Because the sign says….

Post no bills (Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter):

no bills

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Who needs a…

hug? As seen in Barcelona:

hug

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Barcelona bear

Spotted in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter:

Barca bear

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Hello Kitty is everywhere

A shuttle bus at Taipei International Airport:

Hello Kitty

 

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memories of the ’80s – Amanda by Boston

Amanda-Boston.jpgFor the rock group Boston, a power ballad became one of their biggest hits: Amanda.

The song was on the album Third Stage, the third album from the band, finished after a six year legal battle with their music label Epic Records.

After winning in the courts, band leader Tom Scholz struck a deal with MCA Records to record and release Third Stage, which had begun in 1980, six years previously.

Written by Tom Scholz, Amanda was a typical power ballad, of someone lamenting they cannot express their love, fearful for what may happen when they admit their feelings.

Released September 26, 1986 with the release of Third Stage, the song was not unknown to fans. Amanda had been released as a bootleg in 1984 as a raw demo to certain radio stations and became the number one requested song.

Shooting up the charts quickly, Amanda became the band’s first number one hit and hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in November 1986 for two weeks. Listen to it here.

This was also the band’s first single released since 1978 and the first number one song of the 1980s that did not have an accompanying music video.

A popular song of rock radio, Amanda became a signature song for the band.

 

 

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Icon

An icon of art – Jean-Michel Basquiat:

Basquiat

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memories of the ’70s – If You Leave Me Now by Chicago

Image result for if you leave me now chicagoA ballad by Chicago became the band’s first number one hit on Billboard: If You Leave Me Now.

The tenth album by the band, Chicago X was created after a break from the previous album.

Recorded in the spring of 1976, If You Leave Me Now was the final addition to the song line-up and was almost not included.

Written by lead singer Peter Cetera, the song is lament for someone trying to convince someone to stay in a relationship and put the recent past behind them to try again. Listen to it here.

Chicago X was released in June 1976 with the first single, Another Rainy Day in New York City, with If You Leave Me Now released as the second single in July 1976.

Heading up the charts, the song hit number one in October 1976, staying in the top spots for two weeks. It would be the first number one song for Chicago. The song also hit the top of the Billboard Easy Listening charts.

Certified gold and platinum, the song was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammys in 1977 and won Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and Best Pop Vocal Performance Duo, Group or Chorus at The Grammys in 1977.

Featured on the soundtracks of many film and television series, the song was most recently used as part of a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and is a mainstay of classic rock stations across North America.

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