The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Raised On Radio by Journey.
In the ’80s, Journey was my favorite band. From the mid-70s through 1983, the band released a new album every year or 2. After Frontiers was released in 1983, Journey took a little break. Lead singer, Steve Perry, had a mega-successful solo album in Street Talk. In 1986, they returned with Raised On Radio. The drummer, Steve Smith, and founding member and bassist, Ross Valory, were no longer in the group. A lot of people complained about this album, but I loved it. This is the first album I remember going against the grain with. I always liked what I liked unashamedly. But, this is the first time where I saw so much backlash against something.
Now with the internet, and connecting with people all over the world, I’m happy to find that I’m not crazy, and that a lot of other people love this album too. I could not get enough of “Suzanne” and “Be Good To Yourself”. And the title track kicking off the second side was an incredible rocker. Another great memory I have from this album is that we took a family trip from Rhode Island to Pennsylvania. On the drive down, I listened to this brand new tape on my Walkman the entire time.
Here is Raised On Radio on Spotify:
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The 20 Day Album challenge continues. My pick on Saturday, February 8 was Journey’s Departure album.
This album had a huge impact on me because Departure was the first CD I ever bought. The Compact Disc was a great brand new technology in the ’80s. We had collecting cassette tapes and vinyl albums. Now, with these new CDs, the sound was crisper, and you could skip songs immediately and much easier.
After my parents purchased a new stereo system, which included a CD player, I went to Ann & Hope and looked for a CD by my favorite band at the time – Journey. The CD section was small, and the only Journey CD they had was Departure, which was fine by me. I already had several Journey cassettes, but Departure was not one of them.
The only song I had known on there at the time was “Anyway You Want It“, which was also the first song on the CD. What a way to start! The whole album impressed me. I was blown away by “Where Were You“. And my new favorite song on the whole CD was “People and Places“. It is something so different from all of Journey’s other music. It was the coolest thing I ever heard. And it was awesome hearing Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie sharing lead vocals.
It was also cool opening up the CD insert and seeing: “Join us for our departure into the 80’s”
I still highly recommend this album. It is jam packed with a wide range of music. There are classic Journey tracks, ballads, and blues.
Here is the album on Spotify:
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Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! Today’s songs bring me back to a great time. Well, I suppose any week of ’80s music brings us back to a great time.
If you want to listen to this great music, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to get the song on Amazon.
New, let’s return to the week ending November 8, 1986, and continue the countdown on, One, Two, One, Two, Three, Four!
We begin today’s list with the second single released from Billy Joel’s album, The Bridge, which happens to be my favorite Billy Joel album. This is a fun video featuring several cameos, including Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Joel’s then wife Christie Brinkley who is holding their baby daughter Alexa. The song would peak at #10.
Yet another smash hit by Genesis. This was the second single released from the classic Invisible Touch album. This song would reach #4 on the Hot 100 chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
There were a lot of big fads in the ’80s. Yesterday, I had mentioned our love of ’50s and ’60s culture. There was also a big wave of Australia that hit the U.S. And of course, we had famous actors trying their hand in singing. Most were successful. There was Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, Jack Wagner, and of course Miami Vice’s Don Johnson. This was a huge hit for Johnson, hitting the Top 10, landing at #5.
I fell in love with this Canadian rock band in 1983 when I saw them perform at the US Festival. This would turn out to be one of my favorite songs by them. It was their most successful single in the U.S. landing at #27.
I don’t remember this song at all. Yet, it was a #20 hit, and came off of Steve Winwood’s huge album, Back in the High Life. It was the second single released from the album, right between “Higher Love” and “Back in the High Life Again“. For some reason, I blocked it out. Maybe my brain can only hold so much information. Now that I’m familiar with this song, another song probably dropped out of my head.
Here’s another song I never heard of! What’s going on?!? Just kidding. If you have never heard of this song, you must have lived under a rock. This was the third single released off of the Bangles Different Light album. It as released in September 1986, and would hit number in December for four weeks, going into 1987. It would be the #1 song from 1987. This is the first song by an all-female group playing their own instruments to top the Billboard singles chart.
Three years after Frontiers, Journey finally released a new studio album, called Raised On Radio. Steve Smith was replaced on drums by Larry Londin, and this is the only Journey album without bassist Ross Valory. As anybody who has watched American Idol knows, Randy Jackson played bass for Journey, and he won’t let you forget it. Even though Journey was a mess at this point, I still loved this album. This was the third single released, and it peaked at #17.
This was Billy Idol’s lead single from his Whiplash Smile album. This was originally a soul ballad from 1968, by William Bell, called “I Forgot to Be Your Lover“. This song would be Billy Idol’s 2nd Top 10 hit, peaking at #6.
I got so tired of both “Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones that if I hear either of them ever again, it would be too soon. However, Aretha makes this song so awesome! I cannot get enough of anything by Aretha Franklin. This song is perfect for her. It also features Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards on guitars, and Aretha on paino. This version of the song was used for the Whoopi Goldberg film Jumpin’ Jack Flash.
What a way to go out! What do you think of the countdown so far this week? Come back tomorrow as we continue this week’s countdown.
We finally Return for another podcast episode! Paul traveled to Denver, Colorado. While there, Journey and Def Leppard were playing at Coors Field. After an awesome Journey set, Paul texted Robert to tell him about it. It turns out that Robert had seen the same show 2 nights earlier in Lincoln, Nebraska! So, a new podcast episode was born!
**WARNING: SPOILER ALERT IN THIS EPISODE!!!**
If you plan on seeing this concert, and want to be surprised with the set list, please come back after the show. Robert and Paul cover every song and solo played during this show.
– High School Reunion
– The Rhode Runner – Just for J 5k in Denver
– Oh, while I’m in Denver, I may as well go to the Journey and Def Leppard concert
– Crazy coincidence – 2 nights before Paul sees Journey and Def Leppard, Robert had seen the same concert in Lincoln, Nebraska
– The Pretenders opened for the show in Denver
– The Journey experience
– The Def Leppard experience
– Next up for Robert: Pat Benatar and Rick Springfield
– Paul wins an 80s Trivia contest from iHeart80s 103.7
Workin’ in the city
This town’s got no pity
Bossman owns a heart of stone
I’m on the line, it’s overtime
I’ll tell you it’s a crime
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This will be the last Remember That Song for the week. I will be traveling to Atlanta to do the 80s Rad Retro Run. If you are going to be in the area, please join us, and join the Return to the 80s team, for the race taking place on Saturday, May 5. This is going to be fun and exciting. It is also going to be for a great cause – rescuing women and children from human trafficking.
Thanks again to Del Roehling! Don’t forget to follow Del’s radio show at https://www.facebook.com/WEDM80sat8/. You can also go to WEDM, to listen to the “The 80s at 8” radio show live at 8am EST on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also find the show in the Tunein and NextRadio apps. And be sure to especially check out the show this Saturday morning, May 5, as the show is going to be playing some songs with the word “run” or “running” or having to do with running for those of us participating in the 80s Rad Retro Run.
Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31 and 30-21. Here are some fun facts about 1987:
– Average Cost of new house $92,000
– Average Income per year $24,350.00
– Average Price for new car $10,3055.00
– 1 gallon of gas 89 cents
– The Food and Drug Administration approves anti-AIDS drug AZT.
– The First Criminal convicted using DNA Evidence Robert Melias in England
– Work on the Channel Tunnel joining UK and France begins
– Clive Sinclair launches the Z88 Portable Computer weighing under 2 LBS
– 1987 is shortened by 1 second to adjust to the Gregorian calender
– Disposable Contact Lenses became available for commercial distribution
Now, let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and continue the countdown.
The ballads continue. A lot of people gave Journey crap for their Raised on Radio album. But, I loved that album, and this was a great ballad off of it. I also liked the concert videos they released at the time, including this one.
Right back at ya, Samantha. Right back at ya. Although I was a huge rock fan back then, I did love all of Samantha Fox’s songs. There wasn’t a bad song on her first three albums. So, let’s sum things up:
Samantha Fox > Bruce Hornsby. There, I said it!
That wraps up today’s list of songs. I hope you’re still enjoying this countdown. Tomorrow we will find out what the biggest hits on the Billboard 100 were this week, 31 years ago. As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts on this music, and what you were doing at this time.