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Remember That Song: 1/30/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Daddy’s girl learned fast
All those things she couldn’t say


Last Song: “Calling On You” by Stryper

Great job Frida (@carrjam94)!!

You, You make my life complete
You give me all I need
You help me Through and Through,
I’m Calling On You

Remember That Song: 1/29/13

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

You, You make my life complete
You give me all I need
You help me _______ ___ _______,
___ _______ __ ____


Last Song: “Church of the Poison Mind” by Culture Club

Great job Leviathon (@80sunleashed)!!

Who would be the fool to take you
Be more than just kind
Step into a life of maybe
Love is hard to find

Albums of the ’80s: Chicago 16

From 1969 to 1978, Chicago was one of the most successful bands in the world. Their fusion of rock and roll with a horn section gave the band a unique sound, and they had some incredible hits like —”Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings”, “25 or 6 to 4”, and “Colour My World”.

In 1978, legendary lead guitarist Terry Kath, who was the heart and soul of the band, died from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Chicago almost broke up after that, but decided to carry on. In the process, they began to change their sound from rock/jazz to pop and ballads. Their first album after Kath’s death, 1978’s Hot Streets, was pretty successful. However, the band went on a dry spell after that.

Then in 1981, Chicago brought in new producer, David Foster. They also changed record labels from Columbia to Warner Brothers. Keyboardist/guitarist/singer Bill Champlin also joined the band. So the band caught a second wind as David Foster radically changed the band’s sound for the ’80s. The first album of this era was 1982’s Chicago 16.
For this album, David Foster also brought in studio musicians, including core members of Toto. The album was a big hit, especially as “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” became the band’s second #1 US single. The album went platinum, and reach #9 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

Let’s listen to this great album.

What You’re Missing

Not a bad way to start the album. The keyboards are strong, the horn section is featured, and you can’t go wrong with Peter Cetera on vocals.

Waiting for You to Decide

Peter Cetera starts with the lead vocals. We are then introduced to Bill Champlin. They sound great together.

Bad Advice

This song has a Blues/Funk sound with the horns and heavy bass, until Cetera comes in with the chorus, and the song has the classic ’80s Chicago sound. Another great combined effort of Cetera and Champlin.

Chains

This Peter Cetera song is one that can get stuck in your head.

Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away

This is the song that put Chicago back on the map. It was a #1 hit for 2 weeks. It was their first top 50 hit since “No Tell Lover” in 1978. This is a great ballad. My favorite part of the song is the “Get Away” portion. The horn section just explodes. However, when this song got played on the radio, the stations would fade out the song at the end of the ballad section, and leave out the rockin’ part of the song. I can understand that happening at a dance. It would be kind of awkward slow dancing to a beautiful ballad, and then jumping right into fast paced music. But, there’s no excuse for radio! C’Mon now!! Are you guys with me?! Um, I better get off the soapbox for now before I really go off on a tangent, and talk about how annoyed I used to get when the DJ’s would talk over the music for the whole beginning of a song until the singer started singing, and then start yapping again at the end of the song after the singer finished singing, and the instruments would still be playing. So let’s get back to the music. After all, this is still one of my all-time favorite Chicago songs. First, here is the bastardized version, without the horn section, and then the real version, which is even better live:

Follow Me

The first song on side 2 was pretty good too. I love the horns and guitar in this, and Bill Champlin is great.

Sonny Think Twice

Another Bill Champlin song. I didn’t appreciate it too much in my younger days, but it has grown on me over the years.

What Can I Say

This is another song that I didn’t care for when I was younger. But, this Peter Cetera song has also grown on me. Back in the day, though, I used to skip over “Sonny Think Twice” and this song to get to the next 2 songs.

Rescue You

This was my favorite non-ballad song of the album. It’s a really good rock song with Peter Cetera on vocals.

Love Me Tomorrow

Another great Chicago ballad. It was the second song from this album released as a single and it reached #22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. This is the last song on the album. It gave us much to look forward to from this legendary band throughout the ’80s and beyond.

Remember That Song: 1/25/13

Can you name the artist and song:

No one gets lucky till luck comes along
Nobody’s lonely till somebody’s gone


Last Song: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

You’re living in the past it’s a new generation
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s
What I’m gonna do

Remember That Song: 1/24/13

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

You’re living in the past it’s a new generation
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s
What ___ _____ __


Last Song: “Dare Me” by the Pointer Sisters in honor of Anita Pointer who turned 65 yesterday.

Great job Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily)!!

I say you’re either a lover or you are a liar
So don’t you push too hard
You’re playin’ with fire

And courtesy of @kidsincdaily:

Remember That Song: 1/22/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Sweet Janis cried
“Lord won’t you buy a Benz for me”
Jimmy was right
Castles made of sand slip to the sea


Last Song: “Overkill” by Men at Work

Great job Jim and Marissa (@MarissaRapier)!!

Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
Perhaps its just imagination

Remember That Song: 1/18/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
Perhaps its just imagination


Last Song: “Slick Black Cadillac” by Quiet Riot

Great job Maria (@MEXIMARI)!!

It’s got solid gold hubcaps
It makes me feel like a king
I only need one thing

Remember That Song: 1/16/13

Can you name the artist and song:

From a phone booth in the rain I called to tell her
I’ve had a change of dreams I’m comin’ home
But tears filled my eyes when I found out she was gone


Last Song: “Obsession” by Animotion

Great job Jim and @RICANROLL!!

I will find a way and I will have you
Like a butterfly
A wild butterly
I will collect you and capture you

Remember That Song: 1/10/13

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s _ __ __ ___ _________


Last Song: “Modern Love” by David Bowie

Great job Jim and White Wedding (@WhiteWedding80s)!

I’m lying in the rain
But I never wave bye-bye
But I try, I try
Never gonna fall for