This is a story all about how my life got twisted upside down. And I liked to take a minute and sit right there and tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air. In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days.

Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool and all shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school. When a couple of guys who were up to no good. Started makin’ trouble in my neighborhood. I got in one lil fight and my mom got scared, she said your movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air.

I whistled for a cab and when it came near, the license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I can say this cab is rare, but I thought naw forget it yo homes to Bel Air I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8, and I yelled to the cab, yo homes smell ya later. I looked at my kingdom I was finally there. To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air.

Footloose, But Not Fancyfree

Doveman (aka Harlem-based musician Thomas Bartlett who plays with David Byrne, Elysian Fields and The National among others) has created a shoegazer/emo version of the entire Footloose Soundtrack and his reasoning for doing so is pretty intense. Go check it out. My favorite is “Holding Out For A Hero”

UPDATE: Doveman’s Footloose album can now be purchased from itunes.

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Madonna And Ozzie Osbourne Together At Last

Did you know that Ozzy Osborne and Madonna shared vocals on a Was (Not Was) track called “Shake Your Head (Dub Remix)”? From the Was Not Was website:

In 1983 Madonna’s recorded vocals for Shake Your Head (Lets Go To Bed) a track on Born To Laugh At Tornadoes. When the album was released Madonna’s vocal had been replaced by Ozzy Osbourne’s, a completely different style. Don Was later explained: “She sang really well but l’ve always imagined the vocalist as extensions of ourselves and l couldn’t relate to female vocals being our voice” In 1992 the track was re-released in a different mix on Hello Dad I’m In Jail with Kim Basinger supplying the vocal.

For the alternative remix release In America, producer Steve “Silk” Hurley was given the wrong basic vocal/acapella tracks for the remix. Indeed, he was given Madonna’s vocals. This 12-inch remix was pressed before the error was realized and the release was then subsequently withdrawn. The 12-inch with the Madonna vocal has the catalogue number WASX12, compared to WAS12, the standard release which did not contain the Madonna vocals. The Ebay auction and back story can all be found here.

Listen to (download) the track right here on Artifacting. Was Not Was featuring Madonna – Shake Your Head (Steve Hurley Dub Remix)

You’re My Obsession

I hate posting youtube links here, but fuck it, it’s Friday and I’m feeling nostalgic. So below you’ll find a youtube video of what is, in my oh-so-humble opinion, one of the best duets of the 80’s. The original video to this song is lame, so I’ll go ahead and point you to this one containing clips from Pretty In Pink. I just love the spooky keyboards throughout verses. Ahhhh memories.

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