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“Come On Eileen” is 30 Years Old

In today’s “feel old again” news, the classic song “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982. The song begins with these lines: Poor old Johnnie Ray Sounded sad upon the radio Moved a million hearts in mono Our mothers cried, sang along Who would blame [...]

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Billy Joel!

Today the Piano Man turns 63. To celebrate, here are ten of his greatest hits (my favorites), arranged in chronological order. Looking back on it, it’s stunning how many hit records Billy Joel released — according to Wikipedia, his catalogue includes “13 studio albums, 5 live albums, 59 singles, and 11 compilation albums.” [...]

This Little Guy Will Grow Up To Be The New Piano Man

(YouTube Link) Move over Billy Joel, because Ethan W. is coming to take over your position as Rock’s Piano Man, and he’s got a lot of growing up to do yet! Watch as Ethan delivers an Emmy worthy performance, accompanied by his dad on acoustic guitar, all the while proving that he’s the new face of Rock [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 48

Welcome once again to our weekly GUESS THE THEME challenge. All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Queen – Bicycle Race House of Pain – Jump Around Bowling for Soup – 1985 Everclear – Wonderful Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire

The Best and Worst Political Campaign Songs (But Mostly the Worst)

With the campaign for the Republican nomination in full swing, candidates are beginning to rally their bases, retool their talking points and (cue the intro music, please!) select their campaign songs—those upbeat little ditties that play at rallies, speeches and pretty much whenever a candidate walks on stage. The Art of Choosing the Right Campaign [...]

The Late Movies: Dumbness, Insanity, Celine Dion Screaming, and Billy Joel

Last week I pointed to the unbelievably wonderful Brother IntelliFax 2800 App Store. I wondered — who made that video? Well, it’s Mike Lacher, proprietor of the delightfully weird and sometimes NSFW Wonder-Tonic. Tonight, I round up the five videos Wonder-Tonic has posted on YouTube. They’re really weird. Most of them are unwatchable. But at [...]

The Late Movies: Soul Songs

For many religions following Western Christian principles, November 2nd is known as All Souls’ Day, an occasion to remember the dead, especially those who have not yet made it to heaven and need extra prayers to be saved from eternal life in purgatory. In celebration of this holiday, Late Movies brings you some songs about [...]

The Late Movies: The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test was a BBC TV show featuring live music. It ran from 1971 through 1988 on BBC2, and many performances are now collected on YouTube — I’ll show you some favorites below. But what the heck does “Old Grey Whistle Test” mean? According to host Bob Harris, the name comes from: … [...]

She’s Always a Woman: The John Lewis Ad

Yes, it’s an advertising for UK-based department store John Lewis, but it’s a particularly well-done ad about a woman’s life. Featuring a song “She’s Always a Woman” by Fyfe Dangerfield/originally by Billy Joel). I’m a sucker for things like this. Take a look: hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Imponderables

The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Elvis Covers

It’s Elvis’ 75th birthday! I’m sure he’s out there celebrating somewhere with a Fool’s Gold sandwich. To celebrate his birthday here on the _floss, we thought we’d forego the calories and check out some rather interesting cover versions of his songs instead. The King had such a large repertoire (many of which he covered) that [...]