ABBA - Rivaled only by IKEA for greatest Swedish import to America
I love ABBA, and so should you.
Interested in melodies? ABBA has those. Interested in shiny polyester matching outfits? ABBA has it covered. Penchant for nonsensically referenced European history? Check. Complicated and dramatic interconnected personal lives of band-mates? Record sales in the tens of millions? Tales of jaunts to sex clubs with Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant? Catchy melodies and a movie-musical with Colin Firth? Check, check, check and check. ABBA has been recognized by the European community for their contributions to the audio arts as the winners of the 1974 Eurovision contest, and spawned one of the only commercially successful cover bands of all time, the A*Teens.
Although ABBA is a common sight in many people’s music libraries, questions about their presence almost always results in explanations and apologies, rather than excitement and acceptance. It is not far out of the realm of possibility to think of guilty shoppers hiding ABBA purchases in brown paper bags and taking furtive glances at their stash. The time has come for this to change.
In order to correct this injustice, WOBC presents, for your listening and viewing pleasure, a brief list of ABBA related resources:
For the ABBA proficient: Muriels Wedding, A fab movie that follows an ABBA fanatic on her way to the altar.
For the ABBA newcomers: ABBA Gold, the most recognizable hits.
Think you are too hardcore for ABBA? You are wrong, but until you become enlightened, try http://www.gabba.co.uk/, the website of a Ramones-style ABBA cover band. ABBA is everywhere. Long live ABBA.
“You Keep Me Hangin On,” written by legendary Motown production and songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, was originally recorded by The Supremes in 1966. Since then it has been become one of the most often covered songs in the Supremes’ catalog.
After running across the 1969 Vanilla Fudge single in the vault I was inspired to check out some of the numerous re-recordings of the song. As you can see, few live up to the high bar set by the Supremes’ version.
Every week, pop workgroup shares the best additions to the pop vault. Read on!
This week in pop workgroup we had the honor of meeting Ken “Flying Saucer Man” Rhoten. Ken ‘s only release, a collection of folksy ballads, was recorded in 1977 but hasn’t seen a proper release until now. He plays piano, he sings with the fire of a thousand 70′s folk singers, and you get the undeniable swag of listening to “outsider art.” Don’t let the unadorned Memorex CD-R deter you, this one’s a keeper.
Midnight in Paris is one of Woody Allen’s greatest recent films. Actor Owen Wilson stars lead role as a struggling writer, Gil Pender, who vacations to Paris from America with his fiancée. The film centers around Gil’s yearning to live in Paris. He idolizes all his favorite artists and writers like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, who were active during the 1920s modernist era. And because all these artists gathered together in Paris during that time, Gil becomes nostalgic and thinks Paris in the 1920s was the greatest time to live in. Gil’s fiancée however, doesn’t follow his vision and the two seem to have different goals and dispositions. One night, Gil takes a stroll by himself in the streets of Paris when suddenly as the clock strikes midnight, an antique car pulls to the curb full of passengers dressed in 1920s clothing. They pick him up and take him to a bar, and there, Gil realizes that he has been transported to the 1920s and sees all the artists and writers he admires. Allen brings together the perfect cast with a captivating story and of course, plays with comedic and romantic nuances to give the film its flavor. The story continues with Gil discovering more of the city’s past and realizing that he has to make certain changes to his life in order to live his dream. The soundtrack to this film helps us transport back to the 1920s ourselves and sets the mood for the beautiful and vivacious city of Paris. Read More →
Every week, WOBC compiles a list of the top 30 albums played on air that week and sends it to CMJ, where it factors into the College Radio Top 200 Lists. These albums represent the general vibes of the station each week, so click on an artist to check out their music and see what all the buzz is about~
1 GRIMES // Visions // our number one artist this week is grimes, a sleepy lady casting devotion spells with her music-mouth; a tasteful melange of haunting vocals a la juliana barwick and underwater echo-house via d’Eon. check out ‘be a body’ or ‘genesis’ for nice moments of lovely things.
This Spring, WOBC is hosting an Experimental College class (ExCo) on community media. The class is studying various community media models as they exist in theory and practice.
This class collaboratively produces a weekly half-hour public affairs show called “Radio On!” to share our research and discussion, and expand WOBC’s network of interconnectivity as a community media outlet. The show airs on Mondays from 6:00 to 6:30pm here on WOBC, 91.5FM in Lorain County and on this website.
Blues Funeral is the seventh album released by Mark Lanegan this year. It has been a long awaited album since his success with his 2004 album, Bubblegum. After his long touring with the Soulsavers, The Gutter Twins and former Belle and Sebastian member, Isobel Campbell, Lanegan has created a wonderful set of tunes worth the wait. Lanegan had previously released six solo albums, which mostly compromised of blues and acoustic based music. Of course, his deep, scratchy vocals are still evident on his newest effort. Working with well-known producer and musician, Alain Johannes, in addition to working with a guitar, Lanegan experimented with keyboards and a drum machine, which is something he has not done before. Blues Funeral opens a new realm for Lanegan, as he still keeps his signature style of writing intact. Lanegan talked about how for his latest album, he used a “lot of the elements” from music that influences him. He stated that he wanted to make a record that he himself would listen to personally and listed The Gun Club’s Miami, Joy Division’s Closer, and Roxy Music’s Country Life as his primary influences.
Blues Funeral kicks off with its first released single, “The Gravedigger’s Song”. What is most evident in this song is Lanegan’s use of the drum machine, although Jack Irons plays percussion on the entire album. It’s upbeat and serves as the perfect start for the album. Read More →