Zager & Evans ~ In the Year 2525 ~ ♫♪♫ ~

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Elvis Presley at Kennedy Veterans Hospital on Getwell January 4, 1957. Elvis reported to the hospital that afternoon for his army pre-induction physical performed by Capt. Leonard Glick and a written qualification exam administered by Lt. Jack Zager just days before his 22nd birthday (Jan. 8). Elvis left for New York by train later that evening for his third and final appearance on Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town Show” which broadcast January 6. ( By Robert Williams / The Commercial Appeal)

i know a charm. | a two-part american gods playlist.

part one. old gods

tracklist: tranquilize, the killers; house of the rising sun, the animals; the war dragons on, donovan; hard traveling, woody guthrie; where did you sleep last night, lead belly; atlantic city (choir tempo), bruce springsteen; awake o sleeper, the brothers bright;  blood of the lamb, billy bragg/wilco; olde time religion, parker millsap; will there be enough water?, the dead weather; the dogs of water, pink floyd; ballad of a thin man, bob dylan [listen]

part two. new gods

tracklist: charger, gorillaz/grace jones; venus in furs, velvet underground; i am a god, kanye west; i give you power, arcade fire/mavis staples; electioneering, radiohead; on the run, pink floyd; oscillations, silver apples; burn the witch, radiohead; sacrilege, the yeah yeah yeahs; neon bible, arcade fire; personal jesus, depeche mode; in the year 2525, zager & evans [listen]

In honor of the first manned lunar landing, here’s some Apollo-era (or at least Space Race) space songs

Astronomy Domine -Pink Floyd

Fly Me to the Moon -Frank Sinatra

He’ll Have to Go -Nat King Cole (just an extra for all you GT-7 fans out there)

The Impossible Dream (The Quest) -Frank Sinatra

In the Year 2525 -Zager and Evans (was also the #1 hit on July 20 1969)

Mr. Spaceman -The Byrds

Rocket Man -Elton John (aka John Young’s theme)

Rocket to the Moon -Sheldon Allman 

Space Oddity -David Bowie

Space Truckin’ -Deep Purple

Spaceman -Journey (1977 but Apollo was in the 70s so it counts)

Sputnik (The Satellite Girl) -Jerry Engler 

Starman -David Bowie 

Telstar -The Tornadoes 

Ticket to the Moon -Electric Light Orchestra (1981 but it’s the moon)

Walking on the Moon -The Police (80′s too but just read the title)

A Night at the Playboy Club: 70s Edition

i. Pinball Playboy- Cook County// ii. Them Changes- Buddy Miles// iii. Jump Into the Fire- Harry Nilsson// iv. You Should Be Dancing- Bee Gees// v. I Feel Love (Extended Dance Edit)- Donna Summer// vi. Chicken Pox- Booker T. & the M.G.’s// vii. Baby Get It On- Ike and Tina Turner// viii. Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky- Claudia Lennear// ix. Superstition- Stevie Wonder// x. Love Rollercoaster- Ohio Players// xi. I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor// xii. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher- Rita Coolidge// xiii. Disco Inferno- The Trammps// xiv. Got to Give It Up (Part 1)- Marvin Gaye// xv. Let’s All Chant- Michael Zager Band// xvi. In the Bush- Musique// xvii. He’s the Greatest Dancer- Sister Sledge// xviii. Right Back Where We Started From- Maxine Nightingale// xix. Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)- Elton John// xx. Get Down Tonight- KC and the Sunshine Band// xxi. Star Wars- Meco// xxii. I Was Made For Lovin’ You- Kiss// xxiii. Have A Good Time- Paul Simon// xxiv. Jungle Boogie- Kool & the Gang// xxv. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing- Leo Sayer// xxvi. Le Freak- Chic// xxvii. Whatever Gets You thru the Night- John Lennon// xxviii. Midnight at the Oasis- Maria Muldaur// xxix. Knock on Wood- Amii Stewart// xxx. Girl You Need A Change of Mind- Eddie Kendricks// xxxi. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel- Tavares// xxxii. Don’t Leave Me This Way- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes// xxxiii. Brick House- The Commodores// xxxiv. The Hustle- Van McCoy// xxxv. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!- ABBA// xxxvi. Shake Your Groove Thing- Peaches & Herb// xxxvii. Footstompin’ Music- Grand Funk Railroad// xxxviii. Turn the Beat Around- Vickie Sue Robinson// xxxix. Escape (The Pina Colada Song)- Rupert Holmes// xl. Macho Man- Village People// xli. Boogie Wonderland- Earth, Wind & Fire// xlii. Jet- Paul McCartney & Wings// xliii. Barracuda- Heart// xliv. Miss You- The Rolling Stones// xlv. Lady Marmalade- Labelle// xlvi. Blinded By the Light- Manfred Mann’s Earth Band// xlvii. Blame It On the Boogie- The Jacksons// xlviii. Joy to the World- Three Dog Night

CHILDHOOD’S END //  a midwestern gothic mix

The town where the train never stops, where bright smiles hide rotting teeth, and everyone pretends the shadows do not exist  {Listen}

In The Year 2525 - Zager and Evans // California Dreamin’ - Scala & Kolacny Brothers // Beggar’s Prayer - Emilianna Torrini // Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles // This Time Tomorrow - Trent Dabbs // Blowin’ In The Wind - Bob Dylan // Video Games - Lana Del Rey // If I Had A Hammer - Peter, Paul, & Mary // Furr - Blitzen Trapper // For What It’s Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Where Does Zedd Rank Among the Top 'Z' Artists in Billboard Chart History?
In the past two years alone, we've seen top 20 hits scored on the Billboard Hot 100 by Zara Larsson, Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, Zayn and Zedd. But where do these artists rank among the top "Z" artists in Hot 100 history?

8/11/2017 by Andrew Unterberger

Despite historically being one of the least-used letters in the English language, mid-‘10s pop music has proven to be a veritable golden age for artists whose names start with the letter “Z.” In the past two years alone, we’ve seen top 20 hits scored on the Billboard Hot 100 by Zara Larsson, Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, Zayn, and of course, recent Billboard cover star Zedd.

But where do these artists rank among the top “Z” artists in Hot 100 history? Well, we at Billboard crunched the numbers, and we’ve come up with both the 15 top “Z” artists – defined as artists with a first name, last name, or group name starting with the letter “Z,” though stopping short of including artists like JAY-Z or Led Zeppelin – as well as the top 15 Hot 100 songs credited to “Z” artists. Read on below, and let’s see if Zendaya, Zacari or Zion & Lennox end up joining their ranks in the years to come.

The below lists are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, since the chart’s inception in August 1958 through the Aug. 19, 2017 ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. The artist tally utilizes the same point system and adjusted weighting as the songs list, but aggregates all titles for each act that charted over the course of its career.

Top 15 “Z” Artists:

1. ZZ Top
2. The Zombies
3. Zac Brown Band
4. Zager & Evans
5. Zayn
6. Zhané
7. Zedd
8. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
9. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
10. Robin Zander
11. Warren Zevon
12. Pia Zadora
13. Frank Zappa
14. Zapp & Roger
15. Zara Larsson

Top 15 Songs By “Z” Artists (With Hot 100 Peak Position & Date):

1. Zager & Evans, “In the Year 2525” (No. 1, 6 weeks, 7/12/69)
2. The Zombies, “She’s Not There” (No. 2, 12/12/64)
3. Zayn, “Pillowtalk” (No. 1, 1 week, 2/20/16)
4. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, “Stay” (No. 1, 1 week, 11/21/60)
5. Cam'Ron feat. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zeekey & Toya, “Hey Ma” (No. 3, 11/2/02)
6. The Zombies, “Time of the Season” (No. 3, 3/29/69)
7. Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (No. 2, ¾/17)
8. ZZ Top, “Sleeping Bag” (No. 8, 12/14/85)
9. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)” (No. 5, 12/10/16)
10. Zhané, “Hey Mr. D.J.” (No. 6, 10/30/93)
11. ZZ Top, “Legs” (No. 8, 7/21/84)
12. Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay” (No. 7, 5/6/17)
13. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, “Break Free” (No. 4, 8/30/14)
14. Ann Wilson & Robin Zander, “Surrender to Me” (No. 6, 3/11/89)
15. Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity” (No. 8, 8/17/13)

Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma - Synopsis

From sources that wish to remain anonymous, I have obtained a synopsis of the infamous postponed episodes of Pokemon: Best Wishes: “Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! Part 1″ and “Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! Part 2″.  Whether you believe this or not is all on you, but you should note that it falls in line with all we know and fills in the missing blanks nicely. Here it is…

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The Kouen List

Based on the headcanon that a modern-day Kouen would secretly listen to cheesy boomer-era soft rock ballads and disco

13 Tracks / Pop Rock, Disco

Sugar Baby Love / The Rubettes  //  If You Leave Me Now / Chicago  //  Let’s All Chant (Remix) / The Michael Zager Band  //  Rock Me Amadeus (Original Single Version) / Falco  //  Disco Inferno / The Trammps  //  Move It On Over / George Thorogood and the Destroyers  //  St. Elmo’s Fire / John Parr  //  The Hustle / Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony  //  Some Like It Hot / Power Station  //  I’m Not In Love / 10cc  //  Working My Way Back To You / The Spinners  //  Kokomo / The Beach Boys  //   Eternal Flame / The Bangles

Warning: contains massive amounts of cheese

The Renewed Rockets?

I was fine with the recent Sun and Moon anime’s Alola incarnations of the Team Rocket trio based on what I saw from the episode images and raw versions of the episodes themselves. But seeing them subbed gave me a deeper understanding of them. They did indeed live up to my hope of meeting the gold standard of writing quality that’s possible for a “irrevocably soured past their expiration date” TRio, which would be writing and handling akin to AG TR on their best days. But when I’d said that, I didn’t realize exactly how close to that they were going to actually end up being. This might not only be the superior incarnation of corpse post-BW TR when compared to their outing for most of Kalos, but this might just be the most strongly characterized TR has been since the Battle Frontier arc of AG.

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The Hustle Van Mc Coy// Le Freak (Freak Out) Chic//Let’s Groove Earth, Wind & Fire//Blame It On The Boogie The Jacksons//Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Tavares//More, More, More Andrea True Connection//Night Fever Bee Gees//September Earth, Wind & Fire//Daddy Cool Boney M//Got To Be Real Cheryl Lynn//Celebration Kool & The Gang//Let’s All Chant Michael Zager Band//Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees//One Way Ticket Eruption//This Time Baby Jackie Moore//Boogie Wonderland Earth, Wind & Fire//Spank Jimmy Bo Horne

30 Days of Music: A Writing Challenge
(Hat Tip to SadisticYellowBird)

Rules: For each day, post a piece of writing (short story, poem, etc.) based on a song. Essentially, write a story about the feelings the song evokes, the song’s concept, one (or more) of the song lyrics, or something else that inspires you from the song. For every post, link a YouTube video of the song above the writing. You may either fully follow the list or substitute songs of your own choosing. I would recommend listening to the song of the day and reviewing the lyrics (if there are any) before dismissing any song. With that said, here’s the list:

1. Björk - I’ve Seen It All

2. Nellie McKay - Change the World

3. Kanye West ft. Chris Martin - Homecoming

4. Liz Phair - Stratford-on-Guy

5. Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525

6. Missy Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

7. Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

8. Johnny Cash - Hurt

9. Pearl Jam - Bugs

10. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine

11. Lupe Fiasco ft. Jonah Matranga - The Instrumental

12. Laura Veirs - Galaxies

13. Jurassic 5 ft. Nelly Furtado - Thin Line

14. The Temptations - Papa was a Rolling Stone

15. Adam Tensta - Like a Punk

16. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit

17. Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks on Me

18. Britney Spears - Circus

19. Living Colour - This is the Life

20. Suzanne Vega - Room off the Street

21. Eminem - Rock Bottom

22. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out

23. Jay Z - Picasso, Baby

24. Velvet Revolver - Slither

25. Hector Lavoe - La Fama

26. The Streets - The Edge of the Cliff

27. Dresden Dolls - Mandy Goes to Med School

28. Aimee Mann - The King of the Jailhouse

29. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

30. Justice - Genesis

I hope you enjoy the challenge. On the last day, after what’s written, please provide some feedback about your experience.