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April 5, 2010 – “Lady” – Styx
When I got my very first personal radio – a clock radio at that – this was the song that I couldn’t wait for them to play. There are some songs that just settle down into your brain and become part of the fabric of your being.
I’m just so glad that it was this song and not “Mr. Roboto”.
April 6, 2010 – “Head Over Heels” – The Go-Go’s
“Name’s the same” Tuesday
A couple of ‘80s tunes today. Belinda, Jane, Charlotte, Kathy and Gina had a harder edge to their guitar sound on their third album, Talk Show, which I think is their best.
I still hate the extraneous apostrophe in their name.
April 6, 2010 – “Head Over Heels” – Tears for Fears
“Name’s the same” Tuesday
It’s Roland Orzabal (there’s a name that rolls off the tongue) and Curt Smith, the duo known as Tears for Fears. Their debut album, The Hurting, was pretty darn good, but their second – Songs from the Big Chair – went supersonic due to their exposure on MTV.
April 7, 2010 – “Everybody Hurts” – R.E.M.
It’s been over a year since I’ve posted R.E.M., so here’s a beautiful song and video that tries to show the universality of our emotions. Everybody hurts, and everybody has the same kinds of problems, big and small.
I also think this is Michael Stipe’s finest vocal work.
April 8, 2010 – “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” – Righteous Brothers
Millions know Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, the Righteous Brothers, from “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”. But this song also reached #1, back in 1966.
April 9, 2010 – “One More Bite of the Apple” – Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond got to be a joke, a Vegas lounge act masquerading as a pop star with songs such as “Heartlight” and that horrible film remake of The Jazz Singer.
But a few years ago he hooked up with producer Rick Rubin, who helmed Johnny Cash’s fabulous “American” recordings. Rubin stripped down the bombastic production, and the results were pretty good, both on 12 Songs and on the CD this song came from, 2008’s Home Before Dark.
Weird video, made up of clips from that aforementioned horrible movie and some concert footage and who knows what else.
April 10, 2010 – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
There are a number of things I could say right now, including the fact that I once dated a woman who was a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult. However, I’ll just say:
April 11, 2010 – “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
The flamboyant Freddie Mercury, along with astrophysicist Brian May, made Queen one of the top acts of the late ‘70s – early ‘80s. RIP Freddie.
Dedicated to my best friend, my wife Susan.