Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Song of the Day: 'She Brakes for Rainbows' by the B-52s

I'm always fascinated by the machinations of songwriting within bands. Although many frequently credit the whole group, you know there has to be a driving force behind music, lyrics and melodies. Over the weekend, Keith Strickland posted this elucidative post over the weekend about one of my favorite B songs:
This is the only song Ricky Wilson and I wrote together in its entirety within The B-52's. I wrote the music, Ricky wrote the melody, and we wrote the lyrics together. Cindy Wilson's vocal performance captures beautifully the purity and innocence we were going for. We wanted the song to have a kind of 1960s movie theme vibe, similar to "Georgy Girl" by The Seekers. "She Breaks for Rainbows" is based on true events ...
Ricky died of AIDS on Oct. 12, 1985, just three months after "Bouncing Off the Satellites" was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia.

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