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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 18 – A Song That You Wish You Heard On the Radio

“Don’t Start Thinking (I’m Alone Tonight)” by Night Ranger

This was an extremely tough one! There are so many choices. I’ll have to do a top 10 list for this.
But for now, I will pick one of my favorite songs from one of the most underrated albums of the ’80s – “Don’t Start Thinking (I’m Alone Tonight)” from Night Ranger’s 1988 Man In Motion.

The ‘Eyes’ Have (had) It

Other than the trivia over the next two days, this will be my last post for at least a week. On Monday, I will be undergoing surgery on both of my eyes. This isn’t lasik surgery. I have to get muscles tightened in both eyes. Yuck! So I figured that I would have some fun with this situation. I got Elton John’s crappy song “Blue Eyes” in my head, then I thought of “Private Eyes” by Hall and Oates, and Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”. So I found myself on a mission: Find as many 80s songs as possible that have “Eye” or “Eyes” in the song title. I couldn’t believe how many I had on my iPod alone! Here are some of my favorites:

“Bluest Eyes in Texas” – Restless Heart

In the early ’80s I loved Country music by Johnny Cash, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, and the Oak Ridge Boys. Then I got away from it for a while. Then, friends of mine told me that I should give Restless Heart a shot. They said that the band was similar to Alabama. I ended up loving this band, and got back into Country, and have not stopped. This song was a number 1 hit off of Restless Heart’s third album, Big Dreams in a Small Town:

“For Your Eyes Only” – Sheena Easton

This was from the James Bond movie of the same name during the great Roger Moore years:

“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” – Asia

This song from the supergroup Asia gets stuck in my head for a while after I hear it:

“Close My Eyes Forever” – Lita Ford and Ozzy Osborne

A duet by two of the most bad-ass people at the time – former guitarist of The Runaways, Lita Ford, and the Legendary Ozzy:

“Private Eyes” – Hall & Oates

This was a number one song for Hall & Oates at the height of the career:

“Heaven In Your Eyes” – Loverboy

Great power ballad by Loverboy from the Top Gun soundtrack:

“When You Close Your Eyes” – Night Ranger

This is one of my favorite songs by Night Ranger. “Sister Christian” may have gotten all the attention from the Midnight Madness album, but “When You Close Your Eyes” more than holds its own:

“Lost In Your Eyes” – Debbie Gibson

I still love this song – Guilty pleasure or not.

“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

I could not get enough of this song when it came out. Would Rocky III have been as good without the association with this song? I have been a huge Survivor fan since I first heard this song:

“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

I’m not a Peter Gabriel fan at all. But this is one of my all time favorite songs. And who can forget that iconic scene with this song in the movie Say Anything… as John Cusak is holding the radio over his head:

Here is the song itself:

Here is a list of other songs that I did not include due to time constraints, and so this post would not be too long:

Angel Eyes – The Jeff Healey Band
Electric Eye – Judas Priest
Eyes of a Stranger – Queensrÿche
Eye in the Sky – The Alan Parsons Project
I Can See It in Your Eyes – Men At Work
Blue Eyes – Elton John
Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen (from Dirty Dancing)
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Wild Eyed Southern Boys – .38 Special
Spanish Eyes – Tiffany
Somebody’s Eyes – Karla Bonoff (from Footloose)
Eyes Without a Face – Billy Idol
Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

Does anybody know of any songs I’m missing? Do you have a list of favorites?

Since I may not be able to see too well for a while, my entertainment may need to come in the form of music. What songs do you listen to when you want to feel better? Although this is an ’80s page, don’t feel limited to ’80s songs.

New Journey Album and Tour Coming This Summer!

There’s very exciting news for fellow Journey fans. They are releasing a new album – Eclipse – on May 24 in the U.S. and Canada. Like their last album, Revelation, it will be sold exclusively at WalMart stores. And they will be touring with two other groups that I love – Foreigner and Night Ranger! Here is the press release from Journey:

JOURNEY, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, is gearing up to unleash their latest album of brand new material, Eclipse. The album will be released in the U.S. and Canada on May 24 exclusively at Walmart and beginning June 3 in Europe on Frontiers Records. To follow the release of Eclipse, Journey will launch the “Eclipse Tour” with Foreigner, and special guest Night Ranger, beginning July 21 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Fans can expect to hear new songs from Eclipse as well as classics such as Don’t Stop Believin’, Any Way You Want It, Faithfully, Lights, Separate Ways, Wheel In The Sky, and many more. The “Eclipse Tour” dates are listed below.
“I’m in love with this record, which I haven’t said about one of our albums for a long time,” says founding member and lead guitarist, Neal Schon. “It’s a rock record and it sounds amazing.” Commenting on the upcoming tour, Schon continued, “We’ve got a lot of hits to play and there’s plenty of time to do some new stuff too, so we’re gonna mix it up. We haven’t toured with Foreigner for over 10 years, so we’re really looking forward to this run.”
Tickets for “The Eclipse Tour” go on sale beginning Friday March 11, at all the usual online, phone and physical retail outlets, including select Walmart Ticketmaster locations across the country. Check http://www.journeymusic.com for complete ticket onsale information.
Journey has once again teamed up with iloveallaccess.com to offer their fans a variety of VIP ticket packages. For more details go to http://www.journeymusic.com.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, keyboardist Jonathan Cain recently described Eclipse as “a concept record with some spiritual themes to it…pretty tough, hard-hitting stuff.” Jonathan continued, “We just felt like it was time to send a message to the world about how we feel about life in general.”
Journey toured the world for two years in support of their 2008 release, Revelation. More than a million fans attended the shows, and welcomed new lead singer Arnel Pineda. Completing the Journey lineup is Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Revelation marked the band’s biggest first week’s sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and taking the top spot on the Independent Albums chart. Revelation earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that “the band…feels alive.”
Since its formation in 1973, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. The group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
For more information, visit http://www.journeymusic.com.

Tour Dates:

* July 21: Salt Lake City, UT (Rio Tinto Stadium)
* July 23: Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
* July 24: Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion)
* July 27: Maryland Heights, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
* July 30: Tinley Park, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
* July 31: Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
* August 02: Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center)
* August 03: Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
* August 05: Columbus, OH (Crew Stadium, Ohio State Fair)
* August 06: Noblesville, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
* August 10: Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
* August 13: Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
* August 16: Hartford, CT (Comcast Theatre)
* August 17: Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
* August 19: Virginia Beach, VA (Virginia Beach Amphitheater)
* August 20: Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
* August 21: Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte)
* August 24: Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
* August 27: Burgettstown, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
* August 30: Syracuse, NY (New York State Fair)
* August 31: Allentown, PA (The Great Allentown Fair)
* September 02: Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center*)
* September 10: New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
* September 16: Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
* September 17: Tampa, FL (1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre)
* September 18: West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
* September 24: Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
* September 25: The Woodlands, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
* September 28: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
* October 01: Englewood, CO (Comfort Dental Amphitheatre)
* October 07: Chula Vista, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre)
* October 14: Wheatland, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
* October 15: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
* October 19: Portland, OR (Rose Garden Arena)
* October 21: Seattle, WA (KeyArena

Music Video of the Week – 9/15/10

Today’s selection, in honor of drummer/singer Kelly Keagy’s 58th birthday, is “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger:

Night Ranger is one of my favorite bands, and in my opinion is one of the most underrated. “Sister Christian” is their most successful song as it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single came off of the album Midnight Madness, and was released in 1984. The song was written and sung by Kelly Keagy. The song is about Keagy’s little sister, Christy. He wrote the song after visiting his hometown, and seeing how fast his teenaged sister, 10 years younger than he, was growing up. The original title was “Sister Christy,” but the rest of the band thought Keagy was singing “Sister Christian,” so that became the title.
There was controversy about the lyric “You’re motoring. What’s your price for flight? In finding Mr. Right?”. in a VH-1 Behind the Music interview, the band said that the term “motoring” was synonymous with the term “cruising.” Cruising can be meant as driving around slowly, socializing with friends, or it can mean driving around looking for people to pick up for casual sex. When Keagy visited his family he heard second hand about his sister cruising for a man to casually sleep with. After verifying this with her he was shocked about how fast she was growing up, so he wrote the song.