Today I’m recommending the band Chicago and their greatest hits album. I’ve loved this band for a fair few years; ever since my dad got their album on CD and started playing it in the car. I eventually borrowed his CD, put the songs on my MP3 and listened to them myself. Recently, I borrowed the CD again to put it onto my iTunes and from that onto my iPod. I’ve been listening to the album once again almost non-stop.
Chicago is an American rock band who formed in 1967, unsurprisingly, in Chicago. They are one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups having sold more than 100 million records. Despite being dubbed as a rock band, their music tends to fit into other genres like soft rock, jazz fusion and pop rock.
Examples of their music will be below, since I can’t say much more about them without you hearing their music:
Hello, another Top 5 (or 6). There are six because I’m indecisive. I apologise for another random list, but to be honest, I’ve not had much musical inspiration lately. So, I’m going back in time a little to some of my favourite nostalgic tracks. Hope you enjoy!
Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance
All I Ever Wanted by Basshunter
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo
Every Breath You Take by The Police
Left Outside Alone by Anastacia
Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew
Troye Sivan is an Australian YouTuber. He was in XMen Origins: Wolverine as a young Wolverine. But I’m not talking about any of that today… I’m talking about his venture into the music industry.
Troye recently released his EP TRXYE, and by recently I mean a short while ago, as once again I’m late on the bandwagon. But I’m glad I finally gave into the hype and listened to his single ‘Happy Little Pill’ as it opened up a whole new world for me. I think Troye has a very unique sound and I love his songs so much.
This recommendation is going to be left short because there isn’t much more to say except to go find the EP on iTunes and listen for yourselves.
The music video for Happy Little Pill is below:
This week I’m giving you another Top 5…
Linkin Park – Guilty All The Same
Billie Piper – Day and Night
Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
EofE – Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Maroon 5 – Little Time of Your Life
Today’s Music Recommendation is Matt Willis’ Solo Album, Don’t Let It Go to Waste. Most people, I’m sure, know who Matt is but in case you don’t he is a British musician and songwriter, TV presenter and actor. He is one third of the now split band Busted and one sixth of the newly formed supergroup McBusted. Following the Busted split Matt released his debut solo album which had three top 20 singles. In 2006, following this release, he won I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! In 2011 Matt starred as Fiyero in the West End hit musical Wicked! Following this in 2013, he appeared in The West End Men alongside Lee Mead. Matt Willis, as well as working with the McFly and Busted boys, has a role in UK soap EastEnders as Luke Riley. In January Matt played the role of Garth Stubbs in Birds of a Feather.
Matt Willis’ solo career was short-lived as he soon realised he much preferred creating albums and music in a band. Never the less, Matt managed to create a wonderful pop-punk album. I listen to this album a lot because it’s got a similar sound to Busted but is mixed with a harder, edgier tone which just sounds so good. My favourite songs are Fade out and Ex-Girlfriend although I do absolutely the entire album.
Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo of Matt, it is from: http://www.tattoodonkey.com/kerry-king-marshall-s-tattoo/
Today’s music recommendation is going to be Jesus Christ Superstar. This is because I like a lot of musicals and I always name Phantom of the Opera as my favourite for its atmosphere, it’s drama and the phantom himself and I absolutely love it’s music but I don’t necessarily love all the songs… so I’ve had to re-evaluate which is my favourite and I think Jesus Christ Superstar deserves the top spot in my musical loving heart. I love all of the music in Jesus Christ Superstar and I always sing along and I know all the words. The music tends to be my go to play on Spotify and I think it’s just crafted magnificently, not that Phantom isn’t, both Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar have brilliantly composed music and that’s thanks to the genius that is Andrew Lloyd Webber.
So I guess this post has become me raving about both musicals. Now I’ve had the pleasure to watch Phantom of the Opera in London at the West End and it was fantastic. I’ve also fallen in love with the 2013 arena tour version of Jesus Christ Superstar that we have on DVD. It is because of the incredible music that they’ve hooked me so well.
Before the rambling continues… Here’s a song from both shows:
If ever you have the chance to see either show, grab it!
Disclaimer – I do not own these pictures, they are from: http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012/05/18/christ-almighty-%E2%80%98jesus-christ-superstar%E2%80%99-comes-to-town/ and http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/music/jesus-christ-superstar-birmingham-nia-1717195 and http://www.uktheatretickets.co.uk/blog/index.php/547/phantom-of-the-opera-a-musical-that-has-everything
I’m a massive fan of the TV Show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and somehow, I don’t remember how I got searching for it, I found the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Albums. There are three that I’ve found so far and they include music from the series, music that was played in the series and an official BtVS album.
I’ll list and explain the three albums I have here; they’ll be in the same order as the picture to the right.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once more, with Feeling
- This album has the tracks from the Musical Episode (from Series 5) named, unsurprisingly so, Once more, with Feeling.
- This episode was seen as brilliantly unique and remains one of Joss Whedon’s favourites.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (music from the TV series)
- This is the unofficial album collecting music from the show, namely music played as soundtracks and tracks played at the Bronze.
- The music is very much 90s American, but I think for now I think the genre could be a mixture of alternative/punk/pop.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album
- This is the official album collecting music from the show, so practically the same as the above album as it also plays soundtracks and music from the Bronze and has a similar genre.
- Both albums have different tracks.
It’s hard to talk about the entirety of three albums as brief as I’m going to, but I think these albums are unique and include a lot of music of which is probably unheard and is very much not mainstream. I found the music to be really good and I liked that the album has a lot of different tracks so that if you don’t like one, it doesn’t degrade the whole thing, because you can skip that song and find another you do like.
The final album I would like to mention is the Official ANGEL album (ANGEL: Live fast, Die Never) that takes the soundtracks and music from the Buffy spin off series ANGEL. Now this I don’t rave about so much because it is heavily soundtrack based rather than songs and that’s down purely to the tone of the show, it doesn’t have something like the Bronze. Despite this I have found there to be about four songs that I really like and that has fortunately made me pleased that I bought this album too.