We are only a few weeks removed from what may have been the biggest movie of 2014 so far: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. A hit not just because of its light-hearted sense of humour and a well-balanced array of acting talent, but also a classy, nostalgic soundtrack that will prove memorable for much more than tiny Groot's dance moves during the end credits.
Thus, while Redbone's Come and Get Your Love may be a retro hit from 1974 that many younger Marvel fans would not have heard before, it once again finds itself relevant 40 years later. This is the song that accompanies Peter Quill (Chris Pratt's character in the film) as he dances his way towards a coveted orb in one of the opening scenes, setting up both the main story thread and tongue-in-cheek nature of what could be Marvel's most entertaining film so far.
Back in 1974 though, this single was just as big a deal, reaching the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. Redbone were a Native American/ Latin rock group that were said to have paved the way for Native Americans to be taken more seriously in entertainment. I'm not entirely convinced they achieved that aim, if indeed it was an aim, but this song is nevertheless a unique tune that makes you want to dance when you hear it.
Clearly it has timeless qualities as well, enabling audiences to engage with it all these years later. The video below is a live performance of the song from Burt Sugarman's 'Midnight Special' in 1974.
Along with the 'embers' of the year, September also brings with it the return of academic life!
Hey Hey struck me as a song that would be perfect for a homework/uni work playlist. It's upbeat and funky enough to keep you going, but the only part you can really sing along to is "I heard you say: Hey hey!" and you probably won't be ready for it, so it's best just to keep working.
In addition to this delightful addition to student playlists everywhere, OrangeMouth wishes everyone going back to school - students, teachers, student teachers, admin, and all the people behind the scenes - an exciting academic year filled with edifying learning, and sprinkled with the perfect amount of physical and mental breaks to make it amazing!
Until next week...
Don't know about the rest of the UK, but it is positively chucking it down here in the Southeast! Today's pick just fits in with the 'getting-cozy-under-a-warm-duvet-while-the-rain-beats-down' vibe. :p
Pretty sure I've already mentioned my penchant for live and/or acoustic performances, so the fact that the video today just so happens to fit into that category should come as no surprise, and as if the acoustic guitar and piano weren't enough, a shaker, violin, and cajón have all been thrown in for good measure.
Until next time...
In keeping with last week's theme of summer's end, may I present Klangkarussell's Sonnertanz (Sun Don't Shine).
Today's pick is the Austrian duo's biggest hit to date, and only a few seconds into the song, the hypnotic beat makes it easy to see why. This song feels like a track you would have in your morning playlist to help start your day with a gentle yet peppy awesomeness, and the chorus is simple enough that you'll be singing along (out loud or in your head) by the last time it repeats.
If you haven't had one yet, now is the perfect time for a three minute and fifty second mental (and physical if you want to have a little boogie) break.
Until next time...