I kept thinking if I really wanted to do this! And I do, I do, I really do! It never hurts to dance a bit, have fun, enjoy a stress-less moment. There’s no artistic pressure, no fanciness, no philosophy, nothing heavy in these two pieces of music I chose for today!
I spent many years listening to meaningful music; listening to artistic, underground pieces with a very limited appeal. Every now and then, my rebel self goes up against artsy fancy indie things. I break the rules! Thank you for this amazing week, for your priceless comments! I wish you have the most unbelievable, whirlwinding weekend yet! and I give you today Mr. Billy Ray Cyrus at his prime with Achy Breaky Heart! (wait just few seconds after pressing the play button, don’t panic if it doesn’t start right away! also, click through to discover more information about this song and another funny piece of music by The Ting Tings: That’s not my name!)
Can you imagine Karl Lagerfeld dancing to Achy Breaky Heart? That alone makes me laugh my heart out! He’s got the boots, he’s got the pony tail to do it, what’s he waiting for?
Getting back to serious stuff now: though it’s Billy Ray Cyrus (yup, yup, that’s Miley’s dad!) most famous song, it was not written by or for him! It was first titled “Don’t tell my heart” as written by Don Von Tess and recorded by The Marcy Brothers. However, Billy Ray’s 1992 recording of the song, (he changed the title into Achy Breaky Heart) brought him a world of success, reaching #4 on Billboard Hot 100! He lost the Grammy Award that year to Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven (oh, what a song! Mr Slowhand is unbeatable!).
You should also note that some very sane people, the type that never blows out of their artsy shmancy boundaries voted this song as #2 on VH!’s 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs; the same as Blender Magazine’s 50 Worst Songs Ever! Isn’t it refreshing to know that when you’re listening to this song, you’re actually going against the flow? Now, now, before you get too excited let’s get back to our days’ music with The Ting Things and That’s not my name. If you asked me, before I read around and found out they were British, I actually thought this song was sung by a Cheerleaders squad in one of those unearthly acrobatic performances! Really, I did!
I first listened to the Ting Things song while we were visiting beautiful Austria. We accidentally tuned our car radio and bumped in to a music radio station there called FM 4. Now I don’t know what kind of radio that is, but it had news and programs in English, what a blessing! And they’ve got some great playlists! Some jazz here, some hip hop there, tons and tons of rock and British bands. (that kinda makes sense now, The Ting Tings being British, they were featured on FM 4, right?) Anyway, the UK based duo means Jules De Martino and Katie White. They recorded their first songs together in 2007 and started pushing them around till they were voted third by the BBC 6 Music poll of industry experts. (that sounds serious!)
Even though they had an indie start, they had to go mainstream and after releasing some of their music through MySpace, the band also released a statement encouraging fans to legally buy their music in order to keep them at top positions in the official charts. One of The Ting Tings’ songs : Shut up and let me go appears in an iPod commercial in April 2008. That instantly boosted their fame levels so currently they’re opening for Pink’s US tour. I hope you enjoyed this week’s break and that its lightweight mood got to you too!