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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Scorpions - 'Big City Nights'

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"When the sunlight is rising up in my eyes

And the long night has left me back at somebody's side
It feels alright for a long sweet minute like hours before
But it's more like looking out for something
I can't find anymore

Big city, big city nights

You keep me burning
Big city, big city nights
Always yearning"

1984 was really a fantastic year for The Scorpions. It was the year when the German band finally broke through on the U.S. charts with songs like "Rock You Like A Hurricane" and "Still Loving You". Believe it or not, they were already on their ninth album when they released Love at First Sting and it ended up being the highest charting album (number 6 on Billboard's charts) in the states for the Scorpions. 

The third single released, "Big City Nights" was an MTV favorite and it helped to put the rockers in the first flight of heavy metal artists that would eventually end up reigning supreme over the end of the decade. The Scorpions, Ratt, and KISS helped to usher in hairbands and glam rock with some really solid rock tracks. "Big City Nights" was one of them. Check it out below!

Currently Booming: Heavy Metal Xmas Compilation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Currently Booming: New Blondie - 'Doom or Destiny'

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Van Halen- 'Panama'

Jump back, what's that sound
Here she comes, full blast and top down
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Model citizen zero discipline
Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'l lose her in the turn
I'll get her!

Sounds a little suggestive doesn't it? As it turns out, "Panama", the third single off of Van Halen's 1984 album was in fact written about a car, not a chick. If you remember back to the summer of 1984 this was one of the most popular songs on the radio. Van Halen was kind of basking in the success of their sixth album and it was right before David Lee Roth decided to leave in favor of being a solo artist. Between "Panama", "Jump" and "Hot For Teacher" barely an hour passed without MTV showing a VH video and truth be told they were one of the groups that you could never get enough of.

1984 was such a great year in music history and Van Halen certainly played a big part in making it so memorable. Check out "Panama" below and tell me, was it your favorite track off of the album?

Currently Booming: TLC- 'Sleigh Ride'

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Wreckx-N-Effect- 'Rumpshaker'

Monday, December 11, 2017

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Bananarama - 'Venus'

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"Goddess on the mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name
She's got it
Yeah, baby, she's got it
I'm your Venus, I'm your fire
At your desire."

At this point in time, I'm on a real Bananarama kick.  After officially reuniting earlier this year, Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey hit the road to tour the UK for six weeks. They just played their final London show a few days ago bringing to a close a show that got rave reviews at every stop. They currently have only four dates scheduled for North America, but my fingers are crossed that 2018 will bring even more.

Back in the spring of 1986, Bananarama found their way to the top of the U.S. Billboard charts with their remake of The Shocking Blue's "Venus". It was a song that they believed would lend itself to dance floors but it took a bit of convincing to find a production team that agreed. Thankfully they did and their instincts were dead on because "Venus" still to this day has a way of setting any dance floor on fire.

The video for this is just so much fun. Sure, Bananarama has always loved to play dress up but my favorite moments of "Venus" is when they are all just dancing and having a blast. Check it out below!

Currently Booming: 80's Christmas Playlist

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: The Romantics - 'Talking in Your Sleep'

"When you close your eyes and you go to sleep
And it's down to the sound of a heartbeat
I can hear the things that you're dreaming about
When you open up your heart and the truth comes out
You tell me that you want me
You tell me that you need me
You tell me that you love me
And I know that I'm right
'Cause I hear it in the night
I hear the secrets that you keep
When you're talking in your sleep"

My first introduction to The Romantics came when a snippet of their video for "Talking Your Sleep" played back on American Top 40's top ten video countdown back in 1984.  Sure, it wasn't MTV but everyone had tapped into the music video craze and created their own version of it. The video itself was bizarre because it featured a bunch of women seemingly standing in their sleep clad either in lingerie or pajamas.

I loved the song and when my dad gave me a copy of the 45 single I can remember playing it constantly. Some synth ends up sounding really dated to me. This isn't one of those songs. "Talking In Your Sleep" still holds up as a pretty solid song. I may not go out of my way to play it nowadays, but when it comes on the radio or pops up in my work playlist I'm not shutting it off either.

Check out the video below!

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Robbie Nevil - 'C'est La Vie'

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Night Ranger - 'Four In The Morning'

"Four in the morning
Came without a warning
Everybody's got a place to be
I got holes in my conscience
Shot with a vengeance
I must have been a fool not to see

I need you bad
It's hard to live without your company
I need you bad, so bad
I can't take it you see"

In high school, I dated a guy who was mildly obsessed with Night Ranger. By the time we met "Sister Christan" had already been a smash hit on radio and MTV so I certainly knew who Night Ranger was. But in dating this dude I found myself compelled to brush up on the band. Seven Wishes was his favorite album so I bought it to catch up and have more in common with him.

What I quickly realized was that I kind of loved Night Ranger too. Sure, I was mostly bouncing thru hair bands by then. The bottom of my denim hobo purse was home to cassettes by Skid Row, Ratt, Winger and more. Night Ranger found a spot with them pretty quickly. I can barely remember the boyfriend's name and I'm not sure what his favorite song was, but "Four In The Morning" quickly became mine.

Oh and I love the backstory behind it. Jack Blades (Night Ranger vocalist) was having chick problems and happened to wake up at 4 in the morning singing the chorus of "I can't take any more, I can't take any more, it's such a hard time loving you." and just like that, a song was born.

Still my favorite.

Currently Booming: Cynthia Performs on Dance Party USA

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Queensryche - 'Eyes Of A Stranger'

Friday, December 8, 2017

Daily Boom 70's Throwback: Chic- ' I Want Your Love'

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"Sometime, don't you feel like you
Never really had a love that's real?
Well, here I am, and who's to say
A better love you won't find today?
Just one chance and I will show you love
Like no other, two steps above.
On your ladder I'll be a peg.
I want your lovin', please don't make me beg."

When I was seven years old I discovered disco. Just when I thought that "Disco Duck" was everything my dad introduced me to Chic and the absolute magic of Nile Rodgers.  "Le Freak" became the first single that I walked into a record store and picked out on my own. The beat and riff is infectious to this day.  How do you stay still? I think it's impossible.

While my love for "Le Freak" is unmatched "I Want Your Love" might actually be my very favorite Chic song. It just seems to be a perfect blend of everything that the group had to offer and Rodgers was perhaps at his very best. "I Want Your Love" is one of those songs with a special kind of longevity. It has been covered by a bunch of other mainstream artists and even if they only throw one line of the classic song into the chorus of their own work, it clicks and gets a reaction because we all know "I Want Your Love". Even if you are too young to remember Chic in their heyday, you'll likely know this song. Check out the video below. It's a great way to start your Friday!

Currently Booming: 90's Christmas Playlist