The Music Of The 80s - Favorites, Classics And Rarities
Posted 27 June 2005 - 06:41 PM
Marvin Gaye badly needed a hit and got his hit. Unfortunately, because Marvin and his father did not have good relations, his father eventually shot his own son to death months after his 1983 hit.
R&B and Soul lost a great artist
Diana Ross released a tribute song in 1985 called MISSING YOU. The Commodores (minus Lionel Richie) included Marvin Gaye in their tribute of soul legends who have passed on in their 1985 hit NIGHTSHIFT
Posted 27 June 2005 - 07:46 PM
Posted 29 June 2005 - 03:53 PM
After releasing an album called Rites of Passage in 1985 under Mercury Records, and making it to the UK charts with a song called Burning Flame, Vitamin Z quickly burned out like a flame and was never heard from again.
Posted 01 July 2005 - 07:59 AM
One of the longest running acts that came all the way from the 60s.
They left the 80s with 4 hits. Undercover of the Night (1983) which drew controversy as the music video was deemed by moralists as violent. Waiting on a Friend (1983) was less successful but was a hit nevertheless.
Mick Jagger then went solo for a while. He worked with other artists including the Live Aid hit Dancing in the Streets with David Bowie (1985) and also with The Jacksons where Jagger was feature in a song State of Shock (1984). In 1984, Jagger released a solo album which produced a hit called Just Another Night. A second single was only a minor hit called Lucky in Love.
By 1986, The Rolling Stones got back together with a hit called Harlem Shuffle and in 1989 they had another hit called A Rock and a Hard Place
Posted 01 July 2005 - 08:24 AM
Posted 01 July 2005 - 07:04 PM
Level 42's success was initially limited to the UK. But in 1985, the band released World Machine that gave them worldwide fame. The sone Something About You rocketed to the US Top 10 and the UK Top 10. Leaving Me Now was a lesser hit in the album.
In 1986, Level 42's single Lessons in Love became a US Top 20 hit and went to #1 in the UK. By 1987, Lessons in Love was released in an album called Running in the Family. Other tracks that made it big in Running in the Family were: Children Say, Running in the Family, It's Over. The title of the song It's Over was a sign of foreboding that their chart-hitting days were over.
In 1988, Two Solitudes became a UK hit but didn't make much impact in the US.
Level 42 is one the cool sounding bands that came out of the 80s.
Posted 01 July 2005 - 07:13 PM
The duo was formed in the late 70s and had minor hits in their early days with Virgin Records. In 1982, their first hit was a new wave classic Enola Gay. It was a UK hit but not in the US. In 1983, Talking Loud and Clear and Locomotion were UK hits and both songs entered the US Hot 100.
In 1985, OMD reached worldwide fame when two singles So In Love and Secret were UK top 10 hits and US Top 40 hits. The album Crush was recognized worldwide.
In 1986, OMD recorded their biggest hit for a movie Pretty In Pink called If You Leave. It was a memorable track from the movie. It went to #1 in the UK and #4 in the US.
In 1988, however, OMD lost some steam when their album The Pacific Age was not as successful. The single Forever Live and Die made it to the UK Top 10 and US Top 20. The follow up single We Love You did not enter the US Top 40.
However, OMD is considered by many New Wavers, a classic band that made its mark
Posted 04 July 2005 - 05:13 PM
Their first hit Enveloped Ideas was followed up Dreams
Their next album I Stand With You also made its mark in the OPM scene. But disaster struck when their lead guitarist and core man Teddy Diaz was murdered by some drunk in Tatalon in Quezon City with an ice pick.
The band had to go on and record their next album with a temporary Japanese lead guitarist at the close of the 80s and a hit called Salamat
Posted 04 July 2005 - 05:55 PM
When in Rome made it big in 1986 with an album that produced two top ten hits The Promise and Heaven Knows. However, this promising band didn't make good their promise and never came up with another album again
Posted 04 July 2005 - 09:11 PM
Posted 06 July 2005 - 07:25 AM
This band formed in the 70s made it to number 1 in 1984 with Owner of a Lonely Heart. The music video won the MTV Music Video of the Year Award during the award's first year. A second single Leave It made it to the Top 40. Both songs came from an album titled 90125.
In 1987, YES came up with another hit Love Will Find a Way. However, in-fighting plagued the group and eventually disbanded not long after.
Jon Anderson soon went solo and made one Top 40 hit called Hold On to Love.
Nothing was heard from them since.
Posted 06 July 2005 - 07:47 AM
The group was formed in early 1982 by Manchester residents Morrissey (b. Steven Patrick Morrissey May 22, 1959) and Johnny Marr (b. John Martin Maher, October 31, 1963). The pair began to write songs based around Marr's guitar playing and lyrics by Morrissey, an occasional and none-too-successful music journalist. When they formed the band, Morrissey dropped his first name and Maher changed his surname to Marr to avoid confusion with the Buzzcocks drummer of the same name.
Mike Joyce was recruited as drummer after a short audition; the sound engineer of the studio where they recorded their first demos, Dale Hibbert, played bass. Hibbert was replaced after two gigs, however, by Andy Rourke, a friend of Marr's. Signing to Rough Trade Records, they released their first single "Hand in Glove" on 13 May 1983. The record, like many of their later singles, was championed by DJ John Peel, but failed to chart.
The follow-ups, "This Charming Man" and "What Difference Does It Make?", fared better and, aided by much praise from the music press, The Smiths began to pick up a fanatical following. Morrissey's lyrics, superficially depressing, were often full of mordant humour ("one of the few bands capable of making me laugh out loud", said Peel) and his lovelorn tales of alienation found an audience amongst a disaffected section of youth culture, bored by the ubiquitous synthesizer new romantic bands that dominated the charts.
By February 1984 their fanbase was sufficiently large to launch the band's long-awaited, self-titled debut album to No. 2 in the UK chart. Despite its strong chart performance, The Smiths lacked some of the pop energy of the earlier singles, and suffered from being a little one-paced. Its mood was also unremittingly bleak, exemplified by such track titles as "Still Ill" and "Suffer Little Children"; the latter referring to the Moors Murders that had stunned Manchester in the 1960s.
Also evident was Morrissey's studied references to literature and popular culture icons. His frequent acknowledgement of his many idols (James Dean and Oscar Wilde particularly) in interviews, along with some more subtle reference (the song-title "Pretty Girls Make Graves", for example, is taken from Jack Kerouac) .encouraged a literary bent amongst fans, who already had a tendency towards bookishness. Both "Reel Around the Fountain" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" were met with controversy, supposedly being suggestive of pedophilia. In addition, "Suffer Little Children" caused an uproar after a grandfather of one of the children murdered heard it on a pub jukebox. In spite of the uproar, the song is in fact entirely sympathetic to the children's plight and led to Morrissey establishing a friendship with Ann West, the mother of victim Lesley Anne West, who is mentioned by name in the song.
1984 also saw the release of one of the Smiths' most well-known songs, "How Soon Is Now?" as a B-side to the single "William, it was Really Nothing".
Meat is Murder
The sleeve of The Smiths' 1985 album, Meat is Murder, featuring a still from Emile de Antonio's 1969 film In The Year Of The Pig.With their profile further raised by a hit version of "Hand in Glove" by Sandie Shaw (another Morrissey idol), who was supported by the band, barefoot, on the Top of the Pops show, and a critically feted album of session material (Hatful of Hollow, released in November 1984) the band returned to the studio to record their sophomore effort, Meat Is Murder. This album was more strident and political than its predecessor, including the vegetarian proselytising of the title track (Morrissey forbade the rest of the group from being photographed eating meat) and the light-hearted republicanism of "Nowhere Fast." Musically, the band were more adventurous, with Marr adding rockabilly riffs to "Rusholme Ruffians" and playing funk on "Barbarism Begins at Home."
As well as the album being more political than its predecessor, Morrissey brought a political stance to many of his interviews, courting further controversy. Among his targets were the Thatcher administration, the Monarchy and Band Aid, of which Morrissey famously quipped, "One can have great concern for the people of Ethiopia, but it's another thing to inflict daily torture on the people of England."
The album's lone single "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" was an odd choice, as its aloof mood, backwards guitar, and lack of any consistent hook made it their second - and final - failed single, barely cracking the top 50. Meat Is Murder was also the band's only album to reach #1 on the UK charts.
Posted 11 July 2005 - 07:34 PM
The duo made it to the UK charts and the US dance charts when they first appeared under Chrysalis Records with We Close Our Eyes in 1985. They had catchy tunes and became sort of part of the new wave music scene. They came up with another UK chart hit called Call Me. Their following singles Eye to Eye and Don't Look Down were also quite catchy but were milder successes on the charts. Another song by Go West appeared on the Rocky IV soundtrack but didn't make it as good as the previous hits.
Their second album bombed out when it was released in 1988.
The duo of Peter Cox and Richard Drummie made their mark in the mid 80s, only to bomb out at the close of the eighties.
They redeemed themselves in the early nineties with a string of even bigger chart-topping hits.
Posted 11 July 2005 - 07:43 PM
Take On Me skyrocketed to the US and UK #1 spots. The album Hunting High and Low also went straight to the top of the album charts. The music video won MTV's Video Music Awards for the spectacular pencil to real life figure video which featured cartoon animation blended with live action movements.
a-ha hit the US Top 40 for a second time with The Sun Always Shines On TV. It didn't repeat the band's first chart-topping ways and the band never came back to the US Top 40 for the rest of the 80s. a-ha, however, continued hitting the charts in Europe.
a-ha was honored to have been chosen to perform the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights which starred Timothy Dalton as 007. The band, however, failed to make it to the charts unlike the 1985 Duran Duran James Bond hit A View to a k*ll.
The girl who appeared at the Take On Me music video eventually became a-ha lead vocal Morten Harket's wife
Posted 11 July 2005 - 07:51 PM
For Your Eyes Only - For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton - US Top 10
All Time High - Octopussy - Rita Coolidge - Did not reach US Top 40
A View To A k*ll - A View To A k*ll - Duran Duran - US & UK #1
The Living Daylights - The Living Daylights - a-ha
For the first time, two James Bond songs from one movie:
Licence to k*ll and If You Asked Me To - Licence to k*ll - Patti LaBelle
If You Asked Me To went to the US Top 20 but Celine Dion remade it in the early 90s and took it to US Top 5.
Never Say Never - Never Say Never Again - Lani Hall
(non-Ian Fleming/Albert Broccoli production of a James Bond movie which featured an aging Sean Connery as James Bond 007 for the last time)
Posted 13 July 2005 - 12:16 AM
Posted 13 July 2005 - 10:33 AM
>The Jerks, a five-member group led by former folk singer Chicoy Pura, replaced Joey “Pepe” Smith (whose asking price became too exorbitant) as On’s regular performer and became Pinoy punk’s first major discovery.
>Jingle magazine, the most respected music rag in the country at that time, started a series of coverages on the growing punk scene in Manila. The Jerks were the first to be featured.
>The very first Brave New World concert was organized at the conservative Philippine Trade Exhibits grounds (Philtrade). It saw the debut of Chaos, a teenage punk quartet led by concert organizer Tommy Tanchanco.
>Local punks became more creative. They designed their own clothes and made their own gear, including their own punk buttons. D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) punk was born.
English hairstylist Stephen Bradley established Public Image, an expensive hair salon in Manila specializing in punk haircuts
>Betrayed -- a quartet composed of U.P. jocks -- introduced hardcore to euphoric punk concert goers as gigs became more violent than ever
>Arnold Morales founded an Oi!/punk outfit called the Urban Bandits, guitarist Enggol formed the Sex Militants with Chiloy on vocals.
>Wuds, formerly spelled Woods, makes their debut as a transcendental punk rock band (with folk rock as their roots) at “BNW Part 6” and at the second “Punk for Peace: Neighborhood Concert” at Singalong.
> 1984...punks organized themselves into regional or area tribes (or armies) with names like the Two-Tones, Slabs (short for Salabusabs), Mess, Nazi-Haters, Wasted Youth, Exploited, Criminals, Dead Paranoids, Rebels (Philippine Rebellious Youth), Abnormals, Hazards, S.A.D. Army (Search And Destroy), and many others, each supporting a certain band or musical style.
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