Monthly Archives: October 2009

Listening Room # 9 – Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl

Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl (1988) on Virgin Records

Forever-Your-Girl-FrontStill stuck in the 80s. I seem to keep picking records that always fall in the late 80s or early 90s. Probably my unconscious looking for pieces of my childhood through the music that was playing on the radio. If I remember correctly, my older (by like 12 years) cousin was a big Paula Abdul fan. So hence, my review…straightup.

Though I haven’t heard any of Paula’s other albums, I like this one as a perfect pop-dance for its time. All of the songs are quite catchy, fusing synthdrums, snappy bass, and sugary vocals. This album reminds me of a warm summer afternoon driving around in the car. Just crusin’, singing “Two Steps Forward…Two Steps Back.” I like how Paula’s vocals sound very natural and not over produced. It is definitely an album that is coming out of the 80s feel and into the 90s pop sound. Less influenced by standard rock structure, it has a little bit of everything feel while still being a solid sing-a-long album.

I wish she would have done more musically, from what I can tell, she has only released 3 albums and a few complications/remixes. I feel like there is room for a lot of growth. Its just a shame she’s been reduced to American Idol. Yeah, ok it’s a paying gig, and probably helped her out of dreaded artist death after they hit 30, but, she has a great voice and dance moves.  Who knows. She’s not my favorite, but I support a wide range of female artists taking control and doing their own thing. I know the industry very different from where it was in 1988. Only time will tell.

  • Side A
    • The Way That You Love Me
    • Knocked Out
    • Opposites Attract
    • State of Attraction
    • I Need You
  • Side B
    • Forever Your Girl
    • Straight Up
    • Next To You
    • Cold Hearted
    • One or the Other


Listening Room # 8 – Various Artists – Alright, This Time Just The Girls

Various Artists – Alright, This Time Just The Girls (1999) on Sympathy for the Record Industry

Alright-This-Time-Just-The-Girls-FrontOne of a few of my compilation albums, and even rarer still, one pressed in the 1990s. The only other for sale vinyl copy I can find of it is on Ebay for $80 bucks. Hurray for me. Mine only cost me $10 at George’s Song Shop. I love you George!

Anyways, this album many of you may not have heard of, but I would hope for the Riot Grrrls out there, heard of some of the artists on it. It is a double LP, colored wax (hot pink) set, of the best riot grrrl, lo-fi, punk and alternative girl groups at the time. Some artists include: The Muffs, Lunachicks, The Eyeliners, Hole, Starpower, Calamity Jane, and The Electrocutes. It is a fine compilation of gritty angst and bitterness….oh takes me back to my teen years….wait….still bitter. Damn.

The guitars are filled with the post-grunge overdrive, the acoustic tracks are nice and bare, and overall, if you listened to this one with your eyes shut, you would know it was from the 90s. Everything isn’t overly compressed, and it has a nice variety of styles from pure punk, to some experimental acoustic tracks, even a little jazz. The emotions and intensity can be felt in the airwaves.

I like this one, but I can’t listen to it too many times. I don’t know if it’s the intensity, or just style, but like I said in my earlier post, I like a good solid sing-a-long tune. Granted you can sing along to most of these on the album, but knowing the subject matter, I think I’d rather be more active. Like taking a hammer, and smashing patriarchy. Gosh I love doing that.

  • Side A
    • I Don’t Like You – The Muffs
    • Fed up With High School Days – Banana Erectors
    • Nick and Nick – The Grown-Ups
    • Ain’t Hittin’ on Nothin’ – The Detroit Cobras
    • Dishy – Candypants
    • Shake – Friggs
    • Baby Love – Supersnazz
    • When I Was Your Girlfriend – The Chubbies
    • Happy Days – The Barbarellas
  • Side B
    • Shit Finger Dick – Lunachicks
    • Six Years – The Eyeliners
    • Put a Sock in It – Lo-Hi
    • Anyway You Like It – Holly Golightly
    • Cet Air-La – April March
    • My Fascination – Buck
    • Retard Girl – Hole
  • Side C
    • Survive – The Bags
    • I’m Sorry – Starpower
    • Sad Little Bug – April March & The Makers
    • Terri Man – Red Aunts
    • My Spit – Calamity Jane
    • I Want You – Shitbirds
    • Bomb the Twist – 5, 6, 7, 8’s
    • Happy Right This Second – Trinket
  • Side D
    • I’m Not Coming – Fur
    • Ca Plane Pour Moi – Three Headcoatees
    • I’m into Something Good – The Stool Pigeons
    • Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind – April March/ Los Cincos
    • Eggnog – The Electrocutes
    • Burn Your World Down – Pussy Crush
    • Keep It In The Hole – Candy 500

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Listening Room # 7 – Cher – Heart Of Stone

Cher – Heart Of Stone  (1989) on Geffen

Cher-Heart-of-Stone-FrontOh yes, I am still stuck in the 80s. Why? Well, considering the current sad state of rock right now (Nickelback, Creed is reuniting), I find the music that makes me happiest is the stuff from the 80s. Pop, Rock, or Metal, it’s all good. So, in honor of the inner diva in me, here is my review of Cher’s “Heart of Stone.”

This is one of the earliest albums I remember listening to as a kid. My mom had it on cassette and I would listen to it all the time on my walk(wo)man. It was pink paint splattered. Nice. This was Cher’s biggest album of the 80s and for good reason. It’s big on production and writer/producer credits. Jon Bon Jovi, Diane Warren, Bonnie Tyler, and Desmond Child and Michael Bolton. Now, say what you want, it’s a hard bet to match the hooks in the album. I like songs you can sing to and dance to. It’s where I can from and I have strayed and returned.

Of course, Cher’s vocals are top notch in this, before that weird computer sound effect she used in her 2000 work.Cher-Heart-of-Stone-alternate There is something about late 80s vocals that I am just in awe about. It’s layered, with lots of chorus and big, but not in the gospel choir way, but like Arena Rock big. Like Journey.

The album has your standard keyboard’s and synth, and of course lightly distorted guitar. Ibanez if I am hearing correctly. Ibanez was crazy in the 80s.  The hooks are solid, the mixing is just perfect, as I would imagine with such big wigs on this one.  Gosh, I love this album. I want to grab a hairbrush and sing and point in the mirror “You Wouldn’t Know Love If It Knocked Down Your Door!” Which is my favorite song from the album. I am remembering the lyrics all over again as I listen. Basically, if you love the 80s, you’ll love this one. Turn it up, que the key change, and bust out the mesh jumpsuit!

  • Side A
    • If I Could Turn Back Time
    • Just Like Jesse James
    • You Wouldn’t Know Love
    • Heart of Stone
    • Still in Love With You
    • Love on a Rooftop
  • Side B
    • Emotional Fire
    • All Because of You
    • Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?
    • Starting Over
    • Kiss to Kiss
    • After All

And youtube…talk to me:

 And oh, yea, this is awesome:

P.S. Best present I ever got my mom, Cher tickets for her farewell tour. Karma is coming back.

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