Month: October 2022

Hanging By a Moment

On 31 October 2000 American rock band “Lifehouse” released their debut album No Name Face. The album’s first single, Hanging by a Moment, was written by lead singer “Jason Wade.” He was only 21 years old when it was released, and while many “Lifehouse” fans were his age, many more were older, earning the song airplay not only on Rock and Pop radio, but on Adult Contemporary stations as well. It became the most-played song on American radio in 2001. Hanging by a Moment peaked at number 1 in Australia and also made the top 10 in New Zealand.

The Big Moon

“The Big Moon” are an English band formed in 2014. The four piece have recently released their third album Here s Everything. Their single, Trouble, looks at motherhood and its impact on life. The band’s lead singer, Juliette Jackson, comments:

“‘Trouble’ is about remembering walking over the railway bridge to the hospital to give birth. This is a bridge I cross every day, but somehow in my memory on that day it’s like a bridge over a canyon in a technicolour Wizard of Oz jungle landscape. Like giant leaves and blurry edges and oversaturated colours. But it’s just a pissy graffiti-covered South London pedestrian bridge. And it’s about learning that memories aren’t always right, and you don’t have to hang on to them and be traumatised by them forever.”

Trouble by “The Big Moon” is new this week on RadiJohan

Jerry Lee Lewis dies aged 87

Rock and Roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, perhaps the last true icon of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, has died. He was there at the beginning, with artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and Buddy Holly. It was his 1957 hit Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. Major hits like Great Balls of Fire, Breathless, and High School Confidential followed. Sam Phillips, who launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records in Memphis, called Lewis the most talented person he had ever seen. Musicians and music journalists called him a true virtuoso whose music was so rich and complex that some of them swore there were two pianos on stage instead of one.

His popularity quickly eroded in the wake of his marriage to “Myra Gale Brown,” his 13-year-old cousin once removed but his career was re-ignited in 1968 when he made a transition into country music and had 30 songs reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Country and Western Chart. His successes continued throughout the decades as he released new albums and continued to tour around the world. His 2006 album Last Man Standing was his best selling release, with over a million copies sold worldwide. His last album was a gospel record with his cousin, lifetime televangelist “Jimmy Swaggart,” who had preached against his music when they were younger. He received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Judith, his seventh wife, was by his side when he passed away at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi.

Rosa Linn

22 year old Armenian singer-songwriter “Rosa Linn” began playing the piano at the age of six and started writing song when she was 11. This year she represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Snap. Despite only finishing 20th in the contest’s grand final the song went viral on social media and started to chart globally. Rosa Linn’s Snap is new this week on RadiJohan.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 25 October 2022

10NewSuedeShe Still Leads Me On
9NewMadison CunninghamLife According to Racheal
8NewIngrid AndressPain
79Collective SoulAll Our pieces
63Cats In SpacePoke The Witch
56The Head and The HeartHurts (But it Goes Away)
44The StrutsFallin’ With Me
32Tuk Smith and The Restless HeartsBallad of a Misspent Youth
25The Night Flight OrchestraBlack Stars and Diamonds
11Ilse DeLangeWilling

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“New” Queen

Queen have released a previously unreleased song with the legendary Freddie Mercury on lead vocals. Face It Alone was recorded during the sessions for Queen’s 1989 album The Miracle. The track had been forgotten about but was rediscovered when the band returned to the sessions as part of a reissue box-set for the album due to be released in November. Guitarist Brian May said that they found the “little gem” kind of hiding in plain sight. He explained:

“We looked at it many times and thought, oh no, we can’t really rescue that. But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, ‘OK, we can do this and this.’ It’s like kind of stitching bits together. But it’s beautiful, it’s touching.”

The presence of Freddie is without doubt the song’s main attraction. Face It Alone is new this week on Radijohan.

The Wiz

This week in 1978 the movie version of The Wiz, which debuted as a Broadway stage production in 1975, hit theaters. The re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featured an all-black cast including Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow. The movie marked Michael Jackson’s acting debut. A special single edit of A Brand new day (Everybody Rejoice), one of the songs from The Wiz, peaked at number one on the charts in Belgium and The Netherlands.

New music from Queensrÿche

“Queensrÿche” have released their new album Digital Noise Alliance. Outside of the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal genre the American band, formed in 1980, are no doubt best remembered for their 1990 hit ballad Silent Lucidity. There’s a ballad on the new album too. Queensrÿche states:

The ballad of the album, ‘Forest’ embodies the sorrow of losing a loved one, trying to cope with such a profound loss, while occasionally feeling that person’s presence around you and asking for a sign.  It is a topic very relatable to people, as we will all at some point experience the great loss of a parent, child, sibling, spouse, or dear friend.

Queensrÿche’s Forest is new this week on RadiJohan.

KT Tunstall

Scottish singer-songwriter “KT Tunstall” has recently released her seventh studio album Nut. It’s the third album of a trilogy which explores the Body, Soul, and Mind. The album’s first single, Private Eyes, recounts a surreal celebrity encounter at a party early in Tunstall’s career.

Early on after my big success, I would dip my toe into accepting invites to random parties. At one party in a little club in Soho, London, a beautiful actress – who I didn’t know personally – in a big puffball gown, grabbed my hand and pulled me down the stairs into the basement kitchen in a panic. She was terrified of the paparazzi stalking her outside – she couldn’t face them,” Tunstall shares. “Mascara was running down her face as she had a meltdown on the floor. I had to break it to her, there was no door down here; the only way out was back up. But I remember through my own boozy haze how tragic it seemed that this person had so craved a life that had now felt like a prison. Beautiful eyes that didn’t want everyone looking into them.

Private Eyes is new this week on RadiJohan.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 18 October 2022

107Robbie WilliamsLost
9NewCollective SoulAll Our pieces
85Goo Goo DollsYeah I Like You
73Generation RadioAngels
69The Head and The HeartHurts (But it Goes Away)
510The Night Flight OrchestraBlack Stars and Diamonds
46The StrutsFallin’ With Me
31Cats In SpacePoke The Witch
24Tuk Smith and The Restless HeartsBallad of a Misspent Youth
12Ilse DeLangeWilling

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