Category Archives: Thursday Throwback

2016 In Review: Thursday Throwback: Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy

Thursday Throwback: Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy: Dancing in the Moonlight

More known for their smash hits The Boys are Back in Town and Jailbreak, for my money there was no greater song that Thin Lizzy ever made than Dancing in the Moonlight.  The song tells of a wayward night on the town where a young lad falls to the attraction of a lady and possibility while balking the responsible actions he should have taken.  It is a ballad for true romantics, giving up conventional rational for that very special moment you find something truly special that must bee pursued.  The bass line is infectious as well, walking you along the story with  a swing in your step.  Enjoy a little up beat romantic swing this morning and next time fate and possibility comes your way, take some time to flesh it out.

Thursday Throwback: Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC

Run DMC: Christmas in Hollis

What better way to get in the Holiday spirit than chilling with some ill reindeer in Hollis, Queens.  The rap pioneers bring a funky flow to a usually worn out diatribe of seasonal anthems.  Reverend Run and DMC paint quite the vivid picture of what their Rockwellian painting in Hollis really looks like.

Throwback Thursday: People Everyday by Arrested Development

Arrested Development: People Everyday

The silky smooth delivery and infectious beats were so cathcy that the deep substance of the lyrics of Arrested Development often got over looked.  Take People Everyday, which I can remember soccer moms and the like blasting and singing along to the chorus.  Thinking that it was a song about unity and togetherness, when in actuality it is the story of differences within the African American society.  I don’t think many white suburban mothers can relate to being rolled up on by some guys drinking 40’s and hitting on their date, but hey maybe I’m wrong since we all are Everday People.

Thursday Throwback: Cotton Crush by Kevin Devine featuring Jesse Lacey

Kevin Devine  featuring Jesse Lacey: Cotton Crush

Arguably what has become Kevin Devine’s most popular song was just the lead single off this third solo album Split the Country, Split the Street when he and Jesse Lacey took to a small cramped stage in Staten Island.  Serving as a big surprise to an annual Christmas party at a local club, the two launched into their hard driving harmonies and put the crowd into a ruckus.  My college roommate was a Staten Island resident, as was Devine, and told me about this annual holiday show that he was thinking about attending but they hadn’t announced who was playing.  Let’s just say when he told me upon returning for spring semester I was not to pleased I had missed out.

 

 

Thursday Throwback: Uptown by Prince **With Special Announcement**

Prince: Uptown

That’s right ladies and gentleman, we are taking American Appetite Uptown, to the Twin Cities for the weekend.  Our first venture out into the Midwest should provide for some killer articles coming up.  Home to some musical giants such as Prince, Bob Dylan, The Hold Steady, and The Replacements; not to mention the Coen Brothers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Brock Lesner!!!!  It was a complete no brainer that when time came to pick a destination to explore off the east coast that the land of 10,000 lakes would be the first choice.  So make sure to contact me with any suggestions on places that need to be explored so I can check them out.

Big news number two is that it just so happens that Sunday night at the 7th Street Entry the one, the only, Kevin Devine  will be gracing the stage with the Goddamn Band.  Such fate must bestow a celebration or reward of some sort, so in your case I am rewarding all my readers with Kevin Devine Week!  Starting first thing Monday morning the daily music will be centered around Kevin Devine.  Every day I will also provide an anecdote or even maybe some media accompaniment to my 10+ years of fandom, and often stupidity.  Book ending the week I’ll be seeing Kevin Devine at Royale in Boston, MA to cap off what proves to be a memorable week.  Make sure to follow all the social media as I’ll be taking plenty of videos and pictures from the heart of the action.  For those of you who are fans I’m sure you will enjoy the next week, for those who have no clue who Kevin Devine is, get ready to be blown away by one of the most authentic, sweet, caring, intelligent, rocking mofo’s out there in the music game.

So we have a lot going on this coming week on the old American Appetite, get ready for a lot coming your way and enjoy!

Thursday Throwback: Anything, Anything by Dramarama

Dramarama: Anything, Anything

As a child born in 1986 I had never heard of Dramarama, who broke up when I was the ripe old age of 8, in my life until I watched the short lived VH1 show Band Reunited.  For those unfamiliar the show attempted to ambush members of prominent one hit wonder bands (for the most part) of the 80’s and convince them to reunite for atleast a one off show.  Dramarama was one of a small handful of bands that actually all agreed to reunite, and beyond that they decided to get back together and release a new album.  While I can’t speak to the worthiness of their reconnected work, Anything, Anything is as classic an 80’s song as you can get.  The driving beat combined with lyrics of luxurious yearning paint a vivid picture of the lengths one would go to secure their love.  The beat and main guitar rifts are similar to an upbeat Cure with the nasally vocals are pure 80’s new wave screech.  Overall it is such an addictive song I asked Santa for it for Christmas, even if the rest of the album didn’t live up to the single.

Thursday Throwback: Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy: Dancing in the Moonlight

More known for their smash hits The Boys are Back in Town and Jailbreak, for my money there was no greater song that Thin Lizzy ever made than Dancing in the Moonlight.  The song tells of a wayward night on the town where a young lad falls to the attraction of a lady and possibility while balking the responsible actions he should have taken.  It is a ballad for true romantics, giving up conventional rational for that very special moment you find something truly special that must bee pursued.  The bass line is infectious as well, walking you along the story with  a swing in your step.  Enjoy a little up beat romantic swing this morning and next time fate and possibility comes your way, take some time to flesh it out.

 

Thursday Throwback: Tom Sawyer by Rush

Rush: Tom Sawyer

The prog rock masters from the land up north have recently come out with some rather disappointing news.  Having completed a lengthy tour that was documented for their latest big screen rock doc Rush: Time Stand Still (which premiers in theaters tonight) the tenacious trio spoke of hanging up their touring spurs.  For a variety of reasons featured in the new documentary, ranging from health issues to having a new family at home, the band feels like this will be their last.  With that in mind it is only right that we throw back to not only a Rush, but a Rock and Roll classic, Tom Sawyer.  The first time I heard this song I was on a boat tubing around a lake in New Hampshire when this bizarre laser song came over the stereo.  This was completely unlike anything I had ever heard before.  Crazed synth over an advanced time signature and lyrics of Twainian origin made for when hell of a catchy if not confusing jam to my ears, that I couldn’t shake from my head for months.

Thursday Throwback: Don’t Sweat the Technique by Eric B. & Rakim

Eric B. & Rakim: Don’t Sweat the Technique

With the phenomenal news coming out that after 23 years apart the dynamic duo of Eric B. and Rakim will be reuniting, it only makes sense to give a little shout out to a Hip Hop classic.  Few MC and DJ tandems have ever compared to mind blowing songs that those fellas put out.  The jazzy cut up samples that Eric B. produced were so ahead of his time layering horns, bass, audio samples, and much more to craft a new type of hip hop and art for that matter.  He was matched in his brilliance only by his lyrical partner on the microphone in Rakim.  Rakim’s smooth steady delivery weaved in and out of pockets created by the beat like two laces in a shoe.  They were and continue to be ahead of the game and continue to inspire thousands of you producers, DJs, and MCs to this day.