Every Breath You Take Meaning

Song: Every Breath You Take (1983) Artist: Police Album: Synchronicity (A&M) Writer: Gordon Summer (Sting) I cringe every time I hear someone covering The Police song (by Sting) Every Breath You Take or using it as part of another song. The reason this is so cringeworthy is that people use this song as if it … Read more

What do the Lyrics to La Bamba by Ritchie Valens Mean?

Song: La Bamba (1958) Artist: Ritchie Valens Writer: Traditional Mexican Folk Song, rock arrangement by Ritchie Valens Label: Del-Fi Although his biggest hit was Donna, Richie Valens will forever be most recognized for his enduring Latino rock song La Bamba. In fact, I think it is safe to say that he single-handedly brought “Laino rock” into … Read more

What does Abacab by Genesis Mean?

Song: Abacab (1981) Artist: Genesis Album: Abacab Writers: Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford Abacab was one of three singles to hit the U.S. charts from the 1981 Genesis album of the same name. It is a progressive rock song that reached no. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending 14 weeks on the charts. The … Read more

And We Danced Like a Wave on the Ocean

And we danced like a wave on the ocean, romanced; We were liars in love and we danced… Song: And We Danced (1985) Song: And We Danced (1985) Artist: The Hooters Album: Nervous Night (Columbia) Writers: Eric Brazilian, Rob Hyman And We Danced was the first single from the second album of The Hooters, a … Read more

Who Did Hooked On a Feeling First Before Blue Swede?

Song: Hooked on a Feeling (1968) Artist: B.J. Thomas Album: On My Way (Sceptor) Writer: Mark James Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede is one of the popular tracks from the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy (some of them here). But, the arrangement, with its ooga-chaka ooga-chaka refrain, is quite a bit different than the original. The song was … Read more

What Does the Song Crimson and Clover Mean?

Song: Crimson and Clover (1968) Artist: Tommy James & the Shondells Writers: Tommy James and Peter Lucia Album: Crimson and Clover (Roulette) Tommy James credits the song Crimson and Clover for allowing the band to pivot from a singles-oriented AM radio band to FM radio progressive album-oriented rock. Without this change, he is sure, the … Read more

Who Did ‘Red, Red Wine’ First Before UB40?

Song: Red, Red Wine (1968) Artist: Neil Diamond Album: Just For You (Bang) Writer: Neil Diamond In 1988 UB40, a group from Birmingham UK had a no. 1 hit with a song called Red, Red Wine, done in a reggae style (they were not the first, see below). Although UB40 has plenty of original material, their hit-making … Read more