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Ronald Reagan Centennial – Bombing of Libya

As Bon Jovi said in a recent song – “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. As next week marks the 25th anniversary of the Bombing of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi is remarkably still in power, and fighting in Libya is once again the news of the day.

Before I continue, I would like to know – Am I the only one who is confused on how to spell this wackjob’s name? I’ve seen Gaddafi, Qaddafi, al-Qaddafi, and Khadafi – all in different publications. Uggh! For this article, I will just use “Gaddafi”.

Tensions Building

During the 1970s and ’80s, Gaddafi’s government financed a wide variety of Muslim and anti-U.S. and anti-British terrorist groups worldwide. In response, the U.S. imposed sanctions against Libya. So relations were never good. In 1981, Libya fired at a U.S. aircraft that passed into the Gulf of Sidra, which Gaddafi had claimed in 1973 as Libyan territorial waters. That year, the U.S. uncovered evidence of Libyan-sponsored terrorist plots against the United States, including planned assassination attempts against U.S. officials and the bombing of a U.S. embassy-sponsored dance in Khartoum, Sudan.

In December 1985, five American citizens were killed in simultaneous terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports. Libya was blamed, and President Ronald Reagan ordered expanded sanctions and froze Libyan assets in the United States. On March 24, 1986, U.S. and Libyan forces clashed in the Gulf of Sidra, and four Libyan attack boats were sunk.

Then on April 5, 1986 was the straw that broke the camel’s back. A West Berlin dance hall, the LaBelle discotheque, which was popular with U.S. servicemen was bombed by terrorists. One U.S. serviceman and a Turkish woman were killed, and more than 200 people were wounded, including 50 other U.S. servicemen. U.S. intelligence had intercepted radio messages sent from Libya to its diplomats in East Berlin ordering the attack on the dance hall.

He Counted On America To Be Passive. He Counted Wrong …

In response to all of this, on April 14, 1986 shortly before 7 p.m. EST (2 a.m., April 15 in Libya), The U.S. launched air strikes against Libya. Five military targets and “terrorism centers” were hit, including the headquarters of Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi was able to escape from being killed because he received a phone call from Italian politician Bettino Craxi warning him that aircraft were flying over Maltese airspace heading south towards Tripoli. However, his 15-month-old adopted daughter was killed in the attack on his residence, and two of his young sons were injured.

The United States was denied overflight rights by France, Spain and Italy as well as the use of European continental bases, forcing the Air Force portion of the operation to be flown around France, Spain and through the Straits of Gibraltar, adding 1,300 miles each way and requiring multiple aerial refuelings.
During the raid, the French Embassy was narrowly missed.

Even before the operation had ended, President Reagan went on national television to discuss the air strikes. “When our citizens are abused or attacked anywhere in the world,” he said, “we will respond in self-defense. Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again.”

Parts of Reagan’s speech can be heard towards the end of Def Leppard’s “Gods of War”.

After the bombing, there was no other major terrorist attack linked to Libya until the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 passengers and crew of that flight were killed, and 11 people on the ground perished.

Gaddafi shocked the world when he became one of the first Muslim heads of state to denounce al-Qaida after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

In October 2008 Libya paid $1.5 billion to be used to compensate the relatives of the Lockerbie bombing victims, American victims of the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing, American victims of the 1989 UTA Flight 772 bombing, and Libyan victims of the 1986 US bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi.

Music Video(s) of the Week – 3/2/11

This week’s selections are in honor of the tour just recently announced – Def Leppard and Heart.

First up is Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”:

This is one of my favorite songs by Def Leppard. I saw Def Leppard in concert in 2003 in Providence, Rhode Island after they released their X album – and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. They played at least one song from each of their albums. They almost left this song off of their playlist.

Many of you may or may not be familiar with the tragedy that occurred on February 20, 2003, at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. I am not going to go into details, but 100 people were killed when Great White was playing there, and their pyrotechnics started a fire that killed 100 people, and injured many more.

Well, at the Def Leppard concert, before they played this song Joe Elliot stopped the show, and said that they had met with burn victims from the fire before the concert. They said that they would leave the song out, [probably due to the lines:
Rise up! Gather round
Rock this place to the ground
Burn it up let’s go for broke
Watch the night go up in smoke

Apparantly, the victims would not hear of it, and told the band to play the song. It was very emotional. And I remember seeing one of the burn victims (it was very obvious) in the aisle jumping up and down all excited while the song played. I will never forget it. It is amazing how much music can lift your spirits no matter what you are going through.

I don’t have a Heart story, and I have not seen them in concert yet. Maybe that will change this year. Here is one of my favorite songs by them – “Alone”:

Hits of 1983 – Horrible and Great

On March 13, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1982 Podcast (Episode 159). Here is their list:

10. Mickey – Toni Basil
9. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
8. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
7. Mr. Roboto – Styx
6. Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
5. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes
4. Making Love Out of Nothing At All – Air Supply
3. What About Me – Moving Pictures
2. Puttin’ On the Ritz – Taco
1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Even though I love ’80s Music, I definitely prefer David Bowie’s ’70s music. No, David Bowie, I don’t want to dance! I’d much rather be Major Tom a “Space Oddity“! “Let’s Dance” is bad enough as it is. What makes it worse is that it is an “earworm” song. In other words, it gets stuck in your head. As I write this, I have not heard the song in years. But, just mentioning the title gave me earwormage (is that a even a word?) big time!
Well, that’s why I start with the ‘Horrible’ list, and end with the ‘Great’ list.

4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

Yes, this was the Eurythmics breakthrough hit, but I’m not a big Eurythmics fan. This song just drones on and on. Instead of ‘Sweet Dreams’, this song was more like a recurring nightmare when it came out. It was always on the radio and on MTV.
I do like the Eurythmics “Missionary Man” a lot. But, I just can’t take this song or “Here Comes the Rain Again“.

3. True – Spandau Ballet

Ah, Ah-Ah-ah. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t stomach this song. It is too boring, and it high on some kind of wuss factor. I’ll have to admit that it was funny seeing Steve Buscemi singing this song at the end of The Wedding Singer:

Unfortunately, since the song was included in the movie, it was also included on the movie’s soundtrack. Why didn’t they leave this song off, and put on “Do You Believe In Love”?

2. Every Breath You Take – Police

I like The Police a lot. But, this song is one of my least favorites, and one of the most overrated songs of all time. I remember listening to the American Top 40 countdown of the top songs of the whole year, and this was number 1!! Really?!? “Synchronicity II” was my favorite song on the Synchronicity album by far – even though I don’t understand the lyrics too much.

1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Two of the greatest music artists of all time took the biggest dump on the biggest album of all time! Uggh, this song makes me want to rip my ears off and rip all the skin off my face! The doggon song bites the big one! Especially when they start yapping in the song. This song should be taken off of all copies of Thriller, and be replaced by “Say, Say, Say”.

Here is my top songs from that year:
Runners up:
10. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle: These legends made a song that was perfect for a wedding
9. Little Red Corvette – Prince: Probably my favorite Prince song. Not as overplayed as “1999”
8. Truly – Lionel Richie – My favorite Lionel Richie ballad
7. Africa – Toto: Great song by Toto. I love the music, and the lead singer Bobby Kimball has an incredible voice.
6. Mr. Roboto – Styx: A lot of people make fun of Styx because of this song, and how it made them more theatrical. But, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun with music. There have been worse concept albums than Kilroy Was Here.

And Jeffster did a great cover of this in the TV show Chuck:

5. Photograph – Def Leppard

A great song by one of my favorite bands. Although Def Leppard had a couple of good albums before Pyromania (On Through the Night and High and Dry), “Photograph” became their first hit, and helped spur on the success of Pyromania. The video showed a lot of photos of Marilyn Monroe, so people incorrectly thought the song was about her. This is still a great song. Def Leppard has stood the test of time for over 30 years now.

4. Solitaire – Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” and “How Am I Suppose to Live Without You” were overplayed. But I think this song was way better than both of them. It rocks, and Branigan had a great voice. It sounds like she put a lot of passion into this song. This song also launched songwriter Diane Warren’s career.

3. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

This song got a lot of people into Duran Duran. The exposure on MTV didn’t hurt either. I liked it when it came out because the video reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, even without the video, the song itself is really good.

2. Down Under – Men At Work

This song was a breakthrough for Men At Work, and basically introduced the U.S. to Australia and vegemite sandwiches. This is a fun song, and Colin Haye has a great unique voice. The band had a great string of hits. Will they get back together already?!

1. Separate Ways – Journey

Silly video aside, this song rocks. As soon as you hear Jonathan Cain’s keyboard, you know what song is playing. It has a lot of energy and gets you pumped. After Journey had a very long hiatus, they went on tour with a new lead singer – Steve Augeri. Of course I went, and this was the song they came out playing first. What a way to come back! While I need to turn some songs off as soon as I hear them, I have to listen to this one all the way through when it comes on.

Here is the Live version with Steve Augeri:

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Music Video of the Week – 2/9/11

This week’s selection is in anticipation of Def Leppard’s major announcement – the classic from Hysteria – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”:

The following was released on Def Leppard’s official site:

Leppard fans…..

The countdown is on for Def Leppard to make a MAJOR announcement to the world! Stay tuned, DefLeppard.com will be reporting official news soon…..!

The following was reported on hennemusic.com:

So what could this ‘major’ news be….

We’ve already reported that Leppard will release their first live album in May, which will contain “three new studio tracks,” according to an interview guitarist Phil Collen did at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim last month.

A Leppard box set is in the works, guitarist Vivian Campbell told Rush On Rock last month. “There are plans for a career-encompassing box set. It will happen but we need to sort a few things out contractually. As it happens we’re talking to our old label Universal about re-signing with them.”

There’s also been rumors about a summer US tour with Kansas and Heart.

We’ll wait for official word from the Leppard camp on this, to see if the “major news’ is any, or all, of the above three items.

Battle of the Bands * Repost *

Metal Health vs. Pyromania

Here is a new series where we pit either 2 bands or 2 albums against each other. And you get to vote!

First up is Quiet Riot’s Metal Health. This album was released on March 11, 1983. This classic album had three hits on the Billboard Top 100 for Mainstream Rock – “Cum On Feel the Noize”, “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)”, and “Slick Black Cadillac”. The group was led by Kevin DuBrow, who sad died of a cocaine overdose in November 2007.
Here is the track listing for Metal Health:
1. “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)
2. “Cum on Feel the Noize
3. “Don’t Wanna Let You Go
4. “Slick Black Cadillac
5. “Love’s a Bitch
6. “Breathless
7. “Run for Cover
8. “Battle Axe
9. “Let’s Get Crazy
10. “Thunderbird

And they are up against Def Leppard’s Pyromania. This classic album was also released on January 20, 1983.
It was the band’s third album. It produced three top 40 hits – “Photograph”, “Rock of Ages”, and “Foolin'”. In 2004 the album was listed as number 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Here is the track listing:

1. “Rock Rock (Till You Drop)
2. “Photograph
3. “Stagefright
4. “Too Late for Love
5. “Die Hard the Hunter
6. “Foolin’
7. “Rock of Ages
8. “Comin’ Under Fire
9. “Action! Not Words
10. “Billy’s Got a Gun

Def Leppard went on to greater success than Quiet Riot, but these are two great rock albums that were released around the same time, and they were both all over MTV at the time. Def Leppard has stood the test of time, as they still go out and tour, and they put on a great show. Quiet Riot lead the charge for 80’s Hair Metal.