Albums of the ’80s: Pointer Sisters – Contact

When I was younger and not working yet, it was always a big deal to get an album or cassette – especially for a music lover like me. I think maybe my parents got sick of me listening to the likes of AC/DC, Def Leppard and Motley Crue, and wanted me to listen to more pop music. For Christmas in 1985, I got 2 new tapes! One was Emergency by Kool and the Gang (classic). The other was Contact by the Pointer Sisters, which turned out to be one of my favorites! Sure I still listened to my rock music. But I played this one over and over again. I had already loved the Pointer Sisters because of their more recent hits such as “Jump (For My Love)” and “I’m So Excited”. But I had never owned anything by them.

So 26 years later, I thought I’d share this album with you. Unless you are a diehard Pointer Sisters fan, or if you just happened to own this album, you may not have heard most of these songs before. And not to beat a dead horse, I also wanted to show my gratitude to the Pointers for coming on my ship during Operation Desert Shield during Christmas week in 1990. Like all musicians, actors, and comedians who go out and perform for the troops, they will forever have my respect.

Well, here is 1985’s Contact. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do:

Twist My Arm

What a way to start an album! Being a rock fan at the time, I don’t know how much I would have liked this album if they had started it with a ballad. This song just jumps out right at you from the get-go.

Hey You

This song is a little slower, which isn’t a bad thing. I feel like the Pointers put a lot of feeling into this song. And their harmonies are incredible.

Pound, Pound, Pound

I like this song more now then I did make then. It is a very cool and upbeat song. But, one of my favorite songs followed this. So I would fast forward this to get to the next song. And anybody around my age knows what would happen. When I did the fast-forward, I would always catch the end of this song. Or sometimes I would fast forward a little too much. Then I would have to rewind, and still catch the end of this song. Now I appreciate this song much more. It’s a pretty good rocker.

Back in My Arms

This is either my #1 or #2 favorite Pointer Sisters song of all time. I think this should have been a hit. But it wasn’t a ballad, and it wasn’t a jump around and get excited song. The music is just incredible, and once again the harmonies are second to none. This song just soars.

Burn Down the Night

A great way to end the first side of the tape! A great rockin’ song, and great harmonies.

Bodies and Souls

This was the first song on side 2. Another good rockin’ song. It is almost like a continuation of “Burn Down the Night”.
Unfortunately, there is no video to be found online anywhere for this. So on to the next song.

Contact

See “Pound, Pound, Pound”. This song preceded my favorite song on the album. So I skipped this one a lot. However, It is still an outstanding song, and really like this one a lot.

Dare Me

This is my favorite song on the album, and it is the song that most people would recognize from this album. This is a great song for working out, or running to. And it is also a great song to get psyched to before a sports competition. I still love this song.

Freedom

This is the only slow song on the album. It is the ultimate R&B song. They have great voices, and once again, great harmonies.

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