Sunday, May 23, 2010

Heaven Knows

I recently posted Piano In The Dark by Brenda Russell. The co-vocalist on the song was Joe Esposito. He also sang in a band called Brooklyn Dreams and they sang on lots of songs during the 70's including the distinctive male backing vocals on Heaven Knows by Donna Summer. Heaven Knows got to number 4 in the US in 1979 and it's always been a really glorious disco song. Here is Donna's famous version with Joe Esposito and Brooklyn Dreams on backing vocals.
And this is Brooklyn Dreams own version of Heaven Knows with Joe Esposito on lead vocals with Donna Summer on backing vocals. It's taken from Brooklyn Dreams album Sleepless Nights which was also released in 1979.

Friday, May 21, 2010

80: 80s 13: Pat Benatar

Many artists are most famous for one particular song. Such is the case with Pat Benatar and Love Is A Battlefield. It was a number 5 hit in 1983 on the Billboard chart. It got to number 17 in the UK which sounds wrong! The reason some songs feature more strongly in my memory was because of the Irish two hour Sunday music TV show, MT:USA which introduced many Irish people to American songs. Love Is A Battlefield is my clearest memory from that show and I'm sure fellow blogger Enda, though younger than me, remembers all those classic MT:USA songs. I do of course adore Love Is A Battlefield but I equally love Pat Benatar's other big hit We Belong. It got to number 5 in the US in 1984. It also earned her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. We Belong was taken from the album Tropico. The video is here. This song is for my sister Emma as I know it's her kind of classic pop.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

80: 80s 4: Breathe

Why aren't there more ballads in the charts these days? How old do I sound when I say that! There was a time when there was always a 'slow song' or two in the top ten singles chart. Some were very lovely such as Hands to Heaven by Breathe. The song was a number 4 singles chart hit in the UK in 1988 and it did even better in the US where it got to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. The band were fronted by vocalist David Glasper who is pictured above looking very wistful indeed. Breathe did much better in the US than in the UK where they had another top 3 hit with How Can I Fail also in 1988 and Don't tell Me Lies which got to number 10 in 1989. There were 5 singles released from their debut album All That Jazz.

Here's Hands to Heaven.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Life Is A Dream

Here's a song by one of the all time great female singers, Laura Branigan. In 1984 The Lucky One was the follow up to her huge hit single Self Control . Both songs are fantastic but I love The Lucky One the most. It was a real MT USA song on RTE television and of course on MTV. I always remember feeling so sad the day I heard she had passed away. If you haven't seen the video in a long time I hope it brings back happy memories of a time when every pop video had a narrative of some kind and that little bit of magic .