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REPOST: The Safety Dance, by Men Without Hats: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Rhythm of Youth

-Artist: Men Without Hats

-Release Year: 1982/1983

-Song Length: 2:44 (extended version: 4:38)

-Genre: Soundtrack, New Wave, Synth-Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (linked below), Apple Music, Pandora, iHeart Radio, or look for the album at your local library!

-Page of Reference in RPO: 180

Lyrics:

S-A-F-E-T-Y
Safety-dance!

Ah we can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re are no friends of mine

I say, we can go where we want to, a place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind,
And we can dance

We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re are no friends of mine
I say, we can go where we want to a place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind
And we can dance.

Ah we can go when we want to the night is young and so am i
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise ’em with the victory cry

I say we can act if want to if we don’t nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile

I say we can dance, we can dance everything out control
We can dance, we can dance we’re doing it wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance everybody takin’ the chance

Safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Ah yes the safety dance

S-A-F-E-T-Y
Safety-dance

We can dance if we want to, we’ve got all your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it
Everything’ll work out right
I say, we can dance if we want to we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re are no friends of mine

I say we can dance, we can dance everything out of control
We can dance, we can dance we’re doing it wall to wall
We can dance, we can dance everybody look at your hands
We can dance, we can dance everybody’s takin’ the chance

Oh well the safety dance
Ah yes the safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Oh well the safety dance
Oh yes the safety dance
Oh the safety dance yeah
Oh it’s the safety dance

It’s the safety dance
Well it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance
Oh it’s the safety dance

Review:

This song is something else.

I’ve listened to it throughout my life because my dad was a DJ (in another lifetime).  He always played awesome music around the house.  And I go through phases where all I listen to is insane gems like this one.

And while the song is fun and silly and is really great to dance to it is the music video that is a blast.

So honestly maybe this is more a review of the vintage fantastic-ness that is the idea of a pop song that really doesn’t make much sense lyrics wise (I mean “everyone look at your hands”…really?) set in what I can only guess is a Renaissance Faire in the 1980s.  Which is just fabulous on its own but come on.

A “heroically” dressed guy in a mix of 1980s fashion and really poorly researched Renaissance fashion is partnered with a little person in a full jesters outfit are joined by a girl in a horrid facsimile of peasant wear walking through an old city in Europe(???) and eventually stumble on a parade of people that all go and join up to create some sort of revelry in a renaissance faire -esque setting.

All while singing about how they “can” dance.  And dancing to a ridiculous dance that makes absolutely no sense.

Its just perfection. And the song is the kind of catchy that you get stuck in your head.

Ok…and I just went and looked some things up about it because why not when you are listening to the thing on repeat to get a good feel for the song overall….

And apparently it was written in protest against the bouncers who were tossing people out who were doing the New Wave dances like pogoing (which is a dance that is done by keeping the upper body stiff and jumping or moving around like that).  I guess it was deemed dangerous to other club goers, particularly the disco dancers. 

Which mean it just earned another half point in my book.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(only because the music video is so absolutely ridiculous that its just vintage perfection at this point! And it’s a protest song…so there…)

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Union of the Snake, by Duran Duran: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Seven and the Ragged Tiger

-Artist: Duran Duran

-Release Year: 1983

-Song Length: 4:20

-Genre: New Wave, Synthpop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 183

Lyrics:

Telegram force and ready
I knew this was a big mistake
There’s a fine line drawing
My senses together
And I think it’s about to break
If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh

Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

Nightshades on a warning
Give me strength at least give me a light
Give me anything even sympathy
There’s a chance you could be right
If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh

Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

If I listen close I can hear them singers, oh
Voices in your body coming through on the radio
The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, it’s gonna move up
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
Moving up it’s gonna race it’s gonna break
Through the borderline

The union of the snake is on the climb
It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, it’s gonna move up
To the borderline

Review:

This is a Duran Duran song I’m at least familiar with.  I think listening to just two or three songs from a band is really hard to review because you don’t get the chance to feel out what their overall sound is and if they have evolved in their music.

This song is good.  The music makes me want to get up and move…I could vibe to it when I was listening to it for review.  The lyrics are clear and aren’t super repetitive which is a nice change from a lot of what I’ve been listening to lately.

This seems to be a progression of the sound from Duran Duran (though they still do fit firmly in that New Wave of the 1980s sound).  It’s a little fuller…a little more mature.  It feels like the just found “it”.

Not super spectacular.  I’m sure they have other songs I would like more but this one is fine.  It isn’t something I would skip on the radio…but I don’t think it will end up on any of my personal playlists anytime soon.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Wild Boys, by Duran Duran: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: The Wild Boys (single)

-Artist: Duran Duran

-Release Year: 1984

-Song Length: 4:18

-Genre: New Wave, Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 38

Lyrics:

Wild boys, wild boys, wild boys
Wild boys

The wild boys are calling on their way back from the fire
In August moon’s surrender to a dust cloud on the rise
Wild boys fallen far from glory, reckless and so hungered
On the razor’s edge you trail because there’s murder
By the roadside in a sore afraid new world

They tried to break us, looks like they’ll try again

Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always shine

You got sirens for a welcome, there’s bloodstain for your pain
And your telephone been ringing while you’re dancing in the rain
Wild boys wonder where is glory, where is all you angels
Now the figureheads have fell
And lovers war with arrows over secrets they could tell

They tried to tame you, looks like they’ll try again

Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always shine

Wild boys, wild boys, wild boys
Wild boys, wild boys, wild boys

Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always
Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes
Wild boys always
Wild boys never lose it
Wild boys never chose this way
Wild boys never close your eyes

Review:

I don’t know much Duran Duran.  This is probably the first song of theirs ive listened to on repeat.  Its an interesting song.

I can’t decide if I like it or not.

For the 1980s New Wave/Rock scene it seems to fit well.  Like so many other songs I’ve reviewed there are the simple repetitive lyrics and a pretty simple beat that makes it catchy to the ear.  But the lyrics are more in line with some of the other bands that tell stories.

I can see why someone who likes bands like Rush and The Police would like Duran Duran. 

Honestly it is really easy to make playlists of a lot of this music to listen to because there are a lot of consistencies in the way the songs sound and feel.  It makes for cohesive and smooth playlists (and sometimes confusing ones where I can’t tell who is singing if I can’t look at the titles…).

I get it…decent song. Fits well into the sound that was coming from the scene in the 1980s.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Synchronicity, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Synchronicity

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1983

-Album Length: 39:42 (44:18 cassette and CD editions)

-Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Synchronicity I
  2. Walking in Your Footsteps
  3. O My God
  4. Mother
  5. Miss Gradenko
  6. Synchronicity II

B Side:

  1. Every Breath You Take
  2. King of Pain
  3. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  4. Tea in the Sahara
  5. Murder by Numbers (bonus track on cassette and CD)

Review:

So, for me it is really the song Every Breath You Take on this album that seals the solid 4 I am rating it.

Because I love a good story behind a song.  And I love a good song that tells a story.

Here is where I think we start to hear less of The Police and more of Sting and his personal sound.  While he has always been the front man of the group it is really in the last two albums that his essence is starting to come through and what eventually came out in his solo career.

But it is the story that Sting has told on so many occasions that makes me laugh.  The song Every Breath You Take is one of the most notable and well-known songs that The Police ever performed.  The story in the song is that of a stalker.  A man stalking a woman…and singing about it.  It is creepy and eerie… and is an excellent song.  What is insane is that most people don’t listen to the lyrics. To the point that Sting has had MULTIPLE couples have told him that this song was “their song”. 

Creepy, and really concerning considering the content of the song…

Overall, this album feels the closest to where Sting began his solo career.  The music is a bit different than the previous albums but that isn’t a bad thing.  They seem to have left the Reggae behind and have come into more of a pop/rock sound.  It is really nice to hear the change in this album.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Ghost in the Machine, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Ghost in the Machine

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1981

-Album Length: 41:03

-Genre: New Wave, Avant-Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Spirits in the Material World
  2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  3. Invisible Sun
  4. Hungry for you (J’aurais toujours faim de toi)
  5. Demolition Man

B Side:

  1. Too Much Information
  2. Rehumanize Yourself
  3. One World (Not Three)
  4. Omegaman
  5. Secret Journey
  6. Darkness

Review:

Even though I knew some of the songs on the earlier albums this one and Zenyatta Mondatta have some of the songs I recognize the most.  Spirits in the Material World and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic are some of my favorites with One World (Not Three), Rehumanize Yourself, and Demolition Man are all songs that I know well.

I think these songs as well as the notable songs on Zenyatta Mondatta have the essential sound that I know so well as The Police.  While the Raggae Rock sound of the other songs on their albums is really apparent it is these songs that really create the solid “Police” sound that most people know.

Once again…the other songs on the album are fine…but its these big songs, the singles, the popular ones that are the songs that dictated the rating on this album in my opinion.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Zenyatta Mondatta, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Zenyatta Mondatta

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1980

-Album Length: 38:16

-Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk, Reggae Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Don’t Stand So Close to Me
  2. Driven to Tears
  3. When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around
  4. Canary in a Coalmine
  5. Voices Inside My Head
  6. Bombs Away

B Side:

  1. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  2. Behind My Camel
  3. Man in a Suitcase
  4. Shadows in the Rain
  5. The Other Way of Stopping

Review:

I think this is the album that I knew the most of going into this project.

Songs like Don’t Stand So Close to Me, Canary in a Coalmine, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da and Shadows in the Rain were all played frequently in my house and are ones that I grew up hearing.

I love the lyrics to these songs because they tell stories.  They aren’t always stories about happy things, but The Police do a wonderful job with telling the stories they want to tell.  In the case of Don’t Stand so Close to Me (which is probably one of their most recognizable songs) talks about a teacher-student relationship…and the teacher trying to stay away from it…or are they?

Musical lyrics like this are always something I find intriguing.  I’m more likely to enjoy a song if there is truly as story being told.

This is the case with this album.  The songs that I know have definitely raised its rating.  Like all of their other albums, the songs that didn’t become well known are just fine.  Not spectacular but fine.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Reggatta de Blanc, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Reggatta de Blanc

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1979

-Album Length: 41:52

-Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk, White Reggae, Reggae Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Message in a Bottle
  2. Reggatta de Blanc
  3. It’s Alright for You
  4. Bring on the Night
  5. Deathwish

B Side:

  1. Walking on the Moon
  2. On Any Other Day
  3. The Bed’s Too Big Without You
  4. Contact
  5. Does Everyone Stare
  6. No Time This Time

Review:

Two of my favorite songs from The Police are on this album.  Message in a Bottle and Walking on the Moon. 

Like their first album this one is the essential sound of The Police.  I find it interesting that their sound never really changed through all their albums.  There is a core rhythm and style that doesn’t seem to change over the years.  Its kind of impressive that they found their sound so early on.  And it is quite distinctive. 

But I do really just like the songs that got the radio time.  The ones that most people over 30 know…the ones a lot of us grew up with.  Otherwise the rest of the album is just fine. 

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Outlandos d’Amor, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Outlandos d’Amor

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1978

-Album Length: 38:14

-Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk, Punk Rock, Reggae Rock

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Next to You
  2. So Lonely
  3. Roxanne
  4. Hole in My Life
  5. Peanuts

B Side:

  1. Can’t Stand Losing You
  2. Truth Hits Everybody
  3. Born in the ‘50s
  4. Be My Girl – Sally
  5. Masoko Tanga

Review:

Ah The Police.  I grew up with this band as well as Sting being played in my house frequently.

I was surprised listening through this album that one of their most famous songs, and a personal favorite of theirs, was on their debut album: Roxanne.

Other than that, the album is ok. Nothing spectacular to me but also not something I disliked listening to.   It’s a pretty solid album that feels like The Police to me.  I’ve found this isn’t always the case when it comes to the music I’m familiar with and the early albums of that band.  But this debut album is a pretty good view of their sound and their lyrics.

Honestly, other than Roxanne I can’t really pick out any of the other songs that I really liked or that were distinctive.  They all kind of blend together in a way where if you are not paying attention to the change in title it sounds like it could almost be a cohesive song without much change overall.

Like I said.  It’s a fine debut album, but nothing earth shattering.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Atomic, by Blondie: a song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Eat to the Beat

-Artist: Blondie

-Release Year: 1980

-Song/Album Length: 4:40

-Genre: New Wave, Rock, Disco

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 189

Lyrics:

Uh huh make me tonight
Tonight make it right
Uh huh make me tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Oh uh huh make it magnificent
Tonight
Right
Oh your hair is beautiful
Oh tonight
Atomic
Tonight make it magnificent
Tonight
Make me tonight
Your hair is beautiful
Oh tonight
Atomic
Atomic
Oh

Review:

I just….yeah.  This song is great if you’re in a club and just want to vibe.  But other than that, it seems kind of useless…

It doesn’t seem to fit into the disco genre it is listed as.  Its just kind of a good vides song.  But isn’t much more than that.  Nonsense lyrics and a mellow beat…nothing spectacular.

Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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Time After Time, by Cyndi Lauper: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: She’s So Unusual

-Artist: Cyndi Lauper

-Release Year: 1983

-Song Length: 4:01

-Genre: Soft Rock, New Wave

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 185

Lyrics:

Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you
Caught up in circles
Confusion is nothing new
Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcase of memories
Time after

Sometimes you picture me
I’m walking too far ahead
You’re calling to me, I can’t hear
What you’ve said
Then you say, “go slow”
And I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time
If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to gray
Watching through windows
You’re wondering if I’m okay
Secrets stolen from deep inside (deep inside)
And the drum beats out of time

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time
If you’re lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time
Time after time

I’ve got a suitcase of memories that I almost left behind
Time after time
Time, time, time
But you say to go slow but I fall behind
Time after time after time (after time, oh)

Review:

This is one of those songs that if you’ve listened to basically any ‘80s music station you will probably have heard this song.

Cyndi Lauper is such a classic when it comes to 1980s music.  It is really fascinating that so much of the music that is mentioned in the book is the music that I grew up with.

I literally haven’t heard this song in years, and I could sing to the entire thing without really thinking about it.  Its that kind of catchy.  The type that you could have not heard in forever then you hear it once and you’ll be singing it for days.

Like most 1980s pop this song has very repetitive lyrics but the tune is catchy and you can understand the emotion and feeling that she was trying to convey in the song.  While she is most well known for her “Girls Just Want to have Fun” this is honestly one of my favorite songs of hers.

She does tell a great story in this song, and I think that for anyone who has felt the emotions of feeling inadequate in their relationship has felt the way that Lauper speaks of in the song. 

For as synth-pop as this song is with the clock-ticking in the background and the bright guitar melody it does have so much depth in such a short amount of time.

I truly do love this song and how much Cyndi Lauper was able to get into this song…and she wrote the lyrics herself. 

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.