Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” from her second studio album, Born to Die, reached the top ten in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. In the spring of 2013, “Summertime Sadness” became a number-one hit in Poland and Ukraine. Trap and house remixes of “Summertime Sadness” helped Del Rey break into the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. That chart is where Del Rey’s song became a modest hit and marked her first foray into the chart. On the accompanied Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, the single gave Del Rey her first US number-one single in August 2013. Earlier in 2012, the song also managed to become a rock hit in the US.
Voted by Melody Maker as The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World, The Black Crowes were just complete badasses, complete with a stunning 1992 album The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. But first, their debut album Shake Your Money Maker brought them into the limelight. Funny, they played the song live many times over the years, but it is not included on this album.
The band, fronted by vocalist Chris Robinson and brother guitarist Rich literally flew off the stage with their 1960’s psychedelic pop and classic southern rock, and later evolved into a revivalist band dedicated to 1970s-era blues rock. Here’s some of Chris’ best isolated vocals.
She Talks To Angels from Shake Your Money Maker
She Talks To Angels original
Remedy from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
Remedy original (go on, you try and look this cool in a video)
From David Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mar, here’s the isolated Vocal, Acoustic Guitar and Bass for Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide. It’s the closing track on the album, detailing Ziggy’s final collapse as an old, washed-up rock star and, as such, was also the closing number of the Ziggy Stardust live show. In April 1974, RCA issued it as a single.
“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by The Beatles was written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song closes side one on the group’s 1969 album Abbey Road, and it quite unusual song, even for them. It’s nearly eight minutes long, few lyrics (the title makes up most of the lyrics, aside from two more phrases; only 14 different words are sung), a three-minute descent through repeated guitar chords (a similar arpeggiated figure appears in another Lennon contribution to the album, “Because”), and abrupt ending. Its’s so heavy (pun intended), that Classic Rock magazine commented that “the song pre-dated Black Sabbath’s creation of doom rock by several months”.
ORGAN: Billy Preston, BASS: Paul McCartney, DRUMS: Ringo Starr
“Ramblin’ Man” is The Allman Brothers Band’s first and only top 10 single, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Written by guitarist Dickey Betts, the song was inspired by a 1951 song of the same name by Hank Williams. It is considerably more inspired by country music than other Allman Brothers Band compositions, which made the group reluctant to record it. Johnny Sandlin, producer of Brothers and Sisters, remarked that he thought it was “crazy” to be released as a single, because “nothing else sounds remotely similar.
Simple Minds’ Once Upon a Time from 1985 is one huge-sounding album, one of my favourite on CD. Mel Gaynor’s drums, Jimmy Iovine and Bob Clearmountain’s production, it’s so stadium-shaking, with a carload of songs to match.
Although already successful in their native UK and Europe, the band had also now become popular in the US, mainly due to the Keith Forsey-penned “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” which appeared on The Breakfast Club soundtrack and had become a No.1 hit there. However, the band deliberately left the track off the album due to their reluctance to record it. Four singles were taken from the album; “Alive And Kicking” (UK No. 7, US #3), “All The Things She Said” (UK No. 9, US #28), “Sanctify Yourself” (UK No. 10, US #14), and “Ghost Dancing” (UK #13). The album topped the UK charts, and peaked at No.10 on the US charts (5 consecutive weeks in Top 10 of Billboard and 16 weeks in Top 20).
Here’s Jim Kerr’s isolated vocals for “Alive And Kicking”, where you can hear a bit of guitar from Charlie Burchill in the mix.
Motörhead released its most famous track “Ace Of Spades” in 1980 on their Ace of Spades album. The track went to #15 on the UK Singles Chart and became their biggest-ever hit, a staple in the rock world. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister died from cancer on Monday, December 28 at 70 years of age. Play this one loud.
“Pump It Up”, the 1978 song by Elvis Costello, originally appeared on Costello’s second album This Year’s Model, which was the first he recorded with the backing group the Attractions. The song was written in reaction to the excesses of the Stiffs Live Tour.
Pearl Jam “Jeremy” was inspired by a newspaper article Vedder read about a high school student who shot himself in front of his English class on January 8, 1991. It reached the number five spot on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Billboard charts. It did not originally chart on the regular Billboard Hot 100 singles chart since it was not released as a commercial single in the U.S. at the time, but a re-release in July 1995 brought it up to number 79.
One Direction’s You & I, taken from their third studio album Midnight Memories, was released as the album’s fourth and final single, first impacting US contemporary hit radio in April, 2014 by Columbia Records and later being released in Europe in May, 2014.