Month: July 2023

New Horizons

“The Dark Side Of The Moon” is a modern metal quartet comprised of members from three other notable metal bands: “Feuerschwanz” from Germany, “Amaranthe” from Sweden, and the Swiss/German band “Ad Infinitum.” Formed through this convergence, they offer a unique blend of musical influences in their compositions.

Their recently released debut full-length album, “Metamorphosis,” delves into mesmerizing soundscapes, where they skillfully reinterpret iconic soundtrack themes and craft original songs inspired by their favorite fictional characters.

On their single “New Horizons,” the band collaborates with Fabienne Erni, a member of Swiss metallers “Eluveitie.” With Melissa Bonny’s and Fabienne Erni’s extraordinary vocal talents harmoniously intertwining, their captivating performance in the music video transports the listener to a whimsical realm of dreams and fantasies.

“New Horizons” by “The Dark Side Of The Moon” is new this week on RadiJohan.

Born To Be Wild

This week in 1969 The cult classic Easy Rider opened in theaters. The movie’s opening scenes are accompanied by the “heavy metal thunder” of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star as motorcycle-riding free spirits who travel through the American Southwest and South, carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal. The songs that make up the soundtrack were carefully selected to form a “musical commentary” within the film.

Country Meets Soul

Country star Miranda Lambert and Soul sensation Leon Bridges, both from Texas, have joined forces on a new ballad that takes us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, as they explore the ups and downs of a passionate romance. Written by Lambert, the lyrics of If You Were Mine play out like a promise to a lover as Lambert and Bridges croon over the possibility of what could be.

Lambert said she and Bridges bonded over Tex Mex, BBQ, and tequila while they were recording the song and explained that if he had decided not to record the song, she “wouldn’t have released it.”

If You Were Mine, by Miranda Lambert and Leon Bridges, is new this week on RadiJohan.

Welcome to Dead Club City

Nothing but Thieves are an English rock band formed in 2012. All three of their previous albums made the top 10 of the UK album chart. On the 30th of June they released their new album Dead Club City which has already hit number one on the album charts in the UK and The Netherlands.

Overcome, the new single by “Nothing But Thieves,” is new this week on RadiJohan.

From Jingle to Number One

This week in 1971 Radio stations started running a Coke commercial called I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke, sung by “The Hillside Singers.” Advertising agency McCann Erickson had produced the jingle for Coca-Cola and had wanted “The New Seekers” to sing it, but that group could not fit the project into their schedule and turned it down. The jingle was also used as a TV commercial showing young people from around the world singing on a hillside. Because of the popularity of the commercial the lyrics were re-written as I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing. “The Hillside Singers” recording of the full song hit number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. This convinced “The New Seekers” to record the song as well. Their version became an even bigger hit and reached the top of the charts in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

Sam’s Song of Hope

Fought & Lost is a ballad written and sung by British singer-songwriter Sam Ryder. The track, which features Queen’s Brian May on guitar, was initially written specifically for season 3 episode 11 of the American comedy-drama series “Ted Lasso.” Sam has described the song lyrically as a track “for the hope seekers & the faith keepers and the ones who foster the dream and keep its fire burning regardless of the knock backs, the almosts, the falls & the failures.”

Fought & Lost by Sam Ryder is new this week on RadiJohan.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 08 July 2023

10NewThe Teskey BrothersRemember The Time
98Matchbox TwentyDon’t Get Me Wrong
85TexasAfter All
79The Defiants19 Summertime
61ShinedownA Symptom of Being Human
54Crazy LoopLove Maria
47Michael Thompson BandThe Love Goes On
33Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsDead To The World

Watch this week’s Top 10 by clicking the play button below.

The Purple One Peaks at 1

This week in 1984 When Doves Cry, from his upcoming movie Purple Rain, gave “Prince” his first number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard it was the top song of 1984 in the USA. It also topped the charts in Australia and Canada. The music video was directed by Prince himself and was released on MTV in June 1984 and sparked controversy among network executives, who thought that its sexual nature was too explicit for television. 

The Emergence of Pink Floyd

This week in 1967 Pink Floyd appeared on the British TV show “Top Of The Pops” for the first time, playing their second single, See Emily Play. The song was written by Syd Barrett who was one of the band’s original members. His band mates kicked him out in 1968 after he had become increasingly unpredictable, doing a lot of Acid and, at times, refusing to play at shows. Barrett claimed “Emily” was a girl he saw when he woke up one night after sleeping in the woods after a gig. It is unclear if she was a real person or a drug-induced hallucination.

See Emily Play was a Top 10 hit in the UK.