Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"These Boots Are Made For Walkin' " by Nancy Sinatra.

OK, more 60's: This Lee Hazlewood composition topped both the US and UK Pop charts in '66. Hazlewood told the artist to sing it "as if (she) were a 16 year-old girl giving the brush-off to a 40 year-old man". The Wrecking Crew provided the instrumental backup. The famous trademark "falling" bass line comes from Carol Kaye on electric bass and Chuck Berghofer on double bass playing off each other. The song introduced the Fembots in the first Austin Powers movie (yeah, Baby, yeah!). Jessica Simpson's version peaked at #14 in '05. Song? Artist?

Yesterday's answer: "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler. "Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?/ Where's the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?" is popularly considered a nostalgic yearning for the unreachable or for what is gone. Ubi sunt (literally "where are...") is a phrase taken from the Latin Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt?, meaning "Where are those who were before us?"

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