Tunez – Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…

A stellar rendition of “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” by the High Priestess of Soul herself, Nina Simone. Though this is only the ending of her live rendition, what makes the piece so brilliant is the fact that it was all improvised.

Nina Simone was one of the greatest stage performers of the late 20th Century, as exhibited here. Her stage presence is phenomenal, as is her control over the audience. Here’s hoping that you enjoy the music.

Tunez – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound

From the cradle bars, comes a beckoning voice

My favourite song from one of the biggest and best punk rock bands of all time, Siouxsie and the Banshees.

The band was lead by Siouxsie Sioux, the uncompromising, ur-gothic, queen of punk. If her vocals weren’t radical enough, then her eye make-up defiantly is. As one of the leading voices in punk rock, Siouxsie is one of the most badass women of the 20th Century – creating a new form of music with her distinctive vocals and quirky beats, while inadvertently creating a massive subculture with her fearless, iconic look and geometric eyeliner.

All hail the Queen of Goths and the Queen of Punk Rock!

Tunez – Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe

I’ll have another piece of apple pie…

Ode To Billie Joe is perhaps one of my favourite songs of all time. Written and performed by the flawless Bobbie Gentry, this Southern Gothic tells the tale of Billie Joe jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge. A truly beautiful country classic, the song sparked an incredible amount of speculation as to why Billie Joe jumped from the bridge – a film was even produced in 1976 – though the mystery of Ode To Billie Joe has never been solved.

At the time, Bobbie Gentry was one of the first female country singers to write and perform her own music. Her ode won numerous awards – a total of eight Grammy nominations.

I hope that you enjoy the song as much as I do.

Wishing you a happy Easter – Ziggy.

Tunez – Fleetwood Mac – Sisters of The Moon

She asked me, be my sister. 

You might know that I love Fleetwood Mac more than I love myself. Their live rendition of Stevie Nicks’ Sisters of The Moon is perhaps one of their best, besides from Rhiannon. Taken from their 1979 album Tusk, this live piece is widely regarded as one of Stevie’s best performances.

I just wanted to share it with you, we’re all sisters in the Riot, so stay safe and I hope you’ve had a wonderful New Year.

Christmas Tunez – The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl – Fairy tale of New York

Ok so I’m a HUUUGE fan of Christmas. It’s my favourite time of year, the frost on the Windows, roaring fire, hot chocolate and all the rest of it. It’s the best and for me Christmas begins about… eh a month before everyone else because my Christmas tree and lights go up around November 7th, 8th.

Anyway I know it’s Christmas for everyone else when this song plays. It has been named “the best Christmas song of the 21st century” on numerous occasions and it has been in the chart a total of 10 times since its initial release back in 1985.

The video was filmed during a “bitterly cold” thanksgiving weekend, it shows shots of New York city and is mainly filmed in a bar and in a police station. The song is a nice mix of Irish folk music and a few other genres but it has a very iconic tune to it which adds to the Christmas feeling.

Kristy MacColl, the female lead, died in a boating accident a while back but the pogues still perform the song to this day, of course it’s not the same without her. Anyway enjoy my favourite Christmas song ever 🙂

 

Merry Christmas.