Category Archives: 1986

Albums of the ’80s: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

Today, August 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of this classic ’80s album. There are many more readers now than when I first publihed this, so it will be new for a lot of you. So please check it out, and relive this totally awesome time!


Now, let’s Return to 1986. Up to this point, hair bands were not very mainstream. They were too loud for a lot of people, and the people that listened to hair metal were looked on as bad boys or bad girls. But, that music barrier was shattered with the words “Shot through the heart and you’re to blame. Darlin’, you give love a bad name!” Bon Jovi’s 3rd album, Slippery When Wet was released, and “You Give Love a Bad Name” was the first single released off of that album. All of a sudden, people who had been listening to Culture Club, Lionel Richie and Madonna, were now getting into Bon Jovi. And people who were into hard rock thought Bon Jovi was cool too. As a result, Slippery When Wet spent eight weeks at #1 on The Billboard 200, and was in the top 5 for 38 weeks. “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” reached #1, making Bon Jovi the first hard rock band to ever have two consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 chart hits.

With that, let’s go back and listen to Slippery When Wet:

Let It Rock

Great way to start of an album! It gets you pumped right away.

You Give Love a Bad Name

As I already mentioned, this was the first single released from the album. A lot of people probably bought this album as soon as they heard this song. Here’s an interesting fact: At one point, this song was intended for the group Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend”). Bon Jovi and Sambora started out writing it for them, but liked it so much they kept it for themselves. That decision may have changed music history.

Livin’ on a Prayer

This was the second song released from the album. It was the second consecutive single by Bon Jovi to reach #1. This is one of Bon Jovi’s most popular songs of all time.

Social Disease

This is probably my least favorite song on the album, but it is better than a lot of songs that bands release.

Wanted Dead or Alive

This was the third single released from the album, and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This helped Slippery When Wet become the first hard rock album ever to have 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. One of the most memorable (good) moments in the history of the MTV music awards was when Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora played an acoustic version of this song. This gave MTV the idea to start the channel’s Unplugged series.

Raise Your Hands

Great way to start the second side of the album! It compliments the first song of the the first side, “Let it Rock”. It gets you pumped for side 2.

Without Love

I’d Die for You

Never Say Goodbye

Bon Jovi’s first great ballad. They have had several others since this one. But this started it all. I was in high school, dating a girl when this album was released and this was “our song”. When we went to my Junior Prom, I thought was so cool when I went to the DJ, and requested this song as a dedication. A little while later, you hear the guitar start of the beginning of the song, and I felt all proud as the DJ announced that the song was a special request. But, that pride fizzled out as he spent half the song (or so it seemed) listing all the names of the people that requested the song.

Wild in the Streets

Great rock song, and a great way to end the album. It also makes you look forward to the next album. As it turns out, it gives you good reason to look forward to the next Bon Jovi as New Jersey was not too shabby.

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Albums of the ’80s: The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range (Side A)

Welcome back to some more Albums of the ’80s. This week, Robert writes about an album which is an interesting choice – The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range. Bruce Hornsby is one of the few artists that I never warmed up to. His piano style is unique, so I always know it’s one of his songs as soon as I hear it. And I can never listen to the whole song. Let’s see if Robert can win me over. This is a great opportunity to read about Bruce Hornsby on this site, because I may not have written much about him myself. And if you’re like me, maybe you’ll change your mind about him. Or our dislike for Hornsby’s music will just have to be The Way It Is.

Take it away, Robert!


The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby And The Range

by Robert Mishou

This is an album that I have been in love with since I first heard the band in 1986 and I have wanted to review it for a while now. The talent that Bruce Hornsby and the Range brings to ‘80s music is astounding and I do not feel he is recognized nearly enough.

In November of 1986 I talked my parents into letting me go to a few concerts with my buddies. We saw a-ha in July on their Scoundrel Days tour and in November we had the great fortune of seeing Huey Lewis and the News on their Fore! Tour. Opening up for Huey Lewis was a band that had not hit Germany yet, but I did catch their first single, “The Way It Is” on the American radio station a few days before the concert. This band, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, was a true unknown for me and I was far from excited to see them, but I was extremely excited to see Huey Lewis and the News because I owned all of their albums and loved their music. I thought I was going to just have to endure the lackluster ‘opening band’. I have never been so wrong in my music fan life! Yes, Huey Lewis and the News was fantastic, but this unknown opening band absolutely blew me away.

At the time I had no idea that Bruce Hornsby was the former keyboardist for Sheena Easton. I definitely had no idea he was such an excellent songwriter and a peerless pop pianist. I only recognized one song (just a little) and typically this would disappoint me at a live show, but not this time. I loved every song the band played (which was most of that first album) and was completely enraptured with all of the musicianship. I did my best to remember the chorus to every song so I could by the band’s music the next day. Fortunately, I found all of the songs they played that night on one album, their debut disc, The Way It Is. For the next few days I will take a look at all ten songs.

The album itself has reached multi platinum status and, in 1986, #3 on the album charts. Huey Lewis makes an appearance on the album as a harmonica player on track #2 and as a backing vocalist on track #6; he also produced tracks #4 and #8. I suppose it makes sense that Bruce Hornsby and the Range opened up for Lewis on that tour. Bruce Hornsby and the Range ended that year with three AT 40 singles and a Grammy for Best New Artist. Quite a debut!

If you are not too familiar with this album, I am convinced that these next two days will cause you to go back and give a better listen to this band.

On the Western Skyline

I have always really enjoyed good songwriting. In my early years of music listening, that usually meant the sound of the song. As I aged a bit, I placed more of a judging emphasis on the lyrical content, so Sting and Bruce Hornsby became two of my favorite songwriters. This initial track on The Way It Is the first example of the type of high quality songs that Hornsby composed. He sets this song in a prototypical rural setting – which is commonplace for many of his songs. He paints an idyllic picture of small town America, turns out the people there are concerned about the same things as those in big cities – that makes this a universal theme. The setting is clear:

About this time of evening, out by the bay
They turn the road lights on the bridge
A diesel rolls in silhouette, eastbound
Lovers glad the sun has set

And:

The rooftops sag on second street
Bachelor’s quarters, too much fun
Not fun enough
The kite’s still hanging on the wire
Waiting on the wind
Too many dreams and not enough hope

Now that the setting is clear, the meaning of the song surfaces. The speaker wants to be in love, but he has not found the right woman yet. He is hopeful, “I know she’s out there somewhere / On the Western skyline.” Hornsby continues to make observations about the town and there is even some hopeful anticipation because there is a spot where the women wait and wait for the sailors – but it is not to be because, “He’s got the admiral’s daughter in the back / Trying to cross her battle line/ I’m staring into the twilight / Wishing I could be with her tonight.” This song does an excellent job in setting up the tone of the remainder of the album.

Every Little Kiss (#14)

This is the second song that harkens back to Hornsby’s home of Virginia. Each of these first two tracks are set on a bay near some large body of water. And like “On the Western Skyline”, this song has a common, universal theme: missing someone you are in love with. In this song the speaker is working hard and trying to make a living. Unfortunately the woman he is in love with is “a thousand miles away” and he desperately missed her. The thought of her is one of the few things that motivates him to keep going. They are apart for financial reasons as he is being forced to work at a job far away from her most likely because it pays well. The speaker reveals this as he laments, “What I wouldn’t give for only one night / A little relief in sight / Or someday when times weren’t so tight.” The chorus echoes his desperation to be with her:

When the day goes down on the watertown
When the night sinks low all around
That’s when I need you now
Your what I miss
Every little kiss

“Every Little Kiss” is also the first song on the album that highlights Hornsby’s piano skills. His piano introduces the song and establishes the theme for the rest of the song. The piano is not as memorable as it will be in later songs, but it’s strong presence it felt as it weaves it’s way into the rest of the band’s playing with impressive results. This song features distinct drumming by John Molo and a rarish guitar solo by David Mansfield.

Mandolin Rain (#4)

With this third track the listener is now accustomed to and expecting Hornsby’s strong piano – and this song does not disappoint. It has not reached the memorable level that it will later, but it is dang good. At the concert in 1986, the band did not open with this song, it came three or four songs into the set, but this is the one that caught me and was my initial realization that this was a band that I would like for a long time. The lyrics here touch on yet another universal: regret. The speaker in this song was once in love and had a woman that was very special. Now, present tense, she is gone and there are certain things that remind him of her. The final verse says:

The boats steaming in
I watch the side wheel spin
And I think of her when I hear that whistle blow
I can’t change my mind
I knew all the time that she’d go
But that’s a choice I made long ago

We all have regrets – impossible not to – and this song captures the heart wrenching feelings that often accompany this awful feeling. Hornsby is not trying to fool us with a surprise ending; we know how the relationships ends in the first verse:

The song came and went
Like the time that we spent
Hiding out from the rain under the carnival tent
I laughed and she smiled
It would last for a while
You don’t know what you got til you lose it all again

I want to not like the cliche her, but I can’t help it, this song touches me. I love the imagery used in the chorus, the “mandolin rain” and the “banjo wind” – solid writing. I feel very fortunate to not have a relatable regret, but this song has always served as a type of cautionary tale for me – be careful of the decisions you make and try not to set up a life of regretful memories.

The Long Race

The piano takes a back seat in this song; the music here is just and expert blending of bass, drums, keyboard, and guitar. This becomes a somewhat inspirational song extolling the value of never giving up. The speaker is working hard and determined to make the life that he wants for himself and the woman he loves. This determination becomes very clear with, “All of these years I’ve been waiting for you / Through the high tides and the low tides too / If I stop now, how could I ever be with you?” This optimistic attitude will lead him to his ideal situation. He knows it will not be easy, but it will be worth it:

It’s a long, long race
If I try I will surely finish
It’s a long long race
If I try I will surely win it

It is nice to occasionally have a strong, positive attitude in a rock song.


We will flip this album over to Side B on Wednesday.

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Albums of the ’80s: When Seconds Count by Survivor

Today, not only do we get a great album review from Robert, but we also get a love story. Robert Returns to a time when he and his now-wife, Diana, fell in love. In honor of Robert and Diana’s 25th wedding anniversary today, let’s enjoy his wonderful story, and listen to some great music! Happy Anniversary Robert and Diana!!!

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When Seconds Count – So Many Seconds

If you are reading this, it is time to be honest. Most of us regular readers of nostalgia websites and blogs do so for one BIG reason: We miss our youth and look for ways to recapture those good old days that will always be deeply etched in our minds and, more importantly perhaps, our hearts. We all have a special song, album, commercial, TV show, or movie that has made an indelible imprint on our lives. The reasons are as limitless as the choices. These “artifacts” remind of of both good and bad times and how we got through those crazy, and sometimes brutal, junior high and high school days. If you are still reading this, I know you agree and truly understand the importance of these days and that you will never forget them.

IMG_0273We do all have a special something that we carry with us and will never let go of, but that something differs for all of us. Ever since I bought REO Speedwagon’s Hi Infidelity, I have been absolutely hooked on music. Lucky for me, the ‘80s were by far the best time to be a music fan. My music collection is big and very important to me; I literally own over five thousand songs from the ‘80s in one format or another. Even with all of this music there a few albums that I treasure as particularly important to me. I believe that many music fans out there are able to connect a certain song or album to a life changing event or a life changing person. I will even venture to say that all of you reading this now can name one or two songs or albums that have had a significant impact on you and who you are today. I am no different – here in my story.

I am presently a high school English teacher and love it! Every year students will ask me what I was like when I was younger. I am honest with them and tell them that I was a very quiet and shy boy who said very little in school or out. I had a few very good friends who, despite being many miles apart today, I am still in nearly daily contact with, but I was nowhere near outgoing. They never believe me – things have changed (I do not think you can be quiet and be an effective English teacher at the same time). Needless to say I did not exactly have a line girls waiting to go out with me. Other than a few very temporary female acquaintances, I typically hung out with my friends, played Atari or Commodore 64 games, read books, and listened to music. In October of my senior year that came to a screeching halt. I went to junior high and high school in Frankfurt, Germany and, due to noise ordinances, our football games were played on Saturday afternoons. Our school typically supplied buses to away games since the driving age was 18 and only about 8 people in my senior class drove. On one crisp October 4th Saturday, I took the subway to school to meet my friends and travel on one of these buses for a game against Manheim – a bus ride of a little more than an hour.

IMG_0276A mistake was made; only two buses showed up – we had enough people for three buses! So we all crammed on the two buses, sitting three to a seat (this would probably incur a lawsuit today). My friends and I had to separate and I was forced to sit with girls from the dance team! How was I ever going to survive this? Well, I did more than survive – I fell in love. I was forced to sit with a girl I did not really know, but kind of admired when I saw her in the halls. Her name was Diana and she had gorgeous red ‘80s hair. I was as scared as I had ever been. There was no way I could manage to come out of a longish bus ride next to this girl and look anything resembling cool. I was quiet – of course – but we slowly started to talk to each other. We ended up sitting together at the game and the ride back to school. The entire time I knew I wanted to ask her out, but could not imagine myself actually doing so. When we got back to the school I walked her to the phone booth (how strange does that sound?) so she could call for a ride. I steeled myself as much as I possibly could and asked her for her phone number. To my surprise, she gave it to me! I told my friends and they insisted that I call her the next day.
IMG_0275 2Finally, the purpose of this article. I did call her the next day and asked her out. Once again she said yes! – we were set for that next Friday. She had dance team practice on Friday so I needed to kill some time. I went to one of my favorite places – the audio store that sold tapes and records. I saw that one of my favorite bands, Survivor, had just release a new album, When Seconds Count. I immediately grabbed the cassette and paid for it. This was the first album that I bought after I met the girl who would become my wife. I have always felt that Survivor was one of the most underrated bands in ‘80s rock. IMG_0277Sure, everyone knows “Eye of the Tiger” and “Burning Heart”, but how many have listened to an entire Survivor album? If you need some proof of Survivor’s excellence, check out the Return to the ‘80s review of Vital Signs. I own all of Survivor’s albums – even the Japanese import Reach. I love all of their songs and mourned the death of Jimi Jamison by listening to nothing but Survivor and his solo albums for two solid weeks. When Seconds Count is my favorite Survivor album, mostly due to the girl I was falling in love with when I first listened to it.


The album itself was a follow up to the excellent Vital Signs. Survivor had successfully replaced their lead singer Dave Bickler with Jimi Jamison and was enjoying some serious chart success. When Seconds Count is certified gold and had three Top 100 hits with “Is This Love” reaching #9.

How Much Love (#51)

The album begins with an excellent song that exemplifies the Survivor sound. Lyrically, it is a song that has the speaker wondering what to do about a woman he likes. Does she want him to pursue her? He clearly wants to but is not sure if she is willing. Guitarist Sullivan has a reputation for being a master of the rhythm guitar (see “Eye of the Tiger” or “Burning Heart”) – I agree, he is great. Unfortunately, his guitar solos are too often overlooked. I never fully appreciated this until I saw Survivor in concert when I was in college; after that I started paying closer attention to those solos. This song has his typical smooth solo that Sullivan consistently plays. This song was the perfect match for how I was feeling when I first met Diana. I was young and had zero experience with girls; I had no idea what to do. Do I ask her out again? And if she says yes, what then? Hold hands? Kiss after the date? I was truly a wreck, but she helped me through it like, as I was soon to learn, she always does.

Keep It Right Here

The second track picks up right where the first left off. Listen for the bass note after the third line – simple, but impossible not to pluck your air guitar. This song has the typical catchy Survivor chorus. The speaker here is realizing that the relationship he is in is progressing in a positive direction that he really likes. There are a few lines that still jump out at me today, “There will be nights, some restless nights / When you’re alone, your thought start to wander / Wondering if it’s right, you search the night.” As I said earlier, I had zero relationship experience – Diana had a little more than I did. Soon after we started dating she went to visit another boy – wait – the arrangements were made before we went. I pretended like it didn’t bother me and took her to the train station. Inside my mind I was sure that this was the end – one month – a great month – but that was it. As fate would have it, she returned (I nervously picked her up from the same train station) and she told me that she felt nothing for that other guy and she wanted to keep dating me. My first win! We clicked right away and I felt early on that this could be something that would last for a while.

Is This Love (#9)

What a great song and the biggest hit from this album. This song could easily have been on the Vital Signs album – it is pure Survivor. It starts with Petrick’s signature keyboards and Sullivan’s rhythm guitar – do not miss another nice solo, though. There are so many great lines that remind me of what I was feeling early in our relationship. Lines like “I’d like to know that for once in my life I’m sure of what tomorrow may bring” and “I need to prove to myself that this is more than a crush / Can you convince me it’s not just a physical rush?” absolutely captured exactly what I was feeling. Again, Diana and I clicked right away, but I was worried that it would be a fleeting thing. This was my first real girlfriend and I had just turned seventeen; I was worried that I was being swept by her beauty and charm and not thinking straight (it was easy to do). I did not want this is be temporary, but did not want to tell her that after just a few months.

Man Against the World (#86)

The first song on this album that is not a true love song. I would put it in the category of a Journey type of inspirational song, like “Be Good to Yourself.” My favorite thing about this song it how it builds to a climax. It begins with piano and vocals, then rises and rises, adding powerful guitars. It then backs off and gives the listener time to contemplate the emotions in the song. The Jamison sings, “I shout, can a single voice carry? / Will I find sanctuary within your arms? / Someday when the answer‘s clearer / Someday when I even the score / You’ll reach and find me near you, right beside you, forevermore.” When I was a sophomore in high school I decided that I wanted to be an English teacher. As a senior, I still wanted to, but I was beginning to feel that I wanted Diana to be with me. As decision time came upon us, we both decided to attend college in Nebraska – man, am I glad we decided to that!

Rebel Son

Any Survivor fan would not want you to forget that, despite some great ballads, this band can really rock – this song is an example of that. It starts slow, giving the impression that it will be another ballad. Once the guitar kicks in, it does not look back. It reminds me a bit of “First Night” from Vital Signs, but it is smoother and lyrically stronger. The singer is speaking directly to a young man, urging him not to give up, to have the confidence to believe in himself and become who he wants to be. Oh yeah, best solo on the album so far. Looking back, this song has no real connection to our relationship. It just reinforced my determination to be what I wanted to be and not worry about what others thought.

Oceans

I really like this song. In fact, this one and the next are my two favorites on this album. It is one of the few songs on this album that uses imagery to capture an emotion. It is not complicated. “If only we could go back to square one / If finally we could pinpoint where we lost touch / I’d stand alone reaching out my hand to you / Oceans between us.” Sometimes simple is the most effective way to get an idea across. The speaker does not want to lose the relationship that the two of them have built, but does not know where things went wrong. The lyrics continue the water/ocean imagery throughout the song. At the time, this song scared me. I was young and in love for the first time and I did not want it to end. Over the years, I have used this song as a reminder to not let oceans come between Diana and me. Not every day is perfect, but for twenty nine years we have done a really good job in preventing this from happening.

When Seconds Count

My second of two favorites songs on this album is coming at you right away. Even at the youngish age when I met Diana and we started dating, this song freaked me out. We have all heard about or known couples who have lost touch as the relationship wore on. These lyrics have always chilled me a bit: “Special moments taken for granted, tenderness that found no reward / Funny how you’d speak of forever only to wind up restless and bored / Can sweethearts so suddenly stranger recapture in a moment the fire?” I promised myself to do my best to never let this happen to us. Realistically, over 25 years of marriage there will be times when things get somewhat predictable and boredom sets in, but overall we have done a really good job in enjoying each other’s company and not letting things get too predictable. I cannot imagine myself with anyone else; most days I feel as if we are still young and in a new, exciting relationship. This song has yet another really good guitar solo that ties the whole song together.

Backstreet Love Affair

This is a decent song, but my least favorite one on this album. It starts with a solid keyboard that sets up the melody. Sullivan’s rhythm guitars are excellent and completely drive this song. Lyrically, the song is about the deep passions that exists between two people despite others not approving of the relationship. Fortunately, Diana and I never really had this problem. Her father was the typically suspicious at times father- she was the only girl in the extended family and he wanted to protect her – understandable. I made it a point to be on my best behavior when he was around, but overall, we both got along with the other’s families.

In Good Faith

This great ballad made it on every mix tape that I ever made for Diana. There is nothing wrong with this love song; in fact, I like it better than the “The Search is Over”, a major hit from Vital Signs. I have always been one to not fully express my feelings- I still am – so I had a tendency to do so through songs. This song captured how I was feeling about Diana perfectly – “I never needed anyone this way / Never found the right words to say until today.” Oh yes, I know it is corny, but hey, I was 17, what do you expect? Even listening to this song right now I remember how it, and she, made me feel then. She still does today and the song still matches our relationship.

Can’t Let You Go

Musically, this is my favorite track. Sullivan’s guitars are perfect. It has a driving rhythm guitar and the best solo on the album – at the 2 minute 40 second mark, just sit back and enjoy how expertly the solo is laid on top of the rhythm guitar – beautiful. Yes, I was that lovesick teenaged boy who stayed up all night thinking about this beautiful girl who was now actually talking to me. Seriously, I couldn’t sleep most nights: “Two eyes that haunt me when I turn out the light / Two lips that taunt me from the darkness each night / I try and hide my heart to keep my distance in the dark / What makes me fall apart and call out your name?” Early on, I was completely smitten – and it has not changed yet. 29 years later, Diana is still the most beautiful woman I have ever met and I cannot imagine a single day without her.


My love for this album has origins in two places. First, it is Survivor and I love them. They are a perfect ‘80s rock band with a completely underrated and underappreciated guitar and keyboard combination of Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik. I place the powerful lead vocals of Jimi Jamison right next to the great Steve Perry. This band’s songs are solid – well written and musically very sound. When I was very much into making mix tapes for friends, I always included a few songs from Survivor – and they always liked them.

With When Seconds Count, I have always associated every song with Diana – I still do. Not every song is completely relatable, but, to me, this album is the most important one I ever purchased. I listen to it frequently in all sorts of moods and it never fails to take me back to those wonderful days of new found love. Diana has always been there for me since that chilly October Saturday. She is my life. She is my love. She is my best friend. Today, we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary – 29 years together. Diana, I love you – forever and always.

 

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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?

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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1986 – Regina

“Baby Love” by Regina

Regina (Regina Richards) wanted to work as a songwriter. She co-wrote “Baby Love” with frequent Madonna collaborator Stephen Bray. The song definitely has an early Madonna feel to it. Regina wanted somebody other than herself to sing the song, however her record label, Atlantic Records, thought otherwise and told Regina to sing the song herself.

The song was put on Regina’s Curiosity album, which also included “Say Goodbye,” a song she had originally written with Kenny Rogers in mind. She struck it big with the song “Baby Love”, which shot all the way up to #10 on September 13, 1986. The song was her only mainstream top 40 hit. She did have other songs, such as “Beat of Love,” “Head On,” and “Extraordinary Love,” that were a little more popular on the dance charts.

A second Regina album, Best Kept Secret, was never released. However, she did appear in an anti-drug public service announcement with the animated McGruff the Crime Dog, that aired well into the 1990s.

Now let’s Return to 1986, and from the “Oh, now I remember this song!!!” department, here is “Baby Love” by Regina:

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