Way Back 2014

July 31, 2014 - James Brown Biopic's "Got the Feelin'," Andy Williams Flips Winter Sentiment to Summer

Get on Up, the long-awaited film about the life and career of James Brown, takes a no-holds-barred approach with more than two dozen performances convincingly lip-synced by the film's star, Chad Boseman. Hit versions are interspersed with a healthy dose of live recordings; JB's signature smash "Please, Please, Please" gets the studio-plus-live treatment and his surreal Ski Party scene with "I Got You (I Feel Good)" is faithfully recreated. Some of Brown's lesser-heard hits are featured, including "Caldonia" and "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)," instrumentals "Hold It" and "The Popcorn," and many Godfather of Soul smashes: "Try Me," "Night Train," "Out of Sight," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Cold Sweat," "I Got the Feelin'," and the list goes on. A few non-JB hits have been squeezed in here and there: "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore, "Time is on My Side" by The Rolling Stones (both from The T.A.M.I. Show) and "Annie's Aunt Fannie" by The Midnighters, in addition to an obscure early-'60s R&B tune, "Congratulations Honey" by Carolyn and Sam.

While Soul Brother Number One is busy heating up the cineplex, Andy Williams sings the praises of the Christmas season with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Miller beer's current TV spot gives Andy's winter classic a fun-in-the-summertime twist.

July 13, 2014 - Verna Felton, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Canned Heat and Buddy Holly Infiltrate Current Media

Gatorade has made an unusual musical choice with the latest commercials for the 49-year-old sports drink: the original version of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," as sung by Verna Felton in Walt Disney's 1950 animated classic Cinderella. NBC's new reality series Food Fighters pits "amateur cooks against professional chefs"; promotional spots feature Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'" as sung by Ray Charles on his chart-topping 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. At the cineplex, the Melissa McCarthy movie Tammy has absolutely nothing to do with Debbie Reynolds but makes sometimes-comedic use of a diverse selection of songs including two late '68/early '69 hits: "Bring Me Sunshine" by country great Willie Nelson and "Going Up the Country" by blues-rockers Canned Heat. The youthful-minded sci-fi film Earth to Echo reaches back about four or five decades before intended viewers were born, fortuitously familiarizing them with Buddy Holly's beloved 1957 recording of "Everyday."

I Got You (I Feel Good) It's My Party Time is on My Side