Monthly Archives: February 2013

Genesis – Invisible Touch

First Hit #1: July 19, 1986 Initially, it seems like maybe everyone had gotten out of the funk that inspired heavy rotation of Holding Back the Years. Invisible Touch starts with some almost celebratory drums, and it sounds big and … Continue reading

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Simply Red – Holding Back the Years

First Hit #1: July 12, 1986 There’s something about Holding Back the Years that sounds defeated. In spite of the insistence that the singer will keep holding on, it just doesn’t sound like he will, whatever he might be declaring … Continue reading

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Billy Ocean – There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)

First Hit #1: July 5, 1986 Every so often there’s a song which makes one think “Where are you going with this?” There’ll Be Sad Songs is one of those songs, just because I can’t get a read on where … Continue reading

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Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

First Hit #1: June 14, 1986 Duets are tricky, you’ve got to have two voices that go well together, and any miscalculation on either side can lead to one singer dominating a track and pushing their partner out of the … Continue reading

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Madonna – Live to Tell

First Hit #1: June 7, 1986 Live to Tell reminds me of Kickboxer. That’s a bit out of left field, but that movie was brimming with ’80s ballads which fully embraced the cheap side of the synthesizer. Honestly, while possibly … Continue reading

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Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All

First Hit #1: May 17, 1986 When the keyboards kick in during Greatest Love of All, I think to myself “this is crap.” When Houston starts singing about how children are our future, I think to myself, “this is treacle.” … Continue reading

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Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

First Hit #1: May 10, 1986 I’ve complained that we’ve reached the point where the charts were screaming for something new, and the Pet Shop Boys came along to inch in a new direction. Sure, it’s still synth-pop that’s deeply … Continue reading

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