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Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Are you kidding me? “Gee Whiz” by Bernadette Peters is awful. Simply awful. Production-wise it’s a throwback to the 1950s with a 1970s sultry saxophone solo for about four bars in the middle section. Peters emotes and has the chops to hit all the right notes but somehow this song falls completely flat. It’s songs like these that make you both love and loathe Billboard pop music charts. “Gee Whiz” climbs all the way to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight – Silver Condor

You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight – Silver Condor

Here we have a completely forgotten one-hit wonder from 1980 that sports a tenuous link to a much better-remembered one-hit wonder from 1985 by Autograph. “You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight” really goes nowhere for a really long time. Or at least it feels like a long time as you listen to the song. The biggest problem for Silver Condor is that they sound like at least 100 other Los Angeles bands who garnered a little … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Radioactive – The Firm

Radioactive – The Firm

Author’s note: Though I never owned either of The Firm’s two LPs, I have heard them in their entirety. And like many Led Zeppelin and Bad Company fans, I had salivated at the prospect of Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers teaming up in The Firm! With that kind of talent, surely the music couldn’t be anything less than brilliant, right? Well… Supergroups always seem like a good idea at the time, but most end up being … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

Turn Up the Radio – Autograph

For much of the the 1970s, Los Angeles was known for softer pop-country-folk-rock hybrids such as the Eagles, The Carpenters, Bread, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac and others. But in 1978, a new heavy metal band from nearby Pasadena fired the first warning shot across the bow of LA-area mellow rock; Van Halen’s debut album, featuring Eddie Van Halen’s fiery guitar licks and David Lee Roth’s howls punctuated by a blistering mix by Ted Templeman, quickly turned … Read entire article »

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Call to Your Heart – Giuffria

Call to Your Heart – Giuffria

Before there was Giuffria and their one hit, “Call to Your Heart,” there was Angel–anybody remember those guys? Signed to Casablanca Records, Angel’s early albums sounded like a cross between Deep Purple and Yes, but when those more progressive albums didn’t sell, by 1977, they changed their sound to a poppy, “lite metal” vibe that was about ten years ahead of its time. If Angel isn’t where Bon Jovi got half their sonic ideas, it should’ve … Read entire article »

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We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister had slogged the clubs in and around New York City for years in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until they shifted operations across the Atlantic that they secured a record deal. Their debut LP Under the Blade was initally released only in Europe (a remixed version showed up in this country after Stay Hungry became a big seller). Looking like a (New York D)olled-up version of Motley Crue, the flamboyant Twisted Sister with their … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock