A re-appreciation of 80's vinyl.
STACEY Q - TWO OF HEARTS (EUROPEAN MIX)
I hated Stacey Q back in the 80’s. Yet, as time moves on and 20 years pass, there’s lots of 80’s music that I hated at the time that I’ve grown to like for nostalgic reasons. She is one of many artists that would fall into that category.
I think this was her biggest (only?) hit song. Interestingly, I saw her perform live not too long ago at an 80’s-themed night club. It’s fascinating how “one-hit-wonder” artists can still be performing decades after their claim to fame.
LOZ NETTO - DANCE TO THE MUSIC
I don’t always end up liking stuff I find in the bargain bin. This is one example. This song comes from Loz Netto’s eponymous 1986 album. Apparently, this guy has continued to make music all these years. As well as recently writing some children’s books. Anyway, the album’s pretty boring. This was the best song on it.
PAT BENATAR - LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD (SPECIAL EXTENDED REMIX)
I love Pat Benatar. Love, love, love her. This song is definitely one of my top 10 favorites of hers. Here is an extended version of the song that I didn’t even know existed until I found it in the shop a while back. It adds a couple extra minutes of awesome. :)
VIENNA - AN EYE FOR AN EYE
I’ve had a hard time finding any information on this band. All I know is that this song comes from their one and only album, 1987’s “Guess What?” I guess some bands just come and go without much of a trace. I found this, as usual, in the bargain bin and thought I’d try it out. It’s not too terrible. This was my favorite track.
BILLY IDOL - BABY TALK
OK, I’m gonna give you one more song from Billy Idol and then I’ll move on. This track, like my previous post, comes from Idol’s debut EP “Don’t Stop.” It’s the only song on this EP that does not appear anywhere else on any other Billy Idol release (or Generation X release, for that matter).
BILLY IDOL - DANCING WITH MYSELF (EP VERSION)
"Don’t Stop" is a 4-song EP released by Billy Idol in 1981. (It also included a fold-out poster.) This was Idol’s first release as a solo artist. Ironically, this song was actually recorded by his previous band, Generation X. It was on Gen X’s final album and even got released as a single. The Idol version is actually a remixed version of the original Gen X track. Under Idol’s name it finally became a hit. The other 3 tracks on the EP were new recordings by Idol. (Although one was a rerecording of another original Gen X song.) This version of "Dancing With Myself" is called "Long Version" on the EP and in later years is referred to as the "EP Version."
GENERATION X - READY STEADY GO
As much as I enjoyed Billy Idol back in the day, I never really explored the music from Generation X, the band he fronted before his solo career skyrocketed. This song comes from Generation X’s eponymous debut album.
EURYTHMICS - YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART (DANCE MIX)
This song comes from Eurythmics’ seventh studio album “Savage.” That’s my favorite album of theirs and this is my favorite song on that album. This remix, unfortunately, was not included on the remastered CD that came out a few years back. I’m still bummed about that. Nevertheless, I finally found a vinyl copy, so here you go.
Eurythmics remains in the top 5 of bands that: 1. I wish would reform, and 2. I’ve never seen live and wish I could.
DEVICE - HANGING ON A HEART ATTACK
While we’re still on the subject of Holly Knight, here is the one hit song her other 80’s band had. Device only released one album. It’s a pretty good album, so it’s too bad it wasn’t a hit and they didn’t make more.
SPIDER - CHANGE
Here’s another song from Holly Knight’s early 80’s band Spider. It also comes from the band’s second and final album “Between the Lines.” You may recognize this one as well because it was later released as a single by the singer John Waite (who is most famous for his song “Missing You”). You can see why she went on to be a successful songwriter, since two songs from this album became hits for other artists.
SPIDER - BETTER BE GOOD TO ME
Spider was an early 80’s rock band. They released two albums before disbanding. This song comes from their second album, “Between The Lines.” Keyboardist and key songwriter was Holly Knight. She went on to be a very successful songwriter, penning hits for Pat Benatar, Heart, Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Tyler, and more. She also wrote the theme song for the Buffy-spinoff TV show “Angel.” In addition, she formed the short-lived 80’s band Device, who are most well known for their one-hit-wonder “Hanging on a Heart Attack.”
You will recognize this song because it was later recorded by Tina Turner and it became a huge hit.
FACE TO FACE - OUT OF MY HANDS
Here’s another band I’d never heard of until I found their record in the bargain bin. Face To Face were a Boston band that released 3 albums between 1984-1988. This song comes from their debut self-titled album. It’s a pretty unremarkable album, so I’m not surprised they weren’t a success.
NIGHT - HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Night were a supergroup, of sorts, formed by various successful session musicians from Britain. There were two lead vocalists: Stevie Lange & Chris Thompson. Stevie [who did backing vocals for such acts as Tears For Fears, Wham!, Billy Ocean, Elton John & more] sings on this track, which is a cover of a song by Walter Egan. Their sound is similar to Pat Benatar, Quarterflash & the like. This comes from their self-titled debut album. They disbanded after their second and final album.
ANYTHING BOX - LIVING IN OBLIVION (THE LIVING MIX)
Anything Box were a late 80’s entry into the synthpop scene. This is the only song I’ve actually heard from them, but apparently they’re still an active band and their most recent release was in 2008. The lead singer sounds a smidgen like Marc Almond to me. This song comes from their debut album “Peace.” I’m not a particularly huge fan of this song (bargain bin purchase), so I’ve never really explored their other music.