Monday, June 30, 2014
The band included Ray Coburn (keyboards and vocals), Dermot Gehan (lead guitar and vocals), Johnny Dee (lead vocals and guitar), Gary Lalonde (bass and vocals) and Dave Betts (drums).
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
here for my review of that 1983 release), the Violent Femmes (Gordon Gano, Brian Richie and Victor DeLorenzo) returned to the studio to record Hallowed Ground. Release thirty years ago this month, today we'll take a look at this record which charted at number 56 in Australia.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Assisting Oldfield on the record were Maggie Reilly and Barry Palmer on vocals, and producer Simon Phillips on Tama Drums.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Performing on the record were Iva Davies (guitar, vocals, oboe, synthesizer and drum programming), Robert Kreschmer (guitar and backing vocals), John Lloyd (drums and backing vocals), Guy Pratt (bass and backing vocals), Andy Qunta (keyboards), and Joe Camilleri (saxophone).
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Today (June 25th) marks the thirtieth anniversary of Purple Rain, the sixth studio album from Prince and the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. The record spent seventy-two weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, including twenty-four weeks at the number 1 spot.
Click here for my full album review.
For the many blog posts that include music by Prince, click here.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Today (June 23rd) marks the thirtieth anniversary of The Glamorous Life, the debut album from Sheila E. The 1984 release spent forty-six weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 28.
Click here for my full review.
For more albums featuring Sheila E., click here.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Welcome to another edition of Soundtrack Sunday.
This month marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of The Main Event. It started Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, and it was one of the top grossing films of 1979.
Click here for my full review of the soundtrack album, which spent eighteen weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 20.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Today (June 21st) marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of Mick Taylor, the self-titled solo debut album from the former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. The 1979 release spent five weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 119.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Tomorrow (June 15th) marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Unknown Pleasures, the debut album from the UK band Joy Division. The group consisted of Ian Curtis (lead vocals), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboard), Peter Hook (bass and vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums). This 1979 release went to number 82 in Australia, number 71 in the UK and number 1 in New Zealand.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The band included Hazel Payne (guitar and lead vocals), Janice Johnson (bass and lead vocals), Perry Kibble (keyboards) and Donald Johnson (drums).
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The roster of the band included Doug Fieger (guitar and lead vocals), Berton Averre (guitar), Bruce Gary (drums) and Prescott Niles (bass).
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
here for that review). They were turned into dance versions by John "Jellybean" Benitez and Francois Kevorkian, both prominent in the New York City club scene. It went to number 1 in the UK; here in the US it spent eleven weeks on the Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 115.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
The Cure's Robert Smith joined the band for this album, playing guitar and keyboards.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
In June of 1984, a comedy film about a group of parapsychologists-turned-ghost-hunters hit the big screen. Ghostbusters became a huge box office success and a part of pop culture history.
The film's soundtrack (which spent thirty-four weeks on the US Billboard Album chart and peaked at number 6) sported a big line-up that included Ray Parker Jr., the Bus Boys, Laura Branigan, the Thompson Twins, Air Supply and more.
Click here for my full review.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Click here for my full review of this 1984 classic.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
here for my review of The Waterboys), this 1984 release went to number 100 in the UK and number 40 in New Zealand.
Monday, June 2, 2014
This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Beat Street, the 1984 drama that centered on the New York City hip hop culture. It focused on the lives of breakdancing, DJing and graffiti artists. The cast included Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, and Saundra Santiago.
The film itself did not do well (it bought in about $16 million), but it did generate a soundtrack which spent twenty-one weeks on the US Billboard Album chart and peaked at number 14, and went to number 10 on the US Billboard R&B chart. The music was popular enough that a second volume would be released later that year.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
In June of 1984, a film hit the theatres that had dreams of being a big blockbuster but failed to gross enough to cover its original budget. The soundtrack of Streets of Fire, however, sported a big line up - from the Blasters to the Fixx, Jim Steinman to Dan Hartman, and so many. It spent twenty-one weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 32.
Click here for the full album review.