Sunday, August 20, 2017

(Started August 20th, 2017) An Eclipse Playlist


Honestly I couldn't care less about Monday's eclipse, but a lot of people do. However I thought it would be fun to create an eclipse playlist. I looked at a few other eclipse playlists, and they were suggesting songs that didn't really make sense in the context of an eclipse. I tried to include only songs that actually made sense within an eclipse theme.

So that we're all on the same page, just what is an eclipse? From Google it's "an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination."

It seems that she'll be singing this song at an eclipse activity this weekend. Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart":

Pink Floyd "Eclipse":

No I don't think it will be the end of the world, but some people have suggested such nonsense. R.E.M. "It's The End of the World As I Know It (And I Feel Fine)":

Violent Femmes "Blister On The Sun":

I got these two songs from "Ultimate Classic Rock":
Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun":

Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine":


Van Morrison "Moondance":


Len's "Steal My Sunshine":

"Bring On the Night":


Saturday, August 19, 2017

(Started August 19th, 2017) themusicaddict's Top 106 Greatest 80's Era Bands #31 The Violent Femmes: Their Best 80's Era Songs Preview


I'm trying to get a bunch of blogs started and then I'll go back and finish them in the next few days. This blog will eventually turn into Part 1 of the Greatest 80's Era Bands for my # 31 band Violent Femmes. I haven't even started listening to the five CDs that I'll be considering for their countdown blogs. This is yet another band that their first CD is their best CD. "Violent Femmes", with the little girl looking through the window, is one of the first great so-called "new wave" CDs. Although the Femmes had several great songs, I don't think they ever received the credit they've deserved. For now this blog will serve as a Violent Femmes sampler blog. As I usually do I'll highlight the lesser known songs before getting to the big songs. Enjoy.

"Add It Up":

"Gone Daddy Gone":

"Black Girls":

"I Held Her In My Arms":

"World We're Living In":

"American Music":

"Out The Window":



Thursday, August 17, 2017

(Started August 17th, 2017) themusicaddict's Top 106 Greatest 80's Bands #32 The Knack: Their Best 80's Era Songs Part 1 # 42 to #31


The Knack, powered by "My Sharona", is one of the least known rock bands of the 80s. However they've always been one of my favorite bands from that era. The Knack was lead by singer Doug Fieger, he cowrote "My Sharona". Unfortunately Fieger died at the too young age of 57. Other members over the years include Berton Averre, Bruce Gary, Prescott Niles, Pat Torpey, Billy Ward, Terry Bozzio, David Henderson, Duane Leinan and Ken Knaack.

The Knack is one of those bands who's biggest impact was with one CD. After exploding on the scene in 1979 with the amazing "Get The Knack", they were forced to do a couple of quick follow up CDs. The first was 1980's "... But The Little Girls Understand" and 1981's "Round Trip". That CD was actually decent, but it seemed to sink The Knack. They didn't make another CD until 1991's "Serious Fun". All the songs from "Get The Knack" and the under appreciated "Round Trip" are on this countdown. However six of the highest rated eight songs are from their debut CD. 

Although I consider myself a big fan of The Knack I only have 17 of their songs on my iTunes.

42) "We Are Waiting":

41) "Pay The Devil":

40) "(Havin' A) Rave Up":


    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    (Started August 16th, 2017) themusicaddict's Top 106 Greatest 80's Bands #30 George Michael and Wham!: Their Best 80's Era Songs Part 1 # 35 to #24


    This is the first of The Greatest 80's Era blogs I've written since July 23rd. I've been doing a lot of work in being able to post a whole bunch of these countdown blogs over the next little while. Remember I consider the 80's era from 1977 to 1993.

    This blog is the countdown blog for my # 30 Greatest 80s Bands for George Michael and Wham. I decided to combine both together as by themselves they wouldn't be as high as #30. George Michael was a great solo artist and he was also the heart of Wham! (Yeah, yeah I see you Andrew Ridgeley.) Michael and Ridgeley met in 1981, created Wham!, became big stars and then broke up in the Spring of 1986.

    While Ridgeley went on to a mostly middling post-Wham! career. He did release 1990's "Son of Albert", which has the minor radio "Shake" on it (wow those vocals are painful, but the song is a lot better once the music becomes more prominent):

    George Michael, born as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was born on June 25th, 1963. He sold over 115 million CDs in his magnificent career. Sadly on Christmas Day, 2016 George Michael died a way too early death. I have 8 Wham! and 58 George Michael songs on my iTunes.

    35) Wham! "Credit Card Baby":

    34) Wham! "Where Did Your Heart Go":

    33) Wham! "Come On":

    32) George Michael "Cowboys and Angels":

    31 George Michael "Waiting For That Day":

    30) George Michael "Heal The Pain":

    29) Wham! "Edge of Heaven":


    Monday, August 14, 2017

    (Finished August 14th, 2017) According to, The Top 26 All-Time One Hit Wonders: Part 1


    This blog is inspired by Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen". That's one of the best one hit wonders and also one of the best 80s songs ever. It made me start thinking of what are the greatest one hit wonders of all-time. Which ones are the best sellers, the most popular or any other metric that can be used.

    According to, these are the Top 26 one hit wonders:

    Why Top 26? Because this song is so cool, it's definitely an all-time Top 100 song. 26) Lipps Inc. "Funky Town":

    Perhaps the worst facial hair ever? 25) Mungo Jerry "In The Summertime":

    24) Gary Numan "Cars":

    They have a lot of great songs, I doubt they are a one hit wonder. 23) Dead or Alive "You Spin Me 'Round (Like A Record)":

    22) Semisonic "Closing Time":

    21) Chumbawumba "Tubthumping":

    20) Toni Basil "Mickey":

    19) M "Pop Musik":

    18) Fountains of Wayne "Stacy's Mom":

    17) Men Without Hats "Safety Dance":

    16) Thin Lizzy "The Boys Are Back In Town":

    15) Nena "99 Luftballoons"

    14) The Vapors "Turning Japanese":

    13) Naked Eyes "There's Always Something To Remind Me":


    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    (Started August 13th, 2017) themusicaddict's 80's Era Countdown Review


    I've worked on blogs about the concerts the last several days and I fully intend to finish this. I still have an Incubus concert review blog to write, but after that I'll be focusing on finishing the final 33 80's era musicians. For review's sake, I've included Loverboy and Thompson Twins as those were the last two greatest 80's era musicians blogs I've already finished. The percentage symbol is the percentage of that blog that's been finished. For most of these acts I need to finish listening to their 80's era songs. As for the songs I posted one of my favorite songs for that band.

    35) Loverboy, 100% complete

    "The Kid Is Hot Tonite":

    34) Thompson Twins, 100% complete

    "King For A Day":

    33) RUN-D.M.C. 40% I'm about halfway listening to their qualifying cds. 

    "King of Rock":

    32) The Knack 60%, I've got all 4 cds that qualify listened to, I just need to put them in countdown mode and post.

    "Maybe Tonight":

    31) Violent Femmes 0%

    "Add It Up":

    30) George Michael 25%, I've started listening to some of his 80's era music, which I've included his music with Wham.


    29) Van Halen 0%

    "Finish What You Started":

    28) Billy Idol 0%

    "Blue Highway":

    27) Cinderella 0%

    "The Last Mile":

    26) Elton John 15%, I've already posted a blog about his best non 80's era songs.

    "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues":


    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    (Started August 12th, 2017) Where Are Broadway Plays Located? Locations And Songs From Our Greatest Plays


    Located in "Jingletown, USA" is "American Idiot":

    "21 Guns":


    Located in Montfermeil and Paris are a couple of locations in "Les Miserables":

    "One Day More":

    "At The End of the Day":

    On September 12th, 2001 Newfoundland landed solidly in the news, it's chronicled in "Come From Away":

    "Welcome To The Rock":

    "Me and the Sky":

    I could have included "One Night In Bangkok", but that's not the only great song from this play. A classic chess battle in Thailand is covered in "Chess":

    An incredibly beautiful song: "I Know Him So Well":


    "Evita" is located in Argentina:

    An incredibly joyous song "Buenos Aires":

    Samantha Barks, who was one of the way too few good singers in the "Les Mis" movie adaption. "Another Suitcase in Another Hall":

    "Jesus Christ Superstar" is set in Jerusalem:


    "I Don't Know How To Love Him":

    "Miss Saigon" is located in Vietnam:

    "The Last Night of the World":

    "The Heat Is On In Saigon":

    New York and Yorktown are some of the locations set in "Hamilton":

    "Immigrants, we get the job done". "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down":

    "Forgiveness, can you imagine?" Kelly Clarkson "It's Quiet Uptown":

    "The Phantom of the Opera" is mostly based in a Parisian opera house:

    Nightwish "Phantom of The Opera":

    "The Music of the Night":

    "The Book of Mormon" is set in Uganda, not in Salt Lake City.

    "Tomorrow Is A Latter Day":

    "Turn It Off":

    "Kinky Boots" is set in Northampton England:

    "Step One":

    "The History of Wrong Guys":

    "Rent" is in New York City's East Village:

    "La Vie La Boheme":
    "Life Support":

    "Wicked" is set in The Land of Oz:

    "I'm Not That Girl":