It's hard for many of the friends I associated myself with in the 70s to understand, just how my musical tastes could evolve into a profound appreciation for 80s music. I began my love of rock and roll music like many of my cohorts did; it was in the 60s, watching a TV sitcom with four actors playing a rock band called The Monkees. As silly and innocent as it was, it was that show that instinctively and naturally led me to other rock artists, who took me further down a certain path that I still walk today.
A path is a natural and physical continuation . This means it has a beginning and has and end. It is one path, but has different points along it that join and fuse it into the entity, as a whole. And so it goes, music in the 80s (for me) became a new part of that very same path; one that always had a connection with the earlier portions, but in many ways was very different and unique.
Living in a university town, during this time period, helped keep my appetite, for new and innovating things, wet. And while not all of the innovations were palatable, there was a certain nuance about it that motivated many artists, whose music filled the air on radios, stereos, and night clubs. When I hear their songs today, they take me back to a period of time when I was a young man, energetic and vibrant. They help me to remember the earlier portions of this path, so that I may see the journey in a clearer light.
This weekend, PYY features a few of those songs that remind me of a day when Solid Gold was a popular fixture on Saturday night, and widely listened to as a prelude to a night out on the town.
First up is a tune that always reminds me of Saturday nights in the 80s, it was one that featured a crisp modern musical sound, with lyrics that were inviting and passionate. Here is the Grammy-winning Laura Branigan and her song that peaked at #4 on the US charts back in 1984, Self-Control:
Another song that received it's share of airplay, on both the airwaves and in the clubs on Saturday nights, was this next one by Hall and Oates (who had a string of hits in the 80s). It was a theme song for anyone that had ever had to dump a girlfriend, boyfriend, or date who was into head games, something I didn't tolerate for very long at all. Painful as it could be at times, I wasn't one to subject myself to long-term pain and frustration and always would opt for surgery before a bandaid, if I thought it was in my best interests. This is the extended club version of their final #1 US hit, Out Of Touch:
Once the head cleared, the real healing could begin. Usually this occurred by the next Saturday night with a new date, a new dream, and a new cycle beginning. This song illustrates this very concept and does it quite well. Here is one of the quintessential divas whose career has spanned several decades and her 1985 hit, New Attitude:
Once the lure and seduction becomes old, there is a reality that sets in. Topping this session off is an introspective song that questions direction and vision. It is about disillusionment caused by poor choices and the redemption that comes from accepting the responsibility and rectifying the situation. Here is the 1985 hit from Tears For Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World:
If you have heard these songs before or not, think about the path we are all on. These songs describe a deeper image and meaning than just listening to Solid Gold, while getting ready to chase around on Saturday night. They have deeper image and meaning than just some silly game played out in a night club, while the band plays or the DJ spins the records. See if you can read and understand the more intrinsic messages they give out, as we travel our individual paths as well as, the collective paths we all travel.