Remember That Song – 12/3/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Captured effortlessly
That’s the way it was
Happened so naturally
I did not know it was love


Last Song: “The Tide Is High” by Blondie from Autoamerican (1980)
Great job Adora (@Adora2000)!!!

It’s not the things you do that tease and wound me bad
But it’s the way you do the things you do to me

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

Return to the 80s Music: Metamatic by John Foxx

John_Foxx_-_Metamatic_-_LP_album_coverHey Everybody, welcome back to Return to the 80s Music! As I mentioned previously, I will go through chronologically and cover as many 80s albums as I can. We’ll hear some classics, some hidden gems that not everybody may be familiar with, and maybe some nobody has heard of, which can be a great discovery, or something that will make you say What the HELL was that?!?!

I hope this is good and you all enjoy it. I hope we make some rad discoveries, and I know there will be songs that will bring us back to some great times! In either case, it is always awesome to Return to the 80s!

You can click on the song title to check out the YouTube video of the song. I’ll also include the Spotify playlist at the bottom of each article, if the album is on Spotify.


unnamedToday’s album is another new one for me. I was vaguely familiar with the name John Foxx. Today we will be covering his debut solo album, Metamatic.

The English singer was the original lead singer for the band Ultravox. Midge Ure took over after he left. 

I am going to be up-front here. I am not the biggest fan of electronic music. Of course I’ll take ’80s electronic/synth-pop music over the EDM that’s out there today. But this definitely isn’t one of my favorite genres. So keep that in mind. And I encourage you to let me know if you are into this kind of music, and give me your review of this album.

Now, let’s jump into this album.

Metamatic was released on January 18, 1980. This is also the first album by a solo artist in the ’80s. It was released on Virgin Records, and John Foxx was also the producer for his own album.

The album spent seven weeks in the UK charts, peaking at #18.  Now let’s listen to the album.

Side one

1. “Plaza

I actually don’t mind this song once the vocals start. It reminds me of Gary Numan (who himself was influenced by Ultravox when John Foxx was a member of that band) and a little bit of some Talking Heads. Maybe this won’t be as bad as I thought.

2. “He’s a Liquid

This song has a music video. And the Metamatic album cover is a screenshot from this video. This is a slower pace than “Plaza”. Not a fan of this one, I won’t be adding it to any of my playlists anytime soon. The music would be cool background music in a ’70s sci-fi movie.

3. “Underpass

This was the first single released from the album. It is my favorite so far. I like the music and the vocals. The song reached no. 31 in the UK charts, which sounds about right where it should have been.

4. “Metal Beat

This is an odd little song. It does have a metallic sound to it (“metallic” not “Metallica” – as a matter of a fact, as far from Metallica as you can get). I recommend listening to this with headphones as some parts pass from one ear to the other. I respect the experimentation and creativity here.

5. “No-One Driving

This was the second and final single released from the album. I could see why it was released. It has a more melodic tone to it. It entered the U.K. charts at #32, where it remained for one more week after that, then dropped off. There is a music video associated with this one as well.

Side two

6. “A New Kind of Man

This has a dystopian sound to it. I’m not hating it, but not too excited about it either.

7. “Blurred Girl

Not liking this one. All these songs are starting to blur together now.

8. “030

The only thing different about this is that it sounds like there are dual vocals. I’m not sure if these are overdubbed (probably) or if somebody is doing backing vocals. I’m losing too much interest to look into it to find out. I should have taken a break, but I’m powering through.

9. “Tidal Wave

This has a cool dystopian, futuristic sound. 

10. “Touch and Go

This is a bouncy, futuristic, electronic sounding ditty to close out the album. This is probably my favorite song on side 2.


Hidden Gems: Since this is all new to me, I’ll go with the singles that were released – “Underpass” and “No-One Driving”

Here is my ratings scale

5 Classic – a must buy
4 Solid album – worth buying
3 Some good or great stuff, but also skippable songs
2 Meh – may have 2 or 3 good songs. Just buy the singles you like, if any
1 Sucks. Time I can’t get back

I will give this one a 2. This was not horrible, but it’s not something I’d go out of my way to listen to.

But like I said, I’m not an electronic person. So. please let me know what you think. I know John Foxx is influential, so please let me know if you’re a fan of his work, and what you like about this album.

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Here is the extended version of the album on Spotify:

Return to the ’80s Trivia – 12/2/20

rtt80s trivia

Question: On The A-Team, what was Mr. T’s character B.A. Baracus deathly afraid of?


Last Question: In his classic arcade game, what does Donkey Kong ask you before starting each level?

Answer: “How high can you get?”

Remember That Song – 12/2/20

Can you name the artist and song:

It’s not the things you do that tease and wound me bad
But it’s the way you do the things you do to me


Last Song: “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” by Aerosmith from Permanent Vacation (1987)

Great job Ron (@bernas2)!!!

Back stage we’re having the time
Of our lives until somebody says
Forgive me if I seem out of line

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

Return to the 80s Music: Just Testing by Wishbone Ash

Wishbone_Ash_-_Just_TestingHey Everybody, welcome back to Return to the 80s Music! As I mentioned previously, I will go through chronologically and cover as many 80s albums as I can. We’ll hear some classics, some hidden gems that not everybody may be familiar with, and maybe some nobody has heard of, which can be a great discovery, or something that will make you say What the HELL was that?!?!

I hope this is good and you all enjoy it. I hope we make some rad discoveries, and I know there will be songs that will bring us back to some great times! In either case, it is always awesome to Return to the 80s!

You can click on the song title to check out the YouTube video of the song. I’ll also include the Spotify playlist at the bottom of each article, if the album is on Spotify.

This album is uncharted territory for me. Not only had I never heard of the album Just Testing, but I had never even heard of the band Wishbone Ash.

So let’s break this wishbone, and make a wish that this album is good!

martinturner13Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who were big in the U.K. on the early-to-mid ’70s. They had formed in Torquay, Devon, in 1969 by Martin Turner (bass & vocals) and Steve Upton (drums and percussion) along with guitarists/vocalists Andy Powell and Ted Turner (Not THAT Ted Turner).  Powell and Turner made Wishbone Ash known  for their extensive use of harmony twin lead guitars. They were voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time” (Rolling Stone). In 1974, Ted Turner left the band, and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield. The band continued on with strong critical and commercial success until 1980 (ahem – which is when this album was released. Uh-oh).

I am going to have to look into their earlier music. But for now, Let’s hop into Just Testing.

Just Testing was released on January 18, 1980 on MCA Records.  It was produced by Martin Turner, John Sherry, and Wishbone Ash. It was the last of their albums to feature the original lead vocalist and bass guitarist Martin Turner until the release of Nouveau Calls in 1987).

Here is the lineup on this album:

Andy Powell – electric and acoustic guitars, back vocals
Laurie Wisefield – electric and acoustic guitars, back vocals
Martin Turner – lead vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, back vocals; co-producer
Steve Upton – drums and percussion

Let’s slap this baby on the turntable and check this out!

Side one
1.   “Living Proof

This is a very good start to the album. I just played the album the first time without looking into the band, and had no idea what to expect. And I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is a rock album. This song kind of feels like late 70s Kiss or Blue Oyster Cult (minus the cowbell). I enjoy the guitar playing in this song.

2.   “Haunting Me

This is a mid-tempo song that’s just OK. It’s not bad, but I’m not blown away either. It sounds like something that would be playing on a record player, in a late teen/young adult male’s basement (with fake wood paneling walls and beanbag chairs included) as he and his buddies are smoking pot and drinking as this is playing in the background.

3. “Insomnia

Another mid-tempo song. The vocals are strange to me in this song. The song is just interesting enough to not be able to crack an insomnia joke.

4. “Helpless

Things pick back up on the last song of side one. This is kind of a hard bluesy song. I love the guitars and vocals in this song. You can hear the dual guitars in the solo, and they compliment each other well. I can see how they could have been an influential guitar duo.

Side two
5. “Pay the Price

Before Wishbone Ash had signed with anybody, they had opened for Deep Purple in early 1970. Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple’s legendary guitarist, helped the fledgling band secure a record contract with Decca/MCA Records. In this song, you can hear Blackmore’s influence. The guitar riff sounds a lot like “Smoke on the Water.” This is a good rockin’ song to start Side 2.

6. “New Rising Star

Back to the boring mid-tempo songs. This sounds like a Led Zeppelin reject.  If Zeppelin had stayed together longer, they may have stolen this one down the line. Once again, the guitar is impressive. It’s the production that’s bothering me, I think. But, Chad and his buddies in the fake wood paneling basement are in their beanbag chairs as high as fuck, so they don’t care.

7. “Master of Disguise

This is a little better than the last song. I love the guitar opening. Something still feels off. It’s yet another mid-tempo song. The guitars save it.

8. “Lifeline

OK, I’m digging this song! It had me a little worried at first as it sounded like yet another mid-tempo song. But, it builds up very well. It is mainly instrumental, and they rock it! And when there are vocals, they are very good too.


Hidden Gems: Well this whole album is new to me. So I’ll go with the first and last tracks of the album – “Living Proof” and “Lifeline”.

Here is my ratings scale

5 Classic – a must buy
4 Solid album – worth buying
3 Some good or great stuff, but also skippable songs
2 Meh – may have 2 or 3 good songs. Just buy the singles you like, if any
1 Sucks. Time I can’t get back

I will give this one 3 Lifelines. There’s some good songs and some skippable songs. The guitar playing is great throughout the whole album though. I’ll have to check out their earlier stuff.

This album is not on Spotify. It is available at Amazon:

If you are a fan of Wishbone Ash, please let me know, and let me know what some of your favorite songs are.

Remember That Song – 12/1/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Back stage we’re having the time
Of our lives until somebody says
Forgive me if I seem out of line


Last Song: “True Blue” by Madonna from True Blue (1986)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Chase (@chaselonnergan)!!!

I’ve had other lips
I’ve sailed a thousand ships
But no matter where I go
You’re the one for me baby

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