Flashback: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

There have been a few versions of this song through the years.

There was the Gloria Jones version in 1965, and the Marilyn Manson cover in 2001. But the Soft Cell cover from 1982 got my attention in the summer of that year, with the song reaching #8 on the Billboard charts, spending a thenrecord 43 straight weeks on the chart itself.


Flashback: “TSOP” (The Sound Of Philadelphia) by MFSB (Featuring The Three Degrees)

This song answers a few trivia questions, but one I can think of off hand: what was the first theme song of a TV show to top the Billboard charts?

By the way, the TV show in question was R&B’s answer to American Bandstand, Soul Train.

Flashback: “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino

Feels like I’m doing a “RIP” almost every week. Two weeks ago, it was Tom Petty. Wednesday past, word came down that Antoine “Fats” Domino had passed at age 89.

The song is among the 500 best in Rolling Stone’s list of all-time pop song, despite Fats’s version only reaching #10 in 1955. Pat Boone’s cover was his first pop chart topper, and could probably win you a bet or two at your local bar. The Four Seasons also covered the song in 1963 in their own menagerie of vocals, as have a few others.

In 1980, Cheap Trick covered the song once again, scoring a minor hit with a cover on the same live album from Budokan Hall in Japan where the more famous “I Want You To Want Me” was recorded.

To me, the Fats Domino of the song can’t be topped.  Rest in peace, bud.

Flashback: “This Is It” by Kenny Loggins

Kenny’s coming to town next week as part of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which is usually one of the big musical shindigs in these parts. Also on the bill is Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers before launching a solo career of his own.

Loggins and McDonald will probably team up on this classic song at Coachman Park, released in November of 1979, reaching #11 on the Billboard charts a few weeks later, and becoming a song instilled in the pop culture of the era.

Flashback: “Don’t Do Me Like That” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

As many of you know by now, Tom Petty passed away on Monday night at the age of 66, a few hours after CBS already had him in the grave.

Petty had a lot of hits in his career, though he never had a Billboard number one. The closest he’d come to that honor was his duet with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” that peaked at number three in September of 1981. “Don’t Do Me Like That” was his biggest hit in collaboration with his “Heartbreakers” band, peaking at number ten in February of 1980, while “Free Fallin” was his biggest solo hit in early 1990, peaking at the number seven spot.

His career spanned over four decades, culminating with his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Rest in peace to my fellow Floridian.