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“Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” –King Britt @ Sylk130

My first taste of this track was Sylk130 in the 1990s led by superstar DJ King Britt.

This song written in 1983 by Michael Cleveland for In Deep, is for me a fun, eternally danceable homage to the Philadelphia electronic music scene led by the likes of Britt, Wink, Dozia, and many other masters of the turntables.

The Amazing Original: In Deep.

Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life
Cause I was sittin’ there bored to death
And in just one breath he said
You gotta get up
You gotta get on
You gotta get down girl
You know you drive me crazy baby
You’ve got me turning to another man
Called you on the phone
No one’s home
Baby why ya leave me all alone
And if it wasn’t for the music
I don’t know what I’d do

Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life from a broken heart
Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life with a song

You know I hopped into my car
Didn’t get very far no
Because I had you on my mind
Why be so unkind?
You’ve got your women all around
All around this town, boy
But I was trapped in love with you
And I didn’t know what to do
But when I turned on my radio
I found out all I needed to know
Check it out

Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life from a broken heart
Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life with a song

Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life from a broken heart
Last night a DJ saved my life
Last night a DJ saved my life with a song

Hey listen up to your local DJ
You better hear what he’s got to say
There’s not a problem that I can’t fix
Cause I can do it in the mix
And if your man gives you trouble
Just you move out on the double
And you don’t let it trouble your brain
Cause away goes troubles
Down the drain
I said away goes troubles
Down the drain

Last night a DJ saved my life
There’s not a problem that I can’t fix
Cause I can do it in the mix
There’s not a problem that I can’t fix
Cause I can do it in the mix

[Repeat]

Others greats have grooved this classic.
Mariah Carey slamming this one from film soundtrack for Glitter.

Seamus Haji: Amazing Fun Video

Leony! Official Video HD

“Precious”–The Pretenders

A more recent performance by the Pretenders

This is a poetic, lyrical, stylized and rocking as sh*t performance. No one sounds like Chrissie Hynde and her Pretenders. They are cool, criminal, and original. This and the “Middle of the Road” have that hot ass punk talking blues feel.  I had a hard time picking my first post from this band. There will be more.

The Pretenders Rockpalast 1981

I like the way you cross the street ’cause your precious
Moving through the Cleveland heat how precious
Taking rides and all the kicks was so precious
But you know I was shittin’ bricks ’cause I’m precious
Made me wanna, made me wanna, you made me make it
Oh, you’re so mean

East 55th and Euclid avenue was real precious
Hotel sterling coming into view how precious
It’s a pity that you bruised my hip ’cause I’m precious
You shouldn’t let your manners slip you’re too precious
Made me wanna, made me wanna, you made me make it
Oh, you’re so mean

We went around and round and round and round and round the
Shoreway
We was a duet duet duet duet do it on the pavement
Oh maybe maybe I’m gonna have a baby
We was a duet oh we do it all night

I was feeling kind of ethereal ’cause I’m precious
I had my eye on your Imperial you’re so precious
Now Howard the Duck and Mr Stress both stayed
Trapped in a world that they never made
But not me baby I’m too precious I had to fuck off
Made me wanna, made me wanna, you made me make it
Oh, you’re so mean

Pretenders – Precious (Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

It’s hard to find a decent cover of this one, but this one is largely authentic rock and roll.

The Lovers – Precious (1980)

“Glitter in the Air”–P!NK

Glitter In The Air (GRAMMYs on CBS)

First and foremost, I’m not a pop music fan, but seeing this performed live moved me to tears. “Glitter in the Air” is from Pink’s fifth studio album, Funhouse from 2010 and was written with and produced by frequent collaborator, Billy Mann. This song is without a doubt beautiful and poetic, but what makes it memorable for me are the stunning acrobatics as you can see from the video above at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010. Pink differentiates herself from the rest of the pop vocalists with her performances. As you can see from the lyrics below, this song has a rich emotional center that is often lacking in pop music.

Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Close your eyes and trust it, just trust it
Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said I just don’t care?
It’s only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg, the sun before the burn
The thunder before lightning, the breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?
Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
Your whole life waiting on the ring to prove you’re not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?
It’s only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table, the walk before the run
The breath before the kiss and the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
There you are, sitting in the garden
Clutching my coffee, calling me sugar
You called me sugar
Have you ever wished for an endless night?
Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight
Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself
Will it ever get better than tonight?
Tonight

P!nk – Glitter In The Air

This song seems simple but it is subtle in its depth and as you can see below deceptively difficult to sing with REAL emotion.

Here are some fan covers

Kerri Brown Acoustic Piano

Christina Parie cover for #FringeletFriday

Joe Bisell