Monthly Archives: May 2009

Crash – Matt Willis

Late night television was the source for this latest installment for the archives “for those who have ears to hear”.  I was bored to death and started watching the movie  Mr. Bean takes a Holiday .   Rowan Atkinson is a British actor that developed the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as “a child in a grown man’s body”, in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.

The bottom line is the movie was funny but the pay off was the end when this great tune played.  I immediately had to find out who sang the song. It seemed familiar to me, but I could not put my finger on it.  Then I remembered that it was done by The Primitives on the movie sound track for Dumb and Dummer.  I like this updated version better and wanted to add it to my collection.

Matthew James Willis (born 8 May 1983 in Tooting, South London) is an English singer-songwriter. He first found fame with the band, Busted.

Busted were a successful British band consisting of Willis on bass guitar previously on Drums, James Bourne on rhythm guitar and Charlie Simpson on lead guitar (and occasionally drums). Busted formed in 2001 and disbanded on 14 January 2005.   In some countries (including The Netherlands) the band was known as Bust.

Busted is sometimes also given credit as the originating force behind the breakout act McFly.   Willis co-wrote many Busted songs along with the other members, as well as Tom Fletcher of McFly.

After a brief stint in rehab after the Busted split, Matt launched a solo career, releasing singles: Up All Night, Hey Kid, Don’t Let It Go to Waste, and as I mentioned earlier a cover version of The Primitives song, Crash for the film Mr Bean’s Holiday.

Here you go way too fast
Don’t slow down you’re gonna crash
You should watch – watch your stay here
Don’t look out you’re gonna break your neck

So shut, shut your mouth
Cos I’m not listening anyhow
I’ve had enough, enough of you
Enough to last a life time through
So what – what do you want from me?
Got no words of sympathy and if I go around with you
You know that I’ll get messed up too with you
With you

Na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na

Here you go way too fast
Don’t slow down you’re gonna crash
You don’t know what’s been going down
You’ve been running all over town

So shut, shut your mouth
Cos I’m not listening anyhow
I’ve had enough, enough of you
Enough to last a life time through
So what – what do you want from me?
Got no cure for misery and if I go around with you
You know that I’ll get messed up too with you!
With you!
With you!
With you!

Na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na

You, with you, with you
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Don’t slow down you’re gonna crash
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Don’t Slow down you’re gonna crash
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Don’t slow down you’re gonna crash
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Don’t slow down you’re gonna crash
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Don’t slow down you’re gonna crash
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Don’t Slow down you’re gonna crash…

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He Can’t Love You – Michael Stanley Band

Reaching way back in the archives for this one.  This was one of the first videos ever played on MTV back in 1981.  Although this song was their biggest hit, I have been a fan since 1974, with the release of the song “Rosewood Bitters”  (still in my top 10 songs of all time).  His concert in 1975 was  one of the first concerts I ever went to.

Michael Stanley (born March 25, 1948 as Michael Stanley Gee in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and disc jockey.   Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band, his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Stanley Gee graduated from Rocky River High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College where he was a disc jockey for WHRM, the school’s radio station, and was elected to the Student Senate.

Stanley worked with producer Bill Szymczyk and artists such as Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, and David Sanborn.   In 1974 Stanley formed the Michael Stanley Band and recorded albums through the mid 1970s and early 1980s.

Stanley’s song “Let’s Get the Show on the Road” was covered on the 2000 album Live in the Classic City by Widespread Panic. “My Town” was covered by Little Texas on their album Big Time. “Rosewood Bitters” was covered by Joe Walsh on his 1985 album The Confessor.

His highest charting singles with the Michael Stanley Band were “He Can’t Love You” (#33) in 1980 and “My Town” in 1983 (#39), which both got decent nationwide airplay. In fact, “He Can’t Love You” was the 45th video ever played on MTV. The Michael Stanley Band was such a huge sensation in its home area that it still holds attendance records at Cuyahoga Falls’ Blossom Music Center. Additionally, The Ohio State University Marching Band uses “My Town” as one of their premier stand tunes.

This video  is as cheesy as they come, however, it embodies what the early 80’s video sensation was all about.  It is still a fitting part of the archives for “those who have ears to hear”.

I Need Your Help – Deitrick Haddon

“For Those who have Ears to Hear” is taking a little different course with this addition to the play list.   I have a deep love for soul music.  Especially soul music fused with Gospel and a little Motown.  This one will not disappoint those who love it too.

Deitrick Haddon has emerged as one of the most talented artists of any genre in modern music.  But he’s dedicated himself to Modern Gospel and has quickly become possibly the most creative, consistently enjoyable artist in that genre.

Born and raised in the Motor City,  Haddon was another gospel child prodigy, both as minister and musician.  He gave his first sermon at the church of his father, Bishop Clarence Haddon, at age 11, and was directing the choir by age 13.

Haddon began his recording career in the mid 90s with the Voices of Unity on the small Tyscot label. As the group leader for their three albums, Haddon expressed his forward looking musical view, merging elements of soul, hip-hop and funk in the group’s Gospel music.  VOU had some mild success on the Gospel charts, but by the late 90’s Haddon was ready to move more clearly front and center as a solo artist.  His has released five solo albums and continues his artistic development.

With this song you will see he is a very talented and has a gift in presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ.  So with great pleasure I present “to those who have ears to hear”  Deitrick Haddon  singing…

“I Need Your Help”

In your presence by myself,

It’s you and me Lord and no one else

and I don’t have to say a whole lot of things,

you already know I need your help.

My enemies want to see me fall,

so they can say I told you so.

Lord, I don’t mean to bother you with my small problems,

but there is no where else I can go.

Hook:
Lord, I need your help (x2)

Verse 2:

Lord, at thy feet I fall,

and Lord I surrender all,

and if you can forgive me of my sins,

I know that I can start all over again, hey,
You got it now sing it with me…

Hook:
Lord (Say I) I (I really do) need (yeah) your help
(I tried to do it on my own but I found out)
Lord (I need) I (I need ya) need your help

Bridge:
I traveled long on every side.

There’s no where to run or hide.

Won’t you hear my humble cry (yeah!)

Hook:
Lord I need your help (x4)

So Long Self – MercyMe

MercyMe is a Grammy Award-nominated and Dove Award-winning American contemporary Christian band, originally formed in Greenville, Texas in 1994.

The result of a praise and worship band experience, MercyMe was formed in 1994 by Bart Millard, Jim Bryson, and Mike Scheuchzer.   Millard and Bryson met while working on a missions project overseas.   The two agreed to start a new band in Oklahoma City with Scheuchzer, whom Millard already knew.   It didn’t take long for the band to build a solid fan base and they soon found themselves opening up for bands such as Audio Adrenaline.

Following a move to Nashville, Tennessee and then back to Millard’s hometown in Texas, the band added bassist Nathan Cochran and percussionist Robby Shaffer to the roster.   The band signed with INO Records in 2001 and released their first album, Almost There, which propelled them into the mainstream spotlight with the smash hit “I Can Only Imagine. The album went on to sell more than 2 million records in only three years and earned the band an American Music Award nomination.

In 2002, the band released their popular second album, Spoken For, which produced two more Top 10 hits.   The combined success of the band’s first two albums garnered a nomination for the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards.

In 2004, MercyMe released Undone which produced two Top 10 hits: “Here With Me” which also hit Billboard’s Top 100 chart that same year, and “In the Blink of an Eye” which, as of the end of 2005, was at #5 on R&R’s top Christian hits.   This album also features the song “Homesick”, which also received notice by Christian and mainstream stations. This song was written in dedication to loved ones that the band had lost that year.

In 2006, MercyMe released Coming Up To Breathe.   While this album kept to the same style and appeal of its predecessors, Bart Millard wrote that the band was not seeking to meet its previous popularity, but rather a more personal album that was written for God.   Despite this conviction, MercyMe’s eleventh album has hit no. 13 on the Billboard charts and features the hits “So Long Self“, “Coming Up To Breathe”, and “Hold Fast”.

On November 20, 2007, MercyMe released their newest studio project titled All That Is Within Me.   The CD includes the hits “God With Us“, “You Reign”, and “Finally Home”.

In April 2009, MercyMe is due to release their first greatest hits compilation, 10 (the title refers to the decade since “I Can Only Imagine” was written).   The package includes a CD with 11 hits and 3 new recordings (including a new version of “I Can Only Imagine” recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra), and a DVD with 11 music videos and two short documentary segments.

It is with great pleasure I present a track from their 2006 album,Coming Up To Breathe .  So ‘for those who have ears to hear”…I give you, “So Long Self“,   by MercyMe.

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

Oasis is a rock and roll band that evolved from an earlier band called The Rain, composed of Paul McGuigan (bass guitar), Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs (guitar), Tony McCarroll (drums) and Chris Hutton (vocals).   Unsatisfied with Hutton, Arthurs auditioned acquaintance Liam Gallagher as a replacement.   Liam suggested that the band name be changed to Oasis.   This change was inspired by an Inspiral Carpets tour poster which hung in the Gallagher brothers’ bedroom.   One of the venues the poster listed was the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. Oasis played its first live gig in August 1991 at the Boardwalk club in Manchester.   Noel Gallagher, who was a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, went with the band to watch his younger brother’s band play.  Noel Gallagher and his friends did not think Oasis sounded particularly spectacular, he did begin to consider the possibility of using his brother’s group as a possible outlet for a series of songs he’d been writing for several years. Noel approached the group about joining with the proviso that he would become the band’s sole songwriter and leader, and that they would commit to an earnest pursuit of commercial success. “He had loads of stuff written,” Arthurs recalled. “When he walked in, we were a band making a racket with four tunes. All of a sudden, there were loads of ideas.

Although a softer sound led to mixed reviews, Oasis’ second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was a commercial success, becoming the third largest selling album of all time in the UK with over four million copies sold. The album spawned two further hit singles “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger“, which also reached numbers two and one respectively.   It also contained the non-UK single “Champagne Supernova“—featuring guitar playing and backing vocals by Paul Weller—that received widespread critical acclaim and peaked at number 1 on the US modern rock charts.

For those who have ears to hear…I present Champagne Supernova by Oasis for your enjoyment.