PLAY: Billy Idol – Hot In The City (Extended Version)
As far as I’m concerned temperatures never reached their full summer potential here in New York as they should have. I like it hot!! For people like me who crave the scorching heat, these past few months have been confusing to the point of saying “ok spring, where’s my summer??” Mother nature can be a cruel and vengeful broad, no doubt about that.
Billy Idol released “Hot In The City” as a single off his debut album. It had considerable success here in the States clocking in at #23 on Billboard. Much more poppy than rock (as compared with some of his other tracks) I’ve always kind of liked it. Listening to a jam like this today makes me wish a nice heatwave will come along and give me what I’ve longed for :)
Here we have an “extended version” from an international 12″ single release. I think it was a German edition if memory serves. Hope you all like it!
PLAY: Toto – Africa
Such a great groove this one. That sweet early 80′s production from Toto, who as I’ve mentioned before, some of these guys played on many hits by other artists as session players.
One of the hits singles off Toto’s 1982 release, “Africa” actually closed out the record. For some crazy reason I remember making one of my earliest 80′s compilations and just had to have “Africa” was the last track because in my mind it was the last track on the record. Suffice it to say that took some shuffling of songs around to make sure everything would fit just right on one side of a 90 min cassette :)
Another personal memory, I don’t remember what grade it was in Elementary School but we were studying about Africa and I remember on the pop quiz the first question was “What’s the name of the volcanic mount..?” and right away with all the thanks to Toto I knew it was Kilimanjaro :)
PLAY: Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Dance Mix)
Once again we have MJ reinventing himself here!
The Bad album, the Moonwalker era, and “Smooth Criminal” with the whole gangster in the white suit with the spats and the fedora look. Yet another iconic image the King Of Pop graced us with. This one even transcribed over to a video game (anybody else remember that!)
There’s no denying the fact that the song itself is infectious. By no means does this posses the warm R&B tones of the earlier solo albums to which I so enjoy. No, this is straight up dance and it’s edgy! The pulsating beats with a fast paced melody, along with Michael’s snarling vocal gives us a true pop gem. Only to leave us wondering.. 1.) Is Annie ok? :) and 2.) Much like the moonwalk a few years earlier, we ponder how the hell did he lean that far??!
Presented to you hear for your listening pleasure I give you the extended “dance mix” from the 12″ single. Enjoy all.
PLAY: Bruce Hornsby & The Range – Mandolin Rain
One of the great singles off Hornsby’s classic The Way It Is album.
Like a few of Bruce’s more ballad oriented tracks, there’s just something about this song that gets to me. For some reason it evokes a feeling of being on the deck of a boat, sailing or drifting along through a cascading sunset sky while everything has that orange glow of light, flickering off all the waves. A mild breeze in the air, birds in flight. Quite the fantasy yet it’s fitting for a tune like this.
Close your eye’s and take it all in. Hope this one makes your Sunday great!
PLAY: Thompson Twins – If You Were Here
A classic new wave pop ballad forever cemented in our minds as 80′s kids. There’s really no separating this track from the closing of Sixteen Candles where Molly Ringwald gets her guy in that infamous table-top birthday cake kiss. You just gotta love that moody vocal and those bold synth notes on this tune!!
Surprisingly enough, I read that Thompson Twins lead singer Tom Baily has never seen Sixteen Candles! No, really, never seen it. He said he’s met Molly Ringwald and they even discussed it but he’s never taken the time out of all these years to sit down and watch the film that helped popularize them here in the States. Crazy if I do say so myself!
PLAY: Daryl Hall – Dreamtime (Extended Remixed Version)
So here we have the loose hit single from Mr. Daryl Hall that is usually forgotten in the face of all the classic Hall & Oates material that’s available.
In 1986, while the duo force of Hall & Oates was on hiatus, Daryl dove into a solo record which produced this not surprising hit single, “Dreamtime”. It quite the catchy powerhouse, and it’s easy to see that had another H&O record come out around this time instead, this track would have been on it.
Just think, had Daryl & John recorded this song together, had they recorded their own version of Icehouse’s “Electric Blue”, had they decided to hold onto the offer from Dan Hartman to record “I Can Dream About You” instead and kept it for their own without him releasing it, the imagined H&O record of ’85/’86 would have been another smash full of hit singles! But it didn’t happen that way.
And although Daryl had a hit with this, he kind of stalled out thereafter. It seems as though the record company didn’t want any solo career to surpass the success of the duo and their future to reconvene.
Here we have the “extended remixed version” as the label states from the 12″ single. This track might be a Lost Gem for some of you, so I hope you enjoy it as part of the H&O catalog.
PLAY: The Bus Boys – The Boys Are Back In Town
When this songs title comes up, most people think of the Thin Lizzy song of the same name. I do it too, an incredible piece of music that is! But we’re here to talk about The Bus Boys song today (not to be confused with the Thin Lizzy song which is a completely different song all together) with this track being the theme song to the blockbuster 1982 flick 48 Hrs. starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy.. (as well as it’s equally entertaining sequel Another 48 Hrs).
I still don’t know how to define these guys. Their definitely throw-back, kind of swing jazz maybe. What I can say is their appearance during the new wave era gave them a shot, and so did Eddie Murphy who seemed to love the group, even signing them on as the opening act for his highly acclaimed Delirious stand-up tour. Anyone who has ever seen that special will remember these guys performing at the beginning, with Eddie even given them props during his show that it was advantageous to be a musician for the sheer fact of the amount of woman that you can get!
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