Sunday, January 30, 2011

Best Soundtrack, Don't be hating!

Well time for another album and time for another one of my favorites.  The 80's were a great time for soundtracks. From Footloose to Top Gun, and Cocktail.  Most young teen falling in love movies had some kind of soundtrack for them.  Now the three I mentioned were all great soundtracks, and Purple Rain from Prince.  Well that could of stood on its own.  Everyone knows how much I love the purple one, but I have to say he doesn't have the best soundtrack.
I was about 12 and at the movies with my mom and brother and I saw a preview for a movie.  It looked awsome and it made my mom cringe, that is a bonus for any 12 year old.  It was a cartoon with Heavy Metal music violence, blood, and naked chicks.  Yes I had to wait a few years until I saw the movie, but I got the soundtrack first.  Yes, I am talking about HEAVY METAL.
It was one if not the first of its era released in 81 and wow the artists.  Sammy Hagar, Journey, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath (Dio), Blue Oyster Cult, Devo, Donald Fagan (Steely Dan) and Stevie Nicks how can you get better than that? I have to say the title track from Sammy is the shit!  I feel it rocks so much harder than anything he ever did with Van Hagar.   And the rest of the songs fit so well with the movie.  The movie starts with a corvette flying to earth from Space.  Just too cool.  It set the standard for the rest of the soundtracks there after.
The movie has also entered culture, the best South Park in a long time paid homage to the awsomeness of this movie.  I own it on VHS and will never get rid of the tape even if I get the movie on Blue Ray.  Hell if I could find the soundtrack on 8 track I would buy it.  Well I already know I will get some disagreement, and I am looking forward to it.  Till next week!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hello Again

Well at lot of things have taken place since my last blog.  Sorry for not keeping up on this but had a few things in the air which have now landed and I am all done with the big test.  Also I was thinking, this is my blog talking about My favorite albums.  I should talk about the albums I love.  And nobody has suggested anything for me to listen to so I will review my favorites.
The 80's in the suburbs.  Miami at its finest and I am a teenager.  My first Rock concert was for the artist I am going to be talking about this week, Chicago.
I think in the 80's in the burbs you had to have Chicago 17.  I think it was with the welcome bag on each move into the neighborhood.  And why wouldn't it be?  It is a great album, it was also the death of the band.
First the album.  I was introduced to the album by the first song Stay the Night by a video on MTV.  Yes they used to play music videos.  Great video and great song.  The next two singles were very romantic and very David Foster.  A great thing and I think the thing that broke up the band.  Peter Cetera left and to this day will not talk about it.  To me the death of the band they were never as good again.  But wow Hard Habit to Break and You're The Inspiration not much better ballads out the still.  I mean if you grew up in the 80's those were the love songs.  I think the other tracks on the album were really good, I have always been very fond of Prima Donna and Only You.  There is one real throw away We Can Stop the Hurting, cheesy.  With lyrics like "Kids running numbers out of bars" wow really I didn't know it was still 1930.  Ah leftover hippy crap they are a band that has been around forever.
After this album the band did go on, and they had some success, just without Cetera.  Now the band, like I said, was around many years before this and had many hits.  But I think Chicago 17 was one of those the sound hit at just the right time to make it a monster.
I love Chicago 17 and it will always remind me of my teenage years.  I don't know which album next, still open to suggestion.