Rainbow - Rising

 Rising also known as Rainbow Rising is the second studio album from Rainbow, it was ranked number 48 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time" in 2017.

Commercially the albums best chart position was in the UK where it peaked at number 11. In Canada it reached number 17 on the RPM100, number 23 in Sweden, number 36 in New Zealand, number 38 in Germany and 48 in the US. In 2011 it charted at number 67 in Japan.

It was recorded in Munich, Germany in less than a month and was produced by Martin Birch who has produced for a number of high profile bands like Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.

For those of you who love vinyl the original release was a gatefold sleeve, containing a photo of the band inside with a generic Polydor inner sleeve.

According to the online music database Allmusic, Rising captured "Blackmore and Dio at the peak of their creative powers...(it) chronicled both the guitarist's neo-classical metal compositions at their most ambitious, and the singer's growing fixation with fantasy lyrical themes – a blueprint he would adopt for his entire career thereafter."


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Do you know Long Tall Sally?

A year that seen Bob Dylan's hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, première at New York's Academy of Music. The film included footage from Dylan's 1966 UK tour.

Also, the 13th Grammy Awards, honoring musical accomplishments of the previous year, were presented. The ceremonies were broadcast on live television for the first time.

Bands and groups that split this year included the English rock band Free, bands and groups that established this year included American hard rockers the New York Dolls and New Zealand rockers Split Enz.

Now let's look at some tracks;

SONG 1 - Cactcus - Long Tall Sally

A cover of the 1956 song by Little Richard Cactus joins a long list of impressive artists to have covered the song including Elvis who recorded it twice, Eddie Cochran, The Kinks, the Beatles and the Scorpions to name just a few.

The Cactus version appeared on their second album One Way …. Or Another, the album had eight tracks in all 6 of which were written by the band and two which were covers, Long Tall Sally and also I Feel So Bad by Chuck Willis a blues musician who released his version in 1954 when it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart. This track was also released by Elvis in 1961.


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SONG 2 - Scott English - Brandy

The song reached number 12 in the UK for English, it was also released in the US but only reached the lower portion of the Hot 100.

The suggestion that Scott English wrote the song about a favorite dog is apparently an urban legend. English has said that a reporter called him early one morning asking who "Brandy" was, and an irritated English made up the dog story to get the reporter off his back.

The song would be covered by Barry Manilow 3 years later but the name 'Brandy' was changed to 'Mandy' to avoid any confusion, it would hit the top spot in the US and hit number 11 in the UK. In 2003 Westlife would release their version of Mandy and it would top the UK charts.


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SONG 3 - Pink Floyd - Fearless

Fearless is the third track on the album Meddle by Pink Floyd.

This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.

Although it was not released as a single in the UK and never played live, it was released as the "B-side" of the single "One of These Days" 

In a review for the Meddle album, Jean-Charles Costa of Rolling Stone described Fearless as "a clever spoof" that "leads up to a classic crowd rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone."

A Classic Rock Review described Fearless as "the best overall song on the album and talks about meeting challenges in the face of adversity." They went on saying Fearless is "highlighted by Gilmour’s calm yet strong guitar strumming and the odd beat from drummer Nick Mason."


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SONG 4 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Nut Rocker

The single reached number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 92 on the U.S. Cashbox chart.

It was a favorite for the bands fans when performed live and appeared on the live album Pictures at an Exhibition recorded at Newcastle City Hall. The album peaked at number 3 in the U.K. and number 10 in the U.S.


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SONG 5 - Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore

The song, like some others by the group, makes references to The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Plant felt he needed another voice to tell the story, and for the recording of the song, folk singer Sandy Denny was invited to duet with Plant. Denny was a former member of British folk group Fairport Convention.

The track appeared on the untitled album commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV.

The album received overwhelming praise from critics. In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Lenny Kaye called it the band's "most consistently good" album yet and praised the diversity of the songs: "out of eight cuts, there isn't one that steps on another's toes, that tries to do too much all at once."


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SONG 6 - REO Speedwagon - 157 Riverside Avenue

157 Riverside Avenue is a song by REO Speedwagon from their first album, REO Speedwagon.

The song is a standard at the band's live performances, as it has been for many years. Where the original studio version clocked in at only 3:57 some live performances of the song have reached 13:37.

As well as 157 Riverside Avenue the band’s debut album also gave us other fan favorites, “Sophisticated Lady” and “Lay Me Down”.


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SONG 7 - Janis Joplin- Me and Bobby McGee

Joplin recorded the song for inclusion on her Pearl album only a few days before her death.

Kris Kristofferson had sung the song for her, and singer Bob Neuwirth taught it to her. Kristofferson didn’t know she’d recorded it until after her death.

The first time he heard her recording of it was the day after she died.

Joplin's version topped the charts to become her only number one single


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SONG 8 - Ten Years After - I'd Love to Change the World

Change the World by British blues rock band Ten Years After written by Alvin Lee (lead guitarist and singer of the band), it is the lead single from their album A Space in Time.

It is the band's only Top 40 hit, peaking at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and their most popular single.

The song discusses the confused state of the world, covering a wide variety of societal complaints, until it finally addresses the Vietnam War.


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SONG 9 - John Entwistle - My Size

My Size is the first track on Entwistle’s debut solo album Smash Your Head Against the Wall and contains the main riff from one of his popular compositions, "Boris the Spider".

Although released as a single it failed to chart.

When Entwistle was asked about the song, he said simply: "'My Size,' was just written in the studio, we wrote the chord progressions and then I went home and composed the tune and the words.”  In another interview Entwistle called "My Size" a sequel to his 1966 hit with The Who, "Boris the Spider".


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The last track for today is from Egg with A Visit to Newport Hospital.

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1971

Other notable things from this year were ...

Jim Morrison was found dead in a bath tub in Paris, France, aged 27. Alain Ronay would claim, years later, that he assisted Morrison's lover, Pamela Courson, in covering up the circumstances.

Also, Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance for the encore of The Band's New Year's Eve concert at the Academy of Music, joining the group for four songs including "Like a Rolling Stone".

SONG 10 - Egg - A Visit to Newport Hospital

A Visit to Newport Hospital tells the story of the Eggs origin and appeared on the album The Polite Force.

The album is often regarded as the band’s best work and displays an advance in compositional maturity which moves away from the lingering psychedelic-pop sensibilities of their debut album toward a more avant-garde instrumental approach.

The music is a fine example of early English progressive rock, bearing many similarities to Soft Machine.


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British Music Invasion of the 1960’s

The British Invasion was probably one of or possibly the most important areas in British music history.

There were so many influential bands that literally invaded America in the 1960’s and we are going to be looking some of them in this post.

The Beatles in many people’s eyes were the band that started it all and we will look at the very song that started the invasion.

Next we will look at Dusty Springfield who was hot on the heels of The Beatles with a truly iconic song which I challenge even the youngest of my readers to not recognize.

The Animals were known for their gritty bluesy sound and got their name because they were considered wild on stage.

The Kinks were from North London and had an unmistakable sound. It was rumored for many years that Jimmy Page played the guitar solo on the track I am going to check out.

I can’t talk about the British Invasion without mentioning the Rolling Stones. The Beatles were the clean boys and the Rolling Stones were regarded as edgy and even dangerous by the Americans.

The last band in this post is Billy J Kramer and the Dakota’s. Billy J Kramer had amazing teeth! Anyway the song was written by Lennon/McCartney.

SONG 1 - The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand - 1963

Marsha Albert a 14yr old fan introduced the first airplay of the record on American radio in 1963.

A quarter of a million copies were sold in 3 days - 10,000 every hour in New York.

The single held the number one spot on the American Billboard Chart for 7 weeks

It was knocked off the number one spot by She Loves You another Beatles song

The single sold close to 5 million copies in the U.S. alone


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SONG 2 - Dusty Springfield - I Only Want To Be With You - 1963

This was Dusty's first solo single

She was the second British Invasion artist to have a hit on the U.S. Billboard chart after the Beatles.

She has been described as "the finest white soul singer of her era."

The song has been covered and reworked many times over the years, the most recent was in 2011 by the Scots singer Amy Macdonald


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SONG 3 - The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - 1965

Suffering from too many line-up changes and bad management the band broke up in the late 60’s despite several hits.

Before breaking up they had had 10 top 20 hits in both the U.K. and U.S. charts.

The Animals made very little money and claimed mismanagement and theft from their manager Michael Jeffrey.


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SONG 4 - The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night - 1964

The rumor that Jimmy Page played the guitar solo was false and was actually played by Dave Davies.

The song has been covered by The Stranglers, Metallica and the Scorpions to name a few.

The Kinks are regarded as "one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion".

They have been the influence for bands like the Ramones, The Clash, The Jam, and Oasis.


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SONG 5 - . The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black - 1966

Bill Wyman claims the song was a group effort but it is credited to Jagger and Richards.

The Rolling Stones were the most successful of the British Invasion bands other than the Beatles.

The famous tongue logo was first used five years later in 1971.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the only two original members in the band.

They have released over 100 singles and over 2 dozen studio albums.


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SONG 6 - Billy J Kramer and the Dakota’s - Bad To Me - 1963 (U.K.) 1964 (US)

His real name was William Howard Ashton.

The name Kramer was chosen from a telephone directory and John Lennon suggested the addition of the "J' to add an edge to the name.

There was reasonable success with other songs for the band some written by Lennon /McCartney (of the Beatles).

Billy J. Kramer and the Dakota’s declined in popularity from 1965 due to competition with bands like The Who.

Kramer continued with a solo career working in cabaret and television.


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Sythpop songs that stay in your head

Every decade there are some songs that just stay in your head whether you like them or not. In this post we are going to look at some of these songs from the 80’s. 

All the bands in this list fall into the synthpop genre.

Most of the bands we are going to look at stretched the boundaries in many ways through lyrics, video and even the gender boundary.

SONG 1 - Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done To Deserve This?

I remember thinking how un-dynamic the Pet Shop Boys were, they didn’t move around the stage at all.

Released in 1987 this song reached number 2 in both the U.K. and the U.S.

Taken from the album ‘Actually’.

Dusty Springfield is the female vocalist.

The song helped put Springfield in the spotlight again and led to her releasing a new album in 1990.

The Pet Shop Boys formed in 1981 but didn’t release their first album ‘Please’ until 1986

All their albums have a single word title.

They continue to perform today.


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SONG 2 - Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Released in 1984 it reached number 3 in the U.K. and was a number 1 dance hit in the U.S.

Taken from the album ‘The Age of Consent’.

Formed in 1983 ‘Bronski Beat’ broke up in 1995 but Jimmy Somerville the vocalist left in 1985.

Jimmy Somerville went on to form ‘The Communards’ who were together for three years until 1988.

Jimmy Somerville continues to perform solo today.


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SONG 3 - Erasure - A Little Respect

Released in 1988.

The single reached number 4 in the U.K. and number 2 in the U.S. (Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs).

This is regarded as one of the bands signature tunes.

The song consist is heavily synthesized.

Erasure, were formed by Vince Clarke who had previously been in Depeche Mode and Yazoo.

Erasure, have been hugely successful having sold over 25 million albums.

Erasure, still perform today.


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SONG 4 - Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes

Released in 1984.

The second single from ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ it reached number 1 in the U.K. and number 43 in the U.S.

The song has relentless pounding bass line and guitar riff.

Their first three singles ‘Relax’, Two Tribes’ and ‘The Power of Love’ all reached number 1 in the U.K.

The band formed in 1980 and stayed together until 1987. They reformed in 2004 until 2007.

Holly Johnson the frontman for ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’ still performs today.


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SONG 5 - Japan - Quiet Life

Japan formed in 1974 and had commercial success in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The single ‘Quiet Life’ reached number 19 in the U.K. in 1981.

As the band, were becoming successful they were having creative differences and would eventually break up in 1982.

They would briefly reform from 1990 to 1991.

Japan are regarded as a major influence for Duran Duran.

David Sylvian the frontman for Japan still performs today.


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SONG 6 - Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now

Released in 1983.

This single reached number 4 in the U.K. and number 3 in the U.S.

Taken from their fifth album ‘Into the Gap’.

They had commercial success in the 1980’s and split in 1993.

As individuals each band member is still active to different degrees.


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Mellow tracks for relaxing

The songs in this posts are all about being mellow and relaxing. I have chosen seven tracks for this list so I hope you enjoy my choice.

SONG 1 - Fleetwood Mac- Don't Stop

Released in 1977.

A group I came to appreciate in later years they really need little introduction – amazing talent in every way. Probably one of the coolest bands on the planet.

"Don't Stop" was written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie.

Sung by Christine McVie and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, it was a single taken from the band's 1977 hit album, Rumours.

"Don't Stop" reflects Christine McVie's feelings after her separation from Fleetwood Mac's bass guitarist, John McVie, after eight years of marriage.

The song peaked at number 32 in the UK charts but didn’t chart in the US.

They were together from 1967–1995, they reformed in 1997 and continue to play today.


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SONG 2 - Mike + The Mechanics – The Living Years

Released in 1988.

Maybe not as cool now as I thought they were in the 80’s but a supergroup nonetheless.

Released in December 1988 in the UK and January 1989 in the US as the second single from their album, Living Years."

Peaking at number 2 in the UK and number 1 in the US, it was an international hit.

Mike + The Mechanics are an English rock/pop supergroup formed in 1985 as a side project of Mike Rutherford, one of the founding members of the band Genesis.

Their glory years were the late 80’s and early 90’s.

They eventually split in 2004 but reformed in 2010.

Their most recent album ‘The Road’ was released in 2011.


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SONG 3 - Cat Stevens - Peace Train

Released in 1971.
Like Fleetwood Mac I came to appreciate this guy much later (in my 30’s). Simply this is feel good music that you can listen to anytime.
Taken from his album Teaser and the Firecat.
The song climbed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of October 9, 1971, becoming Stevens' first US Top 10 hit.
1965–1980 he was known as Cat Stevens. From 1995–present he has been known as Yusuf Islam.
His most successful years were from 1970 to 1978.
His most recent album ‘Roadsinger’ was released in 2009 as Yusuf.

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SONG 4 - Prince – When Doves Cry

Released in 1984.

A man of unbelievable talent, he’s little but we can’t dispute that he has been a major character in the music business. Whether it be his name, his battle with major record companies or his recent court battles with fans over  

This was the lead single from his 1984 album Purple Rain.

It topped the charts for 5 weeks in the US and reached number 4 in the UK.

"Manic Monday" by the Bangles was written by Prince under the name ‘Christopher’.

He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career.

He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.


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SONG 5 - Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

Released in 1985.

Everything 80’s here, tracksuits, headbands and even computer graphics.

"Money for Nothing" was taken from their 1985 album Brothers in Arms.

It was one of Dire Straits' most successful singles, peaking at number one for three weeks in the United States, and in the band's native UK, the song peaked at number four.

The recording was notable for its controversial lyrics, groundbreaking music video and cameo appearance by Sting.

The video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release.

They were together from 1977–1988 but reformed in 1991–1995.


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SONG 6 - INXS – Need You Tonight

Released in 1987

I was and still am a huge fan of INXS. These guys were cool, the girls loved them, the guys wanted to be them.

"Need You Tonight" is the fourth song on INXS's 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worldwide.

It also achieved their highest charting position in the United Kingdom, where the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, however this peak was only reached after a re-release of the single in November 1988.

On its first run on the UK Charts in October 1987, it stalled at No. 58. While it would arguably become the band's signature song.

The untimely death of Michael Hutchence in 1997 put the band on hold for a year with no performances.

They made appearances with several guest singers including Jimmy Barnes, Terence Trent D'Arby, and Jon Stevens; Stevens formally joined the band for a tour and recording session in 2002. JD Fortune 2005-2011 and finally Ciaran Gribbin 2011-2012.

As of May 2013 INXS had sold close to 40 million records worldwide.


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SONG 7 - Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

Released in 1983.

I knew every word to this song and probably still do now. One of the best Synthpop New Wave bands on the 80’s.

Released as a single in early 1983, the title track of their album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), one of their biggest hits, and the song which provided the group with their breakthrough into commercial success.

Number 2 on the UK singles chart and number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

Stewart and Lennox went on to release a string of hit singles and albums before they split in 1990.

Eurythmics reformed in the late 1990s to record their ninth album, Peace, which was released in late 1999. They reunited again in 2005 to release the single "I've Got a Life", as part of a new Eurythmics compilation album, Ultimate Collection.

Eurythmics have sold an estimated 75 million records worldwide.


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One Night in Bangkok

Each post I choose a random year in a particular decade, now you could cheat and go directly to the end of the post to find out what year in music the post is about or you could try and guess as your reading.

You decide

So, what happened in my chosen year for this post?

American blues singer Willie Dixon sued Led Zeppelin over the song "Whole Lotta Love", on the grounds that it contained too many similarities to his own song "You Need Love". The lawsuit was settled out of court.

Also, this year after months of arguing, David Lee Roth left Van Halen to begin a solo career and Wham! became the first Western pop group to perform in China when they played a concert in Beijing's Workers Stadium during an historic 10-day visit.

Bands and groups that formed this year included Arcadia, The Christians, The Communards and Guns N’ Roses.

SONG - 1. Murray Head - One Night in Bangkok

From the concept album and subsequent musical Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. British actor and singer Murray Head raps the verses, while the chorus is sung by Anders Glenmark, a Swedish singer, songwriter and producer.

The release topped the charts in many countries, including South Africa, West Germany, Switzerland and Australia. It peaked at number 3 in both Canada and the United States and at number 12 in Head's native UK.


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SONG - 2. Bill Sharpe & Gary Numan - Change Your Mind

Written by Shakatak members Bill Sharpe and Roger Odell and featuring lead vocals by Gary Numan, it was released as a single in February and was a Top 20 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 17 in March.

All songs on the single are included on Bill Sharpe's solo album Famous People released the same year. The A-side Change Your Mind also appears on the Sharpe & Numan album Automatic, released in four years later.


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SONG - 3. Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better

Things Can Only Get Better was released as the first single from Howard Jones' album Dream Into Action, reaching #6 in the UK Singles Chart and number 5 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Curiously, the song also crossed over to the R&B charts in America, peaking at number 54.

A typically upbeat Jones composition, it was one of two songs from the album to feature all-female singing group Afrodiziak on backing vocals. 


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SONG - 4. Paul Hardcastle – 19

19 has a strong anti-war message, focusing on America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served.

The track was notable for early use of sampled and processed speech, in particular a synthesized stutter effect used on the words 'nineteen' and 'destruction'. It also includes various non-speech, re-dubbed sampling, such as crowd noise and a military bugle call.

19 had huge international success in the charts; it went to number 1 in the UK for five weeks and became the top-selling single in 13 countries in its year of release.


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SONG - 5. The Clash - This Is England

This Is England a song by the English punk rock band The Clash, released in September from their sixth, final, and critically maligned studio album Cut the Crap

Unlike the album, which continues to receive criticism and in some cases ridicule, "This Is England" is often praised. Joe Strummer the bands frontman described it as his "last great Clash song".

It peaked at number 24 in the UK.


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SONG - 6. Tina Turner - We Don’t Need Another Hero

On the heels of Turner's multiplatinum album Private Dancer, We Don’t Need Another Hero was released as a 7" single, an extended version was released as a 12" single and on the soundtrack album for the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the final instalment of the Mad Max films starring Mel Gibson.

Turner also starred in the film with Gibson.

The single peaked at number 3 in the UK and number 2 in the US.


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SONG - 7. Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme

Miami Vice Theme is a musical piece composed and performed by Jan Hammer as the theme to the television series Miami Vice. It was first presented as part of the television broadcast of the show in September before its release as a single.,

It peaked hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the last instrumental to top the Hot 100 until 2013, when "Harlem Shake" by Baauer reached number one.

It also peaked at number five in the UK and number four in Canada.


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SONG - 8. Freddie Mercury - I Was Born To Love You

Released as a single and on the Mr. Bad Guy album.

After Mercury's death, Queen re-worked this song for their album Made in Heaven in 1995, by having the other members play their instrumental parts over the original track, transforming the song from a disco song to a rock song. The Queen version from the Made in Heaven album also includes samples of Mercury's ad-lib vocals taken from "A Kind of Magic" and from "Living on My Own".

The original version by Mercury peaked at number 11 in the UK and number 76 in the US.


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SONG - 9. Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2

The second single from their debut album This Is Big Audio Dynamite. The song was the group's first Top 40 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 11. Additionally, it peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the US.

The song features prominent dialogue samples from the 1970 film Performance


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The last track for today is from Arcadia with Election Day.

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1985

Other notable things from this year were ...
Various artists, under the group name USA For Africa, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Tina Turner, Sheila E., Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Kim Carnes, Dionne Warwick, Waylon Jennings, Bob Geldof and Stevie Wonder, record the song "We Are the World", written by Jackson and Ritchie.

Later in the year Bob Geldof and Midge Ure from Ultravox would organise the now legendary Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium.

As I’ve already mentioned our last track in this post is from Arcadia with Election Day.

SONG - 10. Arcadia - Election Day

Election Day was the first single released by the Duran Duran offshoot band, Arcadia.

It hit the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at number 6 in the US and number 7 in the UK. Along with the Arcadia members, "Election Day" features Grace Jones on vocals and speech segments.

 


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