You might not recognize it by name alone. But the now-classic surging melody, funky bassline and roll-off-the-tongue chorus of “Lady (Hear Me Tonight),” the 2001 hit from French dance-pop duo Modjo, made the song one of the most iconic club anthems of its time, topping the Dance Club Songs chart and breaking the Billboard Hot 100
Modjo unveiled their 12-track, self-titled debut album just months later, including an acoustic version of “Lady,” along with the duo’s two follow-up singles — the disco-tinged “Chillin,'” which hit No. 12 on the U.K. Singles Chart, and the strummer “What I Mean,” which peaked at No. 59.
“Superstition,” the song that returned Stevie Wonder to chart supremacy, could’ve been a Jeff Beck song. Beck, the UK blues-rock guitar wizard, admired Wonder’s music, and he wanted to work with him. So they came up with a deal: Beck would come in and play some guitar on Wonder’s album if Wonder would write a song for him. One day, Wonder and Beck were fooling around in the studio, and Beck started playing a beat on the drums. Wonder told him to keep doing it, and then he began improvising on a Hohner Clavinet, a sort of electronic harpsichord that would let you phase back and forth. That’s when Wonder came up with the “Superstition” riff and some of the song’s lyrics. That day, Wonder and Beck recorded a demo of “Superstition,” and Beck was all set to cover it and release it as a single. But Berry Gordy was not going to let that happen.
Mazzy Star’s dreamy 1994 lullaby Fade Into You is considered one of the most iconic songs of the decade, and the magic behind it is simple.
The alternative piece of dream pop became a teenage soundtrack, with it’s repetitive words of heartache and longing on top of lingering slide guitar and piano. But the band’s guitarist and producer David Roback said they never planned on writing a song that would help define a generation.
When it was released, the fuzzy, dark tune from the Californian band wasn’t a number one hit. In the US, it peaked at number three on Billboard’s Modern Rock charts. But 24 years later, it has featured in 28 movies and television shows.
The Human League are an English synth-pop band currently made up of Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. The group have been through various line-ups and at their largest had seven members, while lead singer and songwriter Philip Oakley has stuck around for the duration. They have released nine studio albums and various greatest hits collections, and have amassed multiple Top 40 albums including a Number 1 with Dare. Their single Don’t You Want Me went to Number 1 in December 1981, staying there for five weeks and becoming the year’s Official Christmas Number 1.
Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M. released Out of Time, which eventually sold over four million copies in the United States and transformed longtime college radio darlings into a mainstream concern. It was the album’s first single “Losing My Religion” that definitively turned the group to artistic and commercial leaders of the burgeoning alternative rock movement.
Could You Be Loved is one of reggae legend Bob Marley‘s most popular and misunderstood songs. Over the years, there have been several interpretations of the song. One of the most common interpretations is that Marley wrote the song on an airplane while he was leaving Brazil to show appreciation to the Brazilian people for the immense love and hospitality they showed him when he visited the country for a concert. Another very common interpretation is that the song encourages Rastafarians to be strong and they shall overcome all the hurdles that ‘Babylon’ puts in their way to bring them down. It is noteworthy that according to Rastafarians, the term ‘Babylon’ refers to the oppressive aspects of the white culture.
Four of the five members of the group left Cuba and arrived in Miami in 1959. Percussionist Richie Puente is the son of Tito Puente. When KC & The Sunshine Band were on tour, Foxy became the house band for Miami’s TK Productions.
Foxy lead singer Ish Ledesma has a rather lengthy video on YouTube where he goes into detail about the origins of “Get Off.” He claims it was on the west coast, up in northern Califnrnia where he and his band were performing in some small club. They started doing the “Ooh-wah ooh-wah” chants and the club owner absolutely hated them and threatened to “Throw the band into the bay” if they kept doing it. So Ish, out of spite and anger, came up with “Get Off” as a way to get back at the owner. The rest of the band didn’t want to perform it, knowing already that it would cause trouble, but they went ahead and performed it anyway. And sure enough, the club owner had the performance stopped in mid-song, and had the band thrown out of his club. A few months later, the “revenge” song was burning up the charts.