"EVERYTHING YOU DO IS MUSIC AND EVERYWHERE IS THE BEST SEAT."
Better late than never, we recently added this Vixen Music Blog. Please, if you have any inspiration or music you would love to share make sure to message us! It is incredibly important we all spread the vibrations of sound.
IRON MAIDEN, 'The Number Of The Beast.' Released in 1982 on the album, 'The Number Of The Beast.'
The song was inspired by a nightmare after having watched the film, 'Damien: Omen II, as well as a poem written by Robert Berns, 'Tam O'Shanter.' There was much controversey and uproar about the song during it's initial debut because of its religous innuendos to the point where people protested and had organized burnings of their albums. It is now known to be a legendary heavy metal song and has appeared in many movies etc.
THE RAMONES, 'Blitzkrieg Bop.' Released as the band's debut single for their 1976 album, 'Ramones.'
Blitzkrieg Bop is a reference to the tactic Blitzkrieg, a german WWII doctrine that used surprise attacks, it means "lightning war." The song became a big hit at sporting events, used as a chant, and is popular even to this day. Rolling Stone Magazine has rated it as #92 as one of the 500 greatest hits of all time.
CEDAR WALTON, 'Mobius,' a full album, back to back compositions, as though it's one continuous track. Released in 1975.
A gem for fans of Jazz-Funk. Walton was a large influence on the jazz world, with his dynamic, spirited and energetic musical style. His work challenged the same motives of artists like John Coltrane. It was the heyday of the jazz-fusion era, and he brought some serious funk. He and his band (who called themselves Mobius) travelled the country, constantly challenging the unwritten laws of music, and the ears to those who listen.
CHILDISH GAMBINO, 'Feels Like Summer' aka '42.26' - Released on the EP 'Summer Pack,' in 2018. He Cowrote and produced it with Ludwig Göransson.
The lyrics center on various important topics that currently affect the world including climate change, the pollution of the air, the destruction of the forest, and the rapid increase in the population of the world. He also sheds light on other important things such as water crisis, artificial intelligence and air pollution.
Some compare it to Marvin Gaye's 1971 hit song, 'Mercy Mercy Me.' based on the songs lyrics being about the sad state of our environment.
DAVID BOWIE, 'Sound and Vision' - Released on the album 'Low,' in 1977.
The song appears on Bowie's 11th album release. It's a true reflection on Bowie's life at the time, as he was in a bit of a trance, a drug-induced mental state. The rest of the album is quite different than that of this song, as it was the only single and had much more of a 'pop' approach, even though the rhythmic and vocal structure does not follow standard protocol.
Regardless, it's super kick ass and it's one of Bowie's most acclaimed songs and is a true representation of how great of an artist he was. Backup vocals are by legendary Brian Eno and the song was co-produced by Bowie with Tony Visconti.
GLASS ANIMALS, 'Take A Slice' - Released on the album 'How To Be A Human Being,' in 2016.
The album came out after their tour for the album 'Zaba', which was an especially long tour...literally 140 concerts. All 11 tracks on the album represent the character of someone that they met along the travels of their previous tour.
In an interview with Paste Magazine lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Bayley says “This track is about someone with a lot of lust. It’s as sleazy as I’ll ever get in lyrics. But everyone has that inside them somewhere, even if it’s only a tiny bit. And it comes out from time to time. For some people, it’s out all the time."
DELTA 5, 'Mind Your Own Business' - Released as a single along with, 'Now That You're Gone' released in 1979.
'Mind Your Own Business' is a song expressing feminist politics.
You can't deny that two base funk-punk sound of this song. At the time it came out, it became a hit in the thriving post-punk scene. The band had a very short-lived career, after the failure of their one and only full studio album.
The band did play a huge role in the Rise Against Racism movement which was both a political and cultural movement in the UK, in place to fight against the exorbitant amounts of racist attacks going on at the time.
BILL WITHERS, 'Grandma's Hands' - From the album, Just as I am, released in 1971.
'Grandma's Hands' is a tribute to Withers' grandmother who was a strong influence on him through her life lessons and ideals. Having been born into slavery her strength and wisdom was unparalled.
The song is produced by Booker T. Jones, who we all know is one of the most well respected figures in music, earning a life time achievement grammy.
His folk, soul, blues and R&B music put an imprint on American culture. Withers' had a very short musical career yet lived a long and fulfilled life. He left a strong legacy behind.
Also, if you like 90's R&B/Hip Hop, check the rhythms of the second video below!! Blackstreet released, 'No Diggity' in 1996 featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen.
THE CRAMPS, 'Goo Goo Muck' - From the album, Psychedelic Jungle, released in 1981.
The Cramps were an active Punk band from 1976-2009, making waves in the punk rock movement influencing many genres such as; garage, punk and revival rockabilly. Also, they were pioneers in 'Psychobilly' music, which is a fusion of punk rock and rockabilly.
This album in particular was their second release. It is unusual in the fact that half the album is originals and the other is covers of a variety of genres covering rockabilly, rock and roll and garage rock.
Also, this song in particular has a random claim to fame, as it appears on the soundtrack of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
RIP Lux Interior, you are a legend.
EBO TAYLOR, 'My Love and Music' - From the album, My Love and Music, released in 1976.
Ebo Taylor is a Ghanaian musician, composer, bandleader and record producer.
As a legend in music Ebo Taylor has been gracing the world with his soul-enriching tunes since the 1950's. With his astounding ability to mix rhythmic delights he heals people through music. Taylor is a revolutionary in afrobeat, funk and jazz ...world, soul, and highlife. He continues to be an icon to this day.
If you like song, there is so much more! In 2011 a retrospective was issued: 'Life Stories: Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980'. You can find the song 'Love and Death' on here which is one of his most impactful songs.
VINCE GUARALDI, 'Linus and Lucy' - From the album Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown - and - A Charlie Brown Christmas
This was a hard month, there are a lot of songs that instantly came to mind but figured this one is a super December staple and quality music to most ears...and if you DONT know, now YOU KNOW!
This classic holiday song is a must for everyone's vocabulary. A Charlie Brown Christmas album was released in December of 1964 by jazz artist, Vince Guaraldi. He composed several jazz scores for the Peanuts throughout his career. In 1963 he won a Grammy Award for "Best Original Jazz Composition," for his song "Cast the Fate to the Wind." His legacy has not been forgotten. A book-length biography of Guaraldi was published in March 2012. Although us Vixen's have yet to read it, the reviews are exceptional. It talks about his career and role in the Northern California jazz scene, and also includes a complete discography and filmography.
It was in the early 1960's that the Peanuts gained extreme popularity, and in the same year of the 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' albums release The Peanuts graced the cover of Time magazine.
The Peanuts was a comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz that rand from 1950 - 2000. It is one of the most influential comic strips of all time. This cracks us up but it's so true, Kathy Brooks states it's, "Arguably the longest story ever told by one human being." The only reason we find humor in this is because it's so true and the legacy will live on forever.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG 'Now You Has Jazz' - live in australia
LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND BING CROSBY 'Now You Has Jazz' High Society
"Now You Has Jazz" is a song written by Cole Porter for the 1956 film, High Society. Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby are the primary performers of the piece. The song describes what instruments are needed to create jazz. Us Vixen's love the humorous yet sophisticated straight forward breakdown of jazz and it's creativity. In life, Armstrong and Crosby were very good friends. They had similar appreciations towards life, a parallel sense of humor and an absolute love for music.
Please check out both videos. The first one is from one of the few full live performances ever recorded of Louis Armstrong (1964, later in his career.) You can actually purchase the full dvd. The second video is a remastered version of the original (both Armstrong and Crosby) fit for the film, High Society.
Another note since we are near (and dear) to the beautiful month of December, both artists released versions of the classic holiday song, "White Christmas," a must listen!
DIGABLE PLANETS‘Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)’
ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS 'Stretching'
Digable Planets is a legendary hip hop trio that is known for fuzing jazz and hip hop. After forming in 1987 they continued to have a number of billboard hits and later one a grammy for this particular song in 1992, just before making the move from Philly to Brooklyn. Fun fact, this song takes a sample from "Stretching" a song produced in 1978 by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. We've included that song as well for your listening pleasures. Sit back and relax!