Well, when it comes to my vinyl collection I don’t have much to offer in regards to holiday songs. Therefore, I’m grabbing this song from a CD I recently found in a thrift store. It’s a song by one of my favorite bands, Remy Zero. (They’re not from the 80’s, however, so I’m going off-theme on my blog.) It appears on a Christmas compilation put together by Kevin & Bean, two radio DJs from Los Angeles radio station KROQ. The song also appears on a promo CD by the band which, sadly, I don’t own. So I was pretty happy to find that it was included on the Kevin & Bean CD.
I love this song. I miss the band. You might recognize them from their song “Save Me,” which was used as the theme for the TV show “Smallville.” One band member has died, but I still hope they make more music together someday…(at Christmas, maybe?…)
If you want to download this song, it is also currently available as a free download on the band’s website: http://remyzero.com/?p=16
"Remember the Nights" comes from The Motels’ forth studio album, 1983’s "Little Robbers." My appreciation of this band has grown through the years. I didn’t like them much in the 80’s, but they really did release some great singles.
Here’s a break from the norm…a track from one of my favorite comedy albums. (It DID come out in the 80’s!)
Joan Rivers is probably my favorite female stand-up comedian of all time. I know her reputation has somewhat waned in the past decade or so, with her outrageous plastic surgery and the way she constantly forces her talentless daughter Melissa upon us. But you cannot deny her life’s work. I highly recommend the documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.” It’s a great insight into the brilliance of her comedic mind.
This track comes from “What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?,” an album that captures her in her prime. “A Great Movie Star” is a very non-PC attack on (at the time, recently fattened) Elizabeth Taylor. But these jokes could easily be about any overweight person. The entire album is hysterical and I’ve quoted it repeatedly my entire life.
Here’s a great Benatar classic taken from her 1984 album “Tropico.” This is the Spanish version of the “Ooh Ooh Song,” which was used as the b-side to the single. I suppose there’s a certain irony in making a Spanish version of a song that has no words in the chorus. I love me some Pat, though. And I love when artists do Spanish versions of their songs.