Ping Pong Over the Abyss ~The 77's | Then and Now Ping Pong is The 77's debut effort, released in 1982. The title is said to have come from Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl," section 3: "I'm with you in Rockland / where you scream in a straight jacket that you're losing the game of the … Continue reading Ping Pong Over the Abyss
D.M.Z. ~Resurrection Band | Then and Now I have fond memories of listening to D.M.Z. In my opinion, this was Resurrection Band's best. Colours and Mommy Doesn't Love Daddy Anymore easily stand on their own, but both efforts led up the musical moment of D.M.Z. The album opens with the blistering, "Military Man", one of the … Continue reading D.M.Z.
Seventy Sevens ~The 77's | Then and Now "The 77's will take you on a journey through the past, present, and future of rock & roll" ~ Island Records radio advertisement, 1987 Unfortunately for the 77's, this album was released the same year and on the same label as U2's, The Joshua Tree. This is unfortunate … Continue reading Seventy Sevens
MUSIC REVIEW SERIES: LOOKING BACK ON THE 80’S MUSIC | 1981 THEN AND NOW Moving Pictures ~Rush | Then and Now Moving Pictures was Rush's 8th studio effort and continued to blaze the band into stardom. Three of my all time Rush songs are found on this record, "Limelight", "Red Barchetta" and "Tom Sawyer". I've always … Continue reading Moving Pictures
The Joshua Tree ~U2 | Then and Now Today marks the 30th anniversary of U2's, The Joshua Tree. The anniversary will be celebrated with a full-blown North American and European tour. I remember when this album came out. There was much to be anticipated and it seemed like it took forever to be released after their amazing … Continue reading The Joshua Tree
The Turning ~Leslie (Sam) Phillips | Then and Now This year marks the 30th anniversary of, The Turning. The Turning, is perfectly titled for Phillip's career in 1987. Up to this point, Phillip's was in the throes of Contemporary Christian Music-dom. She had busted on the scene with true rock and pop-rock tunes that reflected the sound … Continue reading The Turning
MUSIC REVIEW SERIES: LOOKING BACK ON THE 80’S MUSIC | 1981 THEN AND NOW Talk Talk Talk ~Psychedelic Furs | Then and Now Like Echo and the Bunnymen and others, I didn't really pay a lot of attention to the Furs during my younger years. I became more familiar with them later on. Of course, in … Continue reading Talk Talk Talk
MUSIC REVIEW SERIES: LOOKING BACK ON THE 80’S MUSIC | 1981 THEN AND NOW Mommy Doesn't Love Daddy Anymore ~Resurrection Band | Then and Now Sometime in '81, Resurrection Band released their sixth album, Mommy Doesn't Love Daddy Anymore. The title alone showed that the Chicago-based rockers weren't afraid to address the realities of a … Continue reading Mommy Doesn’t Love Daddy Anymore
Music Review Series: Looking Back On The 80's Music | 1981 Then and Now Ghost In The Machine ~The Police | Then and Now The Ghost In The Machine came with significant changes when compared to The Police's previous 3 albums. The obvious change was in the name. Their producer, Nigel Gray was missing from … Continue reading Ghost In The Machine
Music Review Series: Looking Back On The 80's Music | 1981 Then and Now ¡Alarma! ~Daniel Amos | Now and Then "Shining in the center, my Lord in the center Jesus in the center, revolving around Him Always revolving around Him" How do I put this, without sounding insulting to the band or to the … Continue reading ¡Alarma!