Remember That Song: 8/26/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Here’s lookin’ at you kid
Missing all the things we did
We can find it once again, I know

Last Song: “I Love It Loud” by Kiss from Creatures of the Night (1982)

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

Turn it up, hungry for the medicine
Two fisted to the very end
No more treated like aliens, we’re not gonna take it

1984-a-thon Day 1

The first day of the 1984-blog-a-thon begins now. Check out these awesome reviews of some of your favorite, forgotten, or unfamiliar movies of 1984.

Forgotten Films

1984_blogathonWell, here we go! The 1984-a-thon is in full swing. Each day I’ll post links to several of the reviews being posted by our awesome group of contributors. Be sure to visit, link, comment, tweet, etc. Here is a our first batch of reviews. Enjoy!

– It’s only fitting that in 1984 there was a film adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. Let’s Go to the Movies watches along with Big Brother…1984.

– Talkie Gazette examines the year’s best picture winner: Amadeus.

-Redhead at the Movies reminds us to keep them out of the light, don’t get them wet, and never feed them after midnight with her review of Gremlins.

– Cinematic Catharsis takes a look at Werner Herzog’s Where the Green Ants Dream.

– Nick at Your Face reviews the debut of the Coen Brothers, Blood Simple.

– The Droid Your Looking For looks…

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Top 40 Songs This Week – August 27, 1988: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, Are you all up for another Top 40 Countdown this week? This week, we will cover 1988. This was the year I graduated from high school. So, that means that this week, I was getting ready for my first semester in college. #EpicFail The following February I would be in the Navy. But, no worries. I would return back to college after my stint in the Navy, and undo the damage I did my first time around. I retook all the classes I screwed up, and ended up acing everything, graduating with high honors.
Now let’s Return to the week ending August 27, 1988, the dawn of my first disastrous round of college, and begin the countdown.

40. “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” by Information Society

Although this is in the late ’80s, this song has a classic ’80s synthpop sound that would have fit in well in the early to mid ’80s. This is a very good song that sample’s Mr. Spock’s voice from the Star Trek original series episode “Errand of Mercy”. In this song, Information Society reminds me of Duran Duran. I always thought they were British. But no, the band hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

39. “Look Out Any Window” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

I didn’t remember this song. Since it is Bruce Hornsby & The Range, I was all ready to hate on this song. But, it’s actually not too bad.

38. “Fallen Angel” by Poison

Now we are getting into my wheelhouse! I loved Poison, and this was probably my favorite song by them.

37. “The Twist” by The Fat Boys & Chubby Checker

In 1960, this Chubby Checker song was a sensation that swept the nation creating a new dance craze. In the ’80s there was a lot of nostalgia for the ’50s and ’60s. So Chubby Checker joined forces with The Fat Boys to make this song a hit once again.

36. “Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown

This was a big hit for Bobby Brown during the brief period where he was one of the most popular entertainers around.

35. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard

Alright! Back to another rock song! This is one of my favorite songs of all time. As much as this has been played, I still can’t get sick of it. What an awesome rock anthem!

34. “A Nightmare On My Street” by D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

I loved D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They were a lot of fun. Well, those days are gone now since Will Smith went all Hollywood.

33. “Sayin’ Sorry (Don’t Make It Right)” by Denise Lopez

This is a good Freestyle song. This is one of those songs that I had forgotten about, but remembered it when I heard it.

32. “Don’t Be Cruel” by Cheap Trick

This is the second “Don’t Be Cruel” of today’s list. This one is Cheap Trick’s remake of the Elvis hit. They did a pretty good job with this.

31. “I Don’t Want to Be a Hero” by Johnny Hates Jazz

This isn’t my favorite Johnny Hates Jazz song, but it’s OK.

Well that wraps up the countdown for today. What a great variety of songs! What were you doing this week in 1988? We’ll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown.

Remember That Song: 8/25/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Turn it up, hungry for the medicine
Two fisted to the very end
No more treated like aliens, we’re not gonna take it

Last Song: “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” by AC/DC from the album For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)and Bobby (@BobbyBomak)!!!

Stand up and be counted
For what you are about to receive

Albums of the ’80s: Raised On Radio

Almost every year since their debut, Journey released an album, and were touring, seemingly non-stop. After the mega-successes of Escape and Frontiers, the band took a break. Steve Perry released his smash hit album, Street Talk in 1984. He learned a thing or two through his Street Talk experience. One of these things was, according to the book in the Time3 box set, that he had “a strong desire for greater control of the recording process.” As Journey began writing and recording for Raised on Radio, creative differences took hold, and the rhythm section – drummer Steve Smith, and bassist (and founding member) Ross Valory were fired. They were replaced by Larrie Londin on drums and Randy Jackson on bass. Yes kids, that Randy Jackson from American Idol. Although, if you watched the show, you already knew that because he mentioned it a half a million times.

The Raised On Radio album was finally released on May 26, 1986. I remember a lot of people complaining about the album. I definitely was not one of those people. As a matter of fact, this is one of my favorite Journey albums. Sure, it has a little bit of a different sound than the beloved Escape and Frontiers albums. But, it is still a great album. And after posting some songs from Raised On Radio on this site and Facebook and Twitter pages, I know that I share the love with a lot of other people.

I feel real nostalgic about this album at this time of year. I remember going on a family vacation to Pennsylvania in August of 1986. We packed up the station wagon (with the fake wood paneling, of course), and drove from Rhode Island to Philadelphia. I listened to my Raised On Radio tape on my Walkman all the way down. While in Philly, we went to Veterans Stadium to see the Phillies play against my beloved New York Mets. The Mets lost the game, but would go on to be world champions this year. The next day, we drove from Philly to Amish country in Lancaster, PA. Again, I popped in my Raised On Radio tape, and enjoyed the drive.

So, let’s take a trip back to 1986, feel nostalgic, and listen to Raised On Radio.

1. Girl Can’t Help It

This was the third single released from the album, but it was the first video from the album that I saw on MTV. Since the band had to break in the new rhythm section, and were getting ready for a world tour, they did not have time to film any conceptual videos. Instead, the videos that were released, were mainly concert videos.

2. Positive Touch

Admittedly, it took me a few listens before I enjoyed this song. It didn’t help that the next song was one of my favorites on the album, so I often skipped this one to get to the next song. It didn’t take too long for me to warm up to this song though. This is one of three songs on the album with Steve Smith playing drums.

3. Suzanne

As I just mentioned, this was one of my favorite songs on the album. I played this one over and over again. I might have played it even more if I didn’t like the next song just as much.

4. Be Good To Yourself

I love this song so much!! I can still listen to it over and over again. Not only does it rock, but it has a great message.

5. Once You Love Somebody

This was not one of my favorite songs. But, I like it more now, and appreciate the bluesy sound. At the time that they were writing and recording this, Steve Perry had just split with his longtime love, and Jonathan Cain was going through a divorce. That just gives the song more weight.

6. Happy To Give

Nice way to wrap up Side 1. I love it when they sing the lyrics:

Shadows fall, after the hurt is gone
Through it all, we love and we lose

7. Raised On Radio

What a great way to start side 2! What a great rocker!! The lyrics of this song basically consist of song titles and lyrics of older songs that the band must have listened to when they were growing up.

8. I’ll Be Alright Without You

This ballad was one of the more popular songs on the album. I loved this song, but I just didn’t like how long the instrumental portion was towards the end of the song. But, at least in the video, they do a little more singing.

9. It Could Have Been You

This was another one of my favorite songs on the album. There’s just something about the way they sing these lyrics that really gets to me:

I…can’t wait all my life, on a street of broken dreams
It could have been you my love (where are you now)
Oh I…still wonder if you remember the night
It could have been you

10. The Eyes of a Woman

This song ties with “Once You Love Somebody” as my least favorite song on the album. But, my least favorite songs on this album are better than some of my favorite songs on other albums. Longtime readers may know that when I got out of the Navy I went to college. The first college I went to had a jukebox in the cafeteria. I think this was the only Journey song on it, and it was always playing. It wasn’t me that played it. But, it just goes to show that even back then, I was not the only fan of Raised On Radio.

11. Why Can’t This Night Go on Forever

Perfect way to end the album. The band would not release another new studio album for another 10 years.

I hope you enjoyed the album. Tell me your memories of this album. Did you like it? Was it a disappointment?

What’s On my iPod Too

Hi Everybody, since my brain does not seem to be all that creative this week, I thought I’d bring you a second installment of “What’s On My iPod”. Feel free to check out the original if you missed it. Since there weren’t too many embarrassing songs on the last one, I’ll take my chances and give it another go. I am going to shuffle my iPod, and share the first 10 songs that come up. I will only skip a song if it was already on the previous post. There are well over 12,000 songs eligible. OK, here we go:

“We Could Be Together” by Debbie Gibson

Oh man, here we go! I hope I don’t regret doing this today! But yes, this rocker fan was also crushing on Debbie Gibson in the late ’80s. And I still have her on my iPod. I always liked this song from her Electric Youth album.

2. “Dance the Night Away” by Van Halen

OK, maybe I’ll get some of my rock cred back now! We’ll jump back to 1979 and listen to this awesome song from the Van Halen II album.

3. “Stick To Your Guns” by Bon Jovi

Not bad. Outstanding song from New Jersey!

4. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

Oh no! I just played this freaking song in last week’s Top 40 Countdown! Well I suppose hearing it 2 times in a week isn’t as bad as hearing it 2 times an hour, every hour like when it was originally released.

5. “Overnight Sensation” by Firehouse

YES!!!! Great, great rockin’ song! I would like to write something on ’80s Rock Songs Released in the ’90s, and this would be on that list.

6. “Be With You” by The Bangles

I love this song by The Bangles from their Everything album.

7. “Lying To Yourself” by Asia

This song is on my iPod, and I don’t even remember hearing it before! It’s OK. There are plenty of other Asia songs that I like better. But, it still has that Asia sound.

8. “Do That to Me One More Time” by Captain and Tenille

Seriously? I didn’t even know this was on my iPod! Apparently it is on a Billboard Top Hits of 1980 cd. I didn’t know that Captain and Tenille were around in the ’80s.

9. “What’s Your Name” by Boston

Thank God, a good song! This is off of Boston’s Walk On album from 1994, which I think is about as good as their Third Stage album.

10. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen

Wow, what a perfect way to wrap up!!! I miss Freddie.

Well, that was interesting? Did anybody discover any new music here? Feel free to share what’s on your iPod.

Remember That Song: 8/20/14

Can you name the artist and song:

Who broke my heart?
You did, you did
Bow to the target,
Blame Cupid, Cupid

Last Song: “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger from Midnight Madness (1983)

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!

You’re growing up so fast
And Mama’s worrying
That you won’t last to say
Let’s play