Saturday, April 22, 2017

Music Break - From The 80's

Here are a few songs that I enjoyed listening to during the 1980's.  Of course, I've included songs from that decade in other music posts, but as far as I can tell using Blogger's "search" function, I haven't yet posted any of these on this blog.

To start off, here's a song whose words were obviously not meant to be taken seriously, Vive Le Rock by Adam Ant, the title song from his 1985 album.

In 1987, after taking about five years off from recording, George Harrison released Cloud Nine, which includes Devil's Radio.  Jeff Lynne of ELO contributes extensively to the album.  This track includes Elton John on piano and Eric Clapton on guitar.

Don Henley's 1984 album Building The Perfect Beast includes the hit All She Wants To Do Is Dance.  The thumbnail mentions Henley, backing vocalist Martha Davis, and keyboardists David Paich and Steve Porcaro (both of Toto).  The song was written, however, not by any of the above, but by guitarist Danny Kortchmar.  According to the link, Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac) also plays guitar, Paich plays synthesizer, and Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) does both.  Davis and three others contribute backing vocals.

When Yes reformed in 1982, they brought back original members Jon Anderson (lead vocals) and Tony Kaye (keyboards).  Like most of the music on their next album 90125, Hold On was based on ideas from then-new guitarist Trevor Rabin.  Even so, most of the vocals are a two-part harmony between Anderson and bassist Chris Squire.  And of course, Alan White plays drums.

In 1985, Queen released the single One Vision, which was included on the soundtrack of the movie Iron Eagle, and on their 1986 album A Kind Of Magic.  In a break from their tradition, all four members of the band contributed to writing the song, with drummer Roger Taylor providing the lyrics, except for a culinary request by singer Freddie Mercury at the very end.  The video mostly shows the band in the recording studio.

And so, this post likewise reaches its conclusion.

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