Martin Briley – Salt In My Tears

With a line like “You Ain’t Worth The Salt In My Tears” in a song…how could you not listen? This song was released in 1983 and reached #36 on the Billboard Charts. I liked the song because it had a catchy guitar riff which stood out at the time with all the synth music going on.

Martin Briley is a talented musician… below is from Wikipedia

Briley has received orchestral commissions, and has written songs for such artists as Céline Dion, *NSYNC, Dream, Michael Bolton, Mietta, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Jessica Andrews, Five Star, Jeff Healey, Rebecca St. James, Nana Mouskouri, Willie Nile, Gregg Allman, Night Ranger, David Hasselhoff, Patrick Swayze, Michael Monroe, Chastity Bono, Peter Tork, Nikki Webster, Hope Partlow, Natascha Sohl, Ballas Hough, Phil Stacey, Orianthi, The Maine and Barry Manilow.

Salt In My Tears

I never did it, no, I won’t admit it
Why should I lie for you anymore
You never loved me
You pushed and shoved me
I see the woman I never saw

I saw you laugh when the knife was twisted
It still hurts but the pain has shifted
I’m looking back at the time that drifted by
But I won’t cry for the wasted years
Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears

Feeling neglected, used and rejected
You need a shoulder to lean upon
Baby you picked him, found your next victim
Don’t worry, someone will come along

I broke the spell that you kept me under
I had enough of the rain and thunder
I lost track of the time and I wonder why
But I won’t cry for the wasted years
Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears

I’ll sit around and drink a few more beers
Until the memory just disappears
Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears

I saw you laugh when the knife was twisted
It still hurts but the pain has shifted
I’m looking back at the time that drifted by
But I won’t cry for the wasted years
Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears

Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears
Cause you ain’t worth the salt in my tears

Gary US Bonds – This Little Girl

I bought this single in 1981 and I still have it somewhere. After the opening chord (Abm) is strummed Gary US Bonds kicks into a very good Springsteen penned song. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Charts. It came off the album “Dedication.”

This was a comeback for Bonds and he was backed by members of the E Street Band and The Asbury Jukes. Bonds influenced Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt musically growing up.

I liked this song the first time I heard it…This bouncy song fit’s Gary’s voice and style perfectly.

“This Little Girl (Is Mine)”

Here she comes
Walkin’ down the street
You know she’s walkin’ just like
She’s walkin’ to come and see me
Oh, she’s so young and she’s so fine

I know what’s on your mind
Know what you want to do
But if you mess with her
I’m gonna mess with you
You better watch your step
You better stay in line

This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Well, if the world was mine to do with
What I want to do, sir
Well I’d wrap it up in a bow
And give it all to her, yeah
And all my love
All of the time
You know I’d hold her tight
I’d never let her go
And late at night
You know I’d love her so
Yeah, I’d treat her right
So she’d never mind

This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine
Mine, mine, mine

[Instrumental Interlude]

Hey, you better watch out
I’m telling you the score
Are you going to be sweepin’ your
Broken heart up off the floor
Oh, and that ain’t all
I’m telling you my friend
I know what’s on your mind
Know what you wanna do
But if you mess with her
I’m gonna mess with you
You like the way she moves
You like to watch her walk
You better listen up
‘Cause man this ain’t just talk
You better watch yourself
You better stay in line

Now, mister I said
This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
This little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl

This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine

Yeah, yeah, yeah
This little girl is mine
Oh-oh, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh this little girl
This little girl
This little girl
She’s mine all mine

Now, this little girl is mine
Oh-oh this little girl is mine
Oh-oh this little girl
This little girl
This little girl is mine, mine, mine, mine

Harry Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire

This Harry Nilsson song was released in 1971 on his album Nilsson Schmilsson. Jump into the Fire peaked at number 27 in the Billboard Charts. This song was more rock than he usually released.

I remember this song most in Goodfellas in the scene where Henry is doing cocaine, then walking out the door, placing guns in the car trunk while a helicopter circles above. The song has a Stones feel to it. It would have not have been out of place on one of their albums.

From the man who wrote Coconut, Me and My Arrow, and the Puppy Song this was a departure.

In 1968 John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked who their favorite American group was…they said “Nilsson.”

“Jump Into The Fire”

You can climb a mountain
You can swim the sea
You can jump into the fire
But you’ll never be free

You can shake me up
Or I can break you down
Whoa-o-o-o-, whoa-o-o-o-

We can make each other happy [4X]
[Repeat entire 3 times more]
You can jump into the fire [4X]

King Floyd – Groove Me

This is a song that has not been completely worn out. I love the dynamics going on in the chorus when it kicks in. The song was released in 1970 and peaked at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. The bass sounds incredible also in this song.

This was recorded at the same session as Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff.” It took me a long time to track down who sang this song in the 80s…Great soul song.

From NPR

For all his full-throated adlibs, Floyd actually sounds relatively subdued on “Groove Me.” As a vocalist, he lacked the rich undertones of Otis Redding and the powerful presence of Wilson Pickett, but Floyd made do with what he had, wielding his voice as a rhythm-maker with well-timed screams and shouts. Lyrically, “Groove Me” is unremarkable, but it remains among the great soul groovers of its era.

Floyd would never duplicate the success of “Groove Me,” though he recorded four albums for the Malaco spin-off label Chimneyville; his catalog remains largely unsung in spite of its many excellent songs. With “Groove Me” continuing to reach audiences through TV commercials, Floyd deserves to find some of the recognition in death that eluded him in life.

 

Groove Me

Hey there sugar darlin’
Let me tell you something
Girl, I’ve been trying to say, now
You look so sweet
And you’re so doggone fine
I just can’t get you out of my mind
You’ve become a sweet taste in my mouth, now
And I want you to be my spouse
So that we can live happily, nah-nah
In a great big ol’ roomy house
And I know you’re gonna groove me, baby
Ahh, yeah, now
You make me feel good inside
Come on, and groove me, baby
I need you to groove me
Ahhh, yeah, now, now, darling
Uhh! Come on, come on!
Hey! Uhh!

Hey there, sugar darlin’
Come on, give me something
Girl, I’ve been needing for days
Yes, I’m good, good loving
With plenty, plenty hugging
Ooh, you cute little thang, you
Girl, between you and me, nah-nah
We don’t need no company
No other man, no other girl
Can enter into our world
Not as long as you groove me, baby
Ahh, come on
Make me feel good inside
Come on and groove me, baby
Move me, baby
Ahh, sock it to me, mama
Uhh! Ahh, I like it like that, baby
Uhh! Groove me, baby! Hey! Uhh!
Groove me, darling!
Come on, come on
I need you to sock it to me, mama
Come on and groove me, baby
Hey! Uhh! Good, God!
It makes me feel so good inside, mama
Now, come on, come on, and uhh
Groove me, baby, groove me, baby
Ahh, sock it to me
Sock it to me
Rock it to me
Come on, come on!
Come on!
And uhh
Groove me, mama, I want you to
Groove me!

The Time Machine 1960

I somehow missed this movie until 2005. It stars Rod Taylor as George Wells, the beautiful Yvette Mimieux as Weena and Alan Young. I have always liked Time Travel movies and this one is well thought out.

Rod Taylor portrays George Wells and he builds a Time Machine. Other than the Tardis it’s the coolest time machine I’ve ever seen. He builds a miniature one and while his friends look on he turns the small machine on and it disappears into the future. His friends don’t really believe it. They question what good it will do if it really works?

This time machine doesn’t physically move but just occupies the same space in the future.

George gets frustrated and takes the real machine for a test ride into the future. They had no CGI but they get across time travel fine. To show time passing they set up a mannequin across the street to show different clothing styles passing by with the time which is great.

George ends up in a future society where all the people are young. They do nothing all day but play and eat. George soon finds out there is a price they pay for playing all day.

My favorite part of the movie are the creatures called the Morlocks with glowing eyes that live underground because they could not stand light. They provide the clueless land dwellers with food for obvious reasons. That is a simplified version of the film. Very well made movie.

This all begins right at the turn of the 20th century. Alan Young does a great job as David Filby…George’s best friend and later on David’s son…

My son watched this when he was 8 and was scared of the Morlocks but kept watching. He still watches it now. It was filmed in 1960 and the film won an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Effects. Does it measure up to today’s special effects? Certainly not but it gets the story across so if you like classic sci-fi you might like this one.

This is an article on the Time Machine prop that was used in the movie.

http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/props/timemachine.html

This is a trailer for the movie.

 

 

The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe

This Hollies song was released in 1974 and it made it to #6 in the US Billboard Charts and #2 in the UK. The band did not write the song. It was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood.

I was seven when the song came out and it was one song I remember because of that dream-like guitar intro by the underrated lead guitar player for the Hollies…Tony Hicks.

Allan Clarke lead singer of the Hollies.

‘The Air That I Breathe’, another song just like ‘He Ain’t Heavy’. A classic song and again that’s where Phil Everly came back into my life. I went to that same office where I wrote ‘Long Cool Woman’ in one day. The secretary of Ron Richards said that she’d just listened to a Phil Everly album and there was one song on it which was beautiful. She thought that I should do that song, obviously, she meant with The Hollies. I listened to it and obviously felt that I wasn’t going to be able to do it as well as Phil. So they said ‘You gotta try. Do it the way Phil would sing it’. And that’s what I did when we recorded it.’ It’s a beautiful song to sing, ‘Harmony-wise, Terry did a great job on that. To me, that’s again a classic that will go on, and on again.’

“The Air That I Breathe”

If I could make a wish
I think I’d pass
Can’t think of anything I need
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to readMaking love with you
Has left me peaceful, warm, and tired
What more could I ask
There’s nothing left to be desired
Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleepSometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathePeace came upon me and it leaves me weak
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleep

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
And to love you
All I need is the air that I breathe
Yes to love you

The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated

This song was released in 1978 on The Ramones album “Road to Ruin.” It has no chart history in Billboard but is one of the Ramones best-known songs. The Ramones were to the point, no solos, no frills… just about the song.

I’ve heard them described as punk, bubblegum, rock, heavy rock and everything in between. They were a great underappreciated band in their time.

In an interview with Joey Ramone, he talked about the creation of the song.

It’s a road song. I wrote it in 1977, through the 78. Well, Danny Fields was our first manager and he would work us to death. We would be on the road 360 days a year, and we went over to England, and we were there at Christmas time, and in Christmas time, London shuts down. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go. Here we were in London for the first time in our lives, and me and Dee Dee Ramone were sharing a room in the hotel, and we were watching The Guns of Navarone. So there was nothing to do, I mean, here we are in London finally, and this is what we are doing, watching American movies in the hotel room.

From Rolling Stone magazine

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/readers-poll-the-10-best-ramones-songs-21392/1-i-wanna-be-sedated-79797/

When Joey Ramone wrote the lyrics for “I Wanna Be Sedated,” he was not joking. The band was on tour in New Jersey in 1977 when the singer badly burned his face and chest with scalding water from a vaporizer he was using soothe his throat. He somehow finished the show, then went to the hospital with second and third degree burns. They pulled a bunch of shows while he recovered, and when they returned to the road in Europe he was still in constant pain. “I Wanna Be Sedated” was scribbled down in London around Christmas, and the band cut it for their 1978 LP Road to Ruin. Needless to say, it didn’t make any sort of impact on the charts, but today it’s one of their most played songs on the radio. Joey often cited it as his single favorite Ramones song, and many fans feel the same way. 

 

I Wanna Be Sedated

Twenty twenty twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, no where to go o,
I wanna be sedated

Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my brain
Oh no oh oh oh oh

Twenty twenty twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, no where to go o,
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, get me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my brain
Oh no oh oh oh oh

Twenty twenty twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, no where to go o,
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, get me to the show
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go loco
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my toes
Oh no oh oh oh oh

Twenty twenty twenty four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, no where to go o,
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, get me to the show
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go loco
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my toes
Oh no oh oh oh oh

Ba ba baba, baba ba baba, I wanna be sedated
Ba ba baba, baba ba baba, I wanna be sedated
Ba ba baba, baba ba baba, I wanna be sedated
Ba ba baba, baba ba baba, I wanna be sedated