“We Gotta Get Out of This Place “, performed by The Animals, was written in 1965 by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Brill-Building-era composers responsible for many timeless hits). The song’s timeless angst has been embraced by many fed-up, walks of life in the past 5 decades; the military, graduates, and most recently, peasants known as Rockfordians from Illinois who are seeking a better walk of life somewhere else.
Bryan Adams’ “Reckless” is majestic.
Released in 1984 on A&M Records, “Reckless” features 10 songs, hit after hit after hit (Run to You, Heaven, Somebody Summer of ’69)â€“ and a hit duet with Tina Turner (It’s Only Love). Produced by Bob Clearmountain with Bryan Adams, the songs and their mix stands up well despite the era’s knack for sheen and synth abuse- which there is a lack of here. It’s the 80s and there’s no denying it on “Reckless”, but great songs always outlive production quality, era fads and ironic, indie snobbery.
The Muppet Movie Soundtrack broke the barriers between contemporary adult pop music, folk, classical, ragtime-saloon and children’s music. Keep in mind, this is long before Randy Newman became the post-Reagen era, American composer of choice for children’s movies. Jim Henson’s vision and appreciation for creating a world of fiction that dabbled in adult emotions couldn’t have been better suited for a writer like Paul Williams in the 70s.
Def Leppard is a band that gets little appreciation by indie snobs, pop historians. They dabbled in pop, glam, punk, rock, metal, never quite owing allegiance to any genre, more so owing allegiance to their own teen inspirations: T Rex, Queen, & a little late 70s British punk. In the early 80s they managed an impressive string of hits off of another disregarded 80s rock masterpiece, ‘Pyromania.’ The bar they set at the onset of the MTV movement, when…