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20 Album Challenge – Day 18

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is the self-titled album, Whitney Houston.

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At a time in my life when I was listening to almost exclusively rock, a force of nature, called Whitney Houston, turned my music-listening upside down. That heart, soul, passion, and my God – that voice! I could not get enough of Whitney’s debut album. She had one smash hit after another off of that album – “You Give Good Love“, “All At Once“, “Saving All My Love For You“, “How Will I Know“, and “The Greatest Love of All“. One of my favorites from the album was “Hold Me“, which was a duet with Teddy Pendergrass. I also remembering Whitney having a guest appearance on the television show Silver Spoons.

This album was not a fluke, as Whitney’s follow-up album, Whitney, was a huge success as well. But, her debut is still my favorite by her. I was really rooting hard for her to make a comeback. She almost did it too. Her final album, 2009’s I Look to You, had some great songs. However, her voice was not quite the same. And you could hear how incredible it would have been if her voice was still there. Unfortunately, Whitney’s demons got the best of her, as she died February 11, 2012.

But, her music will live on forever, and it starts with her debut album.

You can check out the album on Spotify:

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

Remember That Song – 2/24/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Two worlds collide
Rival nations
It’s a primitive clash
Venting years of frustrations


Last Song: “Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran from the album Rio (1985)

Great job Paul (@PaulRidley5), Adora (@Adora2000), and Lynne (@LynneAshton2)!!!

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you’ll see the world in all his fire

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

20 Album Challenge – Day 17

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Raising Hell by Run–D.M.C.

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By 1986, my break dancing days were over. But, I was still loving rap. This iconic album brought rap to mainstream. The combination of rap and rock made the transition easy. The entire album is great, highlighted by “My Adidas“, “You Be Illin’“, and “It’s Tricky“, which seems to be as popular today as it was back then.

Of course, the centerpiece of this album is Aerosmith’s cover of “Walk This Way”. The smash hit single also featured Steven Tyler and Joe Perry guesting on vocals and guitars. This drew the interest of rock fans, which made rap more acceptable. Thanks to Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C. became one of the biggest, if not THE biggest rap act in the world at the time. However, both bands helped each other out. Aerosmith had faded away, and were trying to come back. Done with Mirrors was supposed to be Aerosmith’s great comeback. But, it was a big flop which could have been the end of the road. So, just as Aerosmith helped put Run-D.M.C. on the map, Run-D.M.C. made Aerosmith relevant again. A year after the “Walk This Way” remake, Aerosmith released their Permanent Vacation album, and the rest is history.

Come with me to rock a rhyme that’s right on time, and check out Raising Hell on Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/7AFsTiojVaB2I58oZ1tMRg

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

Remember That Song – 2/21/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you’ll see the world in all his fire


Last Song: “Another Brick in The Wall” by Pink Floyd from The Wall album (1980)

 

Great job Lisa (@gabbyg89),Brent (@jonbrent13), and Rosa (@RosaRey33120220)!!!

If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding

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

20 Album Challenge – Day 16

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Heart’s self-titled album from 1985

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Once again, thanks to MTV, I found myself another favorite band who had been around since the 70s. I was blown away when “Never” came on with Ann Wilson’s incredible vocals and Nancy Wilson rocking the guitar. I loved every song that was released off of this album. I just had to own it! Then when I got it, I discovered the songs “If Looks Could Kill“, which led off the album, and “All Eyes“, which was the first song on the second side. I thought they were even better than the songs that were always on MTV and on the radio. I love all of Heart’s music, but this is still my favorite album of theirs. However, my favorite song of theirs was on their next album, Bad Animals. And no, it’s not “Alone” (although it IS up there), but it’s another song that wasn’t released as a single – “You Ain’t So Tough”. As good as Bad Animals is, the album Heart is so great and solid all the way through, and I still love it today.

If you want to Return to the ’80s, check out Heart on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/0zM8rTVzPoT7SD4ZMds430

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

Remember That Song – 2/20/20

Here is a softball today!

Can you name the artist and song:

If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding


Last Song: “Rocket 2 U” by The Jets from the album Magic (1988)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000), Lisa (@gabbyg89), and Sa Ch Ch (@SaChCh)!!!

Baby, baby, when you called me on the phone today
You sounded frantic when you said “Come over, right away”

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

20 Album Challenge – Day 15

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Sports by Huey Lewis and the News.

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In my early teen years, I had a very limited collection of albums/tapes. Sports was one of the few that I owned, and I loved it. Not long after I got cable and was pretty much glued to MTV, “Heart and Soul” was released. I thought the song and the video was great, and different from a lot of the other music that was playing. It was followed by “I Want a New Drug”, then “The Heart of Rock & Roll”. I’m thinking I got this at Easter time in 1984, which was the end of my junior high school years. Of course the hits were great. But, they did get overplayed. However, my three favorite songs on the album were not big hits,and they were all on the second side of the tape. They were “Walking on a Thin Line”, “Finally Found a Home”, and “You Crack Me Up”.

Now that decades have passed, I am loving the big hits from that album again. While I am talking about Huey Lewis and the News, I need to mention that they have just released a brand new album, Weather. It is their first studio album of original material in 19 years, and it is incredible! They sound just as good as they do on Sports, and every single song is awesome. I highly recommend you checking this out.

If you want to Return to the ’80s, check out Sports on Spotify:

Then check out their brand new album, Weather:

And if you’d like to get the albums from Amazon, you can click on the album covers below:

Remember That Song – 2/19/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Baby, baby, when you called me on the phone today
You sounded frantic when you said “Come over, right away”


Last Song: “Baby Come To Me” by Patti Austin & James Ingram from the album Every Home Should Have One (1983)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Sa Ch Ch (@SaChCh)!!!

Thinkin’ back in time
When love was only in the mind
I realize, ain’t no second chance

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

20 Album Challenge – Day 14

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Invisible Touch by Genesis.

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Invisible Touch was one of my favorite albums of the 80s. It came out in a good time of my life and it brings back great memories. It came out in my junior year of high school. I was actually doing pretty decent in school at this point, and my social life was starting to pick up. I remember listening to this album on the bus going to and from our indoor track meets that winter. Every song is awesome and puts me in a good mood. The title track is so much fun. “Land of Confusion” had a great video, and it is as relevant today as it was back then. “In Too Deep” is such a beautiful ballad. Phil Collins pretty much owned the 80s. He was on the radio and on MTV at least once every hour – whether it was his solo work, or with Genesis. I feel like this was the peak of Genesis and also the peak of the ’80s.

Here is the album on Spotify:

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