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Friday, June 16, 2017

FRIDAY MEME | 80S MUSIC | DURAN DURAN



I felt the same way when I actually thought about it.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

INTERNET RADIO WINS!!!

Internet radio has it's benefits


After years of listening to both internet radio and conventional airwave radio I can say, as a quasi expert, that internet radio wins. Why is internet radio better?







Less Talk More Music - You hear this claim all the time, that our radio station has less talk and plays more music? Wrong. DJ feel they need to earn their keep by filling time with their chatter. It's not always bad, but, if you are truly looking for more music and less talk than internet radio stations win, hands down, again!
Less Advertising - Conventional radio broadcasts waves of FM or AM through a big old antenna. This takes a lot of power - which costs money. Internet radio streams through the internet - which is a fraction of the cost. Less cost, less advertising needed.





A positive side effect of this cost difference is that smaller stations can be set up, stations with small audiences, stations like 80sthrowbackparty, that cater to niche music audiences. As a listener you can find an internet station that will cater to your music tastes are, no matter how obscure they are.
Internet radio allows you to personalize your listening experience. You are not just one of thousands, but, one of a few. Your requests carry more weight with your favourite internet station what they would with the local CJOK or WKRP.


Heard 'round the world by 35 people!



Internet stations are like local businesses - they are run with the heart, soul, and passion of one person. Support them and make someone's life that much better!


Spread the word to your fellow 80s music lovers and help keep the music playing on 80s Throwback Party - www.radionomy.com/80sthrowbackparty


Thanks.


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?