memories of the ’80s – Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Every Rose Has Its Thorn-Cover.jpgThe end of the 1980s brought a rock band to the top of the charts as Poison got the number one spot with the song Every Rose Has Its Thorn.

A single from the rock band’s second album Open Up and Say…Ahh!, the band had released the album in May 1988 with Capitol Records.

This single, written by lead singer Bret Michaels with help from bandmates C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett, was inspired after calling his girlfriend and realizing she was cheating on him.

Released in October 1988, the power ballad steadily climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and hit the number one spot on December 24 1988, where it would stay for three weeks. The song also did well on Billboard’s mainstream rock chart.

Thanks to rock radio and MTV, the song and accompanying music video of Michaels and out takes from the band’s tour, was popular on playlists with DJs and VJs.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn became the only number one single for Poison, and was voted one of the Top 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s and 100 Greatest Love Songs by VH1.





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Without You

As seen in Toronto:

without you

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memories of the ’70s – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart

Da' Ya' Think I'm Sexy single cover.jpgThe end of the 1970s brought a change to a singer’s sound with Rod Stewart’s Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Written by Stewart and collaborators Carmine Appice and Duane Hitchings, the song was included on Stewart’s 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun.

Following the disco trend of the late 1970s, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? had a strong disco and dance influence, leaving behind the blues sound that many fans had associated with Stewart.

As the lead single from Blondes Have More Fun, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? was released on November 10, 1978, a week before the album released on Riva/Warner Bros. in the United States and United Kingdom.

The song was a radio and dance club success, climbing the charts and hitting the top of the UK charts in December 1978 and the Billboard Hot 100 number one in February 1979 for four weeks.

Stewart donated royalties from the song to UNICEF and performed the song at Music for UNICEF Concert in January 1979, which was held at the United Nations in New York City.

Canada, Portugal, Spain and Australia music charts also had the song hit number one, while the US Billboard Disco charts pushed the song to number one too in 1979.

But the song was challenged by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor, who claimed the song’s chorus was the same as in his popular song Taj Mahal. Stewart agreed to an out of court settlement with Jor, and revealed years later he had heard the Jor’s song while attending carnival in Rio in 1978 and unconsciously used the chorus in Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

As well, Stewart said he used the synthesizer riff from Bobby Womack’s (If You Want My Love) Put Something Down It for the song, saying that it was plagiarism to use the riff not the whole song.

Critics were not as kind to Stewart as fans, feeling he was influenced by the disco craze, but the song has become one of the fan favourites and a club hit that still continues to be used in dance playlists well into the 21st century.


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Sign writing humour

As seen in Glasgow:

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Front yard art

This sparks joy (as seen on one of the Toronto Islands):

toronto island

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memories of the ’80s – A Chorus Line

ChorusLineMovie.jpgDebuting in the 1970s as a stage production, the next decade brought the story of Broadway dancers to the big screen in A Chorus Line.

With a screenplay by Arnold Schulman, which was based on the play and a book written about the stage production by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, the film was directed by Richard Attenborough.

Initially Michael Bennett, who was the stage production’s director was considered for the project, but he declined to work with Universal Studios as Bennett wanted the film to be the same as the play.

Many directors turned down the offer to direct the film for Universal Studios, before Attenborough said yes, and Embassy Pictures became the co-producer, with Polygram Records on board to release the film soundtrack.

The film starred Michael Douglas as Zach the director/choreographer and Terrence Mann as the assistant choreographer, with a bevy of dancers playing the chorus who are hoping to get chosen for the production.

But the film differed from the play, with several songs from the stage production not included, and two new songs were added. The storyline of gay actors was also deleted from the film and the focus was on young dancers trying to get a role as opposed to veteran dancers faced with their last change to become stars on Broadway.

Released in December 1985, Attenborough’s interpretation of A Chorus Line to the big screen was met with mixed reviews, some critics kinder than others in their comments about the film.

Viewers were not impressed, with the box office barely making US$14 million. The film budget was US$25 million.

The film was nominated for three Oscars – for Best Original Song, Best Film Editing and Best Sound and won two Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy and Best Director, but it never captured the hearts of moviegoers the same as the stage production.

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