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Wages of Spin II Soundtrack Songs Available

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Philadelphia premiere of the documentary film, “Wages of Spin II,” by Shawn Swords, at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.  The film continues the payola story from “The Wages of Spin” but also chronicles the corruption in the music industry in the 80’s and uncovers some of the players involved. You won’t believe some of the people who are implicated!

In addition to the great buzz the film is receiving, the soundtrack has been getting positive feedback from the music industry too. There are lots of great Philly talent and friends of Vinyl Revival on the soundtrack so check out some of the songs in the links below.

“Never Be Forgiven” Performed by Effusion 35 Written by Randy S. Robbins and Pat Manley © 2014 Great Blasket Music, ASCAP/What is This Crap Music, ASCAP https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/borrowed-time-reluctant-rhymes/id867812991

Several songs by Mitch Schecter of The Rip Chords: www.homeroomrecords.com www.ripchords.com

“No Sad Song” is the new single from Skip Denenberg.  Composed and performed by Skip. Produced, engineered and mixed by George Manney at Geo Sound Studio in Philadelphia. Download here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/skipdenenberg2

Several songs by Dan Brown: http://www.reverbnation.com/danieljohnbrown

Several songs by Frank Caravella: https://soundcloud.com/frank-caravella

The instrumental version of “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh Before it Kills You” is available all over (iTunes Amazon etc.) or at www.johnbyrneband.com “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh Before it Kills You” – The John Byrne Band Written by John Byrne Various Verses BMI Character Driven Productions

I hope to screen this documentary at The Vault at Vinyl Revival in the fall but if you’d like to purchase the DVD now, it is available at www.characterdrivenfilms.com.  Here’s a trailer for a sneak peek.






My Top 10 Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Whether the lyrics are happy or sad, there’s no denying that Christmas music can touch your heart. You can put a Christmas tune on and cry your eyes out or merrily decorate your home to the sounds of the season.  From classical standards by gospel choirs to novelty tunes by popular artists, there are Christmas tunes for every musical taste. There are many, many Christmas songs that I enjoy hearing every year, but here is a list of what I’d consider to be my favorite 10 Christmas songs.

10.  Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The Jackson 5 and Bruce Springsteen versions

9.  The Christmas Song – Johnny Mathis

8.  Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

7.  Christmas – U2

6.  Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

5.  Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

4.  Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin

3.  The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie

2.  Blue Christmas – Elvis

1.  Silent Night – The Temptations

Since I’m Italian, I have to give honorable mention to Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte too.

My favorite Christmas song is The Temps’ Silent Night.  What’s yours?