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The Friday Five: 5 Seconds of Summer

We’re still fangirling over the news that 5SOS is releasing their second album, “Sounds Good Feels Good” in October!  Pre-orders for the album went up today(8/14) along with the release of a new track, “Fly Away!”  We’re also fangirling over the fact that our 5SOS “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” show is (finally) just 3 weeks away!  Here are 5 of our favorite 5SOS tracks .

1. “She’s Kinda Hot” 
5SOS’s new single is a rock anthem for the generations.  We can’t wait to hear this live and ROCK OUT!

2.”Good Girls”
If good girls are bad girls who haven’t been caught,  are bad girls good girls who HAVE been caught?

3.”Don’t Stop”
The video for “Don’t Stop” brought out 5SOS’s inner super hero alter-egos but this song makes us feel like dancing like nobody’s around.

4. “Lost Boy”
We love the non-cheesy Peter Pan nod in this song!

5. “Social Casualty”
This song all but name drops both Greenday and All Time Low from the lyrics to the music – of course it’s one of our favorites!

The Friday Five: Country Artists To Watch in 2015

1. Cam – “My Mistake”
We’ve never had as much fun watching an unfamiliar opening act as we did during Cam’s set on the Where It All Began Tour with Dan + Shay.  She just launched her first single, “My Mistake,” and we’re sure we’ll be catching her on a headlining tour very soon.

2. Canaan Smith – “Love You Like That”
Canaan scored opening spots on some of the hottest tours this year, including Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer Tour. His self-titled debut EP will be released in March, just in time to learn all the words before seeing him on tour! 

3. Chris Lane – “Broken Windshield View”
Chris has played shows with some of the biggest names in country, making a name for himself on the road in the process.  He’s currently working on an EP following the release of his single “Broken Windshield View.”  

4. Michael Ray – “Kiss You In The Morning”
2015 is shaping up to be Michael Ray’s year – his first single “Kiss You In The Morning” was the highest debuting single on the Country Airplay chart when it was released.  You can also see him on the Lipstick Graffiti Tour with possibly the hottest country singer of the moment, Sam Hunt, this Spring.

5. Jackie Lee – “She Does”
With his raspy southern drawl and electric guitar in hand, Jackie Lee is ready to make you fall in love with him.  Like he sings in his debut single, “She Does,” he may not like the same things you do, but he’s willing to love them for you.  Jackie is currently working on his debut album and landed the Nashville Lifestyles’ 2015 Most Eligible Singles cover.

The Friday Five: TV Show Theme Songs

There are some people who hit the skip button on Netflix when marathoning a TV show as soon as the credits start to appear.  We are not those people.  Isn’t part of the fun of a marathon singing along to the theme song every 46 minutes?   Here are some of our favorite TV show theme songs.

1. “I Don’t Want To Wait” – Paula Cole
Theme to “Dawson’s Creek”
Several of the seasons on DVD have a substitute theme song.  We guess Paula Cole didn’t want to be remembered as “the person who sang the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ theme song.”  Way too late. We’ll still burst into “I Don’t Wanna Wait” when the credits start to roll.  And something just feels off with the new theme song, almost like putting in a new cast member.

2. “California” – Phantom Planet
Theme to “The O.C.”
The greatest TV show of all time also has one of the greatest theme songs of all time.  Music was such an important part of the show -and we were thrilled to find out that Seth Cohen had our same taste in music. Raise your hand if you’re still searching for your own Seth Cohen.  So are we.   When we hear any song from the series, we can immediately picture what scene from “The O.C.” it went along with.

3. -“Hey Sandy” – Polaris
Theme to “The Adventures of Pete & Pete”
Did you know that the band Polaris was specifically formed to create the music and theme song for “Pete & Pete?”   The band recently reunited and are out on tour this Fall. Nickelodeon was on point in the 90s with their programming because this show was SO GOOD!  It was also extremely strange but that’s probably why us 90s kids turned out the way we did.  Can we double dog dare someone to get a Petunia tattoo and make her dance?

4.  “Camp Anawanna” – Cast of “Salute Your Shorts”
Theme song to “Salute Your Shorts”
Another Nickelodeon show that was super bizarre but it made us wish our parents sent us to sleep away summer camp.  “Salute Your Shorts” was only on the air for two seasons but it was the best two seasons of our lives!  Bet you still remember all the words to  this TV show theme song/camp fire sing-along.

5. “Boy Meets World” Theme Song
Theme song to “Boy Meets World”
It’s hard to believe that the song we all associate with the series was only added in the later seasons of the show.  The opening credits went through several versions before landing on this one.  The theme song to the series’ spinoff, “Girl Meets World,” is pretty great, too.  It’s good to know I have friends who will always stand by me.

 

The Friday Five: 5 Songs Currently On Repeat

Whether we hit “replay” on our AppleTV to rewatch Sam Hunt’s live performance videos, or someone catches us humming 5SOS’s new single, we all have those songs that we can’t stop listening to.   This week’s Friday Five is a short playlist of the songs we just can’t seem to get enough of!

1. Jake Miller – First Flight Home
On the heels of his new single “First Flight Home”, Jake Miller announced that he would be playing at Miami’s Y100 Jingle Ball 2014 – something he says has been on his bucket list for a long time! Watch the official video for “First Flight Home” below.

2. Sam Hunt – Break Up In A Small Town
Sam Hunt is being billed as a “soon to be superstar”, and when we caught him opening for Kip Moore on the CMT “Up In Smoke Tour” we fully agreed.  Sam is set to play Emporium on Long Island in November and he’s one artist we will gladly go to “almost the Hamptons” for because he’s THAT good!

3. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Good Girls
Jingle Ball is the perfect exposure for the Australian pop punk band to potential fans that might not realize they actually do like guitar driven music!  5SOS are scheduled to perform at a bunch of annual jingle ball festivities around the United States in anticipation of their huge summer 2015 headlining tour!

4. North Of Nine – We Ride
Jackson Guthy’s new band North Of Nine hit the ground running with a single and a video for “We Ride”.  While the band aren’t touring just yet, they’re looking to the future and something big could be on the horizon for them.

5. Born Cages – Rolling Down The Hill
Local indie band, Born Cages are a fangirl favorite and not just because of their sleek sound, churning out catchy song after catchy song. Their latest single “Rolling Down The Hill” is getting added to a bunch of radio stations and it’s definitely a fun song during live shows!  Born Cages are slated to play two showcases at CMJ in New York this October.

 

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The Friday Five: Our Favorite Fictional Bands

As long as true musicians have existed within the television and movie realm, parody artists and even purely fictional bands can eventually turn into real recording artists!  No genre is immune to this trickery either.  Here is our list of our top five favorite fictional bands!

1. The Oneders
One hit wonders are nothing new and they will always be a strange phenomenon in the music industry and pop culture in general.  “That Thing You Do!” follows the rise and fall of a one hit wonder band, The Oneders (Wonders).  This is one of our favorite movies of all time and for the amount of times the song gets performed in this movie, it’s a WONDER we don’t get sick of it! (see what I did there?) On a serious note: if you are in a band, want to be in a band/the music industry, or even just love music…spend some time with this movie and remember that fame is fleeting but you can make the most of it while you have it.    You guys look great in gold, have I told you that?

2. 2ge+her
Was this band a joke?  Yes. What their hit song catchy?  Yes. Do we still catch ourselves singing it?  Yes. Would we go see them on tour? DUH!!  They caught us everything we need to know in life about math:  You + Me = Us.  Calculus.

3. Microbe
Zenon – Girl Of The 21st Century spawned one of the most awesome ideas for a pop star ever – to perform a concert in space!  Protozoa, his band Microbe, and Zenon Karr team up and pull it off, in a true 1999 iconic DCOM.  We know you can still sing all the words to “Supernova Girl.”  Zoom zoom zoom makes my heart go boom boom…

4. Mario And The Brick Breakers (real life band – Patent Pending)
They went from plumbers in Brooklyn to the biggest rock stars in the world.  Then it all came crashing down.  This 30-minute documentary follows the rise and fall of the band, Behind The Music style.  You never think that a band of brothers will break up but obviously family isn’t always forever!  Catch Patent Pending headlining their “Brighter UK Tour” this fall.  Watch the Mario And The Brick Breakers trailer below.

5. Spinal Tap
Contrary to popular belief, Spinal Tap is not actually a real band! They were completely formulated for the1984 mockumentry “This Is Spinal Tap” and oddly enough, the band took on a life of its own.  Spinal Tap is still a huge pop culture phenomenon and we’re totally guilty of using their name as a verb before.

 

The Friday Five: Influential Pop Punk Bands

With the release of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s debut album in the US, we’ve had a whole lot of pop punk on heavy rotation in the Fangirls office.  Drums that pack a punch, whining guitars in the solo and breakdown, vocals that are hardly polished, and lyrics that you cling to when your parents say you can’t dye your one sided buzz cut leopard print. They just don’t understand you!  But these classic pop punk bands sure do.  One of us was part of the main target audience for this golden era of pop punk (or “mall rock” as some like to classify it) and it’s a genre that still heavily influences musicians all around the world whether they admit it or realize it.  Without further adieu, we bring you this week’s Friday Five: Influential Pop Punk Bands

Good Charlotte – “Girls & Boys”
Hailing from Maryland, Good Charlotte were the darlings of TRL for a short period.  They brought pop punk to the masses and are generally written off for being “too mainstream” but they were just plain good at writing catchy songs.  The hand claps are still one of our favorite parts of this song.

Blink-182 – “What’s My Age Again?”
No matter where your music genre loyalties lie, we’re pretty certain that you can still sing the words to this without them in front of you.  And it’s probably a safe bet that this video is the reason your parents outlawed MTV in your house.  Blink-182 confirmed that they are working on a new album while Mark Hoppus tends to his personal farm in London (we don’t understand it either – he’s too pop punk for us.) What’s his age again?

Sugarcult – “Memory”
Aahhh! Melodic pop punk at it’s finest. Sugarcult have made it onto our list of “albums we probably couldn’t live without” and this song was the reason we picked up the album in the first place.  If only pop punk could sound like this again…we’d be in 7th heaven!

Green Day – “Basket Case”
If you’re not familiar with Green Day, where have you been for the last 25 years?! They don’t quite appeal to the parents and their fans are still OK with it.  Green Day made arguably some of the most timeless pop punk albums that bands still try to emulate to this day!

American Hi-Fi – “The Art Of Losing”
Some fans may remember this song being in the Lindsay Lohan remake of “Freaky Friday” but pop punk enthusiasts will argue this song was really influential in the genre.  The drumsticks rapping on the edge of the kit make this song stand out and if you’re playing “Guess This Song” – it shouldn’t be too difficult to recognize this one classic right off the bat!  “The Art Of Losing” has the elements that make a great pop punk song – gang vocals in the chorus, lyrics about not fitting in, and the guitars really chugging along punch this song into overdrive.

The Friday Five: Best DCOM Musical Moments

Tonight marks the premiere of yet another soon to be classic DCOM (that’s Disney Channel Original Movie), “Zapped!”  In the movie, Zendaya gets a new smartphone app that lets her control boys with the touch of a button.  It sounds amazing, and also reminds us of one of our favorite DCOMs of all time, “Stuck in the Suburbs,” where in a pre-iPhone/app world, stars Brenda Song and Danielle Panabaker accidentally end up with a pop star’s cell phone, and manage to run his entire life, eventually changing it for the better.  (And proving that fans know artists better than managers.)   It’s totally fine to cancel all your plans for tonight to watch “Zapped,” especially since it’s followed by the long-awaited premiere of “Girl Meets World!”    We’re hoping there will be at least one iconic musical sequence in the movie.  Here are our favorite DCOM songs and musical moments!

1. “Make a Wish” by Jordan Cahill – “Stuck in the Suburbs”
This is actually Taran Killam singing….Yes, Taran Killam from SNL.  Not enough people remember that he was in this fangirl fantasy movie!   Taran played Jordan Cahill, a spoiled popstar who kind of hated his life but didn’t know how to say “no” to his manager.   He did gather himself enough to spit out this witty quip in response to his manager telling him he was famous because of his perfectly highlighted hair – “Then dress it up, and make it sing your lousy songs!”

2.  “Strut” by Cheetah Girls – “Cheetah Girls 2”
Any movie that takes place in Europe is more than likely one of our favorites.   The Cheetah Girls get the chance of a lifetime to go to Spain and it involves a half baked plan, some gorgeous scenery (we’re not talking about the mansion here) and a happy ending for our Amigas Cheetahs!   We find ourselves singing this on our way to work in the mornings – it’s got the perfect beat to STRUT to!

3. “Zoom” by Microbe – “Zenon Girl of the 21st Century”
If you say you don’t know all the words to this song, then you’re either too old(or young) to remember this movie or you’re lying.  This movie is still a fashion disaster MAJOR!   But zetus lupetus, we wish Microbe (esp. Proto Zoa) was a real band because we would totally go to a space themed concert and wear neon spandex leggings under a ridiculous looking  mini skirt (holographic vest and all).

4. “Slam Dunk the Funk” by 5ive – “Smart House”
Cheesy outfits? Check.  House party hosted by a 14 year old boy? Check.   Choreographed dance moves in the cheesy outfits at a house party hosted by a 14 year old boy?  You got it!   “Smart House” was one of those movies where it was so bad it’s good (usually our favorite kind of movies).   Ryan Merriman (AKA that creep Ian Thomas  on PLL) is the genius behind the “let’s put on some tunes and do choreographed dance moves” scene here.  Thank god time was good to him.  Do yourself a favor, after you watch this clip…go Google “Ryan Merriman” and thank us later.

5. “Bet on It” by Zac Efron – “High School Musical 2”
I don’t know if we need to even say anything about this clip.  It’s been parodied so many times that it keeps getting funnier as time goes on.  Zac Efron totally nailed this song and performance.  The running, the skipping, the twirling while skip-running…there’s a reason this clip made our Friday Five list! Also, if you’ve have never reenacted the Bet On It scene….you’re lying.

PSA:  You can find most of these classic films on Youtube, or check your TV listings and get your DVR ready because Disney Channel airs old DCOMs in the middle of the night!   (And High School Musical 2 and Cheetah Girls 2 are on Netflix).