Lyrics Undercover 296: “Sunglasses At Night” – Corey Hart

  “Sunglasses at Night,” with its synthesizer hook, brooding saxophone, and obscure lyric, is an unflagging example of ‘80s pop. The AllMusic website describes the song as “an instant classic with its distinctive melody and catchy chorus.” This week on Lyrics Undercover I’ll go behind the work of Canadian singer-songwriter Corey Hart, and a song that was a staple in MTV’s rotation.
 

Lyrics Undercover 295: “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” – Tom Lehrer

  Fans of Dr. Demento know him. Weird Al Yankovic has said he “is one of my two living musical idols;” he’s talking about Tom Lehrer, the 86-year-old who penned only 37 songs but made an immeasurable mark. In 1959, the year that the New York Times wrote that “Mr. Lehrer’s muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste,” he released his second studio album, “More of Tom Lehrer.” It contained a dark little ditty entitled “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.”
 
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Lyrics Undercover 294: “Every Single Night” – Fiona Apple

  This week’s Lyrics Undercover looks at a stream of consciousness description of interior mayhem set against a minimalist accompaniment by a celesta and a marimba. The 2012 release, “Every Single Night,” stands at a far remove from “Criminal,” the song that in 1996 brought Fiona Apple into the spotlight.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 292: “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” – Steely Dan

  Steely Dan has been together, in one form or another, for the better part of 45 years. They stand as an example of that which cannot be imitated, a sound to which other musicians may aspire but never reach. This week’s song, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” was released in 1974 as the opening track of their third album “Pretzel Logic.” It is the highest charting single of the group’s career.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 290: “The Girl from Ipanema” – Astrud Gilberto

  It may come as a surprise that Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is not the most covered song ever. That honor falls to the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” In the number two spot is a song born in Brazil, a bossa nova released in English in 1964: “The Girl from Ipanema,” sung by Astrud Gilberto.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 288: “Falling Slowly” – The Swell Season

  Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, also known under the moniker of The Swell Season, are most well known for their work as the lead actors for the movie musical Once. Hansard and Irglova weave emotionally resonant folk that is powered by their intimacy and Hansard’s powerful voice. The subject of today’s Lyrics Undercover is a track from the soundtrack to the movie Once, “Falling Slowly.”
 
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