Released back in 1967, the explosive “Purple Haze” introduced the world to the genius of Jimi Hendrix and it remains, to this day, one of his most well-known tracks. The iconic song is a psychedelic masterpiece with a very distinct, unique, guitar-led sound no-one has ever managed to match. A sound so distinctive, in fact, that the vocals are almost not needed here, even if they are also perfect.
Those who call the man a legend aren’t kidding around.
The footage below should confirm that for you if you still have doubts.
That David Devant & His Spirit Wife‘s popularity didn’t increase past the good old Britpop days is a shame as they were always a lot of fun. Their songs were usually packed with tons of surreal silliness and biting piss-takery and our Song Of The Day, “Ginger”, is no exception. Think Blur with more of a New Wavy vibe and less straight-up art school douchiness.
You can find the track on the band’s 1997 album Work, Lovelife, Miscellaneous.
While Aerosmith‘s 1997 album Nine Lives included a handful of rather commercial tracks, it remains one of the band’s most underrated albums. Packed with rich, delightfully mad artwork and random kickass tracks like the opening title song and “Crash”, a punky, eclectic, fast-paced tune the likes of which the band could definitely take inspiration from when thinking up new albums.
If only to wash away all this American Idol unpleasantness forever…
Originally a simple traditional Jamaican folk song about workers loading bananas onto ships at night and waiting to get paid before they finally go home and rest, “Day-O” was made popular by Harry Belafonteback in 1956 and since, the song was covered numerous times and its catchy chorus as well as its fun, bouncing rhythm have now become unavoidable. It was the 1988 film Beetlejuice, however, which introduced many (us including) to the track in one very amusing, iconic scene.
French punk girl band Plastiscines‘ debut album LP1 was a blast, to say the least. One of the stand-out tracks to come out of it was “Loser”, a witty ode to, well, losers packed with a genuinely fun, moody attitude sorely needed in French rock music these days. Think Superbus with an edge to it and none of the poppy No Doubt-esque bells and whistles.
“Sometimes”, the first song from The Stranglers‘ debut album Rattus Norvegicus, was not exactly an upbeat tune but it certainly helped the album kick ass right from the get-go. The song depicts a violent argument between a guy and his girlfriend and it’s a fast-paced, dark punk track that’s well worth revisiting as it sets the tone for the band rather well.
As we wish the lovely Debbie Harry a Happy 70th Birthday, here’s a great, sadly overlooked Blondie song. “For Your Eyes Only” was almost that James Bond film’s main theme before the producers went with Sheena Easton‘s soppier take on it. It’s this version which frankly should have come out on top because this was Blondie doing a 007 track (already that’s awesome) and the band completely nailed it. The song can be found on the 1982 album The Hunter.