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Hey guys! This is just a song I’d like you all to listen to.

If you thought George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” was a bit soft, think no more – For Seether has brought you the Cover Version (Rock), and boy is it amazing! The video is amazing too (Actually, the video has NO relevance to the song whatsoever, but it rocks anyway! Watch it (And listen to it, duh!) and have a nice time!

Download the mp3 version HERE (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

P.S: Even though this version of the song is incredible, it is NO match for George Michael’s timeless original.

Aah! Post number 50! Well, if you all were wondering why I didn’t update my blog in the past week or so, the reason is quite simple – I wanted to write the post on X-mas (You know, ending the year with a bang). By the way, let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very, very happy and prosperous X-mas! May all your wishes come true!

I was in a constant dilemma over which song to review. I finally came up with 26 songs which were eligible for the honor of the 50th post. I beat myself up shortlisting the song and came down to the final three, which were –

1) Elton John – Sacrifice

2) Cliff Richard – Devil Woman

3) Paul McCartney – Yesterday

I finally picked Number 2, and Numbers 3 and 1 (Respectively) will follow soon after. Hope I made the right choice (Fingers crossed!)

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This song’s a given. Whenever you talk of Cliff Richard, you talk about “Devil Woman” or “Wired For Sound“. Personally, I prefer the former. There’s something in this song that activates every nerve in your body. All your attention is directed towards it. The lyrics are mystic, and the vocals are haunting, yet beautiful. Shall we get on with the review, then?

Cliff Richards (Singer)

Cliff Richards (Singer)

History:Devil Woman” is a song written by Terry Britten & Christine Holmes, and performed by Cliff Richards (September 8, 1975). This song originally features in his album titled “I’m Nearly Famous“. Rumors suggest Cliff Richards had originally rejected this song, but producer Bruce Welch finally convinced him to record it (He remained hesitant, though). The rumors were later confirmed by Cliff Richards himself, and no one really knows why he hesitated in recording this song till today. Maybe it was because of the ominous lyrics of the song – Who knows? Back to the song; “Devil Woman” peaked at Number 9 on the U.K. charts in 1976, and Number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song is Cliff Richard’s third best selling single (Preceded by “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Summer Holiday“), selling over two million copies worldwide. There is only one version of this song, viz. the  Minute 38 Second Album Version (There are actually two versions – Christine Holmes’ version; in which she sings in the seductress’ point of view, and Cliff Richard’s version; which portrays the story in the man’s point of view).

What it tries to tell us: Okay, now there has been a LOT of speculation on the internet regarding the meaning of the song. According to the composer (Christine Holmes) and the producer (Bruce Welch), the song is simply about a man who is seduced by a woman, who incidentally happens to possess magical powers (A witch, in short) – Hence the title “Devil (Or Evil Witch) Woman”. But according to some people who apparently try to dig deeper into roots (Just to get entangled in them) suggest an alternative story. They think this song is about Divination. I know, I know; I’ll tell you what Divination is. Simply put, it is “The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.” Now, according to the Bible (Deuteronomy 18:10), Divination is abhorrent. My suggestion – Stick to the first meaning, and pretend you never heard about the second one. For all those who’d like to dig deeper and seek the In-depth analysis of the song, click here.

Review: The background music of this song always puzzled me. So I rummaged through the internet to find the instruments which were used to give the song it’s haunting effect, and was surprised to discover that guitars, drums, bass and backing vocals can do the trick easily. The song contains a heavy dose of bass, a Minor D1 key, and slow beats to give the song it’s mystic flavor (The electric guitar is used in the chorus). Cliff Richard adds another layer of mystery by his astounding vocals, coupled with the background vocals (Tony RiversJohn Perry and Ken Gold). The song starts off with small keyboard piece, chunks of bass and slow but heavy beats. The pattern of the drum changes at 00:17, giving way for Cliff to initiate the vocals. All the way till the end, Cliff Richard has kept the tone low and slow, which seems to be the perfect mantra to make a haunting effect. You can distinctly hear the bass throughout the song. The first “pre-chorus” piece starts at 00:34, in which the electric guitar is introduced. The first chorus starts at 00:50 (it may seem that the chorus is looped twice, but it’s not), and the electric guitar is literally made to cry, as a monotonous string is held throughout the chorus. That distinct siren-type sound can be heard at the ending of every chorus. The tempo of the song increases considerably during the chorus, and it is maintained throughout the song. The small stanza after the chorus has been applied with the same tempo, probably to give it some emphasis (He drinks the sleeping potion in this stanza). The chorus follows suit, and initiates again from 01:47 and the “She’s Gonna Get You From Behind” slowly blends with the electric guitar. The rhythm of the song is completely broken off at 02:12, where Cliff Richards whispers “Stay Away, Look Out.” The drums escalate the broken down rhythm, and the song spirals back to the original, slow tune. Till today, the fact that an electric guitar is enough to create a strange, eerie background sound astonishes me. The song’s rhythm converges back to fast mode from 02:37, where the Pre-chorus begins, followed by the chorus (At 02:53). The song fades off while the chorus loops continuously, and ends at 03:38.

Rating: It’s a X-mas special, goddamn it! A 10/10 is to be expected!

Lyrics For “Devil Woman” : http://artists.letssingit.com/strictly-come-dancing-lyrics-cliff-richard-devil-woman-opxxtq9#axzz2G9uYZSe3

Download Link For “Devil Woman” : http://www.brain-magazine.com/mp3/cliff_richard-devil_woman.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

"Devil Woman" is a song by Cliff Richard, and it appears in his album titled "I'm Nearly  Famous"

“Devil Woman” is a song by Cliff Richard, and it appears in his album titled “I’m Nearly Famous”

“Serenade (From The Stars)” is one of those oldies which have a very particular feature – of all the people I know; the song has been heard by many, but recognized by very few. This phenomenon is; as I call it, “The Bull crap hypothesis.” Don’t know what I’m saying? Let me elaborate using an example:

Suppose you barge into an old acquaintance of yours at a local supermarket. You chat for a while, and decide to get together for dinner that night. Over the scrumptious food, and after all the boring “So, How are you?” stuff, you reach the point which really matters – Music. He asks you about some music you’ve already heard of; and you, in turn ask him – “Ever heard of Steve Miller Band’s Serenade?” So he thinks about it, acting as if he’s straining hard on his memory and suddenly says “Oh yes! That one! I remember now! It’s a beautiful song, really.” That expression he has on his face is enough to tell you that he doesn’t even know who Steve Miller Band is; leave alone the song. This attitude, my friends; is what I call “The Bull Crap Hypothesis.” Why? Because he knows he’s busted and doesn’t want to damage his ego, so he comes up with this scrunched up look on his face which says “So what if I don’t know who they are! I listen to bands you haven’t even heard about!” I guarantee you all must be having at least one friend who resembles this ‘acquaintance’ of mine. Anyways, enough of my theory. Let’s get reviewing!

Steve Miller Band (Band)

Steve Miller Band (Band)

History: Damn, “Serenade (From The Stars)” is also one of those obscure types. I really had to dig into the internet to find the information of this song. I have to tell you – The history is not as detailed as the other ones, but I’ve tried my level best to set it to my standards. Here goes:

“Serenade (From The Stars)” is a song from Steve Miller Band‘s album (1976) titled “Fly Like An Eagle”. It is also included in the 1976 album compilation titled “Greatest Hits 1974-78.” This album went on to sell 13 Million copies worldwide, which helped it reach Number 37 on the Recording Industry Association of America‘s list of Best – Selling albums. The song has only one version – The 3 Minute 13 Seconds Album Version.

Review: All fans who religiously follow Steve Miller Band always prefer songs like “Fly Like An Eagle“, “Rock’n Me” and so on over “Serenade (From The Stars)”. But I like to stand out of that crowd; for my first love is Serenade. Anyways. back to the review:

The song kicks off with a drum cover, which merges with an acoustic – electrical guitar (It’s actually called a Punk guitar) and finally blends with the vocals at 00:18 to form the background rhythm. Steve Miller seems to have purposely given “Serenade (From The Stars)” psychedelic vocals, thus successfully making it a really addictive song. The vocals may seem shaky, but they accentuate the song beautifully. The rapid and continuous drum beats, coupled with the Punk guitar make an odd, but eerily great background rhythm. At some points in the song, one would think that the vocals and melody are completely off track. But in reality, they help each other and form an even more amazing tune (Insert ‘Opposites Attract’ mantra here). The first “Wake Up, Wake Up” rift (Also referred to as the chorus) starts at 00:35. The song is monotonous – Yes; no doubting that – But it is purposely made so. There’s a LONG “Ooh” interlude between the first and the second stanza (It’s so long, I give out a long breath of relief after the interlude). The “Ooh” feels as if it is on a roller coaster ride – It goes up, down, up again, and then to normal. The second stanza starts right after the interlude. Now, I know many of you don’t like monotonous songs; but really, this is one hell of a type. Even though the tone and the feel of the song remain monotonous, the effect it has on us is completely different. Now, about the lyrics – They are quite confusing, frankly. But it adds another spice of mystery in the song, making it sound even better. Back to the song, enter the “Ooh” interlude again at 01:54 (Yup, the same roller coaster ride). The third stanza begins (No guesses here!) right after it, only to be followed by another “Ooh” interlude; but this time – A little different (I would have definitely deducted a point if that same interlude was repeated – That would have made it 3 times in a row!). The song starts fading off during the course of the last “Ooh” interlude, and ends at 03:10; a little drum solo at the ending. (Fun fact: There are a total of 5 “Ooh’s” in the paragraph above – Just in case you weren’t counting!)

Review: When I first scrolled up to read the complete review for typos, I found that reading this review would encourage people to listen to the song; but with a hoard of warnings attached to it. It would feel as if I were saying, “Go listen to this song guys; it’s awesome. But remember, there are WAY too many interludes in the song.”

The song may look as bits of a puzzle when you read it, but the elements will surely piece themselves together when YOU yourself hear the song. A great drum cover to start the song off with; shaky, but beautiful vocals; mystic lyrics and two LONG “Ooh” interludes to top it all off – A perfect winner for me! A 10/10!

Lyrics For “Serenade (From The Stars)”http://artists.letssingit.com/steve-miller-band-lyrics-serenade-g3m7m14#axzz2DsKv16GA

Download Link For “Serenade (From The Stars)”http://www.ballikaya.com.tr/mp3/b1.mp3 (Right Click On Link, Click “Save Link/Target As”)

Album Art

“Serenade (From The Stars)” is a song from two of Steve Miller Band’s albums titled “Greatest Hits 1974-78” and “Fly Like An Eagle”