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Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – Bringing Me Down

Well, we come to the conclusion of another great week of music, brought to us by Robert. I can’t believe I had never heard any of these songs before. I hope you enjoyed these as much as I have. Andy Taylor is an incredible rock guitarist, and probably one of the most underrated. So, let’s listen to one last great song by him. And thanks, Robert, for continuing this great series.

Bringing Me Down

I have spoiled myself and saved my favorite song from Thunder for last. I always felt that this would have made a great single, but I do understand the radio friendly releases from this album and the soundtracks Taylor is featured on. All of the things I like are here: quiet guitar and bass intro that explode into a full band and catchy, song sustaining rhythm, a killer chorus, and a great solo. Once again, there are pretty simple lyrics about a man yearning for a woman who seems to be in love with someone else: “It’s time to go but I can’t stop / ‘Cause I can’t find which way to go / You’re tearin’ me, me apart /With twisted love, ain’t no doubt.” Insert the catch chorus here. I love the phrasing that Taylor uses here, “I can’t help it that you’re in love / I know you’re wrapped around / But you are bringing me down.”
The song continues, “Why don’t you spend some time with me / It’s hard to talk but time to walk / Into my lonely emptiness / And time to find a place to rest.” This song is the one that I returning to more often than not from this album. Great stuff!

Thunder is an absolute masterpiece of 80s pop/rock, but many have never heard of it. I like Duran Duran, but after spending (a lot) of time with Thunder it becomes clear that the band never really let Andy Taylor soar and do his thing. Taylor is an excellent guitarist who was in a great band, but not a guitar driven band. His solo work deserves to be heard by every fan of the ‘80s. If you are not familiar with his music, take some time a find his stuff on Youtube – I promise you will like it.

This discussion of Andy Taylor has conjured up memories of one of the other tapes I bought in a fevered rush before the airplane took off – next week: Night Ranger.

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – Tremblin’


By today I think you are seeing a pattern with this album. The lyrics are pretty simple and the guitar is placed firmly at center stage. The chorus clearly captures the speaker’s feeling about the woman, “Why do I feel bad? / Why do I feel sad? / What I’m trying to say / I’m tremblin’ / Though I can’t explain / That I’m going insane / I need you so / I’m tremblin’.” I am going to go back to Mr. Keating in Dead Poet’s Society here. He assigns each boy in the class an original poem. One boy is a typical teen and writes a short (and bad) poem about “A cat one a mat.” He is clearly rebelling and putting a poor effort into a ‘silly’ assignment. Keating does not get mad, instead he says that he is not upset at the simple subject of the poem because there are many great poem about simple subjects. He is only disappointed in the effort, “Don’t let your poems be plain.” This song reminds me of that very idea. It is not a complex song by any means, but it does capture a true emotion that the speaker is feeling about a woman. He is struggling with it and he is laying it out there and sharing his struggle with us. More solid guitar work here – nice song.

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Let’s keep the existential sentiments going today with this song, but this time there is a bluesy feel to the music. As expected, there is more great guitar work by Taylor. The pacing of this song is slower and it does get a bit repetitive at the end. Taylor saves it with a second guitar solo that is better than the first. The song is a great example of what I like when a band’s guitarist records as a solo artist. He is allowed to create his own music and establish his own sound and style. If he wants to solos in a song, well, then he puts two solos in the song. Existential philosophy is one that is accepting of many ideas, typically hesitating to commit to a consistently concrete world view and being willing to accept many ideas. Taylor writes, “In this smoking gun world / Our lights don’t last / They’re over fast.” No one knows how much time we have and there is not time for absolutes. We all need to define what is right for us and live the way we want to live and avoid having our lives being dictated by others. The video a live version of the song because I believe you can see and hear the true talent of a guitarist when he/she is performing onstage.

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – I Might Lie

Hi Everybody! This is going to be another great week of Deep Tracks. This week, Robert is bringing is some tunes from Andy Taylor, the guitarist of Duran Duran. I had never heard any of these songs before, so this is a special treat for me. And after listening to these songs, it looks like iTunes is going to be getting some more of my money! Also, you don’t need to be a Duran Duran fan to really enjoy these songs. And Duran Duran fans should love this. Here is Robert…

Duran Duran Fans – Don’t Miss This Gem

I am going to take a slightly different approach to the idea of “deep tracks.” This time I am going with a member of a VERY famous ‘80s band and look at a solo album he released in 1987.

In May of 1987 I graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt (West) Germany. My father was in the Army and we were due to be rotated back to the United States. By this time I was seventeen and had gotten used to this – besides, I was headed to college so I was not too concerned about the move. As was typical, the movers showed up about a month before the actual rotation date, so all of my belongings had to be packed and remain unseen for nearly two months. I diligently packed all of my stuff, but did not have the foresight to keep any of my cassettes from being sent away. I needed music! For no apparent reason I kept my Walkman handy, but nothing to play in it. I made a temporary fix by borrowing a few tapes from friends, but those needed to be returned before I left. So there I was faced with six weeks of no music- an impossible position to endure. I begged my father to let me buy three tapes before we went to the airport.

As I quickly grabbed a few tapes to inspect, out of the corner of my eye I see a line drawn cover of a man playing an electric guitar in front of a mountain and the name ANDY TAYLOR.

I did not have much time, so I had to make a quick decision. I was an average fan of Duran Duran and knew that Andy Taylor was the band’s guitarist. I also had the soundtracks to American Anthem (starring gymnast Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones (Mrs. Wayne Gretzky)) and (the second) Miami Vice album which each contained great tracks from Taylor (“Take It Easy“, “Wings of Love“, and “When the Rain Comes Down“). I loved these songs and they left me wanting more. Taylor’s solo work was a big departure from Duran Duran. On his own he rocked! These were guitar driven melodic songs much more in line with the songs he played on with The Power Station. In short, I wanted to hear more from the guitarist who was never really allowed to cut loose with Duran Duran.

This is truly a great album and I will highlight five tunes.

I Might Lie

This song starts with motorcycle engines revving up, letting the listener know that they are in for quite a ride. Upon a first listen, a Duran Duran fan may be saying, “I know this is Duran Duran’s guitarist, but this does not sound like Duran Duran.” Yes, that listener would be right. In a 1986 interview with Duran Duran after Taylor left, Nick Rhodes said that being in the Power Station with Andy Taylor was the beginning of the end of Andy Taylor’s time with Duran Duran. This song sounds a lot more like something the Power Station would perform. There is no way around – this is a guitar driven song that just rocks. Taylor’s vocals are more than adequate and his guitar work is nothing short of excellent. This (like most of his songs) has a strong and consistent rhythm guitar that is established early and carries the song. The chorus is catchy made to be sung out loud. As you would expect, a famous band’s guitarist is going to highlight his own skills, so there is a clear, solid guitar solo. The lyrics are simple and straight-forward: a guy is trying to talk a girl into being with him – nothing earth shattering, but not bad either. The fascination with her is wrapped in a bit of a mystery, “I don’t know why I love you / When I don’t even know you / Trust in you, I do the best I can.” He is taking that step into the unknown, asking her to trust him, just like he is trusting her. If this is the first song by Andy Taylor you have heard, there is no way you are disappointed – and no way you can’t come back tomorrow for more.

Top 40 Songs This Week – May 28, 1983: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. 1983 was an incredible year of music. The ’70s sound had pretty much disappeared, and ’80s music was building it’s own identity. At this time, I was 12 years old, and would become a teenager later in the year. I was wrapping up 7th grade, and getting ready for my final year of junior high. Now, let’s Return to the glorious week of May 28, 1983, and continue the countdown.

30. “The One Thing” by INXS

I did not know about INXS until later in the decade, when their Kick album came out. So I was unfamiliar with this song. It is classic INXS. I really like this one a lot. It may be 1983, but this sounds like it could have been from their incredible 1987 album.

29. “Mornin'” by Al Jarreau

Ahhh, the smooth sound of Al Jarreau! This definitely would not have been on my radar in 1983. But, I like it a lot now. This came off of Al Jarreau’s #1 Jazz album, Jarreau. This song was written by David Foster and Jay Graydon. It was originally supposed to be an instrumental that was to appear on David Foster’s 1983 album, The Best of Me. Jay Graydon produced many of Al Jarreau’s songs, so they gave the song to him.

28. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

This was my introduction to Elton John. Thank you MTV! I tend to favor Elton John’s ’70s songs over his ’80s songs, but I love this one. It’s so upbeat and fun.

27. “Try Again” by Champaign

I believe this R&B ballad has been on one of my countdowns before. I still like it. This is another one that would not have been on my radar back then, but I like it a lot now.

26. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

You know it. You love it. This is ’80s personified! This was Kajagoogoo’s only hit in the U.S., but they did have some other hits in the U.K.

25. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

There is no mistaking which decade this song is from! This was one of the biggest hits of 1983. The song’s lyrics refer to the 1981 Brixton riot, the title referring to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London.

24. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sérgio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller)

Although I am a rocker at heart, I really love a lot of soft rock from the early ’80s. And this is one of the best. Sérgio Mendes is a bandleader, and does not sing in this one. That credit goes to Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller.

23. “Stranger In My House” by Ronnie Milsap

Kenny Rogers may have been the king of country cross-over music in the ’70s and ’80s, but Ronnie Milsap is no slouch either. This particular song peaked at #5 on the Country charts, #8 on the Adult Contemporary charts, and right here at #23 on the Hot 100.

22. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

I love this song, even though I can’t understand the lyrics, other than the title. This falls in the same category as “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. This is great music, which is a lot of fun.

21. “Rio” by Duran Duran

Another ultimate ’80s song, by an ultimate ’80s band. Duran Duran was on top of the world at this time. And with songs like this, we can see why. Girls today have their One Direction. The girls of our generation had Duran Duran. Almost 35 years later, they are still going strong, having released a new album this past September, Paper Gods. And I think they sound the same today as they did in our glorious ’80s.

Well, classic Duran Duran is a good way to wrap up the countdown for today. Are you liking this countdown so far? And as the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger. So, come on back tomorrow to check out the next 10 songs of the countdown.

Remember That Song: 10/28/15

Can you name the artist and song:

But each time I try
I just break down and cry
‘Cause I’d rather be home feeling blue

Last Song: “Is There Something I Should Know?” by Duran Duran (1983) in honor of Simon Le Bon who just turned 57 yesterday.

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

I made a break I run out yesterday tried to find my mountain hideaway
Maybe next year maybe no go
I know you’re watching me every minute of the day yeah

Remember That Song: 8/5/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Was I too blind to see
When push came to shove
You were all that I needed
______ ____ __ ___ ____

Last Song: “A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran from the album A View to a Kill (1985)

Great job Andy (@andytorah) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

A sacred why, a mystery gaping inside
The weekend’s why
Until we dance into the fire
That fatal kiss is all we need

Top 40 Songs This Week – June 18, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hey Gang! Welcome to a new week of some Top 40 music! This week we will be checking out a Top 40 from 1983. At this time in 1983, I was just finishing up 7th grade, and getting ready for my last year of junior high school. A month from now, I would be going on one of my best childhood vacations. We went to Colorado to go see my grandparents for their 50th anniversary. That side of my family is scattered all over the country, so it’s always a great time when we all get together. We stayed with my aunt and uncle and 2 cousins. We had a blast! In addition to visiting my grandparents, we took several day trips, and hung out at a pool with a giant diving board. In between, when we were hanging out at the house, if Rocky III wasn’t on, then it was Six Pack, or The Who’s “final” concert. Those three shows seemed to be in heavy rotation on HBO at that time. We were constantly quoting Rocky III. Then the main event of the trip was my grandparents’ 50th anniversary party. All of my aunts and uncles, and most of my cousins were there, and it’s a time that I will always remember fondly.
As far as the music goes, that last remnants of ’70s music was gone, and we were beginning to start the classic ’80s sound. So, I personally think this is going to be a fun week of music. Now, let’s Return to the week ending June 18, 1983, and begin the countdown.

40. “No Time For Talk” by Christopher Cross

I did not remember this song at all. But, there is no mistaking which decade this song is from. The keyboards at the beginning, and a sax solo in the middle give it that classic ’80s sound.
Christopher Cross had an incredible debut in 1980. He followed that up with 1983’s Another Page. That album included his smash hit “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)“. It also had the song, “Think of Laura“, which was for the daytime soap opera General Hospital. I really enjoyed this song, “No Time for Talk”. It was a pleasant surprise for me, and a great way to begin the countdown.

39. “1999” by Prince

I’m so glad I’ve been able to finally find some Prince videos! This isn’t on YouTube, and it’s a little slower to load, but it’s worth it! I really enjoy Prince’s early work. This song was originally released in 1982. But, it did not crack the top 40. Then after “Little Red Corvette” came out, he gained many fans. So, “1999” was re-released and finally became a big hit, peaking at #12.

38. “The Closer You Get” by Alabama

Alabama was my gateway into country music. Throughout the ’80s, I hated country music – with the exceptions of Alabama and Kenny Rogers, and maybe a handful of songs. When I was in the Navy, almost everybody seemed to be a country music fan. It drove me crazy, and everybody was trying to get me to like it. But, we did find some common ground in the form of Alabama. The music is great, and their harmonies are just incredible. I eventually became a country music fan in the ’90s when rock and pop music were really sucking.
In the country music world, it seems like every song Alabama released became a number hit. “The Closer You Get” was no exception. I still like this one a lot.

37. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” by The Eurythmics

I do like The Eurythmics, but I did get sick of this song. It was always on MTV in those early days. This is not one of my favorites by them, but it is one of their signature songs.

36. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

This was the first time I had seen Stevie Nicks, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Stevie Nicks was hugely successful with Fleetwood Mac, and helped send them into the stratosphere of success. But, she has had just as successful solo career. In the early days of MTV, this is one of the songs that helped launch that career.

35. “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” by Chris DeBurgh

download This is the second surprise of the day. Due to his smash hit, “Lady in Red“, I always that of Chris DeBurgh as an easy listening/lite rock staple. But, this song rocks! I mean there’s no confusing this with Metallica, but this song still rocks pretty good.

34. “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer

Donna Summer stepped away from disco, and released this MTV staple which would become one of her signature songs.

33. “Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

This is really good soulful song by Bob Seger. And one thing it has going for it is that it’s not the heavily overplayed “Old Time Rock and Roll” or “Like a Rock.”

32. “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran

Fans of the podcast, Stuck in the ’80s, are very familiar with this song as it is the theme for their PPTMN segment (Please Please Tell Me Now). “Is There Something I Should Know?” was Duran Duran’s first #1 hit in the U.K. It was also a big hit in the U.S., peaking at #4. Duran Duran is just a flat-out classic ’80s band. And this song has that classic, unique Duran Duran ’80s sound.

31. “Solitaire” by Laura Branigan

I cannot give Laura Branigan enough praise. I love all of her music, and she has an incredible voice. I think she is so underrated. This song was always one of my favorites by her. This song was the follow-up to “Gloria“, and became Branigan’s second consecutive Top Ten hit. I love these songs that start off low, and build up as the song goes on until the singer is really belting it out. It is done so well in this song.

Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think so far? Where were you at this time in 1983?
We’ll be back to continue the countdown tomorrow.

Top 40 Songs This Week – March 9, 1985: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs yesterday, you can go ahead and check them out. Some of these songs bring back memories. At this time in 1985, I was in the second half of my freshman year of high school. I enjoyed making new friends in high school, but did not do too well in classes. While I was struggling with my studies, there were some awesome songs to lean back on and use as an escape. Let’s enjoy some of this music now, by Returning to the week ending March 9, and move on with the countdown.

30. “Jungle Love” by The Time

How about we start the countdown today with a little funk?!? The Time, led by Morris Day, was a pop-funk band which was put together by Prince. You can definitely hear the influence in this song. Not long after this, Morris Day left, and went on to a solo career. They would reunite and break up several more times over the years. Currently, they are known as The Original 7ven.

29. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

Oh boy, I’m torn on this song now. Before I started the Springsteen project (a.k.a. “Who’s the Boss?”), I would have said that a song with the word “Fire” in the title needs to have screaming in it.
[Possible Spoiler Alert: This song may or may not be on the Live 1975-85 album I’m reviewing right now. And I may or may not express that sentiment as my initial reaction on said review]
But, as I become a Springsteen student, I am beginning to like this song more each time I listen to it. I may not be on fire about this song, but I am warming up to it. What can I say? I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!

28. “Nightshift” by the Commodores

With this song, the Commodores finally showed that it may be possible to move on without Lionel Richie. It was their first hit after Richie went solo. “Nightshift” was written by the lead singer at that time, Walter Orange, (along with with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde). It was a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who both died in 1984. The Commodores won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group for this song.

27. “Somebody” by Bryan Adams

Great song from the classic album Reckless. This song topped the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

26. “Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

The husband and wife songwriting-production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson had their biggest hit, as performers, with this song. It would go on to peak at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

25. “Just Another Night” by Mick Jagger

I don’t usually like Mick Jagger’s solo stuff, but this is a good song. It was the first single released from Jagger’s debut solo album, She’s the Boss.

24. “Keepin’ the Faith” by Billy Joel

A year and a half after Billy Joel’s An Innocent Man album was released, he was still scoring some hits off of it. This would be the last single released from that album. This is a nice, fun song.

23. “Naughty Naughty” by John Parr

What a great rocking song! This was John Parr’s first hit in the U.S. In 1985, he and his band, The Business, toured with Toto. At the end of the tour, he was approached by super-producer David Foster, who requested Parr to record a song for the film “St. Elmo’s Fire“. And the rest is history.

22. “High On You” by Survivor

This hit came off of one of my favorite albums of the ’80s – Vital Signs. This wasn’t my favorite song from the album though. I feel that this song did get overplayed. But, years removed, I do enjoy hearing this once in a while.

21. “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran

We wrap up the countdown today with an interesting song. “Save a Prayer” was released in the U.K. in August of 1982 from the album, Rio. It had not been released in the U.S. as a single. The video did get play on MTV, though. Then in 1985, a special U.S. version of the song was cut with the live version from the Arena album on the flip side. This live version hit the charts, and climbed all the way up to #16.

Well, that’s the end of the countdown for today. I hope you’re enjoying this week’s songs so far. They are just going to keep on getting better! So, please come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Remember That Song – 7/2/14

Can you name the artist and song:

You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up

Last Song: “Notorious” by Duran Duran from the album Notorious (1986)

Great job Jim, Alan (@alanread80), and Christa (@buttercup081474)!!

You pay the profits to justify the reasons
I heard your promise but I don’t believe it
That’s why I’ll do it again