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Music for National Singles Awareness Day

singles awarenessSingles and loving it!

Today is National Singles Awareness Day, a humorous holiday celebrated by those not in a romantic relationship.

But when I hear “singles” I’m not thinking of unpaired people, as a music lover what comes to mind is those 45 rpm records, the little ones. Since I love music so much, I have a 45 rpm spindle (used for singles) tattooed on my wrist, though my wrist is small the tattoo artist had to re-size the spindle in his outline.

So to celebrate records — the little ones of course — I want to share some of my favorite singles I had as a kid and  teenager. And for extra fun, I’m going to post the ones that actually show the sleeve or label. ENJOY, it’s quite the variety. (And some of these I played when I deejayed in NYC!)


Happy Birthday to Morrissey

MorrisseyPhoto swiped from Google and there’s a photo credit, so we’re cool here!


Every Day is Like Sunday

We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful

You’re the One for Me, Fatty


And some goodies when he fronted The Smiths:

How Soon is Now

This Charming Man

I’m So Sorry

Bigmouth Strikes Again

Christmas Wrapping

Christmas wrapping

Another one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

I remember the first time I heard it was in a nightclub called Aldo’s in New Jersey. It was the last song played and then the lights went on. Everyone was in a festive mood and some of us were still singing, “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” long after the lights went on and the music (and drinks) stopped.

Hooray for the Waitresses for creating some stellar Christmas magic for us new wave fans on the onset of rap music in 1981, hence the clever name “Christmas Wrapping” (rapping).


Christmas Wrapping

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Some Ghostly Good Tunes for Halloween


Yesterday we did devils, today’s Halloween theme is ghosts.


Psychedelic Furs: GHOST IN YOU



The Specials: GHOST TOWN


Rowland S. Howard & Lydia Lunch: I FELL IN LOVE WITH A GHOST


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Little Ghost Song

1998 Radio City Music Hall: Pretenders and B52s Double Bill

Photo by James Yeramian, found on Flickr

Late June, 1998, I had the pleasure to see a double bill with The Pretenders and B52s at Radio City Music Hall, NYC.

I was a fan of both bands and saw them both much earlier (on separate occasions) at the Capital Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey — all the back in 1980.

With an 18 year time difference between the times I saw both acts, I can’t honestly say which shows were better because both of these bands were always a class act.

Aside from all the great songs, dancing, people not being in their seats during almost the entire show, high energy, etc., there were three outstanding moments from this particular gig.

1. Shaking hands with Gene Simmons. The B52s were up first. Now, from day one, whenever I went to a concert my eyes are always pretty much glued to the stage. But when my friend Janet pointed out that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were sitting right behind us, so I had to look.

She was right. It was Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at a B52s/Pretenders concert! How surreal.

I said hello to Gene Simmons and he shook my hand. He seemed very nice. Paul was sitting a bit further down, so I didn’t get to meet him that night, although I met him over 10 years earlier at a club in Brooklyn called L’Amour’s.

It was so surreal seeing two members of KISS with their girlfriends. (I’m not sure if it was Shannon who was with Gene, as this concert was way before the “KISS Family Jewels” show was on the air, so I didn’t really know who Shannon Tweed was). Both women were blonde and beautiful.

And it just goes to show that musicians love all kinds of music — not just the kind of music they perform. This is why music fans should stop referring to anything they think is “uncool” as a “guilty pleasure” because it’s all cool!

Gene and Paul left in the middle of the B52s set. I guess too many fans were staring at them.

2. Chrissie Hynde acknowledging the death of Wendy O. Williams. Two months prior to this show, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics killed herself. This was a shocker to me. I heard the news via email from an editor I worked with briefly. The news broke my heart. I was a huge Plasmatics fan and saw their show pretty close to 10 times. I met Wendy once and she was nice to me. I always admired her strength and viewed her as a woman way ahead of her time. I took her death very hard.

I don’t know if Chrissie Hynde and Wendy O. Williams knew each other personally, but I do know they had a major common ground as they were both vegetarians. Wendy O. Williams was even on the cover of Vegetarian Times.

It was very sweet of Chrissie to acknowledge Wendy. That was so nice and unexpected. Kudos to Chrissie for doing that.

3. Chrissie Hynde dedicating “I’ll Stand By You” to “the animals.” Being an animal lover myself, this was a very poignant moment for me. I love that Chrissie Hynde does so much for the animals. Whenever that song comes on the radio, I remember this concert that I went to so very long ago and ever since hearing Chrissie’s dedication, I love that song even more.

Let’s Dance — At Aldo’s Hideaway, 1983

David Bowie, circa 1980

Aldo’s Hideaway was a cutting edge dance club in New Jersey.

The first time I went there, I was barely 17 and a friend took me there to see The Stranglers. It was my first experience with breaking a curfew, as bands didn’t go on until 2 a.m. back in those days (which was great for older “kids” who went to college or worked because you could put in a full day, shower, eat and nap before a night on the town, which usually began no earlier than 11 p.m.)

I was hooked on this dance club. First of all because back then there weren’t “all ages” shows like they have today, so there weren’t places for a teenager to go. But for some reason the bouncers/door people were very easy going in regard to not checking IDs.

Second, because they played great music. All the popular new wave songs from the 1980s.

In spite of my grandmother’s warnings that the club could get shut down if our ages were ever found out, my younger sister and I went to Aldo’s on a regular basis.

There are so many stories to tell about this place, but one of the nights that I had the most fun was June 17, 1983, the day my sister turned 17. (I was 19 and the drinking age was 19 at that time, so I was finally there legally, but she wasn’t).

A DJ named Brian always played cool new wave music on Saturday nights. Brian was super skinny, had a bat tattoo on his upper arm and dressed like David Bowie did during his 1980s phase. Many Aldo’s patrons thought Brian was the coolest. But considering our very young age, my sister and I thought he looked like a younger version of our grandfather (even though Brian was probably only in his 20s, but mind you that is SO OLD to someone who is just a teenager!)  We even secretly nicknamed Brian, “Poppy” after our grandfather.

But Brian was very nice to us. As all the staff at Aldo’s was. I think they knew we were underage but they looked after us.

When I mentioned it was my sister’s birthday to Brian that night, he played David Bowie for her because that was her favorite at the time. Brian then came out from his DJ booth and on to the dance floor to wish my sister a Happy Birthday.

Then he played two Japan songs, back to back, for me!

When the clock struck midnight, and it was officially my sister’s birthday, he played another David Bowie song.

This was a very special night, and a very positive story about a young person (DJ Brian) looking out for even younger people.

Even though teens and 20s are a huge age difference, that’s just how it was in the 1980s. Music brought like-minded people together. And it felt so good not to be thought of as “just a kid” and that someone cool paid attention to us youngsters!

Welcome to Maryanne’s Jukebox!

(Icon made by Todd Gordon)

This blog is inspired by a “Jukebox” page I once had on Face Book, before I lost my password.

On the page “fans” posted tons of songs that they loved. It was out of control fun. Anything and everything goes. My motto was: “It’s not your mother’s jukebox, and it ain’t your daughter’s either!”

This blog dedicated to all types of music I love. My tastes run all over the map so there will be something for everyone: punk, new wave, easy listening, country, goth, AM gold, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s 2000s, spiritual, glam, hard rock, experimental, bubblegum, hardcore, disco, classical, and more, more, more — you name it!

I’ll talk about music that inspires me, music I’ve seen in the past, music I go to see currently.

Music is my life and I’ve written about music for many publications including: The Aquarian Arts Weekly, The Montclair Times, In the Flesh,, and Punk Magazine.

To all the music lovers of Generation X — ENJOY!

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