Music Monday – Feel the Heat

Our air conditioner is kaput.  Waiting for the refrigerant is going to be refilled tomorrow, but until then, it’s going to be a hot summer night.  I know there are folks in the world who are hotter than us or who don’t know what air conditioning is, but it doesn’t make it any less miserable when you’re used to having air conditioning.
Feel the Heat by Jean Beauvoir
(released 1986; peaked #74 US Hot 100, Top Ten across Europe & Australia)
You feel the heat
Just feel the heat
You gotta feel the heat, yeah
Feel the heat, feel the heat
From the Cobra soundtrack.  This is the only song I can recall ever hearing by Jean Beauvoir, at least by that name, but he’s very involved in the music business as you can see by clicking on his name above and reading his Wikipedia page.  I liked the movie, too.  It wasn’t great, but I’m a Stallone fan.
The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey
(released 1984; peaked #2 US Hot 100 & Australia, #4 US Mainstream Rock, #8 Canada)
tell me can you feel it
tell me can you feel it
tell me can you feel it?
The heat is on
the heat is on
the heat is on

Another soundtrack song.  This song did much better on the charts and airwaves, as did the movie, Beverly Hills Cop.

Hot, Hot, Hot by Buster Poindexter
(released 1987; peaked #45 US Hot 100, #11 US Dance)
I’m hot — You’re hot — He’s hot — She’s hot
I’m hot — You’re hot — He’s hot — She’s hot
(Real hot) — (Real hot) — (Real hot) — (Real hot)
Ha-ha-ha – Oh Lord

Quite the big party song, this song may not really mean hot as in temperature, but it still fits how I’m feeling this evening.

Some Like It Hot by The Power Station
(released 1985; peaked #4 Canada, #6 US Hot 100, #7 Belgium)
Feel the heat burning you up, ready or not

Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on
Some feel the heat and decide that they can’t go on
Some like it hot, but you can’t tell how hot ’til you try
Some like it hot, so let’s turn up the heat ’til we fry.

Not quite sweltering and we’re not choosing to turn up the heat, but it’s hot and humid nonetheless.  Great Eighties song!
A Horse With No Name by America
(released 1972; peaked #1 US  Hot 100, #3 US Adult Contemporary & UK Singles)
The heat was hot, and the ground was dry

Our heat is hot, but our ground isn’t dry, which is a big part of the problem.  The humidity makes hiding in the shade sticky.

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Music Monday – Dope and Dead Presidents

President’s Day, a United States federal holiday honoring all of our Presidents.  Today seems the perfect day for songs referencing presidents:  dead, ineffective, and great… here it goes.
New Jack Hustler by Ice-T

I care nothing ’bout you, and that’s evident.
All I love’s my dope and dead presidents.

Yep.  Dead Presidents.  Cash.  Some of the ‘dead presidents’ are still worth something.  A few aren’t good for much more than tipping waiters and strippers, unless you have a whole stack of them.
Russians by Sting

There’s no such thing as a winnable war
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don’t subscribe to this point of view

A dead President.  On his debut solo album, Sting had this “No Nukes” song.  I like it.  Turns out, Mr. Reagan managed to protect us over the course of his presidency.  He showed the strength needed in that time of the Cold War, the strength to get the Soviet Union to come back to negotiate in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons, the strength to call on the Soviet General Secretary to free half of Germany, to allow the two Germanies to reunite when he said during his address at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  [Watch the video of this address, “Tear down this wall” at approx. 12 minute mark]
Too Much Time On My Hands by Styx

Now, I’m a jet-fuel genius
I can solve the world’s problems without even trying
I got dozens of friends, and the fun never ends
That is, as long as I’m buying
Is it any wonder I’m not the President?
Is it any wonder I’m null and void?

Null and Void. How far off are they really? Probably a lot closer there than with the solving the worlds problems line.
Smuggler’s Blues by Glenn Frey

It’s propping up the governments in Columbia and Peru
You ask any D.E.A. man, he’ll say there’s nothin’ we can do
From the office of the President
Right down to me and you, me and you

An ineffective President. Another of those great songs from Miami Vice.  And while a DEA man might say there’s nothing we can do, I think if the government really wanted to wage a “war on drugs”, we could be much more effective at it.
[Unfortunately, someone/group who owns the rights is preventing this video from being played.  It’s temporarily unavailable at VH1 and MTV, and the video on YouTube is missing the audio.]
Bicycle Race by Queen

You say coke I say caine
You say John I say Wayne
Hot dog I say cool it man
I don’t wanna be the President of America
You say smile I say cheese
Cartier I say please
Income tax I say Jesus
I don’t wanna be a candidate
For Vietnam or Watergate
Cos all I want to do is…

I guess Freddie and company thought all of these things sounded uniquely American.  I concur on not wanting to be President.
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