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Whoomp! (There It Is) vs. Whoot, There It Is
Published by Toronto Mike on July 10, 2013 @ 09:42 in Music, Similar Songs

Whoomp! (There It Is) vs. Whoot, There It IsWhen my power returned yesterday evening, I blurted out "I've got the power!". I was channeling Snap! who had a hit with the song in 1990.

The Power made me think of similar pop-rap hits in the early 90s. Naturally, I remembered that time two songs shared the same chorus...

In 1993, 95 South released "Whoot, There It Is". One month later, Tag Team released "Whoomp! (There It Is)".

Here's 95 South's "Whoot, There It Is":

And here's Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)":

Despite the fact the choruses are almost identical, they're otherwise completely different songs. Interestingly enough, both songs charted on the Billboard chart at the same time. "Whoot, There It Is" peaked at #11 and "Whoomp! (There It Is)" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Songs From My Wedding
Published by Toronto Mike on June 17, 2013 @ 15:20 in Music, Toronto Wedding

Songs From My WeddingI got married on Saturday. It was an awesome day, and now that it's come and gone, I can share the music we chose.

Processional

Just Breathe - Pearl Jam

Signing

Sea of Love - Cat Power

Recessional

I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles

Bridal Party Entrance

Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes

Young Folks - Peter, Bjorn & John

Our First Dance

Long Time Running - The Tragically Hip

Bride and Her Father Dance

Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young

Groom and His Mother Dance

Try - Blue Rodeo

couple

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Picking the Last Song of the Night Was Easy
Published by Toronto Mike on May 20, 2013 @ 11:44 in Music

Picking the Last Song of the Night Was EasyI'm getting married in a few weeks, so we're now finalizing the music for the big event.

There's been some fun debate with regards to what song will play before the ceremony and after the ceremony and while we sign the marriage certificate and all of that, but picking the last song of the night was easy.

The last song will be Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World". This one was a no-brainer for me. Its place in the soundtrack of my life was solidified 24 summers ago when it was played on the Polar Express every night during the CNE after closing. It became the thought provoking anthem of my summer of '89.

It's the perfect cap to a magical evening. I'm just glad Monica agrees.

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Who Anne Murray Is To Me
Published by Toronto Mike on May 2, 2013 @ 16:30 in Memories, Music

Who Anne Murray Is To MeI'm still south of 40, so I don't remember Anne Murray's heyday with "Snowbird" and her other early and mid-70s hits. I missed the Anne Murray era, but I have very strong memories of her.

In 1977, Anne Murray released There's a Hippo in My Tub, and my parents bought it for me. I heard it all the time as a child.

hippo

My favourite tracks from the album were "Animal Crackers" and "Teddy Bears' Picnic". I friggin' loved "Teddy Bears' Picnic".

I'm not sure how the younger generation remembers Anne Murray, except from history books that remember her fondly as one of Canada's first big female solo singer success stories.

I remember her for the hippo in her bathtub.

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What Was the First Rock Song?
Published by Toronto Mike on April 16, 2013 @ 10:11 in Music

Hey Mike;

I'm teaching a music course in the TDSB; as a career musician, enjoying it immensely (no sound checks).

The other day, a bright kid comes with this question: "Mr. Corby, what was the first rock song?"

He was , of course not referring to rock...AND ROLL!!!! but to the rushing blast of real rock. I answered Hush (Deep Purple) or Born To Be Wild.

Personally, I am now thinking more My Generation or You Really Got Me. Only people of a certain age even understand this question.

Why don't you see what your crew can come up with?

Cheers,
Corby

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It's Really Love and Toot Sweet became Johnny's Theme
Published by Toronto Mike on April 9, 2013 @ 09:47 in Music

It's Really Love and Toot Sweet are Johnny's ThemeAnnette Funicello passed away yesterday. Disney had the young actress signed to a record contract when she recorded "It's Really Love".

"It's Really Love" was simply a reworking of a Paul Anka song called "Toot Sweet".

Paul Anka reworked the song a third time and came up with "Johnny's Theme", a song you've likely heard hundreds of times.

Paul Anka and Annette Funicello actually dated for a while in the late 50s. Now you know... the rest of the story.

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Chalk Circle
Published by Toronto Mike on April 1, 2013 @ 14:07 in Music

April FoolToday is the perfect day to share my favourite song from the first band I saw live in concert, Chalk Circle.

April Fool


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Dropkick Murphys - Fields of Athenry
Published by Toronto Mike on March 17, 2013 @ 10:39 in Music

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TTC Skidaddler
Published by Toronto Mike on March 7, 2013 @ 11:51 in Music, TTC ~ Toronto Transit Commission

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Drake ~ 5AM In Toronto
Published by Toronto Mike on March 7, 2013 @ 11:04 in Music

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