Music Nostalgia – 5 Great Songs of ’63

So even though surf music is going to be hot and heavy for the rest of the decade…we now have the STONES!!  I still wanted to throw in a bit of Patsy since her reign as one of country’s top performers is sadly about to end.  And for all you die hard metal/rock fans out there…this is where we get it all from so don’t bitch too much if you don’t like it or it’s not your taste!  Music appreciation starts that way…when the bitchiness stops!

The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand

When I think of The Beatles…I really do think of this song!  It’s a poppy little tune about frivolity and it means so much when it was meant to mean next to nothing at all.  Funny thing about the Beatles is that they changed sooooo much in  a relatively short amount of time.  You know what I’m talking about. Or at least you will within the next five years!

The Rolling Stones – Come On

There’s a harmonica in this song!  This song is soooo far away from their later stuff, but I can dig it!  But since the 60’s are still young and musical tastes are changing rather gradually, it’s not too far fetched that this was a very popular Stones hit!

Jan And Dean – Surf City

Yet another surf band with another surf themed song!  There might not have been many but they sure knew how to have a party at the beach! hehe…Woody! I don’t think they would ever have guessed how language could screw that up!

Pasty Cline – Walkin’ After Midnight

Ah, yeah!  There’s Patsy!  This is one of my favorite Patsy songs.  You start singing this song, and every hard ass rock musician can sing along to it I bet!  To me, this is the best Patsy song even though it was recorded years earlier.  She dies early in March of this year from a car accident.

The Surfaris – Wipeout!

They still use this song at water parks across the nation!  What a quintessential surfer song!  And the only lyric in it is Wipeout!, the rest is guitar and drums!  That alone is amazing that a song with this much stamina doesn’t even need lyrics to make it good!

Music Nostalgia – 5 Great Songs of ’62

That’s right!  Elvis is still on the list!  We still have slim pickins for variety so stick with me!  I’m getting closer to hard rock!  You see now…we have The Beatles ladies and gentlemen!  So you know that rock and roll is about to get really funky…and hippy like!

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love

What a wonderful little love song for all you Elvis fans.  Again, yes there is a movie of the same name with Selma Hayek in it and it does feature this song…but no one can sing it like Elvis!  I also believe UB40 also has a version which sounds all island like.

The Beatles – Please Please Me

And here are The Beatles ladies!  This was before the British invasion which swept our nation into a tea and crumpet typhoon!  They were so squeaky and awesome those first few years…soon, you will see a very weird transition…one of floral pants and striped shirts!  Oh!  And there will be sitars involved too!

The Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari

Now we are at the steady climb of surfer music!  This song has a special place in my heart because the name denotes an expedition of some kind…but the only waves in Africa are filled with Great Whites.  I wonder how many surfers discovered that on their nomadic adventures in the 60’s! Still, what a damn fun song!

Sam Cooke – Twistin’ The Night Away

A great dance song!  I have a feeling that chiropractic doctors no longer were considered witch doctors by concerned moms since their children were in a permanent state of jazz twist!

Gene Chandler – Duke of Earl

One of the catchiest repeat phrases in the 60’s…and no one really understood.  I bet it was just cool to make that baritone pal of yours say it over and over again while hanging out at the bowling alley trying to impress the ladies!

Music Nostalgia – 5 Great Songs of ’61

Soooo…now we’re moving a little away from Doo-wop and going to Motown , Surfer music, and the beginnings of Folk.  Now, I also have to give country a bit of a shout-out since it is probably the one genre that changes the least in the next forty years!  That’s why you’ll see Patsy, yet another loss to music!

Ben E King – Stand By Me

I love singing to this song!  I know there is a River Phoenix movie of the same name, but this is what started the whole thing!  You have to respect all forms of music in some way and paying homage to the songs that started it all is the reason behind this blog.  Awesome song!

Patsy Cline – Crazy

I heard this song for the first time from The Kidney Thieves (whom I have heard nothing of since 2002) and I kinda thought the style was a little out of their genre.  No wonder!  Since it was Patsy who sang the original!

Ricky Nelson – Hello May Lou

The names of these girls back in the day!  I can compare it to the 80’s with names like Tiffany and Brittany.  And Ricky!  I wonder how many girls changed their names to fit with this song…

The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman

As employees of the USPS sing…when the inclination appeals to them… this song is sung often.  As a matter of fact, they also sing Elvis often as well.

The Beach Boys – Surfin’

Alright!  California music!  I love the Beach Boys and I don’t blame them completely for Charles Manson…really I don’t!  There is a reason why these guys will probably make the list a few more times before the end of the 60’s.  They alone started the surf culture craze!

Tattoo Tragedies : Think Before You Ink!

Have you ever walked down the street, saw a dude on the sidewalk and thought to yourself “Damn!  That is a messed up tattoo!  What in the hell inspires someone to do that to themselves?!”.  I don’t have the answer to that…as a matter of fact, I don’t even think that guy with a rainbow streaked across his forehead with a leopard printed design of “Tiffany” on top knows why he did it.  Alls I know is, it’s there forever so that every day, looking in the mirror, they die a little every second of everyday with the shame of  disappointing their bloodline with the atrocity on their bodies.

Now don’t get me wrong…I’m all up for a tattoo IF…

  • It means something to you
  • You have a reason for getting it
  • The design has been thought through carefully and deliberated until you are absolutely sure
  • You can be proud of it later…you know, something you can live with!

I have found a small collection strewn across the net of tattoos that I believe people regret and if they don’t…they really should consider the possibility. But that is just one person’s opinion.  You guys find out if this shit is worth your skin…and the loss of respect from that barista at Starbucks when he shows you his shocked (and in some cases hysterical) face while handing over your iced latte.

How about we start with one really extreme tattoo…the full back!  Such a large canvas to work from, what do you do?  Why, show off your love for your favorite band of course…and in this case Bob Seger!

I have a suggestion of a bit of skin you should not tattoo on…the eyelids!  What in the Hell does that do for you?  You can’t see it!  And everyone is just creeped out when you blink.  And after a while, I bet someones does notice that you’re sleeping!

Nothing says sexy like a couple of six shooters pointed at your junk!  I wonder what went on here.  Was the joke at home “Stick ’em up!”?

Here’s another great idea.  Don’t mix genres!  If it’s cartoons, though a genre, be cohesive.  My Little Pony and X-Men really don’t go together!  There were no cross-overs, they weren’t even done in the same decade!  And besides, that pony looks like it could kick Wolverine’s ass!

Here is another band enthusiast!  Only this time, the back was too concealed. No, no it must be more visible!  I got it!

Have you ever dreamed of being able to time travel back to a time before you did something really stupid and spell check the work?  I think I know a few people who do!

This I consider a really nice tattoo, but…I do have a few concerns.. To start, why?  If you play the guitar then you most likely own one.  Now you have kids trying to pluck your arm to make a scream…sort of like a chord!

Unicorns and Kewpies.  No, I’m sorry…unicorns killing happy little Kewpies.  Aww…isn’t that slightly disgusting?  Did you get it to gross out your five year old?  ::sigh::

Wow!  Now, this is another “I love my band” tattoo, but having “I’m coming” ANYWHERE on a man’s chest is downright disturbing!  Thank you Valhalla…we have you to blame for this!

Ahhh…an optical illusion.  Rare this, but slightly creepy.  So why is it red on one side but blue on the other?  Which time rift did she travel?  What is between the neck?  Questions Carl Sagan couldn’t even answer!

Vulgar…just plain vulgar!  When you were drunk, did you pass out next to a broken mirror on the sidewalk and think “Hey!  I know what that kinda looks like!” and then your brilliant inebriated mind set out to make the dream come true?  If not, what the hell is wrong with you?!

How many bands can you count?  It’s sort of like Where’s Waldo only easier…if your sober that is.

There’s just a whole lot of things that are not meshing here.  Symmetry for starters.  A wasted canvas…that’s’ another.  Oh, and there is a really, really ugly looking angel near your ass.  Just thought you’d like to know!

Nothing against Lady Gaga, and the tattoo is super detailed…but, yeah.  That just says “Hi!  I’m a stalker.  I have a pair of her underwear in a Tupperware container on the mantel.”  And I think I might be in the closet trying to open the door.

Oh snap!  That is a type of dedication you don’t even see marines make during combat missions!  Wow!  Hours and hours for Louis Vuitton!  Painstaking hours…damn!  What?  I could have just gotten a purse?  Oh…

This speaks for itself!

If ever a tattoolooked painful, then this would take the cake.  It honestly looks like he carved it into his own back after his seven year old drew it out.  Still, that is devotion!

I bet he gets stopped at the airport alls the time!  I know!  I don’t see why either!

This is for when he wants to contact the ghosts in the spirit plane without having to take the board.  I don’t mess with this anyway (anything that can move on it’s own power can think for itself too!) but wouldn’t the planchet hurt a bit?

Oh boy.  Somebody…wow..nope.  Not going there.  Just, no.

For the man ready for ever occasion!  Formal dinner with the parents?  No problem, let me just get ready by taking off my shirt!  That’s class!

Barcodes are silly anyway.  You know we all will eventually have them (SciFi tells us this) why would you want to hurry along the process?

Again…spell check is very important.  In fact, I’m adding that to my list of things to consider beforehand!

Now I could have done this on rock star tattoos because this is a blog on rock…but, we have already seen most of a rock stars tattoos so why not make fun of the average Joe?  Besides, I bet everyone of these little freaks wanted to be a rock star at some point…let them dream!

Music Nostalgia – 5 Great Songs of ’60

Vince Clark was born in this year!  You know Vince…from Depeche Mode who will appear on the lists in the 80’s!  This is the year of transition…sort of.  This is the beginning of the end for most doo-wop groups.

Brian Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

What a fun little song!  Once I saw some of the swimsuit fashions of the time I was like “Damn!  My father would have killed me!”  Or at least would have let me parade around sporting a sweatshirt on top…in the summer…in Florida!

Roy Orbison – Only the Lonely

You can’t say no to that voice!  You could be chased by some skeevy looking bastard in a Megadeath t-shirt with a pipe in his hand but if that song came on…you would sing along as you went kung-fu on his ass!

Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind

The theme song for one of the nations once most racially intolerant states…sung by a black man…who was blind…who made more money than you.  Take that racism and stick it up your ass!

Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight

Why yes Elvis I am.  How did you know?  I just remember a parody of the song in the film Top Secret with Val Kilmer!  I was so young I thought that those were the real lyrics!

Sam Cooke – Chain Gang

Quite and unconventional slow song.  Nothing says “Come on honey!  Let’s dance!” than a song about prisoners working on the roadside chained together like in Cool Hand Luke.  Naw, I can see couples getting a lot closer.

Soon…real soon, I’ll start listing some international bands for a change!

Music Nostalgia – 5 Great Songs of ’59

And here we have reached the year of American Pie.  No, not the song, but the plane that inspired the song.  And not just the plane, it was the plane crash the took away three of rock and rolls brightest talents, Buddy Holly Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper.  Now this list doesn’t have the Big Bopper, but it does sport the first two!

Ritchie Valens – Donna

On top of La Bamba this is a awesome Richie Valens song!  This (according to the movie) is a love song to Richie’s high school sweetheart.  It’s a nice story…and I’m sad that men have lost their damn taste for being awesome like that!

Bobby Darin – Dream Lover

I absolutely love this song!  I thought this was Bobby’s coolest song!  I love dancing around to this song!  At the time he was married to Doris Day and their were a power couple!

Santo and Johnny – Sleep Walk

I can not describe how ethereal this song sounds.  It almost has a Hawaiian vibe to it!  But this is definitely a slow dance song and proved how powerful the electric guitar can be!

Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue Got Married

A movie of the same name was made in the 80’s with Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage and is sort of like a sequel to Buddy’s earlier song.  This is the end of the 50’s since this would be Buddy’s legacy.

Dion and the Belmonts – Why Must I Be A Teenager In Love

This is a great song for the Wii game Raymond Rabbids!  So now every one and your grandmother will know this song!

Music Nostalgia – 5 Great Songs of ’58

Here we are!  The great age of rock and roll…at least one year of the early years…is now here!!  And this is the year Elvis starting getting competition from a young heart throb Ricky Nelson.   I recall asking my mother about him and she swooned…50 years later!!  Justin Beiber has got NOTHING on this kid!

Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love

I absolutely love the Everly Brothers!  And such a perky attitude towards breakups and heart ache.  This was another one of those that mixed a little country with a little rock and roll!

Ricky Nelson – Believe What You Say

I have to admit, I don’t really listen to Ricky as much as the panty thrower in the fifth row but if I was born in this era I probably would have.  My mom went nuts for this kid and it was a swoonfest if I ever saw one…besides Elvis that is!

Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace

Another of my mom’s favorite songs (I base most of the fifties based on her interpretation) and the last great hit for this rock legend…still a year left before American Pie.

Bobby Freeman – Do You Want To Dance

I had to add this song for the thought of being disowned!  My parents would break out into dance and my mother would sing this (she sings very well!) but only the chorus.  When I finally heard the original that was the only memory I had!

Bobby Darin – Splish Splash

I squeal for Bobby!  And what a huge loss to music, though I don’t think he was entirely rock and roll.  He was way more jazzy!  I also am fond of Mack the Knife!

Next year is a sad year so be ready for that!