The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Raising Hell by Run–D.M.C.
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
The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Invisible Touch by Genesis.
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:
The 20 Day Album challenge continues. My pick on Sunday, February 9, is by one of my first crushes, Olivia Newton-John, with her album Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2
This was actually an album my Mom bought, but I listened to it all the time. Not only did I think that Olivia was beautiful and talented, but I loved every single song on this album. It included songs from the Grease and Xanadu soundtracks, the Totally Hot and Physical albums, as well as two original tracks – “Heart Attack” and “Tied Up”.
This album is not on Spotify, however I did create a playlist with all of the songs from this album. Unfortunately, Olivia’s version of “Tied Up” is not on Spotify. However, the song was written by the legendary guitarist and songwriter, Lee Ritenour. So, I included his version of the song in the playlist.
And if you’d like to get this album on Amazon, you can click on the album cover below: