Monday, September 13, 2010

Music Monday: A Triple Header

Darling readers,

How was your weekend? Was it full of play and song or was it one best not to be remembered?

Here in the Land of Linnie we are sick. Our brains are working at half capacity and we were thankful to have a couple of days together to sleep. That was our only job, and kids, we killed it.

Alas, it is now time for the week to start all over again and we need something to drag our behinds out of bed. Somehow I don't think our employers would be fond of us sleeping until six o'clock. The beast gets a little antsy too; we don't have a doggie door and there is only so long he can hold it.

To help smack us back into reality I have a triple header loaded; I hope you like the nineties!

First up, a Dutch Eurodance act and their 1991 single. This song is perhaps the most played opening song for arena-based sporting events. Turn the volume up for 2 Unlimited's only Billboard Top 40 hit, "Get Ready for This".

The above song is being sent out to my hurting (and very Dutch) granny. If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much (and man, can that woman bake an apple pie)!

Second in line, we have another European based music project that brought us the first house hit to break into mainstream American music. Pretty damn cool, if you ask me. The Belgian based group was formed by Jo Bogaert (also known as Thomas DeQuincey) and was not Mr. Bogaert's first musical success. This song began as an instrumental and lyrics were added by an actual vocalist, Ya Kid K.

This bad boy reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified triple platinum. For the pleasure of your ears, I present, "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic.

ZING! If you weren't pumped up before, I hope the lasers took care of that! Also, no more worries about your hair - if you aren't sporting the nineties blow out you aren't doing half bad.

Finally, the only American hit for today is courtesy of a boy born Marvin Young. Now, he was technically born in England and raised in Queens, New York but I'm not about to split hairs.

This boy has an interesting story - at a very young age this kid had trouble remembering his rhymes. He used to read them, carrying the whole lot around in a plastic bag. One night a shootout broke out at a block party and he was forced to flee, sans lyrics. The next day young Marvin was able to retrieve his bag of lyrics but the lesson was learned: memorize the lyrics you are planning to perform.

I strongly suggest you check out Marvin Young's story; he was a remarkable young man. In the meantime, get up and get ready for Young MC and his hit "Bust a Move".

I hope you hit that track. I can't help but get my swagger on while listening to it.

That's all for now. Time to get some work done

Have a good week!

Dutch and delighted,


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