We Love 80s Music: Foreigner
Feb08

We Love 80s Music: Foreigner

It’s no secret that our president is not crazy about foreigners. Heck, xenophobia was essentially the cornerstone of his entire campaign. But on the whole, back in the 1980s, we liked foreigners. Or at the very least, we liked Foreigner. We Love 80s Music: Foreigner “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems....

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A Closer Look At ‘Last Christmas’ By Wham!
Jan04

A Closer Look At ‘Last Christmas’ By Wham!

Tough listening to “Last Christmas” this season, huh?  Every time I heard the Wham! classic, I couldn’t help but recall the terrible fact that George Michael passed away on December 25, 2016.  So, last Christmas– well, Christmas 2016– was indeed George’s last Christmas. A Closer Look At ‘Last Christmas’ By Wham! Perhaps the one-year anniversary of George Michael’s death was the reason why I looked a little more...

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80s Songs with Two Versions
Nov26

80s Songs with Two Versions

“Safety Dance”— a song so good, it deserves to be played twice, even if there are two versions of the track. 80s Songs with Two Versions Last summer, on my birthday, my wife and I went to a 80s “Retro Futura” concert. Howard Jones was the headliner, but the event also featured acts such as Katrina (sans Waves), Modern English, Paul Young, English Beat, and Men Without Hats. Most of the bands played maybe five or six songs,...

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30 Songs from the Summer of 1987
Sep20

30 Songs from the Summer of 1987

Music-wise, I’d have to rank the summer of 1987 as… OK. Either way, we’re going to take a look at 30 Songs from the Summer of 1987. 30 Songs from the Summer of 1987 Don’t get me wrong: thirty years ago, beachgoers were slathering on that Coppertone lotion to some very, VERY good songs– I’m talking classics, such as U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Heart’s “Alone,” and Sammy Hagar’s “Give to Live.” (OK,...

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‘Grey’ Matter: 30 Facts about Grateful Dead’s ‘Touch of Grey’
Aug28

‘Grey’ Matter: 30 Facts about Grateful Dead’s ‘Touch of Grey’

Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1987, the Grateful Dead released “Touch of Grey,” from the album In the Dark. Peaking at #9, the song was– and remains to this day– the only Grateful Dead song to reach the Billboard Top Ten. Or even the Top 40. Or even the Top 50. (“Truckin’”— the Dead’s highest charting song prior to “Touch of Grey”— peaked at #64.) “Touch of Grey” introduced the band to a whole new...

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