Label: Bar/None Records - CX 29015 • Format: Box Set Compilation CD Album, Reissue, Remastered CD Album, Reissue, Remastered CD Compilation DVD DVD-Video • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave
First 10 entries here span the Clash's polyglot punk, Prince's crossover funkadelica, Afro-bop from Talking Heads and Paul Simon and hymns of innocence and experience by U2 and Tracy Chapman.
The Fifties witnessed nothing less than the birth of the music. In comparison, the Eighties have been the decade of, among other things, synth pop, Michael Jackson, the compact disc, Sixties reunion tours, the Beastie Boys and a lot more heavy metal. The following survey of the best albums of the Eighties, as selected by the editors of Rolling Stoneshows that the music and the values it stands for have been richer for the struggle.
And rap transformed the face — and voice — of popular music. Best-of lists such as this one are by nature subjective. But rock in the Eighties was like that — lively, varied, contentious and, to some degree, inconclusive.
The next revolution may be just around the corner. This feature was originally published in the November 16, issue of Rolling Stone. One of the most fervent and forceful political statements to emerge from Eighties pop music, Sun City didn't achieve the sales or wide radio airplay of other "cause" records like We Are the World.
Nevertheless, the single and the accompanying album managed to achieve their primary goals: to draw attention to South Africa's racist policy of apartheid and to support a cultural boycott of the country. Our goal was to stop performers from going there, and to this day no major artists of any integrity have played Sun City.
Van Zandt, a former member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, was sitting in a Los Angeles movie theater Casino - Roldán - Tetrata for a film to start when he got the original inspiration for the project.
The theater's PA system was playing Peter Gabriel's "Biko," which eulogizes the murdered South African human-rights activist, and Van Zandt was captivated by the song's message. He started examining the apartheid situation and began to write an anthem about the entertainment resort called Sun City for his third solo album.
A Vegas-style recreation center with glamorous hotels, gambling casinos, showrooms and spas, Sun City is located in Bophuthatswana, one of South Africa's so-called "homeland" regions, where Zulus were relocated without their consent. In efforts to legitimize the area, Sun City has offered vast sums to entertainers to perform there. Although executives at the resort frequently try to downplay the realities of apartheid, the Sun City complex has become a symbol of the opulence that whites enjoy at the expense of the country's black natives.
Rethinking his initial approach to the project, Van Zandt decided to release the tune as a single for maximum effectiveness. Rather than performing the song himself, however, he considered using artists from various genres to sing one verse each, hoping to break down musical separatism in the United States as well -Sprache- - G*Park - 1983-1988+ apartheid in South Africa.
The embarrassment of riches evolved into different versions of "Sun City" for single release and an entire album of outtakes. My Melancholy Baby - Fats Waller - 1940-1941 had a part for him on the intro, just a few seconds, but he played for seven minutes.
There I was using five seconds on the song, and I thought, 'I can't leave six minutes of Miles on the floor! In addition to the jazz number and the "Sun City" single, Davis also appeared on several other of the album's tracks, including the galvanizing rap collage "Let Me See Your I.
Less than forty-eight hours before the album was to be mastered, Album, Bono made a surprise appearance at the studio where Van Zandt and coproducer Arthur Baker were working on the final mix. Bono brought tapes of a newly recorded number, "Silver and Gold"; too good to pass up, the song was tacked onto the completed album, although the title never made it onto the Simplicity - Fear Konstruktor - Fields Of Reed cover credits because the artwork was already finished.
Bono said his involvement in Sun City was humanistically rather than politically motivated. It doesn't matter what side you're on — this is common sense. For whatever reason, the single never became a radio hit. Some Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set it up to timid radio programmers who were afraid to broadcast the song's strong message.
Others believed it was due to the track's aggressive rap attack, which didn't fit neatly into the Top Forty format. Van Zandt is inclined to agree with the latter explanation. Fortunately, the lack of radio airplay didn't stop "Sun City" from reaching the public. Thanks to a spectacular video clip, directed by Godley and Creme, Jonathan Demme and Hart Perry, the antiapartheid message was allo allo - ボンジュール鈴木* - さよなら。また来世で (CD, Album, MP3, Album, Album) and seen around the world.
More a minidocumentary than a music video, the visually inventive clip featured all the performers on the anthem and also crosscut recent footage of South African unrest with scenes of the Sixties civil-rights struggle in America. Vigorously championed by MTV and other cable outlets, the video raised both consciousnesses and record sales. Several months later, Van Zandt, Baker and others involved with Sun City were able to donate more than a half million dollars to causes supporting the antiapartheid struggle.
Perhaps more important than the money earned, the album threw an effective political punch: Not only did it discourage musicians from playing the South African resort city, but it also helped spread the word about new sounds like rap.
A deranged painting of a snarling pit bull held back on a short leash adorns the cover of What Up, Dog? And it vindicated the struggling absurdist band from Detroit by proving it capable of commercial success. Formed by two cynical white songwriter-musicians and fronted by the black vocal duo of Sweet Pea Atkinson and Sir Harry Bowens, Was Not Was has always taken a smart, and occasionally smartass, approach. The band's first two albums had achieved critical raves but miserable sales.
Things became so dismal after its second album stiffed that the band came dangerously close to permanent not-was status. With the group in complete disarray, Weiss says he was doing "lamentable" home-video scores, while Fagenson produced "sexual deviants" like transvestite singer Marilyn. Bowen worked with the O'Jays, and Atkinson was "probably watching the soaps and pimping," Weiss says jokingly. After landing a new record deal in England, the band bounced back with What Up, Dog?
With so many deliciously wicked numbers, it might seem tough to pick a single highlight, but for Weiss the album's tour de farce is "Wedding Vows in Vegas," a track included on the CD version of What Up, Dog?
The song is a smoky, sardonic number crooned by cocktail-lounge icon Frank Sinatra Jr. After the late release of What Up, Dog? But however welcome success may have been, Weiss still sounds like a man with more than a few questions about the merits of pop music. Labour of Loveby Britain's UB40, was exactly that: an enjoyable way of paying tribute to the reggae tunes that meant the most to the band members when they were growing up.
The ten numbers they chose to cover from among hundreds they knew and loved were originally recorded between and — a period that corresponded to the band members' early exposure to reggae at weekend-long parties in the ethnic neighborhood of Balsall Heath, in their hometown of Birmingham.
In the Sixties, the term reggae was used interchangeably with bluebeat, ska and rock steady. It was Jamaican pop Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set, meant for dancing. UB40's lilting rhythms, uncluttered arrangements and sweet, soulful vocals proved irresistible, and Labour of Love helped break UB40, which had been famous in Europe sincein the U. The album also reentered the charts, doing better the second Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set around and outselling the band's then-current release, simply titled UB Sax player Brian Travers claims that UB40 may someday do a second volume of reggae covers.
Ambitious and fiercely spare, the album examines the progress of Parker's life New Wave - MacTalla Mor - The New Colossus powerful terms, exploring the relative value Stones Of Years - Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus meaning of love and loss, work and creativity, success and failure.
The trouble started when Parker submitted a thirty-song demo tape to his new label, Atlantic Records. The label didn't like the songs and asked Parker Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set work with an outside producer and collaborate with other songwriters. Parker, who felt that his recent albums had been fatally overproduced, refused.
Atlantic released him from his contract, and Parker eventually signed with RCA, where he found the autonomy he craved. Parker called in guitarist Brinsley Schwarz and bassist Andrew Bodnar, two members of his original backing band, the Rumour.
The Mona Lisa's Sister is one of Parker's most personal records. The ballad "Success" is a scathing indictment of the ethic that judges people by their material worth. The single "Get Started. It relates to the album's cover, which depicts a modernist Mona Lisa sporting Parker's trademark shades. I was the sister who didn't get the painting done of herself. Looking back at The Mona Lisa's Sister, Parker says, "What it's given me is an approach that I can always go back to with the right kind of songs.
You can record songs and make them pretty honestly without a circus happening around you and lots of money being thrown away. You really can. When Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set that Culture Club's Colour By Numbers had been selected as one of the Top albums of the decade, Boy George said, with typical playfulness, "As well it should be.
The band's second LP, Colour by Numberswas released in the fall Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set while a second British Invasion was dominating the American pop charts. But George insists the album's surprisingly mature pop polish wasn't motivated by competition with his peers. We wanted to be more like the older people we admired. DJ Green Lantern - Countdown To Armageddon Vol.2 by Numbers does display a respect for pop history.
But the familiarity of the group's songs bothered at least one person. Culture Club made its Album, album with the same producer Steve Levine and at the same studio Red Lazy Days - The Byrds - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo Studios, in London it had used for its debut. George attributes the band's improvement from the tropical pop of Kissing to Be Clever to the input of outside musicians, notably keyboardist Phil Pickett, who co-wrote two songs with the band, and singer Helen Terry, who electrifies several tracks.
Within months of the release of Colour by Numbers, George's plucked brow was on the cover of Newsweek, followed by a Tonight Show bitch-off with Joan Rivers, a Boy George doll and his infamous acceptance speech at the Grammys, when George thanked the audience for "knowing a good drag queen when you see one.
George said he last listened to Colour by Numbers three years ago, when he was trying to kick his heroin addiction. Which doesn't mean he's not proud of the band he may — or may not — be re-forming. I've read things where people have said the songs were awful and the Overture To Maskarade (1906) - Carl Nielsen, Olle Schill, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra*, Myung-Wh important thing was the way I looked.
Colour by Numbers definitely does have a place. Above who or below who, I'm not sure. Scarecrow consolidated the band's rugged, roots-rock thrash and the ongoing maturation of Mellencamp's lyrics.
The album is largely about dreams and illusions in America and how the essential character of the nation was being twisted in a government-supported climate of corporate greed.
The most visible manifestation of the problem, from Mellencamp's perch in central Indiana, was the rash of farm foreclosures across the Midwest. Despite the bittersweet, reflective tone of songs like "The Face of the Nation" and "Minutes to Memories" and Joy To The World - Tammy Wynette - Christmas With Tammy sentimental cast of his ode to rural America, "Small Town," the rehearsals that led up to the recording of the songs were nothing but pure fun.
When a cousin opened up a bar nearby, Mellencamp christened it by playing an entire evening's worth of cover versions, from "White Room" to "Lightnin' Strikes. When it came time to cut Scarecrow, the band members employed the lessons they learned from their Sixties studies.
The idea, according to producer Don Gehman, was "to learn all these devices from the past and then use them in a new way with John's arrangements. And I want the overall record to have this kind of a tone, like maybe it was a modern-day Dylan record. Ian Curtis, the Manchester group's singer and songwriter, had hanged himself in May The remaining members — guitarist Bernard Albrecht, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris — had taken a new name, added Gillian Gilbert on guitar and keyboards and gone back into the studio with Joy Division producer Martin Hannett.
The album was recorded "in a situation of complete turmoil," according to Albrecht, the band's reluctant new singer and lyricist. After six weeks in the studio, New Order went on tour. People just stood there. A lot of hard-core Joy Division fans wondered what we were up Lets Dance: Pull Back My String - The Swimming Pool Qs - 1984-1986: The A&M Years (Box Set.