Archive for the '1980s' Category

Milli Vanilli-esque?: The Poppyfields’ Alarm’s “45 RPM” hoax (2004)

Posted by pharland on December 19th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alarm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZPm2S5tCdw A while back I posted on the Alarm as part of my ongoing series on bands of the 1980s. A friend of mine, Tony, commented that he remembered a recent incident involving a Milli-Vanilli-like “scam” of sorts in connection with a come-back of the Alarm. Now another reader (Jeff Fulton) of that post has [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Call (Michael Been)

Posted by pharland on December 4th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alternative / Experimental, Band, The, Call, The

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HM0b_M-ToU The first time I heard the band The Call, it was a tape of Modern Romans (1983) that my friend Sue lent to me. The tune you are listening to now, if you pressed play above, is “The walls came down” from that second album (and, yes, that is Garth Hudson, seated, on keyboards). [...]

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U2 collaborations: Robbie Robertson’s “Sweet Fire of Love” (1987)

Posted by pharland on November 21st, 2007 filed in 1980s, Band, The, Dylan, Bob, Lanois, Daniel, U2

Robbie Robertson’s debut solo album of 1987 is significant for several reasons, including his team-up with U2.First of all, the album reflects Robbie Robertson’s first substantial musical contribution since the dissolution of The Band, whose final performance of 1976 was captured in Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. Over ten years had passed, and this length of [...]

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U2′s Bono on the new song “Wave of Sorrow” (Joshua Tree remastered)

Posted by pharland on November 14th, 2007 filed in 1980s, U2

The release of the remastered edition of Joshua Tree (original 1987) is coming up in a few days and the 2 or 3 disc editions (“deluxe” and “superdeluxe”) include the original B-sides, along with a few previously unreleased songs. One of these songs is “Wave of Sorrow” which, as Bono explains, is based on Bono [...]

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The story behind a song: Haunted by “The Rhythm of the Heat” (Peter Gabriel and Carl Jung)

Posted by pharland on October 28th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Gabriel, Peter, Music and religion, Story behind a song, World music

Listen while you read: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-5KPdwUJC4 A 1982 live version of Rhythm of the Heat from YouTube By haunted, I don’t mean in the halloween sense, but in the sense of losing your self entirely to the spirits, of losing your very soul. One of the most haunting and experiential songs I know of is Peter [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Alarm

Posted by pharland on September 24th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alarm, Alternative / Experimental, Artists / Bands, U2

Listen as you read: “The Stand” (audio snippet from first self-titled ["Eponymous"] album, © 1983 IRS). One band that very few seem to remember (at least in North America), even if they were teenagers in the 1980s, is The Alarm (full discography). The Alarm was a contemporary of both U2 and Simple Minds, and there [...]

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From Pink Floyd’s mysteries to Led Zeppelin’s “Satanic” music

Posted by pharland on September 4th, 2007 filed in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Dylan, Bob, Johnson, Robert, Music and religion

There are a number of posts about music, religion, and culture on my academic blog that may be of interest to readers of this one: The times they are a changin’ endin’: Bob Dylan’s apocalypse Satanic conspiracies of the 1970s and 1980s (dealing with the supposed and real cases of back-masking) “Me and the Devil [...]

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Peter Gabriel sings in German – 3. Melt (ein deutsches album) (1980)

Posted by pharland on August 25th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Gabriel, Peter, Genesis, Honorary songs

Listen while you read: Biko (audio snippet) I was lucky enough to find one of Peter Gabriel‘s lesser known albums at the local record store in Waterloo (“Orange Monkey”). After leaving the then well-known Genesis to pursue his solo career in the mid 1970s, Gabriel went on to create a number of interesting and somewhat [...]

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