memories of the ’80s – Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

Hereigoagain.jpgFor metal band Whitesnake, the second time round was the winner for the song Here I Go Again.

First recorded in 1982 for their fifth studio album, Saints & Sinners , the song was written by lead singer David Coverdale and guitarist Bernie Marsden.

During the recording sessions in 1981, the band was facing problems and members began quitting, including Marsden.

Lots of late nights, debt and not feeling committed, band members started quitting and Coverdale put the band on hold.

But in 1982, Coverdale approached Micky Moody to return to finish the album. The song was the first single released, but the album went mainly unnoticed.

Fast forward to 1985, with a new line-up, Coverdale was once again wanting to dismantle the band. Geffen Records told him to take time with fellow band member John Sykes.

The two then worked in France and the US before focusing on the album with two new band members in Vancouver with producer Bob Rock at Little Mountain Sound.

Recorded in the US, Bahamas and Canada in late 1985 and 1986, the self-titled album was released in April 1987, after the news of Coverdale deciding to disband the members once again.

The album rose steadily on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts, hitting number two, while the power ballad single also rose steadily, buoyed by radio airplay and a memorable music video.

The video showed Coverdale on stage at a piano interplayed with scenes of actress/model Tawny Kitaen displayed on the hood of a Jaguar XJ, trying to entice Coverdale. The two would marry in 1989.

Here I Go Again hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of October 10th, 1987.

Despite the lack of support by the band, the song and the album were listener favourites and became part of the bestselling albums of the late 1980s.

 

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Party girl

Spotted on Merida’s Calle 60:

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memories of the ’70s – Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

Image result for dreams by fleetwood macFor this Brit-American band, Rumours was a milestone and for the first time Fleetwood Mac hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts with Dreams.

Releasing their 11th studio album in February 1977, the band’s second single was Dreams released after Go Your Own Way.

Written by Stevie Nicks, the song wasn’t immediately liked by the rest of the band, but her persistence and the collaboration transformed Nick’s draft to be a song included on the album.

Reflecting the tumultuous emotion of the band, as Nicks was breaking up with fellow band member Lindsay Buckingham, the song’s lyrics reflect one person reminding another of what they had together.

Now here you go again, you say
You want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness...”

Released on March 24, 1977, Dreams made a steady climb up the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and on June 18, 1977 hit number one, the first for the band.

Selling over a million copies as a single, Dreams was soon followed by the next single You Make Loving Fun, as well as a strong push by Warner Bros., which had its largest advance to date for an album with Rumours.

And as the album kept selling, the songs kept being played endlessly on US radio, and are still part of the playlist of the 1970s on rock radio across North America.

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Flower face

A face on Calle 60 in Merida, Mexico:

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Snarfo in Merida

Colourful spot in Merida:

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Skrim and friends

A popular wall in Merida, Mexico:

Skrim

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Merida colours

A view of Merida’s Calle 60:

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