Sunday, July 31, 2011

Vintage 80s Pop to Suit My Mood

OK, so I haven't posted in a long while and this post shouldn't even count since it is just a musical selection of some songs I listened to this morning. This is however all I can manage at the moment. For my dear regular visitors (are there any left since my absence?) you might be wondering - I did go to Iceland?  I did and I found it to be a fabulous place - full of amazing geography, distinctive culture and incredible history. I also figured out the path that the sun takes from sunup to sunset when it only dips below the horizon for an hour - to satisfy my curious mind. (The next question: what is it's path when you are standing on the North Pole? Sadly, I guess I will never know.)   I will get to my Iceland travels at some point no doubt. But not today.

Today I put my toes very gingerly back into the Blogsphere with a musical selection for a nostalgic Sunday.  Longer and more meaty posts will need to wait in line for my time and attention.

Under Pressure
I wonder why this tune caught my ear on the radio yesterday?  LOL - we hear that which resonates, I guess.

"Under Pressure" is a 1981 song recorded by Queen and David Bowie. It marked Bowie's first released collaboration with another recording artist as a performer, and is featured on Queen's 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also number 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.

The song was played live at every Queen concert between 1982-1986.

You Take Me Up

The Thompson Twins were a British pop group that were formed in April 1977 and disbanded in May 1993. They achieved considerable popularity in the mid 1980s, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US and around the globe. The band was named after the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson in Hergé's comic strip, The Adventures of Tintin. A predominantly synthpop trio, they were joined on stage at Live Aid by Madonna and were at the forefront of the second so-called British Invasion.

This is a fun Video to watch and it draws an odd caricature of my life at the moment,"It's a labour of love so don't ask me why". I put this one on my wake up play list. :)

I work on the frontline
I work to survive

And I sleep in a fever - so this is my life.
I cry in my sleep - cry boy
cry boy

It just makes me weep
when I try how I try.
I know what it means to work hard on machines.
It's a labour of love
so please
don't ask me why.
I'm looking for reasons - day in
day out.
I'm trying too hard - he's trying too hard.
I'm moving in circles - too hot
too hot.
Don't get very far - don't get very far.
Should I ask she to dance - dance boy
dance boy.
If I promise romance
will you come for the ride.
I know what it means
to work hard on machines.
Do you believe in love one that lasts for all time.

You take me up
oh ho
you take me up to the higher ground.
You take me up so high
now I never want to come back down
I'm glad in these hard times - day in
day out.
There's hope in your eyes - hope in his eyes.
I don't need a religion - too hot
too hot.
'Cause this love never dies - love never dies.
I believe in today - believe boy
believe boy.
It's better that way and you work through the night.
I know what it means
to work hard on machines.
It's a labour of love
so please
don't ask me why.
You take me up
oh ho
you take me up to the higher ground. . .
I cry in my sleep - cry boy
cry boy. . . .
You take me up
oh ho
you take me up to the higher ground. . .
You take me up. oh ho. you take me up to the higher ground. . .

The Power of Love
There is more than one song which was released in the 1980s by this name. The song that is best known was featured in that great 1980s movie Back to the Future. The You Tube is not embeddable so you need to go here to see the Video, which features clips of the movie that made this song famous.

"The Power of Love" is the title of a 1985 single by Huey Lewis and the News written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future. It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, their second number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, and was a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, where it appeared on UK editions of the band's fourth studio album, Fore!. The song was nominated for an Academy Award at the 58th Academy Awards.

Also released in the in the 1980s (1984 to be exact) was a song by the same name written by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was also a top 10 hit and stayed in the #1 spot for 18 weeks in the UK. It is slower and more sensual and is a good listen also.  I  prefer this one by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Welcome to the Pleasuredome
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome" is the title track to the 1984 debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The lyrics of the song were inspired by the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

While criticized at the time of release and afterward for being a song that glorifies debauchery, the lyrics (and video) make clear that the point of the song, just as Coleridge's poem, is about the dangers of this kind of lifestyle. This song, along with Relax, made Frankie Goes To Hollywood even more controversial than they already were.
Oh, what I would give for a little debauchery in my life right now. LOL

Kubla Khan
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me
That with music loud and long
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed
And drunk the milk of Paradise.


  1. Queen, with Freddie Mercury, would be among those at the top of my list, Peggy, and David Bowie would be close behind. But, if I could spend an evening with anyone on your list of today, undoubtedly, I would select Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    You seem to be the only legitimate traveler among those I am following. Two more "polar" opposites than Cuba and Iceland would be hard to find, and I am not just talking about the weather, either.

    I have been to Cuba, and would like to go again. I have not been any closer to Iceland than 35,000 feet or thereabouts flying over it, but I would love to land someday.

    Nice to see you posting again.

  2. Hello Fram, thanks for popping by. I thought you might like the first of my selections, and now that I think about it, it does not surprise me that you have a special place for Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

    We could have an interesting conversation I am sure, about both Cuba and Iceland. Maybe some day eh?

    I plan to go back to both places - next February Cuba for about 6 weeks but probably not for a few years Iceland. I would like to go for 2 weeks and do a road trip around the island on the ring road. Who knows, maybe our roads will cross? We both seem to be travelers:)

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