I’m dedicating today’s post to one of the best songs EVER (I will fight you over this if necessary). What’s not to love about Dolly in general? She’s a ridiculously talented singer, songwriter and musician. I’ve been lucky enough to see her live and she played 7 different instruments during one concert! Jolene is the ultimate Dolly song for me though. The guitar riff, the lyrics, Dolly’s vocals….the only bad thing about it is the fact it’s just 2.30 minutes long!
Gotta start off with Dolly belting it out live, wearing what is probably THE ugliest onesie on the planet (matches her eye make-up though)
Honestly never thought I’d post a Miley Cyrus video on this blog (not that I have anything personal against Miley, she’s just not really my cup of tea musically), but she has a set of pipes on her, and this cover is excellent. I honestly CANNOT believe that this video has had nearly 100 million more views than Dolly’s video though…WTF?!
I first heard this remix at the end of Todd Terje’s set at Glasgow’s infamous Sub Club (officially one of the greatest clubs on the planet…and that’s not just me being biased, it’s a well know fact!) It was a truly magical moment when a club full of ravers started having a singalong to it.
Jolene slowed down to 33rpm is a total trip and takes it to a whole new level.
Click the hearts to the right of the songs for YouTube videos.
40s, 50s, 60s
Born too Late-The Poni Tail❤ Teenager in Love-Dion & The Belmonts❤ Eddie, My Love-The Chordettes❤ Darling Forever-The Marvelettes❤ It’s Gonna Take a Miracle-The Royalettes❤ My Boyfriend’s Back-The Angels❤ To Sir, With Love-Lulu❤ My Heart Belongs to Daddy-Marilyn Monroe❤
Don’t Stand So Close To Me-The Police❤
Seventeen-Winger❤ Roxanne-The Police❤ Stray Cat Blues-The Rolling Stones❤
Brown Sugar-The Rolling Stones❤
Pop (Indie, alternative, dance, etc.)
Primadonna Girl-Marina & The Diamonds❤ Off to The Races-Lana Del Rey❤ Lolita-Lana Del Rey❤ Mr. Watson-Ke$ha❤ Dancing Queen-ABBA❤ When I Kissed The Teacher-ABBA❤ Heart Wants What it Wants-Selena Gomez❤ Good for You-Selena Gomez❤ Candy Kisses-Amanda Perez❤ Pink and Blue-Hannah Diamond❤ Carousel-Michael Jackson❤ PYT-Michael Jackson❤ Love Me Harder-Ariana Grande ft.The Weeknd❤
Hiphop and RnB
I Like The Way-Hi Five❤ Around the Way Girl-LL Cool J❤ My Favorite Part-Ariana Grande ft.Mac Miller❤ Kisses Down Low-Kelly Rowland❤ Crush on You-Lil Kim ft.Lil Cease❤ Cupid-112❤ Pretty Brown Eyes-Mint Condition❤Highschool-Nicki Minaj❤ Right by my Side-Nicki Minaj ft.Chris brown❤ Promise Ring-Tiffany Evans ft. Ciara❤ Hey Daddy- Usher ft.Plies❤
Jolene- Dolly Parton❤ Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line-Waylon Jennings❤ Kiss Me-Faith Hill❤ You’re Still The One-Shania Twain❤ Wildfire-Michael Martin Murphey❤
Your beauty is beyond compare, with flaming locks of auburn hair; with ivory skin and eyes of emerald green. Your smile is like a breath of spring; your voice is soft like summer rain, and I cannot compete with you, Jolene.
I wanted to demonstrate just how easy it is to get an article written in a major publication if know the right person.
This isn’t even my job (anymore) lol.
So I went to the Brandi Carlile show at the Ryman the other night (long live badass rock girls who love girls) and she did a fun, off-the-fly cover of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. I know a guy who works at Rolling Stone Country who loves Dolly Parton, so I posted about it on facebook and who was like “How cool!” and I said “You should write an article about this, since she told a great story about asking Dolly to cover a song on her new charity album that comes out next Friday.”
Couple of things. It was not her first-ever shows at the Ryman. She’s played it several times. That was RS Country’s mistake. But I did describe it as a “gutsy” cover and told them it would be a great piece if they could link it back to the charity album.
I am not even a publicist.
That’s how easy it is to:
Get an article written with a broad angle you want out there
Have the publication make a mistake because they didn’t do their research
So imagine that in the context of One Direction & The Sun. Simon Jones’ actual job is to get articles written in publications about One Direction & Louis while SIMULTANEOUSLY preventing damaging articles from being printed about his clients.
Do you see where I’m going with this.
Some of the time, the publication doesn’t need a prompt to write an article. Sometimes it’s click-bait. Sometimes it’s a re-hash of another publication’s story.
But the exclusives the Sun gets come with “prompts” and set the tone of the article.
This is not something new. But it’s a reminder that the bullshit the usual suspects spew and have spewed for years all have the same talking points and tone that are consistently contradicted by the boys themselves on camera. I don’t know if Simon Jones is going to Dan Wootton and saying “We have a Louis story and here’s the angle we want” (to be fair, I’m pretty certain that’s what he does in most circumstances) or if he’s complicit through his silence and/or complete lack of management of the damaging stories (hot tip: he’s both an unscrupulous liar and a hack) but it’s clear he’s had countless opportunities to “punish” the Sun by giving exclusives to other publications but that never happens.
That’s because Simon is working with them on all fronts.