U2 is such an awesome group, don’t you think? My ultimate U2 favorite, is a song they recorded in 1987 called “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” This song not only hit #1, it stayed there for 2 weeks. This is such a beautiful song, yet kind of cryptic. I interpret the song as saying, he tried to find his love in other people he has dated, but nothing compared to having the real thing, which was her. I heard Cher sing this song in one of her live farewell performances here. I loved the way she sang this, her voice is truly suited for this song in my opinion.
I’m not sure what genre this song falls under, but I guess it sounds more logical to put it in Hip Hop. Unfortunately I’m not really fan of this kind of hip hop. However, I wanted to post something about this song, because of the artist’s genius way of not only calling attention to a serious issue, but offering a resource in the title. I gotta give props to an rap artist named Logic. He did a collaboration with, Alessia Cara, and Khalid. The song sounds like it’s geared towards younger teens and suicide. When I first saw this song suggested, I said to myself, this artist is shamefully advertising his personal music store, or whatever. It’s a good thing I actually listened to the song, because they actually talked about a very serious subject. Thoughts of feeling alone and suicide. The name of the song 1-800-273-8255, is a brilliant way to get young people to call and get help. We can’t ignore any longer that hip hop does influence the young, a lot….. Kudos to Logic and everyone else that came together to help produce this.
Does any of my readers remember David Soul? If not, you may remember him as Hutch, from the hit 70s cop show “Starsky & Hutch.” You may also remember him for some other hit films such as “Salem’s Lot (1979),” and Clint Eastwood’s “Magnum Force (1973).” When he was young, I thought he was a very handsome and talented actor. But, did you know David had a very short singing career? As far as I can remember, he only had one hit song to his career. The song was called “Don’t Give Up On Us,” released under Private Stock Records. The song shot up to #1, and stayed on the charts for about 19 weeks. Now, I have to be honest, he was probably a better actor than a singer. He had an average voice. However, the song itself was such a sweet, warm, and romantic song; and I feel the song suited his voice perfectly. That combination was what made both him and the song a hit. This song remains my one and only favorite from David Soul.
Hansel Enrique Martinez and Raul Alfonso were both born in Cuba. They grew up with music in their blood. In 1976, both Hansel and Raul eventually came together and formed the group known as Charanga ’76. I happen to own an original 12-inch of one of their biggest hits of their career (in my opinion). It’s called “Music Trance,” released in 1979, distributed by Pimienta Records. This for sure, was a badass disco song!! The brass instruments were badass, everything about this song was hot back in the day (and still is). Definitely a lost treasure that young kids don’t know sh*t about today. What I love about this dance song, it’s one of the very few songs I’ve heard that has a strong American disco element, and yet the group still managed blend the core essence of Cuba in the song. There are also some other hits on this “Greatest Hits” album I vaguely remember, such as “Soy,” “Kuku-Cha Ku-Cha,” and “Wanda.” For those of you parents that care about culture, I highly recommend introducing this group to your kids. They’ve made a lot of great music back in the day.
Alright guys, be honest….. How many of you thought Karen Young was Black when you first heard her voice? I know I did!! I think Karen Young was like a soulful version of Teena Marie! LOLOL I really can’t think of any other comparison right now. I used to rock the sh*t out of this song! And I don’t mean the little 45rpm either. This song was jumping from beginning to end, I don’t know how many remixed versions of this song exist, but I know it’s a LOT. The song “Hot Shot” hit #1 on the dance charts in 1978, and she had become a living icon of the disco era ever since. I personally remember playing this on just about ever birthday party we had. Unfortunately, Hot Shot was Karen’s one and only big hit of her career. She later on died about the age of 39-40, due to what was thought to be severe complications from an ulcer.
If I’m not mistaken, “Rufusized” was the first album I purchased with Chaka Khan. There was only one song on this album I remembered being a hit. That was “Once You Get Started,” which reached #10 on the Hot 100 Charts. This funk dance song starts off with trumpets in the background, then you hear Chaka start off belting some serious high notes. When you hear this song for the first time, she’s letting you know you’re going to dance to this song! I can’t say this was a favorite album of mine, however, the single I believe was worth having. The song was written by Gavin Christopher, and I think they couldn’t have picked a better person than Chaka to carry this song.
Ahhhhh! I just had to post this one today. The group DeBarge has made major contributions to R&B & pop music. The group consisted of all siblings, lead singer El, James, Randy, Bunny, Marty, Chico, & Bobby (who died). El had a beautiful and distinctive falsetto. Not sure how many DeBarge fans know this, but before there was a DeBarge, two DeBarge siblings were in a group called Switch. There sound was so much I like, I always used to mistake their music for DeBarge. How sad that I haven’t heard anyone (not even radio) play any of DeBarge music since the past 20 years. If there was ever a group I wanted to comeback all alive and well, it would be DeBarge. The songs “I Like It,” and “All This Love,” released on their 1982 album called “All This Love,” has got to be my two all time DeBarge favorites. BTW, I still remember their amazing Motown25 performance in 1983.
You know, I never considered myself to be a huge rock fan. In fact, when I did listen to rock, I gravitated more towards soft rock. However “Smoke On The Water” released by Deep Purple, was one of the few heavy rock songs I thought was badass back in the day. Now, Deep Purple does mostly a lot of hard rock and heavy metal music, so this wouldn’t be the group you’d normally catch me listening too. “Smoke On The Water” was almost like listening to both Kiss and Led Zeppelin as one. There’s both a rock and somewhat disco element to the song that somehow worked for me! It peaked at #4 on the Top 100 Charts. Deep Purple is from England, and as far as I can tell they’re still performing. The band has gone through many incarnations, and now exist with entirely new faces compared to 40 years ago.