Slim pickings on the ladies of 1987, I honestly could not think of five standouts (my memory is pretty good, but it could still use some work). But I’ve got three that I are still strong today.
So, I present you – The Ladies:
The Bangles – “Hazy Shade of Winter”
(a Simon & Garfunkel cover)
Exposé – “Let Me Be the One”
Lita Ford (w/ Ozzy Osbourne) – “Close My Eyes Forever”
It’s that’s time again, kids. That time to take a trip down memory lane with music from the past. Picked completely random, this week it’s the year 1987. Also picked randomly are the featured songs, which I grabbed as they sprung to mind while I remembered that particular year. Now that I think about 1987, I remember that it was kind of a big deal because that summer we got cable again and I was reunited with MTV after having gone without it since the Fall of ’85. In other words that meant–tape trading with friends aside–I had to rely solely on that old advent called the radio to get my music fix for nearly two years. That was rough, as music stations in Indianapolis weren’t exactly progressive or all-encompassing in their programming (although I can’t think of any outside of New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles that were/are).
Anyways, without further ado, let’s take it back to 1987, when I was 13/14 and still far removed from the Soul/R&B and hip-hop kid that I started out as, and very much immersed in the rock and pop music at the time. First up: the fellas (because I think lovely ladies make better closers).
Whitesnake – “Still of the Night”
Next up, the ladies of 1987.
Before heading to bed last night I saw the news about the big earthquake that hit northern Japan and the ensuing tsunamis that were to bring even more of nature’s menace. Yet another nation gets punked by Mother Earth, who lately has seemed to be on a major menstrual cycle or something considering the frequency of disastrous activity that’s she’s been dishing out of late.
My condolences to our Far East brothers and sisters in this trying time. You’ve survived worse, so I have all the confidence in the world that you’ll beat this latest setback with great spirit, courage and endurance.
This flashback extra is for our friends in Japan. It features one of Japan’s preeminent heavy metal bands, Loudness, in a video for their song “Heavy Chains” from their 1985 album Thunder in the East, which had brought them States side in a big way.
The second installment of this Friday Flashback double-shot. Like last time, I went with whatever first popped into my noggin’ from memory.
Like the Jackson 5 a generation before, this quintet of crooning young men were very influencial to me and the guys I was running with in elmentary school at the time. The thought was guys who could sing and dance could easily wow the girls. The dudes in New Edition sure as hell did. This is “Cool It Now” from their self-titled second album. Talk about bubblegum pop.
Prior to a couple years ago, I had gone probably two decades without hearing “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics. Catchy as hell, it was always one of my faves back in the day when I spent hours in front of the tube with MTV on. Back then I thought like most of the groups on MTV then, that these cats were British. Silly me. These boys were from Detroit. They were kind of a throwback to the 60s.
“Relax (Don’t Do It)” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is easily one of the best club songs known to man. There was a lot of 80s nostalgia going on in the clubs and bars I frequented in the mid-90s. This song was a staple. Hella fun to dance to, esepcially the extended dance remix.
Teena Marie passed away this past holiday on December 26, 2010. She was only 54 years old. I recently learned that a large picture above her bed in a hotel had fallen on her head, which led to a concussion and a series of seizures. She had a gran mal seizure a month before her death. A tragic end to the lady dubbed the Ivory Queen of Soul. “Lovergirl” was a breakout hit and my favorite of hers.
Rest in Peace, Teena Marie(March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010)
1984 was a great year in music for me. It was my first full year as a 10/11 year old having MTV, so the floodgates of my musical interests were blown wide open.
Here are some of my all-time faves from that historic year.
Might “When Doves Cry” be Prince‘s best composed song ever? It’s certainly a contender.
It’s inarguable that the album 1984 was Van Halen‘s peak with some of their best songs. “Panama” is definitely one of them.
Duran Duran‘s early 80s invasion of the U.S. was compared to the Beatles invasion of the mid-60s. I don’t know if they were that huge or as revolutionary, but they had great singles. For its time “The Wild Boys” was a big budget music video.
Letting the ladies of Bananarama close out this first installmet. Their song “Cruel Summer” is hands down one of my favorite songs of the 80s. Still a great dance song too.
This week’s Friday Flashback will be a double-shot, so check back in about an hour for the second installment.