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Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is

Rock Rewind: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is”

When a band already has a long list of chart-topping hits, having one that stands out as the most successful by far is quite a feat.  British-American pop/rock act Foreigner had been successful out of the gate in the mid-1970s, with hits like “Cold As Ice” and “Feels Like the First Time” propelling their very first album to Platinum status. But when “I Want to Know What Love Is” (from […]


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Rock Rewind: The B-52’s “Love Shack”

Instantly recognizable even today, the song “Love Shack” was by far the most popular most memorable and best-selling hit by 80s’ rock act The B-52’s. What many don’t realize, however, is that it also signifies a remarkable comeback for a band who suffered a setback in the mid-1980s that almost ended their career. Originally established in the late 1970s, The B-52’s had seen modest chart success with their first three […]


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Rock Rewind: Men At Work “Down Under”

Despite their relatively short run, Aussie 80s rockers Men At Work made a huge impact on the music scene of their day. They barely avoided one-hit wonder status in the U.S. by placing several hits on the Top 10, but their two Number 1 hits, “Who Can It Be Now” and “Down Under” (both from their 1981 album Business As Usual) are the two that most people remember from the […]


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Rock Rewind: Pat Benatar “Love Is a Battlefield”

Pat Benatar was at one time the most unlikely person anyone would think of as a rock-chick superstar: trained classically as a vocalist and in the theatre, completely separated from the rock scene, a one-time Julliard candidate, married to her high school sweetheart by age 19. She began her singing career as a lounge singer and didn’t delve into rock until age 22. (She later divorced, but retained her married […]


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Rock Rewind: Mr. Mister “Broken Wings”

This one often falls into the category of Who-Did-That-Song?, in that many people recognize the song but not everyone knows the band behind it. Mr. Mister only released three albums during their run in the 1980s; of those three, their second, Welcome To the Real World, was their one smash success; and “Broken Wings” was one of the three Top-10 singles from that record, and possibly their most widely remembered […]


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Rock Rewind: Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy”

Funny how the math is sometimes: a drum machine + a two-note guitar riff + a falsetto vocal = a number one hit. This was the math that caused British pop-rock trio Fine Young Cannibals to make their mark on the music scene with their 1989 hit “She Drives Me Crazy.” Simple, yet extremely catchy, this song (found on their second album The Raw and the Crooked) propelled this otherwise […]


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Rock Rewind: Journey “Faithfully”

Journey’s power ballad “Faithfully” dates back to 1983, and was the second single off the band’s album Frontiers. It certainly isn’t their rockin’-est tune, nor was it their biggest charting hit. In fact, the video below is a bit lame by today’s high-tech standards. So…why is it on the Rock Rewind this week? Because over time, “Faithfully” has become Journey’s most recognizable tune, and for good reason. It’s not just […]


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Heart to Release Box Set of Hand-Picked Selections in June

Heart fans, listen up: the consummate chick-rock band of the 1970s-80s has announced a June 5 release for a collector’s edition box-set anthology entitled Strange Euphoria. The material on this 3-CD (plus one DVD) collection has reportedly been personally chosen by Ann and Nancy Wilson, according to a news post on the band’s website. More than a simple anthology of hits, Strange Euphoria is sure to be a treasure trove […]


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Pop Rewind: Genesis “Land of Confusion”

Here’s a fun trip down memory lane for you: remember Genesis? You know, before Phil Collins was just Phil Collins? “Land Of Confusion” is one of Genesis’ classic hits, from their album Invisible Touch, and it’s a perfect example of 80’s rock (synths, drum machines, the works). Most of us who lived in that time remember the video (below) particularly for its use of puppets depicting not only the Genesis […]