Now THIS!!! I haven’t heard in a really, really, really long time. This was one of my favorite songs from the Jacksons, and it is rare indeed. This is why I love streaming so much. Could you imagine if we didn’t have streaming on the net? Could you imagine just how time consuming, and financially straining it would be to find just one of your classics? Then again, you have to have people old enough to remember these, to make it available on the net. Anyway, this was a hard song to categorize, because technically, back in the day, we would have categorized it as disco. However, as we have evolved musically, I felt it was probably best to put it in R&B. The song is called “Show You The Way To Go,” and it was released in 1976. It’s a smooth/soft, romantic type of disco song, soft enough to be considered R&B.
Did you know that the legendary Tina Turner was also an actress? Yes, the Black queen of rock ‘n’ roll was an actress for a very short time. Do you remember the second “Mad Max” series starring Mel Gibson called “Beyond Thunderdome” released in 1985? Well, the legendary Tina had a small part in this movie. She played a character named Aunty Entity, and the little she did, she was fierce, down to her clothing. I was impressed because I never pictured Tina as an actress. One thing’s for sure, she definitely looked the part.
Tina sang the movie’s theme song called “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),” which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 Charts. It stayed on the charts for about 18 weeks. This is my favorite song from the soundtrack. Even if you’ve never seen the movie before, once you hear the song, you’re instantly reminded of the movie. Even in the movie trailer Tina had such an amazing presence.
I absolutely love Billy Ocean’s music. These days, I wonder exactly how many people even remember him. Billy Ocean is one of the very few Caribbean musicians, where it seems all of his music was intentionally customized and marketed to the American audience. Now, I spoke about this before, very few artist from the Caribbean (in my opinion) can musically cross over to American genres and sound good (that is if the band isn’t naturally drawn to that said genre). Just in case… Please don’t confuse my statement to mean the same as “reinterpretations, or redo’s,” those are not the same. Reinterpreting an American song, is not the same when a producer tries to change your natural inclination for YOUR own music. However, I feel Billy Ocean is one of the very few exceptions to that rule. Not only does the music that was produced worked for him, he has the perfect voice to go along with it. With hits like “Suddenly,” which happens to be one of my very favorite ballads from Mr. Ocean, hit #4 on the Hot 100 Charts. Beautifully sung.
If I am correct, Mr Ocean is now 68 years old. Remembering when I first heard his music from his self titled album “Billy Ocean (1976),” I am stunned as to how different he looks now. I guess maybe because he really hasn’t had a huge hit since around the end of 1980s, I only remembered him as far as his last hit. I believe Billy’s last huge hit was in 1988, with a song called “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car.” “Get Outta My…..” was number one in the U.S., and it stayed number one for 2 consecutive weeks. The song continued to stay relevant on the charts for about 20 more weeks.
You know, I don’t listen to music in French (other than an old disco song Grace Jones sang back in the day); however, this song caught my ear’s attention. The above is Édith Piaf, she was born on the year 1915, and grew up to be a famous French singer & cabaret performer. In 1960, she released a song called “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.” It means “No, I Don’t Regret Anything.” All I can think of when I first heard it was, damn she rolled the shit out of her tongue. LOLOL. She sang that song like she meant business; she really didn’t regret nothing!!! Honestly, it’s a beautiful medley, so much so that I feel if you truly appreciate music culture, most people would enjoy listening to this piece (whether we speak french or not). You may also remember Édith from the DOVE chocolate commercials that seemed to have run every our on some TV channels. Thanks DOVE, the song is forever stuck in my freak’n’ head now. LOLOL She also sings an English version as well. Édith died early in her career at the age of 47.
Boney M. was formed in the early 70s, based out of Germany. They were a popular disco and dance group. From what I’ve read they’ve had a number of number one hits under their belt. However, I guess because they were based out in Germany, I’m having trouble finding the stats I want. My favorite song produced by them was released in 1976, and the song was called “Sunny.” I know this song was their second #1, but I don’t know how long it was on the charts. I’m going to make an assumption that it was number one in Germany (don’t quote me). This song truly represented the spirit of just one of the many disco styles we had from back in the day. This song was actually a cover to Bobby Hebb‘s original “Sunny.”
Do you guys remember a group called Yes? Yes is an English band that does mostly rock music. They formed in the very late sixties in London. Now, when it comes to music from the UK I can be very picky (actually I’m picky with most music); They’ve had many hits, but I don’t really dig their music to be honest. However, there was one song that became a major hit that I love. It’s called “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.” The song was released in 1983, and stayed number one for two weeks! It lasted on the charts for about 23-24 weeks, so, the song was really huge. The style of this particular song reminds me very much the kinds of music you would hear Sting/The Police produce. Once you hear this song I know you’ll remember!
Well, if you hate this group, like it or not, this became the hottest hit on the mid 80s dance charts. The band that called themselves “Dominatrix,” released their one and only hit single called “Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight.” This song came at the right time, as freestyle music literally dominated the club world in the 1980s. When I first heard this song, I was like “WTF is this?” It was so different, I really didn’t know what to make of it. I think part of what through me off was that, this was an American band, but when you listen to the song, they sound very much European. The video is even weirder; I remembered first watching it during the start of MTV. The song climbed up to #2 and stayed relevant for about 18 weeks or so. It was said that the video caused a lot of controversy, however, I don’t think the band pushed any more buttons than Madonna did during her prime.
You know, to be honest, I’m not sure if this group had other notable hits. But, as far as I’m concerned, this was the only song I liked from the group. “You’re Too Late,” was released in 1980, and peaked at #1 on the U.S. Dance Charts, and #28 on the R&B/Hip Hop Charts. As far as I can tell, this was their one and only major hit Now, personally speaking, it’s not that I think the band was horrible; their music was pretty decent; its just that it wasn’t enough for me to spend money on their albums. Much of their music contained a pop and funk style to them. It’s hard for me to place their kind of music, because when I listen to the groups albums spanning 10 years, their kind all over the place. This is a band you definitely have to have an acquired taste for.