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The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex

The world needs more synthesized drums. At least that was the sentiment when Re-Flex released “The Politics of Dancing” in 1983. “The Politics of Dancing” is one of the definitive new wave songs of the early 1980s with its mix of mildly distorted guitars, British-accented vocals, soaring synthesizers and the distinctive Simmons Drum kit. Love the antiquated sound of synthesized drums. The Simmons SDS-V with its octagonal design became the go-to electronic drums for bands … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

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 »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock

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 »

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Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Many singer-songwriters end up as one-hit wonders. Why? Their success as songwriters for other artists often results in a record label “giving them a chance” with their own record. Van Stephenson is a perfect example of this phenomenon. After writing hits for country artists like Crystal Gayle and Kenny Rogers, HIVAU Records offered him the chance to do his own thing. A thing that sounds suspiciously like Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”) and Corey Hart (“Sunglasses at … Read entire article »

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The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band

The Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band

There are lots of novelty one-hit wonders. Songs like “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia, “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees and non-one-hit wonder “The Streak” by Ray Stevens and “Hocus Pocus” by Focus are just a few examples. You can add “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ‘N the Saddle Band to that list. It’s a tribute to the Three Stooges. It’s also a tribute to songwriters who are savvy enough to borrow a little interest from … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop