1990 :: The year in music :: Throwback Thursday

The Best Songs of 1990 by willtopsmusictv Throwback Thursday 1990 was a year of missteps, of heartbreaks and heartbreakers, of college and clubs and a couple of catastrophes that were not live changing exactly, but definitely changed the person I had been, and was becoming. I had my heart really broken that year, the first break-up that felt like I would never get over, the break-up that influenced the next few years choices, though at the time I would not see it as such. Looking back I know it hurt as bad as it did because he was not just … Continue reading 1990 :: The year in music :: Throwback Thursday

My feelings still remain :: Throwback Thursday

Souvenir :: OMD from the album, Architecture & Morality Throwback Thursday “It’s my direction.It’s my proposal.It’s so hard.It’s leading me astray.” A Little History: Souvenir is a song written by Paul Humphreys and Martin Cooper of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) and released as the first single from their 1981 album, Architecture & Morality. It is sung by Humphreys, who ordinarily functioned as keyboard player and backing vocalist. The track has minimal lyrical content and is characterized by slowed-down choir sounds offset by pulsing major key piano chords. Its synthesizer hook[ substitutes for a vocal chorus, as with other OMD compositions. Souvenir became a major international hit for the band. Peaking at … Continue reading My feelings still remain :: Throwback Thursday

Understand Me :: Songs of My Youth

Shake the Disease :: Depeche Mode from the album, The Singles (81-85) Songs of My Youth “I’m not going down on my knees, begging you to adore me.” A Little History: Shake the Disease is Depeche Mode’s 13th UK single recorded at Hansa Mischraum in Berlin (released on April 29, 1985), and was one of two new songs released on the compilation The Singles (81-85) the same year, along with It’s Called a Heart. It reached # 18 in the UK singles chart. The American version of The Singles 81-85,Catching Up with Depeche Mode, also includes Shake the Disease‘s B-side, Flexible. Band member Alan Wilder felt this song captured the essence of … Continue reading Understand Me :: Songs of My Youth

I hear your footsteps in the street :: Songs of Our Youth

Oblivious :: Aztec Camera from the album, High Land Hard Rain Songs of Our Youth “Just count me in, and count me out, and I’ll be waiting for the shout, oblivious…“ A Little History: Oblivious is the fourth single by Scottish New Wave band Aztec Camera. It was released as the second single from their 1983 studio album High Land, Hard Rain. The song managed a moderate charting of # 47 on the UK Singles Chart, but a re-release of the song later that same year proved even more successful, entering the top twenty and peaking at # 18. Aztec Camera was formed by Roddy Frame. Formed in 1980, the band went on … Continue reading I hear your footsteps in the street :: Songs of Our Youth

There’ll never be another quite like you :: Songs of Our Youth

Metropolis :: The Church from the album, Gold Afternoon Fix Songs of Our Youth “And it’s only a day away. We could leave tonight, you could sleep along the way, dream in black and white.” A Little History: Metropolis is a song by Australian alternative rock band The Church. It was released as the lead single on their 1990 album, Gold Afternoon Fix, and the songwriting credits were given to all four members of the band. Marty Willson-Piper, Peter Koppes, Richard Ploog, and Steve Kilbey were all credited with writing the song. The lead guitar produced a quickly falling then softly ascending melody, with slight commercial influence. A complicated … Continue reading There’ll never be another quite like you :: Songs of Our Youth

It’s not far to never, never land :: Songs of My Youth

Sailing :: Christopher Cross from the album, Christopher Cross “Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see. Believe me.” A Little History: Sailing is a song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album. The song was a success in the USA, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helping Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named this the greatest “soft-sational soft rock” music song of all time. It was a # 1 … Continue reading It’s not far to never, never land :: Songs of My Youth

I sit so snug and isolated alone in the modern world :: Songs of My Youth

Human Touch :: Rick Springfield from the album, Living in Oz “You know, I got my walls, Sally calls them prison cells  Sometimes I need protection, I’ve got the chains, I got the warning bells.” A Little History: Human Touch is a 1983 single by Rick Springfield from his album Living in Oz. The song reached # 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. It was also his most successful hit in the UK, peaking at # 23; this also led to a performance on Top of the Pops. Living in Oz, the album that Human Touch is off of, was Rick Springfield’s response to the dance-pop … Continue reading I sit so snug and isolated alone in the modern world :: Songs of My Youth

And just a nagging doubt remains :: Songs of My Youth

Mirror Man :: Human League from the album, Fascination “You know I’ll change,  if change is what you require,  your every wish,  your every dream, hope, desire.” A Little History: Mirror Man is a Motown-inspired song by the British synth-pop group, The Human League. It was released as a single in the UK on November 27, 1982 and peaked at # 2 in the UK Singles Chart. It was written jointly by lead singer Philip Oakey with keyboard players Jo Callis and Ian Burden. The song features a lead vocal by Oakey and female backing vocals by Susan Ann Sulley and Joanne Catherall, analogue synthesizers by Callis, Philip Adrian Wright and Ian Burden (who … Continue reading And just a nagging doubt remains :: Songs of My Youth

All the voices in your head :: Songs of My Youth

Gloria :: Laura Branigan from the album, Branigan “I think you’ve got to slow down, before you start to blow it. I think you’re headed for a breakdown, so be careful not to show it.” A Little History: Gloria was originally an Italian Pop song recorded by Umberto Tozzi, in 1979. Branigan covered it on her debut album, Branigan. The song was written by Tozzi with the Italian composer Giancarlo Bigazzi. The Canadian songwriter Trevor Veitch, who wrote some of Sheena Easton’s hits, worked on Branigan’s version. Branigan’s version earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. She lost … Continue reading All the voices in your head :: Songs of My Youth

Nothing lasts forever :: Songs of my youth

It Doesn’t Matter :: Depeche Mode from the album, Some Great Reward “It doesn’t matter, if this all shatters,  nothing lasts forever. But, I’m praying,  that we’re staying, together.” A Little History: It Doesn’t Matter was not a big hit for Depeche Mode, it did not play endlessly on KROQ (the local alternative radio of choice in 1984-1985, that played tons of Depeche Mode), it did not have a music video on heavy MTV rotation, and I am pretty sure it never played at any of the High School dances I went to (though, I do think they played it … Continue reading Nothing lasts forever :: Songs of my youth