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Thursday, May 25, 2017

BILLY SQUIRE'S - THE STROKE

NO, BILLY SQUIRE DID NOT HAVE A STROKE!



Billy Squire's (real name William Haislip Squier - quite the handle) '81 hit - THE STROKE - has some very suggestive lyrics. But, is that what Billy really meant when he wrote it?










Comb the lyrics with the bang-bang tempo of the song and it makes a great a good stripper song. It was used this way by Will Ferrel in Blades of Glory by his sex-symbol macho figure skater character.










But, according to Billy, the interpretation of the song as 'racy' is wrong. It is actually about how the record companies behave - they seduce artists, pay attention to them, stroke their ego etc...as long as records are flying off shelves and concerts are selling out and these mean old record companies are getting their share of the money.

Well, I admit, I was fooled. I never made the connection between stroke and the relationship between record companies and their artists. Good on Billy!












Apparently the label did not even want The Stroke on Billy's hit album - see what record execs really know!?


I know lots of other artists have the same view and express it through song. Smashing Pumpkins did this with their song Cherub Rock from their smash hit album Siamese Dream. To top it off, they put this song as track number one on the album. Were they trying to send a message?



Sunday, May 21, 2017

I'M STILL STANDING - ELTON JOHN HAS NEW LIFE WITH SING!

I STOOD UP WHEN I HEARD THIS SONG BLARING FROM MY KID'S TABLET!




That early 80s hit I'm Still Standing by Sir Elton is hip with the kids again. The song is a highlight of the new movie SING, with a leather clad gorilla banging it out on a piano.



The circle has come around for me, as a parent. Hearing 'YOUR' music coming from their ghetto blaster, er, tablet/MP3 player thingy...you know you are old!

Elton John is still standing today

I guess milk keeps your bones strong so you can keep standing
 
 
 
Elton still standing - even as a Siamese twin!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

THE CARS - MY CAR BAND

THE CARS

 

 
 
The Cars are the band we used to listen to in the car - no pun intended. I remember the pile of tapes, I remember looking at the covers, I remember thinking what a great band name "The Cars"...and wondering what inspired the name? Boy, was I a stupid kid sometimes?
 
Get Your Copy!

 
We used to listen to the cassettes so often that I sometimes hear "Drive" or "Best Friend's Girl" on the radio and when it ends am expecting another Cars song to come on...just so used to hearing the same tracks in the 'right' order.
 
Get the BEST OF CD

 
To me, they really did great cover art. Those album covers are what remind me of the 80's...I know some of them came out in the 70s, but, I remember listening to them in the 80s, staring at the small cassette covers for hours while driving around, and just taking in the trebley guitar, the 80s sounding synthesizer, and the harmonious choruses. Aaah, new wave 80s music at it's finest.
 
Heartbeat City - A rare CD

You can still get it on Vinyl
 
I saw CANDY-O on display in a music store window the other day...in VINYL! Vinyl is back - get in on Amazon - and the cover art is much better in LP size than cassette size, I'll tell you that. I never really noticed all the covers have cars in there somewhere - remember I was a stupid kid.
 
Ok, not all of the covers had cars...some of the singles didn't.
 
Hey, where is the car in this cover?

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

80s MUSIC MEMES AND MORE - LAUGHFEST

I'M LAUGHING IN MY PANTS HERE



I had this moment the other day, but, in reverse. The 'Classic Rock' station was playing Green Day and Pearl Jam. Since when did those grungy pants bands become lumped in with late 70s soft rock like Fleetwood mac? I almost stopped the car, found a phone booth, and called the station to complain. But, then I realized there are no phone booths around anymore since everyone has a cell phone - except me.



Exactly. If you are not a fan of all 80s music (excluding Michael Bolton) then raise the bar a bit buddy! 



This drink sounds pretty generic - and probably tastes pretty bad too - but it does have a rockin' name! Let's drink to that ok?



I think I might save this quote for my gravestone. Either that or, "You're just not a pretty face".




Ever wonder if signs like this are real, legit, for realzies? First off, why would anyone wear their sunglasses at night unless they are a drug dealer. Second, what harm does it cause, other than drive by gang shooting mix ups (implying there are gangs that can be identified by sunglasses). Third, what if the sunglasses are prescription and you forgot your regular glasses at home and you just WANT TO SEE AT NIGHT?! Corey Hart had a good point, so take that you sign making civic minded bureaucratic over protectivizing metal wasting sign-pusher!

While wearing only sunglasses and a smile!

You know what else I sometimes wonder...are Tears for Fears photos real? I think some of them ended up on that awkward family photo website. Just take a look...







And, while you are pouring the sugar on me, could you get me a banana-rama?


Now that is what I call a banana-rama. Poor cashier, probably too young and unhip to really get the humour in this? I bet that job was one Cruel Summer (job).



What I love about the Jeopardy song by Greg Kihn Band, was, first this single album cover of a man getting zapped in the groin by a lighting bolt. It's like American's Funniest home videos gone bad.
But, I loved that this song inspired Weird Al Yankovic to write I Lost On Jeopardy...and, yes, I'll admit that I memorized the words to Weird Al and I didn't to Greg K Band.




Now, for some fashion advise...



I know what Joan Jett would do - not wear beige.



Then she wouldn't wear beige would she Keanu!?
That statement seems to be true. Joan Jett looks good in black leather and red. I think she might have been on to something in general. I think most people don't look good in beige, unless they are Michael Bolton fans....just kidding, kind of.


Thanks Bolton fans!
The other day I was thinking about walkmans. Actually, I ran across this old ad. Which I think is hilarious that with every cassette player purchase you were given a free U2 cassette.
I got to wondering if you can still buy brand new 'walkman's...

And, you can buy new walkmans. They are still cheap too. Here is link to the one pictured below. 

You can still buy walkmans!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

VAN HALEN - JUMP

VAN HALEN'S 1984 HIT - JUMP


Might as well JUMP!

I remember sitting it our 80s Ford Mustang, me pushing rewind on the cassette b/c I wanted to hear JUMP again...and again...and again...I must have driven my Dad nuts.

1984 was a good year for VH

I think I liked that it was catchier than all the other Van Halen songs - more poppy, with the repetition of 'Jump' and the keyboard/synthesizer in front (as opposed to squealin' guitar licks).
I guess a lot of people felt the same as me, because JUMP was Van Halen's biggest hit - their only #1.

 
 


And, boy could Eddie jump!

 
Eddie jump over your friend

Eddie Van Halen JUMPS
 
Go ahead JUMP

Rumour has it David Lee Roth came up with the lyrics after seeing a suicide jumper on the news and thinking there is always one person in the crowd saying 'go ahead and jump'. Wow, that is morbid!
Other, more positive people, think the song is about love. Like, go ahead and jump right into love...ya, right.

David Lee Roth can really JUMP too!


Jump David Jump!

Well known fact is that Jump caused a lot of tension in the band. It was drastically different than the music they typically played - and Roth really didn't want to change. This song was the turning point in the band and, apparently, lead to Roth's leaving. 

Eddie Van Halen left alone without David