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Saturday, February 18, 2017

February Love Songs: Van Halen - When It's Love

Van Halen delivered a lovely power ballad with their timeless hit "When It's Love." This 1988 single hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.


Sammy Hagar and the boys belt out a great rendition of "When It's Love" as they play at a nearly empty bar. The video is well shot and you can tell that Sammy has great hair. The problem with this video and many others like it is that it doesn't deliver on the "love" aspect of their song. For a video five and half minutes long the best we get are quick shots of a couple dancing and then another of a couple kissing. Kind of a disappointment. This song deserved a better video!

*1/2 Stars out of ****

February Love Songs: Chicago - Will You Still Love Me?

We continue this month with some more beautiful love songs and the videos that accompany them. Chicago hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1986. It was their first major hit following the departure of legendary singer Peter Cetera.


The music video is a bit of let down. It features the band on a soundstage performing the song with intermittent sequences of beautiful models looking good. The models do their part while the director adds flashes of weird bluish visuals to keep the video from being a bore. The biggest gripe is that the music video features no hint of love or romance. The song is wasted on video which emphasis more on models (who look bored) and weird bluish visuals, then on romance.

*1/2 Stars out of ****

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Love Songs: Peter Cetera and Amy Grant - Next Time I Fall

Peter Cetera and Amy Grant collaborated on a wonderful love song with "Next Time I Fall." This 1986 single was a tremendous success, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.



The music video is well shot, but doesn't offer much. It features Peter Cetera and Amy Grant spending time walking hallways and looking out windows as others have a nice time at a dance hall. Not as romantic as it should have been, especially for this #1 hit.

** Stars out of ****

February Love Songs: Howard Jones - Everlasting Love

We are bringing back the love this February with our fresh countdown of love songs! Howard Jones had a nice single in 1989 with "Everlasting Love." The song hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts, #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #19 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The song is followed by a somewhat memorable music video.


The video stars two mummies as they travel around London having dinner, playing games, and buying each other ice cream. The video comes across as cute, though the mummies aren't exactly a technical wonder. Howard Jones does a great job translating lyrics from his song over to the music video. The Egyptian references are nice touch too. Though the video isn't exactly going one that is going to earn an MTV Music Award, it does carry the message of the song well.

*** Stars out of ****

Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Year's Reflections: George Michael with Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

George Michael and Aretha Franklin teamed up for a great duet with the 1986 hit "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)." The single hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, and #12 on the Hot Dance Club Songs, and #1 on the UK Singles Chart.




A rather simple music video that is stuck in average. George Michael and Aretha Franklin spend most of the music video singing to each other via video screen. Eventually, the two meet in front of a very large video screen showing clips of their past hits. The big screen they sing in front of has a very haunting look to it which eerily contrasts their positive energy. Okay video overall.


** Stars out of ****

New Year's Reflections: George Michael - Monkey

The final major 80's icon we lost this year was George Michael. A hit maker first with Wham!, George Michael had an even more successful solo career. One of his biggest 80's hits was the song "Monkey." The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Dance Club Songs, #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, and #13 on the UK Singles charts.




The music video is a standard affair. Mostly black & white close ups mixed in with some concert stage dancing; the music video is an average one that receives any accolades because of Michael's energetic dance moves. I was also a bit disappointed that not one monkey made a cameo!


** Stars out of ****

New Year's Reflections: Prince with Sheena Easton - U Got the Look

Prince scored an excellent duet with Sheena Easton on "U Got the Look." This 1987 single was a solid success - hitting #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on the R&B Charts, and #11 on the UK Singles Chart.




The music video begins with Prince dozing off in his dressing room into an extended dream sequence. He dreams of France and dancing on the stage with Sheena Easton. This stage performance music video is definitely more entertaining than the bland "Controversy" one, but it is still just your standard stage performance music video. Not a bad one per se, but not a music video worth a second look.

** Stars out ****