Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Finished July 19th, 2018) Is This A Top 12ish 80s Soundtrack? "Weird Science":


"From my heart and from my hand
Why don't people understand
My intentions, ooh, weird science"

The "Weird Science" trailer:

"Weird Science" is a 1985 movie written and directed by 80s uber teenage flick master John Hughes. This movie stars Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock and the long ago forgotten Ilan Mitchell-Smith. The movie is basically every teenage loser's fantasy about how teenage life should be. Not only is it a classic 80s movie, it also has a great soundtrack. Here are the best songs from the "Weird Science" soundtrack.

Oingo Boingo "Weird Science":

General Public "Tenderness":

Van Halen "Oh, Pretty Woman":

This whole video is the very definition of cheesy. OMD "Tesla Girls":

Ratt "Wanted Man":

Taxxi "Forever":

Killing Joke "Eighties":

Wild Men of Wonga "Why Don't Pretty Girls (Look At Me)":

Kim Wilde "Turn It On":

Cheyne "Private Joy":


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

(Started July 18th, 2018) The Best Songs From 80s Soundtracks Outside The Top Twelve, Part 3


Not one of my Top 12 80s Soundtracks, but it still has it's share of great songs. From "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984):
The Pointer Sisters "Neutron Dance":

Glenn Frey "The Heat Is On":

Harold Faltermayer "Axel F":

Patti Labelle "New Attitude":

From "Rocky 3" (1982):
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger":

From "Rocky 4" (1985):
John Cafferty "Hearts On Fire":

Robert Tepper's "No Easy Way Out":

Survivor "Burning Heart":

James Brown "Living In America":

From "Bill and Ted's Big Adventure" (1989):
Big Pig "Breakaway":

From "Risky Business" (1983):
I love Journey and this is one of my favorite songs that they have. Journey "After The Fall":

Phil Collins "In The Air Tonight":

"Flash Gordon" (1980):
Queen's "Flash's Theme":

From "For Your Eyes Only" (1981):
Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only":

From "A View To A Kill": (1985)
Duran Duran "A View To A Kill":

From "License To Kill":
Gladys Knight "License To Kill":

From "Fame" (1980):
"Out Here On My Own":


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

(Finished July 17th, 2018) The Best Songs From 80s Soundtracks Outside The Top Twelve, Part 2


From 1984's "Teachers":
.38 Special "Teacher Teacher":

Bob Seger "Understanding":

From "Karate Kid":
Banarama's "Cruel Summer":

I still have a crush on Elisabeth Shue. Survivor "Moment of Truth":

From "Karate Kid 2":
Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love":

From "Flashdance":
Irene Cara "Flashdance (What A Feeling)":

Michael Sembello's "Maniac":

From "Gung Ho"
It took me awhile to warm up to this song, but I love it now. The Fabulous Thunderbirds "Tuff Enuff":

From "Miami Vice":
Jan Hammer's "Miami Vice Theme":

Glenn Frey's "You Belong To The City":

Chaka Kahn's "Own The Night":

From "Mannequin":
Starship's "Nothing Is Gonna Stop Us Now":

From "Chariots of Fire":
"Chariots of Fire":

From "Indiana Jones":
"Indiana Jones":


Monday, July 16, 2018

(Updated July 18th, 2018) The Best Songs From 80s Soundtracks Outside The Top Twelve, Part 1


These songs are from 80s movies that were mediocre or sometimes completely forgettable. Many of these songs are the best part about many of these movies. (I'm looking at you "Streets of Fire"). Some of these songs have been forgotten, but the songs are unforgettable. Some movies were good movies, but the soundtrack wasn't so great. Some of the soundtracks are amazing, but the movie isn't so good- that would be you "Purple Rain". Ultimately I want to get to the point where I can count down the Top 12, or so, 80's soundtracks. Some of the selections will be quite obvious, including one of the greatest CDs ever- "Purple Rain". That may not be the only Prince soundtrack either. You're likely to see "Pretty In Pink", "Footloose", "Lost Boys" and some other CDs that may be more surprising.

From "Say Anything..." is Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes"- this is perhaps one of the most iconic scene in an 80s movie, but overall the movie is pretty mediocre. But this song is sublime:

From "The Legend of Billie Jean", one of Pat Benatar's last hits "Invincible":

From the very good and funny "Ghostbusters", Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters":

The Thompson Twins "In The Name of Love":

From "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", Yello's "Oh Yeah":

From "An Officer and A Gentleman" Joe Cocker's "Up Where We Belong":
From "Who's That Girl", Madonna's "Who's That Girl":
From "Desperately Seeking Susan", Madonna's "Into The Groove":
From "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero":
"One of The Living":
From the heartbreaking "Less Than Zero", The Bangles "Hazy Shade of Winter":
From the legendary "Fast Times At Ridgmont High", Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby":
From "At Close Range" Madonna's "Live To Tell":
From "Streets of Fire" Dan Hartman's "I Can Dream About You":
From "White Nights" Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin's "Separate Lives":

From "Against All Odds" (1984):
Phil Collins "Against All Odds":


Saturday, July 14, 2018

(Started July 14th, 2018) The Best Live Performances of Jimi


Last night and this morning I was looking for the definitive live Jimi Hendrix CDs. While there were some good ones, there was nothing that was a must have. Thus I've decided to create my own definitive Jimi Hendrix live CD.

There aren't a lot of great live performances of Jimi Hendrix, some songs don't even have videos. No videos, live or not, for "Wait Until Tomorrow":

Here's a full live concert":

"Machine Gun":

Depending on the CD, it's either "Foxy Lady" or "Foxey Lady":

"Purple Haze":

"Killing Floor":


"Hear My Train Comin":

"Power of Soul":

I can't find a great live performance of this song sadly. "Crosstown Traffic":

The only live performance I can find, sadly not great sound. "Manic Depression":

"Stone Free":

"Hey Joe":

"All Along The Watchtower":


Friday, July 13, 2018

(Started July 13th, 2018) A Review of Pink's March 9th, 2018 Show In Salt Lake City


Sorry it took so long to write this review. I wasn't too stressed about it as I knew no one in painful anticipation to read it. I have an upcoming concert review for Night Ranger. Coming later this year concert reviews for Boz Scaggs, Foreigner/ Whitesnake/ Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience and in November it looks like I'll be going to see twenty one pilots. With this concert review I'll be posting some of my favorite songs, but I will try not to overdo it.

Sadly this song hasn't aged well. 1) "Let's Get The Party Started":
2) "Beautiful Trauma":

One of my few complaints of the night, this song had way too much bass. 3) "Just Like A Pill":
4)"Who Knew":
 Eminem, as a ballon, makes an appearance to perform the rap. At the end of which Pink kicks him in the face. It seems she doesn't take revenge lightly. This is a better video. 5) "Revenge":

6) "Funhouse/Just A Girl":

Pink and her great band's version kicked butt. One of the highlights of the night. 7) "Smells Like Teen Spirit":

8) "Secrets":
An example of her aerial tricks comes at about the 3:05 mark. 9) "Try/ Just Like A Pill/ So What/ Beautiful Trauma":

10) "Just Give Me One Reason" (Nate Reuss singing on a TV):
11) "I'm Not Dead":

12) "Just Like Fire":

13) "What About Us":

14) "For Now":
15) "Barbies":
16) "I Am Here":
18) "Raise Your Glass":
19 "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)":


20) "So What":
21) "Glitter In The Air":

Above is the setlist. The night featured several aerial displays of Pink and her dancers going into the crowd highlighted by Pink getting relatively close to everyone in the stadium. That made a large basketball arena feel a bit more intimate. That was a nice touch as we were so far away that it didn't feel like we were apart of the concert. Maybe more bands should look into playing in the round? Also I would have been fine without the dancers. I'd rather paid less and not have the dancers be part of the concert. A lot of the time I forgot that the dancers were even there. And as you can tell by the songs I highlight with videos, I preferred the songs of the first half. 

The best songs of the night: "Beautiful Trauma", "Just Like Fire", "So What", "Just Give Me One Reason", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Funhouse" and "I'm Not Dead".

It was a very solid setlist, but this is the one song I wished she would have played. "Don't Let Me Get Me":

Overall it was a very good concert. But again the size of the arena lacked a lot of the intimacy of a smaller theatre. After seeing Night Ranger in a small amphitheatre where they were literally only a few feet away, intimacy makes a big difference. 

If you get the chance to see Pink, and can afford it, go do it. She's a great performer and singer. Sure there was some extraneous fluff, but that wasn't enough to worry about. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(Starting July 11th, 2018) New Music, Concert Tour for twenty one pilots


In the last several hours twenty one pilots announced that they're releasing both new music and going on tour. If everything works out then my daughter and I will be able to go see them on November 13th here in Salt Lake City. Now here's two new songs by twenty one pilots and some of their best songs.

Rumors about the new CD:


"Nico and the Niners":

I'm not familiar with this song "Kitchen Sink":

I like this song so much that it's still on my iPod after seeing them in concert in 2016. Actually I don't just like this song, I love this song. "Stressed Out":




"Car Radio":

"The Judge":

"Tear In My Heart":

"We Don't Believe What's On TV":


"Guns For Hands":

"Lane Boy":

"Message Man":