Monday, June 4, 2018

Music Monday with CK the DJ

Hola kitties! Pop's staycation is over. I tried to talk him into working from home today but he said he had a meeting. What meeting is more important than me? Oh yeah, that whole thing about money and keeping food in my dish and a roof over our heads. I hear ya loud and clear—but I still don't like it.

Music Monday with CK the DJ

Today is Music Monday and I'm joining the Music Moves Me blog hop hosted by Curious as a Cathy and a chorus of others. This month's conductor, Alana from Ramblin’ with AM, picked the theme of crossover songs. Being as I was once a club DJ, I know what those are! Bands doing songs in a style different from what they're known for like Hall & Oates or the Eagles doing a rare, good song. Did TW really just type that? What? I have readers who like Hall & Oates and the Eagles? Are you sure? Well I'll be … A little controversy is never a bad thing.

Music Monday with CK the DJ

There are many great performers who have reinvented themselves many times over. Think Bob Dylan who just did a CD of Sinatra songs, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Debbie Harry or Neil Young. There's also artists who go out of their element when they duet with another artist.


My first artist is one of Pop's favorites—Marianne Faithfull. In the 60's, she scored a hit with the easy-listening pop song "As Tears Go By," written by Mick Jagger. In 1969 she showed a darker side in another Jagger-penned song, the amazing "Sister Morphine." 1979 saw the release of hard-hitting Broken English. The remixed title song became a crossover hit on the dance charts. She's since made a foray into jazz and standards. Pop saw her first NYC concert after the CD came out in a small, smoky club where the audience was filled with such luminaries as Yoko Ono.


New Wave darlings Blondie surprised a lot of people when they went disco with "Heart of Glass" in 1978.


The Ramones teamed up with Phil Spector and this remake of a song made famous by the Ronettes was one of the songs that resulted. Fans didn't know whether to love it or hate it. Joey Ramone also has an amazing version of "I Got You Babe" that he recorded with Holly Vincent of Holly & the Italians.


Everyone was surprised when Bruce Springsteen released the stark, acoustic Nebraska, but it's his The Seeger Sessions, a CD of old folk songs that caught our attention, if no one else's.


Now about that good Eagles' song. Heh heh!

Music Monday with CK the DJ

Hope you enjoyed my tunes and will visit some of the other blogs participating. I'll be back to my regularly-scheduled program on Wednesday. Until then, what's your favorite crossover song?

26 comments:

Lone Star Cats said...

Pawsome song choices CK!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

My human totally appreciated the remark about Hall & Oates and the Eagles.

Cleo said...

Hey, wait a minute- what's wrong with Hall and Oates and The Eagles? This makes dad want to break out his old record player and all his bazillion LPs. You know what those are, right? How about 45s?

Colehaus Cats said...

Great songs and perfect for our Monday!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Cathy,

It's funny when I was younger I didn't know what crossover artists/songs were all about. In my mind there was only two types of mewsic rock and country. It wasn't until many, many years later that I learned there are many degrees from limited thinking of mewsic categories. Your last two songs are introductions. What surprised me is I really like Bruce Springsteen's "Shenandoah". I am going to check out the CD that you mentioned. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with me today, my friend. Keep those tunes playin! Have a funtastic week. :)

Cathy Keisha said...

We have hundreds of 45s and 33 rpm records, two of which are pictured above.

Eastside Cats said...

The first song that came to mind was 'Iris' by Goo Goo Dolls, and then 'Walking After You' by Foo Fighters popped up too!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

You aced this theme! Icouldn't even think of one song for it. I had never heard that Eagles song and I am a big Eagle's fan. XO

Brian said...

Love the tunes CK and all the ear worms too!

John Holton said...

Nice choices! I never thought of "Heart of Glass" as a crossover song, but now that you mention it, I can see that.

Mary Burris said...

Hey! Great song choices today! And I promise not to be even the slightest bit mad about you not appreciating the qualities of H&O or the Eagles.

~Mary

The Swiss Cats said...

Great choices ! Purrs

M Dawson said...

We are not into pop music and you would not enjoy our classical recommendations CK. We remember Blondie though and like that one.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK......rock ta pop N pop ta rock we wood like ta menshunz stevie nicks and tom petty; "stop draggin my heart around" if we may ~~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

Brian said...

Hey, my blog is down until further notice due to a hack attack. We will be back as soon as we can.

Hp0 said...

I LOVE Springsteen's Seeger Sessions album! Highly underrated. I also love the Eagles and Hall & Oats, but I'll let that remark go by without comment. ;)

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I like some Eagles songs! Probably because they're a "countrier" band. We're posting on this one tomorrow to coincide with an anniversary.

XmasDolly said...

OH MY LORD!!!! SAVE ME FROM THAT EAGLES SONG! I never heard that one, and the others... holy cow! hahahaha I'm glad the Eagles decided to stay where they're at! Now the the others... wow I don't know if I can take these all in one sitting! bwahahahaha Thanks for sharing girlfriend!!!

The Island Cats said...

Interesting...we never thought of Heart of Glass as being disco. And we like the Eagles!

csuhpat1 said...

Beautiful songs. I enjoyed them all. Very cool.

Roby Sweet said...

Hey, I like the Eagles! Someone else can keep Hall & Oates though. :)

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

CK, are you sleeping on the job in the picture of the records? Then again, being that stunning must be exhausting!

Three Chatty Cats said...

I'm not super knowledgeable about music, so I trust your choices.

John Holton said...

Hey, I like Hall & Oates... XD

I didn't think of "Heart of Glass" being that much of a departure from what Blondie was doing, but I guess you and everyone else that picked that one made a case for it. I'm still a little steamed over the heavy-handed approach Phil Spector took to the "Let It Be" album, so I'm glad he backed off a little with The Ramones. Good choices here!

Alana said...

I love Heart of Glass and the Ramones song- the one that I did not like at all (a surprise!) was Bruce Springsteen and Shenandoah. But I didn't know about that song, so it's all good! And, I do like Hall and Oates. Well, some of their songs. As for the Eagles - hadn't heard that song in years. I think a lot of their songs have a country flavor, so it's all good!

Stacy Uncorked said...

Awesome song choices! You did the theme justice! ;)