When I got a new computer last year, I was able to successfully transfer almost everything from my old computer. Unfortunately, one of the things that took a hit during the transfer was my iTunes library. I lost dozens of songs and albums, which I have been working to restore via iTunes support (for purchases) and old backup CDs I found. One of my favorite songs from the ’80s, “Only the Lonely” by the Motels, was one of those song casualties. It’s since been restored to my library, and in honor of that — and the fact that I still love this song so much — I’m sharing the video for it here. I have to say, even decades later, lead singer Martha Davis‘ voice still amazes me.
I still can’t believe this week marks the 15th anniversary of Jeff Buckley‘s death. I had heard “Last Goodbye” a few times and liked it, but it wasn’t until after he died that I discovered how amazing his first and only complete studio album, Grace, truly was. And as much as I love the album as a whole and so many of the songs on it, “Last Goodbye” is one of my all-time favorites. It’s such a beautiful, heartbreaking song about the end of a relationship, perfectly describing what it’s like when love dies, the regrets, the doubts, the gratefulness for all of it. Listening to Grace this week for the first time in too long is a bittersweet experience. The album is so amazing to listen to, but it serves as a sad reminder of what could’ve been had Jeff lived past the young age of 30. I’m grateful, though, that at least his music lives on.
Today’s Flashback Friday is one of my favorite early-’90s songs, one that perfectly fit into the whole alt-rock music scene I was so into at the time. While the Soup Dragons are probably better known for their cover of “I’m Free,” it was “Divine Thing” that really floated my boat. The lyrics, the sound — for me they came together perfectly in this song that always, always lifts my spirits whenever I hear it.
Welcome to this week’s Flashback Friday. This week I’m trotting out one of my late-’90s favorites, “Your Woman” by White Town*. On first listen, I loved the quirkiness not only of the unique music (setting it apart from all the grunge that was prevalent then), but its gender-bending lyrics. Was he singing from the woman’s point of view? The man’s? Either way, it was incredibly catchy and fun to listen to. I think the video is perfect for the song — it’s an equally quirky, black and white mini-movie about a woman’s single-minded pursuit of the man she thinks is for her. Like the song, the video ends on just the right note.
Since buying Little Mo, I’ve been enjoying the free three-month Sirius XM subscription that came with it. What do I primarily listen to on my nice, fancy, commercial-free, cutting-edge satellite radio? Why, ’80s and ’90s music, of course. Oh, and some BPM. What I’m enjoying most listening to the ’80s and ’90s stations is hearing songs I haven’t heard in years. Sometimes it’s even been songs I forgot existed. (I’m looking at you, “A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.) Which is why I’m starting Flashback Friday, where I’ll feature some long-forgotten — or just not heard often enough — song. At least songs that are long-forgotten — or not heard often enough — for me. First up, Luscious Jackson‘s “Naked Eye.” I still remember the first time I saw the video. All I could think was “Brodie!” Now, watching it again, I can’t help but think of all those ABC Pan Am promos. I have no plans to watch Pan Am. And I think Luscious Jackson’s trip through the airport is much cooler.