I know it's been a while, but I'm back. Let's get right to it: After the huge success of the LP "Shake It Up" in 1982, The Cars went on hiatus and frontman Ric Ocasek and keyboardist Greg Hawkes both recorded solo records. They reunited 2 years later for the mega-smash, "Heartbeat City". The 1st single, "You Might Think", earned The Cars "Video Of the Year" at the very first MTV Video Music Awards and "Drive" was a big charter as well. "Hello Again" peaked at #20 the week of December 22, 1984 on the Hot 100 and this mix was done by Arthur Baker. TT: 5:54.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
An even longer jam than the version on the LP, "Going For Broke", which was edited for the 7". Since the song barely even made an appearance in the movie it was commissioned for, I'm barely going to mention the movie here: "Romancing The Stone" starred Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito about a big jewel. There. Now that that's out of the way let me say that it is a damn tragedy that the song only made it to #54 in 1984 on the Billboard Hot 100. I freaking love this song and Eddy Grant. The movie was ehhhh - but a box-office success. Had the song played a bigger part in it, it might have been better received. Silence! It does no good to ponder these things. Just enjoy the track here in it's 9 minute form.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both in the band 10cc ("I'm Not In Love") and later joined forces for a duo career in 1977. In 1985 they released "The History Mix - Volume 1" which was meant to be a tribute to both for 25 years of recording together. It was co-produced with Art Of Noise's J.J. Jeczalik and remixed samples of older tunes by the duo to produce new songs. Godley & Creme directed more than 50 videos during the 80's working most notably with Duran Duran, The Police, Herbie Hancock, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Sting. It's no wonder then that the video for "Cry" was one of the coolest things I'd ever seen at the time and still holds up pretty good today. It utilized analog cross-fading with Man-E-Faces (ha!) long before Michael Jackson did it with "Black Or White". You can view the video here. "Cry" was their biggest hit here in the USA , peaking at #16. In the UK it reached #19. It was also featured at the end of one of the best Miami Vice episodes, "Definitely Miami", featuring Ted Nugent in a starring role. This version is a little different from the LP extended cut and it runs 6:32.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Another fix for you funk junkies out there. I'm Uncle Mike. Welcome to Jackass. Another track from "Emergency". "Misled" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B Charts circa 1984. The bassline and drums hit much harder in this longer mix and it runs 5:35.
Monday, March 24, 2008
#3 hit for Richard Marx from 1987 featuring then former Eagles Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit on background vocals and The Man, Joe Walsh on lead guitar. After he finally got a recording contract with EMI/Manhattan Records, Marx contacted his friend Fee Waybill of The Tubes and Fee pulled Walsh and Co. into the mix for the self-titled debut LP. It went on to sell 4 million copies and produced 3 other top-5 hits with the last, "Hold On To The Nights", hitting #1. He was nominated for a Grammy with this track for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male in 1988. This is a terrific mix and far superior to the original in my opinion. TT: 6:17
Saturday, March 22, 2008
An Easter Egg. It's a happy tale of an anti-social rabbit that picks up field mice and bops them on the head. He's then confronted by some fascist good fairy who tries to impose her will on him. Bitch.
Here's the François Kevorkian take on Mick's 1985 single from his debut solo LP, "She's The Boss". Kevorkian started his DJ career at the Paradise Garage and the infamous Studio 54. His work is impressive and he's done a slew of remixes for Depeche Mode. He's also mixed Jan Hammer, The Pet Shop Boys, Eurythmics, The Cure and on and on. When The Stones signed with CBS Records in 1983, the band was offered the option to do solo projects and Jagger jumped on it. Mick took advantage of the latest music trends of the time, employing drum machines and synthesizers heavily on the album. "Just Another Night" hit #12 on the Hot 100, #1 on Mainstream Rock and #11 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play here in the US. TT: 7:08.
Here's one that takes me back to a fantastic vacation I had at Myrtle Beach, SC the summer of '88. Every time you hit the sand this song was playing on somebody's radio as they sunbathed. Sure! (real name Albert Joseph Brown III) was chosen the winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search by Quincy Jones in 1987. From there he worked on many of Jones' recordings including a quartet on the single, "Secret Garden" with El DeBarge, Barry White and James Ingram. Al's 1st solo LP, "In Effect Mode" sold over 2 million copies and "Nite And Day" was a huge hit peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 the week of June 16th, 1988. Trivia: Al had his own 900 phone line at one point and it was the third most successful revenue generating hotline, beaten only by New Kids On The Block and Run DMC's . Al even tried acting. He was in a pilot with Martin Lawrence called "Private Times" in 1991 and a guest star on Will Smith's "Fresh Prince Of Bel Air". Al B. Sure! (I believe) is working as a DJ at KHHT in Los Angeles presently. This version lasts 6:01.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
These guys started out as Jam-On Productions in Brooklyn, New York and they grew to be phenoms because of their block party success in 1979. These block parties were held outdoors in neighborhoods and the power for the DJ's sound system was ripped off the street lights most of the time. This song has been said by many to have been way ahead of it's time in terms of production techniques in 1984 and it brought in a new era of hip hop. Alvin & The Chipmunks wished they were this funky. Superman gets his ass served again in this track too. It had previously best been kicked by The Sugarhill Gang in, "Rapper's Delight". This mix runs 7:57.
From 1987's "Men And Women", the band's 2nd LP. Written by lead singer Mick Hucknall as a thinly veiled ode to getting horizontal. The song peaked at #27 on the Hot 100, holding that position for 2 weeks before dropping to #41 in May of the same year. TT:5:34.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
You got your beef, chicken, bean, soft and hard variety but this is the Taco that is the best. Ba-dump-bump. Yes, it's been a long day. Born in Indonesia, Taco (minus last name Ockerse) recorded this cover of Irving Berlin's 1929 song, "Puttin' On The Ritz" (retro slang for dressing very fashionably) in 1982 for a German release. Early the next year the song broke into the US reaching #4 on Billboard's Hot 100. RCA liked it so much they funded an entire album for Taco, "After Eight". The "Ritz" video was in heavy rotation on MTV and the LP went on to sell over 500,000 copies here in the USA. It sold all over Europe like hot damn. Sadly, this is the only real success he ever had though he tried a few more times before calling it quits. Mel Brooks' 1974 film "Young Frankenstein" featured the song performed by Gene Wilder and the late Peter Boyle. Benny Goodman, Clark Gable and Fred Astaire have all performed the song also. Hollywood legend Gary Cooper, who's mentioned in the song, appeared in 100 movies in his career from 1924 to 1961 when he died. The American Film Institute ranked him at #11 on it's list of "Greatest Male Stars Of All Time". Gary Coleman was #1. Are you paying attention? I just totally made that up about Gary Coleman. Gary Coleman was cool because he was short and...not very tall. I'm done. This version runs 6:00 and feel free to crank this and tip your top hat to your heart's content.
Monday, March 17, 2008
From 1987's, "Big Generator" released on Atlantic Records' owned Atco label. Conflicts between singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Trevor Rabin caused this record to take nearly 2 years to finish. Anderson wanted to bring back the old Yes sound that started the group and Rabin wanted to be more commercial and mainstream. The following year bassist Chris Squire led the new Yes and Anderson left to form Crane, Poole and Schmidt...I mean Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe with other former Yes members for Arista Records. Funny that band sounded like a law firm because a major lawsuit broke out between Atlantic and Arista soon after over the "Yes" moniker. Rabin stayed neutral through all that and released his 4th solo LP, "Can't Look Away". He has been a film composer since 1996. His work includes the recent "National Treasure: Book Of Secrets", along with "Con-Air", "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Deep Blue Sea".
Yes' drama continued on through the 90's as an on-again, off-again affair. The band recently announced a 40th anniversary tour to begin most likely in the fall of this year and will include original members Anderson , Squire and guitarist Steve Howe (who formed Asia in the early 80's). Rabin will not be a part of it from what I can gather.
"Love Will Find A Way" reached #30 on the Hot 100 but made it to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. I think it's a fine track and this mix lasts 7:09.
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
"Higher Ground" was originally written and recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1973 and the Chili Peppers released their cover in 1989. This was from the group's 4th solo album titled, "Mother's Milk". Glenn Bolton (credited as Daddy-O), who has also done mixes for the B-52's, Levert and Stetsasonic, transformed this song from a rocker into a really funky groove. I'm not usually a fan of mixes that vary from the original versions this much but this is an exception. Check it. Runs: 5:18
I've already gone on record and said this was my favorite Paul Young track so you knew this was coming. Young started his career in Kool Kat And The Kool Kats, moved on to Streetband ("Toast") and then formed the Q-Tips in '79. He went solo in 1982. Got his big break in '83 with the LP this track is from, "No Parlez". He turned 52 this past January but he's still "Young". Ugh. These are the jokes. At least I didn't have a band named Kool Kat and The Kool Kats. This song was a top-5 smash in the UK in 1983 but it didn't chart in the USA until '84, reaching #22. Our German friends really got it though. It was #1 there for 7 consecutive weeks. This remix is pretty darn cool if I do say so myself. TT: 7:33.
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
Produced by Andy Taylor, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson (a mini Power Station reunion), Rod's 15th solo LP, "Out Of Order" hit stores in 1988. It sold over 2 million copies and was considered by many critics to be the return of the "real" Rod Stewart after many of his previous releases didn't live up to their hype. I presume this song was written for Rod's girlfriend of the time, model Kelly Emberg. They had a child the year before. The story is that Stewart didn't want to marry Emberg so she left him in 1990 and filed a 25 million palimony suit on him. Hell hath no fury. The case was settled in 1993 for an "undisclosed amount" (Read: none of our business). Rod quickly married (you guessed it) another supermodel not long after Emberg dumped him. That model was Rachel Hunter. Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit star. Paid 1.8 million to pose for Playboy. Rod said he'd rather have his penis cut off than cheat on her. Proving that stupid things you say will bite you in the can they divorced in 2006. Neat-o: Stewart has been called the greatest white soul singer by James Brown and Elton John. "Lost In You" reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. This version is from the pictured UK CD-3 with a running time of 5:37.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
During a break from longtime recording partner John Oates, Daryl Hall called upon Dave Stewart of Eurythmics to co-produce his solo LP, "Three Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine". Stewart had already produced for rockers Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on one of my favorite guilty 80's pleasures, "Southern Accents". Released on RCA records in 1986, "Three Hearts" was considered a flop by the label despite this song's success (#5). This really pissed off Daryl Hall. He blamed the LP's poor promotion by RCA and since this album fulfilled Hall and Oates' contractual obligation they signed with Arista Records afterwards. EDIT: This mix was engineered by Arthur Baker (thanks to Oznerol for the correction) who's done work for Fleetwood Mac that was posted here before, New Order and Naked Eyes. TT: 7:49.
To go along with the mixes I posted yesterday, here's the last top-10 hit Cutting Crew ever had on the Hot 100. It reached #9 in 1987. I do believe a minute or so of the LP version was edited for radio/45 in addition to this 12" single release. Runs: 6:56.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Both these tracks are from the LP, "Broadcast", released in 1986. "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year and peaked at #4 in the UK. Lead vocalist Nick Van Eede was inspired to write this track after having sex with his girlfriend because she obviously was so good she almost killed him with the big "O". The 3rd single, "One For The Mockingbird", barely cracked the top-40 but I think it's a great song as well so it's here to share. Cutting Crew broke up in 1993, never again achieving the commercial success they enjoyed here. Original guitarist Kevin MacMichael played on Robert Plant's "Fate Of Nations" LP from 1993. He died in 2002 from lung cancer. Van Eede reformed the Crew in 2006, albeit with a totally new lineup and they put out a new disc to little fanfare. Running times: 6:39 and 6:24, respectively and both mixes were done by Tim Palmer.
"Died In Your Arms":ZShare / Speedy Share / RapidShare
"Mockingbird": ZShare / Speedy Share / Rapidshare
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Talk about one-hit wonders and this band will surely enter the conversation. It's not an entirely accurate description of the band worldwide though since they hit the top-10 again in 1997 in the UK with, "Love Shine A Light". Here in the USA, this is their only genuine hit (peaking at #9), so we can still call them a one-hit wonder. Yeah. I know. Get all technical. Shut my hole. Got it. The self-titled first LP The Waves released for Capitol Records was comprised of re-recorded and/or remixed versions of songs previously released in Canada. Ready for some of the films this song has been featured in? How about "Look Who's Talking", "American Psycho", "High Fidelity" and "Daddy Day Care"? The beat goes on. "The Super Summer Mix" lasts 5:34 and Scott Litt, remixer and producer of such tracks as "Radio Song" and "Shiny Happy People" for R.E.M, did the work.
Damn you sir, you will dance.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
It's everybody's other favorite Springfield (Long live Homer & Co.), Rick. Don't call him Bruce. The year is 1983 and Aussie-born Springfield launches the last of his deep-space probes. In a freak mishap, Ranger 3 and it's pilot, Captain William "Buck" Rog...er, sorry. Rick dropped his 7th album, "Living In Oz" in '83. It was also one of the very first vinyl albums I ever bought at the age of 11. This song was a top-20 hit the same year and this remix is done by extraordinaire John Luongo, who's also done mixes for Don Henley, Bryan Adams, John Waite (The "Missing You" mix I posted recently) and Huey Lewis & The News. Edited for the single and stretched for the 12" promo. Running time: 7:15. D'oh!: Rick Springfield once lived and had a relationship with 15 year old Linda Blair (The Exorcist). He was 25 at the time.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
No, this isn't a remix or anything. I was just re-watching The Young Ones episode, "Bomb" in which the band performs it and felt the need. Originally recorded by Van Morrison in 1972 and then by Kevin Rowland and Dexy's circa 1982 on their album," Too-Rye-Ay". The only hit the Runners had in the US was "Come On Eileen", but this was another success for them overseas and one I remember fondly. Just another feel-good song to brighten the day in this gasoline price-gouging time we live in.
Here's the club mix done by Chris Lord-Alge to Kool & The Gang's top-10 single from 1987. It's from the LP, "Forever", which was their last hit album of the 80's. I heard somewhere that Robert "Kool" Bell reunited with them last year and the Gang is working on a new record. Can't go wrong with Kool & The Gang, so download and enjoy. Total time:5:24.
Friday, March 7, 2008
From their debut album, "Picture Book", which is a killer disc and surely you've listened to it. It hit #1 in 1986. This track, the title cut and "Heaven" (remake of a Talking Heads tune) were also featured on Miami Vice. Singer Mick Hucknall wrote this when he was in his teens and it's been recorded 2 other times in a studio, before and since. The first was with Hucknall's original band called The Frantic Elevators in '82. The third time was again with Simply Red in 2005 as an acoustic version on the LP, "Simplified". The long version runs 5:44.
This medley of many, many TV themes was released in 1986. TeeVee Toons has released a series of TV music CD's and this track is a blend of themes from their first release, "Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: From the 50's and 60's". If you've never heard this and love old TV shows and their themes, you'll dig it. Everything from Bonanza to Star Trek blended with a good beat that you can bring sexy back with. TT: 6:47
(Thanks to WhoDoYouThink and dstefan)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Another great 80's duet. The #1 single in the USA and the UK from 1987 featuring the Queen Of Soul and the former other half of Wham!. This was a dream come true (getting caught in a Beverly Hills public restroom for "engaging in a lewd act" was not) for George to sing with Franklin since he idolized her. The album this is from, "Aretha", sold more than 9 million copies worldwide and Aretha finally got some r-e-s-p-e-c-t on the pop chart. Remix lasts: 7:43. The links:
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
"State Of Shock (Demo)" - Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury
Jermaine returned to the Jacksons for their 5th CBS LP, "Victory". They had previously dropped the "5" from the band's moniker upon leaving Motown Records for label CBS in 1976. "State Of Shock" was originally recorded by Michael with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury but re-recorded with The Rolling Stones' Jagger and released as a single in 1984. It was to be the Jacksons' last top-10 single, reaching #3. I have no idea why the singer switch occurred, but here are both versions. It's interesting to note that the music and lyrics in both takes are almost identical. The mix lasts 5:41 and the demo's total time is 4:43. I made that whole post without taking one swipe at Jackson's legal troubles and personal life in recent years. Yay.
I know. I hate posting all those links too. It's not pretty. Sharebee is on strike I guess.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Herbie Hancock released the Grammy award-winning single, "Rockit" in 1983 from the LP, "Future Shock". The video was directed by Godley & Creme and featured robots getting down with the sickness. It was a huge hit on MTV and racked up 5 wins at the very first MTV Video Music Awards, including "Video Of the Year". Hancock is better known and critically acclaimed for his jazz work but this ain't a jazz site, right? Anyways, as you can probably see in the 12" sleeve above, this mix includes "Future Shock" songs "Rockit", "Autodrive", the title track, "TFS", and "Rough". "Chameleon '84" (a remake of one of Hancock's other tunes) is the only track not on the LP. TT: 6:18.
Yes, Sharebee is starting to suck.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Paul Rodgers: Former singer for the bands Free and Bad Company. Jimmy Page: guitar legend from Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds. Two titans joined to form The Firm along with Chris Slade, formerly of Uriah Heap and Manfred Mann's Earth Band, on drums. Their efforts were met with little commercial thanks but they did sellout the tours that followed the 1985 album - despite their refusal to play any of the material done by their former bands. After the release of a second LP, "Mean Business", The Firm was done. Chris Slade went onto join AC/DC and he stayed there until 1994. After that he was in Asia and played with them for 6 years and continues to record today on many different projects. Jimmy Page has reunited with Zep's Robert Plant several times and recorded with Whitesnake's David Coverdale and The Black Crowes to name a few. Rodgers formed short-lived band The Law, rejoined Bad Company on tour in 2001 and went on the road with the surviving members of Queen as Queen + Paul Rodgers. The "+" meant to stress the fact that he was not replacing the late Freddie Mercury. They reportedly have a new CD due this year. "Radioactive" peaked at #28 in the US and this mix lasts 5:50.
Sharebee is acting up today. I'll try again later. For now just these:
Saturday, March 1, 2008
This song was originally released in 1987 by the former Prince & The Revolution members from their debut album titled simply, "Wendy & Lisa". It wasn't huge, but it was noteworthy. In 1989, "Waterfall" was given a second chance in the UK with the mixes I share here today. It still didn't chart very high. Do I really have to say it? It should have. Random thought: Wendy plays a mean axe. Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman have reunited with Prince a few times but they are probably better known now for scoring the TV shows, "Crossing Jordan", "Heroes" and one episode of the updated "Bionic Woman". I totally lost interest in the 2nd season of "Heroes" and I haven't watched either of the others. Trivia: Prince dated Wendy's twin sister Susannah. She was a member of the purple one's side project, The Family.
To the mixes!
Waterfall '89 (Alice & ''Sundial Seven") - 4:19
http://www.zshare.net/audio/8377057f086e3e/ and http://rapidshare.com/files/96604166/01_Waterfall__89__Alice_____Sundial_Seven___.mp3.html
Waterfall (Psychedelic Teepee Twelve) - 7:19
Waterfall (Nellee Hooper Remix) - 6:06