N.W.A. – 100 Miles And Runnin’ (1990)

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This is the first and same-named track from N.W.A.’s E.P. 100 Miles And Runnin’.

It became a worldwide hit, while N.W.A changed their style; Dre went on this track faster than on any other track until today, and also Eazy and Ren hold a steady and fluent pace.

NWA was sued for infringing copyright with this song based on a very small sample taken from Funkadelic’s Get Off YOur Ass and Jam”. The court found that any sampling, no matter how small, infringed the copyright, and ordered NWA to pay damages. Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films, 410 F.3d 792 (6th Cir. 2005).

[Dedicated to Lars Barfred]

Erlend Øye – Garota (2014)

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Erlend Øye is best-know for his work in a couple of groups, the possibly-broken-up Kings Of Convenience and the definitely-broken-up Whitest Boy Alive, but he’ll release his solo album Legao later this year, and we’ve already posted the early track “Fence Me In.” In Øye’s new video for the sophisticated, lushly funky solo song “Garota,” we see him visit Seoul and meet a lovely young lady, develop an attraction, and then get pulled away because he’s an international recording artist and he’s got shit to do. It’s all terribly romantic and beautifully photographed by director Michael Beech. We also see Øye play a stadium-size show in Seoul. Is Erlend Øye just crazy popular in South Korea? Because if he is, that’s awesome. [Source]

Ryan Adams – My Wrecking Ball (2014)

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Ryan Adams has had a hand in two of the year’s best albums: Jenny Lewis’ excellent third solo album The Voyager, which he produced, and his own self-titled solo album, his 14th, released on Sept. 9. His album is one many thought would never happen: After 2008’s Cardinology, he was diagnosed with a debilitating ear disease, and later he scrapped the Glyn Johns–produced follow-up to 2011’s Ashes & Fire. This new album packs a grittier punch than his mostly acoustic previous album, but it’s not without its share of devastating ballads. On Wednesday, Adams shared the lo-fi video for one such song, “My Wrecking Ball.” [Source]

Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good (2014)

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From its opening moments showing a spooky mansion in warped VHS quality to the closing frames of Elvira holding Adams in a gothic embrace, the Michael Reich-directed video is an ode to shows like Fright Night and Movie Macabre that would showcase b-horror films on local TV stations in Los Angeles. [Source]

[Dedicated to Hans Hyttel]

Rod Stewart – Sailing (1975)

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“Sailing” is a song written by Gavin Sutherland and recorded by The Sutherland Bros. Band (featuring the Sutherland Brothers Gavin and Iain). Released in June 1972, it can be found on their album ‘Lifeboat’ released in the same year. Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, for his 1975 album Atlantic Crossing, and it was subsequently a number 1 hit in the UK in September 1975 for four weeks. The single returned to the UK top 10 a year later when used as the theme music for the BBC documentary series Sailor, about HMS Ark Royal. Having been a hit twice, it remains Stewart’s biggest-selling single in the UK, with sales of over a million copies. The music video was shot in New York Harbor in 1975 and credited with a 1978 completion date. It also was one of the first to be aired on MTV when it launched on 1 August 1981. Despite Stewart’s great popularity in the United States, the song never climbed higher than number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was re-released by Stewart as a charity single after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in 1987, and was reworked by a group of musicians led by Steve Hackett as a protest song against the repatriation of Vietnamese boat people by Hong Kong in 1990. Stewart performed the song at the Concert for Diana (a concert in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died 10 years earlier) at Wembley stadium on 1 July 2007.

The Raveonettes – Killer In The Streets (2014)

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As garage rock veterans the Raveonettes prepare to head out on tour in the U.S., they’re exclusively sharing the brand new music video for their song “Killer in the Streets” on Billboard today. Check out the Rie Rasmussen-directed clip below, which features band members Sharin Foo as “the beautiful blonde” and Sune Rose Wagner as the “converted heartbreaker.” [Source]

Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (1985)

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“Cloudbusting” is a song that was written, produced and performed by the British singer Kate Bush. It was the second single released from her no.1 1985 album Hounds of Love. “Cloudbusting” peaked at no.20 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song is about the very close relationship between psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and his young son, Peter, told from the point of view of the mature Peter. It describes the boy’s memories of his life with Reich on their family farm, called Orgonon where the two spent time “cloudbusting”, a rain-making process which involved pointing at the sky a machine designed and built by Reich, called a cloudbuster. The lyric further describes Wilhelm Reich’s abrupt arrest and imprisonment, the pain of loss the young Peter felt, and his helplessness at being unable to protect his father. The song was inspired by Peter Reich’s 1973 memoir, “A Book of Dreams”, which Bush read and found deeply moving.

In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Amy Hanson praised the song for its “magnificence” and “hypnotic mantric effects”. Hanson wrote: “Safety and danger are threaded through the song, via both a thoughtful lyric and a compulsive cello-driven melody. Even more startling, but hardly surprising, is the ease with which Bush was able to capture the moment when a child first realizes that adults are fallible.”