Sunday, March 29, 2009

Songs with a Girls' Name in the Title #30

30. Valerie - Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood is a great artist, a white British dude who mixes elements of the blues into his music. However, he sings like he has marbles in his mouth. I admit to not being able to understand much of the lyrics of this song at times... except for the name of the titular love interest, “Valerie.” The original version appeared on Winwood’s 1982 album “Talking Back to the Night,” but a remixed version from his greatest hits collection “Chronicles” was a hit again in 1987. And if that wasn’t enough, Eric Prydz used the song as the basis for the dance club favorite “Call on Me,” which has one of the strangest videos I’ve ever seen. I won’t post the video here since it features a lot of scantily clad aerobicizers and, quite frankly, more butts than your average ash tray.

Many artists have had songs about a girl named Valerie, including The Monkees and Frank Zappa, but I think this is the best.

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