20 Day Song Challenge

Day 1

Hey Gang, it’s been a while since I’ve done a regular blog post. Real life is getting in the way. However, I could not pass up this opportunity. A good friend of mine on Facebook nominated me to, in no particular order, post 20 of my favorite albums, one per day, that made an impact on me. I only need to post the cover, with no explanation, and nominate someone each day to hopefully accept the same challenge. I will do that on my personal page. But, I’ll write up a very quick explanation here on Return to the ’80s. I’m not sure how this is going to go, but I should make a disclaimer that not every album may be ’80s. However, there is a very good chance that it will be ’80s. We’ll see. Feel free to join in this challenge, and post an album in the comments. It doesn’t need to be ’80s. You don’t need to write an explanation, but you can if you’d like. I’d love to hear from you!

My Day 1 album is Kiss Unmasked.

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It is appropriate that I choose this as my first album because this was the first album I ever owned on my own. It was released in 1980, and I got a tape recorder and the Unmasked cassette for my birthday.

If you want to see more about this album, check out this post I wrote several years ago.

Here is the album on Spotify:

If you’d like to get this album on Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Day 2

Day 2 of albums that have had an impact on me is Quiet Riot’s Metal Health.

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I had been getting more into rock music by 1983. However, it was difficult to find since it wasn’t really played on the radio. You would find out about new hard rock songs from word of mouth. But, this all changed with the release of Metal Health. “Cum On Feel the Noize” changed the musical landscape as hard rock was brought into the mainstream. The song got a lot of radio airplay. This was also the early days of MTV, so the song was featured heavily there as well. And just as “Cum On Feel the Noize” was beginning to get overplayed, the title track was released, and rocked my world! I just had to get this album! I got it for Christmas in 1983, and there was not a bad song on there. “Slick Black Cadillac” was (and still is) my favorite song on that album. And 13 year old me loved that there was a song called “Love’s a Bitch” on there. Oooooo! A bad word in the title! What a rebel!

I still love Quiet Riot, and actually saw them in concert last year. Frankie Banali, the drummer, is the lone remaining member of the lineup from this album. But, they were still great and still rock.

Here is the album on Spotify:

If you’d like to get this album on Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Day 3

Day 3 of albums that have had an impact on me is Help! by The Beatles.

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This is my first non-80s album of this challenge. But, it had an impact on me in the ’80s. December 8, 1980 may come to mind. That was the day that John Lennon was fatally shot. Of course I had known about the Beatles. My parents were big fans and owned several of their albums. After John Lennon’s death, I became obsessed with The Beatles. I was 10 years old at the time, and John Lennon was the first major celebrity that I clearly remember dying. So I began to listen to all of the Beatles albums that my parents owned. They did not have anything past Rubber Soul. I was drawn to both Rubber Soul and Help!. I could not get enough of Help!, and still enjoy it.
My favorite songs were the title track, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, and “I’ve Just Seen a Face”.

Here is the full album on Spotify

And if you’d like to get this album on Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:




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