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In Memory of George….

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Mj Rains

Happy Birthday to George Harrison…one of the best of all time…


The Best 80s Songs

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Mj Rains

These are top songs of the 80s for me and the list is completely subjective so let this 80s girl have her peace…hope you enjoy.

I Ran  by  A Flock of Seagulls …Perhaps the best 80s song of all time just for the sheer 80s sound. Oh, and the hair, who could forget the spiked hair in the video.

Relax    by Frankie Goes to Hollywood ….Perhaps the second best 80s song of all time.  Just play it: I dare you not to dance (or at least do one of those 80s style head bobs to the beat!)

Pride, In the Name of Love    by U2…..hands down my favorite group of all time. This song, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is timeless …and full of the 80s vibe.

Harden My Heart   by Quarterflash ….What ever happened to them? This lead singer could belt it out, with her voice, as well as on the sax!  I love singing this song.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World   by Tears for Fears ….Since Shout is on my all time top songs list, this one we’ll put on the 80s list.  They are by far one of the best groups of the 80s. This video is great by the way.

Don’t You Forget About Me   by Simple Minds …..the only group to hit this list twice for me.  This song is the theme for the classic 80s movie  the Breakfast Club starring Molly Ringwald as well as other wonderful brat pack actors.  Love this song…and love the movie more!

You Got Lucky   by Tom Petty …..probably should be on an 80s rock list…but I just love, love the groove of this blusey 80s hit from 1982.  1982 people!  High school…dare I reveal my age????????

Rock with You   by Michael Jackson ….One of his best songs ever.  His long note at the end makes it worth it all. Miss the 80s Michael.

Hold Me Now   by the Thompson Twins ….Ah, another of my favorite groups of the 80s. I don’t believe twins were involved, however this song is still one of the best for me. Never stopped loving it.

Alive and Kicking  by Simple Minds ….big hit from their album, Once Upon a Time, which is currently in my CD case for whenever I hit the road.  Remember: 80s girl! (see pic below to jog dead memory cells)

Take on Me   by  Ah Ha ….this is perhaps the best video of the 80s and started an interesting trend in film.  A few years ago when my girls were big Jonas Brothers fans the brothers sang this song during a special on TV. The girls couldn’t believe that I knew the words…then I gave my daughter the album.  She still has it. I love that they love some of my music.

Time    by  Culture Club ….Boy George I think had (and still has I’m sure) one of the best singing voices of the 80s. This song proves it.  I actually won tickets to a concert in Philly back then.  It was pretty cool.

Culture Club

Have an 80s fav to share…leave a comment.

Astrid’s Arms

Posted in Astrid Kirchherr with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by Mj Rains

astridphotosSo I just have to start saying, that I love her name, Astrid Kirchherr.  After seeing Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon yesterday it got me thinking about The Beatles, like I never stop, since, you know, all those Rock Band Beatles ads have been hitting and whenever I look at book shelf I see The Beatles bio by Bob Spitz and the Beatles Unseen Archives, a nice coffee table book I picked up last year at B&N.  But thinking of the Beatles leads me to thinking about the band’s women, and I thought of Astrid. Every photo I’ve seen of her, all in black, turtlenecks, cool beatnik hats, leather pants, and a camera in hand.

          Astrid Kirchherr is the German photographer and artist known for her association with The Beatles and her photographs of them while they were on one of their first tours in Hamburg.  At the time, she was the other half of the hip beatnik couple with Stuart Sutcliffe, who was a member of The Beatles in those early days, and best friend of John Lennon.  Sutcliffe later gave up the band to explore his talent as a painter.  Unfortunately he died tragically in Astrid’s arms from a cerebral hemmorage at the young age of 21. 

Astrid went on to be one of the photographers for A Hard Day’s Night.

August 1969

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by Mj Rains




Woodstock Photos: LIFE – Bill Eppridge and John Dominis

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