Another reminder that you can play along with your suggestions and favourites. Any group, singer, song title, or album. As long as the name begins with ‘G’.
The American band Garbage is fronted by the Scottish female vocalist, Shirley Manson. Although I am not a great fan of indie rock, I do like this 1996 song a lot, because of her powerful voice. It also has a connection to Madison Wisconsin, where the band was formed, and the place that I had a strange dream about recently. https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/my-trip-to-madison/
American singer Jill Scott was mainly known for her Jazz-style, and enormous vocal range. Over the years, she has managed to cross genres into Rap and R&B, but her unmistakable voice is always worth listening to, whatever the song. This is my favourite track from her, displaying the Blues origins behind so much modern music, so I was pleased it began with a ‘G’. She is a powerful woman, with an equally powerful voice.
Gettin’ In The Way
Sometimes, something in a song just works. It may not be by someone you would normally ever listen to, or from a genre that you usually enjoy. But when the sound gets to you, there’s no point denying it. American rapper Coolio is a good example of this. Someone I had vaguely heard of, but never really listened to. Then this came along.
British band Go West were big over here at one time. The duo looked good, and made good records too. As well as being popular with the ladies for their looks, they also delivered some excellent vocals, and many original songs along the way. They are still around today, but never managed to repeat their success from the mid 1980s.
We Close Our Eyes
When I was in my teens, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band were hugely popular in the UK. This large showband had an equally large following, with fans enjoying their covers of current soul songs, alongside some original tracks. I had all their albums, and still enjoy listening to them now and again. Many years later, another British group came along, and made a fitting tribute to Geno Washington, and his influence on British Soul Music. That band became famous later in their own right, as Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
Two things you might never expect to see on this blog. 1) A James Bond theme. 2) A heavy rock band.
So, you might be surprised at this choice, where Guns N’ Roses meets James Bond. I was, but I can’t help but like this powerful version of the song.
Live and Let Die
Leaving out more songs than I care to imagine, I come to my top pick for ‘G’. No mention of music together with the letter G can leave out one of the greatest musical talents of the modern era, the wonderful George Gershwin. (Double G!) The following piece of music has been an enduring love of my life. A tribute to America, as well as a unique construction, mixing both Jazz and Classical Music with a perfect result. This is the 1924 recording, with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra. Sublime.
Rhapsody In Blue