Well, it's much more understated than most of their stuff, and I think Ray Manzarek salvages the song. It's his song far more than it his Morrison's, and Morrison and his whole outsized persona was what I could not stand about the Doors.
"I got chunks of guys like you in my stool."
Upvoted for the downgrading of "Imagine," a song that to me has not aged well in the 41 years since Lennon's death.
My potentially polarizing view on "Hello I Love You": I truly hate it. The Doors are one of my least-favorite bands, like, ever. I would take their entire catalog an dump it in the trash bin. Except for "Riders on the Storm," which is, actually, really awesome.
As someone who has always been very divided on George Michael's/Wham's catalog, I need to chime in that I always thought "Freedom '85" was pretty good, too.
And yet, "Freedom '90" sounds for all the world like a #1, and it didn't even get close (although THAT one gets a ton more airplay 31 years later).
Damn. I went 10-10-9-10 here, which means I gave more 10s in this poll than I have given to all the #1s combined in the last 3 years. Phil Collins' best solo song, one of my favorite Bond themes of them all, and Journey's greatest song (Neil Schon's solo on the outro is an all-timer).
Praying for Time “Praying for Time” is a genuine oddity. What we have here is a bona fide superstar who never had trouble getting airplay and never had trouble getting to #1, but “Praying for Time” is a song that’s been lost to time. Not only has it been lost to time, but I barely remember it from the time in which it existed. There are, perhaps, two reasons for this: one is the complete absence of an actual hook, and two, I think, is the relative lack of airplay (maybe?) for a chart-topping hit. Add to this the fact that radio stations never gave the song recurrent airplay. By 1991, it was like “Praying for Time” had never existed (it should have been called “Praying for Airtime”). But this still doesn’t account for why a song by such a massively popular artist was treated as such an afterthought. I’ll be honest, when I went back to revisit “Praying for Time,” I really didn’t remember how it went. It’s hard to, with no chorus, and with a pace that simmers throughout without ever really bubbling to the surface, there’s not much to grab hold of here. (Perhaps you musicologists here at TNOCS could tell me, is there ever a key change in this song?) Except the lyrics. “Praying for Time” is better than that. It is, I think, better than almost any of George Michael’s #1s (so, by the way, is “Freedom ‘90” from this same album). Michael was clearly going for something profound here, and the way the song barely even heats to a boil is, I think, a deliberate allegory to something that remains powerfully unresolved – which is pretty much the theme of the song itself. I came back to this, barely able to recall the song. I leave here markedly more impressed than I thought I’d be. It’s not necessarily an enjoyable song, but it is both profound and earnest. For that, I give it a 7/10. For higher than that, I still need a hook.
"Here I am" is not even part of the chorus. They could have just called it "Just When I Thought I Was Over You" and called it a day.
AC/DC gets more airplay now than they did 40 years ago. They are mainstream now. They were not mainstream in 1980.
"Harper Valley P.T.A." = "Ode to Billie Joe." Two songs with completely different meanings and moods ("PTA" satirical and funny, "Ode" grim and cryptic), but with almost the same melody. And one song was made into a movie, the other was made into a Barbara Eden sitcom. Oh, and both songs are classics.
I didn't write anything up on "Close to You" for today, so I'd like to appropriate this as my proxy "review" because you pretty much summed up my non-feelings for this completely inconsequential song.
How many people see the Air Supply title "Here I Am" and think it's their previous single, "The One That You Love," whose chorus begins with the phrase, "here I am"? Well, "Here I Am" is no better than "The One That You Love," and is Exhibit B of Air Supplies worst excesses.
So which '60s song has been in the repertoire of more high school marching bands? "Hang on Sloopy" or "Hey Baby"?
"What's good about Def Leppard is also what's good about Nelson" Yes, indeed. I underwrite all your comments, bigpapi. I am always up for a "pop BOMB."
I am already on record for stating that "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (a 10/10) is my favorite Phil Collins solo song.
I like 1990 better than 1989, and 1991 won't be too bad, either.
I loved "Garden Party." I liked how Rick Nelson married such a defiant lyric with such a laidback vibe. If you can't please everyone, you got to please yourself" is actually one of the greatest couplets ever written.
A lot of that personality comes from Ann Wilson, though. I wouldn't want to hear what Michael Bolton or several of Diane Warren's other song interpreters would have done with it.
It's been a long time since I've listened to Brigade, but it's certainly unappreciated. And yes, "Under The Sky" is a really good song, as is "Secret" and "I Didn't Want to Need You." The #2 hit we have discussed frequently just happens to be the turd in the punch bowl on Brigade.
"Sometimes I contemplate my favorite things that backup vocalists have had to sing, and “tenement slum” is among the best." This is a great little side topic. I would have to go with the Pips: "Superstar, but he didn't get far."
I should have added in my big post on the song that "Love and Affection" was the first 10 I have given out in 3+ virtual years, when I gave 10s to both "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Alone."
"Hey Jude" was revolutionary (pun not intended) for the way it forced AM radio stations to change their rules about not playing songs more than 3 minutes long. They HAD to play "Hey Jude." But I'd have been fine with them cutting it down to 3:30.
I loved your breakdown of "Hey Jude," Legeis. It was a very thoughtful analysis. Among the Beatles' (and McCartney/Wings') many multi-part songs, I'm still gonna stick with "A Day in the Life" or "Live and Let Die."
It was Springsteen's final Top 40 hit ("The Rising" DIDN'T make the Top 40? Astounding.), but you never, ever hear "Secret Garden" anywhere on this earth anymore.
I recently took a long trip with a lot of connections: I started out on the "Groovy Train," changed over at the "Love Train," had a rough rush-hour trek on the "Downtown Train," then spent a few hours on the "Downbound Train" and the finally settled in overnight on the "Dream Weaver."
"Turn Your Love Around" is just a notch or so below my favorite 1980s George Benson tune, "Give Me The Night."
Chris, Although I would never refer to myself as an Air Supply FAN, "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" was unironically tremendous (and better than its literal sister-song by Bonnie Tyler), and I always had a soft spot for "Lost in Love," which was, sonically, a really good song. "Sweet Dreams" isn't at that level, but it's also considerably less cloying than their sappiest of hits (I'm looking at you, "The One That I Love.").
"Magic" isn't just my favorite Cars song (and that's saying A LOT, by the way), but it's my favorite "Magic," too. #JusticeForTheOtherMagic"
Yeah, 5 hours after I posted this, I can see there's more positive feedback than I figured there would be.
A few hours after I posted this, I am seeing more "hey, this is better than I thought" themed comments here, which I didn't necessarily expect. Nirvana only had two(!) top 40 hits. The monster everybody remembers only got to #6. It was intriguing in its time, but I never loved it. And I really ... well, no use pissing everybody off, so I'll stop there.
"After The Rain" is much, much better than a 3 (maybe a 7), and, for that matter, "Garden Party" is much better than a 5. In fact, I might give it a 9 for its easy country tinges that counterbalance defiant but clever lyrical content.
There will be no campaigning for future #1s within a 200-foot radius of this day's #1. (But, yes, "MmmBop" was a whole lot better than it ever had a right to be.)
Unlike their atrocity from earlier in 1990, these are all great songs -- especially the often overlooked "Nothin' At All."
On this site, I think sometimes that comments get tagged if they don't have profanities in them.
You go, Shadowboxer! Good for you, you have my support.
For all the times Tom went against the grain and outraged a lot of us, I am in his camp on his lukewarm appraisal of the legendary "Hey Jude." Its unending outro is unnecessary and self indulgent. It might have been a classic at 4 minutes. At 7 minutes it becomes a burden.
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