[Playlist] 50 Songs For When You Want to Dance and ROCK!

I have to admit – this was indeed one of the most interesting and enjoyable playlists I’ve ever made (and believe me I’ve made a lot of playlists throughout my life). It’s June, summer is right around the corner, everyone is in a good mood and I truly believe that the best way to let loose and embrace this awesome summer feeling is through music! I collected 50 songs from various genres – classic/hard/soft/pop/ rock, etc. and came up with this playlist of songs perfectly suitable for your dance + rock mood! I do hope you enjoy it! I am jumping from one era to another but that doesn’t really matter – these rock tunes are here to make us feel good and DANCE!

Listen to some of the tracks and check the playlist below the videos:

 

Playlist:

Bob Seger – Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Tina Turner – Steamy Windows
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
David Bowie – Fame
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
INXS – Need You Tonight
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Steve Perry ft.  Kenny Loggins  – Don’t Fight It
Van Halen – Jump
Chubby Checker – Twist
Bryan Adams – She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancing
Def Leppard – Make Love Like a Man
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Queen – I Want to Break Free
Roxette – The Look
Van Halen – Summer Nights
Van Halen – Jump
Van Halen – Dance The Night Away
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Genesis – I Can’t Dance
ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
Eric Clapton – Cocaine
Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite
Hall & Oates – Maneater
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
Poison – Your Mama Don’t Dance
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
Bon Jovi – Bed Medicine
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
Joan Jett – I Love Rock N’ Roll
Queen – We Will Rock You
ZZ TOP – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69
Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls
Duran Duran – Skin Trade

Foreigner – Reaction To Action
Foreigner – Hot Blooded
Warrant – Cherry Pie
Def Leppard – Rock Rock Till You Drop
Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode


 

[PLAYLIST] 10 Classic Rock Songs About Femme Fatales

Women will always remain the number one inspiration for all rock musicians. In addition to the theme of heartbreak, sadness and betrayal, however, throughout the years we have also witnessed how rockers incorporate the theme of “femme fatale” in their songs. Personally, I’m quite fond of the “tough girl” topic and I really enjoy songs that portray women in such way.
I thought about this topic and came up with this playlist, featuring classic rock songs about girls who know how to leave an impression and make a man’s heart go wild… I would also like to focus on the lyrics because above all, that’s how musicians convey their thoughts and feelings…and in these cases, the lyrics are more than brilliant…

Playlist:

Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough (1993)
Foreigner – She’s Too Tough (1984)
Foreigner – Woman in Black (1981)
Survivor – Popular Girl (1894)
Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (1988)
Queen – Killer Queen (1974)
AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie (1977)
AC/DC – She’s Got Balls (1975)
Simple Minds – She’s a River (1995)
Billy Joel – Stiletto (1978)
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Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale (1967)
Hall & Oates – Maneater (1982)


Def Leppard – She’s Too Tough (1993)

Love loaded she’s got plenty to spare
She’ll pull your trigger if only you dare
She’s no angel…

She’s too tough
Can’t help it, She just can’t help it
She’s too tough
Can’t help it, She just can’t help it

Hands off, well it’s Catch-22
Y’ can’t touch if she can’t have you
She’s no angel, oh no…
Whiplash give you six of the best
Lay back let her mind do the rest
She’s no angel…


Foreigner – She’s Too Tough (1984)

Well, she’s a hard headed woman
Got a mean attitude
I may have bitten off more than I can chew
I get a little light headed
At her altitude
But she goes one step higher
If I’m going to spend the rest of my life
With a woman like that, I better think twice

She’s too tough
I said she’s too tough
From the moment she wakes up
Her mind is made up
She’s too tough, she’s too tough…


Foreigner – Woman in Black (1981)

I knew the moment
I walked through that door
I felt so close to a burning sensation
It got so warm
As I moved across the floor
My body aching with anticipation

I saw a dark silhouette, at the table
I tried to talk, but I was unable
She drew me in right under her spell
I was hypnotized by the sudden temptation

Of that woman in black, she’s a mystery
She’s everything a woman should be
Woman in black, she’s got a hold on me
She’s in control, she won’t set me free…


Survivor – Popular Girl (1894)

When she walks in the room, every eye in the place
Turns to follow her every move
She’s arrived on the scene in her diamonds and jeans
World class — she’s got nothing to prove
It takes a long time to know her, whe gives it up a little at a time

She’s gettin’ what she wants
She’s a popular girl
Settin’ those hearts on fire
Everybody wants to be
Part of her world
She’s a popular girl
Such a popular girl

She walks down the street, knocks ’em dead on their feet
With a casual nonchalance
When she’s breaking your heart, she’s the state of the art
With license to take what she wants
It takes a hard man to hold her, she likes to get a little out of line…


Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana (1988)

…She’s Saying That’s Ok
Hey Baby Do What You Please
I Have The Stuff That You Want
I Am The Thing That You Need
She Looked Me Deep In The Eyes
She’s Touchin’ Me So To Start
She Says There’s No Turnin’ Back
She Trapped Me In Her Heart
Dirty Diana…


Queen – Killer Queen (1974)

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

…Perfume came naturally from Paris
For cars she couldn’t care less
Fastidious and precise

She’s a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime…


AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie (1977)

Wanna tell you story
About woman I know
When it comes to lovin’
She steals the show
She ain’t exactly pretty
Ain’t exactly small
Fourt’two thirt’ninefiftysix
You could say she’s got it all

Never had a woman
Never had a woman like you
Doin’ all the things
Doin’ all the things you do
Ain’t no fairy story
Ain’t no skin and bones
But you give it all you got
Weighin’ in at nineteen stone
You’re a whole lotta woman
A whole lotta woman
Whole lotta Rosie…


AC/DC – She’s Got Balls (1975)

She’s got style that woman
Makes me smile that woman
She’s got spunk that woman
Funk that woman
She’s got speed my lady
Got what I need my babe
She’s got the ability, hey
To make a man outta me

But most important of all
Let me tell you
My lady’s got balls…


Simple Minds – She’s a River (1995)

Shadow let go
There’s something you should know
I just found my new direction
And I hope you like the key
Like the air that led me to it
She’s like the wind that sucked me through it
She’s a river and she’s turning there in front of me
Stand back – get back
She’ll paint your blue skies black
She gives bullet proof protection
Got a resurrection feel
When I’m scared, and ’bout to lose
She gives me travelling shoes
She’s a river and she’s turning in front of me
And I go blind
Wasting my time
While the rivers in front of me
That’s where I’m goin’ to be….


Billy Joel – Stiletto (1978)

She cuts you once, she cuts you twice
But still you believe
The wound is so fresh you can taste the blood
But you don’t have strength to leave
You’ve been bought, you’ve been sold
You’ve been locked outside the door
But you stand there pleadin’
With your insides bleedin’
‘Cause deep down you want some more
Then she says she wants forgiveness
It’s such a clever masquerade
She’s so good with her stiletto
You don’t even see the blade…


+ Bonus Tracks

Velvet Underground – Femme Fatale (1967)

Here she comes, you better watch your step
She’s going to break your heart in two, it’s true It’s not hard to realize
Just look into her false colored eyes
She builds you up to just put you down, what a clown
‘Cause everybody knows (She’s a femme fatale)
The things she does to please (She’s a femme fatale)
She’s just a little tease (She’s a femme fatale)

See the way she walks
Hear the way she talks
You’re put down in her book
You’re number 37, have a look
She’s going to smile to make you frown, what a clown
Little boy, she’s from the street
Before you start, you’re already beat
She’s gonna play you for a fool, yes it’s true…


Hall & Oates – Maneater (1982)

 I wouldn’t if I were you
I know what she can do
She’s deadly man
And she could really rip your world apart
Mind over matter
Ooh, the beauty is there
But a beast is in the heart

(Oh-oh, here she comes)
Watch out boy
She’ll chew you up
(Oh-oh, here she comes)
She’s a maneater…


 

P.S. – Let’s keep an open mind; Every song is open to interpretation based on personal perceptions! Cheers!

SUNDAY 1/05 ~ Today In Song Lyrics

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Somehow, I couldn’t stop myself.
I just wanted to know how it felt.
Too strong, I couldn’t hold on….
Now I’m just tryin’ to make some sense
Out of how and why this happened.
Where we’re heading, there’s just no knowing.

And then I crashed into you,
And I went up in flames….

(Daughtry – Crashed)

…I had a dream, for a moment I believed it was true
I’d have given anything just to be there with you
Are you hiding somewhere behind those eyes?

I just freeze every time you see through me…

(Icehouse – Electric Blue)

It’s the way that you’re leaving,
It’s like we never knew each other at all, it may be my fault,
I gave you too many reasons, being alone, when I didn’t want to
I thought you’d always be there, I almost believed you,
All this time, I still remember everything you said,
There’s so much you promised, how could I ever forget…

(Genesis – In Too Deep)

I can’t get any stronger
I can’t climb any higher
You’ll never know just how hard I’ve tried
Cry a little longer
And hold a little tighter
Emotions can’t be satisfied
You look up at me
And somewhere in your mind you see
A man I’ll never be…

(Boston – A Man I’ll Never Be)

I need a love that grows
I don’t want it unless I know
With each passing hour
Someone somehow
Will be there, ready to share

I need a love that’s strong
I’m so tired of being alone
But will my lonely heart play the part
Of the fool again
Before I begin…

(Steve Perry – Foolish Heart)

I can’t sleep I keep dreaming I’m losing you
Feel so alone in the night, scared to open my eyes
I’m in too deep, I’m in over my head this time
Can’t get you out of my mind no matter how hard I try
So won’t you….
Say you will, say you won’t
Make up your mind tonight
Say you do, say you won’t
Be my guiding light…

(Foreigner – Say You Will)

You’re the meaning in my life
You’re the inspiration
You bring feeling to my life
You’re the inspiration
Wanna have you near me
I wanna have you hear me sayin’
No one needs you more than I need you

And I know, yes I know that it’s plain to see
We’re so in love when we’re together
And I know that I need you here with me
From tonight until the end of time
You should know, everywhere I go
Always on my mind, in my heart in my soul…

(Chicago – You’re The Inspiration)

I’ve been meaning to tell you
I’ve got this feelin’ that won’t subside
I look at you and I fantasize
You’re mine tonight
Now I’ve got you in my sights
…With these hungry eyes
One look at you and I can’t disguise
I’ve got hungry eyes
I feel the magic between you and I
I wanna hold you so hear me out
I wanna show you what love’s all about
Darlin’ tonight
Now I’ve got you in my sights…

(Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes)

As you look around this room tonight
Settle in your seat and dim the lights
Do you want my blood, do you want my tears
What do you want
What do you want from me
Should I sing until I can’t sing any more
Play these strings until my fingers are raw
You’re so hard to please
What do you want from me….

(Pink Floyd – What Do You Want From Me)

…Since you left me I’m near to heartbreak
I want you so bad don’t turn away
What does it take to stay by my side
You know I’ll do what you want me to
Don’t take away this feeling inside
I’m still in love with you
I surrender, I surrender
I’m giving up the role of pretender
I remember, I remember
Can’t you feel the love that I send you
I surrender…

(Rainbow – I Surrender)

 

My Favorite ’80s Rock Albums! (PART 2)

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Hello, everyone!

Previously, I have listed 10 of my favorite rock albums from the 80s (you can check the publication by clicking here – [CLICK HERE] My Top 10 ’80s Rock Albums! ). However, since we are talking about the 80s and rock music, naturally, much more than 10 albums are in “my favorite” category. Therefore, I decided to prepare a part 2 and list 10 more incredible records from the golden era of rock, I love and appreciate with all my heart and soul. There will be a part 3, 4, etc. for sure because let’s face it – 80s were the greatest decade for rock music and one can’t but love all the music that was released back then… It is indeed very difficult for me to choose favorites but I will try…

Now – here we go again…


 

Survivor – Vital Signs ( 1984 )

Survivor - Vital SignsAnyone who knows me is quite aware of the fact that I ADORE Survivor and Jimi Jamison is one of my favorite male vocalists of all time. “Vital Signs” happens to be the first album with him as their frontman and as a bonus we can find some awesome classics, such as “I Can’t Hold Back”, “High on You” and “First Night”. I think this is my favorite Survivor album in general and I am particularly fond of the song “Popular Girl” which is very catchy and has such captivating lyrics… “When she’s breaking your heart, she’s the state of the art… with license to take what she wants…”


 

AC/DC – For Those About To Rock We Salute You ( 1981 )

acdc for those about to rock we salute you albumThe follow up of AC/DC’s highly successful album “Back in Black” turned out to be equally important for their career and as perfect as one can imagine. I also consider “For Those About to Rock We Salute You” as their greatest album in terms of technicality, vocal delivery and quality of production. The title song is also one of my favorite 80s tunes – the lyrics and the energy of it are out of this world. Songs such as “Let’s Lit It Up” and “Spellbound” are also among my favorite tracks of the era. The album is the third and final collaboration between AC/DC and famous producer Mutt Lange.


 

Steve Perry – Street Talk ( 1984 )

Steve Perry - Street TalkThe first solo album of Steve Perry turned out to be a phenomenal project and of course it’s going to be in my favorite rock albums from the 80s! The title track of “Street Talk”“Oh Sherrie” is beyond impressive and I can’t have my day going without listening to it at least once. In addition to this massive hit, songs such as “Foolish Heart” and “She’s Mine” are also among my ultimate favorite tracks from the album (and from the 80s as well). Steve Perry is an incredible talent and I am so happy he released this album – it’s the golden egg of my collection!


 

Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes
( 1983 )

Eric Clapton - Money and CigarettesI have a whole publication dedicated to the greatness of this album – you can read it here: [CLICK HERE] [The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes
What else can I say? This is my favorite album of Eric Clapton and contrary to the popular belief I think what he did in the 80s was quite impressive! The sound is indeed a little bit more commercial but the songs are very well-written and create such a beautiful mood. Among all, I think “Pretty Girl” and “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart” are my ultimate favorite songs from this album.


 

Genesis – Invisible Touch ( 1986 )

Genesis - Invisible TouchTill today, “Invisible Touch” remains Genesis’ best-selling album and one of the most loved records of the era. I love Phil Collins and I’ve always preferred him as their frontman in comparison with Peter Gabriel. The record has so many beautiful and quite famous tracks – “Invisible Touch”, “Land of Confusion” and of course my personal favorite – “In Too Deep”. The overall sound of the album may be too soft for some people, but to me it sounds perfect. I particularly enjoy the electronic drums.

 


 

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms ( 1985 )

Dire Straits - Brothers in ArmsI love Dire Straits and this is absolutely my favorite album of theirs. With awesome tracks such as “Money for Nothing”, “So Far Away” and “Walk of Life”, the album was destined for success. It occupied top chart positions for months!  “Money for Nothing” was also one of the most played music videos in the history of MTV. It’s an awesome track – probably one of THE tracks of the 80s and the MV is also quite memorable and era-defining – let’s just watch it…


 

Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry ( 1981 )

Def Leppard - High n DryOf course you will find yet another album of Def Leppard in here, on this list…you know now much I love all of their work! “High ‘n’ Dry” was the album that signaled that something strong and powerful was coming and it was going to change to course of rock music – that thing was called Def Leppard! “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”, “Lady Strange” and “On through the Night” are just a few of the songs I love from this album. The 80s belonged to Def Leppard and this album is indeed one of their finest projects. Interesting fact – it’s their final album with guitarist and original member Pete Willis.


 

Judas Priest – Turbo ( 1986 )

Judas Priest - TurboThis has to be my favorite Judas Priest album of all time. “Turbo” marked the band’s first use of guitar synthesizers and as a result, a very unique and interesting sound was crafted. Songs such as “Turbo Lover”, “Locked In” and “Rock You All around the World” are ultimate classics and I do really enjoy listening to them on a daily basis. The reason why this album in particular is here, on this list is because it’s somehow different from all of their works – the theme of love and romance is heavily emphasized and I absolutely like it!


 

Foreigner – Agent Provocateur ( 1984 )

Foreigner - Agent ProvocateurBut of course Foreigner’s ultimate hit record “Agent Provocateur” is going to be on my list!! I love Foreigner and this album is so special and important to me. It was a bit criticized for being too commercial and ordinary; however to me this album is everything! It contains the band’s biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is” and my most favorite Foreigner song of all time – “That Was Yesterday”. Also, I have a very special bond with “Reaction to Action” and I can’t have my day without listening to this song at least a few times…


 

Rainbow – Bent Out of Shape ( 1983 )

Rainbow - Bent Out of ShapeRainbow with Joe Lynn Turner was the most amazing combination ever! During his time as their frontman, they released some awesome albums and Bent out of Shape” has to be my favorite one among all. “Can’t Let You Go” and “Street of Dreams” are classics which will always be remembered, played and performed – they will forever remain some of the most appreciated anthems of the 80s!


 

This is it for now! Tell me your favorite rock albums from the 80s!
Stay tuned for part 3!

Velina

xoxo

Rock and Sax Might Be The Most Magical Blend In Music!

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Greetings, everyone!

Previously, I have expressed so many times how much I love when rock musicians feature piano in their songs – there is something very touching and captivating when a guitar and a piano play together. However, what I adore even more than that is the combination of rock ‘n’ roll and saxophone. There is just something so magical and fascinating about the saxophone as an instrument…and when you add some brilliant rock tunes, you get the finest thing in the world! To many people, such blends might be rather unusual and difficult to swallow, however I truly believe that sax and rock ‘n’ roll go very well together. I strongly believe that saxophone might be the perfect detail to any rock song and can enhance it like no other instrument or digital effect. To prove that saxophone truly belongs in rock music, I have gathered 10 of my favorite rock songs, featuring an outstanding saxophone solos! I truly hope that there are more people out there who truly cherish and admire this magical collaboration. Let’s listen to…


 

The first two songs come from Pink Floyd and they are probably the finest examples of how well a saxophone can enhance the overall atmosphere of the song and create something outstanding as a result. These two songs were featured in their 1973 album “Dark Side Of The Moon” and are my personal favorites! Just listen to the brilliant saxophone solos…

Pink Floyd – Us And Them ( 1973 )

Pink Floyd – Money ( 1973 )


 

And the song that made me love saxophone and rock together so much is this one! Another perfect example of how well a sax solo fits in a perfect and catchy hard rock melody. Foreigner’s “Urgent” is an absolute classic and the sax might be the reason why…Listen…

Foreigner – Urgent ( 1981 )


 

This has got to be one of the greatest songs in history. No one can deny the energy and power that comes out of that saxophone. The song is more soft and melodic but the presence of the sax solo is what makes it so colorful and unique…

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street ( 1978 )


 

David Bowie’s “Modern Love” is another example of how a saxophone can bring so much energy and completely change your mood for better. Just look at them having the time of their lives on that stage…..
Miss you, David…

David Bowie – Modern Love ( 1983 )


 

I love everything about this song – the rhythm, the vocals…and of course the outstanding saxophone solo by Sonny Rollins. This is actually one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs – It makes me feel soo goood….

Rolling Stones – Slave ( 1981 )


 

I just had to include this ultimate classic by the legendary Bob Seger… And people still have the guts to tell me sax and rock don’t go together!!!? This right here is probably my favorite example to give…

Bob Seger – Old Time Rock and Roll ( 1978 )


 

The boss loves saxophones and his songs often feature a sax accompaniment. This one is I think my personal favorite because we can listen to the smooth sounds of the sax throughout the entire song..

Bruce Springsteen – Spirit In The Night
( 1973 )


 

This song is a relatively recent discovery of mine and I’m so happy it came into my life…it’s an absolute masterpiece! I wish I could hear more saxophone but still, the sax details make it so beautiful!

Dream Theater – Another Day ( 1992 )


 

Finally, I decided to include something more hardcore to show you guys that a song doesn’t necessarily have to be soft to include a saxophone solo. Steve Mackay is the brilliant sax technician who made this song so perfect…

The Stooges – Fun House ( 1970 )


 

And many many more….

[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Foreigner – 4

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You won’t believe how excited I am to talk about this album. If you follow my publications, you would know that Foreigner and I go way back and my relationship with their music is very personal and very strong – I cannot think of any other band which defines me so much (except Def Leppard, of course). Since we have already established my unconditional love for Foreigner, I think it’s time to move on to their smashing hit record “4” which also happens to be one of my favorite Foreigner albums of all time! I would like to take a moment of your time to talk a little bit more about the album and the brilliant songs you can find on it. Also, I would like to emphasize that there is absolutely no possible excuse for not having this record in your personal collection – it’s a MUST and I urge you to go and get it if you don’t have it yet! If you love classic rock, you should know that “4” is one of the albums that defined the 80s and gave the music industry something to talk about for decades ahead!  


 

Foreigner 4Released: July 2, 1981
Recorded: 1981 at Electric Lady Studios, New York City
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock
Length: 42:10
Label: Atlantic Records
Producer(s): Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Mick Jones
Singles: “Urgent”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Break It Up”, “Luanne”
Personnel: Lou Gramm – lead vocals, percussion; Mick Jones – guitar, backing vocals, keyboards; Rick Wills – bass guitar, backing vocals; Dennis Elliott – drums, backing vocals;


TRACKLIST:

1. “Night Life”
2. “Juke Box Hero”
3. “Break It Up”
4. “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
5. “Luanne”
6. “Urgent”
7. “I’m Gonna Win”
8. “Woman In Black”
9. “Girl On The Moon”
10. “Don’t Let Go”

+Bonus Tracks On 2002 Reissue, Recorded In 1999

– “Juke Box Hero” (Nearly Unplugged Version)
– “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (Nearly Unplugged Version)


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Overview:

Before we move on to the specific songs, I would like to say a few words about the overall sound and influence of “4”.
Foreigner’s “4” hold the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for exactly 10 weeks – this is a phenomenal success and speaks volumes! The album sold over 7 million copies in the US alone and naturally, it was certified as Platinum by the RIAA. Not only that, but “4” achieved some unbelievable success in Europe, as well – for that I can also guarantee personally because in Bulgaria, Foreigner and especially this album are quite loved and deeply appreciated! Tracks such as “Urgent” and “Waiting for a Girl like You” topped the mainstream rock charts and completely changed the course of rock music!
Furthermore, all the songs from the album are written and composed by Mick Jones and/or Lou Gramm. This right here is what I’m talking about – artists writing their own music and lyrics and producing something authentic and truly valuable. That’s definitely what I miss nowadays…

Also, we should not forget about the lengendary Mr Mutt Lange! I’ve said it before and I will say it again – when it comes to producers, Mutt Lange is the absolute genius. With his impeccable attention to detail and ability to just come up with the perfect strategies, Mutt Lange just once again proved that he is a brilliant mastermind when it comes to crafting music and helping an artist reach the top! Interesting fact, he actually contributed with some backing vocals as well – a producer does so many things for a project!

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Producer Mutt Lange
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Foreigner in 1981

 

In terms of sound, “4” marked Foreigner’s full shift to hard rock. Their previous albums, “Head Games” and “Double Vision” established them as one of the most notable AOR bands of the era; however “4” was actually the album that gave them the ultimate ticket to stardom. With the help of Mutt Lange, who had just finished working on AC/DC’s “Back in Black”, Foreigner were able to craft a very rare and unique combination of mainstream rock sound and one-of-a-kind sounding.
In this album, you can also find some of the most brilliant lyrics ever to be written in the history of rock music. Every song tells us a very alluring and colorful story and your imagination can’t but start working the moment you hear Lou’s voice. I’ve always appreciated the way some bands make your imagination go wild with their lyrics – it’s a very pleasant experience as you just dive yourself into the story and imagine being “the woman in black” or the “juke box hero”.
There are countless songs that explore the topic of achieving the dream of “becoming the ultimate rockstar”; however no other song is as exceptional as “Juke Box Hero”. The rhythm, the chorused vocals, the captivating sudden melody changes and of course the superb lyrics can provide you with the much needed power boost and you can indeed feel the energy running through your veins. Maybe it’s just me, but every time I play “Juke Box Hero” (which by the way is at least 2-3 times per day), I get chills down my spine – this song is better than any energy drink!

…That one guitar, felt good in his hands
Didn’t take long, to understand
Just one guitar, slung way down low
Was one way ticket, only one way to go

So he started rockin’
Ain’t never gonna stop
Gotta keep on rockin’
Someday he’s gonna make it to the top…


 

Another song I’d like to focus your attention on is titled “Waiting for a Girl like You” which in my book, happens to the ultimate example of a flawless classic rock ballad. Since its release, the track has become a must-play for any rock radio and one of the main reasons why the album turned out to be so successful. When we talk about Foreigner and tearjerker songs, naturally “I Want to Know What Love Is” (which comes a few years later in their “Agent Provocateur” album) is the first that comes to our minds. However, if you ask me which Foreigner’s most defining ballad is, I would say “Waiting for a Girl Like you”. To me, this song has everything – touching lyrics, beautiful vocals and most importantly, the feeling of hope…

…It feels so right, so warm and true
I need to know if you feel it too

Maybe I’m wrong
Won’t you tell me if I’m coming on too strong
This heart of mine has been hurt before
This time I want be be sure…


 

At last, I would like to move on to the funky, upbeat and probably Foreigner’s most memorable and career-defining songs – “Urgent”. There’s one thing I love more than piano in rock songs and that’s sax in rock songs! Junior Walker‘s signature saxophone solo is the absolute point of delight for me – I can just listen to this song for days!

…Got fire in your veins
Burnin’ hot but you don’t feel the pain
Your desire is insane
You can’t stop until you do it again

But sometimes I wonder as I look in your eyes
Maybe you’re thinking of some other guy
But I know, yes I know, how to treat you right
That’s why you call me in the middle of the night…


 

Some other energetic, catchy, impeccably written melodic rock tunes from “4”, include “Don’t Let Go”, “Luanne” and my personal favourite “Woman in Black”. Just listen to this awesome guitar intro…

…I saw a dark silhouette, at the table
I tried to talk, but I was unable
She drew me in right under her spell
I was hypnotized by the sudden temptation

Of that woman in black, she’s a mystery
She’s everything a woman should be
Woman in black, she’s got a hold on me
She’s in control, she won’t set me free…


 

I will wrap up things by saying that through it all, vocalist Lou Gramm does his role in the most exceptional way one could imagine. I’ve said it before – he is without doubt one of the finest voices of his generation. “4” is probably the album which completely assured his throne in the category of the greatest male rock vocalists. Song such as “Urgent”, “Waiting for a Girl like You” and “I’m Gonna Win” perfectly illustrate his vocal capacity and I am beyond delighted with the way those tracks match his voice! Nothing more to say – his voice is everything!
The following years were quite turbulent for Foreigner, as Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones would often clash and engage in countless ego wars. Eventually, those tensions would lead to the band’s collapse. Nevertheless, “4” remains their ultimate career pick and one of the greatest rock albums ever!

Mick and Lou
Mick and Lou Together on Stage
Songwriters Hall Of Fame 44th Annual Induction And Awards - Backstage
Mick Jones and Lou Gramm attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2013 in New York City.

 

Credits:
Foreigner Official Wikipedia Page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreigner_%28band%29
Foreigner, 4 (album) Official Wikipedia Page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4_%28Foreigner_album%29
“4” Album Review, retrieved from http://www.allmusic.com/album/4-mw0000189922
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual materials used in this publication. All the credits and rights go to the owners and/publishers.

[Mixtape] This Week in Classic Rock Songs

 

 

Happy New Week, rockers!

Time to rise and shine and say hi to Monday! I cannot believe a new week is already starting…not to mention that it’s almost May! Time flies so fast!

Once again it’s time to kick things off with some awesome rock tunes from my personal music library! I hope you will get the much needed rock boost to help you start the new working week…  This week, we will travel back to the 80s and stay there – all the songs from the playlist will be from the golden era of hard rock! I hope you can find some of your favorite songs among this week’s playlist or get reminded of some classics! Let’s roll!

Playlist:

Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive (1986)
Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night) (1981)
Foreigner – Growing Up The Hard Way (1984)
Judas Priest – Hot Rockin’ (1981)
Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now (1982)
Pink Floyd – Learning to Fly (1987)
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy (1984)
Queen – Save Me (1980)
Rainbow – I Surrender (1981)
ZZ Top –  Sharped Dressed Man (1983)


 

Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive (1986)

Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night) (1981)

Foreigner – Growing Up The Hard Way (1984)

Judas Priest – Hot Rockin’ (1981)

Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now (1982)

Pink Floyd – Learning to Fly (1987)

Prince – Let’s Go Crazy (1984)

Queen – Save Me (1980)

Rainbow – I Surrender (1981)

ZZ Top –  Sharped Dressed Man (1983)