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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Mr. Mister - 'Broken Wings'

Baby, don't understand
Why we can't just hold on to each others' hands
This time might be the last, I fear
Unless I make it all too clear
I need you so, ohh
Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again
Learn to live so free

Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" isn't exactly a one-hit-wonder, the band did hit the charts with a few other songs in the mid-80's. in fact, "Kyrie" also went to number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 but "Broken Wings"  was far more successful. It's one of those songs that you recognize as soon as it starts. I think just about everyone has belted out the chorus at least once.

Check out the video below!

Currently Booming: Hip-Hop The Old School Mix

Friday, March 23, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Pointer Sisters - 'I'm So Excited'

"We shouldn't even think about tomorrow
Sweet memories will last a long, long time
We'll have a good time baby don't you worry
And if we're still playin' around
Boy that's just fine
Let's get excited
We just can't hide it
No, no, no
I'm about to lose control and I think I like it"

I think that the 80's was truly a decade that celebrated girl groups. Think about it- The Bangles, The Go-Go's, Expose, Sweet Sensation, The Cover Girls... the list is endless. Perhaps one of the most popular came in the early part of the decade. I'm talking about The Pointer Sisters, of course. They got there start way back in 1969 and actually were successful COUNTRY artists before switching things up.

By the late 70's the ladies had jumped onto the disco bandwagon. Dance mixes seemed like a much better fit and throughout the mid-80's The Pointer Sisters enjoyed great success. "I'm So Excited" was really a breakout hit for them. It was first released in 1982 and did well, landing at number 30 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was rereleased in 1984 and became a top ten hit with loads of radio and video play. 

"I'm So Excited" seems like a great way to kick off the weekend, so let's do it. Check out the  video below.

Currently Booming: Biggest Club Hits 1988-91

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Daily Boom: 90's Nostalgia: Pebbles - 'Giving You The Benefit'

"Baby how could you be hangin' out on a diamond queen
Ain't you missin' me poor little me
When you knew all the time that you could have been
With your homegirl lovin' and a
Kissin' on sweet little me
Don't you know if you want to be a man you
Gotta work real hard
If you want to make me feel like I'm your number one then
Nothin' in the world should make us part
'Cause we can make it work if you
Take it with the hurt from the heart."

Long before Pebbles was linked to the girl group that she created, TLC, she could be found burning up the charts herself. In 1990 she released her second album, Always, which was completely produced by Babyface and then-husband L.A. Reid. The result was some literal New Jack Swing magic. "Giving You the Benefit" was the lead single off of the album and it landed in the top ten on Billboard's Hot 100. 

This song was straight dancefloor fire when it was first released and it's one of those that still gets people moving. This queen had a way of throwing down female anthems that we were all able to sing along to with a nice bit of attitude. Pebbles, the artist hasn't made an album in awhile, but Sister Perri can be found on social media promoting all things peaceful and godly.

But let's revisit this fantastic song. Oh and another thing, this video is for me, one of the very best of the 90's. Check it out.

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Sophie B. Hawkins - 'Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover'

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Currently Booming: White Lion - Live At The Ritz, NYC, 1988 (Watch)

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Winger - 'Madalaine'

This is love too tough to tame
Beware of the girl
Beware of the pain
Running scared
Through the dark of the day
The story never dies
But the names keep changin'
And the face fade
Take you dead or alive"

I think I was first introduced to Winger during an episode of Headbanger's Ball. I was in 11th grade and worked as a closer at a fast food place several nights a week. By the time I rolled in the door, it was midnight or later. Prime viewing time for hair metal videos. In an era of pretty men, Kip Winger may have just been the prettiest.


His hotness factor was off the charts with those piercing eyes and that hair that I was actually jealous of. His ballet moves were easily ignored or downplayed because he just looked so amazing while doing them. 

The rest of the band was pretty freakin fantastic too. While their lyrics were fairly predictably, the guitar riffs and arrangements were better than most of their hair metal rivals. They toured with Bon Jovi, The Scorpions and many more- before the end of the 80's. 

"Madalaine" was the first single off of Winger's self-titled debut album and it was a great introduction to the band. It was current but felt different from what every other band was doing. They caught my eye and my ear and they've now had it for thirty years.

"Madalaine" was also the very first song in the tracklist on that album and it made you want to keep listening. Check out the video below. 

Currently Booming: The Best Songs Of 1980

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Cutting Crew - '(I Just) Died in Your Arms'

I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts lie all around me
And I don't see an easy way
To get out of this
Her diary sits by the bedside table
The curtains are closed, the cat's in her cradle
Who would've thought
That a boy like me could come to this?

I love when an unknown band's very first song goes to number one. It gives me a bit of hope that I can also succeed at things even when it seems very unlikely. That was exactly the case with the Cutting Crew's "I Just Died In Your Arms".They were previously unknown in the states but by May of 1987 the group's first single was sitting at the top of Billboard's Hot 100.

I've heard this song referred to as a power ballad and that doesn't seem to fit for me. When I think of a power ballad I'm envisioning Def Leppard or Whitesnake or some other band with big hair and lots of leather.  I don't know that I'd even consider "I Just Died In Your Arms" a ballad. What it is for me is a really great song that takes me back to high school. The synth kicks in and suddenly I'm in the backseat of my friend's boyfriend's Camaro, driving around the neighborhood.

That's a great memory. Check out the official video below!

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Jackson Browne - 'Somebody's Baby'

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Stevie Nicks -'I Can't Wait'

"She wonders how many more hours
Her heart will feel broken
In secret she says she needs to see him
But no words are spoken
She dances around in a circle
Well she's got that feeling now
Blame it on something at first sight
Put the blame on me if you want to
To be continued
I can't wait... I can't wait"

I've always that that "I Can't Wait" is one of Stevie Nicks' better solo songs. It was the first single released from her third solo album back in 1985 and it did very well. It made it to number 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 and the video was n heavy rotation on MTV. Still, it seems to be lost beneath a bunch of other songs by Nicks and after I did a bit of digging I realized the reason why. 

Stevie explained it herself in the liner notes of her 1991 compilation album, Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks.

"To understand this song, you sort of have to let yourself go a little crazy. Love is blind, it never works out, but you just have to have it. I think this was about the most exciting song that I had ever heard. My friend, Rick, whom I had known since I was 18 and he was 13, brought over this track with this incredible percussion thing, and gave it to me asking me if I would listen to it and consider writing a song for it. I listened to the song once, and pretended not to be that knocked out, but the second Rick left, I ran in my little recording studio and wrote 'I Can't Wait.' It took all night, and I think it is all about how electric I felt about this music. And that night, that SATURDAY night, Rick and I went into a BIG studio and recorded it. I sang it only once, and have never sung it since in the studio. Some vocals are magic and simply not able to beat. So I let go of it, as new to me as it was; but you know, now when I hear it on the radio, this incredible feeling comes over me, like something really incredible is about to happen.""

If you search on Youtube you'll see that she performed it a few times in 1986 but left it alone after that. I understand that rush that she mentions because I get it too whenever "I Can't Wait" comes on the radio. Check out the video below!

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Dream Academy - 'Life In A Northern Town'

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Daily Boom 90's Nostalgia: Prince- 'Thieves In The Temple'

Love if you're there come save me
From all this cold despair
I can hang when you're around
But I'll surely die if you're not there
Love come quick, love come in a hurry
There are thieves in the temple tonight
I feel like I'm looking for my soul
Like a poor man looking for gold
There are thieves in the temple tonight

Do you remember Graffiti Bridge, the Prince film from 1990? Honestly, neither do I but the soundtrack to it is pretty great.  It was also our official introduction to his then-new backing band, The New Power Generation. "Thieves In The Temple" was one of the best songs off of it and it charted very well as a single, hitting number 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 in the summer of 1990.

The song lyrically featured Prince reflecting on a dishonest relationship with a nugget of spirituality thrown in for good measure. As for the beat, well the remixes of "Thieves In The Temple" still are fire. I remember the video debuting on MTV and it being a really big deal because it represented a brand new Prince. New look, new sound and a new band to help pull the full package together. The choreography in the video was pretty tight too. Check it out for yourself below!

Currently Booming: American Top 40- This Week in 1992

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Crowded House - 'Don't Dream It's Over'

"There is freedom within
There is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead
Many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road
While you're traveling with me."

I love a good breakup song, especially a timeless one. When Crowded House first released "Don't Dream It's Over" I was fifteen and it seemed like everyone around me was going through some sort of break up. It became the anthem of the moment, although it was missing a comma. Don't dream, it's over was the running joke and it was a good one.

I'm going to bet that I'm not the only one who now, thirty years later, forgets who I originally would have dedicated that song to. But what I do know is that Crowded House created magic with this song. It might be one of the most un-dateable songs of the 80's. Sure there's synth in there but it doesn't sound like anything else from that era. What's interesting is that no one else really tried to emulate the band either. Their uniqueness remains.

"Don't Dream It's Over"  will always sound pretty amazing. Check out the video below.

Currently Booming: Solid Gold Dancers Compilation

Friday, March 16, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Sandee- 'Notice Me'

"I walk by where you work every day
Hoping you'd glance my way
A smile would break out from me to you
Conversation would make its way"

Sandee (Sandra Casanas) is one of those artists that made a lasting impression but then was lost way too soon. She was actually one-third of the original Expose` lineup from 1984-6 with Ale` and Laurie Miller. After the group was reformed Sandee went her own way and carved a nice solo career for herself. "Notice Me" went to number 9 on Billboard's dance chart back in 1989 and remains a club staple to this day. Sadly, Sandee was found dead in her Hollywood, Florida back in 1998 after suffering a severe seizure. The freestyle world grieved her loss together with various tributes and to this day Sandee is often discussed at freestyle events.

Daily Boom Lost Hit: 2 In A Room- 'Wiggle It'

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Tears For Fears - 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World'

"It's my own design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world"

It takes a pretty amazing song to not only represent one generation but then resonate with several more to come. When you actually do lock down one of those classics they are rarely feel-good anthems as well. Tears For Fears kind of did the almost impossible in 1985 with "Everybody Wants to Rule The World". Whenever it is played it turns into an instant sing-a-long doesn't it?

I mean, you know it and if your kids are teenagers they probably know it too (though they may not admit it). It puts you in an instant good mood but at the time that it was written, the undertones were pretty serious. The message remains just as much a rally cry, just towards different countries. 

When Tears For Fears released their Greatest Hits compilation late last year, Curt Smith explained the phenomenon that the song remains.

“I think a lot of these songs, now that I’ve listened back to them, are kind of just as poignant as they were then, but just towards different people, different areas of the world. Back when we were doing Songs From the Big Chair and ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World,’ we were really discussing the Cold War,” he says. “But it was the U.S. and Russia then, and now the concern is more the U.S. and Korea. I find that fascinating.”

It is fascinating in that I'm sure it never occurred to them that the song would remain relevant with future generations. Check out the video below. Do you love it as much as I do?