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Great Rock Albums of 1988: The Bangles- Everything

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2022 by 80smetalman

The Bangles have always been somewhat a paradox for me. They were known for soppy love songs and the track, “Eternal Flame,” is one of their best known. A little story here: I read an account that while on tour for this album, “Everything,” the band was accosted in the Netherlands by a female contingent of the LBGQT brigade because they wore short skirts and sang such love songs. The thing is and the album proves it, The Bangles could produce some cool new wave sounding rock. Take the opening track, “In Your Room,” for instance, it is a trippy new wave sounding song and here’s the big thing, it got into the top ten in the singles charts in several countries! Unfortunately, the song will forever be overshadowed, (not by me), by “Eternal Flame.”

Here’s another interesting point about the Bangles, while Susanna Hoffs sings lead vocals on the majority of the band’s singles, the lead vocals on the album are almost equally shared by all of the band. Bloggers have sung the praises of the likes of KISS and The Eagles for the all members of the band being able to sing lead vocals but surely, the Bangles should be included there as all four members have great voices.

One song which is totally different on the album is “Bell Jar.” Lead guitarist Vicki Peterson sings lead vocals on it and makes it her own. It has a new wave sound which reminds me of my all time favourite Bangles song, “The Hero Takes a Fall” from their first album. Vicki also plays mandolin on the song and it does go way out in some parts. Is it the hidden gem? Well almost, that honour goes to “Watching the Sky” which oddly enough, Vicki sings lead on that. This particular track is the closest they go to a total rock out.

Another track which showcases just how talented this band was is “Something to Believe In.” It is a near haunting ballad with some rather trippy piano work on it. Bassist Michelle Steele sings lead and her vocals bring a different but cool element to the song. “The Glitter Years” rocks pretty good and Vicki plays probably her best guitar solo on it. The closer, “Crash and Burn” is another interesting song and is definitely the song to end the album on a good note.

Track Listing:

  1. In Your Room
  2. Complicated Room
  3. Bell Jar
  4. Something to Believe In
  5. Eternal Flame
  6. Be With You
  7. Glitter Years
  8. I’ll Set You Free
  9. Watching the Sky
  10. Some Dreams Come True
  11. Make a Play for Her Now
  12. Waiting for You
  13. Crash and Burn
The Bangles

Susanna Hoffs- guitar, lead and backing vocals, perucussion

Vicki Peterson- lead guitar, lead and backing vocals, mandolin

Michelle Steele- bass, lead and backing vocals, percussion

Debbie Peterson- drums, percussion, lead and backing vocals

Additional Musicians:

Darryl Citizen- noise

Paulinho Da Costa- percussion

Bobby Donati- guitar on “Some Dreams Come True”

Vinnie Vincent- 12 string guitar on “Make a Play for Her Now”

Tommy Morgan- harmonica

Jim Snodgras- tabla

David Lindley- classical guitar, bouzouki, saz, dobro

John Phillip Shenale- keyboards

Walker Ingleheart- keyboards

David White- keyboards

“Everything” further strengthens my argument about not judging an album by one or a couple of songs. Back in 1988, the Bangles had a reputation for making soppy love songs because of “Eternal Flame,” which if I was to rate the songs from best to worst, would be very close to the bottom. This is a great album of some cool new wave rock and should be listened to as a whole.

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Great Rock Albums of 1984: Billy Satellite

Posted in 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by 80smetalman

Like Jethro Tull, Billy Satellite is the name of a band. As far as I know, there is no individual with that name. Also, like the Bangles, their debut album came and went in 1984 with little notice except for keen persons like myself who had an ear out for some good straightforward rock. Unlike the Bangles or Jethro Tull, this self titled album would be the band’s only release and they would drift off into obscurity living only in my memory.

Their album is the reason why Billy Satellite has lived in the back corners of my mind for over three decades. It is a really cool down to earth straight ahead rock album. All the elements to make the album great are there. Good vocals, some cool guitars and a sound rhythm section with a keyboard accompaniment that brings out the flavour of the mix really well. So, my question is, why didn’t people take more notice of Billy Satellite? My only suggested answer is that with all of the heavy metal that was flying about at the time, they simply got lost in the hysteria. They definitely aren’t a heavy metal band but they were a hell of a lot better than a lot of the non metal in this year.

If you want something to compare them to, then the closest would be Night Ranger but that might being doing them a disservice. They were unique enough to not need any comparison as far as this album is concerned. The first three tracks come straight at you with some of that good straight ahead rock that I have been talking about. The opener was also the highest charting single (#64). It is a good track but I like the following one, “Last Call.” That is the standout for me with all the elements of a good hard rock song present. Track #3 is a good one too before the two ballads, “Trouble” being the better of the two. Then things go back to heavy rock with the cool, “Rockin’ Down the Highway” and continue to do so for the rest of the album. “Turning Point” has a slight blues feel to it and the tempo change works well on the album. It has a good guitar solo but notes don’t reveal which guitarist is responsible. That leads nicely to “Bye Bye Baby” which borders on a ballad and a rock song. Rock returns for sure with “Standing with the Kings” and that leads to the closer which ends the album very well.

Track Listing:

  1. Satisfy Me
  2. Last Call
  3. Do Ya
  4. I Wanna Go Back
  5. Trouble
  6. Rockin’ Down the Highway
  7. Turning Point
  8. Bye Bye Baby
  9. Standing With the Kings
  10. The Lonely One

Billy Satellite

Monty Byrom- guitars, vocals, keyboards

Danny Chauncey- guitars, keyboards

Ira Walker- bass

Tom ‘Fee’ Faletti- drums

While sitting here typing this, I have come to a conclusion as to why Billy Satellite didn’t go further in 1984. It was that they were about four or five years too soon. Thinking about some of the bands in the late 80s, Danger Danger and Hurricane and Winger, these guys would have fit in well with that group. Unfortunately, they were five years too soon and although they had a cool album, it didn’t do well enough for them to continue. They would split and go their separate ways.

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Great Rock Albums of 1984: The Bangles- All Over the Place

Posted in 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2017 by 80smetalman

Before Prince and other more commercial types got their claws into them, The Bangles debut album, “All Over the Place” was a solid new wave sounding album. When the video for the single, “The Hero Takes a Fall” appeared on MTV one day, I thought to myself, I like this song. It wasn’t heavy but there was just enough guitar in there for me.

“The Hero Takes a Fall” never broke the top forty charts in 1984, most likely because I liked it. What it did do was to further my intrigue into this band and I liked what I discovered. Like, I said above, “All Over the Place” is a decent album. There is a strong new wave sound but it stops a just short of being a hard rocker and in no way did it knock Girlschool off top spot as my favourite all female band.

The funny thing is that the album could have been a cool metal album if they had let loose with the guitars a bit more. One song that typifies this is “All About You.” There is a guitar bit that sounds okay but it would have sounded amazing if they had put a fuzz box in there. The same thing could have been said about “Restless” and “Tell Me.” However, there is another song that stands above even those. “Dover Beach” is where lead guitarist Vicki Peterson really gets to shred a little. I’m not going to say she’s a hidden guitar great because of one solo but it would have been nice to hear her shred a little more. She does shred a little bit on “Going Down to Liverpool” but because the song is in the early Beatles form, her guitar solo sounds like something from “A Hard Day’s Night.” Not a bad thing and the song is okay, it just doesn’t make it any real rocker.

“He’s Got a Secret” is another decent song. It’s about a man whose cheating on his partner and there is some good guitar work in it. However, it is the vocals of Susanna Hoffs which punctuate the song for me. Actually, the hardest rock song is, “Silent Treatment” and it’s good to hear the band really let loose. I think that song should have been the closer as I was never very impressed with the one that actually is.

Track Listing:

  1. The Hero Takes a Fall
  2. Live
  3. James
  4. All About You
  5. Dover Beach
  6. Tell Me
  7. Restless
  8. Going Down to Liverpool
  9. He’s Got a Secret
  10. Silent Treatment
  11. More Than Meets the Eye

The Bangles

Susannah Hoffs- rhythm guitar, vocals

Vicki Peterson- lead guitar, vocals

Michael Steele- bass

Debbi Peterson- drums, vocals

While I wasn’t the only one who took notice of the Bangles in 1984, they pretty much came and went through the year unnoticed. Unfortunately, the wrong people, as far as this metalhead is concerned, did take notice of them and would turn them into a top forty band. That is why “All Over the Place” would be the only Bangles album I would ever listen to.

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