Category: Certain Songs

Certain Songs #635: The Hummingbirds – “Alimony”

hummingbirds lovebuzz Album: loveBUZZ
Year: 1989

There was always too much music. Always.

For example, if you had told me in 1989 that there was an Australian band that was a slightly less-crunchy version of The Primitives, and was produced by Mitch Easter to boot, I would have rushed right out and grabbed it.

But nobody did. Thanks, gang!

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Certain Songs #634: The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”

Human league dare Album: Dare
Year: 1981

Impossible to ignore even at the time, “Don’t You Want Me” was a synth-pop landmark that hasn’t ever really left the pop landscape in the 35 years since it first topped the U.K. charts.

I mean, this isn’t my default type of music, but come on! Even I can hear how much power and drama is brimming from every single bit “Don’t You Want Me,” especially when Susan Ann Solley starts singing.

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Certain Songs #633: Hum – “Stars”

hum you'd prefer an astronaut Album: You’d Prefer an Astronaut
Year: 1995

A primo slice of math-rock metal all tarted-up as alt-rock, Hum’s “Stars” was as unlikely of a radio hit as you could possibly imagine in the mid-1990s, or pretty much anytime, really.

On the other hand, “Stars” is definitely on the list of Prettiest Songs Ever Recorded, Metal Division. And even in the post-grunge days of the mid-1990s, it still sounded like nothing else on the alt-rock radio stations that played it.

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Certain Songs #632: Huey Lewis & The News – “Workin’ For a Livin'”

huey lewis picture this Album: Picture This
Year: 1982

While the early days of MTV is usually remembered for focusing on photogenic British acts — and foisting upon the world folks like Duran Duran, Adam Ant & Billy Idol — the truth that they also helped the careers of non-photogenic ugly-ass folks who happened to make clever videos.

Right? So we also had huge hits by Greg Kihn, ZZ Top, Eddie Money and of course, Huey Lewis and the News, whose completely agreeable and totally inoffensive if slightly slicked up bar-band sound somehow battled Prince, Madonna & Bruce Springsteen for chart domination in 1984.

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Certain Songs #631: Howard Devoto – “Rainy Season”

Howard Devoto+Rainy+Season+524322 Album: Jerky Versions of THE DREAM
Year: 1983

After co-founding and leaving both The Buzzcocks and Magazine, Howard Devoto’s next move was to put out his only solo album, 1983’s Jerky Versions of THE DREAM.

And while, truth be told, most of the album didn’t do all that much for me, I really loved the single, “Rainy Season.”

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