Category Archives: 4Ever Songs

4Ever Songs: The Black Keys “Lonely Boy”

“Lonely Boy,” was the hip-shaking first single from the Ohio blues-rock duo’s The Black Keys supcoming seventh studio album El Camino. The lo-fi clip shows nothing except for a solitary man dancing enthusiastically outside a motel room.

Derrick T. Tuggle, a 48-year-old actor, musician and part-time security guard, first danced his way into our hearts back in October, when the video was released. The musicians cast him to stand outside a motel room and shake those hips while acting out certain lyrics. Tuggle’s dance moves became widely popular, and the video currently has nowadays more than 132 million views on YouTube.

4Ever Songs: Echo & The Bunnymen ‘The Killing Moon’

Echo & The Bunnymen are the very essence of 1980s post-punk cool. Throughout that decade, the Liverpool band released album’s like their 1980 debut CrocodilesHeaven Up Here, and the record which won the group mainstream success, 1983’s Porcupine.

The group combined the poetic sensibility of Leonard Cohen with the gobby angst of punk to create a potent blend of new-wave and, in doing so, have left an indelible mark on UK music — and to think they were nearly called ‘The Daz Men’.

Recorded at Crescent Studio in Bath, Echo & The Bunnymen laid down arguably one of the great post-punk anthems of all time. While many have tried to define the song’s sound and the meaning behind the lyrics, the truth is that, according to its creator McCulloch, “It’s about everything, from birth to death to eternity and God – whatever that is – and the eternal battle between fate and the human will. It contains the answer to the meaning of life. It’s my ‘To be or not to be.’”

4Ever Songs: Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing”

Great song and there is a story behind it. Headman for the band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler was in a small pub in southern London and was present for a jazz band playing to the near empty room.

When the show was done the band introduced themselves to their meagre audience as the “ Sultans of Swing” . Apparently to Knopfler their appearance did not quite fit the name the band had chosen for themselves and being that they were playing in a lower end establishment.

The song came into being in 1978 and after some time folk singer Bill Wilson claimed to have co-written the song at some point and was duly compensated. It failed to make the charts after it’s release in 78, but following a re-release in 1979 it began to catch on with fans and gained popularity long since becoming a radio staple.

4Ever Songs: Lenny Kravitz ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’

Are You Gonna Go My Way elevated Lenny Kravitz to superstar status, cementing him as more than just a pop-culture curiosity. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s third album got heavily featured on MTV, received blanket airplay on rock radio and ultimately became one of the biggest sellers of his career.

Before Are You Gonna Go My Way’s release on March 9, 1993, Kravitz was reasonably well-known but wasn’t a household name. In 1993, during hip-hop’s golden age and the height of grunge, it may have seemed that what is commonly referred to as “classic rock” was dead. Apparently, no one told that to Lenny Kravitz. The self-styled rock-soul revivalist has always been unabashed about wearing his influences on his sleeve while still transmitting his own message.

4Ever Songs: Dave Brubeck “Take Five”

In 1961, Dave Brubeck told Ralph Gleason on the TV program Jazz Casual that jazz had lost some of its adventurous qualities. He said it wasn’t challenging the public rhythmically the way it had in its early days. Brubeck said it’s a good idea to shake things up a bit, and that’s exactly what he did with the song “Take Five” which was the third track on the album Time Out, recorded in 1959.

“Take Five” became the A side of a 45 record, Brubeck says, only because the other popular song “Blue Rondo a la Turk” was too long of a title for disc jockeys to say on the air. The album Time Out sold out almost immediately.

4Ever Songs: The Turtles “Happy Together”

“Happy Together” is a song performed by a band called The Turtles and from an album of the same name. Released in February 1967, the song knocked The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” out of the number one slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group’s only chart-topper. “Happy Together” reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1967. The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of a band known as The Magicians. The song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles, and the demo acetate was worn out.

4Ever Songs: Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing”

You Should Be Dancing” is a song by the Bee Gees, from the album Children of the World, released in 1976. It hit No. 1 for one week on the American Billboard  and in September the same year, reached No. 5 on the U.K. Singles Charts. It is also one of six songs performed by the Bee Gees included in the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack which came out a year later.