Last 10 Cuts from the Queue

So it is safe to say that I’m a full-blown raging addict.  A music obsessed social media junkie’s perfect drug. I’m already searching for Betty Ford clinic options for this obsession. I would choose Dr. Dre to prescribe a remedy: white room, a Walkman, Beatz by Dre headphones, and The Chronic.

The more I hop on TT the more fun I have.  Things I love most:

  1. The ability to build connections and become digital friends with like-minded peeps
  2. Hearing that song that you have not heard in ages that absolutely blows your skull (see: Neil Sedaka – Bad Blood, Silk – Freak Me, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Jimmy Mack…etc.)
  3. Chat rooms are old school
  4. Knowing the room is going to AWESOME OUT the song you are able to rock and your prediction is correct
  5. Themes – 90’s movie soundtracks, wrestling theme songs, Motown (see my room “Oldies for Hipsters’ for some grooves)

As I continue to fall in love with my new interactive music sharing/messaging tool I have decided it is only appropriate to begin documented the last 10 songs I played the last time I was owning the 1’s and 2’s.  Here is my list for Saturday night / Sunday morning.

Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright)

Not quite sure I know anyone who does not like this classic.  It flirts with perfection.

Lee Dorsey – Everything I do Gohn Be Funky

Great music produced by the legend Allen Toussaint.  I had been waiting to play this song for a while and I finally found the perfect moment.

Rare Earth – Get Ready

One of the first white bands signed to Motown. The song runs a spanning 21:27.  I got permission and yes I played the whole thing.

Alice in Chains – No Excuses

Change of pace hits with some grungeful goodness.  The version I ran with was their Unplugged jam. I think this guys place after Nirvana in best grunge-era bands.

Little Black Backpack – Stroke 9

90s. 90s. 90s. They have boatload of albums, but this is the only song you’ll remember.

Eve 6 – Think Twice

As you can see, the poppy 90s alt rock began to catch like Willie Mays and flies. They are continuing to make music as they signed to Fearless Records in May of this year.

SR-71 – Right Now

I know. It has to stop sometime right? Pop punk. You couldn’t escape this song in the summer of 2000.

Robin S – Show Me Love

90’s R&B songstress from Queens gave us a gift with this cut.  I am afraid I might like this song more than most.  The creepy thing is that after playing this song (which I haven’t played in years) I found the single on vinyl at Luna music.  I am now a proud owner.

TLC – Creep

They are Crazy.Sexy.Cool.  TLC was the Supremes of the 90’s. So many classics that never gets old.  Out of all of them I think Creep might reign supreme.  Vibes were high, bed time was near, decisions, decisions, decisions.

Jagged Edge – Where the Party At? (LP version, no Nelly)

I chose to play the version without Nelly to really emphasize the voices of Jagged Edge. This song is silly but I love it.  The summer heading into my Sophomore year in high school was when this song was at its peak.  I still find myself asking the question. Where. The. Party. At?

Written by Brett McGrath


Reconnecting with The Sixties with a Little Bit O’ Soul

I love the 1960’s. The golden era if you will. Daily, I hear songs that I have not heard in 15 years and fall in love with them again.  I will have to thank Sirius 60’s on 6 and for their 60’s activation strategies.  It is almost like these networks expedite a destiny that was just meant to happen.

Enter recent reconnection with a Mansfield, Ohio Garage Rock quintet, The Music Explosion: “A Little Bit O’ Soul.”

This killajam was written by legendary songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis in 1967. Carter’s contributions include: Herman’s Hermits “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat“(1965) and Peter & Gordon “Sunday for a Tea” (1967). Ken Lewis displayed his creative penmanship on cuts like Brenda Lee “Is It True?” (1964) and provided backing vocals for The Who’s first single “I Can’t Explain” (1964).  Carter’s “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” matches “Little Bit O’ Soul” as his highest position at #2 on The Billboard Top 100. To near the top you need a message. Oh boy, do we have one.

This song sticks out to me because of the vibe it offers:

Now when your girl is gone and you’re broke in two

You need a little bit o’ soul to see you through

And when you raise the roof with your rock’n’roll

You’ll get a lot more kicks with a little bit o’ soul

Basically, these cats are saying that the perfect remedy for a break up is positive energy and blasting rock n’ roll. The positive energy that this message spews is something that we all need to embed in ourselves not only during times of relationship woes, but in the day-to-day grind.

Parking Ticket? Little Bit O’ Soul. Bad hangover? Little Bit O’Soul. Typo on an email to the Executive staff? Little Bit O’ Soul. Shampoo in your eyes? It’ll be cured with a Little Bit O’ Soul

What a memorandum and what a song.  Carry it with you and enjoy life with a smile on your face.

The Ramones, Grunge era, and even current acts like Sonny & the Sunsets must pay gratitude for these gospel throwers.  Thanks for the message Music Explosion. THANK YOU!

The Music Explosion – Little Bit O’ Soul

 The Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

Nirvana – In Bloom

 Sonny & The Sunsets – Too Young to Burn

Written by Brett McGrath