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Anita Ward: Ring My Bell (1979)

A truly horrific artefact of disco was Canada’s top-selling single on July 29th, 1979.

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Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman: The Last of the Mohicans—Promontory (1992)

One of my favourite pieces of cinematic music; the base tune is actually adapted from a portion of “The Gael”, written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean in 1990. MacLean, in turn, was probably influenced by a much older melody which appears frequently in songs collectively known as “Las Folías de España“, widely adapted by a number of Baroque composers (Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli).  It has also been adapted more recently by Trevor Morris for Season 1 of The Tudors (his version is called “A Historic Love“).

 

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Porcelain Black: This Is What Rock n’ Roll Looks Like (2011)

I can’t help but chortle when I listen to this song; the combination of multiple incongruities adds up to a sort of juvenile entertainment.

Imagine Chad Kroeger or Scott Stapp had a kid sister who was trying her damnedest to emulate their scratchy singing voices, all while dressing like Taylor Momsen and mistaking the bass line of a mid-90s Real McCoy club track for genuine rock and roll.  (I am a guy who can enjoy dance pop tracks, but they are not rock and roll.)

Any one of these things on their own would be less than noteworthy, but mashed all together they make me chuckle.

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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (1987)

In honour of Iran’s revolutionary theocracy, and their pretensions to technological parity with US forces.

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Kimbra: Good Intent (2011)

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Halestorm: Familiar Taste of Poison

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Weird Al Yankovic: Party in the CIA

Yeah we got our black ops all over the world
From Kazakhstan to Bombay
Payin’ the bribes like yeah
Pluggin’ the leaks like yeah

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Swedish House Mafia: Save The World

Imagine a mid-80s Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme action flick-turned-music video, but with dogs as the main character.

EDIT: Actually I suppose it’s more like the opening titles of the old Equalizer television show, but you get the idea.

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Katherine Jenkins: I Vow to Thee, My Country

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Max Graham vs. Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart (2004)

An important life lesson: if you’re going to cut class, don’t half-ass it.

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