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Frontiers – Journey

Radio-friendly, corporate rock icon, Journey, was riding atop a tidal wave of popularity off the back of their most successful album (Escape… or E5C4P3, if you prefer), finding themselves a legion of new fans, all of whom were waiting to hear what was in store for their follow-up. That follow-up, their eighth studio album, would be … Continue reading

Break’s Over – Time to Listen to Some Vinyl (plus a mini-review of Bachelor Party OST)

Lying sad and dormant, “The Vinyl Listening Project” is just another blog that briefly exhibited signs of life before just abruptly dying in the internet’s dank gutters. The last bit of activity I could see on my dashboard was from September of 2011: a post covering my thorough listening of Journey’s Frontiers. Only two sentences were … Continue reading

Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam and the Ants

Ah, good ole Adam Ant – the Prince of New Romanticism. His records got me through some of grunge’s more overbearing periods in the mid-90’s when I needed a break from the distortion and angst. Kings of the Wild Frontier, released in 1980, was the second and penultimate album by the UK New Wave/Post Punk … Continue reading

“Emotional Rescue” (Single) – The Rolling Stones

In 1980, after two years of recording, The Rollings Stones put out their 15th (or 17th in the US) album, Emotional Rescue. Released alongside it was the single version of the title track. Although a solid song, it would prove to be polarizing. While some fans embraced it, others were not happy with the change … Continue reading

Kurtis Blow (Self-Titled)

Today’s pick brings me back to the dawn of rap with none other than one of its original pioneers, Kurtis Blow. His 1980 self-titled debut was a landmark record not only for the fact that most rap acts at the time typically only released singles, but also it was one of the earliest rap acts … Continue reading

“Sex as a Weapon” (Single) – Pat Benatar

I think I’m going to start designating Saturday as an unofficial ‘single day’. It’s so much easier to do a  two-song quickie instead of sitting inside with an entire album while everyone is outside playing. You know, rolling hoops with sticks, dancing around the Maypole, painting fences, etc. So here’s Pat Benatar with her 1985 … Continue reading

Fantastic – Wham!

My random number generating friend was being a little naughty. It kept giving me two bands on which I have temporary moratorium due to having covered them too recently (Rush and XTC). The generator got a little annoyed with my constant requests for a new number and decided to punish me with Wham’s! 1983 debut … Continue reading

Panorama – The Cars

Panorama, released in 1980, was the Cars third album. Going for a more “experimental” sound, the album met with some mixed reviews but nonetheless sold quite well. Personally, it wouldn’t be the Cars album I would start with. But it’s what I was assigned. So off we go… With this album, the Cars definitely did … Continue reading

“We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” (Single) – Jermaine Stewart

For today, I decided to break out the boxes of 45’s and see what I would come up with. The random-choosing process was a bit less scientific, and I rejected the first single I picked (it was a Christmas song). Eventually, I ended up with Jermaine Stewart’s 80’s dance hit, “We Don’t Have to Take … Continue reading

Singles 45’s and Under – Squeeze

Maybe I was a little too hard on Pac-Man Fever. I know I found it irritating to listen to, but maybe someone out there enjoys it. Maybe that same person will be bored to tears by my latest pick, Singles – 45’s and Under, a compilation of Squeeze’s early singles. But I don’t see why … Continue reading

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