Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Song Of The Day

Belafonte

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 Belafonte back 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.

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Loser – Song Of The Day

Loser

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.

Don’t be a loser, check out the Plastiscines.

Sometimes – Song Of The Day

Rattus

“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.

For Your Eyes Only – Song Of The Day

The Hunter

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.

Intimacy – Song Of The Day

Intimacy

With a newer, more likely worse Terminator movie being released this week-end, I thought it would be fitting to include one of the better songs from the original The Terminator‘s soundtrack as today’s Song Of The Day. Linn Van Hek‘s “Intimacy” was so good, it was apparently an aphrodisiac as Sarah Connor’s roommate never stopped listening to it on her Walkman during a steamy late-night rendez-vous.