We're handing the turntables over to Mini Moose this week. Here are her seven picks for September.
Released in 1983, “Rebel Yell” is from Billy Idol's second studio album, Rebel Yell (1983). The name came from the bourbon people drank at a party he went to with the Rolling Stones. The videos to all four of the album's singles were hits on MTV, which was a new phenomenon at the time.
“Magic” is a 1980 song recorded by Olivia Newton-John for the film, Xanadu. It became her 25th American hit, spending four weeks at number one. In a 1980 Newsweek interview, John Lennon cited “Magic” and “All Over the World,” both from Xanadu, when asked about which songs he likes.
“Lovely Rita” was written by Paul McCartney (with John Lennon’s help) and released on The Beatles’ 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The term ‘meter maid’ was largely unknown in the UK at the time of the song’s release. Paul McCartney once said that the song was inspired when a female traffic warden named Meta Davis gave him a parking ticket outside of Abbey Road Studios. McCartney has since refuted this statement.
“Fill Me Up” was written by Linda Perry and was the sixth track on In Flight (1996), her first solo album after leaving the 4 Non Blondes. The song was released on CD and vinyl and had an accompanying video.
“Fast Car” was written and recorded by Tracy Chapman for her 1988 self-titled debut album. After Chapman appeared on Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, “Fast Car” soared to #6 on Billboard Hot 100. The song received two Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
“No Particular Place to Go” was written by Chuck Berry and released as a single by Chess Records in August 1964 and on the album, St. Louis to Liverpool in November 1964. The song features the same music as “School Day (Ring Ring Goes the Bell),” an earlier Berry hit. “No Particular Place to Go” peaked at No. 10 on Billboard Hot 100.
“Paradise City” is from Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction. The song was written in the back of a rental van and is the only song on the album that features a synthesizer.