Don’t You Tell Me No…

Song: A Little Respect (1988) Artist: Erasure Album: The Innocents Writers: Andy Bell, Vince Clark Label: Sire (US), Mute (UK) Don’t you tell me no…Soul, I hear you calling…Oh, baby please give a little respect to me.. If it’s not the repeated refrain, “that you gimme no,” it’s the refrain “don’t you tell me no” … Read more

Josie’s On a Vacation Far Away

Song: Your Love (1985) Artist: The Outfield Album: Play Deep Writer: John Spinks Most people instantly recognize this song by the opening lyrics, concerning Josie and her vacation. For some reason, they just hit you in the face. Who is Josie? And, why are they singing a song about her? The song is called Your Love … Read more

I’m Not In Love, It’s Just a Silly Phase I’m Going Through

Song: I’m Not in Love (1975) Artist: 10cc Album: The Original Soundtrack (Mercury) Writers: Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman I’m Not in Love is the first song played in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy (1). It plays while Peter Quill is waiting to see his mom in the hospital. This was not the first movie soundtrack … Read more

Who Did Barbara Ann First Before The Beach Boys?

Song: Babara Ann (1961) Artist: The Regents Writer: Fred Fassert Label: Cousins Records Barbara Ann is one of the most recognizable Beach Boys songs. It may even be the song many think of when they think of the Beach Boys, although purists might object. But Babara Ann wasn’t original to the group. It was first … Read more

Who Did ‘It’s My Life’ First Before No Doubt?

Song: It’s My Life (1984) Artist: Talk Talk Writers: Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene Album: It’s My Life Label: EMI (UK), EMI America (US) It may be hard to believe, but No Doubt’s huge hit It’s My Life was recorded almost twenty years after the original. The song was written by Tim Friese-Greene and Mark … Read more

You Don’t Have to Be a Star to Be in My Show

Song: You Don’t Have to Be a Star (1976) Artist: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Album: I Hope WE Get to Love in Time (ABC) Writers: James Dean, John Glover You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) was a number one hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. … Read more

Ooh, Jackie Blue

Song: Jackie Blue (1975) Artist: Ozark Mountain Daredevils Writers: Larry Lee and Steve Cash Album: It’ll Shine When It Shines (A&M) Ooh, Jackie Blue, Lives her life from inside of her room. If you look up OMD on Google, you’ll likely find Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, an English electronic group formed in the late 1070s. … Read more