Album Art Flashback: The Wrestling Album

For those of you who watched President Obama’s comedy performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this evening and wondered about the song used in the opening clip, here is the scoop. The song is Real American by Rick Derringer. Fans of professional wrestling will probably recognize it as theme song of Hulk Hogan.

The song was originally recorded for The Wrestling Album. Released in 1985, it was the first album released by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and featured several theme songs of popular professional wrestlers. Cyndi Lauper is featured on the album as a backing vocalist for Real American. She also produced Lou Albano’s track under the pseudonym Mona Flambé.

Many of professional wrestling’s superstars from the era are featured on the album cover. The original LP is rare and considered to be a collector’s item. It differs slightly from the CD cover shown below.

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Album cover for Glee: The Music Volume 6 revealed

The cover for the forthcoming volume six Glee compilation album has been revealed. Glee: The Music Volume 6 Season Two is scheduled to be released on May 24, 2011.

The cover art for the new album is a departure for Glee compilation series. It does not include photographs of the cast members. Instead, the cover features a golden theater marquee. The cover was leaked online a few days ago and many fans doubted that it could actually be the official artwork. I can confirm that it is. The track list can be found below.

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  1. Turning Tables featuring Gwyneth Paltrow
  2. I Feel Pretty / Unpretty
  3. As If We Never Said Goodbye
  4. Born This Way
  5. Dreams featuring Kristin Chenoweth
  6. Songbird
  7. Go Your Own Way
  8. Don’t Stop
  9. Rolling in The Deep featuring Jonathan Groff
  10. Isn’t She Lovely
  11. Dancing Queen
  12. Try a Little Tenderness
  13. My Man
  14. Pure Imagination
  15. Bella Notte
  16. As Long as You’re There
  17. Pretending
  18. Light Up the World

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Cover art for The Royal Wedding: The Official Album revealed

The cover the the official album featuring the music from today’s royal wedding has just been revealed via news release from Decca Label Group. The album will be released on CD on May 10, 2011. It will be available as a digital download on May 3. The physical album will include a special collector’s booklet featuring the
complete order of service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings, and all the
music from the event.

“This will be the first Official Royal Wedding Album ever to enter the
worldwide digital charts. It will capture a piece of history for a new
generation.”

— Dickon Stainer, President of Decca Records

The cover features a photograph of the royal couple kissing, which is much less formal than the covers of previous royal wedding albums. The news release did not include a credit for the photographer.

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Album Art Flashback: A Royal Wedding flashback in album covers

Unless you’re been living under several large boulders, the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place this morning. The ceremony wrapped up about 7 a.m. Eastern Time, as the couple signed the marriage register.

Royal Weddings are not everyday occurrences (unless everyone considers their partner Prince Charming and he’s always referring to you as Princess). Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) married Lady Diana Francis Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981 in what was widely billed as a “fairytale wedding” and the “wedding of the century”.
It was watched by a global television audience of 750 million.

The Royal Wedding H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and The Lady Diana Spencer (1981)


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Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) tied the knot with Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark (Philip Montbatten, Duke of Edinburgh) on November 20th 1947, also at Westminster Abbey. I am unsure of the exact release year from Griffin & Co Limited, who elaborate: “A celebration in music of the Golden Wedding of the Queen and the Duke
of Edinburgh. London Brass, oboist Nicholas Daniel, treble Timothy
Dickinson join Martin Baker, organist, to supply the musical
accompaniment to this grand celebration. The service included music used
in the original wedding, and from the Silver Anniversary in 1972.”

Westminster Abbey Choir – The Royal Golden Wedding (2002)


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At the Movies: Fast Five

ludacris.jpgFast Five, the fifth is the Fast and the Furious film series, opened in U.S. theaters today. The film was directed by Justin Lin and is the first in the series to be released in IMAX. It stars Fast Five
Vin Diesel,
Paul Walker,
Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson
and several others.

Two albums are being released on May 3, 2011. One is the original movie score by Brian Tyler. The other is the soundtrack album that includes selections of the score and songs by artists such as Don Omar, Busta Rhymes and Ludacris. The lead single from the soundtrack is Furiously Dangerous by Ludacris featuring Slaughterhouse and Claret Jai (right). The single is currently available as a digital download on iTunes.

The cover art for the two albums is significantly different. Both are derived from posters for the film. The cover for the Brian Tyler score is a square version of the main theatrical release poster. The cover for the soundtrack is a square version of one of the teaser posters.

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In the News: The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton will take place today. It officially begins at 11 a.m. (London time) when the couple arrives at Westminster Abbey for the ceremony.
The Official Album, available May 4th (amazon.uk) and May 17th (amazon.com), will, in my opinion, top the UK Album charts.

Featuring every aspect of the occasion, the album will include the
music–old and new–the readings and blessings, and of course the exchange of vows between Prince William and Catherine Middleton in the historic Abbey on the day itself. The music is provided by The Choir of Westminster Abbey, the London Chamber Orchestra, the State Trumpeters and the Trumpeters of the Central Band of the RAF.

Source: amazon.uk

The Royal Wedding – The Official Album (2011)


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Buy NowRecent media reports suggest that interest within the UK is fairly
subdued at the moment (compared to Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles’ wedding, I
assume), and that world-wide media attention (especially from America) is more
predominant.

America loves a princess. Remember Grace Kelly? She married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco on April 18, 1956. When
she set sail on April 4th from Pier 84 New York Harbor on the liner SS Constitution, some 400 reporters applied to sail, though most were turned away. Sorry America…. but you started a little thing called the American Revolution… you don’t get to have royalty any more 🙂

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Déjà Vu: Girls Aloud vs. X-Ray Spex

X-Ray Spex were an English punk band from London. During their 1976-79 active years (they reformed three more times in 1991, 1995-96 and 2008), they were “deliberate underachievers” and only squeezed out five singles and a solitary album! However, their first single Oh Bondage, Up Yours! is now acknowledged as a punk rock classic, and the album Germ Free Adolescents is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Members of X-Ray Spex included Poly Styrene (vocals) and Lora Logic (saxophone), both of whom left the music industry for a spell in the ’80s to run away and join the Hare Krishna movement. Those were the days… *sigh*.

X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents (1978)


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Regular AAX gallery contributor extraordinaire Vocephus, who did the scans, tells me that he thinks it goes (from left to right) BP Hurding (drums), Rudi Thompson (sax), Poly Stryene (vox), Jak Airport (guitar), and Paul Deen (bass) although “that could be completely wrong”! And he told me that Lora Logic left the band after Live at the Roxy to go to school, so she’s not on the cover.
The back cover is exactly how you would expect to see the front cover if you walked around and looked at it from behind. I like that! And the rebellious mismatched socks.

Germ Free Adolescents (back cover)


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Girls Aloud released the single Biology in 2005 from their third studio album Chemistry. The girls in the test tubes (from left to right based on my powers of observation) are Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding. Why oh why couldn’t they have all been wet and under water like X-Ray Spex? Just joking. Their poses remind me of the cover for The Beatles’ album Help!

Considered one of Girls Aloud’s signature songs, The Guardian referred to Biology as “the best pop single of the last decade.” Ahem .. sorry… just clearing my throat. Honest! Biology was Girls Aloud’s tenth top ten UK hit. Now can someone please let out the girl in test tube number two.

Girls Aloud – Biology (2005)


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Fun with fake album covers: Birther edition

Famous Album Covers is a blog collective where people post fictional album covers by fictional bands along with fictional stories about them. It has been a long time since my last contribution to the blog and when I saw what is certain to be the most viewed online graphic in history yesterday, I was inspired. I thought that a retro look would be quite appropriate for this “famous” album cover.

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The Birthers: S/T

The Birthers are an American pop music band that was founded in 2008 in
order to perform during presidential campaign rallies of Hillary Clinton. The
band broke up after Clinton failed to get the Democratic nomination. However,
the band soon reformed with a new group of musicians devoted to the McCain/Palin
campaign.

Most critics panned the band’s music as a throwback to earlier
sounds of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Pat Boone and Mitch Miller. In spite of
poor reviews, the band’s albums continued to sell to largely white, Midwestern
and Southern audiences.

By late 2010, it was clear that The Birthers had carved out a niche in the
music industry. They marketed their recordings as being “performed by real
Americans” and included copies of band members’ official birth certificates in
all of their recording packages.

The band’s single Show Us the Birth Certificate reached #3 on the
Billboard Top 40 chart in February 2011. In March of that year, billionaire
reality TV show star Donald Trump selected the song as a potential 2012
presidential campaign theme.

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