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Summer Fever Pick for April 2007:

The Covers

Coming soon from Burgundy......

As you all know, Donna has been busily working on her next album. Naturally there has been some speculation about the direction it will take - speculation fueled by rumors,  fan desires, and even comments Donna has made over the last year. So I decided it was high time we found out for sure what sort of music will be on it. I slipped out of work early one day last week, and made a late night visit to Donna's vault.  Now I didn't find the actual tapes of the new songs (probably because she is still finishing the recordings) but I did find out the track list.  And yes, it will be an album of covers! (That stuff she recently posted on her site about writing songs in LA is just a smoke screen to throw us all off.   ;-) )  Donna has picked some of the most amazing songs to include  - songs you probably never would  have expected from her! I'm posting the track list below with clips from the original versions - that will have to do until the CD finally comes out.  

The Tracks
(click any to hear a clip by the original artist in streaming RealAudio):

1. The Macarena - originally by Los Del Rio

2. Fish Heads - originally by Barnes And Barnes

3.Sunshine Day - originally by The Brady Bunch

4. Hanging Tough - originally by The New Kids On The Block

5. Convoy - originally by C.W. McCall

6. Tiptoe Through The Tulips - originally by Tiny Tim

7. I Love You - originally by Barney

8. Axel F - originally by Crazy Frog

9. Henry The Eighth - originally by Herman's Hermits

10. They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha Ha - originally by Napoleon XIV

Do I even need to say it?   APRIL FOOLS!

On to the REAL Summer Fever Pick.

 

The History of April Fool's Day

From April-Fools.us:

<<The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1.

Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.>>

Here at the Tribute Site, April Fool's Day is celebrated with a special Summer Fever page.  I've made Shout It Out the spotlighted album a couple of times, I've put I Will Survive in the spotlight, and I even featured a page on Donna's time as one of the original Supremes. Who knows what dementia will come next year?  LOL

 
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