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Top 4 “Brand New” Classics :    The Stylistics, The Clash, James Brown, Dead Or Alive

Top 4 “Brand New” Classics : The Stylistics, The Clash, James Brown, Dead Or Alive

Mike Pease

March 10th, 2013

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james brownWhen you hear the phrase “brand new” with music, you’re expecting the latest, most update current songs.   But some of the greatest hits in music history added the catch phrase to their title.   Here’s a look back at four “brand new” favorites:
 

“YOU MAKE FEEL BRAND NEW”    THE STYLISTICS

THESTYLISTICSIf I made of list of the songs I wish I would written, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” would be included on the list.   Like a perfect Hallmark card, the lyrics are so utterly simple and concise, yet they manage to find that magical ability to touch your heart so deeply in minimum words.

Precious love
You held my life within your hands
Created everything I am
Taught me how to live again

Only you care when I needed a friend
Believed in me through thick and thin
This song is for you and with gratitude and love

God bless you
You make me feel brand new
For God blessed me with you

 

“BRAND NEW CADILLAC”      THE CLASH

clash london callingIt’s only 2:08, but the Clash combined their 70’s punk style with a little retro rockabilly on one of the top tracks on their legendary London Calling album.    It’s actually a cover song from a 1959 B-side by Vince Taylor and his Playboys.   The song got a new life when the X-Box game, Rock Band 3, added the song to their downloadable content.

 

“PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG”    JAMES BROWN

This is where funk music got its start.   James Brown’s band, the Famous Flames, rips into this track with horns blaring, electric guitar riffs, and the perfect stop/start beat to enhance James iconic style.    Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag is an instant party starter that gets bodies out of their chairs and onto the dance floor.   The song has consistently appears on lists of the Top 100 songs of all-time.

“BRAND NEW LOVER”     DEAD OR ALIVE

dead or alive brand new loverDead or Alive came from Liverpool, England.   Hmmm, wasn’t there another big band from Liverpool?   During the 80’s British New Wave revolution, Dead or Alive scored two of the biggest pop hits of the decade.  “You Spin Me Right Round” and “Brand New Lover” not only went Top 10, they both have been sampled in recent years and turned into current dance anthems.

 

 

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