Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 14

Last week’s selection, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual, was mostly as fun and upbeat as I’d hoped, but it also reminded me how strong and unusual Cyndi Lauper’s voice has always been. As alluded to in a comment on last week’s post, Cyndi was the subject of much debate when her debut, She’s So Unusual, was first released in 1983. Her 1980s music may be seem like tame novelty now, but back then she stirred up a quite a bit of controversy. Much like modern artists Lady Gaga and Amanda Palmer, I recall that Cyndi Lauper was once considered somewhat of a deviant just for her punked-up hair color, eccentric attire and affinity for avant garde performance art. Musically, her songs ran the gamut from catchy pop numbers like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to heartfelt ballads such as “Time After Time.” In between she experimented with quirky avante-pop, New Wave, rock and even reggae. My personal favorite track on She’s So Unusual is “When You Were Mine.” Now we’ll move up into the 1990s and jump across the pond…

This week’s classic album is…Pulp: Different Class

To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).

Crystal Castles & Robert Smith: Not In Love Mp3

Crystal Castles covered Platinum Blonde’s “Not in Love” on their recently released self-titled album and now they’re sharing a new version of the track featuring Robert Smith. This 1980s new wave song is a perfect fit for The Cure’s frontman.

Crystal Castles – Not in Love (feat. Robert Smith) (mp3 removed)*

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Biz3 Publicity on behalf of record label

You can get the original cover by Crystal Castles on their self-titled album at Amazon and the new 3-track single feat. Robert Smith will be available at iTunes on December 6th.

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Giveaway: Win The Bird & The Bee’s New CD!

Contest Closed

Muruch and Filter Magazine are giving away a copy of The Bird & The Bee’s new CD Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates. You can read my review by clicking here and the contest details below.

The Prize:

One U.S. winner will receive:
1 copy of The Bird & The Bee’s new CD Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates

The Rules:

Comment to this entry with the name of your favorite guilty pleasure artist or your favorite cover (or both) and your email address. All new comments are moderated to avoid spam (which is why you must include the required text in your comment), so it may take a day for your comment to appear if you haven’t commented on Muruch before.

Note: This contest is only open to U.S. residents, and all contestants must enter with a valid email address and the name of the artist in order to qualify. The winner of the contest will also be required to provide me with their full name and postal address for shipping purposes.

The Deadline:

The contest will end on Friday, March 26th. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Go now go! And tell others.

Album Review

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The Bird & The Bee: Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates

The Bird & The Bee’s new album Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates will be released by Blue Note Records on March 23rd. The Bird & The Bee are singer Inara George and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Kurstin. Their tribute to 1980s pop icons Hall & Oates is no parody, instead this is a sincere and happy homage to one of my favorite guilty pleasure bands.

The opener “Heard It On The Radio” is the sole original on the album. Considering the concept, I think the song should have been placed at the end of the album. Regardless, the airy pop tune does go very well with the covers.

The selection of Hall & Oates covers includes pop hits like “I Can’t Go For That,” “Kiss On My List,” and “Maneater” (feat. Garbage’s Shirley Manson on backing vocals), but it’s the inclusion of “Rich Girl,” “Sara Smile,” and “She’s Gone” that proves the band’s songwriting talents were worthy of tribute.

“Sara Smile” has always been my personal favorite Hall & Oates song, and The Bird & The Bee do a superb job of capturing the sultry jazz tone of the original. And the clap happy true-to-original take of “Private Eyes” reminds me why the song was such a big radio hit in the ’80s.

As I said in my review of last year’s Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, Inara George “possesses a lovely, effervescent voice that melts beautifully into the lightest of melodies.” While these are genuine odes to Hall & Oates, most of the songs have been reworked in The Bird & The Bee’s signature electro-pop style.

The Bird & The Bee’s Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates is the perfect soundtrack for summer. I only hope that The Bird & The Bee will record a tribute to Olivia Newton-John for Interpreting The Masters Volume 2.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you’ll be able to hear samples at the links below closer to the release date…

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The Bird & The Bee Official Site
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