Same As It Ever Was: What Song Is It?

Song: Once in a Lifetime (1980) Artist: Talking Heads Album: Remain in Light Writers: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was…. You may find yourself wondering what that catchy but weird song is called where the guy … Read more

Who Sang It Never Rains In Southern California?

Song: It Never Rains in Southern California (1972) Artist: Albert Hammond Album: It Never Rains In Southern California (Mums) Writers: Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood It Never Rains in Southern California, believe it or not, was written by an Englishman in rainy London. I wouldn’t have pegged it as a number a hit in the U.S., … Read more

Who Sang Angel of the Morning First Before Juice Newton?

Song: Angel of the Morning (1967) Artist: Evie Sands Writer: Chip Taylor Label: Cameo-Parkway Records Juice Newton had a big ‘crossover’ country-pop hit with Angel of the Morning in 1981 but the song has actually been covered by many artists, including Olivia Newton-John. The first person to sing the song, in 1967 was actually a … Read more

Too Shy Shy, Hush Hush, Eye to Eye

Song: Too Shy (1983) Artist: Kajagoogoo Album: White Feathers Label: EMI There are many ways to start a band. One way, apparently, is to decide you’re a good-looking guy with talent and place an ad in a paper looking for other guys with the same qualifications. This is how the band Kajagoogoo began. Kajagoogoo means … Read more

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