Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sound & Groove, Episode 67: "It'll Forever Be Royal" Part 2

Chicago Soul/R&B legend Gene Chandler scored his pop breakthrough with "Duke Of Earl" in 1962 and jumped on the opportunity to ride the momentum by donning a cape, top hat and monocle for publicity appearances/photos as well as concerts whenever he performed the signature doo-wop classic. He would keep achieving hits off and on throughout the decade, though none that were the smash "Duke Of Earl" was. Chandler then moved into a production and eventually A&R work in the music industry by the end of the 70s.

This here is the 3rd episode of 2016 for the Sound & Groove Podcast where we explore songs that discuss royalty. That's right, whether it be kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, kingdoms/empires- anything feudal, absolutist and/or medieval; all of it fits the criteria. Could just be the allusion or metaphor the song is built upon or the actual subject matter of the lyrics. This is the 2nd of 2 episodes that collect some of my favourites from a variety of artists. Yep, it was only a matter of time before I got onto the monarchy what with all this hoopla over Prince's death.

But anyway, if you haven't been keeping up with S&G on Music of Evan's Mind and/or it newest home at www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com, here's the breakdown: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centred around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopsis, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited versions of each tune (to make room for talk and for a good 7-10 songs per 45+ minute episode). And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening to you all!

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Track Listing:
1. Stepping Out Queen- Van Morrison (1979)
2. Wheat Kings- The Tragically Hip (1992)
3. Prince Of Darkness- The Mekons (1987)
4. King Of Ska- Desmond Dekker & The Specials (1993)
5. My Flower Princess- John Lennon (1980)
6. Duke Of Earl- Gene Chandler (1962)
7. The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown- Judee Sill (1971) 
8. Fake Empire- The National (2007)
9. Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder (1976) 

Info of note:
Intro- "It's Gonna Be Lonely" by Prince (1979)
Outro- "Rapsberry Beret" by Prince (1985)
All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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