On this day in 1957 (yes that’s 61 years ago) Elvis Presley started an eight week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “All Shook Up”. This record went on to be the top seller of the year, with over 2 million copies sold. Listen shortly for this #classicgold track @tunein https://goo.gl/VL6m3N
30 years ago today this song was sitting on top of the Kiwi singles chart – and deservedly so. Bono wrote the song in memory of a Māori friend Greg Carroll who had been a roadie for the group. Such an incredible song – shivers down the spine stuff. We’ll play this just after 12. Listen ad-free to our great mix of music on @tunein https://goo.gl/VL6m3N
#onthisday in 1973 Bob Marley & The Wailer’s fifth album, Catch A Fire was released. We’ll play “Stir It Up” as a #classicgoldtrack after 12. Listen on @tunein ad free through New Zealand https://goo.gl/VL6m3N
This was a real club classic back in the day, and is pumping our speakers right now on the Saturday night party show. Listen on @tunein https://tunein.com/radio/New-Zealand-Net-Radio-s305138/
Darude was a Finnish DJ and released this track back in 1999. There is a classic joke where this video was so commonly used as backing music for streaming coverage of video games etc that you could just give a standard response to the question of ‘whats that track’ with “Darude – Sandstorm”. In fact in 2015 on April Fool’s Day any search for a song on YouTube was greeted with the helpful prompt “Did you mean: Darude – Sandstorm by Darude” 🙂
What a fantastic feel good track to invigorate you late in the evening. This brings back memories of that early 80s TV series. At 132 beats per minute you’d struggle to stay still through this quintessential 80s classic!
A single from 2003 this song from one of the best artists of the 1990s reached number 23 on the UK charts. David had to work to achieve success – his breakthrough album White Ladder was his fourth effort. The album this track was featured on, A New Day At Midnight entered the UK charts at number one and reached number six in New Zealand. Its been a couple of years since we’ve seen new music from Mr Gray – more please!
This song just can’t help getting your head nodding. Featured on Robert Palmer’s 1985 album Riptide the song was released as a single in 1986. An iconic 80s song it features distinctive lead guitar from Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor. It hit No. 1 in Australia and the US and peaked at No. 2 in the New Zealand chart, kept from the top spot by Sailing Away, the ‘supergroup’ song promoting our 1987 America’s Cup challenge. Addicted to Love has certainly stood the test of time!
Music journalists love a genre label – Public Image Ltd is categorised as ‘post punk’ although it was a creation of one of the main exponents of punk – John Lydon/Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. Formed in 1978, Rise was released some years later in 1986 on the album conveniently named Album.
A few years ago he talked about how he wrote the song about Nelson Mandela and apartheid. Go Johnny!
One distinctive feature of our music blend is the mix of old and new. Every now and then we engage in a bit of nostalgia and press play on a Classic Gold Track. This song is absolutely outstanding, Classic Gold in every possible sense.
Written by the legendary Bob Dylan it was first heard on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde, an album often rated as one of the greatest albums of all time. Although this original version by Dylan is great, look out for the cover by UK 60s band Manfred Mann. Their version features German artist and musician Klaus Voormann playing the flute (better known for his association with The Beatles and his photography and design of their Revolver album cover). The 60s cover is the classic although a later variant of the band (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) also covered it.