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Bon Jovi to Release Special Editions of Their Catalog

Bon Jovi has just announced on their Facebook page and web site that on May 11, they will release special editions of all the albums they have had up to this point. Each album will also contain new bonus tracks and special packaging. The following is from their web site:

Each of the band’s 11 studio albums – Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep The Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day and Lost Highway and The Circle – will feature the original studio album tracks plus era-specific live recordings included as bonus tracks. The bonus live tracks include songs taken from sound checks and concerts held in venues from all over the world, ranging from 500 seat theatres to massive football stadiums. Many of the live versions are extended, including “Get Ready” (Bon Jovi), “In and Out Of Love” (7800° Fahrenheit), “Blood on Blood” (New Jersey), “Keep The Faith” (Keep The Faith), and a duet featuring Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland performing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Have A Nice Day) with the band.

These albums be available as a physical release and as a digital download.

Stuck in the ’80s “Horrible Hits of 1987”

The Stuck in the ’80s gang released their most recent podcast this weekend, with their topic being The Horrible Hits of 1987. They count down the worst songs that became hits in 1987. Some of their choices are controversial. Here is their list:

10. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
9. Songbird – Kenny G
8. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
7. With or Without You – U2
6. Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
5. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
4. Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
3. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
2. Always – Atlantic Starr
1. Heaven is a Place on Earth

I can’t believe “With or Without You” was on there. Same with “Wanted Dead or Alive”. But I do remember how MTV was heavily promoting Bon Jovi’s new video at the time, but would not say what it was. Everybody assumed that it would be “Never Say Goodbye”, but it ended up being “Wanted Dead or Alive”. I did not care too much for the song until Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora performed their historic unplugged version on the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.

Does anybody think that any of these other songs don’t belong on the list? Are there other hits from 1987 that should be on the list instead?

March 29, 1986 – “Rock Me Amadeus” Hits #1

On this date in 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus”, by Falco, hit number 1 on the Billboard charts. It was Falco’s only hit in the U.S. Falco was from Austria, and had four number 1 hits there. “Rock Me Amadeus” was inspired by the Oscar winning movie Amadeus, and was released on the album Falco 3.
This could also be a “Dead or Alive” article. Falco died on February 6, 1998 – two weeks before his 41st birthday. He had been planning on a comeback at the time. He died of severe injuries from an accident he had with a bus while he was driving an SUV.

He will always be remembered for this song:

Genesis Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York last night. Genesis was inducted along with ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges.

Genesis did not play at the ceremony. Instead, Phish paid tribute to the band by playing “Watcher of the Skies” (from the Peter Gabriel years), and “No Reply At All”. Gabriel could not attend the ceremony. According to the Associated Press, band member Mike Rutherford said Gabriel sent his apologies, but he was preparing for a tour. Backstage, Phil Collins said “We’ve played without him for 30 years. We’re used to not having him around.”
Phil Collins is known to have a sense of humor. Was he trying to be funny, or was he being bitter?

Going Solo – #1

The countdown concludes for the top 80’s solo artists who had been in successful 80’s bands. And now, drum roll please (provided by Phil Collins), without further ado…

1. Phil Collins – Genesis

Genesis was formed in 1967. Phil Collins joined the band in 1971 as the drummer. When the lead singer, Peter Gabriel, left the band between 1975-1977, Genesis held auditions for a new lead singer. Phil Collins had previously been a background singer, and coached prospective lead singers. Eventually the band decided to name Collins the lead singer. In 1979, Collins almost left the band due to personal issues at home with his wife. But the remaining members (Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks) decided to take a hiatus instead. Phil Collins’ marriage ended in divorce, and the band started back up. In 1980, the album Duke was released, and contained the hit singles “Misunderstanding“, and “Turn It On Again“. In 1981, Genesis had the follow up album Abacab. The singles from that album were “No Reply At All” and the title track “Abacab“.

Also in 1981, Phil Collins released his solo debut, Face Value, which consisted of material he wrote while on hiatus. It had the one of his biggest hits, “In the Air Tonight“. Then Collins had another successful solo album called Hello, I Must Be Going!, which spawned the singles “I Don’t Care Anymore” and “You Can’t Hurry Love“.
Then Genesis released another album called Genesis. It had the hits “Mama“, “That’s All“, and “Illegal Alien“.

In 1984, Phil Collins released a song for the movie Against All Odds, called “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)“. He also produced an album for Philip Bailey called Chinese Wall, and performed a duet with Bailey on it called “Easy Lover“.

In 1985, Phil Collins released his most successful solo album, No Jacket Required. It contained the hits “Sussudio“, “One More Night“, “Don’t Lose My Number“, and “Take Me Home“, as well as smaller hits “Who Said I Would“, and “Only You Know and I Know“.

In 1986, Genesis released their most successful album, Invisible Touch. The following were hits from that album:
Invisible Touch
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
Land of Confusion
In Too Deep
Throwing It All Away

The band then went on hiatus for 5 years. In the meantime, Phil Collins continued his solo career.
In 1988, he starred in the movie Buster. He had 2 hits from the movie – “Two Hearts” and “A Groovy Kind of Love“.
In 1989, Collins released another very successful album – …But Seriously. “Another Day in Paradise” went to Number 1 on the Billboard Charts at the end of 1989 and Collins won a Grammy for Record of the Year for the song. Interesting note – it became the last #1 U.S. pop hit of the 1980s. Other songs included “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (#4 U.S., #15 UK), “Do You Remember?” (#4 U.S.), and “I Wish It Would Rain Down” (#3 U.S., #7 UK).

Going Solo – #2

The countdown continues for the top 80’s solo artists who had been in successful 80’s bands:

2. Steve Perry – Journey

Journey was formed in the 70’s, and started as a jazz fusion band. They gradually added more vocals and made the songs shorter. But their record label, Columbia Records, wanted them to change musical directions and add a new lead singer. In 1977, they brought in Steve Perry, and their popularity began to grow.
In 1980, they had the hit album Departure, and had a hit with the single “Any Way You Want It“. The song was also featured in a scene in the movie Caddyshack. In 1981, Journey released the classic #1 album Escape, which has sold over 9 million copies so far.
There were three top-10 hits from that album, including “Don’t Stop Believin’“, “Who’s Cryin’ Now“, and “Open Arms“. “Still They Ride” was also a top-20 hit.
In the meantime, they had released a live album called Captured, which was recorded before Escape was released. After the concert portion of the album, there was a studio single called “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)“, which was also a hit song.
In 1983, Journey released another smash album called Frontiers. It featured the hits “Separate Ways,” which reached #8, “Faithfully,” which reached #12, “Send Her My Love“, and “After the Fall“, both of which reached #23. They also had the hit song “Only the Young” from the Vision Quest soundtrack, and “Ask the Lonely” from the soundtrack Two of a Kind.
After Steve Perry’s solo album, but before their long hiatus, Journey released another hit album, Raised On Radio. It also produced four top 20 singles, “Be Good to Yourself” (#9), “I’ll Be Alright Without You” (#14), “Girl Can’t Help It“, and “Suzanne,” both of which reached #17, and they had a minor hit with “Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever“. This is also the album that American Idol judge, Randy Jackson, performed on.

In 1984, Steve Perry released his first solo album called Street Talk, which was a huge success. The song, “Oh Sherry” was a #3 hit. “Foolish Heart” was a top 20 hit, and there was also minor success with the songs “She’s Mine” and “Strung Out“. In 1982, Steve Perry also had a successful duet with Kenny Loggins called “Don’t Fight It“. He also appeared in the original “We Are the World” video, and recorded a song, “If Only For the Moment, Girl” for the We Are the World album.

Going Solo – #3

The countdown continues for the top 80’s solo artists who had been in successful 80’s bands:

3. Peter Cetera – Chicago

Chicago is one of the longest running and most successful groups in rock history. They formed in 1967, and released their first album in 1969. They were constantly on the Billboard charts throughout the 70’s. Then in 1978, the lead guitarist, and one of the the founding members, Terry Kath, died of an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Then the band went into a major transitional period. They eventually brought in producer David Foster, and were able to start the next phase of their career. In 1982, the band released Chicago 16, and were back on the top of the charts again. They had a #1 hit with “Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away“, then was followed by another hit “Love Me Tomorrow“.
The band then followed up with their highest selling album – Chicago 17. They released four singles from the album, all of them sung by Peter Cetera. They were all top 20 hits – “Stay the Night” (#16), “Hard Habit to Break” (#3), “You’re the Inspiration” (#3) and “Along Comes a Woman” (#14). Around this time, MTV was becoming more popular, and Cetera became the face of Chicago. With this new fame, Cetera decided to start a solo career, and not to continue with Chicago’s busy touring schedule.

Peter Cetera was a very successful solo artist. His first single, “Glory of Love” was the theme song for the movie The Karate Kid, Part II, and it reached #1. Then he released the album Solitude/Solitaire, and sold over 1 million copies. “The Glory of Love” was on this album as well as another #1 hit “The Next Time I Fall“, which was a duet with Amy Grant. Solitude/Solitaire outsold Chicago 18, which was Chicago’s first album without Cetera. In 1988, Cetera released another solo album, One More Story. It featured the #4 hit “One Good Woman“. The song “Save Me” was also on the album, and was the original theme song for the television show Baywatch. Then Peter Cetera wrapped up the 80’s by recording the duet “After All” with Cher, which was on the soundtrack for the movie Chances Are. The song went on to reach #6 on the charts.

Going Solo – #4

The countdown continues for the top 80’s solo artists who had been in successful 80’s bands:

4. Lionel Richie – The Commodores

The Commodores had some huge hits in the 70’s. But they were also very successful in the early 80’s with hits such as “Oh No” and “Lady (You Bring Me Up)“.

In 1981, Lionel Richie sang “Endless Love” as a duet with Diana Ross. The result was a #1 hit. This encouraged Richie to go out on his own as a solo artist. His first album was self-titled, and featured three hits – “Truly“, “You Are” and “My Love“. The album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies. Then Richie’s follow-up, Can’t Slow Down was even more successful as it sold twice as many copies as his debut, and won 2 Grammys, including Album of the Year. There were five hit songs on the album – “All Night Long“, “Running With the Night“, “Hello“, “Penny Lover“, and “Stuck On You“. Richie’s next album, Dancing on the Ceiling, was also a success. The hit singles from that album were “Say You, Say Me“, “Dancing on the Ceiling“, and “Ballerina Girl“.

Then Richie became exhausted, and took a break for a long time. He has a more relaxed schedule now, and releases a new album every few years.

Going Solo – #5

The countdown continues for the top 80’s solo artists who had been in successful 80’s bands:

5. Belinda Carlisle – The Go-Go’s

The Go-Go’s had a great start with Beauty and the Beat as their debut album in 1981. It had the smash hits “Our Lips are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat“. In 1982, the Go-Go’s were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The next album, Vacation, was not as big a hit, but the title track was a top-ten hit. In 1984, the album Talk Show was released, and had the hits “Head over Heels” and “Turn to You“. However, were personality conflicts in the band, and there were drug addiction problems with some members. So, towards the end of 1984, guitarist Jane Wiedlin announced that she was leaving the group. In 1985, the rest of the members decided to disband.

Lead singer, Belinda Carlisle decided to start a solo career. Her first solo album, Belinda, was very successful, and she had a hit with “Mad About You” from that album. Her follow-up album Heaven on Earth was a huge success. The first release, “Heaven is a Place On Earth” topped the singles charts in several countries. The second single from the album was “I Get Weak“, and it went to #2 in the U.S. The following single, “Circle In the Sand” was another top-ten hit. The next album was Runaway Horses, and it produced the hit “Leave a Light On“.

In 2001, The Go-Go’s reunited to release a new album, God Bless the Go-Go’s, with all new material. And they have recently announced that they are going to have a farewell tour.