Guilty pleasures: Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance” (1989)

(Above: This time, she is *not* introducing the high hat.) Thirty years ago this week  "Buffalo Stance" by Neneh Cherry was on the doorstep of the Billboard Top 40. It entered Casey's countdown on May 6, and climbed up all the way to #3 before falling back off the charts. Neneh Cherry is the stepdaughter … Continue reading Guilty pleasures: Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance” (1989)

Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries, “Linger” (1993)

(Above: Dolores in concert.) The music world was surprised today to get word of the passing of Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, at the age of 46. As of this posting a cause of death has not been shared, and the word "unexpected" has been used in several circles. The … Continue reading Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries, “Linger” (1993)

From a land down under: New Zealand pop, 1980s-1990s

(Above: Some of the 89FM airstaff at a promotion, September, 1994. Of the three station DJs in this photo (L-R Brian Reid, Tim Homer, me), I'm the last one left, which is pretty darned sobering.) I got news Sunday of the sudden, unexpected death of Auckland, NZ radio programmer Tim Homer at the age of … Continue reading From a land down under: New Zealand pop, 1980s-1990s

As I board my plane: The Ides of March, “L.A. Goodbye” (1971)

23 years ago this week I came back from my first trip to New Zealand to find myself unemployed, and at the same time caught up in a battle to obtain a visa as an immigrant worker that was rejected. Some context is required.  At the end of 1993 two things happened. One was that … Continue reading As I board my plane: The Ides of March, “L.A. Goodbye” (1971)

12+ Blogs of Christmas: We Need a Little… Edge

(Above: The Edge of Christmas, Oglio Records. Another one from my collection.) I don't want to give the wrong impression: I don't dislike Christmas music. In the last piece I talked about how some of the music of the season isn't helping those who are having emotional issues.  (Fun fact: in each of the last … Continue reading 12+ Blogs of Christmas: We Need a Little… Edge

Coming of age: 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” (1992)

(Above: Gisborne, New Zealand, where I lived for about a year in the mid-90s.) It's weird to think that the song that starts with the line "25 years and my life is still/Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope/For a destination" turns 25 years old next year.  Released in 1992, 4 Non … Continue reading Coming of age: 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” (1992)

Greatest Concert Ever, Unknown Band Division: The Exponents, “Why Does Love Do This To Me” (1992)

(Above: Maybe the best band you've never heard of, Americans. I highly recommend you find this album.) Any time you get a discussion going among music fans the question comes up: what was the greatest concert that you ever saw?  Conversely, who did you see that didn't live up to expectations on stage? I was … Continue reading Greatest Concert Ever, Unknown Band Division: The Exponents, “Why Does Love Do This To Me” (1992)

Car tunes: The Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey” (1987)

(Pictured: My 1987 Nissan 300 ZX on a day when I drove around and gave away concert tickets. Find me and win.  I'd never play this game today.) Quick now: name all of the Grateful Dead songs to make the Billboard Top 40.  I'll wait. That's correct - there is only one, and it's the … Continue reading Car tunes: The Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey” (1987)