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memories of the ’80s – Broken Wings by Mr. Mister

In the mid 1980s, a song from an American band was a chart topper: Broken Wings by Mr. Mister. Originally from Phoenix but based in Los Angeles, Mr. Mister was successful with its first album I Wear the Face. Lead … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Spanish Fly by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

The sound of 1987 was never more typical than this album by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam: Spanish Fly. With songs written by R&B powerhouse Full Force, the R&B/pop hybrid released their first single, Head to Toe from Spanish Fly … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Alone by Heart

In the late 1980s, Seattle-based band Heart released a power ballad that captured the top of the charts: Alone. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kay, the song was initially released on their 1983 album, Taking a Cool Look. In … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – US Festival

In the early 1980s, a music festival launched in 1982 to celebrate community and technology: the US Festival. Created by Apple II founder Steve Wozniak and promoter Bill Graham, the US Festival held its inaugural edition on Labour Day weekend … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

In the early 1970s, fans of three major bands descended on New York State to experience the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen. Produced by Shelly Finkel and Jim Koplik, the Summer Jam featured three major bands of the era: The … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals

Brit pop band Fine Young Cannibals kicked off 1989 with a hot single that would become one of their signature songs: She Drives Me Crazy. The band had released their second album in October 1988, The Raw & the Cooked, … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – With or Without You by U2

The sounds of the late 1980s was dominated by U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, and by its lead single: With or Without You. Released on March 16, 1987, the troubled love song was developed by the band from … Continue reading

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